An Open Letter to Homeschoolers About Ron Paul, Part II: A Warning to Homeschoolers About Mike Huckabee

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If I may add
to Georgia Clifton’s Open
Letter to Home Schooling Parents on Behalf of Ron Paul
:

When the Home
School Legal Defense Association
(HSLDA), an organization of
which I am a lifetime member, announced
this past summer
that they were endorsing Mike Huckabee’s candidacy
for President, I had barely heard of Mike Huckabee and decided to
do some research and learn about this candidate. As Christians,
it is our duty to judge not according to appearance (or words),
but to judge righteous judgment. When making weighty decisions such
as who will become our next leader, we need to evaluate our choices
carefully. My desire is to lay out the facts that I found concerning
Mike Huckabee and ask that you receive them with an open spirit
of discernment. I will conclude by presenting you with a powerful
alternative that you should prayerfully consider.

Why did
the HSLDA endorse Huckabee?

In endorsing
Huckabee, the HSLDA said that he is:
1) “a principled conservative”
2) “a friend of homeschooling”
3) “a man of character”
4) “a man with a mature faith in Jesus Christ.”

These are the
four reasons the HSLDA gave for supporting Mike Huckabee. Incidentally,
this was the actual order in which they gave them. Let’s examine
each one, in order of my own priorities:

A man with
a mature faith in Jesus Christ?

It’s easy to
make this claim, but it’s difficult to speak against it, so I won’t.
The only way to know with certainty whether a brother has a “mature
faith in Jesus Christ” is not to listen to their words, nor to even
look at their actions, but to examine their fruit. Along this line,
I would ask why Huckabee’s son David was accused of hanging
a dog, slitting its throat and then stoning it to death
?

I would also
ask why a man with a mature faith in Jesus Christ would constantly
take the Lord’s name in vain with euphemisms
such as “gosh”? Euphemisms for God and Jesus, such as gosh and gee
are used by some people to avoid taking the name of God in a vain.
Huckabee says, “I’m going to be a lot more careful about everything
I say, because I find that it gets amplified to a new level…,"
but I would say that’s a poor reason to be careful about what you
say. A better reason would be because you are constantly presenting
yourself as a representative of Christ. James tells us to “let every
man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath.”

Does being
a Baptist preacher automatically make someone a man of faith? Is
history not replete with examples of spiritual leaders who used
their positions to gain authority for themselves? I’m not saying
that this is the case with Huckabee, but I am saying that his theological
training and experience are insufficient proof of his mature faith.

In the recent
CNN YouTube debate, a questioner held up a Bible and asked “Do you
believe every word of this book?” Now, if someone asked me that
question, I would see this as an opportunity to demonstrate my unwavering
commitment to the infallibility and inerrancy of the Word of God.
Instead, however, Huckabee gave a rambling non-answer:

“the fact is
that when people ask do we believe all of it, you either believe
it or you don’t believe it. But in the greater sense, I think what
the question tried to make us feel like was that, well, if you believe
the part that says ‘Go and pluck out your eye,’ well, none of us
believe that we ought to go pluck out our eye. That obviously is
allegorical.”

Wolf Blitzer
stopped him and pointedly asked him whether or not he believed God
created the world in 6 days 6,000 years ago. His response was, “I
don’t know….” and then rambled on for some time in an effort to
dodge the question. Apparently, he doesn’t like being asked specific
questions about his faith. Another quote:

“I think I’ve
probably been asked far more questions about my faith than Mitt
Romney’s been asked about his,” Huckabee said. “Maybe I ought to
be doing the ‘God speech’ out there. I might even include an alter
call and an offering with mine.”

Putting aside
for a moment his irreverent attitude, consider this: he was presented
with an opportunity to show us just how strong his faith is in the
Scriptures and ultimately the Lord Jesus Christ, but he floundered.
He then pointed out that he was the only one on that stage with
a theological degree. I would remind all of us that Jesus warned
us to “beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing,
but inwardly they are ravening wolves.” This is the same man who
took a pretend phone
call from God
. Blasphemous sacrilege!

A friend
of homeschooling?

