Monday, December 10, 2007

Huckabee: squaring the circle

“When fascism comes to America it will be wrapped in the flag and carrying a cross.” Sinclair Lewis
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Mike Huckabee is not to be underestimated. He has managed to re-mix the traditional "po' boy" southern populism and Evangelical fanaticism, remove the traditional southern hostility to African-Americans and replace it with "Islamo-fascist" paranoia... and repackage the whole concoction as "Republican", with all the freight that word carries as "tough on terrorism".

Just as Shakespeare was able to take the plots of mediocre playwrights and turn them into masterpieces, Huckabee has taken George W. Bush little slogan "compassionate conservatism" and fed it on steroids. Huckabee as a pastor and as a man of humble origins has a credibility when talking this talk that silver spooned Bush never had, (although the slogan took Dubya within stealing distance of the presidency in 2000).

The year 2008 looks like being a very hard year indeed with many families losing their homes and jobs and ever emotional Americans will be easy prey to all this talk about Jesus loving the poor while building a fence to keep out Mexicans.

Unless Huckabee does a "Howard Dean" and implodes very soon, he is going to be an extremely hard man to stop.

Huckabee is a reactionary's Barack Obama: "visionary", charming, inclusive, feel good, plus ironclad, rigid, repressive, social conservatism. American fascism, when it comes, will have a flavor all its own.

There seems to be some idea that either Hillary or Obama is going to be "crowned" next year and that we will all live happily ever after. It's not that simple. You have to ask yourself how an espèce d'ordure like George W. Bush ever got elected president in the first place and then accept that those very same forces are still at work today. Mike Huckabee is what George Bush only pretends to be. As the Reverend Huckabee would put it, "God help us all". DS

Holy Huckabee! A Pastor's True Calling - Newsweek
Abstract: On the campaign trail, Huckabee quotes Scripture so often that his stump speeches themselves could be mistaken for sermons. He has spent less than $400,000 in Iowa, compared with Romney's estimated $7 million. In a recent speech at Liberty University, the Baptist school founded by Jerry Falwell, Huckabee said his surprise surge in the polls was the result of divine intervention. "There's only one explanation for it, and it's not a human one,"(...) "Faith doesn't just influence me; it really defines me," Huckabee says in a TV ad now running in Iowa. "I don't have to wake up every day wondering, 'What do I need to believe?' " Just in case his meaning is not clear enough, the words CHRISTIAN LEADER flash on the screen in capital letters.(...) In 1992, he resigned from his church and ran for the U.S. Senate.(...) Huckabee ran on a hard-right platform. (On a candidate questionnaire, the Associated Press reported last week, he advocated isolating AIDS patients. The campaign did not respond to a request for comment.) Huckabee lost. He was crushed. "I thought, 'Why?' " he told the parishoners at New Beginnings. Months later, he got his answer. The post of Arkansas lieutenant governor opened up. Political supporters asked him to run and he won a long-shot campaign, making him the Republican No. 2 to Democratic Gov. Jim Guy Tucker. Three years later Tucker was indicted and then convicted on charges related to the Whitewater scandal. Huckabee was governor. He says he knows now why he lost his Senate race: God had other plans for him.(...) Huckabee has gotten noticed in part by politely exploiting the voters' dissatisfaction with his rivals. He has positioned himself as the only true conservative in the campaign, the one candidate who hasn't conveniently inched rightward on issues like abortion or stem cells just in time for '08. He believes the Bible is the inerrant word of God and says creationism should be taught in schools alongside evolution. All the same, he is careful not to come off as all hellfire and brimstone. As he likes to say, "I'm a conservative, but I'm not mad at anybody about it." Huckabee hopes his charm will help overcome any qualms secular voters or those of other faiths might have about the possibility of a minister in the Oval Office.(...) Arkansas voters saw the funny, down-to-earth Huckabee. Political pros who tangled with him away from the cameras say the governor they dealt with was anything but easygoing. Republican state Rep. Jeremy Hutchinson says Huckabee has an explosive temper. He recalls one heated conversation with Huckabee about a health bill Hutchinson didn't want to support. Huckabee began screaming at him, and banged his fists on his desk so hard that "trinkets started falling off."(...) Jim Hendren, the state's Senate minority whip, says he gave up trying to debate issues with Huckabee. "It was like you became the enemy," he says. "There wasn't ever a negotiation. It was, 'It's going to be my way or else'." READ IT ALL

1 comment:

stan said...

I am sick of seeing this idiotic quote
“When fascism comes to America it will be wrapped in the flag and carrying a cross.” Sinclair Lew
I can go find any quote or data point to make a case for anything.

How fortunate for governments that the people they administer don't think.
~Adolf Hitler