Huckabee’s Decision Not To Run for President Marks the End of Compassionate Conservatism
Wow! Never thought I would think such a thought! A Baptist Minister is NOT my idea of a reasonable fellow to be… The President (deep voiced echoes follow). But, thinking back to the run-ins he’s had with the likes of Rush Limbaugh and other looney, right wing extremists such as Ron Paul and Tea Party politicians, it’s pretty much a field of mean-spirited, libertarian-oriented regressives remaining in the rethugnican ranks.
After accepting that he would not become the repugnican party’s nominee, Huckabee clearly wanted to outline the terms of what was happening within the party:
“The greatest threat to classic Republicanism is not liberalism… It’s this new brand of libertarianism, which is social liberalism and economic conservatism, but it’s a heartless, callous, soulless type of economic conservatism because it says, ‘Look, we want to cut taxes and eliminate government. If it means that elderly people don’t get their Medicare drugs, so be it. If it means little kids go without education and health care, so be it.’ “
Huckabee was onto something, and it’s called the truth.
Yes, the Baptist Minister was lampooning orthodox libertarian thought. And that’s about right, to me, as I find it to be a philosophy of social darwinism ushering in a mean and calloused age for the United States — in a manner that completely rejects respect for and value of citizenship and human life.
This breed of libertarian republicanism struggles mightily to explain that their’s is a pursuit of good government and good economics… not heartless—”teach a man to fish, give him a tax cut, and send him on his way,” as Slate Magazine wrote. Liberals like me say this new breed of libertarianism is just guilt-rejecting and mean-spirited — like a sociopath. Huckabee sided with us liberals on this one, and he failed to re-educate the republicans.
Huckabee knew as much but remained optimistic about the best nature of Americans when he stated:
“That might be a, quote, ‘pure economic conservative message,’ but it’s not an American message. It doesn’t fly. People aren’t going to buy that, because that’s not the way we are as a people. That’s not historic Republicanism. Historic Republicanism does not hate government; it’s just there to be as little of it as there can be. But they also recognize that government has to be paid for.”
Well, I won’t miss Huckabee in the race, but I will miss the sense of compassion and realism that he might have added to the race.