My Dad and I are engaged in a friendly argument. Let me make it clear that there’s not a conservative bone in his body. No matter how liberal I may ever be, I don’t think I could ever lean far enough left to match him. But he likes Huckabee. He hasn’t studied his policies and would never vote for him, but he like the guy.
I can see his point and have to admit, though it kills me, that my husband agrees with him. My husband, who is also left leaning, likes Mike. Sure, Mike’s likeable. He’s friendly and engaging. He plays guitar. He has that pastor demeanor that works in Sunday fellowship halls.
Let me assure you, though, that he’s one scary dude. The most alarming to me is that he wants to mess with my (and your) constitution. That is the Constitution of the United States of America. He wants to get in there and add stuff to it. Specifically these things, from his website:
“I support and have always supported passage of a constitutional amendment to protect the right to life.”
“I support and have consistently supported passage of a federal constitutional amendment that defines marriage as a union between one man and one woman.”
No matter whether you agree with his positions on these issues or not (I don’t happen to), I hope that you see the danger of anyone messing about with the constitution. Constitutional changes are for issues like making blacks and whites equal; women and men equal. Constitutional changes are not for deciding who gets to sleep with who for the rest of their lives.
There’s another blurb on Huckabee’s website that strikes cold in my heart:
I’m going to take a deep breath here and give you the least scary, most objective, Wikipedia definition of “covenant” marriage:
“In the United States, a covenant marriage is a modern concept of marriage considered to be a cultural and political response to no-fault divorce. Couples in a covenant marriage agree to obtain pre-marital counseling before marrying, and accept more limited grounds for divorce.” It goes on to say,
“Opponents of covenant marriages argue that they are too religious in nature, effectively legalizing a religious view of marriage. Some worry that women can become trapped in unhealthy marriages – even in cases of abuse, it can be difficult to prove allegations sufficiently for a judge to grant a divorce. However, it is currently still possible to file for divorce in a state that does not recognize covenant marriages.”
I agree with folks who think the divorce rate in this country is too high (and in the interest of disclosure I will freely admit that I am on my second marriage … the first one ended with no children). My fear with covenant marriage, however, is that women in abusive relationships will get “abused” into covenant marriages and then will literally be unable to get out if and when, at some point in the future, they develop the strength and the will to do so. If Huckabee had his way in his ideal state, women would be forced to sneak across the border for abortions as their neighbors were sneaking across the border to get a no fault divorce.
It’s not only women who are under assault in Huckabee’s world. Poor, urban kids are, too. Don’t believe me? Look at this statement from his education platform:
The implications of this are, of course, that upper middle class and above income families will either move their children to charter schools or consolidate their children into public schools in rich, predominantly white suburbs. That will leave economically deprived (read poor) kids of all races, but mainly of color, in poor urban public schools where their chances of having resources at either end of the spectrum, that is learning disabled or gifted, are extremely low. Finding high quality teachers willing to teach in these urban areas will also be a challenge. Charter schools, vouchers, and public school choice are not the answer. Investing in our public school system and finding ways to get all children a quality education is.
These issues, as frightening as they are, are just the tip of the iceberg with Mike Huckabee. For more on his platform, visit his website.