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Huckabee on Altering Constitution for Religion
YouTube ^ | 18 January 2008

Posted on 01/18/2008 6:50:19 AM PST by SE Mom

At approximately 4 minutes into this interview, Governor Mike Huckabee states the Constitution is a "...living, breathing document..."

This is a decidedly liberal view of the constitution.


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KEYWORDS: consitution; hla; homosexualagenda; huckabee; marriageamendment
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1 posted on 01/18/2008 6:50:20 AM PST by SE Mom
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To: holdonnow; STARWISE; Politicalmom; ejonesie22; Petronski; AliVeritas; Josh Painter

You have got to listen to this...”living breathing document..”


2 posted on 01/18/2008 6:51:44 AM PST by SE Mom (Proud mom of an Iraq war combat vet)
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To: SE Mom

Mike Huckabee wants to rewrite the Constitution according to Mike.

Apparently he knows a lot more than the framers.


3 posted on 01/18/2008 6:54:09 AM PST by dforest (Duncan Hunter is the best hope we have on both fronts.)
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To: SE Mom
I just jumped to that point and he is saying that the Constitution can be amended as stated in the Constitution. He is not taking the liberal "living Constitution" belief that any idiot with a black robe can change the meaning.

I think you're misfiring by jumping on that statement.

Now I have to track down exactly what changes he wants to make.

4 posted on 01/18/2008 6:55:33 AM PST by KarlInOhio (Rattenschadenfreude: joy at a Democrat's pain, especially Hillary's pain caused by Obama.)
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To: SE Mom

Is this different than amending the Constitution?


5 posted on 01/18/2008 6:56:04 AM PST by stuartcr (Election year.....Who we gonna hate, in '08?)
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To: SE Mom

Not surprising. Huckabee is a socialist hiding behind the name Christian. He is the epitome of the religious left; the new way to push socialism.


6 posted on 01/18/2008 6:56:14 AM PST by socialismisinsidious ( The socialist income tax system turns US citizens into beggars or quitters!)
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To: SE Mom

I don’t think Huckabee understands the implications of the things that come out of his mouth.


7 posted on 01/18/2008 6:56:36 AM PST by Brilliant
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To: KarlInOhio

Please go back and LISTEN...he said the constitution is a LIVING, BREATHING, document.


8 posted on 01/18/2008 6:56:38 AM PST by SE Mom (Proud mom of an Iraq war combat vet)
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To: Brilliant

Exactly...


9 posted on 01/18/2008 6:57:33 AM PST by SE Mom (Proud mom of an Iraq war combat vet)
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To: stuartcr

For years, the LIBERALS have said and believed the constitution is a living, breathing document..It’s a liberal talking point.

Now- that is a point of view. It is not a conservative point of view.


10 posted on 01/18/2008 6:59:52 AM PST by SE Mom (Proud mom of an Iraq war combat vet)
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To: SE Mom
He used those words, which makes me cringe because of the way the liberals use them, but the examples he gave were of actual amendments, not of ongoing reinterpretation of what the words clearly state. Libs like blending the two so if you are in favor of a legally changeable Constitution then you should be in favor of a randomly reinterpreted one.

Now I don't like the way he stated that the Constitution gave us the right to free speech or to bear arms. Those are inherent rights of people and the Constitution forbids the government from infringing on them. Rights are not derived from government.

11 posted on 01/18/2008 7:01:05 AM PST by KarlInOhio (Rattenschadenfreude: joy at a Democrat's pain, especially Hillary's pain caused by Obama.)
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To: SE Mom
I can’t tell from your post whether you intended to support or disparage Huckabee’s response but it is about the most eloquent and well reasoned statement on the nature of the constitution that I have heard. As he points out, a pro-life amendment to the constitution have been part of the Republican party platform since the Reagan era. It was introduced into the platform under Reagan’s guidance. Good for Huckabee for sticking to his guns.
12 posted on 01/18/2008 7:01:57 AM PST by Juan Medén
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To: SE Mom

But is it the same as amending?


