The Huckster File – An Open Letter to Those Considering Reverend Mike for President

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I received
an email from a friend urging me to donate to Mike Huckabee’s campaign
for President, so I pulled together his top 10 scandals and fired
them back. I’ve added source citations in order to demonstrate that
his scandals are not being manufactured by some Swift Boaters with
a few websites. They are well documented, many are on camera, and
are cross-referenced by multiple national media outlets. Forward
as needed to the Huckabee boosters in your life. 

In no particular
order:

Scandal #1
– Huckabee misrepresents his stand on illegal aliens –
He ran Arkansas as a safe haven state for illegal aliens, and favored
illegal aliens over US citizens for cut-rate in-state tuition. Now
he’s claiming he’s against amnesty when he refused to sign a bill
to start deporting illegals.

(Arkansas
Journal
) (Washington
Times
)

Scandal #2
– Huckabee lied about urging parole of a rapist who raped and
murdered again – He pardoned or commuted sentences on 1,033
criminals while governor. He urged the parole board to approve parole
of many more criminals that were politically difficult to pardon.
One example, Wayne DuMond, went on to kill and rape 2 women after
Huckabee personally pressured the parole board to release him 25
years early for a rape conviction. The Arkansas parole board forwarded
Huckabee a letter from one of DuMond’s prior rape victims urging
the governor not to pardon DuMond, and predicting that DuMond would
rape and kill again. Huckabee pushed for the pardon anyway. Huckabee
later denied receiving the letter, and tried to cover it up, according
to a former aid who provided the letters. 

(Huffington
Post
) (ABC
News
)

Scandal #3
– Huckabee’s non-stop abuse of Christianity as a political
gimmick – This
“phone call” will absolutely turn your stomach
, as does his
oh-so-subtle floating
cross Christmas ad
. Give me a break. It disgusts me as a Christian,
and no doubt frightens non-Christians to see this sort of thing.

Scandal #4
– Huckabee is a pro-war “Christian” – Here’s a chance
to actually put some of Christ’s sermons (Blessed are the warmongers?)
into action. Instead,
he supports continuing the war in Iraq to “save national honor”
rather than admitting it was a mistake (no WMD’s, no al Qaeda) and
withdrawing
. How many more have to die before we “leave with
honor”? Is that the 11th Commandment? Maybe it’ll be as honorable
as Korea, Vietnam, Panama, Bosnia, Somalia, Sudan or Serbia… He
has absolutely no idea how foreign policy and militarism connects
with the dollar crisis, terrorism, and the coming recession. This
makes him identical to all but Ron Paul out of any of the candidates,
but is noteworthy given how bloodthirsty he is for a minister.

 

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Scandal #5
– Huckabee destroyed state files and equipment as he left the
Governor’s Office – He ordered the payment of $25,000 from
a state emergency fund to physically destroy the hard drives of
his office at the end of his term. That data belongs to the Office
of the Governor, not the man, and a public official should have
NO expectation of privacy when carrying out the duties of office
on government equipment. To turn one of the government’s favorite
phrases around “if you don’t have anything to hide…” So much for
rule of law over personal privilege. We could expect little return
to Constitutional guarantees of privacy and transparent government
under Huckabee. Allocating the funds from a state emergency fund
earmarked for floods, tornadoes, and natural disasters is fiscally
irresponsible, spendthrift, and perhaps illegal. We should not be
surprised if this scandal takes on wings of its own, given all the
possible angles.

(Arkansas
Democrat Gazette
)

Scandal #6
– Ethicsgate – Governor Huckabee was sanctioned 5 times
for ethics violations, and had 9 other complaints, none dismissed
as frivolous.  He’s taken practically every gift or favor ever
given to him as Arkansas governor, and actively asked for gifts:
“some former Huckabee staff and appointees acknowledged … that
Huckabee’s chief of staff and a cabinet official solicited contributions
from staff and appointees for Christmas gifts for the governor.”
Shouldn’t it go the other way around? The boss buys a small gift
for the staff. What about that old Christian nugget: it’s better
to give than receive. There is also a very direct correlation between
his receipt of gifts and his political appointments. 

