Tuesday, January 15, 2008

The Reverend Huck

Mike Huckabee sez:
I have opponents in this race who do not want to change the Constitution. But I believe it's a lot easier to change the Constitution than it would be to change the word of the living God, and that's what we need to do is to amend the Constitution so it's in God's standards rather than try to change God's standards so it lines up with some contemporary view of how we treat each other and how we treat the family.
We're supposed to assume he's referring only to abortion & gay marriage, & to opponents such as McCain, Romney & Giuliani. But Huckabee's "word of the living God" comes filtered through the Southern Baptist Convention, which hardly has a monopoly on how believers hear that word. Anyway, conservative Christians have had so much success denying rights on a state-by-state basis that moderate New Jersey looks like a small enclave of ultra-liberalism on a map of the United States. It's an appalling statement about a document never intended to match "God's standards." The Constitution is no more a religious test or text than the qualifications it contains for becoming president.

Behind Huck's Ah shucks faux populist facade there's a southern cracker preacher combined with an Arkansas politician, & I can't think of a more potentially demogogic combination. I can even envision him sneaking out behind the chicken coop to smoke a cigar & taste Jack Daniels.

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