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Feb 17 2014

Indiana Senator Tweets His Ignorance

The Indiana Senate failed to put a referendum on the ballot for November to amend the state constitution to ban same-sex marriage and Sen. Mike Delph kind of lost his mind over it on Twitter, posting dozens and dozens of comments that put his persecution complex and ignorance on display. Exhibit A:

delph1

Oh, of course. Because only Christian countries have laws against killing right?

delph2

No, judicial review is not the same thing as judicial activism. The court cannot “resolve cases and controversies” without interpreting the Constitution, since that is the basis for resolving them. And judicial review was exactly what Article 3 gives the courts the power to do, as was made absolutely clear in Federalist 78:

The complete independence of the courts of justice is peculiarly essential in a limited Constitution. By a limited Constitution, I understand one which contains certain specified exceptions to the legislative authority; such, for instance, as that it shall pass no bills of attainder, no ex post facto laws, and the like. Limitations of this kind can be preserved in practice no other way than through the medium of courts of justice, whose duty it must be to declare all acts contrary to the manifest tenor of the Constitution void. Without this, all the reservations of particular rights or privileges would amount to nothing.

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delph4

I know the news can travel slowly to Indiana sometimes, but the 14th amendment was passed almost 150 years ago now. Maybe it’s time they updated the textbooks or something.

delph5

Really? The guy who thinks judicial review isn’t in the constitution and apparently the 14th amendment isn’t either is going to lecture others about civics? How amusing.

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  1. 1
    doublereed

    So if your religion believes in same-sex marriage…

  2. 2
    theschwa

    “Even elected officials seldom bother to study. Case in point: me”

  3. 3
    Chiroptera

    Indiana Senator Tweets His Ignorance

    That is the problem with Twitter. It used to be that legislators could confine displays of their ignorance to the floor of the legistative chamber. Now their ignorance is easily seen by all.

  4. 4
    chriswalker

    I feel like anti-gay rights folks betray more and more of their own mindsets the more they protest.

    “Gays are disgusting because *super detailed description of gay sex that reveals that they’ve been thinking about it a lot*!”

    “If we accept homosexuality, everyone will become gay *because I totally would*!”

    “If we allow gay marriage, the state will interfere with religion by forcing churches to perform gay weddings and never speak negatively of homosexuality *because that’s what I would do in that position*!”

  5. 5
    ArtK

    @ chriswalker

    Several people have observed that fundies think (or at least talk) about gay sex far more than the randiest of gays. In fact, they blather on about sex in general far more than the rest of us.

  6. 6
    gshelley

    The court cannot “resolve cases and controversies” without interpreting the Constitution, since that is the basis for resolving them.

    I’ve often wondered what people mean when they say that the courts should apply the law and not interpret it. Possibly they mean that unless something is explcitly mentioned in the constitution, the courts shouldn’t rule on it, but I doubt that. More likely, it is just like “judicial activism” and they mean “if the courts agree with me, they are applying the law, if they disagree, they are interpreting it”

  7. 7
    Crimson Clupeidae

    theschwa @2:
    That’s pretty much what I thought when I saw that as well. If he weren’t so consistently stupid, I’d almost guess those were parody/Poe twits.

  8. 8
    Pierce R. Butler

    Did anybody else read that headline and have a Quayle flashback?

  9. 9
    dingojack

    Pierce R. Butler – are you sure that, in this case, you didn’t confuse it with a Quaalude flashback?

  10. 10
    jamessweet

    I will say, I felt that the incorporation aspect of the 14th Amendment was poorly covered in my public education, despite the fact that I went to school in upstate NY, where the schools are actually pretty good. I didn’t really understand it until a friend (a PolySci major) explained it to me as an adult.

  11. 11
    imthegenieicandoanything

    Twitter allows me, at least, to judge the basic common sense + intelligence of whoever uses it. In the case of people I respect, it generally shows their areas of pettiness and useless temper (which allows me to reaffirm that they aren’t any better human beings, generally, than anyone else, whatever wonderful work they’ve done, but flawed in their own wonderful ways) while exposing the complete and utter uselessness and internal/external dishonesty of 100% of the people whose existence I’ve come to despise and hate.

    It’s a weapon with no handle, cutting every which way.

  12. 12
    thebookofdave

    Oh, of course. Because only Christian countries have laws against killing right?

    Only Christian countries base their system of law on the Ten Commandments. When some other country prohibits killing, they’re still affirming God of the bible! Sen. Delph seems to be suggesting that legalizing gay marriage would somehow let people get away with murder. I hope he explains his position in a follow-up tweet.

  13. 13
    Michael Heath

    jamessweet writes:

    I will say, I felt that the incorporation aspect of the 14th Amendment was poorly covered in my public education, despite the fact that I went to school in upstate NY, where the schools are actually pretty good. I didn’t really understand it until a friend (a PolySci major) explained it to me as an adult.

    I’ve criticized my public school education quite a bit in this venue, predominately on the lack of focus on evolution and the origins of the earth and the universe. I should note I was well-prepared in all other curriculums. As a student of the 1960s and 1970s, the fundies were only after evolution in my neck of the woods. I got an excellent education on the root cause of the rise of fascism (it wasn’t atheism or liberalism) and an excellent introduction to civics, including the 14th Amendment and its incorporation.

    While there were David Barton types back then, they only appealed to a few relative cranks, fundies hadn’t yet predominately turned into cranks regarding Christian Nation crap.

  14. 14
    jnorris

    May I inquire on a topic that I am anxious about concerning Indiana state Senator Mike Delph: does clutching pearls lessen their resale value?
    I fear for Mr Delph’s heirs if his pearls become worthless.

  15. 15
    fwtbc

    I can’t read the tweets because they’re graphics and there isn’t appropriate alt text.

    Could you please either add alt text/transcription to the post, or replace them with proper embedded tweets? Apparently with wordpress, you can just paste the URL to a tweet on a line on its own and WP will automagically embed that tweet in that place using HTML and regular text rather than screencaps.

  16. 16
    lancifer

    I say with great consternation and shame, Mike Delph is my Indiana state senator. His seat, here in Republo-Christian Carmel Indiana is as safe as Vladimir Putin’s in the Kremlin.

    I really need to get out of this little backwater, mini-police state this year.

  17. 17
    lancifer

    Luckily even Delph, and his fellow bigots, couldn’t get a referendum for a state constitutional ban on same sex marriage onto the ballot.

    There may be hope for Indiana yet. Well at least the part outside of this little fascist enclave.

  18. 18
    Keith Barber

    Dear Senator Delph, if the 1st Amendment does not apply against states then neither does the 2d Amendment. Be careful what you wish for.

  19. 19
    JamesY2

    A few years back, there was someone who was asked about recent court cases he disagreed with, and said “Dred Scott”.

    I posted a remark to my Facebook, to the effect of “With all the talk about judicial activism, I’m surprised he didn’t say ‘Marbury’”.

    This dude is literally a joke.

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