He even went
so far as to set up a wedding registry for him and his wife to receive
gifts to decorate their house after they left office. How completely
tacky. Clearly this guy thinks of public service as serving him,
not the other way around. 

(MSNBC)
(Guardian
UK
)

Scandal #7
– Huckabee wanted to quarantine AIDS patients in 1992 –
He was in favor of rounding up AIDS patients for quarantine in 1992
– NOT 1985, but 1992, 7 years after it was well established
that AIDS was not transmitted by casual contact. This is either
a not so subtle “homos be damned” pander to the evangelical base,
or a display of ignorance so shocking it borders on unbelievable.

This was a
full year after Magic Johnson “mainstreamed” HIV/AIDS by admitting
that he had it.  He would probably have given Magic a pass
to play at the Olympics that year.

(CNN)
(USA
Today
)

Scandal #8
– Huckabee refuses to admit when he’s mistaken or misinformed
about current events – Rather than get informed or admit
his lack of knowledge, he lies about his gaffes. A polite observer
will say he was misunderstood, but watch the video and judge for
yourself. See
these comments about Pakistan under marital law and the Pakistan
immigration “threat."
How exactly does a former governor
who didn’t even have Secret Service protection get a CIA briefing?
Who briefed him? Where did those numbers come from? What? Then
there’s this 46-second gem
.

Scandal #9
– Huckabee seriously misrepresents his record on cutting taxes
– He is not really a tax cutter, and in fact, is lined up to
be a bigger spender than, well, Bush II. “Right
now, we spend about 3.9 percent of our GDP on defense, compared
with about six percent in 1986, under President Ronald Reagan. We
need to return to that six percent level.”
(Foreign Affairs)
Does he realize that’s $300 Billion in additional defense spending,
over the $500 Billion in on-budget Defense spending?

That last thing
we need is to waste an additional $300 Billion on planes and battleships
to fight guys with carbines and makeshift bombs. We need to get
out of Iraq and Afghanistan, and follow Ron Paul’s plan of granting
Letters of Marque for the capture of bin Laden. This sort of policy
ignorance is consistent with Huckabee’s generally misinformed worldview.

It gets better
though. Here is his record on taxes from National
Review
and Arkansas Democrat-Gazette:

“According
to the Arkansas
Democrat-Gazette
, the average Arkansas tax burden increased
47% over Huckabee’s tenure. Huckabee supported (in chronological
order) a sales tax hike; gas and diesel fuel tax hikes; another
sales tax hike; a cigarette tax hike; a nursing home bed tax; another
sales tax hike; an income surcharge tax; a tobacco tax hike; taxes
on Internet access; and higher beer taxes. Huckabee also oversaw
a 50-percent increase in spending; happily signed a minimum wage
increase and encouraged national Republicans to do the same; favors
a national
smoking ban
, farm
subsidies
, and a federally mandated arts
and music curriculum
; opposes private school choice; and employs
class-warfare and protectionist language on the campaign trail.”

(Foreign Affairs)
(National Review) (Arkansas Democrat Gazette)

Scandal #10
– Arkansans like Hillary Clinton better than Huckabee by nearly
4 to 1 – His home state rejects him as a left-leaning, tax
and spend, authoritarian Republican. There’s no way a leftist Republican
will beat a Democrat in the general election. Leftists will vote
for the Democrat offered, and other than some evangelicals and die-hards,
Republicans
and Independents will stay home.
Huckabee versus any Democrat
would be an electoral beating to rival Reagan versus Mondale, except
it will be the Dems taking the White House. He is a Democrats’ dream
candidate to the point that they are calling him the “Glass Jaw”
because they will break him head to head. (Drudge
Report
)

Here’s Hillary,
one of the most despised people in politics, absolutely killing
Huckabee in a late 2007 poll (35% to 8%) in Arkansas
on the
heals of out-raising him for bucks in their “home” state. The final
word on Huckabee, and more in-depth reading of all his flip-flops,
pettiness, gaudiness, and scandalous behavior I leave to one who
knows him best. Max
Brantley of the Arkansas Gazette writes for Salon about the man
he’s covered for nearly 19 years.

(University
of Arkansas) (Salon)

January
7, 2008

John
Keller [send
him mail]
writes
from Atlanta, GA where he lives and works.

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