Tuesday, January 08, 2008

Huckabee's Plays Both Sides of Immigration Fence


You can't be sure how credible a newspaper owned by the Rev. Sun Myung Moon can be, ...BUT...it was reported in the Washington Times that Mike Huckabee would attempt to stop children of immigrants from automatically becoming U.S. citizens.

The notion is utter nonsense and can be looked at in two ways.

The story was unequivocably stated by a Huckabee loyalist, James Gilchrist, who is a founder of the Minutemen Project, which calls itself "a citizens' Neighborhood Watch on our border" and characterized as correct by the Huckabee campaign. Huckabee has denied any plans to tinker with the Constitution.

What Huckabee is doing is spreading the meme, which only conservative, evangelical fundamentalist hear as a clear-minded proposal.

He's playing hide-and-go-seek with the truth. Which is it? Does he support such an amendment or not? At this point, it doesn't matter. Liberals and independents won't vote for him and whether he would actually run a test case up to the Supreme Court if he became president is not the point.

What it does to evangelical conservatives is say this guy is tough on immigration. By using a surrogate like Gilchrist he can stir up the right wing nutjobs profusely and still seem like the swell guy some in the media have begun to portray him as.

The other more troublesome angle is the case of history repeating itself. Many in the media are recycling the old 2000 George W. Bush bromide of "which guy would you rather have a beer with: Bush or Gore?"

In hindsight, it looks like neither and if anything you would share a bottled water with Gore.

Huckabee is creating this lovable, cool persona which is incongruent with any 50-something, Southern white man toting a tattered Bible ever created.

Sure, he plays the bass guitar and utters some rehearsed zingers, but he isn't cool and didn't we learn what happens to our government when we choose personality over competence?

Beyond the smile and jokes lies an agenda hostile to our Constitution, our civil rights and our national security.

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