Show #4 Topic: Mike Huckabee’s record.
Content:a) Interview with John Fund concerning Mike Huckabee’s record (5 minutes)
b) My commentary on Mike Huckabee (4 minutes)
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And greetings to you…this is Uri Brito for our fourth Ron Paul podcast. You have just heard John Fund from the Wall Street Journal talking to Tucker Carlson about Mike Huckabee’s record. I would like to spend a few minutes further speaking about Huckabee’s record and then making a final observation as to why a Paul campaign is superior and far more conservative to the Huckabee message.
In these last few weeks, Huckabee has been endorsed by no other than actor Chuck Norris from Townhall.com and a few respectable bloggers elsewhere. People have been highly attracted to his smoothness and strong dislike for abortion and homosexual marriage. Concerning abortion, he compared it recently to a holocaust. The fact is Huckabee is a strong social conservative. This is undeniable! I strongly applaud him for his record.
But is that enough? Are we Evangelical/Protestant Christians satisfied merely with a social conservative? Are we a two-issue voter? For most conservatives, this is all they are concerned about. If he is pro-life and anti-homosexual partnership, then you can count him in. But what about the issues make up a society like economic policy or in these days foreign policy?
On economic policies he has in many occasions sided with the liberals and moderates. Both as a Southern Baptist minister and as a politician. He maintained most of the Clinton agency heads when he became governor of Arkansas. As John Fund has noted in his article:
Mr. Huckabee was the only GOP candidate to refuse to endorse President Bush’s veto of the Democrats’ bill to vastly expand the Schip health-care program. Only he and John McCain have endorsed the discredited cap-and-trade system to limit global-warming emissions that has proved a fiasco in Europe.
For anyone interested, Huckabee has answered Fund’s article. In my opinion, he is extremely unconvincing. He mentions some of his record as governor, and some of it is positive, but the final proof is in the pudding. Even Phyllis Schlafly–the darling of the right-wing evangelicals– rebuked Mike Huckabee’s record:
“He destroyed the conservative movement in Arkansas, and left the Republican Party a shambles,” she says. “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.”
The question needs to be asked about Huckabee: On an economic level, what makes him different than his fellow Arkansas friend: Bill Clinton?
And let me conclude by mentioning one more crucial detail about Huckabee: He defends this unconstitutional war, which is another indication that he is not aware of the affects of this war on the US economy and the Constitutional mandate for Congress to declare war before going to war.
As Tucker mentioned, evangelicals are really liberals on everything else, but abortion and homosexuality. They want ethics in social matters, but not in economics. And to be a true conservative, you MUST have both.
On the other hand, Ron Paul’s record is unquestionable! He simply refuses to raise taxes and to pass any bill contrary to the limitations of our Constitution and He opposes this needless war. In the end of the day, evangelicals have one true option; a real social conservative and an economic conservative that people around the country are coming to know as Dr. NO! because of his long consistent record of VOTING NO to every Anti-American bill. For the Ron Paul Podcast, I am Uri Brito. We will see you next time.