(May 17, NY,NY) In a presidential campaign season that has seen an overabundance of toxic, inflammatory, venomous rhetoric, at least there will be one less self righteous, dimwitted egotist participating in any way from this point forward. The stupid, biased, bigoted slurs, the subtle and not so subtle “code words’ so recklessly tossed about have been illustrative of just how coarse our politics and politicians have become. Race, gender, age and so may other issues have been used as weapons this election season. At times, it has seemed as if it simply could not get any worse. Oops, that sure was a premature, if not foolish, thought.
Yesterday, in Louisville, Kentucky speaking to (of all groups) the National Rifle Association (NRA) convention, ordained Baptist Minister and former Republican Presidential wannabe, Arkansas’ s own, Mike Huckabee, made a spontaneous remark while delivering the standard tripe of yet another of his idiotic, folksy pandering speeches.
As the former governor was speaking, off stage there was heard a loud noise, a bang, as if something had been dropped or fallen. Huckabee, the consummate professional he is, was distracted and turned towards the direction of the noise. He turned to the gathered NRA loyalists and uttered an off-the-cuff remark that may tell more about this man than any prepared remarks ever could.
After a brief pause, this proud Southern Baptist, a man of the cloth commented , “That was Barack Obama, he just tripped off a chair, he's getting ready to speak. Somebody aimed a gun at him and he dove for the floor.” Finally, Reverend Huckabee, you can remove yourself from the spotlight you so dearly covet, exit stage left and return to whatever swamp you managed to crawl out of.
It is hard to conceive of a more noxious statement given the current circumstances, the historic nature of the primaries, the paralyzing divisiveness that has allowed the Republicans and George W. Bush to commit their atrocities with impunity, than even hinting at a firearm being pointed at a Presidential candidate; a Democratic contender for President: the first African American Democrat who has a legitimate chance at winning the general election. Yes, Mr. Huckabee, you have certainly stepped in it and now you can step out of it...way, way out of it. Your services are no longer needed. You have far exceeded you 15 minutes of fame and in so doing revealed your true self. Reverend?...please.
You hung around too long Reverend Mike. You thought you could parlay several primary victories provided to you by narrow minded, single issue, right wing conservative zealots who saw you as their savior,
into what?...a vice presidential race, a cabinet post, a nice cushy federal job you could be appointed to? Whatever your ambitions were or had once been, they have no more value than one of the fading ‘Huckabee 2008’ bumper stickers on rusting pick up trucks in Alabama.
Assassination is not an unfamiliar, dark element in the history of our politics. Actually, our society today is more prone to violent acts than at virtually any time in our past. We see school shootings and loners killing shoppers at malls. We have every type of wacko, oddball, and lunatic out there mingled in among the seriously psychotic, deranged, paranoid and deluded. Perhaps, you did not consider what potential inspiration your “ funny” remarks might induce in a fellow citizen not all that tightly wound. No, Mr. Preacherman, you just had to go for a laugh, had to be one of the boys and let your real feelings show.
Hopefully, by now, since you have been reduced to a footnote in the 2008 presidential primary season, the Secret Service has stopped providing protection for you. They have enough to be concerned about than a sorry excuse for a Baptist, a Christian, a Republican and an ordained minister like you.
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Saturday, May 17, 2008
GOODBYE, GOOD RIDDANCE, REVEREND HUCKABEE
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