JIM CREES: Huckabee needs to study his history
To be sure, politicians ... ALL politicians should check themselves carefully before spouting off.
Yes. ALL politicians — Democrats and Republicans alike.
We, unfortunately, are entering a long and exhausting season of political bullwash. The coming election cycle is going to be debilitating.
They all, the whole lot of them, will say anything to keep them one or two points up in the polls, and with TV cameras focused on them for at least a few minutes.
Twenty-some candidates, on both sides, are already fighting and positioning.
Donald Trump has made it difficult for most of the rest of them - both Democrat and Republican. He’ll say anything as long as you end up understanding he is the best thing to happen to humanity since the birth of the Messiah.
Soooooooooo ... all the rest of them need to be just as outrageous if they want the media attention to turn their way for even a short time.
But through all the flim-flam and shinola, some of the candidates say things that are simple too much.
Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee has really done it.
Huckabee says some stupid things, and tries to veil his politics in some oddly sanctimonious religiosity.
He claims to have a degree in theology, but that isn’t quite accurate. He got a bachelors degree in speech and communications from Ouachita Baptist University in Arkadelphia - but that’s NOT a theological degree. Sure, it is a Bible school, but he DID NOT get a degree in theology.
Huckabee then spent a year at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth.
One year. Still no theological degree.
Back in his previous shot at the presidency, Huckabee was called out on the theological degree issue. One of his own campaign assistants, Joe Carter, told the National Review’s Jim Geraghty, “Governor Huckabee doesn’t have a theology degree. He only spent a year in seminary.”
But Huckabee supporters continue the myth of him being the only candidate on the stage with a degree in theology.
An odd theology since Huckabee has been noted as saying, “... as someone who believes, according to my faith, I will go to Heaven when I die, I am pretty sure that there is duck hunting in Heaven.”
He has no qualms about suggesting his REAL reason for running for president. He wants to be Pastor-in-Chief saying, “I didn’t get into politics because I thought government had a better answer. I got into politics because I knew government didn’t have the real answers, that the real answers lie in accepting Jesus Christ into our lives.”
OK. That’s belief stuff, but at the end of the day he does need a grasp of modern political realities.
So Huckabee explains “freedom” - “My gosh, I’m beginning to think that there’s more freedom in North Korea sometimes than there is in the United States.”
Are you serious??!!??
Then, the candidate suggests the Internal Revenue Service is the closest thing the United States of America has to the Gestapo.
Yes! The Gestapo.
Still, he couldn’t leave well enough alone. Huckabee had some strange compulsion to continue with his comparisons between the U.S. and Nazi Germany.
He had to say it. Couldn’t control himself.
With regard to the recently brokered nuclear agreement with Iran, Huckabee told Breitbart News, “This president’s foreign policy is the most feckless in American history. It is so naive that [Barack Obama] would trust the Iranians. By doing so, he will take the Israelis and march them to the door of the oven.”
OK. Huckabee! Dude!!! Slow down.
You can disagree with a political opponent without trying to compare him to Adolph Hitler.
The president is not Hitler and not a Nazi.
You (and Bibi Netanyahu) may disagree with him, but he is not marching the Israelis to the crematoria.
Let me get personal for a moment:
Dear Governor Huckabee,
Your comparison between the Iran agreement and the Holocaust is silly, offensive, and moronic.
March them to the door of the oven??!!??
Let me tell you about the ovens.
A HUGE portion of my wife’s family were fed into the ovens and dumped in ditches throughout Eastern Europe. All of her grandparents, at least a dozen of her aunts and uncles, and children babies who would have been older cousins today.
Three survived on her father’s side. Total.
Two survived on her mother’s side. That’s all.
So we don’t appreciate your using the “oven” comparison so casually.
And by the way governor, it will never happen again — despite your dire warnings and predictions. It will never happen again.
Israel is a strong and determined state (often too much so!) Jews will never again be marched to the oven doors.
So you and all of your buddies just oughta trot that ol’ dog back to the barn.
Neither Obama, nor Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, nor Nasarallah, nor you for that matter, will even march the People of Israel to the ovens.
So, drop the rhetoric and start speaking to the point ... if you are so able.
In fine, shut your gob when it comes to ‘preaching’ about that which you don’t know (and you apparently don’t know much about history).
Stick to playing Cat Scratch Fever with your Nugent buddy.
Birds of a feather, dude. Birds of a feather.