Huckabee: Hey, Let’s Try Being Conservative

A little known John Fact, my first ever donation to a political campaign was Mike Huckabee. I had liked a lot of what I had heard from them (plus he had Chuck Norris and WHOO Ric Flair endorsing him), and for the $20.08 Team Huckabee was asking for, I figured what the hell. I remain a fan of his.

His path to 2012 is an interesting one. He doesn’t have a clearly defined role to fill, especially with Sarah Palin owning most of the social conservatives. Yet just aboot every poll taken has him either in second place, or statistically tied for first (with Gov. Palin usually). Right now, besides trying to appeal to a non-Christian electorate through his talk show, it looks like he’s trying to be the guy to remind us we need to get back to our roots.

As was the case in this recent “Washington Times” editorial. Making the case for limited government…

Conservatives believe that the best government is the most local government possible and that the 10th Amendment means something and should be followed. Yet, the supposedly conservative Republican Party has been a drum major for the expanded role of the federal government.

Our founders feared a highly centralized and endowed federal government, instead preferring a system of strong and virtually independent states so that no one person, party, or power broker would exercise a great deal of control.

The inherent danger of allowing too much power in the hands of the few was the heart of the major dispute between Thomas Jefferson and Alexander Hamilton. Jefferson won, believing that the dispersing of power among the states would by design keep the federal government from becoming too consuming and powerful in its approach to governing. The genius of the 10th Amendment, as is true of all of the Bill of Rights, was that it deliberately limited what the government could do – not what the individual could do.

The 10th Amendment defines the limits of the federal government in 28 words: “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.”

Give the full thing a read. While I still like Mike Huckabee, I’m not so sure I would see myself supporting him on the national stage again. Right now, there’s way too much competition. Plus, let’s be honest, it’s still the first quarter of 2009.

His is still a voice I think is and will continue to be a valuable one for us to listen to.

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