I count myself
blessed to have known the beauty of loyalty in friendship. The word
friend is a powerful word and brings to mind words like “loyalty,"
“defense," and “familiarity." A friend stands by you through
thick and thin and makes sacrifices for you when necessary. It may
surprise you, then, that the New Hampshire NEA has also endorsed
Huckabee. The NEA is the largest labor union in the United States
and represents public school teachers. How can Mike Huckabee be
loyal to both homeschoolers and the powerful public school lobby?
The answer is: he can’t. Whoever will be a friend of the world is
the enemy of God, and whoever is the friend of the public school
union is the enemy of homeschoolers. This may explain why his “Issues:
Education
” webpage has only one brief and token sentence mentioning
homeschooling. It may also explain why he defends
the No Child Left Behind Act
.

Where are Huckabee’s
loyalties? Well, one morning in 1999, homeschoolers in Arkansas
woke up to learn that they had been betrayed by their governor and
friend, Mike Huckabee. The HSLDA had reported
that under Gov. Huckabee, Arkansas became the first state in the
nation to add restrictions to its existing home school law. From
the report linked above, Huckabee signed the bill that the HSLDA
specifically did not support. Can you call this man who signed legislation
taking away our homeschooling freedoms a friend? Only if you are
the NEA. Why did they pass this law? According to the HSLDA, the
“public school lobby had been working overtime to convince the Arkansas
legislature that the home school law was too permissive.” Rather
than stand up against the powerful public school lobby, Huckabee
caved in and took away freedoms that were previously given to homeschoolers.
As the Psalmist wrote, “Yea, mine own familiar friend, in whom I
trusted, which did eat of my bread, hath lifted up his heel against
me.”

A man of
character?

Where do I
begin? I believe a man is only as good as his word, and when someone
lies to me, I find it difficult to ever have that trust restored.
I take lying very seriously. Mike Huckabee has been caught telling
and repeating an outright falsehood. Read carefully this
webpage
that details how he got caught in this pretty blatant
lie. How can you trust a man’s character when he is caught lying
red-handed? Someone who tells lies is a liar, and that makes Mike
Huckabee a liar.

Why did the
Arkansas Ethics Commission officially
reprimand him
for violations five times in 14 years?

What do his
peers in Christianity say? The conservative “700 Club” has
disowned him
. What is his reputation like among those outside
the church? He is known as someone who has “a
mean streak, a thin skin and a penchant for revenge.”

Huckabee is
a member of a music band called “Capitol
Offense
." Would Jesus form a band? If he did, would he
name it something like that? According to the band’s website, they
formed it because of their “love of … classic rock-n-roll.” Where
is the gravity and sobriety that Titus chapter 2 calls for in an
older man? It’s not a gospel music band, either. It is a cover band
with a set list including songs such as “Born
to be wild
," the highly sexually charged “Devil
with a Blue Dress
," “Freebird,
Honky
Tonk Woman
, and other similarly ungodly songs. Go read the lyrics
to Honky
Tonk Woman
(it’s offensive) and imagine the pastor of your church
singing that song. If a leader in my church formed a band to play
that kind of music, I would call that a very serious problem. And
we call him a man of character?

On the campaign
trail and in debates, Huckabee frequently makes mention of his theological
training and his status as an ordained minister. Jesus told us to
beware of hypocrites who stand in street corners [feigning spirituality]
wanting to be seen of men. We are told to go into our closet and
close the door when we pray, so the Father can see us in secret.
Why is Huckabee so vocal about his faith and his theological ordination?
The only reason I can think of is that he’s doing it for political
gains.

A principled
conservative?

Huckabee’s
history of pardoning
violent felons
with disastrous outcomes has been a major problem
for his campaign. On immigration, he is a flip-flopper. As Arkansas’s
governor, Huckabee supported
in-state college tuition for young illegal immigrants
, but recently,
presumably for political expediency, has completely reversed his
position.

How about taxes?
By the end of his ten-year tenure as governor of Arkansas, Huckabee
was
responsible
for a 37% higher sales tax, 16% higher motor fuel
taxes, and 103% higher cigarette taxes, according to Americans for
Tax Reform. Check out the
infamous video
of Governor Huckabee practically begging for
any new tax.

What about
pro-life issues? When asked about embryonic stem cell research,
he
said
, “I don’t think it’s right to create a life to end a life.”
So far, so good, but then he added, “That’s not a good health decision.”
What on earth does that mean? He was later asked, “As president,
you would seek to ban abortion?” and his response was that “I would
seek always to promote the view that life is precious and should
be protected. But I think it has to be won on a battlefield of one
heart at a time rather than pieces of legislation at a time.” He
clearly does not have a clear plan to stop or at least slow abortion.

