Why Mike Huckabee Can’t Be The Conservative Choice For President

With front-runner Republicans garnering only lackluster support from the base, and with Fred Thompson (my own personal favorite) still not in the race, a lot of conservatives have turned their attention to Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee. And on the face of things he seems like a good candidate. He’s a popular southern governor (governors have a better track record at getting into the White House than Senators) and he’s a deft politician and executive.
Please he’s got a cool sounding last name. Huckabee. Huck-a-bee. It just rolls off the tongue.
But there is a big problem with a Huckabee candidacy, however. At least as far as conservatives are concerned. He’s a nanny-stater. He has become famous for getting himself in shape (he used to be quite, well, fat) and that focus on healthy living has translated into his favoring policies that don’t just encourage Americans to live healthy but actually use the coercive force of government to make them live a certain way.
Evidence? Consider his support for a nation-wide smoking ban.


This position from Huckabee is problematic for conservatives for two reasons:
First, being conservative means being a federalist, and a ban on smoking from the federal level is hardly something any federalist should support. If our founders had intended for smoking to be illegal (and why would they want that given early America’s tobacco trade?), or even if they wanted Congress or the President to have the power to ban smoking, they’d have put that in the Constitution. But they didn’t. Instead, they put the 10th amendment in the Constitution which delegated social issues like smoking to the states. Of course, in recent years politicians have been fond of ignoring the 10th amendment and using the interstate commerce clause (which is what Huckabee would undoubtedly use to justify his national ban) to stick their fingers into all sorts of state’s issues. Again, that’s not something any conservative should support. And if that’s what Huckabee wants to do, no conservatives should support him.
Second, there’s also the simple question of freedom. I think we can all agree that smoking is unhealthy and that all Americans would be better off in their lives by avoiding it. But putting that aside, there is nothing illegal about tobacco. Adults across the nation can light up all they want, and government simply oversteps it’s bounds when it starts dictating smoking policy to individuals and private property owners. Not only is it anti-freedom (remember that freedom means being free to make bad decisions along with good ones) it sets a dangerous precedent whereby the government can begin to ban other things determined not to be good for us.
Like fattening foods. Or salt. And if you think I’m exaggerating, look at all the efforts around the nation to pass bans on trans fats and blame restaurants like McDonald’s for their unhealthy customers.
Huckabee, to put it simply, represents the nanny state. A big-government, “we’re here to take care of you” mentality that no right-thinking individualist should be interested in. If he gets the GOP nomination, I will be terribly disappointed.

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  • Roy Huntley

    I’m afraid Huckabee is a globalist. We do NOT want another globalist President.

  • awfulorv

    There are certain revealed truths we ignore at our peril. One of those truths is to be wary of any politician who hails from Arkansas. They have a certain charm in speaking, which causes one to become careless with anything you own, which is the, only, reason they are chatting you up. Think of a Pudgy Elmer Gantry. I’d wager that 46% of the used car, or Aluminum siding salesman, in Houston ,are from Arkansas.

    • Neiman

      I am no supporter of Huckabee, but to slam him as being a Christian charlatan like an Elmer Gantry is asinine in the extreme. There are legitimate reason to oppose his candidacy, name calling and demeaning his Christian faith is NOT one of them.

      • http://realitybasedbob.sayanythingblog.com/ realitybasedbob

        Old Pal, if the presidential election was today, who would you vote for?

        • Neiman

          I sure wouldn’t tell a name calling little crud like you!

          • http://realitybasedbob.sayanythingblog.com/ realitybasedbob

            Old Pal, if you don’t know who you would vote for just say so.
            The name calling is silly.

          • Neiman

            It is not name calling, it is truth in labeling – you are a little crud!

      • awfulorv

        Mr. Gantry was not so much a Christian as he was a Con Man. He used faith, coupled with fearsome,spell-binding, words because the combination was explosive in the minds of his followers. That is what I derived from the book, those many years ago. That Mr. Lewis caused many Christian preachers to be portrayed as they are, phony, rapacious, hucksters, preying on weak minded , downtrodden, elderly, often sickly, believers, was the intent of his tome. A purview which you’ve, obviously, failed to grasp. My original intent was to write of politicians from Arkansas. I, apparently, did not see the house of worship I’d strolled past, and failed to show proper, in your mind, respect to. So Solly..

        • Neiman

          That Mr. Lewis caused many Christian preachers to be portrayed as they are, phony, rapacious, hucksters, preying on weak minded , downtrodden, elderly, often sickly, believers, was the intent of his tome. A purview which you’ve, obviously, failed to grasp.

          There are some of that nature to be sure, some are really Christians but walking in the flesh, not really called of God; others, that are not Christians at all are surely out there, but to tar “many” of them or even Huckabee is unfair and untrue IMO.

          As I said there is much to criticize about his politics, but the attack his Christian character or even to paint him as a Gantry type person is both wrong and not helpful.

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