Mike Huckabee wants the world to know he’s all about personal responsibility, except when it comes to taking personal responsibility for where the culture and the modern GOP stands on social issues. With the Supreme Court hearing arguments on gay marriage it seems that everyone gets to benefit, because we get to see where everyone stands — and Mr. Huckabee wants you to know he and his Evangelical friends are intellectual cowards and quitters.
Evangelicals will leave the Republican Party if it supports redefining marriage to include same-sex couples, Mike Huckabee said.
When asked if he believes the Republican Party will change its position and support gay marriage in a Wednesday Newsmax interview, Huckabee remarked, “They might, and if they do, they’re going to lose a large part of their base because evangelicals will take a walk.”
Question for Mike Huckabee: Where will you “walk”? Are you going to go join the Democratic Party? The Green Party? The libertarian movement? Where will you go?
The answer is “nowhere,” because guys like Mike Huckabee have done a really great job of trying to become as insignificant as our Quaker and Amish friends.
“Doug, you’re being rather harsh,” you say? Let me tell you why.
I can not tell you how many conversations I’ve had with social conservatives just like Mike Huckabee who have completely cast off popular culture. They sit in their little cocoons and say that they don’t want anything to do with Hollywood, Facebook, Twitter, social media or the entertainment industry, and then they have the nerve to complain about where the culture is going.
I can not tell you how many social conservatives I have met whose movie play list is limited to whatever someone like Kirk Cameron stars in or recommends, while guys like me — religious, but not religious scholars by a long shot — are left hanging, trying to promote universal truths and timeless principles to the millions of kids anxiously awaiting Iron Man 3 and whatever other summer blockbuster Hollywood has to offer.
How many non-Christian college campuses has Mike Huckabee went to since 2008 for events that weren’t related to a political campaign? My bet: not many. He has a television show on Fox in which he preaches to the choir, and then he wonders why he isn’t growing the congregation.
Meanwhile, the Church (the one I belong to) turns a blind eye to “Catholics” like Nancy Pelosi; she decided long ago that being Catholic entails whatever it is she wants it to entail. Our religious institutions have tried to be all things to all people and the result is entirely predictable: you get guys like Joel Olsteen.
I have an extremely long list complaints about the Republican Party, but I don’t go around throwing temper tantrums or threaten to “walk” because losers like John Boehner and Mitch McConnel are in leadership roles. I try and change it from the inside.
I have a long list of concerns about our culture, but I don’t threaten to “walk” away from it all. I’m here multiple times a week, blogging away on issues that I think might be of interest to your average American, hoping that my worldview will get him to appreciate just how precious freedom is.
If religious institutions were doing a good job, this entire gay marriage debate wouldn’t even be happening. The Catholic Church bought into Obamacare and then was shocked (shocked, I tell you!) to find out that President Obama and the Democratic Party burned it. Likewise, countless religious communities cuddled up to liberal politicians — whose goal was to usurp roles and responsibilities historically provided by men of faith — and now they act appalled at the state of the nation.
Do you know why the Republican Party is in shambles? It’s because it’s composed of quitters and cry babies like Mike Huckabee. Everyone likes a winner, and saying you’ll “walk” if you don’t get your way isn’t the sign of a winner. It’s the sign of a sore loser.
Take your bat and your ball and go home, Mike Huckabee. Some of us will continue trying to win this thing in the bottom of the ninth without you.