This is why young Earth creationist Ben Carson will never be President of the United States; his grasp of history and government is… tenuous, to say the least: Ben Carson Invokes Dred Scott Decision as Precedent for Ignoring Supreme Court Rulings.
Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson raised eyebrows last week when he told Newsmax that a potential Supreme Court ruling to legalize same-sex marriage across the country would not have to be implemented, because “the laws of the land come from the legislative branch.”
It’s not a commonly held opinion, given that the high court has long asserted the right to invalidate laws it deems unconstitutional, and no other presidential candidate has suggested that the court’s ultimate ruling on same-sex marriage could be ignored.
During a Republican gathering Saturday in Greenville, S.C., Bloomberg asked Carson to explain his assertion.
“What I would really love to see, as the Constitution states, civil matters being taken care of in the state and the states.”
“Probably the best thing to do is go back and read about the Dred Scott case,” Carson responded, referring to the 1857 case in which the Supreme Court validated slavery; today it is widely viewed as the worst ruling in the Court’s history. “And as you know, President Lincoln wasn’t too much in favor of that. And his policies indicated that. Clearly it created a lot of division. We ended up fighting a war over it but in the long run it was the right thing to do.”