5 Great Examples Proving That GOP Presidential Candidates Don’t Understand Our Constitution

dr-ben-carson-1There are some things within our judicial system that aren’t overly complicated, such as the purpose of our Supreme Court. Here’s Article Three of our Constitution just to provide everyone with the actual wording that created our judicial system:

The judicial Power of the United States, shall be vested in one supreme Court, and in such inferior Courts as the Congress may from time to time ordain and establish. The Judges, both of the supreme and inferior Courts, shall hold their Offices during good Behavior, and shall, at stated Times, receive for their Services a Compensation which shall not be diminished during their Continuance in Office.

That short passage (written by our Founding Fathers, by the way) created our third branch of government, and in turn our Supreme Court. And what’s the main purpose of the Supreme Court? To interpret laws as they pertain to our Constitution. While it’s slightly more complicated than that, their main objective is to ensure that the laws passed in this country are, in fact, Constitutional.

That is what they do. 

Well, it’s been utterly amazing for me to see just how many Republicans, especially those running for president, seem to proudly show off the fact that they don’t understand how our Constitution works. While there are many instances of this, the ruling over same-sex marriage has been the most blatantly obvious. I’ve literally seen Republicans telling state lawmakers to ignore the Supreme Court when it comes to same-sex marriage. Not only is that extremely illegal, but it opens these states up to massive lawsuits that they’re going to lose in a landslide because these lower courts are bound by law to uphold the rulings of the Supreme Court.

It’s all just so stupid.

So, in the spirit of those who seem to have no problem showing off the fact that they clearly have no idea how our Constitution works, I thought I’d show 5 examples where Republican presidential candidates proved their lack of knowledge in various idiotic ways.

1. Mike Huckabee: He’s probably been the most vocal buffoon out there showing off his complete lack of knowledge of our Supreme Court. Here he is arguing that one branch of government can’t override the other – except it can. The president can veto legislation sent to them from Congress and Congress with a super majority vote (two-thirds in both the House and Senate) can override a presidential veto. Then the Supreme Court can overrule laws passed by both Congress and the president (though not Constitutional Amendments) if the law in question is deemed unconstitutional.

2. Rick Santorum: Here’s a tweet he sent out following the Supreme Court’s decision:

In his mind, the “people” haven’t spoken – but actually they have. You see, our government could pass a Constitutional Amendment banning gay marriage if they had the votes to do it – which our government will never have the power to do. Not only that, but the most recent Gallup poll shows nearly two-thirds of Americans (and rapidly growing) support same-sex marriage. Again, in this instance, Santorum is literally complaining that the Supreme Court did the job our Founding Fathers intended them to do – interpret our Constitution.

3. Ben Carson: A few weeks ago he literally said that a president can ignore a Supreme Court decision when it comes to same-sex marriage or gay rights in general. I guess in his mind a president isn’t bound to adhere to our Constitution.

4. Ted Cruz: You might have heard Cruz refer to the day same-sex marriage became legal as “one of the darkest 24 hours in our nation’s history.” Yeah, because millions of gay Americans being able to get married is on par with, you know – 9/11, Pearl Harbor, the Oklahoma City Bombing, the Boston Marathon bombing and a whole host of horrific days this country has experienced. He recently tried to claim that any state not specifically mentioned in the Supreme Court’s ruling should ignore it completely. What’s worse is he has a law degree and he’s spouting off this drivel. But the reality is, being that all lower courts are required to follow the Supreme Court’s ruling, those states that might try to claim they weren’t included would just find their bans instantly overturned and Cruz’s “advice” would have just wasted time, money, and delayed the inevitable. It could also possibly open that state up for a flood of lawsuits by gay Americans who were denied marriage licenses.

5. Bobby Jindal: Following the Supreme Court’s 5-4 decision he just flat-out called for a complete disbandment of the Supreme Court. He also went on to say that marriage is defined by God, not the court, which makes me curious how he feels about atheists who don’t believe in God getting married. But there’s nothing quite like saying you’re a member of the party for “Constitutional values,” then suggesting we should entirely ditch one of our three branches of government created by our Founding Fathers because it didn’t support your bigotry.

I could go into more comments, but these were some of my favorites. It’s just amazing to me how brazen so many Republicans have been when it comes to showing off the fact that they clearly don’t have a clue about how our Constitution works or what our Supreme Court is tasked with accomplishing.

That’s absolutely terrifying considering these clowns are running for president.

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.


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