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North Carolina Primary Race Sets Off Major Party Fireworks (Results for 6 Races in IN OH NC!)

UPDATE 5/14/2014

RESULTS OF NORTH CAROLINA RACE

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3rd Confirmed Winner Renee ELMER (to face Clay Aiken)

Walter Jones

Second Confirmed winner: Establishment Walter Jones 

taylor griffin endorsementW.Jones 50.8% (21,726)

Taylor Griffin  45.1%  (19,275)  * Palin Endorsed

A.Novinec 4.1%    (1,746)

Thom Tillis

 First Confirmed Winner: Establishment THOM TILLIS More on Tillis

Winner T. Tillis 45.4%
G. Brannon 27.1%
M. Harris 17.8%
H. Grant 4.7%
T. Alexander 1.9%
J. Snyder 1.9%
A. Bradshaw 0.7%
E. Kryn 0.4%

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By Isabel Matos

This is one race I can’t wait to see the results! There has been more primary excitement in NORTH CAROLINA than OHIO or INDIANA combined!  A huge intra-party feud has been playing itself out for 15 months now. First is the Establishment candidate, Thom Tillis, speaker of the North Carolina House. Tillis is backed by Rove (of course), the Chamber of Commerce, Mitch McConnell, Jeb Bush and Mitt Romney who just endorsed him yesterday.

The second challenger in the race is a pro-life candidate appealing to Evangelicals, Mark Harris. He is a preacher and is backed by “enemy” Mike Huckabee, according to those on the ground. Kristen Petersen, tea party activist who has been in full campaign mode from day one, reports:  

This is another example of the GOP establishment putting out fake Tea Party Conservative candidates to peel away votes from those that are true conservatives.  She cites the Southern Baptist’s preference for immigration restitutions (code for amnesty) even though the pastor won’t use the term (typical).  What he said.

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Huckabee recorded a robo-call on behaloof of Harris that went out to 300,00 registered Republicans between Saturday to Monday

Huckabee has inserted himself twice now in races in which Sarah Palin endorsed a candidate. (He is no friend of Sarah’s). In Oklahoma he endorsed Jack Lanford, T.W. Shannon’s opponent. In Florida he and Jeb Bush both endorsed Lizbeth Benacquisto in the last days to perpetuate the false impression that she was the establishment candidate. It gets complicated, but let’s just say Huckabee’s endorsements are a nuisance in any primary and this is how the Establishment rolls.

We have three candidates but two factions within the party (Paul vs. Bush) fighting for control of the GOP and this won’t be the first race we will see it happen in. 1

The Libertarian Conservative favored by the grassroots in N.C. is Dr. Greg Brannon “the best option to defeat Kay Hagan” as Democrats want Tillis (Rove’s choice) to be Hagan’s opponent.

This is Dr. Greg Brannon:

Husband of 25 years, Father of 7, Physician to 20,000 &

North Carolina’s Constitutional Conservative Candidate for U.S. Senate. www.GregBrannon.com

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The winning candidate must have 40 percent of the votes to avoid a run-off. Rand Paul made a last-minute campaign trail stop on Monday which could determine the results of the race.

Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul rallied for Brannon Monday in Charlotte: “‘The status quo has gotten too strong in Washington, D.C. The Leviathan has gotten too large. … As we stand here, the debt clock is spiraling out of control. Send us a champion. Send us a hero. Send us a dragon slayer,’ Paul said, speaking prior to Brannon in front of a cheering crowd of about 250 outside the NASCAR Hall of Fame in Uptown Charlotte on Monday.”  Paul Rand, Greg Brannon

A run-off would delay challenging Democrat Kay Hagan who said: kay hagan

Mike Lee has endorsed Dr. Brannon.

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FreedomWorks has endorsed Dr. Brannon.

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Mark Levin has endorsed Dr. Brannon.

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Laura Ingraham and Ann Coulter joined the list of endorsements today.

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Huckabee and Akin’s Phony War Against the “Establishment” – Updated

By Stacy Drake

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On Saturday, Doug posted the following Politico article concerning a conference call between Todd Akin backer, Mike Huckabee, hundreds of Southern Baptist pastors, and Christian talk show hosts:

Mike Huckabee rallied hundreds of Southern Baptists on a conference call Friday night in support of Todd Akin, offering advice about how they can help the embattled Missouri Senate candidate stay in the race — while acknowledging Akin still may have to bow out.

This could be a Mt. Carmel moment,” said the former Arkansas governor, referring to the holy battle between Elijah and the prophets of Baal in the book of Kings. “You know, you bring your gods. We’ll bring ours. We’ll see whose God answers the prayers and brings fire from heaven. That’s kind of where I’m praying: that there will be fire from heaven, and we’ll see it clearly, and everyone else will to.”

Peter Hamby from CNN reported more on Huckabee’s hyperbolic rant:

Speaking harshly about establishment Republicans who have tried to force Akin from the Missouri race, Huckabee at one point compared the National Republican Senatorial Committee to “union goons” who “kneecap” their enemies.

The former Arkansas governor said party bosses were “opening up rounds and rounds” of ammunition on Akin and “then running over with tanks and trucks and leaving him to be ravaged by the other side.

[…]

Huckabee said he spoke directly with NRSC officials this week and was assured that they would begin to dial back their offensive against Akin. He said party officials specifically told him they would stop pressuring Akin’s consultants and campaign vendors to drop the congressman as a client.

A Republican source provided CNN with the dial-in information for the call, which was convened by Don Hinkle, the editor of ‘The Pathway,’ a publication of the Missouri Baptist Convention.

[…]

Acknowledging the political damage done to Akin, Huckabee encouraged the pastors and radio hosts to aggressively defend Akin to their congregations and listeners.

The poll numbers need to come back up,” he said. “Todd needs to show that he can raise money and be competitive. That will be a game changer. If not, the pressure will still be there for Todd to exit the race and clear the field for somebody else.

A spokesman for the NRSC, Brian Walsh, took issue with Huckabee’s comments Friday.

We have a great deal of respect for Governor Huckabee and regret that we do not see eye to eye with him on this race,” Walsh said in an email to CNN. “It’s important to set the record straight though that the types of tactics he describes simply did not happen and further, no one at the NRSC has even spoken with the Governor this week.

Did Mike Huckabee lie to the pastors? Did he not actually speak to anyone with the NRSC? Depends on who you want to believe because the NRSC says he did not. Keep in mind that Huckabee has a history of being less than forthright while ranting. Just last June, he went on a tear against Bristol Palin for allegedly not “showing up” to be interviewed on his show.

It turns out that Huckabee’s staff had actually dropped the ball and forgot to call Bristol, thus she didn’t know when to “show up.” Did she ever receive an apology from Huckabee? Not to my knowledge. Beyond that, what exactly is the former Governor of Arkansas doing telling hundreds of pastors what to say to their congregations? The answer to that lies within his own ego.

