In my last article, "What is a Conservative?" (which can be read at www.conservativetruth.org/article.php?id=159) I stated that I had decided who I would support for President, but I did not announce my choice. I preferred to lay a philosophical foundation which I hoped readers would use in making their own choice before I stated my preference. As the title of this article makes clear, I believe Mike Huckabee should be our next President.
My sole hesitation in coming out for Mike was the fact that he had been portrayed as a tax and spend politician, one who would not fit my definition of a fiscal conservative. My investigation of the facts has proved to me that this portrayal was based on lies put forth by his political opponents. With this settled, I can wholeheartedly endorse Mike Huckabee for President.
These are the reasons I believe Mike is the best (and only) choice to be the next President of the United States
First and foremost, he is a born-again Christian. To some people, this is a negative, because they fear he will try to force his religion down the nation's collective throat. Huckabee has made it clear that he would not do this, but it does bring up an interesting point.
Every person who aspires to the Office of the Presidency brings some sort of moral base with them. Most presidents have been Protestants of some sort. John F. Kennedy was a Catholic. Mitt Romney is a Mormon. Obama has Muslim roots, but claims to follow "the Christian tradition" (whatever that means). None of this causes any problem. But let a candidate make a clear stand for Jesus, and suddenly the Republic is in danger!
I think it is great that Mike knows what he believes! His likely opponent, Hillary, espouses some mushy version of Christianity, but it is clear that she really only believes in Hillary. (I suppose you could say her religion is Narcissism.) Would you rather have someone in the White House who has a strong moral base, or someone who has to check the polls to see what she believes?
Yes, Huckabee believes in the Bible, which means that we can trust him to do what he believes what is right for the nation, and that he will tell us the truth. That's a lot more than we can expect from Hillary, who is a professional liar.
Second, he has far more executive experience than any of his opponents in either party. Sure, Rudy ran a city, and a big one. But he never ran a state, something Mike did for ten years as Governor of Arkansas. And it's a fact that our most effective presidents have been former governors.
On the Democrat side, the front runners are two junior senators. Senators rarely make it to the White House, and only two of our 43 presidents were ever elected directly from the Senate to the White House. (Those were Warren G. Harding in 1921 and John F. Kennedy in 1961). So in addition to being pitiful excuses for public servants, Hillary and Obama have history working against them.
By contrast, 31 of our presidents had high-level executive experience before they were elected, 17 as Governors and 14 as Vice-Presidents. By a wide margin, Americans prefer presidents who have actually run things (Governors and Vice-Presidents) over people who just talk about things (Senators and Congressmen).
Third, since Hillary will be his likely opponent, it makes sense that the Republicans should nominate someone who could beat her. I have heard many conservatives say that ANY conservative could beat her handily, because so many Democrats hate her views and her lifestyle. While it is true that there are many Democrats who are pretty conservative on many issues, I don't think there are enough of them to ensure her defeat in the general election.
No, we need some insurance in the general election, and Mike Huckabee offers that. In his own words, "I have been up against the Clinton political machine four times, and I beat them every time." None of the other Republican candidates can say that. Lots of Republicans fail to realize how much political clout the Clintons still have and how much money they can raise, legally and illegally. Mike knows how to crush Hillary!
Finally, Mike Huckabee is right on the issues. Instead of me describing his stands on the most pressing issues of this election, let me allow Mike to speak for himself with brief quotes from his official website (LINK below). For more details on these issues, go to his website.
SANCTITY OF LIFE: I support and have always supported passage of a constitutional amendment to protect the right to life. My convictions regarding the sanctity of life have always been clear and consistent, without equivocation or wavering. I believe that Roe v. Wade should be over-turned.
MARRIAGE: I support and have always supported passage of a federal constitutional amendment that defines marriage as a union between one man and one woman. As President, I will fight for passage of this amendment. My personal belief is that marriage is between one man and one woman, for life.
IMMIGRATION: Securing our borders must be our top priority and has reached the level of a national emergency. I oppose and will never allow amnesty.
TAXES: I'd like you to join me at the best "Going Out of Business" sale I can imagine - one held by the Internal Revenue Service. Am I running for president to shut down the federal government? Not exactly. But I am running to completely eliminate all federal income and payroll taxes.
FAITH AND POLITICS: The First Amendment requires that expressions of faith be neither prohibited nor preferred. We should not banish religion from the public square, but should guarantee access to all voices and views. We should share and debate our faith, but never seek to impose it. My faith is my life - it defines me. My faith doesn't influence my decisions, it drives them. For example, when it comes to the environment, I believe in being a good steward of the earth. I don't separate my faith from my personal and professional lives.
HEALTH CARE: The health care system in this country is irrevocably broken, in part because it is only a "health care" system, not a "health" system. We don't need universal health care mandated by federal edict or funded through ever-higher taxes. We do need to get serious about preventive health care.
ENERGY INDEPENDENCE: The first thing I will do as President is send Congress my comprehensive plan for energy independence. We will achieve energy independence by the end of my second term.
