Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Mass appeal

Mike Huckabee's pissed that Arkansas' gay marriage ban, which he signed into law as the state's governor in 1997, was struck down.
"Judge Chris Piazza, a circuit court judge in my home state of Arkansas, decided that he is singularly more powerful than the 135 elected legislators of the state, the elected Governor, and 75% of the voters of the state. Apparently he mistook his black robe for a cape and declared himself to be 'SUPER LAWMAKER!'" Huckabee wrote. "The dangerous precedent of elected officials allowing one single member of the judicial branch to become Lord God of law is dangerous and unconstitutional."
Huckabee is painfully ignorant of the Constitution. No, actually, it's worse than that: he holds the Constitution in contempt.

If we had wanted the majority to settle everything, we would never have added a Bill of Rights, or even drafted a Constitution. We did both. They enshrine principles against which our laws must be measured. If the laws don't measure up, they've got to go.

I'm sure Huckabee is thrilled with Constitutional safeguards when they protect the rights of Christians. He just can't accept that others might have that same privilege. He's as free to be a hypocrite as the next guy, but being a hypocrite kind of eliminates his credibility.

Huckabee's transparently self-interested tantrum over this ruling reminds us yet again that his appeal is rooted in our instinct to comfort a crying baby. But while we respond to the caterwauling, we don't ask the baby's opinion. We only solicit the opinions of grown-ups.

Maybe one day, Mike Huckabee will join our ranks.

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