He is attempting to cast himself as the “moral” leader of the social conservative movement, while trying to save face after the Akin fallout. And worst of all, he and his friend from Missouri are trying to co-opt the real battle that people like Governor Palin have been waging for years against the GOP establishment in the process. That is extremely offensive when you consider who these men are.

Todd Akin has been in Washington D.C. since 2001. What has he done to “fight the establishment” since he’s been there? Was he a reformer? Did he ever stand up to his own party when they were acting unethically? Why would they come after him then unless they, like everyone else, can see the writing on the wall?

The reality is that Todd Akin is basically a DC Republican who votes the right way on some matters (when he actually shows up to vote), yet loves earmarks:

Some people call amendments ‘earmarks’, I call them amendments.

~ Todd Akin

Mike Huckabee didn’t serve in Washington, but he certainly never fought against the establishment from the national stage he’s been standing on since 2007. He has endorsed a number of non-reform candidates in primary elections, and he never speaks out against the status quo in DC. He never took on crony capitalism, he never sought to reform entitlements, or clean up the system in any way.

Also, just exactly how “moral” is a person who destroys all of the records of his administration when he leaves office? Isn’t the idea to serve the public? Didn’t the people of Arkansas have a right to know what was going on in their government during Huckabee’s administration? What was he hiding?:

Send a public records request seeking documents from his 12-year stint as Arkansas governor, as Mother Jones did recently, and an eyebrow-raising reply will come back: The records are unavailable, and the computer hard drives that once contained them were erased and physically destroyed by the Huckabee administration as the governor prepared to leave office and launch a presidential bid.

In 2007, during Huckabee’s campaign for the GOP presidential nomination, the issue of the eradicated hard drives surfaced briefly, but it was never fully examined, and key questions remain. Why had Huckabee gone to such great lengths to wipe out his own records? What ever happened to a backup collection that was provided to a Huckabee aide?

Huckabee is the guy who granted clemency to Maurice Clemmons, who later murdered four police officers in Parkland, Washington after his release. Was that the moral thing to do? I doubt the families of those officers, or the people in that community think so.

Another uncomfortable fact is that the former Governor was admonished and fined five times by the Arkansas’ Ethics Commission, for things such as:

*Failing to report that he paid himself with campaign money

*Failing to disclose money he received from non-profits

*Failing to disclose benefactors, failing to disclose gifts

*Using the governor’s mansion account for personal matters

*Trying to keep furniture donated to the governor’s mansion

*Setting up a registry for he and his wife to collect gifts as they left the governor’s mansion,

*Spending $13,000 of state money to destroy all of the records from his time in office.

Moral? Hardly.

Huckabee may lean right on social issues, but that is where his conservative attributes seem to end. Pat Toomey wrote an informative piece in 2007, stating:

Given his folksy charm, social conservative credentials, and embrace by the mainstream media, it is not surprising that some are increasingly enamored with him. But this flirtation does a great disservice to the conservative movement if it overlooks Huckabee’s stunning record of big-government liberalism.

During Huckabee’s tenure as governor, the average Arkansan’s tax burden increased 47 percent, according to the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. A dyed-in-blue tax hiker, Huckabee supported raising sales taxes, gas taxes, grocery taxes, even nursing home bed taxes. He virulently opposed a congressional moratorium on taxing Internet access, and sat on the sidelines while his Democratic legislature pushed the largest tax hike in Arkansas history into law.

What’s more, on his watch, and frequently at his behest, state spending increased by 50 percent, more than double the rate of inflation, and the number of state government workers rose by 20 percent.

Yes, as a presidential candidate, Huckabee has signed on as a supporter of the Fair Tax and pledged against raising taxes, but when a candidate’s long and clear record flies in the face of his election-year symbolism, you can chalk it up to politics every time.

The Cato institute gave him an “F” in 2006 on their yearly “Fiscal Policy Report Card on America’s Governors,” and a “D” for his entire tenure as Arkansas Governor. He supported Michelle Obama’s nanny-statism, at one time supported Cap and Trade, he referred to the Constitution as a “living, breathing document,” he supported in-state tuition and taxpayer funded scholarships for illegals, and has embraced a big government philosophy overall. One would hope that a “conservative leader” would hold conservative views on more than just social issues and that a man who tells religious leaders what to say on Sunday possesses a moral backbone.

But these sorts of charlatans have been infecting the body politic for a long time. Huckabee is nothing new to the GOP, and promoting believers of fraudulent science in government is nothing new for the former Governor of Arkansas. Via Slate:

In 1998, Arkansas State Senator Fay Boozman helped wreck his chances at a U.S. Senate seat by suggesting that rape-activated female hormones could prevent pregnancy — “god’s little shield.”

Boozman lost by 12 points. Then he lucked out. Gov. Mike Huckabee, a friend and political ally for many years, put Boozman in charge of the Arkansas Department of Health.

The “god’s little shield” controversy was fresh, and Huckabee kept getting asked about it. As far as he was concerned, the story was over, and it was unfair to harp on it. “If nothing else,” said Huckabee, according to a February 1999 story in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, “I hope to make it very clear that our administration is not governed by intimidation. We’re not going to allow the shrill voices of a few to so disparage the character of a very decent and good person to an outstanding position in such a way that Arkansas would lose his service at the Department of Health.

The man doesn’t like criticism, but he is loyal, I’ll give him that. Promoting this stuff however, is not good for the conservative movement, the GOP, or the pro-life movement for that matter. In this day and age, we need to engage people with responsible, credible dialog. The issues are too important to get distracted by this sort of idiotic madness that only serves to muddy the debate.

Some may think I am needlessly piling on Todd Akin and Mike Huckabee. That writing a piece like this doesn’t do anything but help Claire McCaskill keep her Senate seat.

I assure you, nothing I write will have any impact on a race that is already over. Todd Akin is sinking fast, and he has nobody to blame but himself. Huckabee should have advised Akin to leave the race, but instead, he turned the spotlight on to himself and is currently in the process of destroying any credibility he once had with the conservative movement.

He has turned it into a spectacle and will end up hurting the country if the GOP cannot get control of the Senate over this asinine episode.

No, Mr. Huckabee and Mr. Akin, you are not fighting the GOP “establishment.” You are fighting reality.

Update: Dan Riehl shares his latest thoughts on Huckabee:

Social conservatives who still latch onto him better clue up. Huckabee is and always has been out for himself and most of the conservative base is sick of it. He’s been a consistent loser on the national stage, with liberal policies couched beneath a social conservative veneer. In short, he’s a phony as a conservative, or a false prophet, if you prefer. His propping up Akin is just the latest of his self-satisfied and treacherous acts to the conservative cause.

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Mike Huckabee False Prophet and Patron Saint of Corrupt Politicians and Fools

By Gary P Jackson

It’s no secret that we ain’t fans of Mike Huckabee here at A Time For Choosing. I most definitely detest con men of every shape and form. I really don’t like liberal democrats who pretend to be Republicans, for whatever reason.

