Is Huckabee Honest?
(Update February 22, 2015): For the reasons set forth in this post, plus my points made in the post Huckabee: Cozy with the One-World-Government Movement as well, I STILL do not support Mike Huckabee as a candidate for President of the United States. Jesus said you will “know” the wolves in sheep’s clothing “by their fruit” in Matthew 7:15-20. I still consider Huckabee to be such a person, as this and the previous post reveal. Comments have been turned off on this post due to its age. However, our new Facebook “Recommend” and Twitter features will enable you to share this post with others, to which you can add your own commentary as you see fit. (This is the end of this update.)
(Update January 17, 2008): Judicial Watch has released its annual list of the “10 Most Corrupt Politicians for 2007” with presidential candidate Mike Huckabee weighing in at number six. In explaining their reasoning for including him on their list, they write:
Governor Huckabee enjoyed a meteoric rise in the polls in December 2007, which prompted a more thorough review of his ethics record. According to The Associated Press: “[Huckabee’s] career has also been colored by 14 ethics complaints and a volley of questions about his integrity, ranging from his management of campaign cash to his use of a nonprofit organization to subsidize his income to his destruction of state computer files on his way out of the governor’s office.” And what was Governor Huckabee’s response to these ethics allegations? Rather than cooperating with investigators, Huckabee sued the state ethics commission twice and attempted to shut the ethics process down.
(For additional details about allegations concerning Huckabee’s past ethics violations, see also the blog Wake Up America for their commentary on this same Judicial Watch list.)
Okay Huckabee supporters (especially Christian brethren), help us out here. As a Christians, we now have several real issues we need to decipher. Give me your feedback on these issues…
This is a truly shameful list of charges. Ethics violations? Questions about his integrity? Destruction of computer files? Two lawsuits against the state ethics commission to shut down the investigation? If this was talking about former Arkansas Governor William Jefferson “Bill” Clinton, I might not give this a second glance. However, this is talking about Mike Huckabee, who was not only formerly the Governor of Arkansas, but a man who also professes to be a Christian, is a former Baptist pastor, and the author of a book entitled, Character Makes a Difference: Where I’m From, Where I’ve Been, and What I Believe.
Yet, for all of Huckabee’s “character” credentials, his “fruit” regarding integrity seems to be indicating something very different than his rhetoric:
Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it.
Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves. You will know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes from thornbushes or figs from thistles? Even so, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a bad tree bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. Therefore by their fruits you will know them.Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. (Matthew 7:13-21, NKJV, emphasis added)
There is the “narrow” way of the Lord, but then also a common “broadway” that many walk on. Not everyone “publicizing” a strong Christian walk actually has one. For goodness sake, even Adolf Hitler claimed to be a Christian when he ran for office! (No, I am not directly comparing Huckabee with Hitler. Just making a strong point. Namely…)
We believers need to wake up and stop assuming public figures are telling us the whole truth about their faith. “Fruit inspection” is the only way we can tell the good, the bad, and the ugly. It is not what they say about themselves. Neither is it what others say about them. It is what behavior is manifests over time:
Little children, make sure no one deceives you; the one who practices righteousness is righteous, just as He is righteous; the one who practices sin is of the devil; for the devil has sinned from the beginning. The Son of God appeared for this purpose, to destroy the works of the devil. No one who is born of God practices sin, because His seed abides in him; and he cannot sin, because he is born of God. (1 John 3:7-9, NASB, emphasis added)
Huckabee’s past behavior while in the Governor’s office seems inconsistent with his public profession. This fact should be extremely disturbing to Christians, regardless of their political affiliations. In fact, Ilana Mercer wrote a particularly damning piece on WND.com about Mike Huckabee’s track record as governor—one that reveals a particularly hideous side to this “charming” ex-pastor.
(Free Man or Freemason?)
While I am at it, is it too harsh for me to point out that both Clinton and Huckabee are not only former governors of the same state, but are both “Baptists” too? Now, I am not trying to antagonize any of my sincere Christian brethren (I actually come from a Baptist background myself), but it is nonetheless a fact that the ranks of the Southern Baptists are known for being infested with pagan Freemasonry.
Clinton joined the Freemasons at the age of 15 through a masonic youth group…but what about Huckabee? We know he is adhering to the policies of the CFR (more on that below), which one researcher described as “run by the freemasons, but controlled by the Skull and Bones.” So considering the kind of company he keeps, is Huckabee a freemason himself—or is he just their puppet through the CFR? Does anybody know? Please post a comment to this blog if you do, and provide any source links that you can cite as well. (By the way, I have known some very fine Baptist Christians over the years who were NOT masons—and, thankfully, I have never been a mason either.)
Moving on, I have found even more issues about Huckabee that are disquieting. For example, he touts a relatively strong border security plan in the debates. However, while serving as Governor of Arkansas he apparently violated state law in order to attract a Mexican consulate to Little Rock, and supported pro-illegal immigration policies. In other words, Huckabee’s current talking points about illegal immigration and border security do not line up with his past performance at all.