13 posted on 01/18/2008 7:02:58 AM PST by stuartcr (Election year.....Who we gonna hate, in '08?)
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To: socialismisinsidious

Did you even bother to listen to what he had to say? If you did, then with what part of it do you disagree?


14 posted on 01/18/2008 7:03:03 AM PST by Juan Medén
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To: SE Mom

the Hound must GO!


15 posted on 01/18/2008 7:03:22 AM PST by Vaquero (" an armed society is a polite society" Heinlein "MOLON LABE!" Leonidas of Sparta)
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To: indylindy

He is talking about a pro-life amendment (part of the Republican party platform) and a marriage amendment defining marriage as between one man and one woman. With which of those do you disagree?


16 posted on 01/18/2008 7:04:02 AM PST by Juan Medén
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To: Juan Medén

Did you. Only a liberal feels the constitution is “living/breathing. A conservative feels that the constitution should only be altered in the most rare of circumstances.


17 posted on 01/18/2008 7:05:25 AM PST by traderrob6
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To: SE Mom

I knew there was a problem with Yuckabee. Now it appears he has a BIG PROBLEM!

Conservative???????? What a CROCK!


18 posted on 01/18/2008 7:05:30 AM PST by o_zarkman44 (No Bull in 08!)
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To: Brilliant

He’s scaring me more and more. He must be stopped!


19 posted on 01/18/2008 7:08:27 AM PST by murron
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To: traderrob6

As Huckabee points out in the interview, the amendments to the constitution give us the right to free speech, the right to freedom of worship, the right to bear arms. The two amendments he refers to are the pro-life amendment that is part of the Republican party platform and the marriage amendment that would define marriage as being between one man and one woman. Which of those are not conservative issues?


20 posted on 01/18/2008 7:08:34 AM PST by Juan Medén
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To: All

Ok- to explain why some folks will find his statement disquieting, this is another prominent person who likes the living, breathing document:

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A prominent endorsement of the Living Constitution was heard in the 2000 presidential campaign by the Democratic candidate, Al Gore:

I would look for justices of the Supreme Court who understand that our Constitution is a living and breathing document, that it was intended by our founders to be interpreted in the light of the constantly evolving experience of the American people.
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Living_Constitution


21 posted on 01/18/2008 7:10:22 AM PST by SE Mom (Proud mom of an Iraq war combat vet)
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To: Juan Medén

I disagree with neither. But he is promising what he cannot deliver.

He does this with every promise he makes.


22 posted on 01/18/2008 7:11:43 AM PST by dforest (Duncan Hunter is the best hope we have on both fronts.)
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To: SE Mom
Constitution is a "...living, breathing document..."

It's time for it to exhale then.

ML/NJ

23 posted on 01/18/2008 7:13:18 AM PST by ml/nj
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To: SE Mom

You can go back over my posts regarding Huckabee and how much I hate him. I often call him Huckastupid.

But on this issue, I don’t see what he said that’s so wrong. Not that I prefer his approach over Fred’s — I don’t.

But all he’s saying is that he would support a couple of constitutional amendments.

What’s so earth-shattering about that?


24 posted on 01/18/2008 7:13:36 AM PST by samtheman
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To: Juan Medén

See # 21

I do not agree with Huckabee’s view of the constitution- in fact - I strongly DISAGREE.


25 posted on 01/18/2008 7:14:16 AM PST by SE Mom (Proud mom of an Iraq war combat vet)
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To: KarlInOhio

He was talking about the Human Life amendment.

But I think he does the cause a disservice when he couches what is really a simple fight for the dignity of all persons (the Human Life Amendment) in religious terms of re-writing the constitution to be more in tune with the bible.

I don’t oppose abortion because of a religious belief, I oppose abortion because it kills a human being. But now some people who might agree with me will oppose the amendment as trying to write religion into our constitution.


