Mike Huckabee non-launched his 2012 presidential campaign in Iowa over the weekend. Huckabee headlined that "Celebrate the Family" event by the Iowa Family Policy Center, or its PAC, or whichever one of the two decided to take credit for the anti-gay gathering. He told them:
A lot of times people want to read something into every visit I ever make to Iowa, and assume that there's some sort of ulterior motive going on. And I'm not here to announce any plans, or to deny any plans. But I am only here to tell you this, that the one thing I will say with any certainty is that I love this state and I will forever be grateful for the terrific friendships that I have forged here over the course of the past four and give years.
The former pastor and insistently self-described politician celebrated the state's vote in November to toss three Supreme Court justices for ruling that same-sex couples have the civil right to marry, which he considers perhaps the most important in the country:
I'm here also today to congratulate the people of Iowa for their decision in what was a remarkable election that resonated all across America, and that is the election to say that the judicial branch is, as are all branches of government, subject to the ultimate bosses in a society like ours, the people, who ultimately rule.
Considering that Huckabee argues the judicial branch can sort of be out-voted by the other two, I think we just got another boss. Forging ahead, Huckabee compared activists for marriage equality to barbarians storming a castle:
[T]he drawbridges over the moat were designed so that those who were within the walls of the castle would be protected against those who would seek to invade, to attack and destroy.... There are many who would attack the sanctity of the home, of marriage, of family. And if it were not for the drawbridges of democracy that are lifted, those who are willing to say there are certain places that are sacred and that we will not allow intrusion, if it were not for that, there would be no security and there would be no place of safety
The second half of Huckabee's speech is after the jump.