Sunday, December 4, 2011

Michele Bachmann Spreads Some Holiday Cheer

Fortunately, the very nutty Michele Bachmann will never be President of the United States. Nevertheless, she is one of Fox's chew toys because you never know what crazy thing she might say next. Ms. Bachmann, today, on Fox News Sunday:
Marriage, historically, for all human history has been between a man and a woman. It hasn't been the same-sex marriage. And remember that in Iowa, it was judges that made the decision     not the legislature, which are the people's representatives, and certainly, not the people. That's why the people of Iowa threw out three of those Supreme Court judges. That's something that should give pause to all judges. The people of Iowa are sick and tired of the judges tell them what their laws are. They are not a super legislator. They are judges. And they need to act like judges. As president of the United States, I will only appoint judges that will apply the strict construction or the original intent of the Constitution of the United States.
I readily concede that I do not speak Bachmann's dialect of gibberish. A few things do come to mind. The first is that, what Bachmann is saying is that marriage cannot be extended to gay people because it hasn't been in the past. Although that, in and of itself, is incorrect, "because that's the way we always did it," has never been a very compelling argument.

Additionally, Ms. Bachmann either doesn't know or doesn't care that the judges unanimously concluded that, in accordance with Iowa's constitution, there was no way to prohibit same-sex marriages.

One thing that has never been done before is campaigning for retention votes. It cost Robert George's American Principles Project and National Organization for Marriage a considerable sum to convince Iowa voters not to retain those three judges. The judges concluded that is was beneath their high office to campaign to keep their jobs. Furthermore, the team of George and Srivastav (nee Gallagher) completely perverted the very reason for retention elections.

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