Mike Huckabee and the fifth column

When fascism comes to America, it will be wrapped in the flag and carrying a cross.

Sinclair Lewis (attr.)

Mike Huckabee has been in the news a lot lately, mainly for saying stupid, false, and repellent things.


“There never was a good war, or a bad peace.”

Benjamin Franklin


July 26th, on the Iran deal:

This president’s foreign policy is the most feckless in American history. It is so naive that he would trust the Iranians. By doing so, he will take the Israelis and march them to the door of the oven.

July 27th, doubling down:

If we don’t take seriously the threat of Iran, God help us all. It is Neville Chamberlain all over again.

Well.

The Iran deal is hardly a one-act play with only one character. The negotiations began in 2006, midway through George Bush’s second term, and involve five other countries. The Munich Agreement, contrarily, was the summary abandonment at gunpoint by Chamberlain of a mutual defense treaty between Great Britain and Czechoslovakia. The comparison is so grotesquely inapt that one inevitably wonders where Huckabee learned his history. At the knee of gen-u-ine pseudo-historian David Barton, perhaps?

But Huckabee really showed what he’s made of with these remarks:

Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee indicated Thursday that if elected, he wouldn’t rule out employing federal troops or the Federal Bureau of Investigation to stop abortions from taking place in the United States.

Though the U.S. Supreme Court ruled against bans on abortion, Huckabee said past presidents have defied Supreme Court rulings.

Oh? Mike Huckabee, Holy Man, won’t summarily dismiss the deranged notion of calling-up the National Guard to scare pregnant women away from abortion clinics?

And he thinks he is morally fit to head-up the designedly-secular nation governed by the world’s oldest constitution?


“The job before democracy is to get rid of such canaille. If it fails, they will devour it. “

H.L. Mencken


Undoubtedly, there are many millions of Americans just like Huckabee, people who think it’s time to quit messing around with the puny and inadequate instruments of man-made law and revert to the Higher Law discovered millennia ago by a tribe of Bronze Age anonymities. They are going to get worse, too, more strident and unreasoning, as society’s inevitable evolution forces them to the margins of civic life — as they are seen for the malicious fools that they are at their core.

The evangelical right is forming into a fifth column, an internal enemy driven by hatred of all modernity, all knowledge and education, all … change. Huckabee, an amoral cynic who plays to and plunders them, is their face. You think I overstate? Fine. Send me the name of just one Southern Baptist church anywhere in America that wouldn’t gladly turn-over its pulpit to Huckabee any Sunday he asked, and follow-up with a ‘love offering’ for his mighty work.

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Who knew?

Muslims Are People Too

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So, what’s my point? Very simply, there are Muslims who need Jesus right on our doorstep. We need to reach out to them. Things might be a little awkward at first, but despite their attachment to a belief system we strongly reject, our common humanity and a little respect and sensitivity can get the ball rolling. I know most readers will lack my Middle Eastern experience. Never mind. Approaching a Muslim with a smile, asking how long they’ve been here and how they’re settling in, would be a good way to start.

The condescension is staggering.

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Theology-related quote for the day

Joe, I, too, walked in the same shoes. This is truly the greatest regret I have in all my time in ministry. I treated my family shabbily thinking all the time that “I was putting God first.”

Comment (see these posts)

And that’s that. Now, I’m really out of here.

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Reset

I’m taking a week off; regular posting will resume Tuesday, August 4th.

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The Will to Power

Book Two: A Criticism of the Highest Values That Have Prevailed Hitherto
V: Concerning the Slander of the so-called Evil Qualities

§372   Since all instincts are unintelligent, utility cannot represent a standpoint as far as they are concerned. Every instinct, when it is active, sacrifices strength and other instincts into the bargain: in the end it is stemmed, otherwise it would be the end of everything owing to the waste it would bring about. Thus: that which is “unegoistic”, self-sacrificing and imprudent is nothing in particular — it is common to all the instincts; they do not consider the welfare of the whole ego (because they simply do not think), they act counter to our interests, against the ego: and often for the ego — innocent in both cases!

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