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Mike Huckabee Rips CPAC For Becoming ‘More Libertarian’

February 26, 2010 by  

Mike Huckabee rips CPAC for becoming 'more libertarian'Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee has criticized the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), whose recent conference he refused to attend, alleging it has departed from its conservative principles.

Speaking on Fox News last weekend, Huckabee said that CPAC has become "more libertarian and less Republican over the last few years, one of the reasons why I [did not attend the event] this year."

The former GOP presidential candidate also suggested that the popularity of the Tea Party nation movement and its events all over the country have caused the influence of the CPAC to rapidly decline, and the organization is becoming irrelevant.

"The Tea Party has taken all the oxygen out of the room, where CPAC was historically the event," he told Fox News host Geraldo Rivera.

Huckabee was partially responding to the CPAC presidential straw poll over the weekend, in which he scored only 4 percent among CPAC voters and came in sixth place.

Meanwhile, CPAC representatives responded to the former governor’s allegations by saying they were "perplexed" and denied the purported libertarian slant.

According to the American Conservative Union, the organization that has hosted CPAC for 37 years, the 2010 event drew more than 10,000 conservative activists from across the country, including more than 5,000 college students.
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  • Huckabee Sucks

    Nothing like a little double-speak to get your blood flowing. Huckabee would’ve fit right in at Pravda.

  • Robin from Indiana

    Mike Huckabee is a good man, but I must disagree with his perspective on the CPAC convention. I think the Republican party is coming back to it’s roots by leaning towards Libertarian thinking. It’s time for a third party to emerge. Let’s vote out the corrupt and start anew!

    • Debie

      I couldn’t agree more!!!

    • RJ Austin

      Don’t be fooled that a third party is the answer. If you have a third party you only split the vote and ASSURE the Democrit party of VICTORY.

      • Kevin

        Then ud better vote for the tea party candidate.

      • DaveH

        Yep,
        We should keep voting for Republicans and insure Bigger Government.

      • Buddy

        The Republican Party started out as a third party goofball.

      • Meteorlady

        Yeah – not splitting votes has gotten us a lot of places, but sure not where we should be. We still have big government and corrupt politicians. So I’m supposed to vote for the person that is most likely to win? I’m supposed to chuck what I believe out the window and vote for someone that is less than my favorite because a Democrat might win?

    • Joe H.

      Robin,
      Idon’t know if you listen to Glenn Beck or not, but he had a chart on his black board tonight that says conservatives and Libertarians are two different animals!! Seems to me with all the talk about going back to our conservative roots by going libertarian here lately that would not be the case!!! guess I’m just confused!!!

      • DaveH

        Joe,
        I realize that right-wingers have hijacked the term “conservative”, but it used to mean sticking with the old tried and true methods. Those for our country were Freedom and Limited Government.

        If you watch Glenn, then you probably saw his show where he explained how Progressives started calling themselves Liberals decades ago, and now are trying to switch back to the name Progressives.

        Liberal in the dictionary is defined as “One who is open-minded”. You can see from those posting on this board, that they are anything but “open-minded”. When I use the term Liberal, I mean those who advocate Big Government as the solution to our problems.

        Such is the English Language.

        • http://www.isil.org/resources/introduction.swf Starchild

          Both conservatives and liberals in the United States are less libertarian today than they have been traditionally — except in terms of tolerance where both have become more libertarian as people have become more respectful of the rights of all members of society (women, sexual minorities, racial minorities, the disabled, etc.)

          Part of the confusion over terms also arises from the fact that politics is not a left-right spectrum. It is more accurately depicted as a chart with two axis — see http://www.theadvocates.org. In fact, as described there, this is what Glenn Beck showed his viewers on February 26.

          This diagram, sometimes called the Nolan Chart, explains why the supposedly “far left” policies of the Communist Soviet Union and “far right” policies of Nazi Germany looked so much alike — because in reality, both of them were in the authoritarian quadrant.

          Perhaps the most important political question is this: “How much government should there be?” And the division on this question is not between left and right, but between libertarian and authoritarian. Those who want limited government or none at all are somewhere in the libertarian half of the chart, while both Stalin and Hitler, along with those who want a big, controlling government to impose what they see as a more compassionate agenda, are in the authoritarian half.

          As more people come to realize that the real political struggle is not “liberal vs. conservative” or “left vs. right” but “libertarian vs. authoritarian”, we will see more political realignments, with some organizations like CPAC becoming more libertarian, while others — e.g. the Democrat and Republican parties over the past couple decades — become more authoritarian.

  • M

    Who cares what TAX HIKE MIKE thinks about a sea change in politics.
    The Republican party better turn more libertarian or they will be in for a fight even after this communist marxist has run his term in the white house.
    The people have spoken and they are sick of BOTH parties acting very similar to each other. We may not be able to overcome the two party system rig so we might as well push for people that understand the constitution, protect our rights and not spend us into a third world financial disaster.
    One last thought, you can blame EVERY problem we have today on the members of congress. Every one! Think about that the next time you even think about voting democrat,republican, or the likes of Ron Paul for ANY office.

