Newt Gingrich has pledged that on his first day as president he will set up a constitutional showdown by ordering the military to defy a supreme court ruling extending some legal rights to foreign terrorism suspects and captured enemy combatants in US custody.
The Republican contender told a forum of anti-abortion activists ahead of South Carolina\’s primary election that as president he would ignore supreme court rulings he regards as legally flawed. He implied that would also extend to the 1973 decision, Roe vs Wade, legalising abortion.
\”If the court makes a fundamentally wrong decision, the president can in fact ignore it,\” said Gingrich to cheers.
The oath is to uphold the Constitution. And it\’s the Supreme Court that decides, barring amendments to that Constitution, what that Constitution is.
Which leads to more than a little amusement. If there were a President Gingrich (God Forbid….and I\’m afraid that I can\’t see any in the current race (from any party) that I would actually want to have that office. Yes, even Ron Paul, there\’s some good stuff there but some very weird too) then he\’d be impeached as soon as one of these stand offs occured. And rightly so of course.
The amusement would come from the way in which it would be the outraged left which would lead the impeachment charge and, if he\’s tried and convicted and refuses to leave, then quite possibly removed from office by the military at the instruction of the Supreme Court.
You know, exactly what happened in Honduras and boy, didn\’t the US left complain about that?