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It is morally defensible to establish a nation-state built around maintaining a specific and exclusive ethnic population
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At Last, A Real Conservative
Submitted by James S. Valliant on Thu, 2007-12-20 18:58
While Mike Huckabee's progress seems to have slowed a bit, his remarkable surge in the polls has put the Baptist clergyman into almost a statistical dead heat with Rudy.
Can there be a better demonstration of Republican dissatisfaction with the Pro-Choice Mayor?
Of course, Mitt can assure us that "Freedom requires religion just as religion requires freedom. Freedom opens the windows of the soul so that man can discover his most profound beliefs and commune with God. Freedom and religion endure together, or perish alone."
But can anyone beat Mike? "Recently, out on the campaign trail, a voter asked if my personal faith informed my decisions. My answer was simple, just as it always has been: my faith is my life - it defines me. My faith doesn't influence my decisions, it drives them... Faith gives us strength in the face of injustice and motivates us to do our best for 'the least of us.'"
Whether there was a subtle nod to Christianity in his "Merry Christmas" video-message or not, almost every other candidate is now tripping over their own feet in order to come out with a similar ad, including all of the leading Democrats.
Perhaps more disturbingly, Huckabee has used sectarian Christianity against his Mormon rival. He even had to apologize for his crack, "Don't Mormons believe that Jesus and the devil are brothers?"
And before you dismiss Huckabee's "least of us" remark as mere window-dressing, consider the highlights from the report from the Club for Growth on the Governor's record. He appears to take his own Christianity much more seriously than even the Archbishop of Canterbury does.
"By the end of his ten-year tenure, Governor Huckabee was responsible for a 37% higher sales tax in Arkansas, 16% higher motor fuel taxes, and 103% higher cigarette taxes according to Americans for Tax Reform (01/07/07), garnering a lifetime grade of D from the free-market Cato Institute. While he is on record supporting making the Bush tax cuts permanent, he joined Democrats in criticizing the Republican Party for tilting its tax policies "toward the people at the top end of the economic scale" (Washington Examiner 09/13/06), even though objective evidence demonstrates that the Bush tax cuts have actually shifted the tax burden to higher income taxpayers.
"Finally, Governor Huckabee opposed further tax cuts at a 2005 gathering of Iowa conservatives (AP 09/17/05). On January 28, 2007, Governor Huckabee refused to pledge not to raise taxes if elected President, first on Meet the Press and then at the National Review Conservative Summit. The evidence suggests that his commitment to protecting taxpayers evidenced in his early gubernatorial years may be a thing of the past."
On Entitlement Reform
" ◦ Raised the minimum wage in April 2006 from $5.15 to $6.25 an hour and encouraged Congress to take the same initiative on a national level (US Newswire 08/03/06), a proposal that President Bush and most congressional GOP members oppose.
This is the guy who's got the other Republicans worried.
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