NATIONAL SECURITY: I believe that we are currently engaged in a world war. Radical Islamic fascists have declared war on our country and our way of life. They have sworn to annihilate each of us who believe in a free society, all in the name of a perversion of religion and an impersonal godI will fight the war on terror with the intensity and single-mindedness that it deserves.
IRAQ: Iraq is a battle in our generational, ideological war on terror. General Petraeus and our troops are giving their all to provide a window of opportunity for the Iraq government to succeed, while the Democrats are running for the exit doors.
ISRAEL: I salute and support Israel as our staunch ally in the War on Terror and our greatest friend in that regionIsrael is an important partner in the spread of freedom and democracy throughout the Middle East and the worldThe United States must remain true to its long-standing commitment to the Israeli people.
THE SECURE AMERICA PLAN: A 9-Point Strategy for Immigration Enforcement and Border Security. Implement a broad-based strategy that commits the resources of the federal government to the enforcement of our immigration laws and results in the attrition of the illegal immigrant population.
In short, Mike Huckabee is a true Conservative in all the vital areas: Social, Fiscal and Defense. I don't see any other candidate who meets those criteria, so Mike has my vote and my endorsement.
The Protocol is based entirely on a lie that predicts dramatic and imminent global warming. Global warmers insist that carbon dioxide emissions must be reduced, but carbon dioxide does not cause climate change. Climatologists will tell you that any rise in carbon dioxide in the atmosphere does not precede, but follows warming cycles.
The science is well known, but hucksters like the odious Al Gore and those behind the original Kyoto Protocol, with the media as accessories, have created a climate of crisis.
It’s a very good thing that our Senate voted unanimously in 1997 against binding America to the United Nations Kyoto Protocol on Climate Control and that both the Clinton and Bush Administrations refused to act on the proposed limits. The reason for the Senate resolution was to avoid “serious harm to the economy of the United States.”
A November 30 Bloomberg News article by Kristian Rix and Mathew Carr reported that Japan, Spain, and Italy face as much as $33 billion in fines as the result of having agreed to reduce so-called “greenhouse gas” emissions and failed. These three nations are deemed the “worst performers among 36 nations that agreed to curb carbon dioxide gases that cause climate change.”
Among the nations exempt from the Kyoto Protocol are China and India, both of whom represent two of the six billion people on planet Earth. The idea that limits on carbon dioxide emissions could be achieved without their participation is idiotic.
Carbon dioxide (CO2) plays a minor role in determining the Earth’s climate but at the same time plays an essential role in the maintenance of all of the Earth’s vegetation, whether it takes the form of crops, jungles, forests, and just someone’s front lawn. Without CO2 all animal life, including our own dies because of its dependence on food crops.
The Earth’s atmosphere is composed of 78% nitrogen, 20.95% oxygen, 0.93% argon, 0.038% carbon dioxide, and trace amounts of other gases, including water vapor. We call this “air” and, humans depend on the oxygen content for life. At the same time all six billion of us individually exhale about two pounds of carbon dioxide every day. By contrast, Nature emits about 30 times more CO2 than humans. The oceans of the world absorb and release CO2 all the time. This is Nature’s balance that maintains all life, animal and vegetable, on earth.
Consider now how many schools, hospitals, bridges, roads, and other benefits to their citizens that $33 billion represents to Japan, Spain, and Italy. Such fines will be transferred to the coffers of the United Nations for having failed to curb CO2 emissions that are actually a benefit to the Earth!
An entirely bogus system of “carbon credits” has been created to transfer huge amounts of money from industrialized nations accused of producing too much CO2 to those nations that, for lack of development—failed economies—will garner funding as they “sell” their excess credits. The same system would allow various industries to sell the same worthless credits to those—primarily producers and users of energy—deemed to be major CO2 “polluters.”
Even though the U.S. Supreme Court has fallen prey to the lie that CO2 represents a form of “pollution” and should be regulated, the known science renders this decision an egregious juridical error
The Earth, over billions of years, has gone through cycles of warming and cooling that are well established. It has gone through periods when the CO2 content in the atmosphere was far higher than today. The latest cooling period is called the mini-ice age and lasted from around 1300 to 1850. The Earth has been warming naturally since then.
There is no dramatic warming occurring. Predictions of this are based on totally flawed computer models, none of which can begin to approximate the sheer chaos and complexity of the Earth’s weather system.
These computer models, put forth by the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Control, have been repeatedly revealed to be inaccurate to the point of deliberate deception. The constant assertion that there is a “consensus” among scientists that global warming is caused by humans is yet another part of the lie.
As the anti-capitalist forces meet in Bali, the rest of us must demand that we shall not be penalized and threatened by limits imposed on industries and agriculture around the world.
The people of the world must not submit to a lie of global warming that is intended to deprive them of the future benefits that energy use, improved transportation, technological innovations, and the expanded production of food portends.
Dr. Tom Barrett has been an ordained minister for 30 years. He has written for local and national publications for most of his life, and has authored several non-fiction books. He has been interviewed on many TV and radio programs, and speaks at seminars nationwide. Tom is the editor and publisher of Conservative Truth, an email newsletter read by over fifty thousand weekly which focuses on moral and political issues from a Biblical viewpoint.