    • L, USA

      It is the spirit of rebellion seen in the above comments that will enable the destruction of America from within, by Americas’ enemies.

      • Eric

        That spirit of rebellion is exactly what makes America what it is. If we lose that spirit we will have already destroyed ourselves.

        • L, USA

          Eric, see my post below [L, USA says:
          February 26, 2010 at 7:08 pm] for how to regain the government to the people.

          It is the spirit of understanding which conquers all. Search until you find how the Founding fathers of this Republic had the spirit of sacrifice and meekness to form the government(states) into a more perfect union.

          As for “rebellion” toward tyranical government, yes, read it in the Constitution. There are provisions to restore it when tyrannical leaders abuse the few simple powers provided therin.

    • Joe H.

      M,
      I very much disagree with your assesment of Ron Paul. I would vote for the man in a heart beat. I doubt there is a man out there right now that is more conservative and that is exactly what we need more conservatives!!!

      • Claire

        Joe H–I have to agree with you. Out of the entire mess of politicians, I think he is the most honest. I have listened to him a lot lately and I like what I hear. He may be a bit older, but he is wiser. And I think he has the stamina and energy.

      • http://comcast Lenore

        The problem with voting for Ron Paul, is that he is NOT “electable.”
        Sure. he has some good ideas but like McCain. he is too old to run for President.

        • LarryM

          So you say but I disagree. He is in great shape and if he decided to run again I’m sure we all would be better off.

    • RJ Austin

      It is very evident from your calling Mike “TAX HIKE MIKE” that you have no earthly IDEA how THE FAIR TAX would work and how much benefit it would be to this country. Visit fairtax.org and learn the facts before calling people names.

      • Don

        Forget the Fair Tax. You should know what will happen: the Federal Income Tax will not be repealed and then we’ll be stuck with both taxes!

    • Flynn

      If that is true, then every basic problem can be ultimately traced back to we the people who elected every member of Congress. We are not discriminating enough in the way we elect our public officials. If we were, then the Teddy Kennedys, the Robert Byrds, the Nancy Pelozi’s, and the Harry Reids would not keep on being reelected year after year.

    • Meteorlady

      Mostly right but not. You can blame every problem we have to day on the “majority” of congress. There are those to stand up and try to do the right thing. They try and talk reason. They try and change the status quo but there just aren’t enough of them to get the job done. Ron Paul, John Cornyn and Thune seem to be going the right direction so does that mean we throw the baby out with the bath water? The political climate is such that you have to take money to get elected, and you have to make deals to get your agenda passed. What we need to do is change the way campaigns are funded and most of all get rid of lobbyists. Then, instead of slapping hands, the ethics committee should actually do something like send the bums back home never to return again.

  • DaveH

    Spoken like the RINO that Huckabee is.
    He’s just another typical politician that thinks he knows best how to run the lives of others.
    The government should exist only to protect us from the force of others. They have long ago switched from ‘protector’ to ‘forcer’.

    • Warrior

      Does anyone know of any organizations that have identified each current member of senate and congress as to their political ideology, along with voting records from the time their terms began? I think it would be a helpful tool used to inform all Americans of their representative’s true identity.

      • Pat

        Try the Heritage Foundation.

        • Maynard

          You mean that group of people run by the Koch brothers? You would do yourself a favor by going to the internet any finding out who these two REALLY are. What they want is an America in their own image. Both should be in jail for what they did to the Native Americans.

          • DaveH

            They’re that old? What did they do?

          • Claire

            Maynard–I want to know what they did to the Native Americans, too. Tell us.

          • eyeswideopen

            Claire, they illegally took oil from both the feds and indians in addition to others. They accomplished that, by not measuring correctly. The father ran for VP as a Libertarian in 1980. He founded the JOHN BIRCH SOCIETY, Americans for Prosperity, and funds the Cato Institute. They paid the biggest environmental fine in our history, and had to pledge 500 million to do clean up in seven states. Koch Industries is the largest private corp in the US, making 90 Billion a year. They paid lobbyists 20million in 2008, but only 5.6 in 2009. here are two sites you will find interesting, especially the forbes site which shows how the richest companies avoid paying taxes.
            http://fores.com/2012/02/18/forbes-400-irs-capital-gains-personal-finance-rich-pay-less-tax.html (Link not functioning)
            http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2000/11/27/60II/main252545.shtml
            Thanks to Bush, compaines paid the lowest taxes since 1933. Too bad we could have used those taxes to fund the wars, pay back SS, or fund the Medicare Advantage plan.

          • Claire

            eyes–I pulled up the one site and read the entire article concerning the Koch Brothers. At least, one of them tried to be honest. What this company did was an abomination to the Indians and the environment and to America. I cannot tolerate people like this that knowingly commit these acts of destruction. The greed and corruption of this company knew no bounds. These guys are horrible people, and I hope they reap what they have sown. I hope and pray these despicable will receive their punishment in the end.

