First of all, I can’t even believe this situation happened. Our country is crumbling from within as we speak. Secondly, this is perhaps the best response I have seen to what happened to Jaun Williams and NPR, and it comes from Governor Mike Huckabee.
NPR has fired Juan Williams as a result of comments he recently made on The Bill O’Reilly show. The comments were his personal admission that while he is certainly not a bigot, he said he was nervous when someone in Muslim garb and spouting Muslim doctrine got on an airplane on which he was a passenger. I know Juan and am proud to be a colleague of his as a fellow Fox News contributor. There isn’t a more honest and fair-minded person in journalism. He is refreshingly honest and candid and unusually objective when it comes to analyzing the events in the news.
NPR has discredited itself as a forum for free speech and a protection of the First Amendment rights of all and has solidified itself as the purveyor of politically correct pabulum and protector of views that lean left.
While I have often enjoyed appearing on NPR programs and have been treated fairly and objectively, I will no longer accept interview requests from NPR as long as they are going to practice a form of censorship, and since NPR is funded with public funds, it IS a form of censorship. It is time for the taxpayers to start making cuts to federal spending, and I encourage the new Congress to start with NPR.
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Here is a great video on why we need to elect conservatives and that is exactly what Huck PAC is assisting with across the nation.
Just last week Governor Huckabee topped the polls again. First with the news that he was the only Republican to beat President Obama in a 2012 head-to-head poll and second that he once again tops the polls with a tie for Republican choice for 2012 nominee.
And now just yesterday he released his statement in regards to Republicans’ “Pledge to America.” Good stuff. Rumor is that Huckabee has a policy book scheduled to come out early next year. Hmmmm…….
I read with great interest “A Pledge to America” introduced today by Republican Congressional leaders.
The 21 page document contains many good core conservative ideals – but as my parents taught me as a small child – the proof is always in the puddin’.
Republican Congressional leaders have pledged “to advance policies that promote greater liberty, wider opportunity, a robust defense, and national economic prosperity;” and “to honor families, traditional marriage, life, and the private and faith-based organizations that form the core of our American values.”
These are all very good things and like many, I will be watching to see what concrete steps Republicans offer to actually stop out of control spending, reduce the size of the federal government, repeal Obamacare, reduce our growing deficit and solve unemployment. These principles are fundamental to conservatism and there’s no doubt in my mind that a Conservative Congress can accomplish these things – or at the very least, serve as a backstop to prevent President Obama’s radical liberal agenda.
However, personally, I wish they would’ve also pushed for term limits and a balanced budget amendment because – many groups like the Tea Party are sick and tired of career politicians and budgets that saddle our children will trillions in debt.
I am glad though that Republican Congressional leaders are willing to put forth a pledge that clearly outlines the difference between conservatives and liberals because elections matter. After all, we’ve seen what we get with a liberal Congress: universal healthcare, higher taxes, weak foreign policy, refusal to acknowledge the use of the term “terrorist” or “terrorism,” weaker borders and amnesty talk, extreme government spending and a certain level of disregard for the sanctity of marriage and life.
“A Pledge To America” shows the clear differences in the two parties and motivates voters to support conservatives this election . . . and that’s a good thing. Also, when you provide voters with a checklist of what conservatives stand for and should do in office – voters can more easily hold members of Congress accountable – and if our GOP Congressional leadership fails to honor their “Pledge to America” we will vote them out too.
It has been just a week since the Georgia primary run-off for governor in which Nathan Deal emerged with a victory of less than 2,500 votes after entering the race trailing by double digits to his opponent Karen Handel. Deal was the clear conservative in this race and Huckabee made a late endorsement of his campaign five days before the run-off against the endorsements of Handel by Mitt Romney and Sarah Palin. Huckabee made a visit to Georgia on behalf of Deal three days before the election and Palin was there for Handel the day after. Huckabee also cut robocalls and ads for Deal, but perhaps the biggest factor of the outcome of the election is that Team Huck volunteers from around the country make 3,000 phone calls for Deal before the run-off with 1,000 of those calls going straight into Handel territory where Deal ended up winning by 750 votes.
