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What’s Behind the McCain-Huckabee Love-Fest?

December 25, 2007 02:51 PM EST rating: 9.7/10 (3 votes) | comments: 12

There is a saying in politics that is as old as Methuselah (or at least as old as John McCain) – “Politics makes strange bedfellows.” I don’t know how much stranger it could get than the latest hook-up.

 

Consider this item by Michael Levenson from today’s Boston Globe.com article McCain, Huckabee form unusual alliance against Romney.

 

John McCain and Mike Huckabee have become unusual allies, united by their desire to stop Mitt Romney from winning the early presidential nominating contests in Iowa and New Hampshire.While Huckabee and McCain have repeatedly criticized Romney, they have showered each other with affection. McCain has lauded Huckabee as “a man of integrity, honesty, and decency.” And Huckabee has praised McCain as “a true, honest-to-God American hero.”

 

The warmth between them may be heartfelt, but both men recognize that they need each other over the next two weeks. McCain needs Huckabee to beat Romney in Iowa‘s Republican caucuses on Jan. 3, so that Romney is weakened for the New Hampshire primary five days later. And Huckabee needs McCain to draw votes from Romney in Iowa. Polls indicate McCain and Romney are in a statistical tie in New Hampshire, and Huckabee is leading Romney in Iowa.The alliance between the folksy former Arkansas governor and the irreverent Arizona senator has been one of the stranger story lines to emerge in the Republican race. McCain, after all, has had a rocky relationship with evangelical voters since he criticized Jerry Falwell and Pat Robertson during the 2000 presidential campaign, saying their message of “intolerance” hurt the Republican Party and America. Huckabee, meanwhile, has rocketed to the top of the Iowa polls and the top tier of national candidates by courting evangelical voters and marketing himself in his ads as a “Christian leader.”

Go read it all… very disturbing…

 

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You are cordially invited to witness one of the most decidedly profound moments in the history of the United States of America. The President of the United States, George W. Bush, has invited Governor Mitt Romney to give an address on “Faith in America” this Thursday, December 6th 2007. This speech is a welcomed moment in light of the ever increasing evangelical bigot vote to exclude Governor Mitt Romney, a Latter-day Saint, as a viable candidate for the 2008 presidency because of his faith. There is no religious test for the presidency of the United States. Despite this, many evangelical Christians are willing to go to any length to thwart Gov. Romney’s candidacy.

The address titled Faith in America will be given later this week in College Station, Texas. The governor’s decision to deliver it and the themes Governor Romney will discuss:

Governor Romney has made a decision to deliver a speech titled ‘Faith in America”.

The governor has been invited to The George Bush Presidential Library in College Station, Texas to deliver this address on Thursday, December 6.

This speech is an opportunity for Governor Romney to share his views on religious liberty, the grand tradition religious tolerance has played in the progress of our nation and how the governor’s own faith would inform his Presidency if he were elected.

Governor Romney understands that faith is an important issue to many Americans, and he personally feels this moment is the right moment for him to share his views with the nation.

Governor Romney personally made the decision to deliver this speech sometime last week.

While identifying a venue for this address, the campaign consulted with President George H.W. Bush’s office last week about Governor Romney’s decision.

President Bush was gracious enough to extend an invitation to deliver the speech at the presidential library.

The invitation to speak at the presidential library is not an endorsement of Governor Romney’s campaign.

-Kevin Madden, Romney for President campaign spokesman

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Revised October 30th, 2007

Okay, all Baptists must go to the back of the bus. Episcopalians are not allowed to drink at that water fountain.

If you haven’t had a chance to immerse yourself in complete insanity-logic lately, check out this. Crooks and Liars stacks the deck in a way that reveals a glimpse into the crux of the “losing” mentality. It’s the perpetual perspective that no matter how many anti-depressants or government-funded programs into society, people can never win or be successful. Oh and heaven forbid if someone IS a winner or successful – they must be so corrupt they have to sabotage their campaign. In this case, either Romney’s campaign MUST have done this to themselves or they MUST have done this to themselves.

