“Dred Scot is still the law of the land,” said Republican Presidential candidate Mike Huckabee today, demonstrating his complete lack of understanding of the Constitution he wants to uphold.
Seriously, I had to check to make sure this wasn’t from the Onion when I read it.
The Dred Scott case, for those unaware, was the 1857 case which held that blacks, free or slave, could never be American citizens. One of the top five worst Supreme Court decisions ever (probably even the worst), it helped send us off to the Civil War.
Huckabee’s point was that no one follows that decision any more, so therefore we don’t have to follow the gay marriage decision.
Anyone who has taken a basic government class (or even just basic history) in High School can tell you that the 14th Amendment nullified the Dred Scott decision. The reason no one follows that decision is because it hasn’t been the law for 150 years or so.
Let me remind you once again: This guy wants to be President. He wants to take an oath to follow a Constitution that he clearly does not understand.
Then again, this is the same way these guys treat the Bible — they apparently have never read that either, but they strongly believe it says only what they want it to say and no more.