          • DaveH

            Notice Claire, from the same article:
            “It was – was my family company. I was out of it,” he says. “But that’s what appalled me so much… I did not want my family, my legacy, my father’s legacy to be based upon organized crime.”

            Keep in mind the guy Eyes is trying to dis is the father that he speaks of, Fred C. Koch:
            http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Koch_Family_Foundations

            Eyes doesn’t miss a beat to dis Libertarians in a futile effort to get back at me for all the times I have shown her comments to be specious.

          • DaveH

            And by the way Rabid Eyes, 1% of the wage earners pay 40% of the taxes. And they spend what they get to keep a lot more efficiently than the takers do.

            You won’t be happy until we are a third world nation like Cuba where everyone is “equal”, equally poor that is. Except of course for the Government leaders.

          • eyeswideopen

            Davh, I wasn’t dis’in anyone, merely stating the facts as presented. You are really unbelievable. But you are right, I don’t like the John Birch Society. Nor did I like McCarthy. Who was on a witch hunt, and proven wrong. Yes, it is wrong that the richest companies don’t pay but 15% in taxes, while the struggling smaller ones pay more. Everyone should pay the same. Doesn’t make any sense that smaller corps pay 35% while the ones making 90billion are barely, paying 15% if they are paying anything at all. You of course are all for those who a avoiding taxes to keep avoiding and if you had your way they wouldn’t pay any taxes at all. You don’t believe in fairness or equality, everything that comes out of your mouth proves that.

          • DaveH

            Another point I would like to make, Claire, is that Eyes, who looks for every chance to dis Libertarians, feigns concern for the indians whose property rights have been violated. Yet, there is no greater champion for property rights than Libertarians. Read this article to see what I mean:
            http://mises.org/daily/2158

            From the above article:
            “No individual should be allowed to take property from others for any purposes. Government should not be judged by a moral code different from that which we use to judge individuals. And certainly nothing is more preposterous than the notion that the seat of the world empire is the best protector of our rights”.

          • DaveH

            And everything that comes out of your mouth, EyesWideShut, proves that you are a typical, hypocritical, misinforming Liberal.

          • eyeswideopen

            DAVEh, I didn’t offer an opinion about Fred Koch. I merely stated that he was a Libertarian VP. You are so paranoid that you are assuming that I said something bad. Go back and read what I stated. LOL, I just stated the facts. The company has done illegal things. I also just stated what organizations that they fund, or have started. Facts, simply facts. You are so defensive that you jump to all kinds of conclusions. Geez, Paranoia is running wild in your mind.

          • eyeswideopen

            DAVE ARE ALL LIBERTARIANS AS PARANOID AS YOU???? Is it because one of the richest companies in the US funds the Cato Institute that you are upset, or is it because his father started the JOHN BIRCH SOCIETY ??
            What about the facts is getting you so upset? Just because they do exactly what George Soros does, don’t be upset. The Dems, have George Soros, the Repubs have Adelson, and the Libertarians have the Koch family. Every political party has to have sugar daddies. You Libertarians aren’t squeaky clean like you try to profess.

          • Joe H.

            eyesscrunchedshut,
            Are all liberals harpys like you???? Are allliberals/former republicans as quick to point out all the bad on ANY political group except the libbies???? Oh, I just remembered one more. Are all libbies as quick to mis-quote as fast as you and coal scabbler????

          • Meteorlady

            Eyes – once again you have given us a one sided case. Why not bring up Sierra Club and see what fines they paid for polluting the environment? How about Robert Redford and his company heli-skiing in wilderness areas – for profit? What about all the “charities” that have had their hands in the cookie jar. What about all the CEO’s of charities who take 6 figure salaries? Does Soros give all his money away to the liberal causes he so loves? No, he prefers to spend it to get his chosen people elected so they can pass laws and make working folk fork over their hard earned money in order to support his agenda. My point is, you can study one “private” corporation and provide the links you want us to see, but it really doesn’t mean anything as you do not give us a logical argument about why liberalism and socialism is good for working people and this country. We have had mounting debts since FDR, Carter and LBJ. They started hugh government programs that are now failing because they are poorly run, not controlled and people can no longer afford to pay for them. As for corporation and small businesses paying taxes, what happens when you up the corporate tax rate – they lay people off to keep their profit margins and they pass the added cost onto us. That means that the poor who get an tax break are now paying more for an end product like food. So what’s you solution to this problem besides more taxes levied which means less money in the economy?

      • DaveH

        You could go to the Congressional Websites to see the roll call votes for each bill. I know, it’s tedious, but informative.
        The House votes are here:
        http://clerk.house.gov/legislative/legvotes.html

        • DaveH
        • Meteorlady

          I believe you can go to congress.org and sign up and you can get how your senator and representative voted. They also notify you when there is a new bill coming up and you can then write a litter to Obama and your senator and representative and voice your opinion.

    • Claire

      DaveH–As far as I am concerned, I do not even consider Huckabee for anything. Let him stay at Fox with his show.

