Monday, December 17, 2007

Presidential Candidate Mike Huckabee

Very few political figures have ever really scared me. I mean, really threatened everything I hold dear, stand for, and believe to be Just.
Cheney’s one. Mostly because he is the brains of the Bush operation, also because he’s shot someone… crazy stuff.
Another one is Mike Huckabee.

Below you will find many scary Huckabee-ings:

Reproductive Rights:
"I support and have always supported passage of a constitutional amendment to protect the right to life. As President, I will fight for passage of this amendment. My convictions regarding the sanctity of life have always been clear and consistent, without equivocation or wavering. I believe that Roe v. Wade should be over-turned.

As Governor, I used that Amendment to pass pro-life legislation. The many pro-life laws I got through my Democrat legislature are the accomplishments that give me the most pride and personal satisfaction. I banned partial birth abortion, I required parental notification, I required that a woman give informed consent before having an abortion, I required that a woman be told her baby will experience pain and be given the option of anesthesia for her baby, I allowed a woman to have her baby and leave the child safely at a hospital, and I made it a crime for an unborn child to be injured or murdered during an attack on his mother."

(I’m sorry, so you forced doctors to lie to women before able to perform a routine procedure? Awesome…)

Religion in Politics:
"My faith is my life - it defines me. My faith doesn't influence my decisions, it drives them. For example, when it comes to the environment, I believe in being a good steward of the earth. I don't separate my faith from my personal and professional lives."

(he only uses the environment example because any other would be too controversial)

"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.

No other candidate has supported traditional marriage more consistently and steadfastly than I have. While Massachusetts was allowing homosexuals to marry, I got a constitutional amendment passed in Arkansas in 2002 defining marriage as between one man and one woman. I got Arkansas to become only the third state to adopt 'covenant' marriage. My wife Janet and I upgraded our vows on Valentine's Day, 2005. Today, many churches in Arkansas will perform only covenant marriages, so I'm hoping we'll see a decline in our divorce rates."

(I searched and searched but could not find that decline in divorce rates that Huckabee was talking about... weird...)

"I know that securing our borders must be our top priority and has reached the level of a national emergency. I am as sick and tired as you are that it is harder for us to get on an airplane in our home town than it is for all these illegals to cross our international border unchallenged.

We cannot stem the tide of illegals until we turn the tide. Before you fix the damage to your house caused by a leaking roof, you have to stop the leak, which I am determined to do."

(“We cannot stem the tide of illegals…” I’m sorry… wha wha what?)

"In this age of terror, immigration is not only an economic issue, but also a national security issue. We must know who is coming into our country, where they are going, and why they are here. All those who are caught trying to enter illegally must be detained, processed, and deported. As Governor, I ordered my state troopers to work with the Department of Homeland Security to arrest illegals and enforce federal immigration law.

I opposed the misnamed DREAM Act, which was a nightmare because it would have put us on the slippery slope to amnesty for all. Because once we open that door even a crack, we'll never get it closed again."

(anyone who is so black and white on issues scares me, they leave no room for conversations on these enormously important topics)

"I oppose giving driver's licenses to illegals, such as Governor Spitzer tried to do in New York. I support legislation that would prevent the states from granting this privilege to illegals. In 2005, I signed legislation that prevents illegals in Arkansas from getting driver's licenses.
I will take our country back for those who belong here and those who are willing to play by the rules for the privilege to come here. No open borders, no amnesty, no sanctuary, no false Social Security numbers, no driver's licenses for illegals."

(“illegals” is not a word. Any way you slice it, illegal immigrants are people and should be given universal human rights. I won’t get into my opinions on immigration but I will say that Huckabee needs to find new vocab before I can take him seriously, because using the term “illegals” just doesn’t fly with me.)

War in Iraq:
"Iraq is a battle in our generational, ideological war on terror."

(Once again let me state, you cannot wage a war on a concept. We might as well wage war on grumpiness and rain clouds…)

"Setting a timetable for withdrawal is a mistake. This country has never declared war until 'a week from Wednesday,' we have always declared war until victory.
I am focused on winning. Withdrawal would have serious strategic consequences for us and horrific humanitarian consequences for the Iraqis."

(And Mr. Huckabee, what pray-tell is “victory?”)

"As President, I will fight this war hard, but I will also fight it smart, using all our political, economic, diplomatic, and intelligence weapons as well as our military might.
The terrorists train in small, scattered groups. We can accomplish a great deal with swift, surgical air strikes and commando raids by our elite units.

We don't have a dog in the fight between Sunnis and Shiites - our enemy is Islamic extremism in all its guises."

(if you don’t like “slippery slopes,” this is a clear slippery slope if I ever saw one…)

"I will expand the army and increase the defense budget."

(this may scare me most of all…)

2nd Amendment:
"As Governor, I protected gun manufacturers from frivolous law suits.
I was the first Governor in the country to have a concealed handgun license."

Now, the issues above were directly from his campaign website. Here are some articles from recent news:

Documents Expose Huckabee's Role In Serial Rapist's Release:
I wish I were joking.

Huckabee’s thoughts on same-sex marriage:
Here’s an excerpt:

"I don’t think the issue’s about being against gay marriage. It’s about being for traditional marriage and articulating the reason that’s important. You have to have a basic family structure. There’s never been a civilization that has rewritten what marriage and family means and survived."

(1. “the issue isn’t being against gay marriage it’s being for traditional marriage” what the fuck is the difference? 2. What’s a “basic family structure” because if he is defining a nuclear family as a mom, dad, two kids, a dog, and a white-picket fence he’s gonna have to outlaw single parenting, fostering kids, parents who are childless by choice, and many many other “situations” that I consider very much a “family.” And 3. “never been a civilization that has rewritten what marriage and family means and survived” haha, what?! Did he really just say that… read a history book sir before you spew nonsense and run for president.)

