Wednesday, January 23, 2008

The Audacity of Huck

As I travel around and listen to the radio talk shows, I've noticed a distinct movement on the part of "conservative" talk show hosts to turn against the campaign of Mike Huckabee. Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck, Sean Hannity, and Bill O'Reilly are actively marginalizing the Huckabee candidacy according to their own personal agendas. Bottom line is, it is becoming apparent that traditional Republican mouthpieces are not at all in favor of having a true evangelical Christian in the White House, and that "compassionate conservatism" was really just a hollow allowance made to evangelicals to keep us on the Republican bandwagon.

This article in the current issue of American Conservative Magazine does an excellent job of laying this fact bare for all to see. And while the current lambasting of Mr. Huckabee on the nation's radiowaves seems to be suppressing support for him in the early primaries, I think it is just quite possible that the Republicans may lose control of their bandwagon before this whole thing is over.

America is looking for a president to lead based on a combination of moral principle, common sense, and duty to God and country. While the political pundits get completely enmeshed in the trivialities of "policy", most Americans are just looking into the eyes of the candidate, and deciding who they would follow into the next dark battle of life. On this basis our next President will be elected...and God Himself will judge our choice.

Sir Chuck, living still in a Christian nation

8 comments:

  1. I think we must be careful to make sure we vote for the one we think is best for everyone, not just for "one of our own". Otherwise we are behaving like every other group and using the Presidency as a form of group logo.
    We must also not get bad feelings because of political jostling. Conservatives who dislike Huck do so because they feel he is unconservative, not because he is Evangelical.

    Sir Jason

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  2. Ah, I see you've swallowed their bait, Sir Jason.

    Not conservative because of his performance on taxes? Even though he signed into law the largest tax cut in Arkansas history? Arkansas is a poor state, and social costs are very high per capita. Not surprising, then, that taxes on balance increased over his three terms. And yet, they could have increased so much more.

    Not conservative because he released prisoners from death row, and at least one later committed another atrocity? What we don't hear of is how many actually used their reprieve to turn their life around. Nor do we hear of how many Mr. Huckabee actually signed the death warrants on (nine, I believe). All this shows to me is that as governor he exercised his duty to really consider each situation, and intervene or not accordingly, instead of blindly playing the conservative demagogue.

    Not conservative because he was in favor of allowing children of illegal immigrants to apply for college scholarships, under the premise that all children who have grown up Arkansans should have the same opportunity in life, and not to withhold that opportunity because of the actions of their parents? Sounds like a true "compassionate" conservative to me.

    Truth is, there is very little compassion in these conservatives who oppose Mr. Huckabee, Sir Jason, and they've framed their arguments to make Mr. Huckabee look like some sort of Mr. Rogers, ready to give away anything and everything that Republicans hold dear. The truth is better elucidated on Mr. Huckabee's website, which most Republicans and their talk show hosts hope most conservative Americans never visit.

    As a final note, Sir Jason, I must question your first comment. Don't you believe that a virtuous Christian president would in fact be a better president for everyone than a similarly-virtuous secular president?

    Sir Chuck

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  3. I would think that would depend on what his virtues are. And how he interprets Christianity.
    I would prefer Golda Meir who was a reasonably virtuous and politically skillful Jew, to Mother Theresa who was a very virtuous but not particularly politically skillful Christian.

    Sir Jason

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  4. Another thing is that piety is an easy virtue to imitate. Far easier then justice or prudence or moral courage which are the virtues needed by a political leader. In fact you can imitate piety without knowing you are doing so. If we elect leaders based on their piety we will sooner or later get a Pharisee.

    Sir Jason

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  5. Sir Jason, your comparison (Meir/Teresa) isn't really valid in this case...you're comparing a politician to a social worker. At the level of presidential politics, all are skilled politicians. Not a chance that Mr. Huckabee, or anyone else for that matter, will be elected based solely on his piety.

    If I weren't so open-minded :-), I might accuse you of being biased against the Christian candidate simply because he is an unashamed Christian! Sounds like you're implying that such a person must necessarily be a Pharisee, or at least might be, so we better not elect him!

    Sir C

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  6. Perhaps. And there are several motives.
    Also the idea that someone would run AS a Christian seems a little irritating. Kind of like Kerry's "Vote for me, I'm a war hero".

    Sir Jason

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  7. Not at all irritating, when I consider these words of our Lord...

    "No one lights a lamp and hides it in a jar or puts it under a bed. Instead, he puts it on a stand, so that those who come in can see the light. For there is nothing hidden that will not be disclosed, and nothing concealed that will not be known or brought out into the open. Therefore consider carefully how you listen. Whoever has will be given more; whoever does not have, even what he thinks he has will be taken from him."

    I never thought Mr. Huckabee was running as a Christian; I just thought his light naturally was shining through. The Force is strong with this one, it is...

    Sir C

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  8. Sir Jason, Sir Chuck,

    I see this has gathered your interest.

    I do not deny the faith of Mr. Huckabee. But, he appears to be anti business, the same attitude that has caused so much poverty in South America.

    Still, a man who seeks the Lord will be given wisdom.

    This in one of the few elections where I haven't decided where my sympathies lie.

    Sir John, one of the undecided masses.

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