      • DaveH

        I agree, Huckabee is only a little better than John McCain. He should stick with his guitar playing.

        • Claire

          DaveH–I wonder–has Michelle Bachmann replaced Sarah?

  • http://msn homer davis

    I AGREE WHITH I HOPE WILL YOU RUN PREDENT IN 2012. I AM FOR YOU. I LIVE NC I WATCH YOU ON YOUR SHOW YOU HAVE GOOD IDEALS.

  • Bryant

    Supposed leaders like Huckabee have only been misleading us to police the world. Japan and Germany lend us money so we can defend them? Huckabee should have been at CPAC to explain his positions. We have a money crisis that is destroying our currency and Huckabee fiddles while our fiat currency burns. We must have smaller government, less policing of the world (which we cannot afford), more freedom from the federal government and a free market sound money economy.
    His support comes from one section of the nation, the Christian conservatives, and he didn’t and doesn’t serve them well, in my opinion.

    • Jerry

      Bryant,
      I am a Christian and a True Conservative, and I am not in the least enamored by Mike Huckabee. He, in my opinion, is a george w bush republican. In other words a RINO. Ron Paul as of now is my choice to lead America out of the desert. I also am close to the Tea Party (at the local level only) and the Heritage movement. So please do not assume all Christians support Mike Huckabee.

      • RJ Austin

        Ron Paul has some good ideas but he has no chance of being elected. A vote for him will assure a second term for this administration and this country will become socialist 3rd world country.

        • Flynn

          It was said that George W. Bush had no chance of being elected until he was able to garnish the support of the entire Texas oil industry as well as most of its money. don’t sell Ron Paul short. He may do the same thing. Ron Paul is not one of the bushes, but he is a Texan, and that is all that matters. If $53 million dollars can’t buy the White House again, then it probably isn’t worth it.

          • L, USA

            As a Republican conservative, I was one pioneer of internet grass roots email with the same message that conservatives now have (and are seeing before our collective eyes). Including the progressing dangers of muslim “jihad” http://www.americancongressfortruth.org , socialist marxism in the democratic party, and total world government take over with the rise-ing of the EU. Helping George W. Bush win the Presidency twice. That was easy then, but what are the unprecendented ways that it can be repeated now? Only if the government remains intact and the enemies of America are removed from office and the Republicans win. The enemy powers are much to strong in their corrupt ways and means to lose the elections. There must be a collective stiring and support for the Republican Party to take place as provided for by the Constitution!

        • DaveH

          Sorry, RJ, but the Republicans have been complicit on our path to Socialism for many decades now (excepting Ronald Reagan). It’s time to elect somebody who will head us back to Freedom and quit wasting our votes on Republicans.

  • eddie47d

    Hi,DAVE AND JOE,I liked HUCKABEE but I’d have to agree more with the Libertarian Party. Their platform seems more centered,yet open to a variety of views.

    • DaveH

      Yep, They’re about Freedom, period, for everybody, not just those who share our likes and dislikes, or our religion.

      • Joe H.

        DaveH,
        careful there, that statement is 180 out from what eddie usually says, watch for the set-up!!!!

  • Greg A Jasicksr

    When GOD! COUNTRY!! HONOR!! Become the mantra, all will benefit.
    When the constitution is FOLLOWED; all will benefit.

    • Warrior

      100% Correcto!

      • L, USA

        Agreed!

    • DaveH

      You do realize that includes not allowing our Presidents to unilaterally involve our military around the world without Congressional declaration?

      The power to declare war is vested in the Congress:
      http://www.cato.org/pubs/constitution/article1_en.html

      • Joe H.

        DaveH,
        I hate to be a pain to you but congress did give Bush permission to invade Iraq!

        • Claire

          JoeH–Yes, they did, and the present Congress also gave Obama permission to send more troops to Afghanistan.

        • DaveH

          You’re not being a pain, Joe. But reread my comment. I said nothing about Iraq, or Afghanistan.

  • DEBR ANDERSON

    ROMNEY/PETRAEUS 2012 IS EXCELLENT IDEA! I VOTED FOR ROMNEY BEFORE AND WOULD AGAIN BUT WE DO NEED SOMEONE EXPERIENCED IN MILITARY IN THERE THAT WILL HELP US TO STAY SAFE … NO MORE APOLOGIES!!!

    • Dee

      Safe from what? Our very own government. How I see it is the difference between Libertarians and Conservatives, is war, the republicans want to take over the world and the libertarians don’t. Ever think that the reason all other countries hate us is because we have a presence in every other country? We are the nosy neighbors no one can stand. Ron Paul/ Michelle Bachman

      • Pat

        I’m all for Michelle Bachman!

        • Claire

          OMG!!!

      • Flynn

        Mitt Romney may have a chance if the American people would only accept his Mormonism. They could never accept his father, George for that very reason. I’m afraid they will never accept Mitt. This is unfortunate because Mitt Romney is a very capable guy.

