I am the first to admit that my support for Mike Huckabee was slow in coming. For the past several months, I have quietly supported Huckabee with a few bucks and kept my eye on him in the debates. With each and every debate, Huckabee in my opinion either won the debate or came in a close second. He moved up from a second tiered candidate to the low end of the top tiered guys and now he has moved up to be a contender. You have to love an underdog.
The question I had of Huckabee is he electable? While any of the Republican candidates would be superior to any Democrat running for President, I questioned whether or not Huckabee could get enough name recognition to move up in the field . Due to his grass roots efforts with very little money here he is, a leading contender. I'm impressed.
As a social and economic conservative that believes in a strong national defense, I no longer feel obligated to support a Republican candidate that are not true conservatives. Giuliani may be able to keep our country safe, but he doesn't think that an unborn child is worthy of being protected. Romney was pro-choice but now claims to be pro-life. He's flip-flopped in the right direction, but I question his sincerity. McCain was the darling of the Democrats when he was bashing President Bush , evangelical Christians and supporting positions many Republicans found indefensible and now he is asking for our vote. Fred Thompson I like. He is a conservative that I could support. His problem is he fails to inspire people. The other Republican candidates are good guys, but unelectable. Ron Paul is not a Republican, but a true nut job in my humble opinion and only has support among loony libertarians.
Then there is Mike Huckabee. A decent and nice man with a great sense of humor and a common sense approach to governing. His appeal crosses party lines. Huckabee is Reaganistic in that he portrays a sense of hope and optimism. When you listen to his ideas, it only gets better. I like his Fair Tax Plan. Eliminate all the payroll taxes and have a 23% national sales tax on all new purchases with rebates to the poor. It makes the taxes we pay transparent. Let the government haggle over how to divide up the 23%. No more IRS, no more Washington lobbies trying to gain some sort of tax advantage. It's quite simple. You buy something new you pay your taxes. You earn your money and only pay taxes when make a new purchase. You may say the 23% is too high or too low. The beauty of the Fair Tax Plan is that we get to debate one (1)tax instead of all the hidden federal taxes we currently pay.
Huckabee is a man of faith. He really believes in God and thinks that people of all faiths should be free to exercise their faith publicly and privately. Huckabee understands that the sanctity of life extends from the womb to the tomb. Criminals should be punished and law abiders should be protected. Huckabee understands the threat that radical Islam poses to America and the need for a strong national defense. Huckabee understands that the traditional family is the best way to raise children, but compassion and loving your neighbor as yourself are true Christan and American virtues that should be promoted. I like his platform of faith, family and freedom.
For the past 8 years Democrats have been successful at demoralizing our nation. They have lusted for political power and what have they done with that power. Nothing. What do they plan on doing with their political power? Unleash a gauntlet of liberalism on our nation and forever change our country for the worse. One only has to look at the street fairs in San Francisco to see where liberal Democrats want to take our country.
America has also watched corrupt Republicans squander their opportunity to govern as conservatives. Huckabee would give wayward Republicans the opportunity to redeem themselves and govern as true conservatives.
Huckabee offers America optimism, hope and a vision of a better tomorrow. I wish him well.