I don’t think I need to go through Mike Huckabee’s entire career, nor do I need to read you chapter and verse about his time as Governor of Arkansas. If you are reading this blog, chances are you already know about Huckabee’s record as a tax and spend, Big Government liberal. You also know Huckabee is a Nanny Stater on par with New York City’s Nanny Bloomberg.

I will treat you to Governor Huckabee telling the Arkansas legislature: Whatever Tax You Pass, “You Will Have Nothing But My Profound Thanks

A little different than his phony “I’m a Conservative” act, huh!

Huckabee supports the nonsensical “Fair Tax” as well. But that a whole entire rant all it’s on, so we’ll save that for later!

I am however, about to tell you why I am sick of Mike Huckabee and his kind sticking their noses in politics. Sit back, grab something cold to drink, and maybe a snack. This may take a while!

I didn’t much like it when Nanny Huckabee attacked Sarah Palin and sided with Michelle Obama after Sarah made a rather lighthearted comment that aired on her hit travel-adventure series Sarah Palin’s Alaska. In an article entitled: Nanny State Alert! Mike Huckabee: “On ‘Child Nutrition’ I Must Side With Michelle Obama Over Sarah Palin” I noted:

Here’s the deal. This is one more situation where Big Daddy government, [or should I say Big Nanny] is going to tell you how you MUST live your life.

Rather than allowing parents to educate their own kids, and control what they eat, some little elite in Washington is going to control yet one more part of your life, and there will be nothing you can do about it [unless you are wealthy and send the kids to a private school or home school them]

This is where Sarah Palin comes in. While Michelle Obama has been out there preaching her nonsense, Sarah has been having fun with her. There was talk of banning school bake sales, so Sarah shows up at a school where she was giving a speech, cookies in hand! She’s been tweeting about this stuff for some time, just wearing MO out.

This really got going though after this past Sunday’s airing of Sarah Palin’s Alaska. While getting ready to do a bit of camping, after some white water rafting, Sarah is looking for the goodies to make s’mores, and dedicates them to MO because the First Lady “says we aren’t supposed to have desert

It was hilarious!

Bear in mind now, SP’sAK was filmed in the summer, months ago, when the debate was in full swing.

Of course, there was some buzz around the “cookie incident” at the time, but it seems Sunday’s episode turned into an international story. All one has to do is search Bing to find stories from around the world, mostly progressives losing their minds. How DARE Sarah Palin be against totalitarian rule!

That’s what makes Huckabee’s little “me too” so sad. This isn’t exactly fresh ground.

Brian Maloney, the Radio Equalizer had this to say about the whole thing:

Though he had no comment on the calorie-count of a fried-squirrel platter, former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee is readily taking sides in a nasty political food war.

Earlier today, Huckabee told New York radio host Curtis Sliwa that he’s on board with Michelle Obama’s national dietary scolding effort and against Sarah Palin’s light-hearted criticism of the first lady’s campaign.

[ …. ]

Did Huck just fall off of a turnip truck? He really appears to believe the Obamas are content to campaign for social change in eating habits rather than a gradual move toward laws that prohibit foods they find objectionable.

Ever been to California, Mike? Just try to propose a steak house in a lefty-controlled city and watch the resulting firestorm.

Could someone this naive really be considered a major presidential contender?

I also didn’t like it when sleazy Huckabee lied and attacked Bristol Palin, trying to drum up ratings for his lousy radio show, either. A show he put up against Rush Limbaugh, on purpose. I did love it though, when Bristol called him out on his lie, and put him in his place.

But all that is nothing compared to his misadventures in politics. Most recently he’s taken a stand with certified moron Todd Akin, who may single-handedly cost Republicans control of the Senate, which will lead to the end of America as we know it. Huckabee has been blowing smoke up Akin’s backside, and telling him to stay in the race. A race Akin’s own supporters want him out of!

This ain’t the first time Huckabee has endorsed a fool, or a corrupt, worthless politician. Let’s look at some of Huckabee’s “greatest hits” since 2010:

First, let’s head up to Alaska. We all remember the Joe Miller-Lisa Murkowski fiasco. Governor Palin endorsed Miller, a long time friend. It was a real war, with the GOP Establishment™, specifically NRSC chairman Senator John Cornyn, (R-Tx) coming to Lisa’s aid.

Somewhere along the way, Huckabee stuck his nose in this race, and sent some of his people to “help” Miller. These brain surgeons’ first piece of advice to Miller? Distance himself from his friend Governor Palin. And not just distance himself, but hey, make a big [and public] deal of it. This worked about as well as expected. Support for Miller collapsed. Enough bad blood was created that it became a huge story.

By the time some of the fences were mended, “Daddy’s Girl” [Lisa] had mounted a massive write in campaign, backed by union thugs and even democrats, and Joe lost big time. All thanks to Huckabee and company’s sage political advice. Now America has to deal with corrupt liberal Republican Lisa Murkowski as she supports the democrats more than the American people. Thanks Mike.

Also in 2010, and Huckabee has somehow escaped most of the wrath from Conservatives for this, there was the election for South Carolina Governor. Of Course, Governor Palin backed Nikki Haley. Her endorsement immediately boosted Haley from last place, in a crowded field, to front runner status. So who did Huckabee support?

Remember during that election, accusations were flying that Nikki, now Governor Haley, had an extramarital affair. She was being called a “slut” and a “whore“.

As Jenn Taylor [JennQPublic] noted at the time, in an article entitled From “Nikki Who?” to Nikki the “Raghead” Whore in Less Than a Month all of these accusations were coming from, you guessed it, Mike Huckabee endorsed Lt. Gov. Andre Bauer’s crew!

Jenn starts out:

A month ago, few people outside of South Carolina knew of State Rep. Nikki Haley. But that didn’t stop her opponents from wetting themselves when Haley picked up some impressive endorsements and her gubernatorial campaign gained momentum.

Don’t worry, said their trusty consultants as they mopped up the puddles, a scarlet letter oughta finish her off. And if a little old fashioned slut-baiting doesn’t do the trick, we’ll just make sure everyone knows Nimrata Randhawa Haley is secret “raghead.” Trust us, the good ol’ boys in South Cackalacky know just how to handle a foreign lady who’s in our way.

And thus began their Hail Mary pass to sideline the uppity woman with the ethnic name.

Why bother? Because Haley’s record of fighting for transparent government is a direct threat to politics as usual at the Statehouse. South Carolina’s good ol’ boys are terrified that Haley will force on-the-record legislative voting, so they scraped the sewers for the scummiest strategy imaginable.

Not only were they calling Haley a slut and a whore, they were attacking her religion and ethnic background, calling her a “raghead. ” It’s a rather long article, but it lays out all of the hate and lies coming out of the Bauer campaign. Click here and read it. It’s worth the time.

Now in case you are thinking I drug up some isolated instance and that Huckabee doesn’t normally back sleazebags like Bauer and his misogynist crew, lets move on to 2012 and the Texas Senate race.

