Sunday, March 9, 2014

Huckabee Prays Providence Spares Wayward US Politics

When former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee (R-AK) made his unsuccessful run for the Republican presidential nomination in 2008, he drew support from the religious right, which is not surprising as he  is a Southern Baptist minister.  Huckabee now is a Fox News Channel host but he also inspires conservative political audiences, as he did when he spoke at CPAC 2014.

Huckabee's message recognizes the Hand of God at the outset of our independence as well as our wayward ways in today's body politic. Secularists may shutter at mentioning civics and spirituality in the same breath, but they ignore the profound spiritual journey which brought the Pilgrims to the New World as well as the faith displayed by our Founding Fathers.  

Such atheistic antagonists think that the "Separation of Church and State" is in the Constitution (it actually comes from Jefferson's Letter to the Danbury Baptist Church in 1802) and the First Amendment prohibited an official state religion not banishing the expression and practice of faith in the public square.

Governor Huckabee has indicated that he is leaving the door open for another run for the White House in 2016.  Cynics claim that Huckabee is keeping his name in speculation to maintain his lavish lifestyle. That uncharitable opinion does not respect Huckabee's sincere sentiment on invoking a healthy spirituality on civics.  

Already it seems that there is a crowded field of prospective GOP presidential candidates.  If Huckabee were to enter, he would have to again draw upon support from the religious right as he did in Iowa in 2008.  Well, those where the same value voters who rocketed former Senator Rick Santorum to win the Hawkeye Cauci in 2012 and he is clearly positioning his Patriot Voice for a return run.  Then there is the evangelical appeal which Dr. Ben Carson evokes from social conservatives this cycle.

So rather than worry whether there will be a political sequel of  "I Heart Huckabees", it would be prudent to take his providential preaching at face value.

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