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The Case For Mike Huckabee

Posted by iusbvision on February 4, 2008

By the time this issue of The Vision hits the stand, two dozen states will have put Mike Huckabee, John McCain, Mitt Romney, and Ron Paul – and their Democratic Party counterparts — through the test of fire called Super Tuesday (or Super Duper Tuesday, as it has been dubbed recently). No other contest in recent years has attracted so much attention and drawn so many indelible lines in the public’s consciousness like the 2008 presidential race, perhaps because so much is at stake. If the 2000 and 2004 elections were polarizing, 2008 has elevated polarization to a level of utmost and precarious meltdown.    

There has been an insurmountable amount of bickering on both sides of the aisle, and personal attack ads have run rampant in South Carolina and Florida. At times, it’s hard to tell if the candidates have the interest of the people of the United States of America at heart, or if their interest lies in furthering a particular partisan agenda. So it is no surprise that people interested in one candidate or another have to cut through the rhetoric with a machete in search for anything resembling a platform worth adhering to. One candidate, however, has been running what could be called the cleanest, most issues-centered campaign out of the candidates still on the race. His name: former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee.    

After winning the Iowa caucus, Huckabee has transformed from a complete unknown into a de facto contender. A former Baptist preacher who also served 11 years as the 44th governor of the state of Arkansas – only the second Republican since Reconstruction to achieve such a feat – Huckabee embarked into the presidential race running a campaign with very little money and relying heavily on the grassroots support of thousands who saw in him a true, unwavering conservative. His orthodox belief in the sanctity of life, his uncompromising and unabashed position regarding his faith, and support of a constitutional amendment that defines marriage as the union between one man and one woman has truly struck a chord with conservatives, especially the evangelical base of the Republican Party. In addition, his proposed policies for securing the border –a 9-point strategy called The Secure America Plan – are one of the toughest by any candidate. His platform also focuses on education, infra-structure modernization, and health care.    

But the most audacious feature of his platform is the institution of a progressive national sales tax that would replace all federal income and payroll taxes, a plan commonly known as the FairTax. This would virtually place the IRS out of business and ensure a true economic stimulus, much more so than tax rebates could ever do. Huckabee’s position regarding the IRS should come as no surprise: as governor of Arkansas, Mike Huckabee cut taxes to the tune of $380 million and left the state of Arkansas with a $1 billion surplus.    

Pundits have criticized Huckabee, calling him ‘un-electable’, and have dubbed him ‘the destroyer of the conservative movement’, undoubtedly because some of his policies while governor were not to the liking of conservatives. Another writer for The Vision has even quoted Phyllis Schlafly, the conservative political activist, as accusing Huckabee of ‘leaving the Arkansas Republican Party in shambles’. Since I don’t have the hard data pointing to the moribund state of the Republican Party in Arkansas, I will take instead the word of the people in Arkansas, who thought highly enough of Huckabee to actually re-elect him twice as their governor. As a conservative, this is what irks me the most abut the movement: some pundits, especially those in talk radio, are more concerned with whether the tenets of conservatism are upheld, rather than examine each candidate on a case-by-case basis to determine if his policies and decisions were good to the people,  and not if these policies were ingratiating to conservatism or the Republican Party. Some of these same pundits who were at Bush’s beck and call were quick to jump boat once the president unveiled some of his more ‘compassionate conservative’ initiatives. Chalk this one up to my global world view, where I tend to side with Christian New Labor in terms of Latin American politics, but effecting social reform for the well-being of all Americans should be its government’s number one priority, whether these policies clash with the elitist position of über -conservatives or not. And this is exactly why I have chosen Mike Huckabee: he is not afraid to go against the elite of the conservative movement or the vicious criticism of liberals in his state and Washington to bring into fruition policies that benefited the people of the state of Arkansas    

As a president, he will continue his legacy and will not play into the hands of establishment know-it-alls who would rather see him as a sheep of the conservative movement.    

Alas, the media has dubbed this a ‘3-men-and-one-lady’ race, discarding Huckabee’s chance to become the nominee. In the same week when the New York Giants have pulled off one of the greatest upsets in American football history, I hope Mike Huckabee can pull just as big an upset on Super Tuesday and go on to become the next president of the United States.

Ed Lima 

12 Responses to “The Case For Mike Huckabee”

  1. Jarrod Brigham said

    Would you be willing to vote for a Romney-Huckabee ticket? I did not think I could, but McCain is making Romney look better and better. I think I could vote for that ticket. I would not vote for a McCain-Huckabee ticket. I was just wondering what you thoughts are on a Huckabee VP ticket.

  2. Chuck Norton said

    Ed – Clinton got elected twice and anyone who writes for the Vision could right a book on the damage his presidency caused – and keep in mind that it was because of Clinton that Newt Gingrich was able to start the Republican revolution.

    Just something to think about.

  3. Ed Lima said

    Jarrod — for me to admit a Romney-Huckabee ticket would be accepting defeat at this point of the game. We’ll see what happens past tomorrow. By the way, I heard a sound bite of McCain today saying “there is no doubt Senator Clinton would be a great president”. God help us all.

