For someone who talks the talk on Christian Values, Huckabee sure doesn't walk the walk
At this point there are so many Republican presidential candidates it is almost impossible to keep count. Deja Vu of the Republican primaries, another circus like 2012. Many of these candidates have stated that God told them to run for President making appeals to the Christian conservative extremist right. Nobody else has played this card better than “Pastor” Mike Huckabee.
Thanks to his paid tenure for “Huckabee,” his Fox News show for six years, he’s become a household name with a lot of name recognition. Mike Huckabee resigned from Fox apparently due to the conflict of interest in entering an election. However, that does not resolve the ethical dilemma of thumping the Bible in the name of power and control over the free world.
There are a lot of documented quotes and clips from his show online and they’re quite disturbing. Mike Huckabee wants a theocracy plain and simple. But the dilemma is that Huckabee is a walking contradiction, hypocritical and without ethics. He wants to have his cake and eat it too.
Some samples of Mike Huckabee’s terrifying quotes are:
“I didn’t get into politics because I thought government had a better answer. I got into politics because I knew government didn’t have the real answers, that the real answers lie in accepting Jesus Christ into our lives.”
“I have opponents in this race who do not want to change the Constitution. But I believe it’s a lot easier to change the Constitution than it would be to change the word of the living God. And that’s what we need to do — to amend the Constitution so it’s in God’s standards rather than try to change God’s standards so it lines up with some contemporary view of how we treat each other, and how we treat the family.”
“I hope we answer the alarm clock and take this nation back for Christ.“
“But I think schools also ought to be fair to all views. Because, frankly, Darwinism is not an established scientific fact. It is a theory of evolution, that’s why it’s called the theory of evolution.”
I support and have always supported passage of a federal constitutional amendment that defines marriage as a union between one man and one woman. As President, I will fight for passage of this amendment. My personal belief is that marriage is between one man and one woman, for life.
“I almost wish that there would be, like, a simultaneous telecast, and all Americans would be forced — forced at gunpoint no less — to listen to every David Barton message, and I think our country would be better for it. I wish it’d happen.”
“[W]atching ducks land on a lake in Arkansas in the winter is about the closest to Heaven as you can find on this earth… and as someone who believes, according to my faith, I will go to Heaven when I die, I am pretty sure that there is duck hunting in Heaven!” ~ Speaking to an NRA group
“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 5,000 people and that’s the only way that our campaign could be doing what it’s doing.”
When Mike Huckabee made the announcement for his candidacy last weekend, he casually broke campaign finance laws. Out of one side of his mouth he said that he would not be taking large corporate sponsors, only donations of $10.00-$25.00. Of course, he followed that with the tongue-in-cheek caveat that “rest assured, if you want to donate a million dollars, please do.”
Here’s the thing; the maximum amount federal candidates can legally solicit for their own campaigns or a supportive super PAC is $5,400. Huckabee knows this but being the snakeoil salesman that he is, he smirked about it.
Mike Huckabee was soliciting donations to his Super Pac, Pursuing America’s Greatness. Period. He’s allowed to solicit the $5,400 but the point is he technically broke the law when he made his quip about donating a million in his candidacy announcement. If it wasn’t so egregious and misleading, it would be almost comical.
On the other hand, thanks to the Citizens United Supreme Court decision, Super Pacs can now donate unlimited sums of money, but it must be unsolicited. Were Huckabee a Democrat, Republicans would be up in arms about it. So who is going to hold Huckabee accountable for this? Nobody.
The restrictions are more of a formality than an enforced law. Other politicians have been known to raise money and attend events for their dark money nonprofit groups and super PACs. Some candidates with exploratory committees are soliciting money prior to announcing their candidacy. The corruption is astounding and an erosion of democracy.
There are also questions of a theological nature that Mike Huckabee should be forced to answer especially by his Christian supporters and constituents. First and foremost, where in the Bible has anybody or any prophet asked for money when God told them to do something. Never.
Two of several examples of being a Christian are:
Jesus answered, “If you want to be perfect, go, sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.”
Luke 2: 21
And he said, “All these things I have kept from my youth.” 22 When Jesus heard this, He said to him, “One thing you still lack; sell all that you possess and distribute it to the poor, and you shall have treasure in heaven; and come, follow Me.” 23 But when he had heard these things, he became very sad, for he was extremely rich.
So “Pastor” Mike Huckabee, which is it? Money or no money? If God told you to run for President, why do you need to ask for money for this mantle God has bestowed on you? Stop talking your extremist Christian hate and voodoo. That does not qualify you to be President, no matter how rich it makes you.
And if Mike Huckabee is the “most likable” Republican candidate, it’s a dire warning about the rest of the GOP field.