On this weekend’s broadcast of Fox News Sunday, host Chris Wallace questioned 2016 Republican presidential hopeful former Gov. Mike Huckabee (R-AR) if as president would he not obey Supreme Court rulings.
When Wallace said, “We have operated under the principle of judicial review since the since Marbury v Madison case 1803.”
Huckabee argued, “Judicial review is exactly what we have lived under; we have not lived under judicial supremacy. The Supreme Court can’t make a law; the legislature has to make it, the executive has to sign it and enforce it. The notion that the Supreme Court comes up with a ruling and that automatically subjects the two other branches to following it defies everything there is about the three equal branches of government. the supreme court is not the supreme branch. For God’s sake, it isn’t the supreme being, it is the Supreme Court.”
Wallace pressed Huckabee saying, “But sir, George Will, the conservative columnist pointed out back in 1957, another Governor of Arkansas, Orval Faubus decided to disregard and refuse to obey the ruling to desegregate schools. President Eisenhower had to call in the 101st airborne. Are you saying President Huckabee might decide he wasn’t going to obey the ruling on desegregation or President Nixon to turn over the tapes? That it’s up in the air whether you are going to obey the Supreme Court?”
Huckabee replied, “I want to get back to the main point. It’s a matter of balance of power. If the Supreme Court could just make a ruling and everybody has to bow down and fall on their faces and worship that law, it isn’t a law because it hasn’t been passed. What if the Supreme Court ruled they were going to make the decision as to who was going to be the next president and save the taxpayers and voter from all the expense and trouble of voting, and they’ll just pick a president. We would say, they can’t do that. Why can’t they do it? They can’t do it because it’s not in the law. We are sworn to uphold the Constitution and law. It has to be consistent and agreed upon with three branches of government. One can’t overrule the other two. That’s all I’m saying.”
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