Okay, I'll admit it that I'm intrigued by this whole Mike Huckabee thing.
I'm still undecided in the upcoming Michigan Presidential Primary on Jan. 15. But, the guy from Arkansas has my attention.
In my political blog--Politics Through Michigan Eyes-- I wrote this morning about columnist Peggy Noonan's assessment of how Huckabee has grabbed the attention of the average person who's looking for somebody who they can identify with. They are looking for a president who can also be their neighbor.
Huckabee's main block of supporters seems to be the Christian Right and they are looking for a political messiah who can change the culture. They embraced George W. Bush twice and the culture isn't any different.
Some might say it's worse. Somehow, the Christian Right feels that laws can change a person's heart. Get the right guy to be president and everything will be okay.
If you're a Christian, you should know that battle has already been fought and it can be read about in two parts, the Old Testament and the New Testament. The law changed nobody's heart in the Old Testament. Somehow, the more you tried the more they missed the mark.
Maybe, they could take the right actions on the outside, but their heart was still the same. The change came in the New Testament. With the coming of one person, changed hearts became a reality. It's been that way ever since.
I feel that the White House needs a person of character. But, it also needs someone who knows how to use the levers of government and how to build a national consensus. I'm not convinced it's Mike Huckabee. He's definitely no Harry Truman.
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