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Mike Huckabee could be such a great candidate. For the first time since I can remember, there is a candidate out there who is not only a Christian, but one who can adeptly express his faith so that other can understand it. As a Christian myself, I find that extremely appealing. I’ve watched several debates and seen candidates twitch and get flustered when discussing topics such as gay marriage, the Bible, and the role of the wife in marriage. You can almost smell the blood in the air; the moderator and media waiting to pounce the moment the candidate missteps. They will be waiting a long time if they are waiting for Mike Huckabee to misstep on a question of faith.

Several times I’ve sat, cringing, waiting for him to say something that will make the secularists think we are all a bunch of redneck simpletons who blindly believe our faith despite mountains of proof to the contrary. Yet every time he is posed a question which is meant to trap him because of his beliefs, he turns it into a forum on the Christian faith.

The same kind of questions used to be asked of Jesus Christ. Once the religious leaders asked if it was right for the Jews to pay taxes to Caesar in an attempt to trap him, but Christ replied “Render unto Caesar that which is Caesar’s and unto God what is God’s”. Christ knew it was a trap question and answered not only tactfully but correctly. Mike Huckabee seems to have a similar capability for tact (without the whole sinlessness thing).

While as a Christian I find his candidacy appealing, there are other reasons to like Governor Huckabee. He is the first “major” candidate to embrace the Fair Tax proposal to eliminate the income tax, repeal the 16th Amendment (which authorized Congress to levee income taxes… for those from government schools), and institute a national retail sales tax of 23% on all new consumer goods. Now most of you who haven’t heard about the Fair Tax are probably thinking “23%!!! Good lord that’s allotta money”. That on top of our current state sales tax makes (in my county) 32.5% every time I purchase something. What you probably didn’t know is that you currently pay between 25-30% embedded tax in every item you buy and you still pay income taxes. How’s that for double taxation? And if the income tax were removed the price of those goods would drop by about 23% so the 23% you would pay would be on a lower priced product. Not to mention savings and investing would not be taxed. If you want to learn more about the Fairtax you should read Neal Boortz’ books The Fair Tax Book: Saying Goodbye to the Income Tax and IRS and Fairtax: The Truth: Answering the Critics (or you could listen to Boortz’ radio call in show where he talks about the Fair Tax quite a bit).

Faith and taxes aside (wow, two topics that can really make a party interesting), Huckabee has the social conservative stalwarts of constitutional ban on abortion and a constitutional ban on gay marriage in his favor as well. While I do believe that abortion is murder I think I would be satisfied to have Roe v. Wade overturned and return the issue to the states, because I believe that most of the states would uphold a ban on abortions. But if Huckabee were to get a constitutional ban on abortion (which I don’t believe he could because of the Socialists… I mean Democrats) I wouldn’t be upset either. As for gay marriage, while I don’t believe it is right, I do believe that in a nation of liberty free people have the right to make choices in the pursuit of happiness, which the Declaration of Independence salutes as our rights bestowed by God.

I believe that there should be a constitutional ban on gay adoption, not necessarily marriage. Most of those opposed to gay marriage oppose it on the grounds that gay, married couples can adopt and children should not be subjugated to that. I agree. I don’t believe that the highest goal of adoption is “love”. I believe that the image of adoption is the perfect image of our relationship to God. Protecting children from the acceptance of the sin of homosexuality as normal is why I simply cannot defend gay marriage.

But enough about me, we are talking about Mike Huckabee. Here’s why I can’t vote for him: Giving him the tax payer’s checkbook scares the living daylights out of me. To him, he sees it as a blank check to, as the Democrats would like, solve the problems of poverty and racial inequality. Sorry, but those problems can’t be fixed by writing a check on the backs of the wealthy. Only hard work and ingenuity, incentive and reward can erase poverty. You can’t solve racial inequality by taking money from wealthy, white folks and giving it to poor black folks. That’s called Socialism and it doesn’t work. It’s been tried before… and even now, it still doesn’t work. If Huckabee did pass the Fair Tax it would be a shot of human growth hormone to our economy and would give him an endless supply of funds to go shopping for votes with… not my idea of fiscal conservatism. Tax revenue should never be redistributed, but only used for necessary expenses for the good of everyone.

Mike Huckabee’s desire to help those in need is truly Christian. If we all, as Christians, sought to help those less fortunate, we might well have cured many of the maladies that befall us by now. However, the government is not a magnanimous benefactor, but a harsh malefactor. “Government”, as was once said, “is a wonderful slave but a terrible ruler.” The Church is truly where these problems belong, where those in need find more than just a check, they find a reason for life itself and a helping hand along the way.

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