What the huck, Mike?

11 01 2008

I like Mike Huckabee, he’s not a bad guy. I don’t want him to ever be our president. I think he has the ability to lead and the ability to do what is right but I don’t think he has the ability to tactfully follow through with the voice of the people. He has said some pretty kooky things during the campaign and he just keeps trumping himself with something more inflammatory and border-line nutty.

Remember when he asked a reporter if Mormons believe that Satan and Jesus are brothers? It was spun as him just asking a harmless question, not knowing much about the LDS religion. The thing is, he was a Baptist preacher and we Mormons know that the Baptists believe we’re all going to hell because we have a different understanding of Christ and the Godhead than they do. When talking to a Baptist it’s essentially “I’m right and you’re wrong so you’re going to hell”. The Huckster’s innocent question was a jab at Mormonism and he knows it. But it’s all fair, I don’t take offense. I just see what he was doing and it kind of cracked me up how he played it off as “Huh? I didn’t know, I was just asking”.

So last week he made the following comment:

“One of the great challenges facing us is that we do not commit the same
mistakes with our growing Hispanic population that we did with African
Americans 150 years ago and beyond. We’re still paying the price for the
pathetic manner in which this country handled that… I think, frankly, the
Lord is giving us a second chance to do better than we did before.”

According to the Huckster, God is giving us a second chance to make up for the horrors of slavery? How does he put these things together in his mind let alone allow them to come flying out of his pie hole into the world wide media? First of all, the slaves were kidnapped, beaten, forced into slavery and treated like wild beasts. The illegals immigrating from Mexico are coming here of their own free will, finding jobs, living freely, are given countless benefits that the slaves would never have dreamed of receiving.

What’s next? Will he draw parallels between the attacks of 9/11 and mad cow disease, or global warming and the price of gold? What a goofy bastard.

But that’s not all. Look what he said last night in the Republican debate when asked about the Iranian fast boats approaching US Navy vessels and his opinion on how the matter was handled.

“Be prepared, first, to put your sights on the American vessel. And then be prepared that the next thing you see will be the gates of Hell, because that is exactly what you will see after that.”

Now, the truth is that I wish more presidents would speak in these terms when it comes to standing up to our aggressors, but they need to be the president, not some candidate. Good ol’ Huckabee is showing himself to be an off-the-cuff wierdo. What kind of diplomatic progress would a guy like this be able to make if in the debates he has already told Iran that “if you piss me off I’m sending you to hell”?

In a way I do like it but that’s not the right way to get into office, telling someone they’ll be shown the gates of hell. Especially a bunch of Muslim fanatics who think that if they blow themselves up that their next move is to bone down on 72 virgins. The Huckster might be a good advisor, VP or cabinet member but I hope to God he never gets the Republican nod.

Please, all you evangelicals who support the Huckster, take a good look and remember that this wingnut has his eye on the destruction of the wicked and the rapture. That’s no way to function in the DC political environment and no way to manage the office of President. Those things are up to God, not Mike Huckabee. This is my opinion of Mike Huckabee. I believe his Baptist preacher roots are too deep to remove him from the spectacle of hell fire and brimstone to be the diplomat he needs to be. Huckabee is kooky! Mommy, hold me!

Senator, you are no Jack Kennedy (or any other president for that matter)

8 01 2008

If trends mean anything then the presidential race boils down to two candidates of the same party. No Senator has been elected president since JFK and I don’t think we’re going to see a change in that statistic any time soon…or ever (LBJ and Nixon were congressmen and even though Gerald Ford was a Senator he was never elected). Senators have very public voting records and the bills they vote on are so convoluted and bloated with pork and nonsense that it’s just like shooting fish in a barrel when putting together a negative campaign ad against a running Senator.

That takes Hillary, Obama, Edwards, McCain and Thompson out of the race (the other unmentioned candidates can be dismissed and return to their classrooms). The only glimmer of hope for a Senator might be in Obama’s short tenure — the fact that he hasn’t had as much time as others to taint himself.

