October 24, 2007

Huckabee is starting to bug me

Of course, I am not a Republican and likely won't vote for one until the GOP repudiates the Bush administration's tactics and policies, but Mike Huckabee is really starting to annoy me:
"During the Republican debate, Mike Huckabee said he believes one of the defining issues facing the country is the sanctity of human life. Arguing that the issue is of historical importance, he invoked the Declaration of Independence's rights of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness and said that most of the signers of the declaration were clergymen.

Not even close."
This is the need to appropriate the past for conservative Christianity. That really bugs me. Were Christians involved in early American history? Absolutely. For good and for ill. But this country is not solely the property of conservative Christianity and every time they claim it they do an injustice to our history and to our contemporary political dialogue.


Tony said...

Since I live on my computer, I thought I would leave a comment.

What gets to me more than the revisionism is just the abject lack of truthfulness. High school history students know that all the signers of the DoI were not clergymen. Perhaps Huckabee is looking to establish some kind of connection since he is (or once was) a clergyman and therefore the only one qualified to be President. You know, since all the framers were clergymen; not tradesmen, farmers, blacksmiths, scientists, etc. just genuinely interested in their country.

Thomas said...

I wish Tom Paine were still alive today to set America straight about these so-called men of godliness, conservatism and patriotism.

By their fruits, we know them. They are quick to pimp their religion, waste the blood and treasure of our nation and gut its constitution to protect their precious oil, oligarchy and Enron Economics.

Sadly, Tom Paine (likely the first guy to ever use the term United States of America) died broken and widely scorned due to the efforts of the 'swift boaters' of his day and the abandonment of his friends in government that HAD to protect their 'electability'.