Another Man from Hope
Vol: 74 Issue: 23 Friday, November 23, 2007
Hope, Arkansas may be given the opportunity to redeem itself for its previous offering to the nation as it’s second native son, Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee. begins to surge in the national polls.
A month ago, Huckabee was written off as a ‘fringe’ candidate like the Left’s Dennis Kucinich or the far Right’s Ron Paul. (There doesn’t seem to be a ‘far Left’ candidate — since that would suggest at least one of the Left’s offering isn’t.)
Huckabee was written off as a ‘fringe’ candidate by the media primarily because of his credentials as a born-again Christian. (As Reverend Mike Huckabee, he ascended to the Governor’s mansion from the pulpit of a Baptist Church.)
Huckabee got my attention in one of his first debates when Tim Russert pressed him on whether or not he would lead the United States towards becoming a more Christian nation.
The Governor answered; “We are a nation of faith. It doesn’t necessarily have to be mine.” He also told Russert, (and the nation) “I make no apology for my faith. My faith explains me.” Good answer.
My greatest fear when it comes to choosing a president based on his faith is not that much different than that of the ACLU. What if he governs according to his faith?
And what if he is wrong?
As an example, a lot of Christians voted for George Bush exclusively on his profession of faith. But Bush is a Methodist. The Methodist Church embraces what is known as ‘replacement theology’.
Replacement theology is the belief that the Church replaced Israel as God’s Chosen and that all the promises to Israel were passed to the Church. According to this view, all Bible prophecy concerning Israel was fulfilled in AD 70.
Since modern Israel is not the Israel of the Old Testament, it holds no special place in the plan of God. The same goes for Jerusalem and the Temple Mount.
The “two-state solution” his administration is advancing — including the division of Jerusalem and some kind of time-share arrangement for the Temple Mount are perfectly consistent with Bush’s Methodist theology.
(But I doubt many of you would have voted for Bush — had you known in advance where it would lead Israel)
Huckabee’s answer, “we are a nation of faith, it doesn’t necessarily have to be mine” was somewhat reassuring. Huckabee’s acknowledgment that there are differences between Christianity and other faiths might end the current administration’s practice of advancing Allah as an alternative name for God.
While Huckabee was a fringe candidate, if the media mentioned him at all, it was stuff like the Washington Post’s profile last January:
“He lost more than 100 pounds and penned a diet book about the experience, “Quit Digging Your Grave With a Knife and Fork.”
But this morning’s AP headline read, “Huckabee Rides Evangelical Wave in Iowa”. Mike Huckabee is a fringe candidate no longer.
Of all the candidates in the field, Mike Huckabee is the one that most scares the Left. The nuanced attacks have already begun. Noted the AP;
“GOP officials wonder if he’s on a path to reprise the 1988 performance of televangelist Pat Robertson, who shocked people with his second-place showing here but never got closer to the White House.”
If there were actually any “GOP officials” comparing Huckabee to Pat Robertson, the AP writer failed to quote any of them.
Instead, they quoted a pro-abortion ‘undecided’ — a member of the Iowa Christian Alliance, a liberal college professor, Fred Thompson, Mitt Romney and three unidentified voters of unknown political persuasion — not one of whom came close to comparing Huckabee with Robertson.
The quotes the AP DID use, however, were things like, “He’s definitely the most evangelical candidate in the race,” and, “Huckabee has made deep inroads in the evangelical community.”
The AP noted with alarm that, “Huckabee’s down-home style has proven effective, as has a record that many see as untainted by nuances and switches.” It also noted that “Huckabee is backed by 44% of evangelical Protestants.”
The picture that the AP is clearly trying to paint is that of another religious looney who may dupe a significant portion of the rest of the religious looneys, which would spell trouble for their side during the general election.
If the mainstream media is this scared of Mike Huckabee already, then maybe its time to give Mike Huckabee a second look.
On spiritual faith, Huckabee says; “Real faith makes us humble and mindful, not of the faults of others, but of our own. It makes us less judgmental, as we see others with the same frailties we have. Faith gives us strength in the face of injustice and motivates us to do our best for “the least of us.”
On the role of political faith; “The First Amendment requires that expressions of faith be neither prohibited nor preferred.” (Huckabee impresses me here as the first politician in two dozen years that seems to have read the First Amendment verbatim.)
On abortion, he is unequivocal: “I believe that Roe v. Wade should be over-turned.” Huckabee opposes gay marriage and supports a Constitutional amendment defining marriage “as a union between one man and one woman.”
(It still amazes me that such an amendment should be necessary. It’s like defining a dog as having four legs and a tail in order to keep from confusing it with a porpoise — but for this brain-damaged generation, it IS necessary. And Huckabee supports it.)
On immigration, Huckabee promises to “take back our country for those who belong here. No open borders, no amnesty, no sanctuary, no false Social Security numbers, no driver s licenses for illegals.”
On Israel, Huckabee says, “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.”
Huckabee opposes gun control, weapons bans, the Brady Bill and supports 2nd Amendment Rights.
On the war in Iraq, Huckabee says it is part of the war on terror, opposes a withdrawal timetable and declares, “I am focused on winning.”
Huckabee proposes to make seeking energy independence a national priority and promises full energy independence by the end of his second term.
The AP’s opinion notwithstanding, Mike Huckabee is no Pat Robertson. No wonder he scares the Left!
At last! A candidate worth watching.