Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Huckabee Wants To What?!

If Huckabee is serious, the US will be well on its way to becoming The Republic of Gilead ... and I really don't want to imagine that Margaret Atwood was trying to be prophetic.

"I have opponents in this race who do not want to change the Constitution," Huckabee told a Michigan audience on Monday. "But I believe it's a lot easier to change the Constitution than it would be to change the word of the living god. And that's what we need to do -- to amend the Constitution so it's in God's standards rather than try to change God's standards so it lines up with some contemporary view."

Yes, I realize that the US is not Canada, and the American Constitution has a much different tone towards religion in general. However, vague and imprecise statements like Huckabee's often are a poor mask for an ugly, unstated direction.


Justine said...

Fortunately, even though the process to amend the Constitution of the United States isn't as heinous as the one to amend the Constitution Acts, 1867 and 1982, it's still pretty rigorous. Thank God for that! Yep, that was a joke. :)

Grog said...

I'm not sure I'd apply Heinous as a description of the the amending formula for Canada's constitution.

Complex, yes - possibly even baroque. (A Rube Goldberg machine, perhaps?)

But not "heinous" - that implies a malice of intent that I don't think quite fits.

Anonymous said...

I tend to use heinous is a somewhat playful way that might be inaccurate. How about onerous?

The good part of this is that Stephen Harper can rail all he wants about Senate reform, but he's not going to get his way.