Even a WND.com article dated January 9, 2008 details some of Huckabee’s inconsistancies on these controversial and important issues. The WND article cites differences between what Huckabee apparently told his top immigration advisor he would do if elected president (who is none other than the respected border security activist Jim Gilchrist, founder of the Minuteman Project) with his later denials in the media of those very same points. The article also again highlights Huckabee’s record of pro-illegal immigration policies as the former Governor of Arkansas.
So, it seems Huckabee told his “top immigration advisor” that he is tough on these issues, but then his own record and media statements seem to annul those statements. So, what is his real position on these issues? No matter what you might personally believe concerning immigration and border security issues, Huckabee’s inconsistency regarding these matters makes one wonder, “What we are really getting?” if he is elected to the office of president of the United States.
(CPR from the CFR)
Another BIG issue of concern for many is Huckabee’s tight connections with the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), as WND.com has also pointed out. The CFR is an unabashedly pro-one-world-government group, who promotes foreign policy and domestic agendas that have a clear “anti-Christ tone” in the light of Scriptures. If Huckabee is an honest Christian statesman, why is he taking his cues from the CFR? And while some are attributing Huckabee’s sudden rise in the polls last December, 2007 to the endorsement of Christian media figures (like Chuck Norris) and various Evangelical ministers, others rightly point out that Huckabee’s increased coverage from the CFR occurred about that same time and likely was a major factor also.
Many believers (and unbelievers too, for that matter) are becoming increasingly concerned about Huckabee’s close ties to the CFR, which includes appointing Richard Haass, president of the CFR, one of his chief political advisers. A “hecker” in New Hampshire repeatedly tried to get a direct explanation from Huckabee on the subject, but had to simply retreat out the back door as police made their way towards the man through the crowd. Huckabee apparently never did address the man’s question directly, but rather made light of the situation.
(For more on Huckabee’s ties to the CFR, see my article: Huckabee: Cozy with the One-World-Government Movement.)
(Not Alone, Yet More Accountable)
So, despite all the Christian groups and ministers who have endorsed Huckabee, I am not convinced he’s everything he purports himself to be. When a candidate’s public record STRONGLY conflicts with his campaign rhetoric, everyone needs to be concerned.
Of course, most of the other candidates—both Democrat and Republican—are loaded with inconsistencies and “flip flops” on policies themselves. Clinton, Edwards, Giuliani, Kucinich, McCain, Obama, Richardson, Romney, and Thompson, all have their records marred with inconsistencies—some of them severe.
Duncan Hunter has a fairly consistent record, as near as I can tell—and Mike Gravel and Ron Paul are legendary for their steadfastness to principle (more on these two is available in my article, True Character: Highlighting Mike Gravel and Ron Paul). But other than these guys, in today’s political “market” it is extremely hard to find someone with a genuine track record that proves they actually believe what they say—much less will follow through with their campaign promises. (By the way, to learn a little bit about each candidate, MSNBC has a very unique matrix that gives you nuggets about each.)
However, for a professing Christian and former pastor like Mike Huckabee to demonstrate a similar form of political hypocrisy and apparent deceit…it is flat-out unconscionable.
Like many, I do like Mike Huckabee’s pastoral style of speaking and his even temperament in the debates. He speaks and carries himself well, and that is a good thing when accompanied by righteous behavior. But in the light of the issues raised herein, the question posed in the title of this article yet remains: Is Huckabee honest? Moreover, who is really generating his public positions on the issues…the CFR? And if elected, will he even endeavor to do what his “campaign promises” allege he will?
The only Christian group my quick Google search found supporting Huckabee’s candidacy was a MikeHuckabeePresident2008 blog. (If you know of any others, please let me know.)
On the other hand, I have to say that at this point there are many of us Christians here in the United States that are very cautious about Mike Huckabee’s presidential bid. The issues laid out within this article (and the many articles cited herein) are some serious ones to consider. Again, I highly recommend you read my article, True Character: Highlighting Mike Gravel and Ron Paul to examine two solid examples of people who consistently show strong integrity within a political context.
If anyone has actually read Mike Huckabee’s book on character (which I have not), please post a comment below and tell us all about its content, and how you view these current issues above in the light of his book.
Pro-Huckabee supporters, please weigh in on this situation and let us know your thoughts. All the supporters of the other candidates can feel free to post your responses to this blog below as well. I am especially interested to read comments on this article from Christians of all political affiliations.
Also, I would recommend that you all take the time to review my related post: The REAL Gospel. Please let me (and everyone else) know whether or not you think that Mike Huckabee is a man who adheres to the same standard of Gospel message that Paul himself preached.
Well, as I like to say…digg it if you can, comment if you dare. 😉
Now, I pray that God’s richest and best be upon all of you who love our Lord Jesus Christ with all your hearts (whose Name is Hebrew is Yeshua, the Messiah), and may His peace be upon you all.