The Left Starts Hammering Huck
Mather Jones’ David Corn has been studying up on Huck, especially his 1998 book, Kids Who Kill. Read the whole thing, but these excerpt swill alert you to why Mike H. is the DNC’s choice for GOP nominee:
Throughout the book, Huckabee warned of going soft on immorality. He slammed those Christians who accept a “misguided version of ‘tolerance'” and do not voice outrage at cultural deterioration. Mocking such Christians, he huffed, “We don’t want to offend anyone.” He denounced what he termed “radical ideological secularism,” and he declared, “in the name of civil liberties, cultural diversity, and political correctness, a radical agenda of willy-nilly moral corruption and ethical degeneration has pressed forward.” Without identifying any secularists by name, he wailed,
The legal commitment of ideological secularism to any and all of the fanatically twisted fringes of American culture-pornographers, gay activists, abortionists, and other professional liberationists-is a pathetically self-defeating crusade that has confused liberty with license.
This is not the rhetoric of a fellow looking to healdivisions within American society. And Huckabee approvingly quoted a “pastor-patriot” of the early 1800s who said, “Every considerate friend of civil liberty, in order to be consistent with himself, must be the friend of the Bible.” That’s a rather fundamentalist definition of a civil libertarian.
In Kids Who Kill, Huckabee addressed the decline of manners and civil discourse in American life. He favorably cited the trenchant analysis of the modern media culture that Neil Postman, a liberal critic, presented in his book Amusing Ourselves to Death. Huckabee argued that the entertainment industry “is conditioning kids to kill.” But he also groused about unnamed “modern government-sponsored social engineers,” claiming that “virtually every dollar poured into” government social programs “has only made matters worse.” With such a remark, he was planting himself firmly in the government-is-the-enemy camp.
Elsewhere in the book, Huckabee denounced no-fault divorce and claimed that “equality in the workplace has ironically worked against women in innumerable ways.” Looking for an expert on this matter, he pointed to a 19th-century author named Peyton Moore, who once noted, “Whenever we attempt to muddy the distinctions-the God-given distinctions-between men and women, it is always the women who ultimately lose.” He didn’t say that women should stay at home. But he heaped scorn on those who advocate workplace equality for women.
Huckabee is certainly entitled to his religious beliefs and his own view of human nature. He is free to think that nonbelievers cannot be trusted. But should Huckabee be allowed to play both sides of the pulpit? Kids Who Kill presented a black-and-white perspective: environmentalists, homosexuals, civil libertarians, supporters of social programs, advocates of workplace equality, and nonbelievers are on the dark side and allied with the forces of decline; people who believe in the Bible are the decent Americans. In 1998, Huckabee was claiming a religion-oriented cultural war was under way in the United States and he was happy to be a warrior for his side. Now he says he wants to bring together a “polarized” society. His 1998 book-full of unforgiving rhetoric-indicates that Huckabee is more comfortable creating divides than bridging them.