I think most of America knows this story. Most certainly our readers do. Once again, we have Sarah Palin endorsed and certified Reagan Conservative Ted Cruz, going up against one of Mike Huckabee’s endorsees, Lt Governor David Dewhurst.

To say David Dewhurst is not only one of the most corrupt men in politics, as well as one of the most despicable human beings imaginable, may be too kind. During the campaign we ran numerous articles laying out all of the corrupt activities the Lt Governor has been engaged in, as well as all of the bills that Texans demanded, that he worked over time to kill, in his position as president of the Texas Senate, a job that makes Dewhurst more powerful than the governor.

We also noted all of the numerous lies Dewhurst told about Cruz, including a last ditch act of desperation, blaming Cruz for the suicide of a Pennsylvania youth. Lies that Dewhurst was telling right up until the day he lost in a landslide to Cruz.

One of the more hilarious attacks from Dewhurst [and his running buddy Rick Perry] though, was the ads attacking everyone supporting Ted Cruz. Dewhurst and Perry conveniently “forgot” they begged Governor Palin to come to Texas and bail out Perry’s behind in 2010, during the Governor’s race. Nope, Sarah Palin, Jim DeMint, Mark Levin, and other Conservative supporters of Ted Cruz magically became “Washington Insiders” in Dewhurst’s many ads decrying “outsiders who don’t know Texas.”

This is hilarious because at the same time, Dewhurst was touting Huckabee’s support. Mike Huckabee who divides his time between New York City and his mansion in Florida. I’m not even sure if Huckabee could pick out Texas on a map. On the other hand, it’s well know that Governor Palin has spent a lot of time in Texas, and has a special fondness for the town of Lockhart, not that far from Austin.

But, as they say: Wait, there’s more!

Backing Despicable Dewhurst isn’t Huckabee’s only brush with corruption.

In one of the stupidest things I have ever seen, those who drew up new districts in Florida, after the 2010 census, pitted Congresswoman Sandy Adams against Congressman John Mica. Both Republicans, both incumbents. That’s where the similarities stop, BTW.

You already know what I am about to tell you. Sandy Adams was a Tea Party favorite. One of Sarah Palin’s favorites. Though new to Congress, she had already made a reputation as a true reformer who got it. Unfortunately, she lost.

Who won? Ten term Establishment hack, John Mica. As Breitbart News reported before the election, Mica may be one of the most corrupt members of Congress. Most certainly the most corrupt of the Florida delegation. Mica has sent tens of millions of tax payer dollars to family and cronies.

So once again, Huckabee, the false prophet, backs a corrupt Establishment hack, over a Tea Party patriot, and a true reformer.

That brings us to Missouri and a yet another familiar story. As you know, Governor Palin backed Sarah Steelman. She STILL backs Steelman. Sarah Steelman has impressive credentials as a true reformer. She was exactly who we needed in Washington. She has a long record of distinguished service. She had the support of some major Tea Party groups.

Todd Akin, on the other hand, was going nowhere fast until the democrats decided that he was the weakest link, and spent over $1.5 million in ads painting him as some sort of Conservative boogie man. They figured if they attacked him as “conservative” some voters would take to him. They were right!

Now I’ve looked at Akin’s 12 year record as a Congressman. It’s not bad. His record isn’t in question here, just his intelligence. That and his ego. An ego being fed by Mike Huckabee.

Here’s where I really have big problems with Huckabee and his phony “awe shucks” tent revival preacher act. I detest guys like Huckabee who hide behind scripture to coerce social conservatives to follow them down dead end paths. I have nothing against social conservatives, I consider myself one, though with a huge splash of common sense libertarianism thrown in for good taste. I’ve seen a real tendency among those who only focus on social issues to fall for these false prophets. I hate to say it, but con men like Huckabee start sounding like a preacher and some folks lose all common sense. Huckabee ain’t the only one who does this, but he has a real knack for it.

Huckabee has really screwed us all with this Akin deal though. Reports early on had Akin looking to do the right thing and drop out, after his insane remarks became public, but good old Huckabee stuck his nose in and ginned up his groupies, and now you couldn’t pry Akin away from this race.

Jim Hoft at Gateway Pundit may have said it best, from the start:

Governor Mike Huckabee not only gave Todd Akin cover with his supportive email yesterday, he also was able to screw Republican candidates across the nation.
Thanks Mike.

Huckabee helped Akin frame the calls for him to drop out as an attack by the Republican Establishment™. I didn’t know that Sarah Palin, Sean Hannity, Mark Levin, Glenn Beck, Rush Limbaugh, National Review’s Jim Geraghty, Dennis Prager, Charles Krauthammer, Hugh Hewitt, Ann Coulter, the Tea Party Express, as well as the editorial boards of National Review and the Wall Street Journal and well, every Conservative commentator and blogger worth their salt, had magically become part of the Establishment™. When and how did THAT happen? It’s hard to keep up these days!

Huckabee said in a conference call to Southern Baptists: “This could be a Mount Carmel moment,” likely referring to the holy battle between Elijah and the prophets of Baal in the book of Kings:

You know, you bring your gods. We’ll bring ours. We’ll see whose God answers the prayers and brings fire from heaven. That’s kind of where I’m praying: that there will be fire from heaven, and we’ll see it clearly, and everyone else will to.

Speaking of fire, Mount Carmel, is also the name of a little place east of Waco, Texas where David Koresh and the Branch Davidians met their demise in a fiery death. Huckabee’s fool’s errand is more likely to resemble the results of the latter more than the former.

Listening to his rhetoric though, it’s rather insulting to hear him talk about a dumb-ass politician, using biblical references. I know for a fact that God looks out for babies and fools, but that doesn’t mean he’s going to send down “fire from the heavens” because some moron says something stupid, and gets asked [rightly] to step aside!

After the conference call, Huckabee started taking some heat and downplayed his participation. He’s also been claiming he’s been in contact with the National Republican Senate committee, [NRSC] something the folks over at the NRSC have denied. [emphasis mine]

A spokesman for the NRSC, Brian Walsh, took issue with Huckabee’s comments Friday.

We have a great deal of respect for Governor Huckabee and regret that we do not see eye to eye with him on this race,” Walsh said in an email to CNN. “It’s important to set the record straight though that the types of tactics he describes simply did not happen and further, no one at the NRSC has even spoken with the Governor this week.

By Friday night, according to CNN’s Peter Hamby, Huckabee had resorted to calling the folks over at the NRSC “union goons.”

I’ve not always been the biggest fan of the NRSC, but union goons? Really?

Gateway Pundit reports Akin re-tweeted Hamby’s tweet, so obviously he agrees with Huckabee.

This is why false prophets like Mike Huckabee are so dangerous. They have the ability to reach a large number of people. They lead these people astray. Whether it’s convincing them to vote for a corrupt, and often despicable human being, or clinging to a disaster of a candidate far too long, Huckabee, and those like him have a knack for making poor decisions, and dragging far too many people down with them.

