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PostPosted: Sun Dec 06, 2009 3:07 pm 
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Yet another editorial in Mike's favor (although factly misguided calling the commutation a "pardon"):

http://www.americandailyreview.com/us-w ... leade.html

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Huckabee Was Correct and America Needs Such Principled Leadership
SUN, DECEMBER 6, 2009 AT 1:07 AM
By Yomin Postelnik

There is currently a move underway to discredit Mike Huckabee over the rightful pardoning of a then 16 year old who had been sentenced to 108 years on robbery charges. I make this statement as someone who fully supports the death penalty for murderers and for child rapists, but also as someone who recognizes that getting tough on crime means fostering sensible rehabilitation, not turning first time offenders into violent career criminals.

Yes, Governor Huckabee pardoned more people than most governors do. That’s because Gov. Huckabee isn’t thoughtless, callous or cruel and recognizes that public service actually entails service to the public. Sentencing a 16 year old to months of hard labor generally serves as the greatest deterrent (except in cases of murder and the like). By contrast, sentencing a teen to years in prison has almost inevitably bred nothing more than a violent menace to society.

Yes, out of hundreds of deserved pardons granted by Gov. Huckabee, a few bad apples reemerged. That does not negate from the fact that hundreds of deserving people were spared the unbelievably inhumane (except in cases where society must be saved) punishment of life imprisonment. It also means that those who had been sentenced to prison sentences long enough to rob them of hope were now spared. This, in turn, prevented many from falling for radical Islamic recruitment, as thousands of inmates have each year precisely because long, harsh sentences have robbed them of hope and filled them with despair, and eventually with anger.

As I explained in an article over a year ago, in a column titled “America’s Greatest Terror Threat – A Threat From Within and Its Easy Solution,” there is an alternative to prison that would effectively deter crime instead of promoting it, fix our roads and public works and actually add to the budget of law enforcement while saving the public money and ensuring public safety. It would also provide stability to thousands of low income families, removing a key factor for the expansion of crime. Most of all, it would end the recruitment by terror cells of their most vulnerable populace. Huckabee seems to understand this, and understands that adopting such a system is key to saving American society.

To those who disagree, not because they have any argument of substance to offer, but because they attacked Huckabee since he first entered the national stage, purely out of spite for his openness about religion (going so far as to attack him for outlawing price gouging in the wake of natural disasters): Not only are you advocating the furtherance of a reckless policy ripe for a national disaster, you are also harming your own cause.

A Huckabee/Forbes ticket would not only be the strongest one that the GOP can put forward for 2012. Aside from uniting both sides of the party and appealing to a broad spectrum of voters who value Huckabee’s compassion and his sensible economic leadership, coupled with Steve Forbes’ expertise, it would also be the best ticket to govern the country. Huckabee’s commutation of a 16 year old’s life sentence proves this, unless hindsight were in fact 20/20.


Huckabee understands economic issues. He was a successful governor and, at the time of his retirement from public office, was one of the longest serving in America. He’s eminently qualified for the presidency. But what makes him a good leader is his sense of fairness and balanced compassion. Commuting a 108 year sentence for robbery that was handed down to a youth who was 16 at the time of his crimes is an example of fairness, and of nothing else.


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PostPosted: Sun Dec 06, 2009 3:21 pm 
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As I said -- Huckabee will not only survive this; he will be largely deemed to be a man of integrity, courage and balance.

In the beginning came the spinmasters -- egged on by those who thought they could end his career here and now. But Huckabee treated this as he would treat any crisis he encountered -- or might encounter in the future -- in his political life -- head on, with assumption of responsibility for his part in the commutation, sympathy for the victims and their families, casting irrelevant his political chances hereafter and setting the record straight.

And then it began - all the neutral media -- and those who previously supported Governor Huckabee -- (everyone who did not have a political agenda on hand) began to feel safe to come out of the dark and speak up.


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PostPosted: Sun Dec 06, 2009 3:24 pm 
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As I stated in another thread. While I still believe the commutation will hurt Mike Huckabee rather than help him for his 2012 chances (if he chooses too), it's far from the nail in the coffin. For some it makes people investigate what he did as a Governor (Something we have tried desparately to do, as everyone has only seen him as a Pastor) and it may help us in some unique ways.

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PostPosted: Sun Dec 06, 2009 3:42 pm 
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I don't see Huckabee picking Forbes as his running mate. Having The Flat Tax guy on the ticket with The Fair Tax guy just doesn't make sense. Now if we could get them to some sort of compromise, like a gradual flat tax that becomes the FairTax, that might be something.

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PostPosted: Sun Dec 06, 2009 3:45 pm 
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I make this statement as someone who fully supports the death penalty for murderers and for child rapists, but also as someone who recognizes that getting tough on crime means fostering sensible rehabilitation, not turning first time offenders into violent career criminals.

Yes, Governor Huckabee pardoned more people than most governors do. That’s because Gov. Huckabee isn’t thoughtless, callous or cruel and recognizes that public service actually entails service to the public. Sentencing a 16 year old to months of hard labor generally serves as the greatest deterrent (except in cases of murder and the like). By contrast, sentencing a teen to years in prison has almost inevitably bred nothing more than a violent menace to society.

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As I explained in an article over a year ago, in a column titled “America’s Greatest Terror Threat – A Threat From Within and Its Easy Solution,” there is an alternative to prison that would effectively deter crime instead of promoting it, fix our roads and public works and actually add to the budget of law enforcement while saving the public money and ensuring public safety.

I love what this guy is saying. It is so in tune with my thoughts on the subject. Prison is not just, or best for society at large for many of the crimes that put people in prison today. Murderers and rapists should be executed, and that swiftly, but imprisoning people for many of these other offenses, particularly with long and clearly unjust sentences only leads to disrespect for the justice system, not respect.

I only hope that Huckabee understands as much of this as this author seems to give him credit for. If he does, then he goes way up in my estimation, and I already hold him in high regard.


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PostPosted: Sun Dec 06, 2009 6:27 pm 
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I believe Gov. Huckabee is smart enough to turn this lemon into lemonade. Besides, Huck has his own venue for reaching out to the Americans. I think we have seen what letting the pundits pick our president has gotten us. I don't think the American people by large are going to be swayed by THEIR opinion. I believe we want a president we can trust. I think most people trust Gov. Huckabee far more then the pundits.


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