Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Mike Huckabee: Christian Warrior

Onward, Christian soldiers!
The more I get to know him, the more I am coming to despise former Arkansas governor and GOP presidential candidate Mike Huckabee. According to recent polls, Huckabee's support is "surging" in Iowa, where the primary caucus is a mere 3 weeks away. Could it be that the hitherto fickle Republican primary voters have finally found a candidate that they can support?

So far, Republican voters haven't been able to muster much enthusiasm for any of their candidates. In Iowa, Republicans consist largely of the most socially conservative elements of the party: evangelical Christians and undereducated rubes that view the world beyond their limited horizons with suspicion. Rudy Giuliani's cross-dressing and big city ways make them nervous. Mitt Romney is a flip-flopper and a Mormon. John McCain earned their mistrust and comtenpt when he dared to challenge their heir apparent in 2000 by appealing to moderates. And even Fred Thompson can't get enthused about his own campaign.

So, is Huckabee going to be their savior? Is he the one they will choose to save them from the godless liberals? I can't answer that. But I can say that progressives and Americans opposed to the policies and philosophies of the Bush administration would be well-advised to see Huckabee for what he is: an extremist who is ready and willing to pick up where Junior Bush leaves off.

Recently, Huckabee was asked what he imagined was behind his recent rise in the polls. Check out his answer:
There's only one explanation for it, and it's not a human one. It's the same power that helped a little boy with two fish and five loaves feed a crowd of five thousand people. And that's the only way that our campaign could be doing what it's doing. And I'm not being facetious, nor am I trying to be trite. There literally are thousands of people across this country who are praying that a little will become much. And it defies all explanation. It has confounded the pundits, and I'm enjoying every minute of their trying to figure it out. And until they look at it from an experience just beyond human, they'll never figure it out. And that's probably just as well. That's honestly why it's happening. --Mike Huckabee, December 6, 2007
So much for separation of church and state, eh?

Well, the Bible-thumping rubes in Iowa eat that kind of stuff up with a spoon. Huckabee knows that. He also knows how to play on the fears and suspicions of those people. Check out what he said about the future of evangelicals in politics:

Listen up, evangelicals! If Huckabee doesn't win, your dream of a Christian nation is kaput. Time to soldier up!

And, lest any Christians might think that the deeply-religious Mitt Romney offers an alternative, here's what Huckabee said about Romney's faith:

"He [Romney] has said that he is a Mormon and also says that he follows Jesus Christ. I take him at his word."--Mike Huckabee
Get it? Romney is a Mormon and he follows Jesus Christ. In other words, Huckabee graciously accepts that Romney is a follower of Christ in spite of his being a Mormon. That's big of you, Mike.

Right now, things are looking good for Huckabee in Iowa. But frontrunner status is fraught with peril. And the vicious GOP power-brokers on Wall Street and the shadowy neo-conservative kingmakers are afraid of him. Already, stories have been emerging regarding Huckabee's clemency record as governor of Arkansas and about his bigoted past statements regarding AIDS victims. And then, there's the particularly ugly story about the release of rapist Wayne Dumond. There will be more to come. But we've already seen that Huckabee can give as well as he gets on this front. (He's a Republican, after all).

Huckabee comes off as a nice guy. He's got an affable personality; he has overcome a big weight problem; he even plays bass in a band, for Christ's sake! (Er--strike that.) But make no mistake about it: behind the everyday Joe facade is a power-hungry fanatic who is more than willing to play to people's fears and bigotry to get what he wants.


Ridwan said...

You said it right brother. Huckabee is one scary dude.

I watched him talk about gays and morals on CNN last night ... I kept thinking the republicans must have the mould for these types of bigots somewhere at HQs.

Trust you are well in PDX.


Shus li said...

I am so SICK of "Christianity" and the seeds of hate it has sown that I'm becoming [more] mentally ill and despondent.

This whole BS is, of course, propaganda - carefully orchestrated soundbites to give the impression over mainstream media that this fucker is a direct channel to god for a nation of hypocrites.

And how much of this are we going to put up with like a flock of damn sheep - to use a bible allegory??

Look, I'm getting older. The idea of having a grandchild temporarily re-framed my world view to a kinder, gentler, well, grandma-type person. I got soft. But, if there's even going to be a world left for my grandchildren or yours or your children [Ridwan? Dade?] to grow up in, I need to get a lot more active [read between the lines here] than ever before.

And I don't mean getting arrested with silk handcuffs at a senator's office. I mean going out in a blaze of glory.

But, on the other hand, I'd also like to stay around for my own children.

I am just so hoppin' mad that this christian-brand nut job has even the slightest media coverage giving him any kind of credibility as a candidate. Someone needs to lock him up or otherwise incapacitate him.

Anonymous said...

So this stupid redneck at work is eavesdropping on my husband and I's conversation, and we're talking about the presidential candidates. I said if Huckabee wins I'm going to kill myself, and redneck man says "keep that .357 loaded, girlie". Probally good advice.