Monday, February 04, 2008

Mike Huckabee Channels Ross Perot '92

A reporter asked Mike Huckabee, "Governor Huckabee, why are these conservative leaders going to Governor Romney's camp and not Senator McCain's?" The entire exchange is summarized here.

Huckabee's response:
"Some suggest that the fact that Bain Capital owns a major stake in Clear Channel is on Sean's network, that maybe there's a correlation. I don't know."
How innocent. I do wonder, however: Mike says that "some suggest" this "correlation."
I don't who "some" means; do you? Kind of reminds me of "Don't Mormons believe Jesus and Satan are brothers?"

You know, if we weren't talking about a self-described "Christian leader" whose "faith defines him," I'd think Huckabee was engaging in slimy innuendos designed to capture headlines and sow rumors and doubt. But Pastor Mike would never do that.

Would he?


Blogger Jettboy said...

I write this here because, no matter how much I try, the Article VI Blog won't let me post.

I am finding John's side remarks very irritating. What he says about Mormon participation in Republican politics are telling and ignorant. It is his attitudes that are causing such anger in the Mormon community and he and Evangelicals like him better pay attention.

First he says, "Please lead by example, show my Evangelical brethren the right way to do this." Now, if he would have said "continue to lead" then that wouldn't have been so bad. However, he seems to suggest that Mormons haven't been leading by example until now, even after years of supporting politicians that the Evangelicals look up to almost as their own.

Nothing proves this more than Bush Jr. getting the vote in large numbers. What needs to happen is that Evangelicals better start paying more attention and respect to the Mormons for what they have done for them. The good new is that the two most popular Evangelical picks Ronald Reagan and Bush Jr. understood this. Reagan had more Mormons in prominant positions than any President and Bush Jr. recognized Pres. Hinkley with the highest civilian honor. The Evangelical community better star following their lead.

The other statement was, "LDS friends, please note how that sounds just as intolerant and small minded as the less-than-charitable of my creedal brethren." Excuse me, but it was YOUR kind that kicked us out of the U.S. to start with and then continue to point to a sad incident in our past to prove it was the right thing to do. And yet, Mormons still soldiered on in the belief that shared values were still more important than creedal purity. Mormons have been tolerant, and supportive, for over 150 years and our getting tired of it all is "intolerant and small-minded." In case you didn't know, offense taken! You should have pointed to Jesus' (yes, the same one Mormons recognize as a Savior) words to forgive 7 times 70. That is perhaps more charitable compared to the statment of more finger pointing and accusations.

Mormons have been trying to build bridges for a generation. Some of it was forced bridge building in the way a defeated community gives in to the ruler's own ways. Others are genuine outreach to both understand and be understood. Mormons don't want a religious fight, but it is always thrust on them and usually by the same Evangelicals that are given political support.

Most Mormons I know are tired of reaching out to bridge build. The reaction to Romney by so many on both the left and the right has proved the futility. The left's reaction is understandable. The Religious Rights is seen as completely irrational and frightning. Mormons have given Evangelicals a chance. It was Evangelicals time for the same, and tepid support notwithstanding, the reluctance and harsh words hurt. Reconciliation will help only when it becomes more than a one way street. Oh, and the condescention ends and recognition starts.

Thursday, February 07, 2008 7:54:00 AM  

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