And….they’re off!!

whitehouse.gifThis may be the most interesting political season in recent history.  It’s been a generation since we’ve seen such an open pool of Presidential candidates.  Think about it:

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, R-Ga.
Former Mayor Rudy Giuliani
Gov. Mike Huckabee, R-Ark.
Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-Calif.
Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz.
Gov. George Pataki, R-N.Y.
Gov. Mitt Romney, R-Mass.
Rep. Tom Tancredo, R-Colo.
Sen. Joe Biden, D-Del.
Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y.
Former Sen. John Edwards, D-N.C.
Former Vice President Al Gore
Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill.
Gov. Tom Vilsack, D-Iowa
Sen. Chris Dodd, D-Conn.
Rep. Dennis Kucinich, D-Ohio
Gov. Bill Richardson, D-N. M.

And this list doesn’t even include the likes of Ralph Nader and Al Sharpton!!  There are many approaches one can take to narrow down the list in his own mind.  “Are the candidates electable or not?”  “What is their position on the sanctity of life?”  “Do they hold to Christian values?”  I want to take several of the candidates whom I believe to be the best options for our country and write an article on each of them over the next several months.  As should be obvious to my readers, I am a loyal Republican, and these articles will focus on Republican candidates.

I want to begin by writing about an extraordinary candidate whom I believe would make the best choice for President of the United States.  This gentleman is not considered a front-runner, but is also not being discounted.  Like a recent occupant of the White House, this man is from the town of Hope, Arkansas, where he served as the governor for 10 years.  His name is Mike Huckabee.

Mike HuckabeeIf you’re looking for a bio and his positions on all contemporary issues, check out his website.  What I want to do is show you his heart and give you three reasons to consider him as your next President.

The first reason you should vote for Mike Huckabee for President is that he holds to conservative, traditional values.  In fact, Mike says that he got into politics because of his pro-life convictions.  In this respect, Mike is not unlike other candidates, but he has consistently and passionately stood for his values and not wavered.  His life has been characterized by hard work and fiscal responsibility.  As a former Baptist pastor, Mike understands the role of the church in society and is a champion for religious freedom.

The second reason you should vote for Mike Huckabee for President is that he is a brother in Christ.  He is a devout follower of Jesus and unashamedly so.  Where many politicians today will try to create a dichotomy between their faith and their politics, Mike does not mince words:

But when it gets down to it, what animates Huckabee most is his faith, and it’s his background as an evangelical Christian from the South that could very well distinguish him from the rest of the GOP pack.

Asked whether he considers himself to be more “preacher” or “politician,” Huckabee insisted that it is impossible to separate the two. “I would say that my faith has everything to do with my politics,” he explained. “The reason I care about people in poverty, the reason that I care about people who live in substandard housing, the reason that I was moved to compassion [for the victims of Hurricane] Katrina without any doubt was because of my faith.” (Washington Post Interview, May 22, 2006)

Let me make it clear: I am not a Christian Reconstructionist.  I am not into getting Christians into positions of power so we can affect change at the government level and make society better and better to bring in the kingdom.  I am, however, for supporting Christian leaders in government, understanding that they bring a perspective to their job which is grounded in the truth of Scripture.  After all, the New Testament refers to such leaders as “ministers” or “priests” of God.

Of course, just because someone professes Christianity does not necessarily make them a good candidate for office.  The third reason you should consider giving Mike Huckabee your vote is his leadership ability.  Huckabee brings a wealth of experience and recognition from his years in public service.  He is well-qualified.  To read more about this area, click here.

I want to end this article with a lengthy excerpt from a speech Mike gave in 2004 to a group of young professionals in Dallas, Texas.  Listen to Mike’s heart…before any Presidential candidacy:

In describing the need for Christian leaders, Huckabee said Christians should be “thermostats instead of thermometers.”

 

“A lot of people — particularly in politics — are nothing more than thermometers,” he said. These “thermometers” take an opinion poll to get the “pulse of the public” and, based on the poll, state the position they’re going to take.

 

Noting that God calls people to be like thermostats, moving the

temperature to what it should to be, Huckabee offered two suggestions to help change the climate of the culture.

 

First, he said, a Christian should stand by their convictions no matter the consequences.

 

“Convictions are not your preferences or your likes versus your

dislikes,” Huckabee said. “These are things that you so genuinely

believe in. … You’re willing to be left alone and have your friends walk away because these are things you’re simply not going to compromise.”

 

For Christians, these convictions should be based on the Word of God, Huckabee said, listing some of his unchangeable convictions on

abortion, helping the poor and honesty.

