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Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Another Great Campaigner is...Mike Huckabee

Ah, yes. Good ol' Hackabee, with his five o'clock shadow and folksy manner. What an appealing candidate! He was a Governor. He's not a legacy candidate like George W. Bush. He's got real evangelical creds, being a Baptist minister. Heck, he even seems to have compassion for poor people - something a lot of elected Republics lack. What could be wrong with this guy?

At a Michigan campaign event last night, Mike Huckabee gave an interesting reason for why he wants to amend the Constitution to ban both abortion and gay marriage: Otherwise, the Constitution would be in conflict with God.

Huckabee first observed that some of his opponents don't want to amend the Constitution on both of these topics. "But I believe it's a lot easier to change the Constitution than it would be to change the word of the living God," Huckabee said. "And that's what we need to do, is to amend the Constitution so it's in God's standards rather than try to change God's standards."

Now, since Hackabee just lost the vote of tens of millions of people who think this is the dumbest idea evah, how can I say he's a great campaigner? Easily. This type of rhetoric is absolute red meat to the right-wing evangelical voters who are the biggest voting bloc in the Republican primaries. To a large degree, these voters mistakenly believe that America was founded on "Christian principles," whatever those are (hey, it's not like people ever disagree on what the Bible says or anything!), and thus, America should really be a theocracy. If these poor ignorants only knew that the whole reason most Americans came to our country was to AVOID religious persecution CAUSED by theocracies in their home countries! Alas, megachurches don't give classes in history.

Ever since Raygun brought the right-wing evangelicals into the Republic Party's tent, they have been getting very little in return for their money and loyalty. Gay marriage still exists - in fact, more and more states are legalizing it - and Roe v. Wade is still established law. I think we can all agree that a formal Constitutional Amendment banning abortion and gay marriage is a non-starter, since it would require a two-thirds Congressional majority to even begin the process. So what is Hackabee talking about?

Well, how about an informal amendment of the Constitution? All that needs to be done to make this happen is for a federal judge to make a ruling that changes the way the Constitution is interpreted. Indeed, religious conservatives scream about "activist judges" because in decision after decision, federal judges have upheld the Constitution's declaration about the separation of church and state.

In the case of an evangelical president being elected in 2008, these rulings could change. President Hackabee, thanks to the approaching retirement of two of the liberal Justices, could potentially appoint two right-wing evangelicals to the Supreme Court. All they have to do is rule that Roe v. Wade is unconstitutional, and that "marriage" should be defined as only taking place between a man and a women. Of course, that will only be the beginning of the "reforms" the Hackabee Court would make to our democracy. In a few years, it could be illegal to be anything but Christian in America.

Now who woulda thought that aw-shucks ol' Hackabee could be plotting such a horrible perversion of America's laws and traditions? Certainly not the traditional media, who are treating him as a legitimate candidate, and not the theocratic maniac he truly is.

Yup. He's a great campaigner all right. Thankfully, campaign skills can only get him so far, because convincing more than 30% of Americans to vote for him would truly take divine intervention.


Dirk Gently said...

this really isn't a surprising stance, considering huck's christian leader ad.

except, of course, that even the evangalicals are shying away from this one.

*note: this has been a special 2 for 1 blogwhore exchange :)

shrimplate said...

Even scarier than Huckabee's rant itself was the rootin'tootin' clappin'ana hollerin' from the audience.

USpace said...

Huckabee wants to have adulterers, homosexuals and rape victims stoned to death. He also wants to make alcohol and music videos illegal, and make women 2nd class citizens and to take all girls out of school.

Oops, my bad, that's another 'religion'.

Hey, anybody but the PIAPS!

if you’re MAD
punish your country
VOTE for Hillary

madamab said...

you're right, USpace. government based on religion is never good.

thanks for proving my point.

Flying Junior said...

H. Hound has a rollickin' sense of humor if nothing else. When the moderator at the NH debaates was trying to pin down all the R candidates on illegal immigration, amnesty, deportation etc., Huck said he would never forcibly deport immigrant families. He would give them a chance to depart voluntarily to their home countries. Then, if they refused they would be deported. Why would they want to stay here illegally when they could choose his path to citizenship. I was laughing my head off!

madamab said...

He would give them a chance to depart voluntarily to their home countries. Then, if they refused they would be deported.

They don't want to go back to their home country, but he deports them anyway...but that's not deporting people forcibly?????

You're right, flying junior - he IS funny!