On a personal note Rational Nation USA must go on record and state I like Mike Huckabee. He is the kind of gentleman I could have an enjoyable dinner and a few drinks with. He is personable, and judging by his Sunday interview with First Lady Michelle Obama very magnanimous. And I might add a fair bass guitar player.
His politics are, however a slightly different matter. Huckabee was very specific in his criticism of CPAC 2010. It seems to this very interested party his problem with this years gathering is primarily the result of a positive change within the conservative/libertarian movement that threatens the established old guard within the Republican party. Following are a few excerpts taken from Politico that this writer believes clearly supports my argument:
Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee blasted the Conservative Political Action Conference Saturday as outdated, nearly corrupt and unrepresentative of the conservative movement.
Huckabee, a 2008 Republican presidential contender and potential 2012 candidate who had spoken at the conference for years, said the reason he blew it off this year was that the meeting has become dominated by libertarian activists.
“CPAC has becoming increasingly more libertarian and less Republican over the last years, one of the reasons I didn’t go this year,” Huckabee said in an interview with Fox News, where he is a paid analyst and has his own show.
I could be wrong of course, however, I perceive his statements are meant to diminish the grass roots activism that has taken root in the conservative movement. By this I mean the Jeffersonian principals that guide such Libertarians as Ron Paul and other true liberty minded individuals in the Republican party.
As the Republican party stands today it is bankrupt of any true conservative ideals as represented by our Founding Fathers. George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, and Thomas Paine to name just a few of the most recognizable.
For those conservative that take issue with the status quo of Republican ideology you know what I am saying. For those who don't... please forgive me... but you are part of the problem.
And for those on the left that may believe they have won an ideological victory based on my statements today please do not delude yourselves. There is much I find wrong with your ideology and will so comment at a later time.
My primary concern at present is the desire to be a part of the movement to adjust conservative thinking to a thoughtful, and philosophical level. It is my belief that a true independent conservatism is the only way back to fiscal responsibility, reasonable governance with respect to social concerns, a rational understanding of national defense, and a recognition that special influence only serves to benefit the entrenched power base. Whether that base be Republican or Democratic.
We need a strong independent third party. One whose platform is based on the principals of our Constitution and the enlightened intellect of our Founding Fathers.
Please indulge and read the entire Politico article and view the Huckabee video here.