Friday, December 28, 2007

Another Reason I Don't Heart Huckabee

Because you just get the feeling the Mike Huckabee is just the another hypocrite:

Mike Huckabee last year accepted $52,000 in speaking fees from a bio-tech giant that wants to research human embryonic stem cells, a non-profit working to expand access to the morning after pill and a group pushing to study whether tightening gun control laws will reduce violence.

Huckabee opposes embryonic stem cell research, emergency contraception and stricter gun laws – all of which rank high on the list of deal-breakers for many of the religious conservatives whose support he's ridden to the top of the Republican presidential field.
Now a Huckabee spokesman does bring up a fair point:
Huckabee "isn't afraid to speak to people who don't agree with his message or personal philosophy," said his spokeswoman Kirsten Fedewa.
But this is not just speaking to people who are on the other side; I mean, I do that all the time. Huckabee took their money. Which is ultimately his business. But I have a hard, hard time taking him seriously when he takes that much cash from organizations whose ideas he says he is intrinsically opposed to, while at the same time basing his evangelical appeal on his opposition to those issues. It really leads more credence to the fact that Huckabee is the leading liberal in the race for President, but shielding his liberalism in the clothing of Evangelicalism.

Realistically, I don't care who Huckabee takes money from in this regard; he is getting a fee for providing a service. But I'm not running for President on an allegedly Evangelical platform, either....


1 comment:

Chester Peake said...

Although any of the Repubs would be better than any of the Dems... I have no idea who I will be voting for in February. I just cannot make up my mind. One day I lean one way, then the next day another. The negative campaigning isn't helping matters, as I am tossed back and forth.

That said, I wonder if it is the old "I'll take any body's money, but I can't be bought" idea. If they are dumb enough to give someone who is so adamantly against everything they believe, a check... Why not cash it and turn right around and use it to undo their views? It would be like a Christian employee of an unbeliever donating to his church, or a Republican employee donating to Conservative causes even if his boss is a liberal Dem.

During the special session, a contributer was accused of buying influence, and they said that they had donated to their accuser and it evidently didn't do them any good.

The hippocracy comes into play if you can find evidence that the money bought a change in a vote from an established & publicized view.

If I take your donation, still vote against your interests, and do not let the threat of you not sending any more checks influence me in the least, that could perhaps be seen as being wise and shrewd, not a hypocrite. Or not.