If Huckabee refuses to recognize judicial review by the Supreme Court, what other laws will he ignore?
Mike Huckabee is once again running for President in 2016, and he could be potentially dangerous if he wins. This article will not focus on his chances of winning, but the precedent he would set if he did win.
Huckabee was on Fox Noise (again), to talk about his positions, and he was asked by Chris Wallace what his stance on the Supreme Court ruling on gay marriage would be. To sum it up, Huckabee said if the court ruled gay marriage bans were unconstitutional, then if he were president, he would ignore the court’s ruling.
Now Mike Huckabee didn’t say it quite the way I just summed up, but he said that the Supreme Court is “not the supreme body” of the country and that the court could not “write and make laws.” It is an old conservative tactic of saying that the Supreme Court can never rule in a progressive favor, as it will be “activist judges” who are “legislating from the bench.”
Yet, the implications of Huckabee’s points are strong, and scary. What Huckabee said not only shows his supreme ignorance of the Supreme Court, but also shows his willingness to break centuries of precedent and change the nature of how the branches of government behave.
While Huckabee is either ignorant of judicial review or just plain hates it, he makes some dangerous claims. By stating that, as president, he would ignore a Supreme Court ruling, he could set in motion a constitutional crisis the likes of which has never been seen in this country. If the President can decide a what rulings to follow and not to follow, then it creates a new legal precedent that would ultimately end in a showdown between the branches.
If Huckabee can ignore one Supreme Court ruling, why not two or three? What about a sanction from Congress? What if (by some strange miracle) Congress overrides a Presidential Veto. What’s to stop the executive from ignoring the override? At this standard, anything is up for grabs.
Huckabee would dissolve Constitutional precedent, so he can make a religious stand on gay marriage. This is pathetic and crazy. Huckabee is so convinced by his Holy Book that God hates being gay, that he is willing to ignore all legalities in order to enforce his will. There’s a word for this, what’s it called? Hmmmm… Oh yeah! Dictator.
If Huckabee means what he said, then him being president could be quite a travesty. I don’t think he has a chance of winning, but if he did win, it could spell disaster for the American Republic.