Huckabee Calls on Boehner to Lead

By Steve Deace

Yesterday I received a copy of a letter former Arkansas Governor and Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee sent to the Speaker of the House John Boehner in advance of this morning’s expected Supreme Court opinion on the marriage issue.

The letter urges Boehner to take bold action on matters pertaining to not just marriage, but also the sanctity of life and the budget. Below is the letter:

June 25, 2013

FR: Gov. Mike Huckabee

Santa Rosa Beach, Florida


TO: The Honorable John Boehner

Speaker of the House

United States House of Representatives

Washington, DC 20510

Dear Mr. Speaker:

President Obama’s Administration and FDA have deceptively redefined “contraception” to include powerful abortion drugs, have ordered them onto Walgreens and CVS store shelves for over-the-counter purchase by 11-year-olds and, in cynical violation of the spirit (if not letter) of Obama’s infamous “Stupak” Executive Order, have imposed upon every non-church 50+ employer a deadly mandate: To finance and facilitate the IUD and chemical abortions of tiny, innocent Americans, sweeping them from their mothers’ wombs.

Mr. Speaker, we are now witnessing a coercive and monumental expansion of abortion, the greatest since Roe v Wade – and a strategy to stop it is for the House Republican Majority to act, during 2013, to FIX OBAMACARE AND THE FDA TO END ALL U.S. DEBT-FINANCED ABORTION SUBSIDIES/MANDATES, COERCIVE KILLING, HEALTH CARE RATIONING AND MARKET DISTORTIONS.

Because these indisputably are biologically-human lives it would be wholly inadequate simply to enact “Faith-based” or “Values Voter” exemptions from the Obamabortion mandates yet which leave the deadly superstructure standing. (It hasn’t happened in any case).

Late last year it became clear that the USA’s population is declining, that we are failing to demographically replace ourselves through reproduction. Against a current, graying national population of about 315 million which is increasingly dependent upon elderly entitlements like Medicare and Social Security, we have, in the four decades since Roe v Wade, destroyed about 56 million Americans (and offspring they would have had). Jonathan Last, a Weekly Standard editor, has pounded the point home in his new book (recently summarized in the WSJ in a piece titled “America’s Baby Bust.”)

Recognition of unborn Personhood and Pain can precede or follow in lockstep with a simple end to all U.S. debt-financed subsidization of population decline (eg, the Obamacare Exchanges, Title X, Planned Parenthood, the Global Fund, UNFPA, LGBT grants, military base abortions, etc); an end to all U.S. debt-financed enforcement of the Obamacare killing mandates; and an end to all U.S. debt-financed decrees by the FDA to class abortion devices/drugs as contraceptives while putting said dangerous drugs into the hands of children at Walgreens and CVS stores.

We had a very productive conversation with Dr. James Dobson along these lines a few weeks ago, and there will certainly be others. We discussed how one Congress cannot bind another. Nor can the President or SCOTUS force Congress to appropriate monies, to OK new taxes or keep hiking the national debt past the $17 trillion and 100% of GDP mark, as is happening now.

Especially this week and in the coming days, I urge you and your House Majority to assert and defend your Article One purse power and credit authority of Congress with ALL YOUR MIGHT. SCOTUS has neither Constitutional right nor power to compel Congress to appropriate a single dime for same sex marriage benefits – just as Congress has no obligation to keep debt-financing Planned Parenthood subsidies.

Nor can SCOTUS compel Congress to start debt-financing iron-fist federal enforcement of an invisible and non-existent right to nullify 37 state constitutions or statutes upholding Natural Law and One-Man, One Woman Marriage.

Nor has SCOTUS forced Congress to keep on debt-financing the rollout of Obamacare and its killing mandate.

For 30 months our government has submissively authorized U.S. borrowing – at about $50,000 per second, $4 billion per day, $100 billion per month – to fund the rollout of Obamacare and other anti-Life, anti-Liberty measures.

In January, the House of Representatives voted to suspend the borrowing limit for nearly $500,000,000,000 (a half trillion dollars) in new national debt – with no cuts or reforms of any kind.

Mr. Speaker: If you immovably say, “Mr. President, I will not call a vote to authorize any more federal borrowing until X, Y and Z have been signed and enacted into law,” you and your House Republican Majority can save millions of American lives and hundreds of billions in debt-hikes upon future generations.

Planned Parenthood’s funding grew under George W. Bush, and is still going strong today along with the Obamacare rollout – all fueled by $50,000 per second borrowing.

SCOTUS may opine all it wants that it’s unfair that homosexuality, polygamy, or transgenderism are not favored by U.S. public policy or DOMA in the way that One-Man, One-Woman marriage is favored, but it cannot compel Congress to debt-finance LGBT or any other kind of marital benefits.

The Court can opine, but Congress can decline…to fund it.

As the Dean of the Liberty University Law School has written, “the Supreme Court has no authority to redefine marriage and thereby weaken both the family and society. Unlike the Legislative Branch that has the power of the purse and the Executive Branch that has the figurative power of the sword, the Judicial Branch has neither. It must depend upon the Executive Branch for the enforcement of its decisions” – and of course, it must depend on you and the House Republican Majority to finance said enforcement and implementation.

