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Foreword to the book “WE OVERRULE”, by Mike Huckabee
It was a David-over-Goliath victory in Iowa!
Kudos to all the grassroots citizens who rose up en masse and reasserted their Constitutional duty as “We the People.” When a renegade court lawlessly ushered in the unholy matrimony of homosexual couples and called it “marriage,” Iowans took action. Three of the seven Supreme Court justices who had with one voice legislated from the bench were up for a retention vote of the people in 2010. By removing those three justices, a feat never before accomplished, Iowans made history! And they set a pattern for the rest of America.
From tea parties to town halls, and from kitchen tables to telephone banks, grassroots citizens have become a mighty force once again in preserving the America that God so graciously bestowed upon us.
Just as in our nation’s founding era, God’s hand also was evident in this endeavor. He deftly wove together countless individuals and groups, from all corners of the state, each doing their own thing, into an incredible collage of dynamic productivity.
This effort truly was unique in that it crossed all lines and became a massive movement of the people, drawing together Republicans, Democrats, Independents, Libertarians, citizens of all races and ages, even arousing the heretofore unconcerned. This was their future at stake … and it is our future at stake! Iowans demonstrated that if everyone gets engaged, tyranny need not triumph.
The people of Iowa were blessed in having Bob Vander Plaats as their courageous leader, molding the message and paving the way to victory. Yet it still was the citizens themselves who made all the difference. They did things they knew how to do and they learned to do things they didn’t know how to do. The people of Iowa effectively proved that it takes passion, not professionals, to get a job done. Bob was the tip of the spear and everyday Iowans were the force launching the clear, singular message: vote no, vote no, vote no.
Ben Franklin once said, “Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch. Freedom is a well-armed lamb contesting that vote.”
For too long, we have been lambs eaten for lunch. While we live in a democratically elected Constitutional Republic, Franklin’s insight reflects the danger of unchecked power in anyone’s hands, let alone the hands of those with a consuming agenda. That’s why our Founding Fathers so carefully created separate jurisdictions and a balance of powers in our government, specifying their intent that the courts were purposely designed to be the branch with the least power.
By design, those three branches were meant to jealously guard each their own jurisdiction against the usurpation of any other. When that failed to occur in Iowa, the people themselves took the third option, ousting the three justices up for a retention vote in November 2010.
While the grievous wrongdoing of the Iowa justices was legislating from the bench, the galvanizing issue was marriage. The foundation of society is built upon the cornerstone of marriage and family as created and ordained by God. And the Iowa Supreme Court had figuratively thumbed their nose at God and the people, who, through their representatives, had lawfully enacted the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), protecting the sanctity of marriage.
This was not about equal rights. It was about preserving the bedrock of civilization. And it was about curbing judicial overreach. Bob Vander Plaats repeatedly, and rightly warned: “If they did this to marriage, they’ll do it to property rights, educational choice, 2nd Amendment rights, religious freedoms, medical choices and every other God-given right we have enjoyed since the birth of our nation.”
With this book, you have the game plan. You’ve witnessed success. Now go and do likewise.
— Gov. Mike Huckabee
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