This is not an unusual situation for Huck PAC and its committed volunteers. This sort of commitment to endorsed candidates has happened in numerous elections; it just happened under the radar. Huck PAC’s Executive Director, Hogan Gidley, said it best in a Real Clear politics interview, which is the first major media outlet to actually catch on to the strength of Governor Huckabee’s unconventional PAC which relies more on the people than the pocketbook:
“We do a lot of the things that fly under the D.C. radar like robocalls, get-out-the-vote messages, e-blasts, and things like that,” Gidley said. “And while they’re not something that excites members on the press, the people on the ground who receive the votes and the benefits of the governor’s trust do appreciate it.”
Because Mike Huckabee’s PAC does not raise the money that the other PAC’s do, such as Romney’s, Palin’s, or Tim Pawlenty’s, the media writes it off. What a lot of people don’t realize, however, is how Huck PAC spends this money compared to the others and how many people are actually donating. For example, after a conference call with Huck PAC I learned that even though Palin has raised three times as much as Huckabee since January 1, 2009, she only got it with 24,000 donations compared to his 29,000 donations. What’s the big deal? Huckabee’s following his greater but they just don’t give nearly as much. Also, Huck PAC does what a PAC is supposed to and actually gives money to endorsed candidates. This past filing period it gave a third of its money to the candidates while Romney’s and Palin’s PACs usually hover in the single digit or teen percentages.
Mike Huckabee’s PAC also does something no other major PAC does and that is endorse candidates at the state and local level, which was demonstrated in Iowa yesterday. We all know that change starts from the bottom up and that is where Huck PAC is making a huge impact. There were eleven new candidates endorsed yesterday in Iowa and only three of them were for the Federal level and over half of them were not incumbents. Of those non-incumbents only one of them is going after an open seat (and that was previously held by a Democrat) and the other five are going after the Democrat incumbent, sometimes very entrenched ones and some who are also being funded by Republicans. These are not easy races which proves that Mike Huckabee is not just going after the winner or the party favorite, but those candidates who hold true to the principles of his PAC.
Huck PAC will support Republican candidates who are passionate advocates for tax reform, a strong national defense, real border security, life, the family, less government, and individual liberty.
Here is a list of the newest Iowa Huck PAC endorsed candidates and their websites. I hope to follow-up with a post on each of them before election day.
Steve King (U.S. Congress 5th District) http://www.kingforcongress.com/
Tom Latham (U.S. Congress 4th District) http://www.tomlatham.com/
Dwayne Alons (Iowa House 4th District) http://www.iowahouserepublicans.com/members/dwayne-alons
Chris Hagenow (Iowa House 59th District) http://chrishagenow.com/
Jason Schultz (Iowa House 55th District) http://www.iowahouserepublicans.com/members/jason-schultz
Kent Sorenson (running for Iowa Senate 37th District) http://kentsorenson.com/
Kim Pearson (running for Iowa House 42nd District) http://www.kimpearsoniowahouse.com/
Tom Shaw (running for Iowa House 8th District) http://www.electshaw2010.com/
Jane Hodoly (running for Iowa House 93rd District) http://hodolyforhouse.com/
Brenna Findley (running for Iowa Attorney General) http://www.findleyforiowa.com/
Brad Zaun (running for U.S. Congress 3rd District) http://www.bradzaun.com/
Two weeks have passed since yet another activist judge has tried to not only re-define marriage, but also override a state Constitutional amendment and the will of the people. There is now a stay on that ruling (that there is a Federal Constitutional right to gay marriage) until the appeal.
With all of this going on the GOP is not so surprisingly silent on an issue that is in their platform…marriage between one man and one woman. Governor Huckabee has always been and always will be the Republican with conviction on this issue and one of the few who call for a Federal Marriage Amendment to stop the madness of the courts on this issue.
Statement On Prop 8 Ruling
by Mike Huckabee
Without exception – regardless of political ideology, judges should never legislate from the bench. Marriage has always been defined as being between one man and one woman. In fact, state after state has voted to uphold the definition of marriage whenever the question has been placed on the ballot – but for some reason activist judges keep trying to redefine it.
Today’s ruling tramples on the will of the people and sadly, it seems judicial activists are determined to advance their personal radical agenda. That’s why I believe it’s time for a federal constitutional amendment that defines marriage as a union between one man and one woman. That is the only action that will truly protect marriage.
There have been three big polls come out in the past week concerning possible Republican presidential candidates and 2012 match-ups. Governor Mike Huckabee continues to excel in this early polling data when matched up against possible Republican primary opponents and President Obama, and Huckabee also consistently leads the pack when it comes to favorabilities and room for growth in the undecideds.
