So today I sat with my pro-Huckabee friend at Home School swim classes. There was a dreamy sigh she had at the thought that Mike Huckabee was going to make a surprise win in Iowa. I asked her if she had read the article about “The Dilemma of a Values Voter: A Vote for Huckabee is a Vote for Giuliani” – which, of course, she hadn’t.
My first question is, “Why hasn’t Huckabee emerged as a substantial candidate by now?” He seems like a nice guy. Passive. If Mitt Romney weren’t so amazingly on-the-ball, sharp, wholesome, clean, and “genius smart” in the areas that the leader of our nation needs – I might consider someone like Huckabee. But then I look at Giuliani. I’m left with the same sick-in-the-pit-of-my-stomach feeling as I did when I had to choose between George W. Bush and Al Gore. I knew in my head, Bush was the conservative Republican that “represented” all the things I stood for – but the little beady-eyed, wet-behind-the-ears, look of Bush left me with the feeling, “you’ve got to be kidding, that guy is really going to run our country?”
Over the years, I’ve slowly come around and felt more supportive from time to time – but nothing has ever been like the riveting, tearful, pride to my very DNA strands – PATRIOTISM that I felt when I watched Ronald Reagan get elected for the first time and then the second. His stature, his presence (hmmm and maybe a little hair) was so gripping to my soul, I’m not sure I bothered with food for those hours that I watched.
So what is it about Mike that just gets my intuition left searching for something? Well, for one thing, as a Mormon, I find it disturbing that Gov. Huckabee was part of an altar moment where members of the congregation were waving their arms around in prayer for the “David” who was the anointed one to lead our nation which was then followed by altar calls. The LDS Church has a long history of being penalized for mixing “church and state” and there are fairly strict overtures to make sure that politics stays away from the pulpit. Of course, there is the friendly reminder to vote, but it is a neutral reminder.
I was not always Mormon. I spent some a number of years as a Catholic, and then a few years “Church Shopping”. I tried the meetings where people were rocking and waving their hands and what appeared to be “babbling” in an effort to appear to be speaking in “tongues”. This, to me, was literally “gibberish”, it was disturbing for me personally, and not a place I felt comfortable investing my relationship with God and his son, Jesus Christ . I hate to use the word “cultish”, but this stuff was weird. I realize there are people who are “into this”, but it was just too much for me.
At one time, I also had an acquaintance who was Southern Baptist. She was the blond Barbie-doll looking girl in my class who went out of her way to pick on and harass me. At one point, I had had enough and during a outside fair, I dumped the coke I had in my hand on her head. She was deriding me about how much superior she was. Talk about “stuck up”. She actually, and probably a result of her harsh upbringing, ended up with some very serious anorexia issues. When she finally returned to school, from her time of recovering from those issues, was a changed girl. She pulled me aside one day and made amends. She said she was so “sorry” for how she had treated me and that she deserved my dumping my coke onto her.
So I have this unique perspective. I have been a Catholic, an Evangelical, and a Mormon. Guess which one I have stayed steadfastly faithful to for 18 years. I am a proud, card carrying latter-day Saint who can recognize when I’m being sold a sack of goods or not. Been there and done that. But there is something about Huckabee I have been struggling to put my finger on and then I found this on MyManMitt. Now see for yourself. His physical transformation is actually “telling” too.