Friday, December 29, 2006

Weyrich High on Huckabee

I was distressed to read that long-time christian-right leader Paul Weyrich was high on Governor Mike Huckabee as a Presidential hopeful. Here is what Weyrich said, according to Jim Brown of Agape Press...

"Weyrich, who has been involved in politics for decades, says twice Governor Huckabee had him "on the seat of his chair" during a recent forum. According to Weyrich, the former Baptist preacher "can speak like no other candidate."

"He is dynamic, he is exciting, he believes in all the right things," says Weyrich in describing the Arkansas governor. "I think that if conservatives really got behind him, that they would bump him up to be a first-tier candidate."

I was at that event, and the Governor DID have them on the edge of their seat. The man has a gift. What concerns me is that he was selling nanny-state socialism as the "christian" position. He was selling the idea that to be "pro-life" means you are for the government taking care of people from cradle to grave. It was utter nonsense, but the way he put it the crowd was eating it up.

Being pro-life means that you believe the state should punish those who kill innocent people, either before they are born or after. Period. That is what it has always meant until recent efforts to tack statist ideology unto an expanded definition. But being pro-life does not mean that we think it is the government's job to "take care" of people, just to protect their God-given right to life. The Apostle Paul said, "if a man will not work, neither let him eat". Doesn't sound like much of a nanny-state guy to me.

It disturbs me that leaders of the Christian right like Mr. Weyrich are falling for this stuff. It may explain why the christian right is, relative to their size and willingness to work, the most ineffective group in American politics. Time after time we have worked hard to elect leaders who not only fail to enact our agenda, but lead us in the exact opposite direction. Time after time, the candidates that our leadership has bid us rally behind have turned out to be duds or worse. By now, I would expect men like Mr. Weyrich to use more discernment.

Mike Huckabee is good at what he does, and the Christian right national leaders are desperate to find a republican candidate they can get behind. So desperate that they may be about to make another big mistake. I have had the benefit of observing the Governor at close range for the last ten years, so perhaps I should take that into account in my assessment. Still, I am frustrated that the men who are the national leaders of the movement I most identify with keep putting their faith in the wrong men.

12 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mark,

Is there a candidate in your opinion that Christian conservatives should line up behind?

The problem is that I can find flaws with every current candidate so I'm forced to choose the lesser evil.

Huck is not at the top of my list either but when compared to Hillary or other lib R's he looks a little better. I hope we get a better candidate to pull for too. But who?

7:55 AM, December 29, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think Governor Huckabee would be a great President and a representation of the Republican Party. We need someone who is pro-life, unlike Giuliani, Pataki and Romney. We need someone with compassion and charisma, unlike McCain. We need someone with leadership experience with no ties to Washington, unlike every Senator who is considering.

Some will cry "nanny state," but we have to realize sometimes that the government should intervene. Especially when one person's actions affect another person. (Smoking, abortion, etc.)

8:06 AM, December 29, 2006  
Blogger rob_star said...

If I were you, I would do the only responsible thing: Start your own party and leave the Republican party to the supply siders. It works out perfect for everyone involved. The Christian (and I use that term loosely) conservatives get their own party where they can put any litmus test they want on a candidate. Big business gets their party back so they can drone on and on about how no taxes on the wealthy is the only way to go. Most importantly the people will get responsible government that doesn't squander all of their money on fake wars bad business deals. Mark, it is a win win situation, all you need is a name for your new party, I suggest "Christotaliban" with the slogan "Vote for us, or we'll kill you."

11:35 AM, December 29, 2006  
Blogger Mark Moore (Moderator) said...

How about "Vote for us before the Republocrats kill us all"?

Right now I'd say Duncan Hunter is the only one in the race who I could even vote for. Is he establishment approved? Don't think so, that is why he gets no press and has no money. Still, he is the only one I see.

3:28 PM, December 29, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So basically you're saying that there is no current viable candidate who has a prayer.

7:09 PM, December 29, 2006  
Blogger Blue State Republican said...

You might as well go ahead and accept the fact that it is inevitiable that Mike Huckabee is going to make a serious impact on the race for the GOP nomination. I, of course, think he's going to win. If you have truly had the opportunity to watch him action over the last 10 years, as you say (and as I have) you know this to be true.

Regards,

BSR

7:40 PM, December 29, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Rob, why don't you go back to smoking the weed you smoke and try to come up with something intelligent to say. Although it does help our side when you anti-Semitic, anti-Christian, socialist Democrats make a total stupid, air-headed, mind-numbed robot comment like "Christotaliban." It just shows who you people really are. If you actually had a clue and your wits about you, you'd realize that Christians didn't fly planes into the World Trade Center towers, or the Pentagon, or a field in Pennsylvania. But go back to listening to Rosie Lesbo O'Donnell tell you that "radical Islam is just as big a threat as radical Christianity" and don't look at the facts (like you would anway, as doing so would just prove you wrong).

7:55 PM, December 29, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

One more thing....why don't you go form your OWN party. Oh wait....that's right. The Socialist Party and Communist Party already beat you to it. You'd probably fit better with one of them anyway.

7:56 PM, December 29, 2006  
Blogger Mark Moore (Moderator) said...

BSR,

I don't doubt you are correct as to Huckabee's potential to impact the race. I think there is a decent chance he will make the GOP ticket as the P or VP. I don't have to like it though.

7:58 PM, December 29, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think we need to deem Huckabee as "McCain Junior." They're both RINOs and the last thing the Republican party needs is more RINOs.

9:16 AM, December 30, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

With gobal warming making environmental issues like waste water discharging from a steel plant in the State of Arkansas a Federal crime, all Mike Huckabee will do is look the other way. We do not need this man in the White House. Mike Huckabee help this steel plant discharge millions and millions of pounds of hazardous material into our environment, to bury hazardous material and pollute our nations waterways on a very large scale. If anyone reported these Federal violations, Mike Huckabee would take steps to help cover everything up and if needed would have his office call the people making the complaints and tell them they will never get any where with their complaint, so leave it alone. I know from personal experience Mike Huckabee is no good...

11:41 AM, December 31, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well, I don't believe you on that point. It sounds like an environmental wacko assertion anyway. I don't want Huckabee in the White House strictly on his policies of expanding government. I also think that the stuff that he did a little before the election helped lead to Asa's defeat. Republicans didn't like what he did and Both Ways Beebe capitalized on their disgust, talked like a conservative, and got their vote. What those people don't realize is that they were all lied to.

4:30 PM, December 31, 2006  

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