Mike Huckabee: from Hope to Higher Ground

Mike_Huckabee_speaking_at_HealthierUS_Summit“I truly went from hope to higher ground,” Mike Huckabee said as he announced his run for the Republican slot on the 2016 presidential ticket.  He began speaking about his roots in Hope, Arkansas, a small town “far away from money and power and influence.” Huckabee was Governor of Arkansas from 1996-2007. He used scriptures and talked about his born-again experience, strongly appealing to the crowd.

Huckabee’s speech outlined his platform for change; saying that when he watched a man land on the moon he learned America can do anything it sets its mind to.

As president, he would do the following:

  • Launch a “curative” approach to healthcare
  • Let Israel and the world know that America is a true friend
  • Will never apologize for America
  • Conquer jihadism
  • Stand against the threat that would criminalize Christianity (referring to the same-sex marriage laws and the impending judgment by the Supreme Court)

“The Supreme Court is not the Supreme Being, and they cannot overturn the laws of nature or of nature’s God.”

Huckabee is opposed to the high concentration of power at the federal level, saying:

  • Education should be governed locally and by states: he would eliminate the Federal Dept. of Education
  • On immigration: take control of the borders
  • Replace the IRS with the Fair Tax
  • Reduce federal regulations
  • Impose term limits on all three branches of government

“The federal government is like a roach motel—people go in but they never come out.”

Huckabee made several pokes at President Obama, President Clinton (who is also from Hope, Arkansas), and Republican presidential hopefuls who are still holding office. He said a person should resign the job they don’t want anymore to pursue the one they’ve decided they’d rather have.

Mike Huckabee is married (40 years), a father and grandfather, and a former Baptist minister. He regularly appears on Fox News with his own program and as a commentator.

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