This isn’t a commentary on anti-depressants it’s about what happens to the large groups of people who can never pull it together to appreciate success. This mentality is like the bucket of crabs on the beach waiting to be cooked. The ones that climb and clamber over each other to save themselves for their own preservation. The ones on the Titanic who would throw a mother and child over board to get their places in the rescue boat. I’m reminded of Lord of the Flies or Heart of Darkness. Unchecked, mankind reverts to evil. What is wanted is a successful, professional, presidential candidate but when he arrives on the scene it is decided that really is “too smooth and phony.” So what fits right, hmmm, how about a settling for Mike Huckabee, the compassionate folksy liberal with the “aw shucks” demeanor.

Give me a break. You say you want a smart, polished statesman which is Mitt Romney, but then change your mind and go for a Golmer Pyle (Mike Huckabee) because you can’t stand the shine from Mitt’s brilliance? That’s typical of this culture – rip on the role models to drag society down to the mediocre and pedestrian – or worse – so that personal discomfort can be relieved.

The next strategy is to then use the “Christian” tag line to try to launch into a holier-than-thou stance while shredding a legitimate Christian denomination that has been a profound part of our American heritage, landscape and legacy for centuries. The Latter-day Saints (LDS) Church weaves some of the richest and profound threads of the American tapestry and it’s not going away. It started when people with the thinking of Rett and Pastors For Huckabee justified themselves to take a torch and burn a home, or tar and feather and member of the LDS Church in the 1800’s. I won’t go into Mormon history here – but the blood of Latter-Day Saints has seeped so far into the American soil no hatred or political ostracizing will every be able to dissect it out of the American backdrop. What Rett and friends are trying to accomplish is one and the same.

Here’s the pathological summary by

Mitt Romney has everything a candidate could want. The money, the looks, the credentials, the background of success. He has one problem. Mormonism. 37% said in a recent survey that they could never vote for a mormon. The deep south, which is the breadbasket for Republicans when it comes to electoral votes, is also the bible belt. While I would vote for Mitt because of his social conservative views, there are many who would hear about his Mormonism and immediately vote Hillary or Rudy. He can’t win a general election because he can’t win the deep south, therefore he can’t win my vote.

How would this work if we said “black”, or you know, “African American” or “Jew”. Here’s what the anti-Mormon, generally Huck-backing, crowd are doing now. They have to back peddle to rationalize why voting against a Mormon isn’t bigotry. It is outrageous that any person outside of a religion could be an “expert” on someone else’s faith. The process itself lends itself to trapping itself onto ideological hooks and then micro-focusing on obscure issues so that no matter what, bias will happen. I could no longer profess to be an expert on an Evangelical faith than the man on the moon.

I don’t buy it. Rett is making excuses which are thinly veiled. This is what the Hucksters are going to do now… they will say everything they can to conceal their innate bigotry of a fellow Christian religion. They are zealots from the pulpit and from their anti-cult classes which have been inbred and ingrained for centuries. This reminds me of an Aunt of mine born in the 20’s, she can’t help but define everyone she meets by their skin color. This post makes it clear. Hucksters, including Huck himself, can’t help inciting bigotry. It’s playing the Religion card but then trying to pretend you aren’t.

See MyManMitt and how Huckabee is encouraging discrimination

Kathryn Lopez – A Mormon Can Be President

In case you haven’t seen it – how offensive – he’s really pushing his luck too far.

What will Huck say against Hillary if that day were to ever happen, “I’m a man, therefore I should be president”?

Timotheus says it all: “The use of religion by Huckabee to promote his political aspirations is extraordinarily opportunistic and despicable. What is Huckabee going to do when he is running against Hillary, run an ad with the tag line in the background, “Male Leader?” Or what about if he runs against Barack Obama, is Huckabee going to have a tag line that says “White Leader?” There are some differences that just should not be contrasted. Huckabee’s playing of the religion card is one of those examples. I don’t like it and I don’t think it is becoming of a presidential candidate.”

