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Huckabee Throws his Hat in the Ring

Wednesday, May 6th, 2015

Mike Huckabee, former Governor of Arkansas, threw his hat into the presidential ring on Tuesday, May 5.

Huckabee announced that he is in the race for president from his hometown of Hope, Arkansas. He is the sixth Republican to join the race.

He has strong objections to the current White House occupant’s policies on foreign policy, especially what he considers a weak response to ISIS and other terrorist organizations.

Huckabee had this to say about his position on the efforts of the Islamic Republic of Iran to obtain nuclear weapons: “The Ayatollahs of Iran will know that hell will freeze over before they will get a nuclear weapon.”

Huckabee is also staunchly pro-Israel. When he visited Israel last year – he has been visiting for more than 40 years – he predicted that the then ongoing efforts to push for a peace agreement was bound to fail because, he said, the “Palestinians don’t want peace.”

Huckabee also said he no longer visits holy sites in the region that are not under the safeguard of the Israeli government. He said Israel is the only place in the area that he feels safe.

The former Fox News commentator also said that the BDS movement was “stupid and anti-Semitic.”

On domestic issues, Huckabee advocates a national consumption tax to replace the existing on personal income and payroll taxes and opposed increasing the minimum wage. In fact, Huckabee is in favor of eliminating the Internal Revenue Service altogether. “We would finally get rid of the biggest bully in America – the IRS.” He also favors strong local control over education

Huckabee said the U.S. has to address the immigration issue by starting to take control over own own borders. He opposes the large numbers of people in this country illegally, but believes children of illegal immigrants born in this country should be able to obtain citizenship. He also is an opponent of abortion and gay marriage.

A new NBC/ Wall Street Journal poll of GOP primary voters shows former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush in the lead, with 23 percent, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio with 18 percent, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker at 14 percent, Sen. Ted Cruz (TX) and Sen. Rand Paul (KY) with 11 percent each, retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson at seven percent, former Texas Gov. Rick Perry at 2 percent and former Hewlett-Packard chief executive Carly Fiorina, who also announced her candidacy this week, at 1 percent.

In addition to having been the 44th governor of Arkansas and a Fox News commentator, Huckabee was also a Baptist minister and an author.

Pour the Concrete and Build the Houses

Wednesday, March 13th, 2013

Sometimes I feel my passion for Israel exceeds even that of my Jewish friends. As I tell people, it is impossible to be a Christian and not believe that Israel is God’s Chosen Land and that, as God promises in the Bible, nations that bless Israel will be blessed and those that curse Israel will be cursed.

My first trip to Israel occurred nearly forty years ago, in July 1973, just a couple of months before the Yom Kippur War when I was a teenager. I’ve been going back to Israel ever since.

Whenever I visit Israel I venture into the Old City. I go into some of the shops where one can purchase a Palestinian map. In February I had two hundred people I took with me, most of whom were Christians and had never been there before. I wanted them to understand what is unique about this situation.

I got one of these maps and said, “By the way, open the map and show me where Israel is.” And they opened it up and didn’t see it. And I said, “Interesting isn’t it? Somehow Israelis are asked to make peace with a people who even in their published maps refuse to acknowledge even so much as the existence of the Jewish state.”

Israel often gets criticized for the actions it takes to protect its citizens. For example, Israel was and still is pilloried for its construction of the security wall (or fence) but until that security wall was erected it was a common occurrence for people to strap bombs to their bellies and board a bus and kill innocent men, women and children. With the construction of that wall, those acts of terror virtually stopped.

Shall we be critical of those who wish to protect their babies? Shall we condemn those who wish for peace in their neighborhoods, for their children to play in a park, for their wives to visit to a café or supermarket without the fear of being blown up by a terrorist?

We would never tolerate in our own cities what the people of Sderot have been asked to tolerate. I have been to Sderot and have seen the thousands of Katyusha rockets stacked up behind the police station. I can tell you that it is an absolutely sobering experience to understand that people have fear every day that a Katyusha rocket might land on their children’s bedroom, the park where they play, the schools they attend, the synagogues where they worship.

I would ask my fellow Americans, how many Katyusha rockets fired from Toronto into Buffalo do you think it would take before we would demand that our government did something to stop it? Five thousand? Four Thousand? Three Thousand? One hundred? No – just one Katyusha rocket is all it would take. And the Israelis have been asked to let it go after thousands of them.

I say one is enough, and Israelis must quit apologizing to the world and say, “We have a right to a secure and safe homeland – not just for us but for our grandchildren and great-grandchildren; a place that is a safe place, a haven.”

And if anybody wonders why a safe haven for Jews is necessary, they should talk to me. I’ll tell them what I’ve learned from my many visits to Yad Vashem and my experience this past January when my wife and I traveled to Poland. We went to Schindler’s factory and then to Auschwitz and Birkenau. As I stood in the very place where 1.1 million Jews were murdered in cold blood, chills came over me as I realized what had happened there. I prayed, “May the world never forget what happened.”

When I visited the Gush Katif Museum in Jerusalem a couple of years ago, it was a brutal reminder of what happens when politicians make decisions that don’t involve their brains. When you demand that people abandon their homes because you somehow believe you can trust radical Islamic fascists to keep their word and make nice if you’ll make nice, it shows a level of naiveté that makes a Chamberlain look like a Churchill.

It is time we recognize you don’t negotiate with people who do not believe you have a right to exist.

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