Skip to comments.HORRIBLE HUCK; PUSHING POPULIST PAP
Posted on 12/03/2007 10:04:42 AM PST by Eric Blair 2084
On the Republican side, Mike Huckabee's candidacy rests on serial non sequiturs: I am a Christian, therefore I am a conservative, therefore whatever I have done or propose to do with "compassionate," meaning enlarged, government is conservatism. And by the way, anything I denote as a "moral" issue is beyond debate other than by the uncaring forces of greed.
His is a moralist's version of the intellectual vanity once ascribed to Oxford's Benjamin Jowett:
My name is Jowett
Of Balliol College;
If I don't know it,
It is not knowledge.
Many Iowans think it would be wise to nominate a candidate who, when the Republicans were asked during a debate to raise their hands if they do not believe in evolution, raised his. But, then, Huckabee believes America can be energy independent in 10 years, so he has peculiar views about more than paleontology.
Huckabee combines pure moralism with incoherent populism: He wants Washington to impose a nationwide ban on smoking in public, show more solicitude for Americans of modest means and impose more protectionism, thereby raising the cost of living for Americans of modest means.
Although Huckabee is considered affable, two subliminal but clear enough premises of his Iowa attack on Mitt Romney are unpleasant: The almost 6 million American Mormons who consider themselves Christians are mistaken about that. And - 55 million non-Christian Americans should take note - America must have a Christian president.
If Huckabee succeeds in derailing Romney's campaign by raising a religious test for presidential eligibility, that will be clarifying: In one particular, America was more enlightened a century ago.
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"Introducing first, to my right, fighting out of the red corner, wearing their Sunday best with a gold crucifix...weighing in at 810 and 1/4 pounds...the social conservatives, the religious right, the champions of family values...from the Southern States...The Evangelicals!" (wild applause)
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It's "conservatives" like Will that actually make me enjoy the Huckabee surge even, though, Huckabee is liberal on far too many issues.
See, I’ve been saying that Mr. Huckabee is a POPULIST.
Thompson's background suggests he will grow the size and scope of the federal government. I don't trust him to become a conservative now just because he's telling people he is.
“Socialism is a cancer that will inevitably destroy any free society. Socialism at it’s core is anti-Christian. Huck’s rabid support of Socialism is sickening.”
I agree, socialism is anti-Christian. However, socialism gets a lot of headwind from ‘soft’ Christianity. Example, at our (Catholic) church this weekend, after Mass, they had a “Caring for God’s creation” table. I don’t know if they were selling socialism or environmentalism, but all of the ‘isms’ are being packaged as a form of ‘compassion’.
‘Social Justice’ is the same thing. It is socialism in another bottle. With a premise that inequality is evil, and a vocabulary that excludes freedom, of course you will end up with socialistic. Love thy neighbor becomes ‘tax thy neighbor’.
My conclusion is Christian belief and Christian organizations are not sufficient for conservative Governance, and in many cases lead people down the wrong path ... the path of good intentions gone awry.
The GOP clearly needs a marriage counselor. I always thought that they would just combine Giant Douche (Huck) and Turd Sandwich (Rudy) onto one ticket and hope everyone would be happy...after reading this article I am no longer so sure.
“Will despises Christians and social conservatives.”
Read “statecraft as soulcraft”. Will’s book actually turned me *on* to a more social conservative path away from pure libertarianism.
I understand folks have some issues with Thompson's past, but growing the size and scope of the government is not one that is grounded in reality. The only case that could be made for that is McCain-Feingold, which at least is within the scope of the federal government regulating federal elections (even if some of the provision were bad ideas).
As for the rest, see my tagline -- this is the same approach he took in the Senate as today.
“So why all the angst?”
For some the Gomeresque backwoods style grates, but that’s not the main thing. For fiscal conservatives like me, the tax-and-spend-and-give-illegals-DREAM-Act alarm bells are ringing wildly ...
Because being a pro-life and pro-gun and being about as conservative as John Edwards on everything else doesn’t make you conservative!
Unfortunately there’s a lot of socialism in Christian doctrine.
“But what about Keith Olbermann, he has at least 9 regular viewers?”
Liar! He has 11 regulars!!
You’re counting his parents?
I wouldn't. Huckabee is at least socially conservative and honest. Romney is a flip-flopper with a liberal record.
James Garfield was, I think, the only one since Lincoln who went from the House to the Presidency in 1881 (http://www.whitehouse.gov/history/presidents/jg20.html).
Didn’t last too long either...
You don't honestly believe that, do you? Romney is whatever he has to be to get elected. That's why he inspires no one.