There used to be a time we could tolerate these sorts, mixing their snake oil salesman style of “religion” with politics, but that time has past. Thanks to liberals, like Huckabee, America is staring into the abyss. It wouldn’t take too many false moves before the entire nation collapses. Yet here we have Huckabee supporting an unelectable candidate, encouraging him to stay well past his welcome.

While people like Huckabee think they are standing up for the right to life, they are, in reality, hurting the pro-life movement. Worse, if we don’t take back the Senate, and this nonsense makes it a lot harder, we will never repeal ObamaCare. There goes the economy, and anything resembling Liberty and Freedom.

People are going to do what they do, but I implore folks to wake up and start paying attention to these false prophets. Realize who they really are, and how they are part of the problem, not the solution. Mike Huckabee has a decades long record of being part of the problem. It’s time for him to retire to his TV and radio show, and leave politics to those who actually know what they are doing.

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Bristol Palin Puts Mike Huckabee in His Place

By Gary P Jackson

A couple of days ago Mike Huckabee, who had the brilliant idea that he could take on Rush Limbaugh in a battle for radio supremacy, trashed Bristol Palin, claiming she “stood him up” for an interview on his show.

One of the things he did, after falsely claiming Bristol was booked on his show, was declare her “fair game.” Evidently meaning she was fair game for all the hate he and his 10 or 12 listeners can muster.

By now, one would think anyone attacking a Palin, any Palin, would make sure they had their facts straight, because the Palins have no problem setting the record straight. And more people will hear their response than the person who made the original remarks.

As it turns out, it was Huckabee’s own inept staff who dropped the ball. While discussions about her appearing on the show did happen, no date was ever set. You can bet that the interview will never happen now!

Take it away Bristol:

Mike Huckabee, the Scold

Yesterday, I was at Track’s house for his last night in town before he deploys back to Afghanistan. That’s where I got an e-mail explaining that Mike Huckabee had just told his radio audience that he was very disappointed in me. Here’s what he said:

We had earlier in the hour that Bristol Palin would be joining us about a new reality t.v. show that she’s going to be doing.

And apparently, she just didn’t show up.

So guess what? I don’t guess we’ll be watching tomorrow when her new show lines up.

Too bad.

He goes on to say that he doesn’t believe children of politicians deserve to be criticized for their parents’ decisions. He regrets his own children have suffered for his own choices as a politician.

There’s a different story once the child decides, “Hey, I like this spotlight. I like the limelight. I want to have more of it,” then, you know, they become fair game.

Then they are there by their own choice and their own volition. So if you go on Dancing with the Stars, or go on a lecture tour, or do a reality show, then, all bets are off…

He continues by saying he didn’t think David Letterman was fair to me during the 2008 campaign. However:

I hope she’s ready for it, because now it’ll come not because of what her mother chose to do but because she’s said, “Hey, I want to be in the spotlight“.

I understand Gov. Huckabee has a huge challenge creating a radio show he wants as the alternative to Rush Limbaugh. I understand he wants to fill his show with a little controversy – and what better way than to create headlines telling the world he now considers me “fair game.”

However, does he really believe I don’t understand what it’s like to be “fair game?” Anyone who’s seen this blog – or the newspapers or the television – knows I’ve been through quite a bit of media speculation, ridicule, scorn. I’ve been writing about my own political ideas and have been “fair game” in my comments sections. I’ve also defended myself from vile comments from leftists like Bill Maher. Is Mike Huckabee joining into that scorn supposed to intimidate me?

You’ve got to actually listen to it, to get the full effect of his scolding tone.

(Warning: it might make you feel like you’ve been caught smoking in the high school bathroom!)

I would’ve considered it an honor to talk to his viewers about my show, my experience of single motherhood, and what a wonderful little boy Tripp is.

But the fact is, his people didn’t schedule my appearance. I’d said I’d do the show, I sent them my phone number, and they apparently neglected to schedule a time. Of course, mix-ups do occur in life. Schedules aren’t communicated, errors are made.

But this isn’t the first mistake on his show. Maybe instead of lecturing me on being irresponsible, he should get his own team in line.

Then, maybe, we could talk.

Click here for more, and to see video of Huckabee making a fool out of himself [again]

I’m proud of Bristol for taking a stand. Mike Huckabee has always been a greasy little slime ball. Like most politicians, out for himself and no one else.

As Bristol said, this tent revival reject needs to get his own house in order before he starts attacking someone.

Every time I think of Huckabee, I think of the movie A Face in the Crowd and Andy Griffith’s powerful portrayal of a slick radio con man:

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Video: Hit The Road Barack

By Gary P Jackson

A cool end to Mike Huckabee’s South Carolina Undecided Forum. Huckabee, on bass, joins Congressman Tim Scott, Chris Holly, John Smith, and Dan Henderson to tell President Barack Obama what we are all thinking.

Hit the road Jack!

The GOP Guitar Czar Chris Holly is at it again w/ an encore version of “Hit The Road Jack” with Congressman Tim Scott (SC). Dedicated to Pres. Obama the jam also features Gov Mike Huckabee on bass. Recorded at “South Carolina Undecided” forum for FOX News and the Huckabee Show. John Smith (gtr) Dan Henderson (backing vocals) www.ChrisHollyMusic.Com

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The Strategy of the Media’s Bias

By Stacy Drake

The Associated Press and Politico found it necessary to report Bristol Palin’s honest wages to the broad public, via their respective front page. Whether their reporting was honest is another matter. It’s hard to tell considering that Rachel D’Oro (a name longtime C4P readers are familiar with), author of the first MSM piece, used the Trig Truther freaks at “Palingates” as a source. Using terms like “rakes it in” and getting a “payout,” these so-called “news” articles are clearly designed to sell a narrative that the media has been pushing about Bristol’s mother for a long time. There is nothing wrong with what Bristol did for the foundation she worked for. This “story” belongs nowhere near a front page, much less a news publication. It isn’t a story, it’s one young woman’s life. Running this piece, with vile conspiracy theorists as the source, is disgraceful behavior by an already close to illegitimate press.

Kelsey has more on Bristol here.

For many years I believed that the media had a blanket left-wing bias towards all Conservatives. It has been proven lately that there is more of a strategy at play, in regards to what the media reports and what they don’t, versus knee-jerk ideology. Take for instance this story that popped up a few days ago on Mother Jones:

Send a public records request seeking documents from his 12-year stint as Arkansas governor, as Mother Jones did recently, and an eyebrow-raising reply will come back: The records are unavailable, and the computer hard drives that once contained them were erased and physically destroyed by the Huckabee administration as the governor prepared to leave office and launch a presidential bid.

In 2007, during Huckabee’s campaign for the GOP presidential nomination, the issue of the eradicated hard drives surfaced briefly, but it was never fully examined, and key questions remain. Why had Huckabee gone to such great lengths to wipe out his own records? What ever happened to a backup collection that was provided to a Huckabee aide?

