The Brazen Hypocrisy That is Mike Beebe, posted by Mark Moore at Arkansas Watch on Friday, March 1, 2013
Governor Mike Beebe has vetoed a bill which would have banned the abortion of unborn babies more than twenty weeks (five months!) old. The bill had exceptions for rape and incest, to save the life of the mother, and also if the baby had any fatal deformities. His veto was over-ridden by the legislature, but here is what Mike Beebe said on signing the veto.
“Because it would impose a ban on a woman’s right to choose an elective, non-therapeutic abortion before viability, House Bill 1037, if it became law, would squarely contradict Supreme Court precedent. When I was sworn in as Governor I took an oath to preserve, protect, and defend both the Arkansas Constitution and the Constitution of the United States. I take that oath seriously.”
Well, Governor, no you don’t. That statement you made about taking “your oath seriously” is an untruthful statement. And it really bothers me when politicians engage in transparently phony posturing about how much they love the constitution when their other actions clearly show that they clearly don’t. You bother me Governor.
The only Constitutional “right” that Mike Beebe seems interested in defending is not found in that document. The “Constitutional right” to an abortion is not found in the Constitution. It is a legal fiction “discovered” in the 1970s by an activist court which ruled it was an extension of the right to “privacy.” Of course the word “privacy” is also not found in the Constitution.
One might think that the amendment against “unreasonable search and seizure” gets close to “privacy”, but it is not the same thing as they mean here. What the real amendment limits how the government can investigate crimes, it does not presume to tell the states what acts they can classify as crimes.
The courts, in what one dissenting member described as “a raw exercise of judicial power” declared that some acts (abortions) cannot be classified as crimes because they are “private.” It seems that any crime the courts approve of can now, by the dark magic of judicial invention, be turned into a “right” simply by claiming the crime is a ‘private’ matter and denying the humanity of the victims. A private matter? Tell it to the fifty million dead babies.
Just to show how contrived, how hypocritical, how devoid of all logic, reason, and justice our out-of-control courts have become, the courts have surrendered away any real right to “privacy” which you might have. They have turned the other way as our government increasingly ran roughshod over the real restraints which actually are written into the Constitution. Our federal government now does search, monitor, survail, and spy upon its citizens without a required warrant and without probable cause.
So wretchedly twisted and sick has the mind of our courts become that the only right to “privacy” you still have is the right to abort your child! All other rights to “privacy” have been stripped away! Proof positive that the “Justices” in Roe were deceitful and never intended to protect “privacy”, it was abortion alone they sought to protect, but they lacked the moral integrity to say so.
But Governor Mike Beebe has shown himself to be of the same ilk as they. For while this man poses and struts and congratulates himself on how seriously he “takes his oath”, when it comes to the 2nd amendment of the Constitution his true intentions are revealed. He opposed a “permitted open carry” bill which was itself weak tea. It still required people to get a permit from the government to bear arms. The only difference was that they would no longer be required to conceal the gun they had permission to carry under their clothes! Even this tiny increase in the acknowledgement of the plainly worded right in our state constitution (as well as the federal) was too much for him to bear! He instructed his Democratic minions on the state House Judiciary Committee to kill it!
How is it that this defender of the Constitution, so pious-sounding and self-righteous when it comes to preserving the power to rip defenseless innocent babies to shreds, opposed even the tiniest advancement, barely more than symbolism, of the state acknowledging what is our right whether they admit it or not- the right to keep and bear arms? No, friends, he is as sick in his mind as the judges. He hides behind the Constitution when what he is defending is not to be found there at all, then defies what is actually written in the Constitution when it suits him.
How can someone who does that be sincere when they say they take their oath to defend the Constitution seriously? These are rather the actions of a person who holds the Constitution in utter contempt. He will use the word “constitution” as an excuse to advance his own will, but when its words contradict his own will he will oppose them, and toss that document in a ditch like some used chocolate wrapper.
He is a duplicitous man. He has always been so. This is what we said about him on abortion seven years ago. But he is just a symptom. The real disease is a population which wants to be lied to. It is a population that will accept such double talk and triple talk because they want to hold onto two completely contradictory ideas at the same time- the idea that they can be good people yet still support a man like this for Governor.
The problem is the segment of the population who thinks that as long as it is “good for business” then it is OK to back such a man for Governor. But of course, dishonest people have a way of making themselves look good even when what they are doing is not good. Until more people decide that they don’t want to be lied to anymore, this is the sort of intellectually and morally incoherent balderdash we will get from our politicians. Choose integrity first.
Mark Moore is a long time activist and policy wonk with an extensive political resume. He describes his current political label as “Localist”, a philosophy of government best described in this E-book “Localism, A Philosophy of Government” (for Amazon Kindle: http://www.amazon.com/Localism-A-Philosophy-Government-ebook/dp/B00B0GACAQ/ref=pd_rhf_pe_p_t_2_GB3H). (On Barnes and Noble Nook et al: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/localism-a-philosophy-of-government-achbani/1114141668?ean=2940015982688)