Mike Huckabee is the target of both the Left and the Right today, as news comes that nine years ago, as Arkansas Governor, he commuted the sentence of Maurice Clemmons, the man – hours ago shot dead by police – who is accused of assassinating, execution-style, four Washington State police officers Sunday as they sat drinking coffee in a local diner.
Less than three months ago, the former (and future?) Republican presidential candidate won the straw poll vote for the GOP 2012 presidential candidate at the Values Voters Summit. Had John McCain not beaten him in the April, 2008 primaries, Huckabee would have been the Republican nominee for President.
But now, his judgement is being questioned once again, and he is being “forced to defend his decision” of commuting the sentences of Clemmons and another felon. Via today’sÂ New York Daily News:
“Conservative critics had hit Huckabee during the 2008 presidential campaign over his decision to grant an early release to another convict – Wayne DuMond, who was freed in 1999, only to be accused of raping and murdering two women within a year of his release. DuMond was later convicted of murdering one of the women and died in prison in 2005.”
“Erick Erickson wrote on his RedState blog. “How many Willie Hortons can one man have?”
Huckabee, an ordained Southern BaptistÂ minister, and now a FOX News talk show host, as Governor signed legislation outlawing same-sex marriage. HeÂ has long been an opponent of gay marriage, gay adoption, revoking “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” and revoking DOMA. He has also said he wants to “isolate” HIV/AIDS victims.
But the essence of Huckabee’s problem is simple: All his decisions are based on his interpretation of the Bible. He has, in fact said,
“I believe it’s a lot easier to change the constitution than it would be to change the word of the living God, and that’s what we need to do is to amend the Constitution so it’s in God’s standards rather than try to change God’s standards.”
He is a man who believes that, and believes in “forgiving” and setting free rapists and murderers – against the urging of those, like the D.A., involved in the process. But “God’s law,” in Huckabee’s mind, includes banning gays from marrying or adopting.
Let’s not forget that as Governor, Huckabee saw an increase in violent crime, opposed hate crimes legislation, but is proud of his death-penalty record:
“I actually carried out the death penalty 16 times more than any governor in my stateâ€™s history.”
All this, and yet four police officers are now dead, as a direct result of Huckabee’s poor and biblically-influenced decision-making.
Unswayed yet? Still think Huckabee should stay in politics, still have a voice in the national media, still be viewed as a good leader? I’ll leave you with this, from Huckabee’s book, “Character Makes a Difference,”
“Our problems do not result from economics or deficiencies in education. They result from the selfish decision to ignore Godâ€™s standards of integrity. Standards based on anything else are relative, and relative standards are meaningless. A person with a biblical world view says humans are by nature selfish. We are basically self-centered & look out for ourselves first. Only two things will change this: either our nature will be changed by a supernatural experience with God through Christ, or we will fear the consequences of not doing the right thing. Those who believe God created humans have a different worldview from those who believe humans created God. Politics are totally directed by worldview. That is why when people say, â€œWe ought to separate politics from religion,â€ I say to separate the two is absolutely impossible.”
As for the murder of the four police officers, Huckabee should take full responsibility, use his vast resources to support their families, then get out of politics, and use his TV show as a pulpit for strict gun control laws, and preaching words of a loving, not gay-hating God.
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Highland Park Shooting Deaths Include Both Parents of Two Year Old Found at Scene of July 4th Massacre
On Twitter Sunday afternoon in the aftermath of the July 4th Highland Park mass shooting a photo of a young boy appeared in several tweets. He was described as lost, good samaritans assumed he had become separated from his parents in the mayhem of the massacre, and people were trying to reunite him with his family.
CBS Chicago reporter Marissa Parra now reveals the boy’s name is Aiden, but he won’t be reunited with his parents: both were shot dead by the Highland Park gunman.
Remember this little boy found wandering alone after #HighlandPark parade? We’ve just found out why… both his parents were killed💔
A fundraiser has been started for Irina and Kevin McCarthy’s 2-yo son Aiden as he grows up without them
— Marissa Parra (@MarParNews) July 5, 2022
“Kevin McCarthy, 37, and Irina McCarthy, 35, were among the seven people [who] were killed during the mass shooting,” CBS Chicago reports.
“We took him to safety under tragic circumstances, came together to locate his grandparents, and prayed for the safety of his family,” reads the story on a GoFundMe page hoping to raise money for Aiden.
“Sadly, I need to share his name…Aiden McCarthy. And he needs more of our help,” it adds. “At two years old, Aiden is left in the unthinkable position; to grow up without his parents,” it adds. “Aiden will be cared for by his loving grandparents, Misha and Nina Levberg, and he will have a long road ahead to heal, find stability, and ultimately navigate life as an orphan. He is surrounded by a community of friends and extended family that will embrace him with love, and any means available to ensure he has everything he needs as he grows.”
About $475,000 has quickly been raised with more than 7600 people contributing. The top donation is $5000.
‘Invasion’: Texas Lt. Gov. Likens Border Crossings to Attack on Pearl Harbor – ‘These People Are a Danger to America’
Lt. Governor Dan Patrick, a far-right Republican, is comparing migrants crossing the border into Texas to Japan’s 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor that killed 2335 people. He is calling it an “invasion” and says that gives the state the right to “put hands on people.”
Patrick, who because of Texas’ unique structure is more powerful than the governor, told Fox News on Tuesday, “we are being invaded, and if we’re being invaded under the constitution I think that gives us the power to put hands on people and send them back. Put hands on people and send them back,” he said repeatedly.
“These people are a danger to America,” Patrick said in a rant. It was unclear if he was referring to migrants or President Joe Biden and Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas.
The Lt. Governor, who has hawked the racist “great replacement theory” repeatedly, and used the term “invasion” repeatedly, told Fox News that Texas is now spending $4 billion annually on the border, while Texas National Guardsmen and Texas Rangers complain of being called up to serve, having to abandon their regular jobs, for no apparent reason.
“This is the biggest danger we have, to your family,” Patrick says of the fentanyl crossing the border. “It’s all on Biden,” he claimed.
Last week Texas Governor Greg Abbott drew extensive criticism for using the deaths of more than 50 migrants packed into an 18-wheel tractor-trailer as a political opportunity to attack President Biden. Even some conservatives attacked Abbott for his inhumane remarks..
Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick repeatedly says the state’s declaration of an “invasion” of migrants means they can “put hands on people and send them back.”
He then says “we’re being attacked just like we were on Pearl Harbor.” pic.twitter.com/kmcPakR43Z
— Justin Baragona (@justinbaragona) July 5, 2022
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The latest victim succumbed to their injuries Tuesday afternoon, NBC 5 Chicago reported. Authorities have not identified all the victims, but have said five of those who died were adults. Another 46 people were wounded.
Police on Tuesday announced that the shooter fired at least 70 rounds into the crowd, using a “high-powered rifle” that is “similar” to a AR-15. They also revealed the suspected gunman planned the attack for weeks, purchased his weapons legally, disguised himself by wearing women’s attire to “conceal his facial tattoos and his identity,” and to “help him during the escape.” He then walked to his mother’s house after the shooting.
Law enforcement Monday evening arrested Robert Crimo, who they say is a “person of interest,” but he has not been charged.
“There are no words for the kind of monster who lies in wait and fires into a crowd of families with children celebrating a holiday with their community,” Illinois Democratic Governor J.B. Pritzker said in a statement. “There are no words for the kind of evil that robs our neighbors of their hopes, their dreams, their futures. There are no words I can offer to lift the pain of those they leave behind. Please know that our state grieves with you, that MK and I grieve with you.”
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