Let’s be honest here. I’m sure we could go back to the early, post-Nicea Christianity (after 600 AD or so) and dredge up some obscure writings that express the dogma of the Spanish Inquisition or criteria for pardons which would no more be THE encompassing, comprehensive breadth of the Catholic Church any more than the one article by Ezra Taft Benson referenced by the “Pastors for Huck” gang could be. But as a Latter-Day Saint, reviewing Pres. Benson’s talk, and in the context of what I have experienced in the last 18 years as a Latter-day Saint there is an internal understanding of what Pres. Benson was talking about.

There is nothing sinister, deviant or even “off” about it. There is a conversion process that a person undergoes in the Latter-day Saint faith that softens the core of the soul to Heavenly Father and His son Jesus Christ. It is from this “soft spot” that we open ourselves to the “voice of the Lord.” I absolutely love the undeniable warmth and connection I have with His will through the instruction and encouragement I receive from the teachings of the Scriptures AND all of the prophets, living and dead. This is a voluntary, willful submission. Let me repeat that, I offer my soul to be purified and redeemed willingly to the voice of truth.

Their argument would work if someone cornered a Baptist and nailed them to the wall as to why not all their congregations practice complete immersion for baptism – after all, isn’t that their pivotal defining “cause” they splintered off of main-stream Christianity over? Actually, aren’t all Evangelical congregations’ just little splinters of the post-Nicea Christianity? It’s really shocking they even think they can claim any connection with Christianity since there is no uniformity or standard they even follow. The “Bibles” keep changing and are re-written and re-translated at whim – it is a remarkable question to ask, “Which Bible do they follow – EXACTLY”?

The arguments could go on ad nauseum and for us who are trying to go about the business of supporting the best candidate for the GOP presidency, this quibbling gets very tiresome. Anyone who has to put the Latter-day Saints down as a legitimate religion is like being around someone with a Napoleon complex. They run around tyrannizing everyone around them because of their own insecurity and pettiness.

Let’s be clear about this. Mitt Romney is decidedly the most powerful presidential candidate we have. His answers in the Florida were stellar. Yes, there were a couple awkward moments but they were in regards to areas where Mitt has undergone some “growing up”. The Bible question was the worst question of the evening: it was scathing and mocking and completely irrelevant to presidential politics. Frankly, it revealed just how much a Baptist Pastor Mike Huckabee continues to be. It truly shows he IS running for our nation’s pope. This country was founded on religious non-interference and this unabashedly “interfered”. I go to my own church and it is absolutely reprehensible that I was “preached” to by this candidate. It was insulting that he postured himself as the Biblical expert to Rudy Giuliani. This is exactly the reason that Thomas Jefferson wrote to the Danites about the “separation of church and state” because he was trying to reassure them that there would NOT be a national, state-governed religion – like in England or “president” pastoring from the Oval Office.

In the Florida YouTube debate, Mitt Romney was victorious. He showed excellence in his incredible grasp of not discussing the “torture” issues. He batted out of the park in demonstrating the regard we all need to have when it comes to our national security. Rudy was just plain Rude-y. The cheap shots revealed he’s just another scum ball gangster. When Mitt Romney spoke, you could see Rudy and Mike shrivel. When Governor Romney responded to the question of Black on Black crime, he spoke of the importance of “families”. To my knowledge, he is the ONLY candidate to utter that word. Has our society actually acquiesced to the thrashings of PC-ology? Even Mike Huckabee avoided an opportunity to encourage the restoration of our society’s basic sociological unit. Giuliani only cared about crime stats. How pathetic these other candidates were to have completely missed this fundamental point. Mitt Romney is THE candidate for the presidency of 2008. He is a fine example of ethics and decency. This country is ready for a change to Mitt Romney.

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Iowa Home schooler and Attorney, Justin Levan, can’t vote for Romney because he is “Mormon” and not “Christian”. You can hear the bigotry loud and clear here. This is quite interesting in light of the recent push-polling going on in Iowa and New Hampshire. To what lengths would enemies of Mormonism or supporters of Mike Huckabee or Rudy Giuliani go to destroy Mitt Romney?

