Governor Mike Huckabee, an ordained Baptist Minister, from the Bible state of
Arkansas has thrown his hat into the 2008 presidential race.
Huckabee, now a part of the throng of Republican presidential candidates, showed his bible roots after Hurricane Katrina when he asked religious leaders to open their church camps all over
Arkansas to the evacuees, while urging the public to rally around this blunt public policy: “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.”
As far as his platform goes, Huckabee states that the centerpiece of his presidential campaign will the implementation of the “fair tax” that would replace the Internal Revenue Code with a consumption tax, like the taxes on retail sales that 45 states now have. Huckabee’s vision of the “fair tax” would be one that would completely eliminate all federal income and payroll taxes, including personal federal, corporate federal, gift, estate, capital gains, alternative minimum, Social Security, Medicare, and self-employment. Instead, he would implement a simple tax based on wealth.
To ensure that necessities are not taxed Huckabee’s fair tax would only be applied on what consumers decide to buy not on what they earn. It would also eliminate many of the loopholes used by big corporations and wealthy individuals to avoid paying their full share of federal taxes.
The beauty of the fair tax is that individuals would not be penalized for saving money since they would not be taxed on what is saved or the interest that is earned on those savings. Also, since the tax will only apply to new goods, taxpayers could cut their taxes further by buying used items that wouldn’t be taxed which would also help our landfills last longer.
Club for Growth, a watchdog group and critics of Huckabee are quick to point out, however, that by the end of his second term as governor he had raised sales taxes 37 percent, fuel taxes 16 percent, and cigarettes taxes 103 percent.
Other critics, such as the National Review have charged that Huckabee was not the poster child for smaller government that he claimed by citing the increase in state employees and spending during his tenure.
On foreign policy Huckabee’s stance is that there can be ‘No Negotiation’ With Radical Islam. He further contends that as the leader of the free world he would possess a raw no-nonsense understanding of the immensity of the evil we are facing as a people and as a civilization.His statement was that “This is not a typical geo-political war over boundaries, borders, or political bravado — it’s a theological war with radical adherents to their religion who believe that their God has ordered them to purge earth of all that is not a part of their ‘pure’ faith. “There is no negotiation with those engaged in a theological war — it’s naive and downright dangerous to believe they will leave us alone if we leave them alone. That’s nonsense. They don’t care if the war lasts 1,000 days or a 1,000 years — their goal is our annihilation and their supreme rule over the whole earth.”
One of the things that could hold up his nomination, however, is whether he has enough support to beat Hillary Clinton if she wins the Democratic nomination. In response to this, Dave Eberhart of NewsMax reported on Tuesday, July 10, 2007, that while Huckabee acknowledges that Hillary will be tough to beat, he insists he is the republican candidate that has the best chance of success. In the interview with NewsMax the former governor states that he has the “truest consistent conservative credentials and has never flip-flopped on important issues.”
Meanwhile, the candidate is starting to register in the polls and has emerged from the second tier pack as the potential comer. At the least he is talked about as a possible vice presidential candidate who could anchor a presidential candidate like Rudy Giuliani or Mitt Romney to the GOP’s base in the South and among evangelicals.
This reviewer’s major concern is whether Huckabee can set aside his religious beliefs long enough to view issues in an objective way or if everything he votes for or vetoes will be based on his religious prejudice. Separation of Church and State has been preached at us since we were in grade school so it seems dangerous to place a Baptist minister in power where it is likely his influence will deprive many Americans of their secular rights, and/or possibly their religious ones. An example of such callus handling of other’s religious beliefs was seen on October 19, 2006, when Huckabee appeared on the Imus in the Morning radio show with Don Imus who noted that Huckabee looked “emaciated.” Huckabee then quipped that, “I have just come out of six weeks at a concentration camp held by the Democrat Party of Arkansas in an undisclosed location, making a hostage tape…That’s why I look that way. In response to his comments The National Jewish Democratic Council spoke out against the remarks; with their deputy executive director David Goldenberg stating that Huckabee’s comments were “insensitive” and that “making light of the Holocaust isn’t something any elected official should be doing.”
Other provocative statements included the following:
- Hate abortion but allow it is like hate slavery but allow it. (May 2007)
- Certainly good day for
America when Roe v. Wade is repealed. (May 2007)
- Embryonic stem cell research creates life to end a life. (May 2007)
- Pro-life includes improving life after birth. (Jan 2007)
- Outlaw all abortions; err on the side of life. (Jan 2007)
- Pro-life and pro-death penalty, & sees them as far different. (Jan 2007)
- Eliminate public funding for abortion organizations. (Nov 2002)
- Supports woman’s right-to-know legislation. (Jan 2001)
- Pro-life, but respects choice as mandated law. (Jan 2001)
- Address gay behavior if problematic, not gay attitudes. (Jun 2007)
- Respect gay couples but no gay adoptions. (Jan 2007)
USA has gone from Barney Fife to Barney Frank. (Jan 2007)
- Signed legislation outlawing same-sex marriage in
Arkansas. (Dec 2006)
- No civil unions; only one-man-one-woman marriage. (Nov 2002)
- No affirmative for state contracts nor colleges. (Nov 2002)
- More federal funding of IDEA for disabled education. (Mar 2000)
- Support principles embodied in the Equal Rights Amendment. (Feb 2001)
- Supports death penalty, but only reluctantly. (Jan 2007)
- Eliminating parole gives no incentive for rehabilitation. (Jan 2007)
- Three Strikes based more on revenge than restoration. (Jan 2007)
- Build more prisons, and privatize their management. (Nov 2002)
- Supports flexible federal block grants for crime programs. (Sep 2001)
- Tougher juvenile crime penalties; but let states set them. (Aug 1999)
No matter where you stand on the candidates, however, please take the time to study each one’s credentials and reason for running. Then remember what a privilege it is to be able to have a voice in who leads us and take the time on election day to vote your conscience on election day.
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