15 January 2008

Is Huckabee Really A Christian Socialist?

Recently I read an article that asked if Huckabee was a Christian Socialist. I had to think about this for a time before I had an answer. After a bit of research, I would say that he is no socialist, Christian or otherwise. A comparison of issues will be the telling part. He has this semi-populist position, but I do not see any of it as socialist. Calling him as such, would be an insult to active socialists.

I guess could be made that his espoused concern for the people could be seen as a bit socialistic. But once the positions are examined there are no similarities. I realize that in today's world the term socialist is past around freely as a means to counter an argument. To be sure I went to the Socialist Party site to research each of their positions. As I checked into their issues I found the only similar stands were that on government funding of stem cell research. That was about it, they differ on the death penalty, immigration, health care, marriage, and the list goes on.

Author Richard Viguerie said Huckabee is inclined to solve any problem by passing laws or launching another government program. "If you like President George W. Bush, you'll love Mike Huckabee," Viguerie said. "Conservatives in New Hampshire and the other early primary states had better wake up, and make certain the Huckabee victory is confined to the subsidized ethanol fields of Iowa." With that said, it appears to be a scare tactic against Huckabee, for I found no substance to the allegation.

The Christian Left holds that social justice, renunciation of power, humility, forgiveness, and private observation of prayer. But do these things make one a Christian Socialist? No, it makes them a bit of a liberal, but no socialist. Are Conservatives afraid of Mike Huckabee? IMO, I think they are. I am an ultra-liberal, for lack of a better tag, and I can say that Huckabee holds no promise in my opinion.


Anonymous said...

I agree...good editorial

CHUQ said...

Thanx, if this is your first visit please feel free to stop by anytime.

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