What is fascinating is that this spurning hatred has existed since the Latter-Day Saint Church’s inception, and not one heinous effort has succeeded in catalyzing its demise. In fact, the Church grows at an unprecedented pace. I can attest, that from my own experience, their hatred and vicious attempts to stop my investigating the Church only served to witness to me that I was on to something profound. No one bothered me when I investigated other faiths. Satan isn’t interested in those he already has.

What is it about the Latter-day Saint Religion that so gets under people’s skin, they just can’t leave it alone? Like moths driven to a flame, they tirelessly attempt to “attack” and often trigger their own spiritual death pursuing their purpose. They speak out of two sides of their mouth: preaching “Christ’s love” on one day, but catechize hatred in their “cult classes” the next. Replace this week’s news on the push polling with the Jewish faith or Catholicism and you would never get such vile loathing.

This is out and out bullying. These are the people of our country who get great pleasure in tormenting and torturing others in a mob mentality. There are people of this country willing to holocaust their neighbors generation after generation.

Perhaps this is the greatest compliment a group of people could embrace – the persecuted, that is. The Bible reminds us of who we are and that:

  1. Matt. 5: 10-12, 44

    10 Blessed are they which are apersecuted for brighteousness’ sake: for ctheirs is the kingdom of heaven.

    11 Blessed are ye, when men shall arevile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of bevil against you falsely, cfor my sake.

    12 aRejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your breward in heaven: for so cpersecuted they the prophets which were before you.

    4 But I say unto you, aLove your benemies, cbless them that dcurse you, do egood to them that fhate you, and gpray for them which despitefully use you, and hpersecute you;

It is important the we remember who we are as we weather this storm. I look at how certain oppressed and exterminated groups are never allowed to be “re-birthed” into society as “whole” and a “restored” people. I’m thinking of Native Americans at the moment. I have to wonder if it is ever likely that a debased group can re-emerge into mainstream society. How does the world consider the Jews after the scourging of their nation?

It seems theirs and other groups, including Latter-Day Saints, must thrive by stealth avoiding the light of the campfire. These are the great and mighty beasts and men who have learned to live at odds with the “pioneer man” because of an inherent distrust and knowledge that this “pioneer man” exists only to destroy him for a prize or trophy.

The “pioneer men” are the brazen, unsophisticated frontiersmen who feed only on the audacious diet of the saloon mindset. No, the Anti-Mormon Evangelicals probably don’t drink or miss the spittoons, but as they stagger and swagger amongst each other; they feed off the ideas that they are somehow the zenith of our modern-day pioneer town. On the surface they pretend to be the Dudley Do-Rights but their exterminating posse has already been dispatched. Its only a matter of time before the attempt to tar and feather Mitt Romney will be executed.

This is the chance for history to rewrite itself. This is the chance for the Atonement to right centuries of wrong or a chance for our nation to make a major course correction. Will it be allowed to happen or will the Latter-Day Saint faith be forced to remain in bondage for another couple hundred years? Ironically, of all the faiths, it is the Latter-Day Saints and the LDS Church, who knows oppression more than most denominations. The Mormon Church has as its primary purpose the desire to restore the identity and dignity to those of the poorest of poor, the oppressed of the oppressed, in every corner of the world. The LDS Church breaks records for being the most responsive and restorative to any member of any society.

It is now the task of Latter-Day Saints to comprehend that the souls most in need of compassion and forgiveness, are those who spew the vilest of assaults. These are people who are indoctrinated in hatred. These are the people who were once persecuted themselves, but unable to recall their past and unable to forgive, they ignorantly huddle around the campfire rehashing one distortion and lie after another. Their lives are shallow and perverted. Without their hatred, they would cease to exist because the glue that binds them together would dissolve. And that is what terrifies them. And in the morning when the sun rises, light will be shed on their bogeymen. Their deluded paranoia will no longer define them. The scales will fall from THEIR eyes and they will be see things as they really are.

Pity them if you can; pray for them you must. It is staggering to think that wars are fought and civilizations collapsed over the mere perpetuation of the ideas of man. Wherever you stand on this issue, you are a part of His Story or history. What role will you play?

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