Sunday, December 30, 2007

HUCKSTERBEE AND THE CHRISTIANS (not as wise as serpents

by Al Benson Jr.

Since 1968 I have been watching the presidential elections in this country and have kept tabs on how the evangelical Christian community votes as a whole. I must say I have not been encouraged by their track record. They seem to fall for whatever candidate can spout about his "Christianity" the longest and loudest and it never seems to occur to them to ever check as to whether his actions match his words (and usually they don't).

Richard Nixon claimed to be "born again", sat close to Billy Graham at one of Graham's crusades in 1968, the Christians were fooled and we ended up with Watergate, a lot of Nixon's foul language on the Watergate tapes and One World architect Henry Kissinger, who some even said was a Soviet spy, as part of Nixon's cabinet. Jimmy Carter, the would-be peanut farmer from Georgia pulled the same stunt. Talked about his Christian faith and then packed his cabinet with leftists of the Rockefeller tint. We were told Reagan was a Christian, although he seldom ever attended church and his lifestyle didn't really back up the claims, but he was a good enough actor at the game that he is still fooling some conservatives even though he has passed away. But, then, some folks claim that Abraham Lincoln didn't become a Christian until after he was dead for six months.

We had the same deal with Bush the Second. I remember many evangelicals I knew of just falling all over themselves about how wonderful a Christian man Bush the Second was and how he held Bible studies in the White House. Of course the fact that he was part of the Skull and Bones society was never mentioned in Christian circles. But as we went along, Bush the Second eviscerated the Constitution and the Bill of Rights even more than Slick Willie could have dreamed about doing--but that was okay with the Christians because he was, supposedly, one of them. Yeah, right! Some folks believe that purple cows fly too. And the evangelicals never seem to learn. After getting gutted in almost every election in the past forty years, here they are, right back, ready to be sheared in the 2008 election by another "devout Christian" the former governor of Arkansas, one Mike Huckabee. Does the title "former governor of Arkansas" ring a bell? Is this deja vu or what?

The stories are floating by thick and fast about Huckabees "Christianity" but again, no one is bothering to check out Mr. Huckabees actions to see if he walks the walk he talks about. You're just supposed to take his word and the word of his handlers, and of the "news media" about everything--God help us! After having done a little checking on Mr. Huckabee and his positions in several areas, I as a Christian, could not in good conscience, support him, nor will I.

Phyllis Schlafly, President of Eagle Forum, has noted that Huckabee has "destroyed the conservative movement in Arkansas and left the Republican Party a shambles. Yet some of the same evangelicals who sold us on George W. Bush as a 'compassionate conservative' are now trying to sell us on Mike Huckabee." You have to wonder at who is doing this sales pitch and if there isn't a pattern here of selling evangelicals on New World Order candidates over and over? Yes, Virginia, there is a pattern.

Huckabee has continued to peddle his religious Huckadrivel. He has compared the illegal aliens in this country, for whom he obviously has a soft spot, to the slaves that were brought here from Africa, who were sold to slave traders by other black Africans. Obviously, if that comparison could be sold to the Christians, they should then feel compassion for the illegals. Sorry, Mike, but it won't wash. Slaves were brought here, both North and South, through no choice of their own. The illegal aliens are here by the millions, coming in illegally, breaking the law to get here and to stay here. Yet Huckabee opposed legislation in Arkansas to prevent illegals from voting or getting state benefits. He claims those supporting such legislation are really nothing but racists. Really? Huckabee begins to sound like the el presidente of Mexico. He says the same thing--if we won't let his illegals enter our country and steal American jobs then we're all racists. Viva Senor Huckabee!

To prove his love for illegal aliens, while governor of Arkansas, he arranged for a Mexican consulate to be located in Little Rock, supposedly to help illegals with their problems with the American law, and naturally, the state of Arkansas would pay most of the expenses for all this misplaced "compassion." What that really means is that you folks living in Arkansas will foot the bill through taxes. And that brings us to another point. Mr. Huckabee never saw a tax he didn't love. Maybe he should change his name from Huckabee to Taxabee!

Ernie Dumas of the Arkansas Leader wrote: "Mike Huckabee has raised more taxes in 10 years than Bill Clinton did in his 12 years." And State Representative Randy Minton said: "(Huckabee) says he's pro-family. If your're raising taxes on the families of Arkansas, causing wives to go out and get jobs to make ends meet, that's not pro-family." Can't argue with that logic. Many writers have agreed that Huckabee is no conservative--yet he is being peddled to the evangelicals as one. So who's doing the sales pitch?

According to the website "...the average Arkansas tax burden increased 47% over Huckabee's tenure. Huckabee supported (in chronological order) a sales tax hike, gas and diesel fuel tax hikes; another sales tax hike; a cigarette tax hike; a nursing home bed tax; another sales tax hike income surcharge tax; a tobacco tax hike; taxes on Internet access; higher beer taxes. Huckabee oversaw a 50% increase in spending...opposes private school choice." Some "pro-family" candidate!

He also spoke recently to the National Education Association and he has called the "No child left behind" program "the greatest education reform effort by the federal government in my lifetime." More bovine fertilizer! The best way the federal government could "reform" education would be to get out of it altogether. But, then, remember that Karl Marx was in favor of public, or government schools also.

Mr. Huckabee is also naming Richard Haas, the president of the CFR as his advisor on foreign policy. Conservative Christians should know, (although most don't have a clue) about the CFR, the Council on Foreign Relations. This organization has been labeled as "the shadow government in the United States." Most important positions, regardless of who is in power, are filled from this group. They really are our unelected government.

All this, plus the fact that Huckabee has the support of the liberal wing of his church, should begin to tell you something. You should be able to begin to deduce that Mr. Huckabee in no way represents the interests of the Christian community, or of anyone else except for the One World "tax and spend" crowd that is busily grooming him for possible office.

But I suspect that, as usual, the evangelical community will end up being bamboozled by yet another spiritual charlatan, and they won't realize what has happend, should he get elected, until about halfway through his second term. As usual, they will be disappointed, but with their incredibly short memories they will again be manipulated into voting for the "next Christian" One Worlder to be paraded out after our next president is history.

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