The conservative rhetoric surrounding our Constitution has always fascinated me. When you trace back conservative ideology, they’re practically always on the wrong side of history when it comes every major issue in this country.
Like I’ve said numerous times, when you go back in history and look at the states that supported:
- Denying women the right to vote
- Bans on interracial marriage
- The opposition to the Civil Rights Act
They’re almost all states that have always been “conservative” and are almost all “strongly Republican” today.
States like South Carolina, Georgia, Texas, Mississippi, Alabama, Mississippi – all on the wrong side of history during each of those times in our history and all very Republican states today.
Yet, despite that overwhelming evidence showing that conservatives almost always end up on the wrong side of history, millions of them will look you straight in the eye and swear that they’re the ones “standing for Constitutional values.”
Meanwhile, even today, when it comes to gay rights (which practically every court has ruled against Republicans), and abortion rights (which the Supreme Court ruled on over 40 years ago), conservatives continue to be on the wrong side of each issue as it relates to our Constitution.
So it’s not a big surprise to see that Politifact busted GOP presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee in a flat-out lie when he declared that the Supreme Court doesn’t have the right to overrule other branches of government.
During an interview with Fox News, Huckabee said of the presidency:
“We are sworn to uphold the Constitution and law. And it has to be consistent and agreed upon with three branches of government — one can’t overrule the other two.”
It’s shocking that he was governor of a state – and is running for president – yet doesn’t seem to even understand high school-level government.
While the Supreme Court cannot overrule Constitutional Amendments (because the Court’s purpose is simply to interpret the Constitution, not change it) the main purpose of the Supreme Court is to interpret the law. That’s why the Court exists in the first place – to make sure the other two branches of government don’t pass unconstitutional laws.
But he’s not the first Republican to say something like this. I’ve seen many Republican politicians insinuate that the Supreme Court doesn’t have the right to rule on same-sex marriage because that’s not their job.
It’s just comical how often many Republicans say something that proves that they really don’t seem to understand what it is the Supreme Court does. Well, until it rules on something in their favor, then suddenly they’re big fans of the Court interpreting those laws. You know, like when the Court rules that money somehow equals “speech.” They were thrilled with that ruling considering it plays right into the hands of the people they really serve, the Koch brothers.
Nevertheless, Mike Huckabee once again showed that when it comes to understanding our Constitution, Republicans almost always get it wrong.
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