        • DaveH

          Mitt Romney is a Big Government Loving RINO.
          He sponsored the Masschusetts Health Care Bill which requires people to buy Healthcare Insurance or face stiff penalties. Talk about Big Brother!

          With Healthcare Insurance You are betting against the Odds that you will suffer misfortune. By adding in the costs of the insurance middlemen (and their meddling in your doctor/patient relationship), you assure yourself of losing money in the long run if you are of average or better health. Only the people who are either very misfortunate or have not taken care of themselves will benefit. Of course, I advocate for them to make that choice if it brings them peace of mind. But, I choose to bet with the odds that I won’t suffer misfortune. If I’m wrong, I might die. Damn, and I was hoping to avoid that.
          By adding those middle-men to the economy (they do cost money you know), we not only allow them to meddle with our medical choices, but we also waste much more money on medical care across the country.
          Anyway, bottom line:
          Don’t force me to buy a product that I don’t think is economical or desirable to me. I believe that is just plain theft of my money.

          • DaveH

            And please, Liberals, don’t bore me with that crap that you will have to pay for my care. If you do, it is an unsolicited gift, and you have no right to use that unsolicited gift as an excuse to take my freedom away.

          • eyeswideopen

            DaveH, unsolited gift???????? are you nuts? None of us who have insurance want to pay an extra $1,000 a year in premiums to pay for people like you, who want to bet they won’t have any health issues. You are robbing the responsible working people who pay their hard earned money for healthcare. You are just as bad all the illegal immigrants who get free healthcare at the emergency rooms, who you complain about. Unbelievable!!!

          • DaveH

            Yes, Unsolicited! You are the one who is nuts, Harpy. Like a rabid dog.
            So, you are one of those wackos that gives somebody an unsolicited present and then expects an obligation from the receiver?
            I guess, then, that you would stick up for the guy who expects sex because he bought a girl dinner?
            Bugger off you twisted Harpy.

          • DaveH

            There is nothing Responsible about you Eyes. You want to force people to not only pay for their own medical care, but then pick up the tab for others. And then, later on, when the system unravels, as it is doing in Greece, Portugal, and Spain, the pack-mules that worked hard to care for themselves all their lives might end up being deprived of scarce medical resources because somebody else with better political connections is ahead of them in line.

            You are nothing but a common Thief, EyesWideShut. Quit pretending otherwise.

          • DaveH

            By the way, Ignorant Eyes, show me where I made a comment about illegals and emergency rooms?

            And I want to thank you for making my case about the Healthcare Bill. If it is passed you might indeed have to pay for my chronic illness. If it passes, the people can thank you for forcing others to pay for my health problems.

          • eyeswideopen

            Daveh, every time you are admitted to the hospital, you drive up everyones cost for insurance. There are hundreds of thousands of people just like you, who don’t take responsibilty for their healthcare, driving up the premiums for the rest of us. You are in the ranks of the illegals who use the system and the rest of us pay for it. You are stealing money from the taxpayers just like the illegals, no difference.

          • eyeswideopen

            Daveh, YOU JUST CAN’T STOP WITH THE NAME CALLING CAN YOU? It really is a shame.

          • DaveH

            Then you owe me money, Ignorant Liberal, because I have avoided doctors and hospitals my entire life.
            All your ranting establishes only one thing – that you don’t respect the choices of others. You are just a typical, thieving, controlling Liberal who wants to use the force of government to mold others in your image. And what a disgustingly ugly image that is.

          • DaveH

            And speaking of unfair costs, EyesWideShut, why should I have to pay for your eventual incarceration in the Funny Farm?

          • eyeswideopen

            DaveH, you don’t pay crap for me, as I am a responsible person who has insurance and take care of myself, my family and my employees, unlike you. I don’t believe in sticking someone else for my medical costs.

        • Joe H.

          Flynn,
          I didn’t accept Romney Sr as he was a do nothing get nothing accomplished kind of governor!!!

        • Meteorlady

          Mitt’s problem is not his religion, it’s the fact that he is a left leaning Republican. He also had the problem of a failed health care program in Massachusetts. The health care plan he signed into law has failed to address spiraling costs and is now spending more per capita than the nation as a whole, plus health insurance is now 1/3 higher than the national average. The program has doubled from $630 mil in 2007 to $1.3 billion this year. The percentage of uninsured residents has dropped to 2.6%, but 13% of residents don’t get basic medical care because of high deductibles and co-payments. Now comes the fraud… short term customers who buy insurance, run up big medical bills and then drop their insurance policies.

          I think all of that coming out would most certainly get “conservative” and “libertarian” voters to shy away from Mitt.

      • Claire

        Ron Paul for sure. Forget the other one.

  • Scooter

    I would vote Conservatives and because i am conservative, i am tired of democrats & republicans raising taxes & taking jobs away from people & taking our money, raising health ins on people.

  • Walt in MPLS

    Time for Huckleberry Hound to shut up and sit down! We need some serious conservative/libertarian principals to right the ship of state! Those who think we need eloquent Harvard educated sweet talkers
    who can make deals with the devil should also sit down and shut up! We need peopel with good old common sense and dedication to the basic principles of capitalism and constitutional discipline. Republicans who pander to the liberals need to be sent home for a different JOB!!

