Ted Cruz Describes SCOTUS Decisions As ‘Some Of The Darkest 24 Hours In Our Nation’s History’ (AUDIO)

Texas Senator Ted Cruz joined Sean Hannity, the conservative fear-monger who earlier this week thought rap lyrics were as offensive as the confederate flag, yesterday to talk about the recent SCOTUS decisions.

On The Sean Hannity Show, Cruz shamed the Supreme Court of the United States, saying this week’s decisions were “both naked and shameless judicial activism” and referred to the last two victorious days as “some of the darkest 24 hours in our nation’s history.”

Because there is absolutely nothing darker than human beings having accessible healthcare and having their right to marry whoever they want recognized. You know, humanity and whatnot. Not the history of slavery, not racism, not the centuries of oppression of women, not income inequality, not corporate greed – none of those things place the kind of darkness upon our country quite like equal rights and affordable healthcare.

Hannity asks Cruz what recourse is available for the right-wing to reclaim their archaic influence on the “lawless court.” Cruz replies that he has proposed a constitutional amendment, undermining the highest court in the land, “that would protect the authority of state legislatures to define marriage as the union of one man and one woman.”

Of course, even he says that this amendment is likely not to pass. In order for such an amendment to be made law of the land, Article V of the U.S. Constitution says:

The Congress, whenever two thirds of both houses shall deem it necessary, shall propose amendments to this Constitution, or, on the application of the legislatures of two thirds of the several states, shall call a convention for proposing amendments, which, in either case, shall be valid to all intents and purposes, as part of this Constitution, when ratified by the legislatures of three fourths of the several states, or by conventions in three fourths thereof, as the one or the other mode of ratification may be proposed by the Congress; provided that no amendment which may be made prior to the year one thousand eight hundred and eight shall in any manner affect the first and fourth clauses in the ninth section of the first article; and that no state, without its consent, shall be deprived of its equal suffrage in the Senate.

Yeah, there is very, very little chance to receive that level of legislature or state support when marriage equality is now supported by the vast majority of Americans.

Good show, though. Jolly good show.

Honestly, this just seems like more posturing for his right-wing supporters. He certainly has the attention of Christian right-winger Bryan Fischer, who went on a Twitter rant yesterday comparing the events to those of one of THE darkest days in our nation’s history: September 11. Within his ranting tweets he voices his support for Ted Cruz.

But wait, that’s not all the tea-party darling has planned to “right this ship.” Oh no. He also points out that he is seeking an amendment that would require supreme court justices to campaign for re-election. He wrote about judicial-retention elections in an opt-ed for National Review:

“Judicial retention elections have worked in states across America; they will work for America. In order to provide the people themselves with a constitutional remedy to the problem of judicial activism and the means for throwing off judicial tyrants, I am proposing an amendment to the United States Constitution that would subject the justices of the Supreme Court to periodic judicial-retention elections. Every justice, beginning with the second national election after his or her appointment, will answer to the American people and the states in a retention election every eight years. Those justices deemed unfit for retention by both a majority of the American people as a whole and by majorities of the electorates in at least half of the 50 states will be removed from office and disqualified from future service on the Court.”

Apparently, Cruz didn’t follow the scandal in Florida, which involved the election of state judges and solicitation for campaign donations. Lanell Williams-Yulee was fined by the Florida Bar for signing a letter requesting monetary donations for her election. The case which went all the way to the Supreme Court has exposed concerns about the judiciary election process which includes placing the individuals who are in positions to be fair and unbiased within the political system to campaign and fundraise.

There is a reason the Supreme Court is not elected. This proposed amendment would negate the very purpose of having a branch of our government set outside of the political process. It provides us with the protection of maintaining a diverse court through presidential appointments and congressional review, without the corruptive nature of politics, fundraising, and election.

However, this type of proposal certainly makes sense coming from a candidate who has wasted millions of tax-payer dollars attempting to repeal the Affordable Care Act and “faux-libustering” for nearly 24 hours on the senate floor for which at one point included him reading the Dr. Seuss book “Green Eggs and Ham” just to fill the air with nonsense.

Yeah, nothing really to see here – just more posturing from a career politician who hopes to fire up his base with his typical pea-cocking.

Listen to Cruz on The Sean Hannity Show via Media Matters here:

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