I’m convinced,
but what choice do we have? He’s the best candidate we have!

For this, I
only need refer you to our brother, Dr. Ron Paul. For the sake of
careful discernment, please look at Ron Paul with a fresh and unbiased
eye. Ron Paul is a humble
brother in Christ
with a blameless record. His enemies have
no ammunition against him, and his voting record as a 10-term congressman
is consistent.
He is a man who has proven himself to be trusted with the power
he has been given. As an OB/GYN, he has delivered over 4,000 babies.
He has been married for 50 years and has 5
children, 18 grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild
. He is passionately
pro-life
and successfully defends that view against liberal pro-deathers.
He has a
plan to end abortion
, starting with overturning Roe v. Wade
and returning the decision to the local level where it will be handled
by local leaders who must answer to their local voters.

His platform
is strictly constitutionalist. His principle is that if the Constitution
doesn’t specifically allow it, then the Federal government has no
business doing it. He wants to abolish entirely the Department of
Education, as well as many other massive unconstitutional government
bureaucracies, and replace them with nothing. The beautiful thing
is that we can trust him to actually do what he promises.
He often repeats the mantra that he wants to “keep the government
out of our lives.” As homeschoolers who want to raise our children
ourselves, this should be music to our ears.

Is Ron Paul
a friend of homeschoolers?

Ron Paul is
the only candidate who has an
entire microsite
devoted specifically to the issue of homeschooling.
According to Ron Paul, “The best way to improve education is to
return control to the parents who know best what their children
need. Congress should empower all parents, including home-schoolers,
to control their children’s education…”

Ron Paul also
believes that “No nation can remain free when the state has greater
influence over the knowledge and values transmitted to children
than the family.” Amen! Back in the year 2001, Dr. Paul said, “Under
the United States Constitution, the federal government has no authority
to hold states ‘accountable’ for their education performance. In
the free society envisioned by the founders, schools are held accountable
by parents, not federal bureaucrats.” Virginia Baker, a national
pioneer of present-day home schooling, and the first mother in Texas
to do so, has formally endorsed Dr. Ron Paul. She said, “Dr. Paul
is the homeschoolers best friend.”

A friend is
someone who will loyally defend you, even to the point of sacrifice,
and I personally trust ONLY Ron Paul in this area. There is no candidate
that can be trusted to protect the rights of parents to direct their
own children's upbringing and education, except for Ron Paul.

Jim Fedako,
economist and homeschooling father of five wrote, “As a homeschooling
father of five, I recognize that there are many individuals and
groups who would like to force my children back into the public
schools. In fact, the NEA has a statement on their legislative platform
that advocates the end of the homeschooling movement. Ron Paul stands
for Liberty. He stands for the right of my wife and I to educate
our children at home, away from the influences of the NEA and other
such organizations.”

Ron Paul isn’t
swayed by powerful lobbies. He never accepts bribes or gifts, and
votes his conscience regardless of how unpopular it makes him. Ron
Paul often finds himself casting the only “No” vote on bills before
Congress that he sees as unconstitutional. In the face of what must
be unimaginable intimidation, Dr. Paul stays true to what he believes.

There are literally
hundreds of other reasons to support Ron Paul’s candidacy, and I
would encourage you to begin at Ron
Paul’s website
.

But the
media keeps saying that he can’t win! I don’t want to waste my vote.

What right
does the media have in telling us who can and can’t win an election?
Can they see the future? Or do they have information that is not
generally available to the public? What is their track record in
correctly predicting the outcome of elections? The truth is, Ron
Paul dominates in straw polls, and he has raised many millions of
dollars from tens of thousands of personal donations. He has an
excellent chance of winning, despite what you may have been told.
I would say that to simply vote the way the media tells you to vote
is the only way to waste your vote. Vote for who you believe is
the best candidate, regardless of who you are told is winning.

Please, for
the sake of our future liberty as homeschooling families, give this
serious thought, discernment, and prayer. Should you choose to support
Ron Paul, please pray for him, his family, and his candidacy. Support
him financially, and tell other homeschooling families about this
champion of our liberty.

December
19, 2007

Dave Whitinger
[send him mail] is an entrepreneur
from Texas.

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