Evangelicals are easy
As much as I love the Evangelical Blogs and Columnists, the ease to which they fall for pick up lines is scary. Janet Folger, “FAITH2ACTION” on WND sums up the reasons to support Huckabee (Chuck Norris? his reasons aren’t
any more sound.):
“The only top-tier guy we can count on to stand for a Human Life and Marriage Amendment.”
We all know that human life is the code phrase for abortion and embryonic stem cell research (abortion). There is no movement on these issues at all right now, and not just because Bush is against them. Abortion is a legal minefield and with the exception of Supreme Court Nominees, PresidentHuckabee would have no more power than Citizen Huckabee. Stem cells might actually be an issue, though the science on this is rapidly turning. No one, not even Huckabee is advocating a ban on embryonic stem cell research, only on the federal funding of it. In that, he is no different that others in the field. So with regard to Life Issues, I’ve read nothing to indicate that the Huckabee would be any better than any other “republican” running, and a lot to indicate that he would be worse. Despite being a good idea, the marriage amendment is not going to happen. And even if it would, the president has NO role in approving it. Reference the following from usconstitution.net on the 4 ways that an amendment to the constitution is ratified:
Proposal by convention of states, ratification by state conventions (never used)
Proposal by convention of states, ratification by state legislatures (never used)
Proposal by Congress, ratification by state conventions (used once)
Proposal by Congress, ratification by state legislatures (used all other times)
Aside from the fact that these two issues are going nowhere; what about other issues? What about:
Taxes, *not good – he raised them and can’t explain clearly without being apologetic or blaming the courts, (which puts him on par with what Romney did for same sex unions). Everybody says that they will lower taxes, so no real differentiation there. And his “great” idea for new “fair tax” is DOA in any legislature, but especially in one controlled by social demorats.
Education and Arts *not good – he wants to spend more money just like he did in AR. (This is the apologetic part where he says that education is a good thing…)
Energy Independence *not good – no mention of drilling in AK or the continental shelf, just exploration. We already have China drilling off the coast of Florida and doesn’t have the gravitas to advocate drilling where we already know there is oil. Lots of mention of conservation and alternative energy – sounds like a Democrat.
HealthCare *not good – He wants a nationalized children’s health care – got that. We have already seen where the SCHIP is already used and the markedly growing percentage of enrollees that are NOT children. This is nothing but nationalized health care incrementalism – as it is under Bush. And he advocates a national smoking ban? Don’t get me started on private property rights.
*not good – more money yet again.
Huckabee is a big government populist. He couches his ideas in the realm of Christian-speak and Compassion (just like GW), and pitches the government law or program to give you what you want. The problem is that – as Reagan is famous for saying, Government that is big enough to give you what you want, is big enough to take everything you have. Or in the words of Rush Limbaugh: We got what it takes to takes what you gots…
The same political philosophy that allows you to spend other people’s money on healthcare, arts, education, and livelihood; is the same political philosophy that allows you to use that same power to take faith out of schools, engage in confiscatory tax policies that discourage economic growth, make you pay for someone else’s abortion or self-destructive lifestyle. It is the same philosophy that has the government breaking in your door to take your child because they disagree with your health care decisions, ignoring your right to school your children as you choose, and violating your rights to self defense and firearms. All in the name of public good.
Mike Huckabee’s platform is a study in contradictions, but only because he is basically advocating the pro-life democrat position of a few years back. Aside from the gun control position, I have a very hard time differentiating his positions from Sen. Harry Reid of NV. He is nothing but a Christian liberal socialist running on a feel good platform. And the Evangelical Right has for the most part, fallen for it.
Evangelicals are easy. Pity they don’t make a morning after pill for political office elections.
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