The Public Policy Polling’s recent 2012 match-up against Barack Obama shows Huckabee beating the incumbent President while being the only Republican challenger viewed with a positive favorability.
The latest Gallup poll shows that Huckabee is the Republican candidate with the highest favorables among ALL voters.
And lastly, the polling data released today by Politico shows incredible strength for Mike Huckabee as a possible 2012 contender. He leads all other GOP challengers in favorabilities across the board with Republicans, Independents, and all voters while also having the most room for growth.
While it is unclear whether or not the Governor will compete again in 2012, it seems like this recent article in The New Yorker has fueled new speculation for another presidential run. Even Huckabee himself on a recent Fox News Sunday interview gave an indication that 2012 has not been ruled out and he realizes his strength in the polls. He is now starting a new Fox News show that is sure to give conflicting signals. Is Huckabee content with broadcasting conservative ideals over the airwaves or is he really following Ronald Reagan’s path to the presidency?
After antics of the latest GOP sell-outs Sarah Palin (who endorsed big government, tax and spend, social moderate, establishment candidate Terry Branstad in the Iowa Governor’s primary) and Mitch Daniels (who said we should put abortion and marriage in a closet until we deal with the economy) it is refreshing to see this statement by Governor Mike Huckabee called The Heartbreaking Truce.
Oh, and by the way, good luck in the 2012 Iowa Caucuses Sarah and Mitch because you are going to need it after these latest stunts.
I received an astonishing email today from a concerned friend who has been very influential in the fight to end the scourge of abortion.Apparently, a 2012 Republican presidential prospect in an interview with a reporter has made the suggestion that the next President should call for a “truce” on social issues like abortion and traditional marriage to focus on fiscal problems.In other words, stop fighting to end abortion and don’t make protecting traditional marriage a priority.Let me be clear though, the issue of life and traditional marriage are not bargaining chips nor are they political issues. They are moral issues. I didn’t get involved in politics just to lower taxes and cut spending though I believe in both and have done it as a Governor. But I want to stay true to the basic premises of our civilization.For those of us who have labored long and hard in the fight to educate the Democrats, voters, the media and even some Republicans on the importance of strong families, traditional marriage and life to our society, this is absolutely heartbreaking. And that one of our Republican “leaders” would suggest this truce, even more so. Governor Daniels is a personal friend and a terrific Governor, and I’m very disappointed that he would think that pro-life and pro-family activists would just lie down.Are you ready to stop fighting for traditional marriage? I cannot. I will not.Can you let the tragedy of abortion go unchecked while we get our financial house in order? I cannot. I will not.A strong leader doesn’t need to focus myopically on one or two issues – but a strong leader is willing to fight for and defend their principles while rising to meet new challenges and solve all of the existing systemic problems confronting us.
It has been stated before that Governor Huckabee has made some impressive endorsements this election cycle when it comes to supporting the candidates of conviction and not of convenience.
Two such examples are U.S. Senate candidates Marco Rubio from Florida and Chuck DeVore from California. I chose to endorse them not because I thought they were the candidates most capable of winning but because they were the truly conservative candidates we need in office.
Like all Huck PAC endorsed candidates, Marco and Chuck are strong conservatives: pro-life, traditional marriage supporters, advocates for balanced budgets and reducing the size of a federal government. I was proud to stand with Marco Rubio when he was down by 25 points to his opponent. Now – Marco’s enormous popularity and massive lead in the polls actually forced his primary opponent – a sitting Republican Governor – to leave the Republican Party and try to run as an Independent.
Chuck might have a meteoric rise like Marco – only God knows the future – but I decided to support Chuck and Marco win or lose, because they are consistent conservatives who know what they believe and why they believe it.
Of course Washington has a different view. The pundits and some within the Republican Party think it’s a smarter strategy for my political future to go the other way and instead, endorse everyone that the establishment endorses. First of all, Huck PAC is not about my political future – it is about the future of our country. Second of all, I know I’m not the smartest kid on the block, but it seems like that predictable strategy of supporting establishment candidates is precisely what put our Party on the losing end of the 2006 and 2008 elections.
Huckabee has also had some impressive polling numbers recently. He leads other potential 2012 candidates with favorabilities across the board, especially in the Independent voting block, and he has also topped the poll once again as being the strongest against Obama along with being the favorite for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination.
Classic statement from Governor Huckabee on the moral meltdown of our government.