    Chuck — there is no doubt that the Clinton administration did a lot of damage to the country. What you did in your piece, however, was point out the apparent ‘destruction’ of the Arkansas Republican Party caused by Mike Huckabee and somehow hint that he would be a bad president because of it. Now, nothing guarantees that because Huck was a good governor (and there is NO DOUBT he was a good governor) he will be Reagan v.2, just like a Clinton governorship did not translate into a great Clinton presidency. But what the argument I made does is bring to bear the whole ‘what’s best for the party’ versus ‘what’s better for the people’ dichotomy that we face today.

  4. Chuck Norton said

    HI Ed – now that is a great question.

    The reason why what is good for the party is important – is because the Democratic Party is becoming a European styles neo-marxist party. In the days of JFK we had two solidly American parties with some policy differences. JFK by todays standards would be considered quite right of center by the media today. I would have no problem voting for a Democrat like JFK and while I would have concerns with a Lieberman presidency – I could at least have confidence that a Lieberman would protect the country and have a strong common sense foreign policy.

    For the rest of the Democratic Party the same cannot be said. The democratic leadership declared the Iraq war LOST when the surge first started – their objections were so extreme and unreasonable that no objective person could say that the democratic leadership had the best interests of the country in mind. Quite frankly they gave aid and comfort to the enemy and or enemies have used the behavior of the democratic leadership as a propaganda coup to rile up jihadists.

    The democratic leadership must be stopped as they have gone mad with the obsession for power. The republican leadership has lost its way, its principles, its creativity, and its spine and we the people must reform it, but it is the best hope as it is.

    That is why I have the point of view that I have.

  5. Ed Lima said

    I have another bone to pick: why isn’t the evangelical leadership — namely, Dr. James Dobson, the NAE, et al. — flocking behind Huckabee? Is it just me or are they just (in)conveniently absent of this whole process?

  6. Jarrod Brigham said

    I think we can put that on the death of Jerry Falwell. The Christian movment has fractured between traditionalists and charismatics. Dobson is the unofficial leader of the traditionalists and Pat Robertson is the unofficial leader of the charismatics. It is no longer the “Moral Majority” under Falwell. I don’t think they have the power over the party they once did. Personally, I think that is why they have not got involved yet. The threat of thier endorsement is more powerful than the endorsement itself.

  7. Jarrod Brigham said

    Dr. Dobson will never vote for McCain.

  8. Ed Lima said

    Here’s the new fallacy from El Rushbo’s Dittohead Camp: evidently, Huckabee is betraying his own constituency because he should be attacking McCain, who is against federal involvement in the right to life and the marriage amendment, and instead he is being ‘nice’ to McCain and attacking Romney, whose values are more akin to Huckabee than McCain’s. That, coupled with the old “a vote for Huck is a vote for Mac” somehow constitutes Huckabee’s ‘treason’ against his evangelical base.

    There’s so much wrong with this I don’t even know where to begin…

    First, let’s not forget that Huckabee is not engaging McCain, whom he has the utmost respect for, at this point in the game because he is learning what NOT to do from Romney’s camp. He understands that people like McCain because of his service to the country, and instead of attacking him, he is focusing on the issues. Romney, on the other hand, has engaged a full-on attack campaign on Mac, and for what? He was the clear loser yesterday.

    Second, his passive approach when dealing with his differences with McCain are indicative of the type of compassionate Christian he is, and evangelicals take note of that! The time will come when Huck will have to show the electorate the differences between his platform and McCain’s, but I bet it will be a balanced, respectful — albeit incisive — exchange, one that will CERTAINLY bore El Rushbo and his dittoheads to death. So be it. Such are the lives of sharks: they smell chum in the water, and go into a feeding frenzy.

    Finally, a vote for Huckabee is a vote for Huckabee. No matter how much pundits might like to make us believe otherwise, the vote belongs to the people, not to Rush or Sean or Laura or Ann. Huckabee’s victory in the South — certainly one of talk radio’s most numerous demographic — sends those blabbermouths a message: we are tired of your rhetoric. We are tired of the same ol’ shark-like politics of personal attacks, and most of all, we are tired of having you tell us what the hell to do all the time!

  9. I heard that on Rush this morning as well… then thought to myself for a moment, “Was he just complaining that a proclaimed Christian wasn’t launching attacks on his opposition?” and then basically say, “Traditional Conservatives should blast their opposition?” This is neither Christian nor Traditional Conservatism, this is the same thing he bashes the Democrats for on a daily basis…

  10. Chuck Norton said

    Much of the news media says Romney is in thord place and he should drop out.

    But Romney has 207 delagates and Huckabee has 142.

    Again the media lies and again Scarborough nails em.

    The Video

  11. Chuck Norton said


    Scarborough takes the media to task for saying that Romney is in third place and should drop out.

    However Romney has 207 delegates and Huckabee has 142.

  12. Ed Lima said

    Huckabee takes Kansas. Ratio of 3:1 vs. McCain.

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