    • Flynn

      Why is everyone so worried about the Huck? He has a neat “do-nothing” job at Fox News. Who thinks that he will ever leave that for another political jungle? After a few years in the pulpit and a few more years in the jungle of Arkansas politics, the Huck has truly found his place as an entertainer on Fox. The third of three careers is a charm. He will retire from this one.

      • Claire

        Flynn–Truthfully I don’t think anyone is “worried” about him. We are just discussing the man who happens to be the subject of this site. I don’t think he has a chance if he tries to run for the Presidency. And I bet he realizes this too.

      • DaveH

        Power has a strong attraction. Don’t kid yourself that he would settle with his Fox job.
        From Wikipedia:
        In a November 19, 2008 article by the Associated Press, Huckabee addressed the possibility of running for President in 2012. He said, “I’m not ruling anything out for the future, but I’m not making any specific plans”.

        • Claire

          DaveH–Okay. But I still do not think he would be elected.

          • Joe H.

            Claire,
            I’ll bet at first you didn’t think that Obummer would ever get elected either or you would have done more to keep him out, wouldn’t you have???

          • Claire

            JoeH–In all honesty, yes I would have. Don’t rub my nose in it. I would have done a lot of things differently.

          • Claire

            JoeH–I meant I would have done a lot of things differently concerning that particular election.

  • Charles

    I Would tell Governor Huckabee that the founders were largely libertarian. I think Libertarians scare the h#@ll out of the Republican establishment. And they should!!

    • Claire

      Charles–Agreed. I think the Republicans and the Democrats are running a little scared right now. And they should. Both parties need to be taken down a peg or two. They have to learn they cannot tread all over America and the American people. They better learn to clean up their acts.

  • Charles David

    I think that the Republicans have become Democrat-lites. Perhaps the TEA Party can lead them back to true conservatism.

    YES, the FAIR TAX should be our new tax system. It would solve so many problems, give power back to the people, and create jobs like nothing before–no stimulus needed.

    • Warrior

      1.Flat tax or sales tax but not both
      1.Zero based budgeting now
      3.Balanced budget
      4.No Governmental union employees including teachers
      5.Term limits
      6.No borrowing from SS,Medicare, Unemployment Insurance or any other program that is funded by private business or it’s employees
      7.No lobbyists
      8.No illegals

      • L, USA

        100% Right! I will put those to the fore front! http://www.gop.gov

      • Michael J.

        Warrior,
        You forgot one.
        9. No bama

      • DaveH

        Warrior,
        I like you man, so don’t think I am attacking.
        A balanced budget is a great idea, but remember that one way to balance a budget is to raise more taxes. We need to cut spending instead.
        Term Limits would take away Politicians’ incentive to please the voters. I would prefer that the voters stay on top of issues and vote those out who don’t respect our freedom. Keep those that do.
        Finally, I want to say that we should all have access to Politicians. I would not condone taking that freedom from those who own or represent companies. But we should require full disclosure of all visits, and of all monies and favors collected by the Politicians.

        • Warrior

          DaveH,

          That’s the idea with zero based budget. Identify the necessities, eliminate the pork. Charlie Rangle has to go along with the 15,000 page tax bill and IRS.

          • Claire

            Warrior–I read in this morning’s paper that Rangel was not “going anywhere.” It really frustrates the heck out of me about him. If I pulled his stunts I would be in jail. All these politicians that are unethical and dishonest should get their walking papers. I am literally ashamed of the people that are running (ruining) our government. All of them. What is wrong with them? Are they crazy? What happened to honesty, decency, ethics, morals, and their patriotism? They do not care one whit about America. They only care about themselves. The handwriting is on the wall. I have said all of this before, but I will say it again. We, as American Patriots, must get them all voted out of office. They work for us–we pay their salaries. We should be able to “fire” them for insubordination.

  • http://aol Publius

    Mike Huckabee is a nice man, but just another politician who would do nothing to end deficit spending or power politics that create beauracratic empire. The Federal Reserve at this time is a covert agency that reports to no one. As an organization they could bankrupt our nation without showing any movements of the huge money flow they create. Ron Paul is absolutely correct about audit of the Fed, but without tea party type rally’s it will not happen, and being a covert organization, few people understand it’s power. Money is the engine of society, and the Federal Reserve with it’s unbridaled control can severely damage or stop the engine.

  • MARIA

    All these guys are either going to start to support the U.S. and The Constitution, or they are all out of here come election time !!!! Classic Republicans are against big government, war, and taxes. So, they better get back to their grass-roots or they will see what the people can really do !!!!

  • s c

    Old Mikey definitely has a talent for jamming both feet in his big mouth (is he related to Biden?). What should matter to Mikey (if he was being honest) concerns when or if he has plans to turn his back on the Republican Party. Could it be that Mikey isn’t aware that the Republican Party is as ‘conservative’ as Obummer?
    And Mikey had plans for being president?