26 posted on 01/18/2008 7:14:24 AM PST by CharlesWayneCT
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To: Brilliant

http://www.arktimes.com/blogs/arkansasblog/2007/11/mike_huckabee_for_states_right.aspx

Mike Huckabee: It would please me because I think Roe v. Wade is based on a real stretch of Constitutional application — that somehow there is a greater privacy issue in the abortion concern — than there is a human life issue — and that the federal government should be making that decision as opposed to states making that decision.

So, I’ve never felt that it was a legitimate manner in which to address this and, first of all, it should be left to the states, the 10th Amendment, but secondly, to somehow believe that the taking of an innocent, unborn human life is about privacy and not about that unborn life is ludicrous.


27 posted on 01/18/2008 7:16:34 AM PST by TornadoAlley3 ( UNITED BY OUR CORE BELIEFS Fred08)
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To: Juan Medén
As Huckabee points out in the interview, the amendments to the constitution give us the right to free speech, the right to freedom of worship, the right to bear arms.

I don't know if Huckabee said that, so I won't address this to him, but to you. The amendments did NOT give us those rights. In fact, some opposed those amendments because people would later claim that the rights were given by the amendments.

Those amendments define rights that the people already HAVE. They weren't amendments that were added later because of some difficulty either, they were required to get support for the constitution. They weren't written into the constitution because they didn't match what the constitution itself was about, which was defining the limited nature of government as to how that government COULD act, but instead were a list of things the government could NOT do.

28 posted on 01/18/2008 7:18:31 AM PST by CharlesWayneCT
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To: SE Mom

These are two entirely different issues. Al Gore is talking about judicial activism, that is, interpreting the constitution from the bench. Such a position would give individual judges the right to decide what the constitution says, or should have said.

Huckabee is talking about something entirely different. He is talking about the fact that the constitution was written with the assumption that it was open to amendment. Provisions for amendment are written into the constitution itself. We enjoy many of our most cherished constitutional freedoms because of amendments to the constitution — freedom of worship, the right to bear arms. Huckabee is stating that there is nothing wrong with conservative efforts to amend the constitution to protect life and marriage. He is pointing out to another liberal CNN airhead that the constitution was designed to be amended as the need arose. The agreement of 3/4ths of the states on an issue of constitutional importants is a far cry from the decision of a single judge on what the constitution should have said.


29 posted on 01/18/2008 7:20:23 AM PST by Juan Medén
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To: Juan Medén

He has absolutely NO chance of getting a 2/3 majority to make said changes. He’s either oblivious to reality, a liar or believes judges should kake that happen all of which are unacceptable in a President.


30 posted on 01/18/2008 7:20:44 AM PST by traderrob6
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To: indylindy

He’s not promising anything. He is stating a position.


31 posted on 01/18/2008 7:21:20 AM PST by Juan Medén
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To: SE Mom

What do you disagree with?


32 posted on 01/18/2008 7:22:04 AM PST by Juan Medén
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To: SE Mom; oldglory; MinuteGal; mcmuffin; gonzo; sheikdetailfeather; holdonnow
"..listen to this...”living breathing document..”"

If he said that in my presence, this is what he'd look like before he could even get the smile off his face:


33 posted on 01/18/2008 7:23:32 AM PST by Matchett-PI (Algore - there's not a more priggish, sanctimonious moral scold of a church lady anywhere.)
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To: traderrob6

Whether he has a chance is not the issue brought up here. The issue is whether the constitution is open to amendment and on that issue Huckabee is dead right.


34 posted on 01/18/2008 7:23:49 AM PST by Juan Medén
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To: Juan Medén

Those positions are part of the GOP platform. I expect all candidates to respect life and marriage.

I don’t care for Rooty, Huck or McCain. They do not embody what I expect from a conservative.


35 posted on 01/18/2008 7:24:14 AM PST by dforest (Duncan Hunter is the best hope we have on both fronts.)
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To: SE Mom

I honestly doubt that Mike Huckabee has the slightest idea about the constitution, I mean after all, he is educated only in Southern Baptist theology, and well he didn’t even graduate from Theology school.

Not that his ignorance of the constitution serves him badly, because when talking to the general public, they are not educated on the constitution either.

