Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee appears to be trying to lay the groundwork for a bid for the Republican presidential nomination in 2016. But
Mainly, Huckabee wants you to know that he’s not a “RINO,” a pejorative to describe Republicans who are squishy on core issues in the party. In Huckabee’s case, he’s not fiscally conservative enough. Seriously, he’s really not….like, at all. He loves him some tax hikes. He’s also kind of a nanny stater.
Huckabee actually wants the GOP to ban the term “RINO” because, deep down inside, he’s just really concerned about “sav[ing] America.” Did we mention that this guy’s a nanny stater?
Welp, our old friend, known in this space as “Tax Hike Mike,” did it again yesterday. Speaking at the Republican National Committee’s winter meeting in Washington, DC, the Huckster not so subtly said that conservative purity tests are the road to Nazism:
“Let’s stop calling each other somehow less Republican than someone else. Be for the person you’re for,” Huckabee said.
He said that he will be traveling to Auschwitz next week for the anniversary of the liberation of the concentration camp, and noted that the horror of the Holocaust began with the devaluation of people.
“It all started when people were devalued, when people were deemed ‘less than someone else,’” Huckabee said. “We look back on that time in history and we think, ‘How can educated people, university trained, how can a nation like Germany with all of its resources, with its vast level of its population with higher education, get to a place where they can do something so heinous?’ You realize that the only way you can end up there is when you start with the idea that people just aren’t as valuable as you are.”
This connection can’t possibly be made in a reasoned discussion. But Huckabee doesn’t really view government through the same lens as the typical conservative. He believes in the “good” government can do, which is why he backed a minimum wage hike in Arkansas. He also believes that it’s a religious duty to fight global warming, which, one can surmise, is why he backed cap-and-trade.
Nevermind that these policies are economically destructive, the perception that government is “doing something good” to combat some perceived problem or societal ill is what’s important to Huckabee, and you shouldn’t question him, ever, because he has the “(R)” beside his name.
That mentality is exactly what put the Republican Party on such a precarious path in the first place. While Obama may have been president when the Tea Party movement rose to prominence in 2009, the makings of it were stewing long before.
But because of Huckabee’s do-goodery view of government, if you disagree with him, if you dare call him a “RINO,” if you believe in the rhetoric on which virtually every Republican runs during election season and seek to hold them accountable when they fall short, you’re on the path to Nazism. Right. Makes total sense.