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.

The Christian Post reports:

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.

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About the Author Douglas Ernst

I'm a former Army guy who believes success comes through hard work, honesty, optimism, and perseverance. I believe seeing yourself as a victim creates a self-fulfilling prophecy. I believe in God. I'm a USC Trojan with an MA in Political Science from American University.

17 comments

    1. That’s my other issue with him. Good point.

      Just as President Obama tries to cloak who he really is by using language similar to conservatives (watch the convention speech that launched him to the national stage for Exhibit A), Huckabee often tries to hide who he is by using the language of the left.

      There’s a difference between being able to talk about the principles that guide you in a way that honestly resonates with people who disagree, and the manipulation of language to simply win an election.

  1. great post Doug! the social conservative take-over of the GOP, and the ideological purity demanded from that intolerant group, does lots of damage to the younger generation of conservatives who don’t want to fight the same culture wars the Christian Taliban want to fight. libertarians especially won’t go along with shoving government into bedrooms and up women’s vaginas, and they will vote 3rd party.

    1. I guess to some, the only religion capable of producing dangerous extremists is Islam. ask the people who get death threats because they work at Planned Parenthood, or the families who have lost loved ones due to acts of religious right wing terrorism.

    2. I guess to some, the only religion capable of producing dangerous extremists is Islam.

      No, but when one certain religion routinely produces dangerous extremists, who are more than just an insignificant portion of the population, and who are widely supported by their general population, well …

      ask the people who get death threats because they work at Planned Parenthood,

      As opposed to those who have been beheaded, stoned, raped, had their hands cut off, etc. …

      or the families who have lost loved ones due to acts of religious right wing terrorism.

      Which, of course, when compared to the number of deaths due to fundie Islamist extremism, is insignificant.

  2. You’re right on the mark, Doug. The New Testament church didn’t isolate itself from the culture; it confronted it head on with love, compassion, and an unapologetic adherence to the truth, often at great personal risk. We conservatives (Evangelicals, especially) have a tendency to get all high-and-mighty and then go pout amongst ourselves instead of actually engaging and working to change the culture around us.

    1. It upsets me because I know they have persuasive arguments. When I was at Heritage guys like Chuck Donovan really changed the way I thought on a lot of social issues. I’d watch him give a briefing to high school or college kids and you could see the wheels turning in their heads. He was changing minds. He was introducing them to arguments that had never heard before. THAT’S how you change the culture. But that one-on-one time is a long tough slog. It’s so much easier to show up at the Supreme Court once in awhile with a sign, yell and then go home…

    2. what do you want to change the culture to exactly?

      I just wish more Christians took the teachings of Jesus more seriously. He was one radical dude.

  3. Doug,

    Another great post. I agree with you. We need to stay in the culture and fight. I think that was what Andrew Breitbart was fighting for and others today carry on that struggle. Andrew Klavan has some great videos about staying in the culture and fighting.
    Keep fighting..

    1. so you feel rejected by the liberal hollywood/academia cool cats and have thus become a culture warrior to counter their ideological stranglehold on movies and comic books and stuff.

      awesome.

    2. You’re right. I was so “rejected” by Hollywood … in college … or something. Never mind that I still have friends in LA, and that if I moved out there and wanted to find work, I could.

      No, it couldn’t be that I moved out there and saw a bunch of idiots who spend their days bragging over who saw Brittney Spears at the grocery store, or who would sell their soul if it meant selling their screen play, etc. Or who claim to be “tolerant” … until they actually have to tolerate an opinion that differs from their own.

      Please, go back to your little Lizard hole. You’re embarrassing yourself again.

    1. I oversaw Heritage’s intern program for about three years. It was me and my boss Heather, was is still there. She’s the Director of Heritage’s Young Leaders Program.

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