  • Rod

    Mike is ok, He is a little soft on the Radical left “elite Conservatives”. He needs to carry a sledge hammer around with
    him! Romney is a fighten man!

    • Joe H.

      Rod,
      Just what is a LEFT ELETE Conservative. If they are left of center they are no CONSERVATIVE!!!!

    • DaveH

      Romney is a Liberal in Conservative clothing.

  • Michael J.

    Hucabee should hang on to his TV role doing commercials for Campbell Soup.

  • gail cohen

    Mike Huckabee seems to talk out of both sides of his mouth – the “fair tax” sounds good if the income tax is abolished – but his record in Arkansas is spotty – and his going out of his way to be nice to statists on his program is disconcerting. We should look to the wisdom of our Founders – look to see how the Republic got out of debt – and yes get rid of taxes on ALL income, dividends, earnings and profits. And go back to the gold standard – but people will have to learn to live without entitlements – and we have to crush unionism in the public sector – private sector yes people can form unions – but both employers and employees should be treated equally under the law – but public unions are enslaving the rest of us – take a lesson from Ronald Reagan with the air controller’s union. It will take courageous leaders who are willing to take on government employees in order to pare down government spending and we will have to stop government from “doing things” for us, before they do more things “to” us.

  • SiliconDoc

    What’s funny is the truth Huckabee misses. What we used to have from republicans is a libertarian message of small government – abolishment of the DOE for instance, Reagan time.
    Now we have all these republicans that talk libertarian, and vote left democrat and liberal.
    If Huckabee sees a Libertarian leaning CPAC, we can all bank on the fact that by the time those “Libertarian leaners” take office in DC, they will be center center center slight right at best, and like democrats with plenty of leftist twinges.
    Just the gigantic bureaucratic monster of tens of thousands of government administrative implementation employees flowing out from the Capitol all over the DC and surrounding states countryside means even hard right legislation or executive plans and orders turn into a soft mushy tree hugging type lefty wimpfest by the time they are implemented.
    ” Hello, Florida Centcom, Tommy ? Yeah, this is Bravo1 Kabul side, we’ve got the Omar caravan cited, permission to strike to kill, airfire and ground interdiction follow up and carcass clean.”
    ” Tommy here, Bravo1, hold for permission…Bravo1 our counsel, Jag, and others say no go! No go! Unintended casualty possibilities considered too high a price to pay, Abort ! Abort! ”
    —-
    Yes, even the “war mongering GWB” couldn’t overcome the depth, breadth, width, and dire circumstance of the power of the legal beagles and the “international consensus” on “how to behave”.

  • Siliconwarrior

    Mike Huckabee is RIGHT! He is a man of God who believes in honor. That is why we should not abandon Iraq whatever the cost or reason. He does not believe in LIBERALtarianism. Mike Huckabee was smart to avoid CPAC.

    **HUCKABEE/PATREUS 2012**

    • DaveH

      The idea that we can ever turn Iraq into a Democracy is like thinking the Republicans are ever going to lead us back to Limited Government and Freedom. It isn’t going to happen!

  • http://MSN B. Rowland

    So, M. Huckabee, you have now LOST one of your followers!!!!! I disagree with you entirely. You better hope and pray that this “socialist” health care reform does not go through!!!!! We will never get out of debt, our founding fathers would NEVER have let this beloved country get into such a “black hole” debt if we continue this health care reform. I have never seen so much fraud, deceit and lies as our President and congress are doing now. What happened to “trust” in this country !!!!!!

  • S. Lanier

    There have been several polls that all the politicians (Democrat and Republican)could answer questions about what they stand for. There were a few that would not take either poll. All of the Democrats answered the same. The same as we have been seeing. I would not vote for anyone that would not tell us what he believes. Also, there were a number of Republicans that answered the same as the Democrats. This only proves that we had better make a list, based on what we know about the candidates, and take it to the polls with us. I am so tired of big government. I want term limits! Also, I want them to drop their ridiculous retirement. They get millions! They should have to utilize the same health care that we do! If they had to use Medicare, I bet they would sure fix it! I could rant on, but I’ve covered most of the bases! If everyone that votes would vote according to what they know about a candidate instead of just voting straight party we would have a more meaningful election.

  • http://Blackbirdxx1998@juno.com ED Grims

    Well, It’s a, turkey shoot, Why don’t we wait till we run out of money and than,worry about it?

  • http://www.whowouldhavethoughtunlessyouhadread.org JamesWilson

    What is Mike’s private email. I need to post a nice note to him.

    • http://qrxtv.org Mr. Independent

      Mr. Wilson, That is a good question. I hope there is somebody who will share it.

      I too would like to post a letter to Mike.

      All you smart people, give it up and tell us what his email is…

      • usmadgirl

        Mr.Independent,

        mikehuckabee.com is his website.

    • rdhaerhrh

      Mr. Wilson, That is a good question. I hope there is somebody who will share it.

