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PostPosted: Fri May 22, 2015 1:38 am 
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Echoes of Hamilton in Huckabee message
Posted: Thursday, May 21, 2015, 12:16 PM

“This country has to do three things to stay free: feed itself, fuel itself, and fight for itself.”
— Mike Huckabee, launching his 2016 campaign

By Robert W. Patterson

Not long ago, pundits were dismissing Mike Huckabee as a religious-right candidate whose folksy demeanor wouldn’t fly outside the South. Yet in his presidential announcement this month, the former Arkansas governor is already distinguishing himself as the Republican with the most compelling vision in a generation.

Insisting “we need to be able to fight for ourselves by bringing manufacturing back to our communities where we make our own planes, tanks, bullets, and bombs,” Huckabee is breaking from the globalist-corporatist groupthink that has handicapped the post-Reagan GOP. His championing of domestic nation-building imperatives that Alexander Hamilton outlined in Philadelphia will resonate not only in Middle America, but also in Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

A strong dose of economic nationalism couldn’t be timelier, as a Democratic president and a Republican Congress prepare to deal away more prime sectors of our economy to rival nations, as well as third-world backwaters, via the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). Huckabee cuts through all the “free-trade” happy talk, noting that “unbalanced trade deals ... undercut American workers, and drive wages lower than the Dead Sea.

Yet more concerning to Huckabee is the threat to national survival as Washington and Wall Street have abandoned our healthy economic independence for dysfunctional codependency on foreign powers.


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PostPosted: Sat May 23, 2015 12:14 am 
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Among the candidates, Gov. Huckabee probably worries least about being tied to the official political positions of his party. I have noticed that, while a year or so ago he seemed to be wooed by the party, he now seems to be setting his own path and agenda. Maybe that confidence is born of maturity as a political thinker and as a candidate with several successful campaigns for office. But Huckabee consciously chooses to speak about what is "right" verses what is "wrong," and puts less focus on the political "right" and "left." He does not want to poke his finger in the eye of the establishment or the party, but he is not afraid to poke some fun at them, or call them to account for moral failures. Because of his innate honesty, he calls out Wall Street greed and big bank bailouts, even though the establishment defends it. He believes that saving Medicare and Social Security matters, simply because the people have paid for these programs and been given the promise by the government that their money will be there when needed. That is only right and fair. He is a more fair, honest, and compassionate conservative and Republican, and this will probably get him labeled as a "populist" as he appeals directly to the American people about American problems.

Governor Huckabee's decisions, like avoiding the Iowa Straw Poll this time around, are based upon common sense and what is right, and this is startling the experts and thrusting him into national attention. I believe many people will find his honesty and truthfulness a refreshing change from other candidates who are busy trying to out-conservative each other. While he is as conservative as anyone, Huckabee sees the need for a message that addresses all Americans and gets them back to the polls: What America needs for its economic and military survival, verses which candidate can speak the most conservative, fiery rhetoric. As a governor, he has learned that doable solutions are more important to a state or nation than being right and not being able to govern broadly.

I think Huckabee may be astounding his advisers about now. They are finding themselves aligned with an amazing, revolutionary thinker and compelling communicator.


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