So, that brings us to Mike Huckabee and Mitt Romney. The two religious candidates who stand for the same conservative values this country embraces but who stand as religious opponents. I only wish, for the sake of the salacious television entertainment, that these two could run against one another in the general election. I’m no Jimmy “The Greek” Snyder, but if I had to put money on it I’m going with Romney. He’s clean, he’s pretty and the man has proven he can straighten some shit out and that’s what this country needs.

Romney / <insert running mate> 2008!

Politics and religion reprisal…

12 12 2007

Mike Huckabee is starting to scare me. OK, for the record, lest any of you wonder, I’m a Mormon and have been for most of my life. I’m not exactly the standard of purity at this point in my life, I may fall under the category of Jack Mormon, but that doesn’t change what I believe. I like Mitt Romney. Not because he is LDS, he just happens to be, and I find a lot of common ground with him.

I like Rudy Giuliani a lot too. The problem with him is his scandals and the mistakes he’s made. I mean, he abused his privilege as mayor while hiding his mistress and recommended Bernard Kerik to be homeland security secretary among other things. He was a great mayor and a great leader but I’m not so sure he is what America needs at this point in its history. I’m just not sure if he can rise to the challenges before us.

The real reason I’m making this post is because Huckabee is really starting to look kooky, and here’s why.

The man is an ordained Baptist minister and had a congregation of over 400,000 before his political career. He has founded his life on his beliefs in Christ and the teachings of the bible as he understands them. He is a man who would say that character counts. He is a man who will defend what he believes. He is a man who lives by his religion and wears it on his sleeve and shares it liberally. The problem I am having is that his campaign and former church are reluctant to release much, if any of his sermons for public review. Does anyone else smell something stinky there?

I don’t believe for one second that he has anything unethical or scandalous to hide. I think the reason there may be some reluctance is because sometimes the Southern born-agains get a little carried away in their exuberance and from time to time his preachings likely contained things that can easily be used against him to make him look like an extremist wacko. If he said those things as a minister for Christ why can he not share them now as a presidential candidate? Why do they become such separate issues now that his life is in the public eye?

What really pisses me off is that, while he tries to hide his potential to look silly, he deflects the spotlight of scrutiny onto Mitt Romney by asking in the New York Times, “Don’t Mormons believe that Jesus and the devil are brothers?”.

The answer to that question is an entirely separate issue. I do find it to be an incredible opportunity to explain the Mormon understanding of our literal relationship to God as His children to the world. Most mainstream Christian churches contend that Mormons are not Christian because we believe that Christ and Lucifer are spirit brothers. I find that to be ridiculous and really just laugh when I hear a statement like that tossed out with the intention of making us seem like blasphemous heretics.

For some reason people just find it abhorrent to think that God might have created the spirit that became Satan. Was Lucifer not an angel in heaven before the fall? Could God not have created him as a spirit child as he did me, you and Christ? Did God not create all things? Where in the bible does it clarify this point of doctrine?

I’d like to hear Huckabee explain where Lucifer came from and who created him if he expects Romney to do the same. Is it really an issue at the end of the day? What it really is, is just another notch in the belt of sensationalism for Huckabee and the mainstream, fundamentalist Christian right to say that Mormons are a non-Christian cult.

For Huckabee to try and embarrass Romney rather than open his vault and share the words he preached from the heart, his core beliefs, the teachings that were supposed to be salvation to the souls of hundreds of thousands, is cowardly.

Democrats drooling patiently to break Huckabee’s glass jaw

11 12 2007

I hate to say I told you so (read my previous post). This was taken directly from the Drudge Report 12/11/2007.

Tue Dec 11 2007 10:27:53 ET


Democrat party officials are avoiding any and all criticism of Republican presidential contender Mike Huckabee, insiders reveal.

The Democratic National Committee has told staffers to hold all fire, until he secures the party’s nomination.

The directive has come down from the highest levels within the party, according to a top source.

Within the DNC, Huckabee is known as the “glass jaw — and they’re just waiting to break it.”

