Sunday, July 05, 2015

Most Ridiculous Moment - June 28, 2016


It was a big day on the Sunday talk shows, with decisions coming down on Obamacare and gay marriage, threats from ISIS, the confederate flag coming down, and a landmark address from the President.

On the confederate flag, Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee said “it was Republicans who stepped up and made this happen,” while Kathleen Parker said Southerners would have taken it down a long time ago if it weren't for Northerners making a big deal about it, saying, “it almost has less to do with the flag itself than the outside forces insisting that they take it down. There's still that sort of dig-your-heels-in-and-resist mentality.”

On marriage equality, Newt Gingrich said “I don't happen to think we ought to decide these things in courts, I think there's a reason to have political bodies.”

Governor Bobby Jindal agreed, saying “Why couldn't the court have said, 'We're going to respect the decisions made by the states'? Why not say, 'We're going to defer to the elected representatives of the people'?”

But he's ready to fight discrimination now, for his people, declaring “My view of marriage is based on my Christian faith. No earthly court's decision is going to change that,” and “We have to stand up and fight for religious liberty. That's where this fight is going. The left wants to silence us, Hillary Clinton wants to silence us. We're not going away.”

But the most unhinged reaction came from Huckabee, appearing on ABC's This Week.
He is also worried about imaginary discrimination, but not the real kind, declaring, “are we going to now discriminate against people of conscience, people of faith who may disagree with this ruling?” and asking “if we are going trade one level of what's called discrimination for a new level 
of discrimination against people of faith”?

When it comes to being allowed discriminate himself, he is so determined he's willing to disobey the Supreme Court, despairing “We've always been a nation of law. We're now a nation of men,” and dismissing the court entirely saying “This was done from a court edict of five unelected lawyers, a 
part of a committee.”

He called the decision quote “judicial tyranny,” saying the court imposed itself in the marriage case and in the Obamacare case – an absurd position given that in that case the court upheld a law passed by the legislature.

He said states should ignore the court, and that government employees from now on should disobey all Supreme Court rulings they disagree with.

He cited Martin Luther King Jr. who fought against legal discrimination against minorities, for his right to continue to discriminate against minorities. He finally concluded saying as President he would put a nativity scene on the White House lawn, and would refuse to enforce the court's ruling, or presumably, any ruling he did not agree with, after all, they're just “five lawyers on the Supreme Court.”

So, still vehemently arguing for their right to discriminate, conservatives are now suddenly very worried about discrimination against Christians; the U.S. Supreme Court is now just some committee of five unelected lawyers to be ignored; and we should be governed by legislation and the will of the people, not court rulings, except when it comes to installing George W. Bush in the Presidency, voting rights, gun control, campaign finance, immigration, and 
of course, Obamacare.

And that's the most ridiculous thing that happened this Sunday.

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