Yesterday, presidential candidate and former Governor, Mitt Romney, gave a historic and landmark speech, “Faith In America”. It is refreshing to see the awakening that is taking place in the political landscape as a result beginning with the announcement of this speech. Surely, this is the speech that bats Mitt Romney out of the park as the most “presidential” candidate for the GOP in 2008. It is a breath of fresh air.
For weeks now, we have had to endure caustic attempts to marginalize the members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints or Mormons by the MSM and bigoted Evangelical groups. We then add the “read-between-the-lines-vote-for-me-‘the Christian’” (but if you are LDS, ever so cloaked, you are “not”) Mike Huckabee, the Baptist preacher, has been recycled onto the political scene. He was the Governor of Arkansas and is now seeking the big seat of the Oval Office.
Mike Huckabee is a populist; he shifts to whichever way the wind blows. He has no depth. He simply can not absorb and respond to our nation’s problems in a meaningful way or a way that shows he has an IQ for anything other than what might pad himself. He uses the beady-eyed, folksy charm with catchy cultural icons (like Chuck Norris and wrestlers) to distract the serious voter from taking a good, hard, look a his record. The fact is, he is a liberal in conservative clothing. His policies include tax begging:
He is what is now termed a “compassionate conservative“. This translates into liberal “sympathy” for every illegal immigrant to flock to his sanctuary and amnesty embracing arms. As the UPI reports:
“Huckabee is the guy who scares the heck out of me,” says Peter Gadiel, president of 9-11 Families for a Secure America.
Roy Beck, whose group NumbersUSA organization played a major role in helping to defeat this year’s Senate immigration bill, calls Huckabee was “an absolute disaster as governor of Arkansas.”
“Every time there was any enforcement in his state, he took the side of the illegal aliens,” Beck told the Times.
Defending his record as governor of Arkansas, Huckabee says if voters are looking for the toughest guy on immigration, he’s not their man.
That he is a former Baptist minister, I have to wonder how far has he distanced himself from his ministerial roles. It seems conclusive this is what he is baiting gullible, Mormon-hating, Evangelicals with. They have an inbred and indoctrinated animosity of Mormons. This group often sends their children to “Cults 101” (of which Mormons are dissected into detail) to immunize their children from leaving the fold. At an early age, and consistently throughout adulthood, some Evangelical Christian’s are immersed in deep-seated suspicion and hostility towards members of the Mormon Church.
If you dig a little deeper you see some “architectural” designing of the Huckabee campaign exploiting the Romney “Mormon” weakness. Could they be employing some “shadow campaign” strategies, perhaps? Is there a Karl Rove-wannabe in the wings? Certainly Huck has managed to gather some support groups that beg to cross the line. Researching the robo-phone calls that attack the other candidates in order to promote himself, or “push-polling” are quite alarming. Common Sense Issues, and TrustHuckabee are at least two groups that have surfaced.
On that note, Mike Huckabee embraces the likes of Dick Morris. Is there a coincidence with Huckabee’s rise with some of these obviously calculated campaign moves which have the stench of corrupt ethics? Did someone say ethics? The word “ethics” certainly sounds familiar when considered in the same sentence as “Huckabee“. In November 2007, Mitt Romney’s campaign scrambled to absorb a blow when illegal push-polling took place in Iowa and New Hampshire. In December, wouldn’t you know, Huckabee’s camp is on the receiving end of some very favorable push-polling. As Kripto at Red State said:
I was laughed at when I said I thought it was Huckabee and his supporters who were doing the anti-mormon Push poll, well guess what. Huckabee supporters tried to reflect this back on Romney, it didn’t work.
It looks we may now know who is doing the negative push polling. Its Huckabee supporters.
Kripto wasn’t alone on that wave length. It seems like the Huckabee campaign is over, at least for most of us. Kripto says what we’re all thinking out loud,
“I heard rumors that Huckabee was a dirty player, now some of the evidence is coming out.”
Speaking of “coming out”, (sorry, it was just unavoidable) did you know there is a G/L website named “Faith In America”? Surprise! Thank you Gov Romney for helping to redefine the redefinition of the phrase “Faith In America” in our culture. They are a G/L group unabashedly claiming that religions are ganging up on them in keeping them out of main stream society. Talk about doublespeak. They are feeling quite sorry for themselves as they feel Governor Romney’s speech was a direct attack on them. Score team Romney.
But we can’t leave Gov Huckabee out of the religious conversation which seems to be main stream convention. Of course Huckabee claimed it was he who was the target of too much religious skepticism. Of course, he protesteth too much. Even Mike Huckabee refuses to state what his real opinion is of a Mormon. It’s quite apparent now what his motives are. As Krauthammer explains on Fox News in a Special Report by Brit Hume, what needs to be addressed with Mike Huckabee, who’s own Southern Baptist roots can’t be overlooked:
The question is–Mr. President, are you going to evangelize from the oval office? If you’re an Evangelical Christian, and you define yourself as the Christian candidate for president, is it your mission to convert the country to Christianity? Those kinds of questions will arise.
But it implies for those that believe that Mormonism is a heresy, that here is the guy that you want. When Huckabee had been asked is this a heresy, he said I’m above that. It’s not an issue that I ought to discuss, and I’m only running for the presidency.
He should have said whether or not he belongs to a Christian sect is irrelevant in this country. After all, Joe Lieberman is not a member of a Christian sect, and he’s not disqualified from the presidency.
Here’s the clincher:
That’s what he should have done, but he is using, subtly, the suspicions about the Mormonism as a way to advance his candidacy, and that’s why I think he has jumped ahead in Iowa, while the others have not found a way to exploit the Mormonism. He has.
I take him at his word, which is what we always do, with everybody, that’s what we always do. If I say “I’m a Baptist” then you say, “Okay, you’re a Baptist.” That’s how it works. (Pat Roberston, clearly speechless, laughs) … That’s why their’s Article VI of the Constitution. There shall not be a religious test for office… This was the best speech of the campaign. The most emotional I’ve ever seen this guy. I liked him today.”
Richard Land calls his speech “magnificent”. Finally, we can all agree on something.