 

Secondly, Huckabee said, Christians should “serve compassionately” to get ahead in the culture war.

 

“Jesus did not come to be served, but He came to serve,” Huckabee told the group.

 

The former pastor said when he first made the decision to go into

politics some friends questioned the decision, believing the only true callings were as a pastor, song leader or missionary. Everything else, he said, was considered secular work — not a calling.

 

“Where did that nonsense come from?” Huckabee asked. “Folks, you don’t have to get a paycheck from a church in order to follow Jesus Christ. Your calling is not necessarily fulfilled by some title in front of your name like reverend. God calls people to be stock brokers, playwrights and teachers.”

 

The important thing to remember is that in order to truly serve God

effectively no matter what one’s life profession is, he or she must be willing to sacrifice some comfort.

Instead of focusing on making more money or making a name, Huckabee said Christians should “determine the most important thing in your life is to sacrifice your comfort, so that somehow God can use your life to touch someone else for eternity.”(from http://www.crosswalk.com/1243545/page3/print)

I resonate with that.  I’ve watched Mike Huckabee from a distance as he distinguished himself as a governor.  I look forward to supporting his effort to become the nominee of the Republican Party for the office of President. 

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11 responses to this post.

  1. Brian,

    There are indeed a ton of candidates – and very few do much to excite me. I have heard a little about Huckabee and want to look at him further, but I wonder if this might come down to a “hold your nose and pull the lever” type of election. Maybe Huckabee or Hunter (who I also think is pretty conservative if I remember correctly) or some yet undeclared candidate will gain some momentum and be a pleasant surprise.

    Frank

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  2. I’d take Hunter over Huckabee in a heartbeat (not that either of them is even a longshot at this point–they’d have to move way up to be that). He’s also a Christian and just as conservative on the life issue, and he isn’t a taxing fool like Huckabee, who never met a tax hike he didn’t like. I’m also not thrilled with Huckabee’s nanny state approach to issues like health care. YMWV of course. Huckabee does a great impression of Ronald Reagan (and Clinton for that matter, along with Billy Graham)…but I’m afraid he wouldn’t govern like him.

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  3. Robert,

    I disagree with your characterization of Huckabee. During his time as governor, Mike lowered or eliminated taxes 94 times. The few times he allowed a tax increase are easily explainable. Would you elaborate on the specifics of why you think he is not a fiscal conservative? I am familiar with the Club for Growth paper and the Cato Institute’s report.

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  4. Well the dramatic increase in state spending in Arkansas (more than 3 times the rate of inflation!) doesn’t argue for fiscal conservatism. Why do you discount the tax hikes (factually) reported by CFG and Cato? Do you reject the news sources they repeatedly cite? And it wasn’t just cigarette taxes he raised. And his refusal to oppose future tax cuts if he were to become president troubles me as well. He also criticized the Bush tax cuts for being tilted toward the rich. That’s not conservative talk.

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  5. Robert,

    Huckabee addressed these claims on MSNBC. People can read them here: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/16785556

    His answers were satisfying to me.

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  6. Thanks for the info, bro.

    In my neck of the woods, it is all about Romney.

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  7. Huckabee has been good for homeschooling here in Arkansas! He believes in the rights of parents from what I can tell. Don’t know about the taxes but I am enjoyed the links and conversation here!

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  8. Solomon said “when a man’s ways are pleasing to the Lord, he makes even his enemies live at peace with him.” (Pr. 16.7)

    We should try that! 😀

    It’s going to be interesting to see how it unfolds, that’s for sure.

    Prior to the ’06 election I was so sick of paid political ads during the evening news I was ready to hear somebody read a voice-over list of some medicine’s potential side-effects. Something tells me by the time November ’08 arrives I’ll be there again. 😀

    Phil—

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  9. In all honesty, there is no Republican party here in Massachusetts, so I left and joined the Constitution Party. However, looking at this current crop of Republican hopefulls, the three that stick out to me are Tom Tancredo, Duncan Hunter and Ron Paul. By the way, why didn’t Ron Paul make your list?

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  10. Although they’re perfectly legal and American, I don’t give credance to third party candidates. They have never done anything historically other than determine which of the two main political parties will attain office. Although, I’m sure I would agree with much of Ron Paul’s platform, I view him politically as a nuisance. I know he’s holding office as a Republican, but he has run historically as a Libertarian. If he runs as a Republican and picks up some momentum, I’ll certainly give him a second look.

    BTW, what is your problem with Huckabee?

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