Huckabee is now considering another presidential run, and if he does enter the race, he would do so as a frontrunner. Which would make the case of the missing records all the more significant. These records would shed light on Huckabee’s governorship—and could provide insight into how a President Huckabee might run the country. Meanwhile, observers of Arkansas’ political scene—including one of Huckabee’s former GOP allies—say the episode is characteristic of a politician who was distrustful and secretive by nature.

A truly fascinating piece of information, especially for a “GOP front-runner,” is it not? Yet, there were no corresponding stories from AP and the only thing Politico had on it was a link buried on Ben Smith’s blog page. Why didn’t the media cover this? Doesn’t the public have a right to know what kind of behavior a potential candidate for the presidency took part in? Can you imagine if Governor Palin had done such a thing? I would bet every dollar I have ever made, and ever will make, that that story wouldn’t be buried in a link in the blog section. It would be Top Story news, in every media publication, and on every network.

Speaking of ‘what ifs’… What if Governor Palin had said this:

Bachmann, who’s flirting with a presidential run, was in the early-primary state of Iowa last week for the Rediscover God in America conference. Bachmann was born in Iowa, as she told the crowd. But she couldn’t leave it at just being an ordinary Iowan:

I’m actually even more than just an Iowan,” she told her audience. “I’m a seventh-generation Iowan. Our family goes back to the 1850s, to the first pioneers that came to Iowa from Sognfjord, Norway.

[…]

Unfortunately, the story doesn’t hold water, as researcher Chris Rodda ably points out at OpEdNews.

I was watching her speech, and it was when she said that she was a seventh-generation Iowan that I knew something was wrong,” Rodda tells City Pages. “She’s in her fifties–there’s no way there could be seven generations between her and ancestors in the 1850s.”

So Rodda, who has a background in genealogical research, decided to do a little digging. Without too much trouble, she found that Bachmann is actually a fourth-generation American, not seventh, as she claimed. And that’s just the start.

Bachmann’s immigrant ancestors didn’t make a pilgrimage straight to the promised land of Iowa. From Quebec, they went to Wisconsin. That’s where the 1860 census found them. From there, they moved to the Dakota Territory.

Bachmann claims that her people “kept going, and they persevered” through floods and crippling winters. Well, kind of. After enduring those trials in the unforgiving Dakota Territory, they actually turned tail and retreated to the relative ease and safety of…Iowa.

Okay,” Bachmann apologists may be saying at this point, “but history is hard and stuff! Maybe this was just an honest mistake.”

Not a chance, Rodda says.

The only historical sources where she could have found some of the details of her story–like the 13-week ocean passage–also clearly show that her family went to Wisconsin, not Iowa,” Rodda says. “She couldn’t have known those things without knowing that the whole premise of her speech was a lie.”

You really can’t blame Bachmann for that though. Tuesday night on O’Reilly, she stated (4:32 mark) that she just reads whatever is on the teleprompter. She also indicated during the interview that she isn’t “afraid” of media attacks on her. After the mainstream media let a whole speech full of pandering distortions, slide on by without mere mention, I wouldn’t be afraid if I were Bachmann either. At least not at this point.

I think my Twitter buddy, Val, said it best today:

Liberals & Dems SHOULD fear @SarahPalinUSA in 2012, b/c she is thee ONLY candidate who will NOT have an October surprise!

Clearly that has a lot to do with the strategy being implemented by the media, in this pre-primary season.

Here we have three possible contenders for the GOP nomination in the upcoming presidential election of 2012. While all three claim the mantle of “Conservative,” one is treated very differently than the others. The reason for this is something I alluded to in my last blog post. The media and the left will promote and omit news that will help them in the long-run.

For Governor Palin, there will be no “October surprise.” Every little detail of her life is already out in the open. She would be the most intensely scrutinized candidate in our nation’s history. With the other two possible candidates, that is simply not the case.

Let’s face it, the other two Republicans here don’t have the same name recognition as Governor Palin. Huckabee has been largely unscrutinized for years, and most people outside the world of politics, don’t know who Michele Bachmann is. Governor Palin and her family are recognizable faces to rake over the coals.

With Governor Palin, the leftist media is forced to throw everything at her, as soon as they can. They do whatever they can think of to try and damage her in any way possible. With the others, they can afford to wait. This is after all, a strategy with the re-election of Obama in mind.

The left, and their partners in the press know what’s at stake. They don’t want to face Governor Palin in a general election, but the others look like walks in the park in comparison. They will save their bias and garbage reporting for a more strategically significant date. At the right time, they will unload all the information they held from the public on these candidates, given the opportunity. Let’s not give it to them.

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FLASHBACK: Huckabee: Whatever Tax You Pass, “You Will Have Nothing But My Profound Thanks”

By Gary P Jackson

By Gary P Jackson

A Flashback from Governor Mike Huckabee’s days in office:

Big Government Statist Mike Huckabee, who never met a situation that he didn’t think needed government “assistance” begging his legislature to tax, tax, tax …. so he can spend, spend, spend.

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Unbelievable: Mike Huckabee Calls For Release Of American Traitor Jonathan Pollard

By Gary P Jackson

This is simply unbelievable. Mike Huckabee, while on a trip to Israel, suggests we free a traitor to the United States, Jonathan Pollard, as a show of “friendship” towards Israel.

From the Case Against Jonathan Pollard by Seymour Hersch, which originally appeared in  New York Magazine on January 18, 1999:

In the last decade, Jonathan Pollard, the American Navy employee who spied for Israel in the mid-nineteen-eighties and is now serving a life sentence, has become a cause celebre in Israel and among Jewish groups in the United States. The Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, a consortium of fifty-five groups, has publicly called for Pollard’s release, arguing, in essence, that his crimes did not amount to high treason against the United States, because Israel was then and remains a close ally. Many of the leading religious organizations have also called for an end to Pollard’s imprisonment, among them the Reform Union of American Hebrew Congregations and the Orthodox Union.

Let me get this straight. Jonathan Pollard, someone who betrayed his country, and gave classified information to a foreign nation, should be let go? This man committed high treason. The penalty is supposed to be death. He’s quite lucky he only got life in prison.

According to prosecutors in the case, Pollard made more than $540,000 selling those secrets. And the secrets he passed along were so sensitive that portions of the trial were classified and not made available to the general public. And on top of it all, many of those secrets ended up in the hands of our enemy, the Soviet Union.

There a whole lot more to the story. If you want to read a definitive and well-sourced account of the Pollard case can read more here.

Suffice it to say this guy is a traitor, and should spend the rest of his life in prison.

Thirty-nine (39) Members of Congress have signed a letter requesting clemency (Curiously, they are all Democrats.)

What in the world is Huckabee thinking? I know he thinks he has a shot at the presidency. Does he think pandering like this, and siding with democrats, in a foreign land, will win him votes? With who exactly?

You’d think Huckabee would have learned from the last time he let a dangerous man go free. There are four dead cops as the result of Huckabee’s last “gesture.”