And so, Mr. Speaker, a reminder: All U.S. borrowing authority expired on May 18.

If SCOTUS opines against Prop 8, State constitutions or DOMA, I urge you to NOT call any vote to permit more U.S. debt until the Governors, States, constitutions, their treasuries and the U.S. Treasury get safe harbor and protection via the language on Attachment A, or something else effective along those lines.

And, for the sake of millions of Americans yet to be born, I urge you to similarly use the Constitutional purse power and credit authority of Congress, controlled by you and your House Republican Majority, to end all U.S. debt-financed abortion subsidies, the U.S. debt-financed rollout of Obamacare and its killing mandate, and abortion pills for 11-year-olds.

Rest assured that leaders like Dr. Dobson, I and many others will be with you in spirit and deed and voice as you reassert the Constitutional purse power and credit authority of “the People’s House” to protect the Governors and the People from the outrages and overreaches of the current Administration.


Mike Huckabee


Attachment A:

Draft Senate-House Joint Resolution, produced/reviewed by an ad hoc committee of Constitutional law professors, deans, litigators, attorneys, scholars and thinkers meeting or communicating in Tucson, Tysons Corner, Chicago, Cincinnati, Colorado Springs, Louisville and via virtual meetings since early March, obviously subject to edits and improvements.



To protect the Governor, treasury, constitution and People of each State, as well as the Federal Treasury and the Constitution of the United States of America, through the preservation of Marriage as the union of only one Man and only one Woman, under each State’s authority.


July 4, 2013

MR. ———————– introduced the following binding joint resolution, requiring the signature of the President of the United States for enactment, which was referred to the Committee on Ways and Means.


WHEREAS, the powers delegated to the federal Government (including the Supreme Court, the President and Congress) are few and defined and do not include the vesting of any power to redefine the nature of Marriage;

WHEREAS, the powers reserved to the States and the People are numerous and indefinite, and certainly do include the power to preserve, uphold and defend natural Marriage understood as the union of only one man and only one woman;

WHEREAS, Congress recognizes that the Constitution does not prohibit the States and the People from preserving, upholding and defending Marriage as the union of only one man and only one woman;

WHEREAS, the Tenth Amendment secures to the States and the People the power to preserve, uphold and defend Marriage as the union of only one man and only one woman;

WHEREAS, more than two-thirds of the States have exercised their authority, through their State constitutions or statutes or both, to preserve, uphold and defend Marriage as the union of only one man and only one woman;

WHEREAS, the Governor of each State is bound by oath or affirmation to support his or her State constitution and the United States Constitution and therefore, along with Congress, must necessarily read and interpret the plain words of each constitution with respect to Marriage and the rights reserved to the States;

WHEREAS, the United States Constitution contains no prohibition against Congress recognizing natural Marriage, the union of one man and one woman, as a condition governing its provision for the general welfare;

WHEREAS, childbearing is essential to the demographic and economic vitality of the nation, including the actuarial foundations of Medicare and Social Security, and yet American childbearing has dropped below the necessary demographic replacement rate;

WHEREAS, Congress holds that it normally is best for children to be raised by their own mothers and fathers in monogamous marital unions;

WHEREAS, Congress recognizes that by embracing popular myths, the Supreme Court has been catastrophically wrong before in such errant opinions as Dred Scott (African-Americans not citizens), Plessy v. Ferguson (racist “separate but equal” doctrine), Buck (forced eugenic sterilization of the disabled); Korematsu (Japanese Americans herded into concentration camps); Kelo (seizing citizens’ homes for the benefit of private real estate developers); Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton (federal imposition of abortion for all of gestation, trumping protections for unborn Americans in 50 states), and NFIB v. Sebellius (re-labeling an express penalty as a “tax” to rescue an unconstitutional federal mandate upon individual citizens);

WHEREAS, Congress does not support the marital union of a man and a man, nor the marital union of a woman and a woman, nor the marital union of more than one man and one woman;

WHEREAS, any federal court opinion that the Constitution requires Marriage to include unions other than the union of one man and one woman under the authority of each State may impose net costs upon the federal Treasury as well as to the treasury of each State;

WHEREAS, Congress is constitutionally vested with the power of the purse as a check against executive profusion and extravagance, and judicial collusion and corruption;

WHEREAS, Congress wills to protect the federal Treasury and Constitution of the United States of America as well as the Governor, treasury, constitution and People of each State, from the enforcement or financing of any federal court opinion which holds that Marriage is other than the union of one man and one woman under the authority of each State;

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT BINDINGLY RESOLVED by the Congress of the United States, assembled in the House of Representatives and Senate, that whether raised by taxation or debt or by any other means, no federal monies shall be eligible for expenditure directly, nor indirectly, nor by way of any grant nor appropriation through any federal, state, local or other agency, in order to enforce, support or finance any opinion, order, injunction, ruling, declaration or decision of any court which finds it a violation of the United States Constitution by any federal or State provision which preserves, upholds or defends Marriage as the union of only one man and only one woman.


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