Huckabee at RNC Attempts to Build Bridge Between Evangelicals and Romney



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I felt like I was in the Twilight Zone watching former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee’s speech at the Republican National Convention tonight.  Governor Huckabee addressed how he as a former rival could come speak on behalf of Mitt Romney.

Four years ago, Mitt Romney and I were opponents.  We still are, but we’re not opposing each other.  No, we are mutual opponents of the miserably failed experiments that have put this country in a downward spiral.  The United States of America was originally an experiment. But it was an experiment in recognizing God-given individual liberty and creating a government in which we no one is deemed better than another. And in which all of us are equal.

Not equal in abilities, but equal in intrinsic worth and value. It is the essence, not just of who we are, but what we are.  Now let me just say to those who question how once rivals can be now united, it’s quite simple, we have Barack Obama to thank.

He also addressed Mitt Romney’s faith compared to that of Barack Obama’s :

I want to clear the air about something that has been said.  People wonder whether guys like me, an evangelical, would only support a fellow evangelical?  Well my friends I want to tell you something, of the four people on the two tickets, the only self-professed evangelical is Barack Obama.  And he supports changing the definition of marriage.  Believes that human life is disposable and expendable at any time in the wound, even beyond the womb.  And he tells people of faith that they have to bow their knees to the God of government and violate their faith and conscience in order to comply with what he calls, health care.  Friends I know we can do better.

Let me say it as clearly as possible, that the attack on my Catholic brothers and sisters is an attack on me.

The Democrats have brought back that old dance, the limbo.  To see how low they can go in attempting to limit our ability to practice our faith.  But this isn’t a battle about contraceptives and Catholics, but about conscience and the Creator.  Let me say to you tonight, I care far less as to where Mitt Romney takes his family to church, than I do about where he takes this country.

This last statement reminded me of a quote that has wrongly been attributed to Martin Luther, “I’d rather be governed by a wise Turk than a foolish Christian.”  I guess you could paraphrase that today by saying, “I’d rather be governed by a Mormon who is a capitalist rather than a socialist who attended a church that embraced black liberation theology.”  Which also brings me to another thought – when has Barack Obama ever identified himself to be an evangelical?  He has been a member of a United Church of Christ which is by no means an evangelical denomination.  I know I’m being nitpicky, but I would say there isn’t any evangelical on either ticket.

Will Mike Huckabee’s speech help address concerns evangelicals and social conservatives have with Mitt Romney?  I’m sure it will with some, but with others who have made up their minds? Probably not.  One thing is certain that it only helps the Romney campaign.  This, along with Rick Santorum’s speech last night, was probably one of the more important speeches in helping Romney shore up the base.  It was an excellent speech.  The other came earlier this evening with Rand Paul.

You can watch Governor Huckabee’s speech below:

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  • wkcp1227

    Interesting.

  • Wkcp1227

    Watching in awe at the “Twilight Zone” convention, you have to wonder what God is up to. After all, he used King Neb — who later realized the sovereignty of God — to punish Israel for their sins. They didn’t vote for him, however. But here is a man and his family who represent “family values.” However, he is a member of a cult and he recruited his wife to be a member of that cult and he was an avid missionary for that cult doubling the membership at one point in his early life.

    My wife and Ijust saw two   white-shirt and tie bicyclists leaving our neighbors house. We asked what were they up to and they said they were just leaving after having dinner with new members. Oh no. What a boost to the Mormon witnessing team to have the President recognized as a world leader and a Mormon. My God, I sometimes think, are we (evangelicals) being deceived? Are we trading Jesus Christ for politics? In a world we are in but not of? A world in which the popular slogan is “Not of the World?” Where the Apostle Paul says to not even give them (false teachers) a greeting? And yet look at this man and his family values. He represents, other than his cult faith, the things evangelicals admire biblically. A faithful marriage, dad and mom loving their kids, hard workers, integrity, success, etc. Wow. Mormons put many evangelicals to shame — family-wise. Nearly zero divorce rate (?) They take care of their own. Have a needs program, stock food, tithe faithfully. They eat healthy, and look healthy. Maybe evangelicals will shape up if Romney gets elected. Maybe will rise to the challenge. Maybe we’ll start going door to door.Maybe will have to.     

  • Wkcp1227

    I forgot to mention — Romney also strongly supportsthe nation of Israel. Another plus.

  • Wkcp1227

    Let’s not forget that without the Mormon vote, California would have lost Prop 8 — the constitutional amendment to recognize only marriage between a man and a woman (which now is under review by the US Supreme Court — if the Court does not take it up, in a few weeks, the voters of California will see the repeal of their amendment and California will lose Prop 8). 

    What helps me is this election is more about the Platform of the Party, than about the person. But Romney is an achiever and you do believe he can — with God’s help — get America back on track, morally and economically.

    Morality is not Christianity. That is, one who is moral, like a Mormon, will not inherit the kingdom of God, without confessing their sins and being washed in the blood of Christ. 

  • http://kansasbob.com Kansas Bob

    I imagine most of the base have made up their minds about another four years of Obama. The real base that is. :)