Huckabee is dangerous, and a fool. Criminals are placed in prisons for a reason. Sadly, it seems Huckabee never met a criminal, or a traitor he didn’t want to set free.

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Obesity Policy Expert: Sarah Palin Is Right, Michelle Obama And Mike Huckabee Are Wrong

By Gary P Jackson

We’ve said this before, but get used to seeing “Sarah Palin was right and [fill in the blank] was wrong” a lot in the many years to come.

Though he comes at it from a different angle, the editors of National Review Online highlight prominent New York University obesity-policy scholar Rogan Kersh’s take on the obesity issue. Our take is the First Lady and Huckabee are Big Government, Nanny State progressives who are a direct threat to personal Liberty and Freedom. Kersh comes at it from the medical angle and scientific angle.

From NRO:

One key ingredient in Sarah Palin’s political dynamite is the cheerful scorn with which she regards Washington, a small but zesty serving of which she recently dished up for First Lady Michelle Obama and her anti-obesity crusade. During an episode of her reality show, the once (and future?) candidate cooked up a mess of hot s’mores and a side of even hotter politics, declaring: “This is in honor of Michelle Obama, who said the other day we should not have dessert.

Palin was being over-generous in her paraphrase. What Mrs. Obama in fact said was considerably more worrisome: “We can’t just leave it up the parents.” Her particular target was unhealthful school lunches, which parents presumably require help from distant federal authorities to improve; it is clear from this and much else that the first lady envisions a very broad role for the federal government in menu planning. If her vision leaves any room for limitation on government interference in family affairs, it is impossible to detect it. Palin, responding specifically to this boundless license for federal meddling, later expanded on her views: “Instead of a government thinking that they need to take over and make decisions for us, according to some politician’s — or politician’s wife’s — priorities, just leave us alone, get off our back, and allow us, as individuals, to exercise our own God-given rights to make our own decisions.” (There is something particularly delicious in Palin’s tone when she pronounces the words “politician’s wife” — if there should be such a thing as a Palin administration, we are confident that the apparently easygoing Mr. Palin will not evolve into the first scold.)

As is the case with practically all things Palin, this latest statement has led to a predictable chorus of harrumphing nanny-staters, not every one of whom is obviously qualified to lecture the body politic on healthful eating. CNN’s fulsome Roland Martin declared Palin’s observation “so stupid that it defies logic,” and added that the former governor is too ignorant to “understand how devastating obesity is to the future of the United States.” Defying logic, Mr. Martin, along with practically all of Mrs. Palin’s critics on the issue, is missing a piece in his argument: specifically, even a smattering of evidence that busybody campaigns of the sort in which Mrs. Obama is engaged are likely to do more good than harm when it comes to extraordinarily complex issues such as obesity — which is indeed positioned to impose significant costs, both financial and human, on the American people.

The evidence is, in fact, to the contrary, suggesting that well-intentioned government policies will make the problem worse: To the extent that political action has thus far affected American obesity, it has been a thumb on the wrong side of the scales, subsidizing the worst kinds of foods through the farm-subsidy and school-lunch programs, and often giving out precisely the wrong kind of dietary advice.

Obesity is, in truth, among our least tractable public-health problems. It is an absolute Gordian knot of nutrition, behavior, genetics, child-rearing environments, hormonal biology, economics, and other factors too numerous and too subtle to catalog. As New York University obesity-policy scholar Rogan Kersh has noted, the problem “has proved impervious to clinical treatment or public-health exhortation,” and it is by no means clear what, if anything, public policy can accomplish, or what the best avenue for reform is, if indeed there is one. For an administration prone to smug castigation of its predecessors for their allegedly insufficient deference to scientific expertise, the Obama team is here shockingly cavalier about a scientific question of substantial depth and complexity. If Mrs. Obama, between her undergraduate major in sociology, her minor in African-American studies, and her law degree somehow managed also to acquire a great deal of expertise regarding a medical issue that has proved remarkably difficult for actual scholars and learned authorities, she has not seen fit to share how and where she acquired it.

Mrs. Obama’s “eat your veggies” crusade is at once a remarkably shallow response and a remarkably ambitious one: She may know next to nothing about the deeper issues, but she has adamant faith that the transformative quality of political power will allow even the most ignorant politician — or politician’s wife — to ameliorate any problem, even one that has thus far proved “impervious to clinical treatment.” By the same token, Mrs. Palin’s dismissal of that conceit contains more wisdom than is understood by political entrepreneurs of the Obama variety or by their factota in the media. Advantage: Palin.

First ladies have their causes, the general rule of which is that they do less damage the farther away from public policy they stay. If the Obama administration should happen to win the wars (and keep the won wars won) and balance the budget, head off the looming fiscal crisis, and present the American people with the head of Osama bin Laden, perhaps at that time it can get back to us about the broccoli. Until then, we have more of an appetite for Mrs. Palin’s healthy skepticism of governmental ambition than for Mrs. Obama’s overegged federal pudding: Washington has enough on its plate.

Dr Kersh is right, of course. Now granted there are lazy people who just eat too much and won’t exercise, but for every one of those there are dozens who have real problems maintaining “approved weight.” These issues are indeed complex. One can simply lose the genetic lottery, or there can be a combination of problems. Since science and medicine haven’t found cures, it’s reasonable to think no government intrusion in our lives can.

In the end, it all boils down to Freedom and Liberty. Of course, with Freedom and Liberty comes personal responsibility. This is something progressives can’t tolerate. A free people, left to make their own decisions, good or bad, doesn’t NEED government’s help. That puts the progressives out of business, since their entire reason for living is telling others how to live their life. [No matter how poor of a job they have done living their own!]

The government already has problems fulfilling it constitutional requirements, only a fool would think having government take even MORE control of our lives will turn out well.

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Nanny State Alert! Mike Huckabee: “On ‘Child Nutrition’ I Must Side With Michelle Obama Over Sarah Palin”

By Gary P Jackson

I saw this little nugget over at Hot Air. At first I was going to let it go, but thought it merited some actual commentary, rather than Allahpundit’s inane musings about potential web hits.

For those unfamiliar with this little back and forth, Michelle Obama has been out there shilling for a “food safety bill” that would all but destroy independent farmers, and even has the ability to restrict [or eliminate] home gardens. In other words it’s another Big Government power grab that destroys a significant amount of Freedom and Liberty. It limits choices, and in a pinch, could even prohibit one from growing their own food for their own consumption.

As part of this Freedom and Liberty destroying package, there is an initiative that would try and force “children” to eat so-called healthy food, while banning everything else. I put “children” in quotations because depending on what democrats are selling, “children” can mean anyone up to 30 years old!

This program of oppression, for those keeping score, has a price tag of around $4.5 billion, to start. [just for Michelle’s little pet project] By the way, thanks to Republicans from states where Big Agriculture makes generous campaign donations, this monstrosity, the “food safety bill,” is now the law of the land.