There will come a point in this campaign when Huckabee will be asked a question of real signficance, that he can not dodge, evade, or pass blame on. Just like When Al Sharpton was asked a question on Economics in a Democrat Debate in the last presidential election, and it showed that all the flowery words, scriptures, and BS will not work.

We have seen Huckabee falter at some extent already on some questions in debate, but Hucky is not going to be so Lucky soon.


36 posted on 01/18/2008 7:26:07 AM PST by AmericanMade1776
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To: indylindy

Whom you support is entirely your choice. I just don’t like to see a man slammed for speaking sense.


37 posted on 01/18/2008 7:26:22 AM PST by Juan Medén
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To: Juan Medén

Okay, go ahead and defend him.


38 posted on 01/18/2008 7:28:12 AM PST by dforest (Duncan Hunter is the best hope we have on both fronts.)
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To: Juan Medén

Ok- I am not going into the merits of amending the constitution- my strong and vehement disagreement with him is the “living, breathing” nature.. I listened carefully to the tape- it’s his NON originalist view of the consitution that I distrust..


39 posted on 01/18/2008 7:28:47 AM PST by SE Mom (Proud mom of an Iraq war combat vet)
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To: Juan Medén

Circular reasoning.


40 posted on 01/18/2008 7:34:27 AM PST by traderrob6
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To: Juan Medén
it is about the most eloquent and well reasoned statement on the nature of the constitution that I have heard

You must not get out much

41 posted on 01/18/2008 7:35:05 AM PST by tx_eggman ("they want to be judged on their intentions, not their results" - libtards official motto)
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To: SE Mom

Is there a left wing talking point this guy won’t use. I doubt it will make a difference to the followers of the “Cult of the ‘Bee”


42 posted on 01/18/2008 7:35:18 AM PST by NavVet ( If you don't defend Conservatism in the Primaries, you won't have it defend in the General Election)
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To: Juan Medén
As Huckabee points out in the interview, the amendments to the constitution give us the right to free speech, the right to freedom of worship, the right to bear arms.

I haven't listened to the interview but, if that's what he said, he has no clue what the Constitution is about. The Bill of Rights guarantees pre-existing rights. It doesn't grant them.

43 posted on 01/18/2008 7:41:17 AM PST by Bob
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To: NavVet

Sigh- I know. Maybe I’m one of only a few who will find that statement unsettling.


44 posted on 01/18/2008 7:42:18 AM PST by SE Mom (Proud mom of an Iraq war combat vet)
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To: Juan Medén
As Huckabee points out in the interview, the amendments to the constitution give us the right to free speech, the right to freedom of worship, the right to bear arms.

Nope, Schmuckabee is wrong.

God gave me those rights. The amendments in the Constitution prohibit the government from passing laws to curtail them.

45 posted on 01/18/2008 7:46:34 AM PST by tx_eggman ("they want to be judged on their intentions, not their results" - libtards official motto)
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To: tx_eggman

BINGO!


46 posted on 01/18/2008 7:52:10 AM PST by SE Mom (Proud mom of an Iraq war combat vet)
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To: SE Mom

Electing this man would be a Very Bad Thing.


47 posted on 01/18/2008 7:55:19 AM PST by Titus Quinctius Cincinnatus (Fred Head and proud of it! Fear the Fred!)
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To: All

http://www.americanrhetoric.com/speeches/ronaldreaganatimeforchoosing.htm


48 posted on 01/18/2008 7:55:41 AM PST by TornadoAlley3 ( UNITED BY OUR CORE BELIEFS Fred08)
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To: Titus Quinctius Cincinnatus

Indeed...


49 posted on 01/18/2008 7:57:02 AM PST by SE Mom (Proud mom of an Iraq war combat vet)
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To: SE Mom

I am coming to the conclusion that the man is just plain dumb. Definitely not ready for prime time.


50 posted on 01/18/2008 8:00:56 AM PST by don-o (Do the RIGHT thing. Become a monthly donor. End Freepathons forever)
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