After pledging to kill our enemies, Newt Gingrich returned to one of his favorite themes: violating the United States Constitution. In Greenville, South Carolina, Gingrich again said that he would ignore Supreme Court decisions that he disagreed with. We have previously discussed the flaws in Gingrich’s legal and historical views, but my concern is that pledging to violate the Constitution would make Gingrich an enemy of our constitutional system. Does this mean that his first act would be to add his own name to the presidential hit list?
Gingrich told the crowd “The president interprets the Constitution as president. If the court makes a fundamentally wrong decision, president can in fact ignore the courts.”
The question is what threatens our nation the most, destroying a building or a constitutional system? With President Obama continuing the claim of absolute power to kill Americans, the added claim to ignore the check and balance of judicial review would complete our shift toward authoritarian powers.
For Gingrich to pledge to attack the Constitution while pledging to kill enemies of our country seems a textbook case of autophobia. It raises the question of what constitutes an enemy to our system.
A personality disorder is defined as an “enduring pattern of inner experience and behavior that deviates markedly from the expectation of the individual’s culture, is pervasive and inflexible (unlikely to change), is stable over time, and leads to distress or impairment in interpersonal relationships.” Legally, a pledge to kill enemies and then declare oneself an enemy to core principle of the country constitutes a serious and a dangerous disorder in a president.