Here’s the deal. This is one more situation where Big Daddy government, [or should I say Big Nanny] is going to tell you how you MUST live your life.

Rather than allowing parents to educate their own kids, and control what they eat, some little elite in Washington is going to control yet one more part of your life, and there will be nothing you can do about it [unless you are wealthy and send the kids to a private school or home school them]

This is where Sarah Palin comes in. While Michelle Obama has been out there preaching her nonsense, Sarah has been having fun with her. There was talk of banning school bake sales, so Sarah shows up at a school where she was giving a speech, cookies in hand! She’s been tweeting about this stuff for some time, just wearing MO out.

This really got going though after this past Sunday’s airing of Sarah Palin’s Alaska. While getting ready to do a bit of camping, after some white water rafting, Sarah is looking for the goodies to make s’mores, and dedicates them to MO because the First Lady “says we aren’t supposed to have desert

It was hilarious!

Bear in mind now, SP’sAK was filmed in the summer, months ago, when the debate was in full swing.

Of course, there was some buzz around the “cookie incident” at the time, but it seems Sunday’s episode turned into an international story. All one has to do is search Bing to find stories from around the world, mostly progressives losing their minds. How DARE Sarah Palin be against totalitarian rule!

That’s what makes Huckabee’s little “me too” so sad. This isn’t exactly fresh ground.

Look, childhood obesity is a real problem. But it’s not because we have stupid or lazy parents who can’t teach their kids to eat right, and don’t control what they eat at home. The school cafeteria food is no worse than it was when I was in school over 40 years ago. It was crappy then too.

The problem isn’t calorie intake, or “self control.” At least not for most of these kids. The problem is the schools. When I was in school we had exercise every single day. In grade school we had “recess” but that went from kinda hanging out and running around, to playing organized games like baseball and daily calisthenics. By the time we got to Jr High, we were running our butts off, and sweating in gym class every day, lifting weights, playing baseball, basketball and so on. This was everyone, not just those on the organized school teams. Where I grew up, the many Jr High’s were basically a farm system for the city’s one high school, and it’s football team, which was a powerhouse.

In most schools, this is gone. With progressives in control of education …. recess, PE, whatever you care to call it … is a thing of the past. They are much too busy with social engineering and indoctrination to have even the most rudimentary forms of exercise available.

Now I also know video games and other “sit on your ass” activities are an issue as well, but parents are the ones to kick Jr out of the house and tell them to do something physical, not Big Daddy Government.

Probably wouldn’t hurt the parents to get out there as well.

What Sarah Palin was mocking Michelle Obama for was not about wanting to do something about fat kids. Sarah was wearing Michelle out for daring to suggest the federal government take control, stealing Liberty and Freedom, [and spending billions of our dollars] to achieve her goals.

As someone who values Freedom and Liberty as much as life itself, Sarah, like most of us, simply cannot fathom anyone allowing government to continually encroach on our basic, God-given right of self-determination. We have the God-given right to live our lives as we please, as long as we aren’t interfering with someone else’s God-right to do the same.

Now as parents, we are responsible for our children. We do have the right [and responsibility] to control what they do, as we teach them right from wrong, and impart life’s wisdom on them. This is the right of parents, not the federal government. In fact, reaching into someone’s home, and taking over these most basic rights, by force, is as big of a usurpation of the Constitution as it gets.

Will parents screw up and feed their kids junk food instead of whatever is deemed healthy this week? Sure they will. But it’s their right to.

Now if MO and Big Nanny Huckabee were talking about spending money on an eduction initiative to teach parents and children about healthy choices, that would be a whole ‘nuther ball game. Same is true if they were going to double down and require all schools to have a serious physical exercise program available to anyone who wanted to participate. I’m talking requiring schools to offer, not students to participate. Parents could opt their children out at their discretion. I could get on board with that.

But that’s not what MO and Big Mike support. No, these two, and many more progressives like them, think you are too stupid to live your life without the government telling you every move to make. What to eat. What to wear. What to drive. What kind of light bulbs to use. The list of government intrusion into our lives is endless.

Of course, this is not new territory for Mike Huckabee. He’s been trying to sell himself off as a “conservative” for some time now, both on the 2008 campaign trail, and on his lame Fox News talk show.But it’s all an act.

He talks the talk, at times, and has a lot of people fooled, but his record as Governor of Arkansas is one of a Big Government Statist. A Nanny Stater who makes New York City’s Mayor, Michael Bloomberg,  look like a piker.

Michael D Tanner, of the CATO Institute. wrote a scathing assessment of Huckabee called “The Biggest Big Government Conservative.” Besides pointing out his poor record, scoring a “F” on fiscal issues, Tanner delves into Huckabee’s progressive tendencies. What Karl Rove would call “Compassionate Conservatism” …. but on steroids.

This needs to be a warning to anyone thinking Mike Huckabee should be anything but a talk show host with a talent for so-so base playing.

One of the wonderful things about Sarah Palin is she has a knack for exposing phonies like Mike Huckabee.

I don’t think she actually tries to do this, BTW. Sarah is just someone who walks the walk. She’s also someone who says what she thinks. It’s just her nature as she goes about doing her thing.

It’s the reactions that Sarah causes, to her just living life, that are telling. People constantly expose themselves as less than desirable when they react to her. I can’t explain why this happens so often, but it’s fun to watch, and someday it will be interesting to write an essay cataloging all of the folks who were exposed by Sarah just being Sarah. The piece would be quite long.

The bottom line is this: The federal government has absolutely no right to reach so deeply into one’s life, and control so much of it. Every time they do, a big old chunk of Freedom and Liberty are gone. Gone forever. Liberty lost never returns. [at least not without drastic action]

Sarah Palin, in her own wonderful style, is out there advocating for maximum human Freedom and Liberty. The Freedom and Liberty to enjoy life to it’s fullest, without Big Daddy Government looking over your shoulders and questioning your every move, and sometimes outlawing moves altogether.

When government gets so deeply involved in the minutia of our lives, we loose our Freedom to choose how we live our lives. We lose all of our personal Liberties.

Sarah knows this well, and cautions against runaway government on a daily basis. She advocates daily for personal Freedom and Liberty.

On the other hand, here is Mike Huckabee not being able to help himself. He is a life long Big Government progressive, a Statist, and has the record tom prove it. He, along with most progressives, think the average person is too stupid to care for themselves, and Big Daddy Government must step in and do everything for you, lest you make “bad” choices. [as determined by them] It’s an insult to our Founding Fathers, and the American people.

On a personal note, when it comes time to take advice on fitness and healthy eating, I’d listen to Sarah Palin, a superb athlete whose running prowess landed her a cover story in Runners World [a story so popular it crashed their website] and someone who eats healthy, organic food most of the time, rather than a couple of con artists who, when told to “haul ass”, need to take two loads!

One last thing. In case you are wondering, the dog in the Huckabee family photo is NOT the one who received the “Michael Vick” treatment.

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