I have had no qualms about criticizing former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee on issues like Common Core. That said,s there are a number of issues that Huckabee has been terrific on. He said something during his announcement speech yesterday that I thought was spot on. I pointed this out at The Pulse 2016, but I wanted to highlight it here as well.
Huckabee said that the nation has lost its way morally, and he dinged politicians who have surrendered on the issue of marriage.
“But we’ve lost our way morally. We have witnessed the slaughter of over 55 million babies in the name of choice, and are now threatening the foundation of religious liberty by criminalizing Christianity in demanding that we abandon Biblical principles of natural marriage,” Huckabee said. “Many of our politicians have surrendered to the false god of judicial supremacy, which would allow black-robed and unelected judges the power to make law and enforce it-upending the equality of our three branches of government and the separation of powers so very central to our Constitution. The Supreme Court is not the Supreme Being, and they can’t overturn the laws of nature or of nature’s God.”
If you want a real litmus test question for a candidate then look at how they will place a check on a runaway judicial branch. Instead of asking candidates about gay wedding attendance or their opinion about Bruce Jenner’s gender we should ask “how will you fight for marriage should the Supreme Court strike down laws and state constitutional amendments protecting marriage?”
Does the Supreme Court have the final say in the matter? That speaks to how candidate’s philosophy and worldview would impact policy. Far too many politicians have bowed to judicial supremacy either as a form of political idolatry or for convenience so they can avoid tough issues.
We already have Lindsey Graham’s answer. He’ll cave. Ted Cruz said he’ll fight, and has legislation to address this. Scott Walker’s commitment post-SCOTUS decision is uncertain, but he is on record saying Wisconsin’s fight was over after the Supreme Court declined hearing his state’s appeal.
That question separates the wheat from the chaff, and on his issue Huckabee has it right. We need candidates who will fight against judicial tyranny and keep judicial power in check.