      I too would like to post a letter to Mike.

      All you smart people, give it up and tell us what his email is…

    • eyeswideopen

      James, see below for mike’s email.

  • http://Blackbirdxx1998@juno.com ED Grims

    I’d like to also say that,George Washington, said that the two party would fall apart,and it has,but,theres hope,and,her,name is,Michele Bachmann,for,President.

  • JamesWilson

    Thank you very much, eyeswideopen

    • eyeswideopen

      James, no problem, glad to do it.

  • http://www.allsourcegraphics.com Craig Jerina

    Why would Mike Huckabee run for office again? He’s making more money with less hassles by hosting his own show. AND he can rally for the conservative cause. He has stated he doesn’t want to run again. He lost once and I don’t see him picking up any more support except from the conservative Christians of which I am one. I am in the “We the People” movement. What we see as a movement, and I am speaking for my group which is open to ALL Constitutional conservatives,is that we don’t have time to create a third party. To do it right we have to have a concerted effort with some type of national structure. Right now we are splintered. Two more years could change that. One thing we ARE agreement about is to get rid of ALL the rats in Congress. That will take more than one election cycle. We won’t win every Democratic seat either, but we will win back the House amd Senate. How, by taking over the Republican Party! Where I am and in many other areas of the country working with the local Republican Chairmen has worked out very well. They have more volunteers and candidates from our group, more than ever in their history. It works out well, the Republicans are looking for more conservative candidates and we are supplying vetted people to fill their slots…win! win!

    • L, USA

      Bravo! Integrity is our most important core belief, along with Honor and Valor! Let We the people who are led by natures’ (nuture of creation) God (repentance from our evil ways…) pray and go forth in restoration unto our God given land, in freedom! http://www.gop.gov

  • Buddy

    Huckabee is a political has-been, and needs to go back and continue his TV career.

  • John Wheeler

    Not only do Liberitarians expect a very limited federal government interference in our lives, including low taxation, and balanced budgets, but we want the full evidence of corruption, and payoffs made to anybody or a Corp for favors or votes. Lucky for them, they don’t even have to use their own money, they horsetrade using OUR money, taxes confiscated from us by law. This is clearly bribery in any other circumstance, and like in Iran, the gov’t breaks the laws they make for us, and pay no penalty if caught. One other aspect the conservatives like Huckabee should join Libertarians stand on Prohibition, at least on cannabis hemp. The reason they prohibited it because a new word was introduced to demonize cannabis, marihauna. Since our Representatives and Doctors were tricked and threatened into cooperation with a new Agency The Federal Bureau of Narcotics, headed up by J Edgar Hoover. We need bold candidates who will speak without fear. Cannabis hemp laws should be repealed. There are taxes going down the drain with the present prohibitive setup. How many people in Mexico has been murdered over simple marijuana they smuggle over the border. There is no justification for current policies. And if Mike Huckubee wants my conservative/liberitarian vote, he needs to accept the fact that God created cannabis for the way it restores soil, for the rope and sails and fine paper can all be made from cannabis. How many farmers in this country are paid not to grow anything. We could grow industrial grade hemp on all this spare land. Conservative Hero Intellect William F Buckley came around to the fact that The Drug War was a complete failure, and observed that enforcing these prohibitions was counter productive. Billions upon billions had been spent with very little success, gangs took over distribution. We have become a police state.

  • Meteorlady

    Huckabee is a religious conservative, I’m a fiscal conservative. Big enough difference that I don’t want to vote for him anyway. I would hope that he would just get out of the way and let someone run for president with a better mind and who is more fiscally responsible. Once you run and loose, you might want to find and support a better candidate because obviously you were not the best candidate. To keep recycling the same candidates through the system is getting old.

  • http://libertas.ws David Singhiser

    What is at stake is whether or not we are voting for liberty or statism. Huckabee claims to be a Conservative. He can have that name if he wants, but does he believe, does the Republican Party believe, and do you believe that it is justifiably to use force against the will of individuals in order to attain some political end?. He has had no qualms about raising taxes. The Republican party has had no qualms against deficit spending causing inflation, which is another tax on the poor. Both parties have no qualms about using deadly force internationally, and even less in intervening in the internal affairs of foreign government. The Federal Government either pays them off or kills them. How is this justified? Where does the government get the power to do what it does? From the people? When do we have the right to forcibly take money form people against their will. How do have a right to meddle in the affairs of our neighbors and then use force if we don’t like what they do in their own homes? How can we give a right that we don’t have? Voting for a politician that believes that the State can use force against the will of individuals for political purposes is a vote for tyranny. It doesn’t matter what the label of the politician is. Huckabee’s contempt for libertarianism is a contempt for freedom and liberty. He and most of the Republicans and Democrats reject liberty and prefer government force to attain their political goals. Can you really vote and support that?

  • Pied Mont

    The plan to get rid of this ilk:

    Get Out Of Our House

    GOOOH dot COM

  • Robin

    Huckabee is a Progressive. He would probably describe it as a compassionate conservative.

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