In the last three weeks since Huckabee’s surge kicked in, the DNC hasn’t released a single press release criticizing his rising candidacy.

The last DNC press release critical of Huckabee appeared back on March 2nd.

[DNC Press Release Attack Summary:

Governor Mitt Romney (R-MA) – 37% (99 press releases)
Mayor Rudy Giuliani (R-NY) – 28% (74)
Senator John McCain (R-AZ) – 24% (64)
Senator Fred Thompson (R-TN) – 8% (20)
Governor Mike Huckabee – 2% (4)]

In fact, as the story broke over the weekend that Huckabee said he wanted to isolate AIDS patients back in 1992, the DNC ignored the opportunity to slam the candidate from the left.

“He’ll easily be their McGovern, an easy kill,” mocked one senior Democrat operative Tuesday morning from Washington.

“His letting out murderers because they shout ‘Jesus’, his wanting to put 300,000 AIDS patients and Magic Johnson into isolation, ain’t even scratching the surface of what we’ve got on him.”

The discipline the Democrats have shown in not engaging Huckabee has earned the praise of one former Republican Party official:

“The Democrats are doing a much better job restraining themselves than the GOP did in 2003 when Howard Dean looked like he was on the brink of winning the nomination.”

A close friend to Huckabee explains: “Look, Mike is Hillary Clinton’s worst nightmare. They should be squirming.”


Politics and religion in the 2008 race

10 12 2007

Why Mike Huckabee will never be win the presidency

We often hear people say never to mix politics and religion. For people of faith, that is impossible. Those who don’t follow any particular religious tenets may be able to separate the two issues. But because their lives are not founded on a faith in God they misunderstand that faith inherently guides every ethical and moral decision. Therefore politics and religion go hand in hand.

The arguments for separation of church and state are taken to unreasonable extremes by factions who are opposed to religion based morality, faith in God and the structure that adherence to the ten commandments brings into the lives of Christians. Those on the outside looking in see it as restrictive. Those on the inside see it as safety and comfort in a world of turmoil.

That brings me to the recent happenings within the GOP presidential race. We have Mitt Romney, an LDS man with a squeaky clean record but with a controversial fath, and Mike Huckabee with a seriously right wing Christian history who tends to fan the flames that the left wingers carry for their hatred of the Christian right.

I think Mitt Romney’s recent address to us about his faith flipped a switch in Huckabee that has caused him to start speaking as a man of faith more than a politician. The problem I see for Huckabee is that his extreme right wing whacko tendencies are coming out and unfortunately for him, I see it being his demise.

I think Mike Huckabee is a good man with a good moral compass. The one thing I find difficult, and this goes for all of the ‘fundamentalist’ Christian types, is that they come down with such black and white, judgmental force on certain moral issues facing America today that they draw a dividing line rather than uniting people. Issues like abortion, homosexuality and sin in general make guys like that spew hellfire and brimstone rather than hope and unity.

America needs some change and I personally believe that America’s moral compass is broken, but the last thing that is going to help is someone from the Southern bible belt wagging his finger and telling everyone that we’re all in a spiritual darkness and that God is punishing us with earthquakes, floods and the plague of AIDS. That is not the job of a president and that is why he is never going to be the president.

Mitt Romney’s speech defending and clarifying his faith was one of the best political moves he could have made. Not only did it distinguish him as a man with a firm resolve for what is right and what is wrong but it made his most formidable opponent step up and promptly shoot himself in the foot with his whacky Christian right rhetoric.

I’m not saying I necessarily disagree with Huckabee’s views, but his heavy handed preaching is too rich for my blood and it’s definitely no way to win the GOP nomination. I sure don’t want that in my president and America would never go for it either. Can you imagine a guy like that in meetings with Ahmadinejad? Nukes would be flying in no time.

A president needs to be a leader, to uplift and bring people together. If Mike Huckabee wants a chance he has to stop ringing that division bell and show himself as a man of compassion and understanding. I can see him following in the footsteps of our favorite right wing Pats, Buchanan and Robertson, working the talking head circuit to pimp their latest writings on why America is doomed.

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