Sunday, October 21, 2007

Huckabee Switches Brands of "Jesus Juice" on Illegal Immigration

Which of these politicians from Hope is willing to blatantly lie to you? (Hint: Its a trick question, as this article will make clear)

Morning News reporter Doug Thompson wrote in 2006 "Gov. Mike Huckabee Thursday denounced a bill by Sen. Jim Holt that would deny state benefits to illegal immigrants as un-Christian, un-American, irresponsible and anti-life." In the same article, Huckabee also said,"If they're using a fake Social Security number, they're paying Social Security taxes and will never receive any benefit. It would be closer to the truth to say they're subsidizing Joe McCutchen and Jim Holt more than the other way around." and this jewel, "Something that's not worth sharing is not worth celebrating. This is the kind of country that opens its doors. This bill expresses an un-American attitude."

Huckabee further described the bill (similar to a measure already passed in Arizona by the voters as prop 200) to deny public benefits to persons in this country illegally as "inflamatory, race-baiting and demagoguery". When told that the bill's sponsor (former Senator Jim Holt) was also a Christian, Huckabee famously and irreverently replied "I drink a different kind of Jesus juice".

As almost his last act in the Governor's mansion, Huckabee took $10,000 of the taxpayer's money from the Governor's Emergency Fund and gave it to the government of Mexico in order to facilitate the construction of their consulate in Little Rock.

Fast forward to October 2007. Mike Huckabee is close to breaking into the first tier of Republican Presidential Contenders. He is close to persuading the bulk of Christian Conservative leaders in the South to get behind him. There is one problem. Those people and their constituents see the illegal immigration issue the way Holt did, and would rule out Huckabee as a candidate if they knew his actual position on the issue. So he does a 180. He tells them the exact opposite of what he has been telling people when he was the Governor of Arkansas. Here is what he said at the Value Voters conference (in which he came a close 2nd to Romney)....

"We need to make it clear that we will say no to amnesty, and no to sanctuary cities, and no to the idea that there can be some complete ignoring of the fact that our laws have been broken," he said. "I do not blame those who want to come here. I blame our government for sitting on its hands for over twenty years and letting this problem get completely out of hand. Build a border fence, secure the border, and do it now," Huckabee implored.

He got a standing ovation from the crowd when he accused the government of making it more difficult for the average American to get on an airplane in their own home town than it is for an illegal alien to get across an international border.

And on Huckabee's website the "kind of country that opens its doors" talk is absent. His new message is....

* My number one priority is to secure America’s border.
* We have to know who is coming into our country, where they are going, and why they are here. We need a fence along our border with Mexico, electronic in some places, and more highly-trained border agents.
* Those who are caught trying to enter illegally must be detained, processed, and deported.
* Illegal immigrants already living among us who commit crimes must be prosecuted to the full extent of the law and incarcerated or deported.

In a move that is Clintonesque in its brazeness and shamelessness, at the same conference Huckabee took a swipe at Romney for flip-flopping!: "It's important that a person doesn't have more positions on issues than Elvis had waist sizes."

When questioned by OneNewsNow reporter Jim Brown if the remark was aimed at Romney, Huckabee responded by saying he "was simply mentioning that one of the things we look for is consistency, and consistency is a good indication of authenticity. I do believe those are qualities that people want in a leader."

It seems that Mike Huckabee has switched to Holt's brand of "Jesus Juice", at least until after the election.


Blogger The Real Sporer said...

I thought that Huck looked great on Fox this morning. His best TV interview that I've seen.

Bring some Razorback insight into the debate tonight by live blogging over at the Real Sporer.

See you at 7. Here's the link.

10:10 AM, October 21, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Huck, you lying wrinkled sack of hypocritical pus.

7:13 PM, October 21, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

what an unbelievable, simplistic interpretation of his position, you think one can not be for the enforcement of immigration laws and a secure border and also understand that whose same people who are in this country may; get sick, need pre-natal care or other vital services. Is the 'Jim Holt' "christian Position" that we should ignore their illness, ignore their need, let them give birth to pre-mature babies that will either die or need extensive teatment at our cost, where is the mercy in ignoring that some, especially children, are here not of their own accord. I believe we should enforce the law, I believe that when discovered, if they have been out side the system they should be deported, but is it a Chirstian discipline to not recognize that these too, despite their illegal status, are beloved of God and sometimes in need... "I was hungry and you gave me food I was thirsty and you gave me drink.." can an arguement be made that we can and should enforce the law while still looking after the "Least fo These"?

8:59 AM, October 31, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Um, no one said they couldn't get those services. Just stop stealing from the taxpayers to fund it. We don't even want illegal aliens to be here, we certainly don't want to have government social programs for them.

Do you believe in socialism? I would eliminate taxpayer funded health care period. Yet Huck, when he had the opportunity, decided to expand the government thievery.

You cannot provide Christian charity when you steal from others to pay the tab. The good Samaritan left his own money with the innkeeper. He didn't rob a passerby on the street to pay the bill.

The average American already spends half his work day laboring for the government. That's not an alternative way to look at things, that's the flat out truth. I am not rich, I was not born with a silver spoon in my mouth. Yet I'm struggling, and outrageous taxes pin me down. IT'S TIME YOU DO-GOODERS TOOK YOUR HANDS OFF OF MY WALLET!

If you feel so generous, YOU pay for other's health care. Don't act so self righteous and compassionate when you're behaving little better than a back alley mugger.

4:34 AM, November 02, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If we consider it our moral responsibility to provide free healthcare to illegals "for the children", why do we not have the moral responsibility to invade Mexico, kidnap children and bring them here for free healthcare?

The notion that the commission of a criminal act in itself entitles the criminal's children to special benefits is absurd. We have tens of thousands of people in prisons across the country and their families must fend for themselves. We shouldn't "naturalize" illegals "for their children" until we empty all the jails "for their children".

If the illegals refuse to take their children back with them, why not just make the kids wards of the state and adopt them to American families.

8:55 AM, November 26, 2007  

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