Believe it or not, there was a time where I didn’t think Mike Huckabee was that bad of a guy. Granted I didn’t know a whole lot about him back then, but the few times I saw him give an interview he seemed fairly level headed, and what he said didn’t sound like something uttered by someone who might possibly belong in a mental institution.
Boy, was I wrong.
In the last few years Huckabee has proven himself to be every bit as batshit crazy as most far right conservatives.
Take his recent comments at the 2014 March for Marriage in Washington D.C. where he put on full display the fact that he doesn’t know a damn thing about our Constitution or what constitutes freedom.
“Nothing threatens your personal liberty more than the notion that you would bow your knee to the court system apart from the ultimate rule of the Constitution,” he said. “And all of the branches of government, all of which are not there to tell you what you cannot do, but to guarantee the freedoms that you are always empowered to have.”
“We are under an obligation to obey God and the law, and if necessary, to defy an institution that is out of control,” he continued.
Seriously? These are the kinds of comments he wants to make at a march aimed at denying equal rights for millions of gay Americans as they’re rightfully owed per our Constitution? He wants to talk about liberty while seeking to deny millions of Americans equal rights?
Our Supreme Court, which is set up by our Constitution, more or less struck down DOMA, leaving it in the hands of the states. And it just so happens that practically every state where bans on same-sex marriage have been challenged, the courts within those states have overturned these bans.
You know why? Because these bans violate our First Amendment rights to freedom of religion.
This is not rocket science.
But it gets worse. Huckabee then tried to channel Martin Luther King Jr. to support his ignorance.
“One may well ask, ‘How can you advocate breaking some laws and obeying others?’” Huckabee quoted from writings of Dr. King. “The answer is found in the fact that there are two types of laws: there are just laws, and there are unjust laws. I would agree with St. Augustine that ‘An unjust law is no law at all.’”
Huckabee continued to read from King’s letter, “We can never forget that everything Hitler did in Germany was ‘legal’ and everything the Hungarian freedom fighters did in Hungary was ‘illegal.’ It was ‘illegal’ to aid and comfort a Jew in Hitler’s Germany. But I am sure that if I had lived in Germany during that time, I would have aided and comforted my Jewish brothers even though it was illegal.”
“I wish I had penned those words,” Huckabee said. “But they were penned by someone who understood freedom, and understood that there was a time to stand up against law when it has become unjust. Those are the words that were penned in 1954 by Martin Luther King Jr. in his letter from the Birmingham Jail.”
Let’s get out of the way that Huckabee’s position, and usage of King’s remarks, make absolutely no sense. Right now what we have are laws against giving equal rights to homosexuals such as the Nazis had laws against helping Jews.
What we’re seeing now are these ignorant laws being overturned and homosexual Americans finally being given their equal rights to marry whomever they love.
King was talking about the laws we had in this country that supported segregation, disenfranchised African Americans and denied millions their Constitutional rights.
And ironically many of those who supported segregation and horrific inequality for African Americans used the Bible to justify their ignorance.
Just like Mike Huckabee and his fellow conservatives are doing now.
I don’t get how ignorant someone has to be to stand there, going on and on about freedom and liberty – while supporting laws that deny millions of Americans basic freedoms and liberties.
It makes absolutely no sense, and goes to show just how little about our Constitution conservatives like Mike Huckabee actually understand.
Watch his comments below:
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