I too am a Catholic. We have a Priest in our Parish that is gun ho for social justice. It is painful to sit through his sermons when he talks of the "good" of certain government programs. He sounds like a leftist politician. I try to avoid his Masses, but during busy seasons, he sometimes unexpectedly steps in for overflow Masses. Most Priests have uplifting sermons.
I'm still hoping Fred will catch fire...
“I too am a Catholic. We have a Priest in our Parish that is gun ho for social justice. It is painful to sit through his sermons when he talks of the “good” of certain government programs. He sounds like a leftist politician. I try to avoid his Masses, but during busy seasons, he sometimes unexpectedly steps in for overflow Masses. Most Priests have uplifting sermons.”
Yup, been in that boat. The one that got to my wife and I was a begging speech for a home for ‘immigrants’ that was telling wonderful anecdotes of hard-up ‘immigrants’ that it quickly became apparent were illegal aliens. So we are supposed to give charity to an illegal alien safehouse - oh my. Then the ‘social justice’ group that wants to worry about ‘healthcare affordability’ ie they want socialized medicine.
When I experience this nonsense, I’ve been tempted to go out and start a “Catholics for Capitalism” group. Never did it though.
The next best thing that I have found is to support the
You have it backwards ...
Romney is at least fiscally conservative and honest. Huckabee is a flip-flopper with a liberal record.
very grateful for your post and wish more folks thought like you do!!
Well, then we need to get behind a true conservative such as Duncan Hunter and leave them biting the dust.
All you have to do is visit Democrat Underground and you get the idea of why the media is hyping Huckabee as the front runner in Iowa. The media has selected Huckabee as the easiest target in a national campaign to ridicule and demean. They can use Huckabee, not only to attack personally, but to attack social conservatives and label the whole Republican party as a bunch of out of touch with reality bumpkins.
Then you add Huckabee’s pro-amnesty stance and his fiscal irresponsibility and he has nothing to to fight back on. He would be neutralized within one month of winning the nomination. DU has bragged that they could put up any one and beat Huckabee.
I felt the same way - lol. The dehumanizing aspect of Socialism does not seem obvious to many. I heard of the Acton Institute, but have never visited their site. Thank you for the link. I have book marked it.
Of Balliol College;
If I don't know it,
It is not knowledge.
There are myriads of people to whom this would apply, many of whom agree with George Will. Why pick specifically on Huck?
And why not just end the whole thing and support the real deal, Duncan Hunter? His positions satisfy just about everyone on our side...
Thank you for your kind words. This will be an interesting election cycle. We will all be anxious wondering if a real conservative will be nominated.
Then he has a lot of nerve attacking another candidate who believes in bigger government, doesn't he?
Bizarro World Ticket
Paul and Huckabee
In fact if either Huckabee or Paul is on the ticket it’s BIZARRO WORLD!
Our situation brings to mind a camp in the great frozen north. Wolves are in the area. Unless we keep the fire burning high they will grow bolder and come closer to the camp. Hence, the WTC attacks of 1993 and 2001.
I have the feeling that if the Huckster had been around in 1919, he would be championing the 18th Amendment...
Huckleberry is NOT a conservative at all! He is a tax and spend social LIB masquerading as a Republican, campaigningas a populist. As for a righteously moral person Huckleberry lost that title with all of his lies.
Smoking and drinking however, while destructive to the individual, cannot be regulated at the federal level in a constitutionally kosher way. If a predominantly Baptist county in Texas - or LDS county in Utah - wants to remain "dry", that's one thing and is federalism at its finest. But federal statute!? No. Not for this.
I think I’ll be going to Baptist jail if Huckster gets in!
I told my wife the same thing last night.
If Governor Huckabee somehow wins the nomination expect headlines and references to Reverand Huckabee vs. Governor. I think that there are a lot of evangelicals, including myself, who have concerns about a minister running the government.
Please decide, Sir, which is your higher calling ... decide, then follow it.
Huckabee? Who the Hell next? Tennessee Ernie Ford? Flatt and Scruggs? Who the hell is this canard's campaign manager .... PT Barnum? Please excuse me now. I must retire to a dark room in my double-wide and draw the Prayer Cloth I bought mail order from WWVA in 1954 over my face, so that I can rest*.
* PS I also bought the Red Top Baby Chicks and made a fortune raising chinchillas from the same source in my basement. Dang! I guess I jes' a natcheral Huckabee voter!
This primary process seems like a game of who can best splinter the Reagan coalition. Hunter... failing that, Fred.
Unfortunately the Huckster made that choice years ago. He picked politics over the ministry.
I don’t see someone that encourages a disregard of the rule of law as a social conservative.
Nail hits head. Needs to be said.
How dare you!?!!!
Not sure if you get the joke, or you are just being sarcastic.
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