Thoughts on sex ed:
"I Do Not Believe in Teaching About Sex or Contraception in Public Schools"
Of course you don’t…

And last but not least, brought to you by Fox News (I know, I couldn’t believe it either):
"A wife is to submit graciously to the servant leadership of her husband even as the church willingly submits to the headship of Christ"
I am certainly glad i'm not his wife...

Because I try to see both sides of issues and keep an open mind, this is the only thing that makes him the smidge bit cool, on a personal level:
Huckabee, 51, enjoys playing bass guitar in his rock-n-roll band, Capitol Offense, which has opened for artists such as Willie Nelson and the Charlie Daniels Band, and has played the House of Blues in New Orleans, the Red Rocks Amphitheater in Denver, CO and for two presidential inauguration balls.

And the only policy that makes me hate him a bit less, on a selfish level (even if it's for the wrong reasons…)
"I am a steadfast supporter of Israel, our staunch ally in the War on Terror, the only fully-functioning democracy in the Middle East, and our greatest friend in that region.
The United States must remain true to its long-standing commitment to the Israeli people.
As President, I will always ensure that Israel has access to the state-of-the-art weapons and technology she needs to defend herself from those who seek her annihilation."
(why is Israel a “she”?)


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Dave said...

Mike Huckabee scares the pants off of me. My main issue is a dual one: abortion and taxes. This man is so willing and able to make sure that the right to have an abortion is overturned, but wants to remove any governmental support once these babies are born? Go to his campaign website and read about his idea of a flat tax...not only does he not bother to fully explain his plan, but uses throwaway filler like "When the FairTax becomes law, it will be like waving a magic wand releasing us from pain and unfairness." Eliminating all federal income and payroll taxes is his main goal, followed by replacing said taxes with a consumption tax on the purchase of new goods (meaning we have to further deplete environmental resources to make more goods). He uses more awful rhetoric like, "Expert analyses have shown that the FairTax lowers the lifetime tax burden of all of us: single or married; working or retired; rich, poor or middle class." Where does this information come from???? I'm so tired of smoke and mirror politics from shady characters like Huckabee...and I realize that I'm not the most competant fiscal mind, but when a presidential candidate writes that our economy suffers because of our tax system, I have to laugh a little. He writes that our massive deficits are a result of governmental other words, he wants to continue spending lots of money fighting the "war on terror" (ps. I can't wait for the war on grumpiness...), but wants to cut spending at home by reducing the flow of money through taxation. So, lets bring lots and lots and lots of babies into the world and then refuse to help them with any governmental support. Maybe we should just separate everyone into populations according to economic stability and build really big castles to keep out the poor. Furthermore, what happened to good Christian beliefs about helping the poor? How will this help the poor??? Ok, last bit. The man makes no bones about his faith and its influence in his life. He also misquotes the first amendment...ouch. Here's the real first amendment (thanks to wikipedia): "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances." Huckabee instead claims that the first amendment requires "that expressions of faith be neither prohibited nor preferred". Do those two statements say the same thing? The real amendment is in place to protect religious beliefs, not authorize their placement in the sphere of government. I realize that our nation was built on government, but the idea was to keep government separate so we don't end up like England with a state sponsored religion. Furthermore, I also agree that lots of bits of the constitution seem contradictory regarding religion and politics, but the spirit of the document was to protect rights, not provide an opportunity to enforce belief. And finally, while I'm on the subject, please stop bringing up the damn 2nd amendment. Every election season certain things are trotted out like a dog-and-pony show, and the
2nd amendment needs to have some real discussion. Here are the real words (again, thanks Wikipedia): "A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed". So, when Huckabee talks about keeping concealed weapons licensed and supporting assault weapons, he really wants a population armed. His interpretation of the 2nd amendment is about "tyranny and self-defense...the Founding Fathers weren't worried about our being able to bag a duck or a deer, they were worried about our keeping our fundamental freedoms". The language strays so far away from the purpose of the
2nd amendment, which is to keep a Militia "well regulated". So, letting everyone walk around with assault weapons and concealed guns is his version of "well regulated"?....uh....

Sorry for such a long post, but this guy really burns me because his veneer is so shiny but his insides are so rotten. Please please please don't let this guy get elected. Or make the cover of Newsweek....ok, too late for the latter, but maybe not the former.

Vesper said...

thanks for commenting! Echo's Shadow is fiction, though of course fiction has it's roots in real life. ;) i want to comment on your post, but i'm on my way to work in a few minutes! i'll be back soon!

Feminist Gal said...

Well said, Dave, and as for the war on grumpiness, i can't wait to back the political figure that takes it on! ;)

Bydlo said...

Dear Feminist Gal:

I need to get this message out about Mike Huckabee's Cristmas/Cross Silhohuet commercial, a blatant act of Christ-Peddling offensive to even Christains themselves.

If you look at the Didache in Chapter 8, you will see the word "Christ Peddler" discussed with all sorts of Anamethas, Prhibitions, Hellfire and Brimstone. For you Secularists, the Didache was a Training Manual used by the Early Christains which almost mistakenly became part of the Bible.

Huckabee has gone too far! Even Rush is getting ticked off with him. I would not mind the word getting out that many Christains wouldn't mind seeing Huckabee being on the business end of a Christ-Peddler attack for giving Christianity an unnecessarily bad name.

GottabeMe said...

Oooh, I hate this guy too, he scares the bejesus out of me! I just posted about him today and made and "I Hate Huckabee" graphic. I linked to your blog!

Bleu said...

I agree..he is a scary scary man.

My husband and I made a pact..if for some god awful reason this pig of a man won the Oval Office we're packing up the children and moving to Canada.

Just found this blog. I love it here!