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New Year's Eve Arrests at Huckabee Headquarters
Wednesday, 02 January 2008 02:20
by Jayne Lyn Stahl

With only days to go before the Iowa caucuses, one Republican candidate is showing his stripes, Mike Huckabee. Yes, this former Baptist minister, and Arkansas governor, boy next door, Huckleberry Finn, who looks like a cross between Ronald Reagan and Jimmy Stewart, as innocuous as a barfly, waited in his campaign bus across the street while three demonstrators, all in their 50's, were arrested for "criminal trespass" at Huckabee's Iowa headquarters. The protesters bore signs reading "Who Would Jesus Bomb?" called for an end to the war in Iraq, any other planned military adventure, as well as citing sections of the Bible endorsing the need for peace, and forgiveness, according to the Catholic Peace Ministry.

As they were hauled off to Polk County Jail, where they were charged, and released, cheers rippled through the crowd of onlookers. Those taken into custody by Des Moines finest were members of a group called SODaPOP (Seasons of Discontent: A Presidential Campaign) who, a few months ago, delieverd a letter to Mr. Huckabee in which they requested his pledge to withdraw all troops from Iraq within three months of his presidency, as well as halt any plans for military action against Iran. Addditionally, they called for tax dollars currently being spent on combat to instead bolster the "infrastructure of the United States."

The three members of SODaPOP gathered in the Huckabee campaign office, in Des Moines merely to await a response to their letter to the presidential candidate, two months ago, which went unanswered. What a sad day it is, in America, when a presidential candidate has a tiny group of middle-aged protestors arrested, and charged, with criminally trespassing on his property. One wonders, too, if, upon election, Mr. Huckabee would consider the White House his "property," too. While the First Amendment guarantees "freedom of assembly," one hardly thinks that the framers conceived of things like You Tube, campaign headquarters, or the Grey Panthers, either, for that matter.
More than thirty members of the press witnessed the protest which was only the first stop scheduled as SODaPOP has reportedly made the same demands of eight other candidates. Curiously, the candidate who has surged to the head of the polls with his rugged Ronnie Reagan, boy next door, good looks increasingly proves himself to be a formidable shill for neo-Conservative revivalists.

One whose motto is "Faith, Family, and Freedom," as well as boasts that: "My faith is my life--it defines me. My faith doesn't influence my decisions, it drives them" sat patiently waiting, in his campaign bus, across the street, as the three SODaPOP boomers were handcuffed, and driven out of his Iowa headquarters. One can think of no better way to illustrate what a quintessential farce the former minister's call to protect the "sanctity of life" is.

The pundits, political commentators, and all those who like to lump things in a neat little box that answers only to gravity score a huge victory when referring to platforms like "conservative," or "neo-conservative," without deviating from jargon to take a candid look at what those terms mean. With Huckabee, specifically, conservative means a declared intention to overturn Roe v. Wade, a new constitutional amendment stating that marriage can only be between a man and a woman, blurring the lines between church and state, more jihads at the taxpayers expense, and jihads against the First and Fourth Amendments, too, building a fence with "interlocking surveillance cameras," as well as preventing immigrant amnesty.

With Huckabee, too, "illegal" immigrant families will be broken apart by agents of the Immigration and Custom Enforcement Agency, and mothers deported while children stand helplessly by. And, with former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee, dissenters will be rounded up, or tasered, even those who read from scriptures, for daring to demand accountability from a future president. This is what Mike Huckabee means when he talks about "Faith, Family, and Freedom;" make no mistake, it runs counter to everything this country represents, and has represented for more than two centuries.

John Edwards is right to suggest that if we go to the polls in November, 2008, and vote for a Republican, we will be voting for George W. Bush on steroids. According to the last exit poll, in Iowa, taken 5 hours ago, Mike Huckabee is ahead of the pack of other Republicans. While the war in Iraq, as well as the military industrial complex created by the current regime, loom as the signature issue of the 2008 presidential race, national security, in the long run, depends upon an informed, and mindful, electorate.

Oscar Wilde once said "Only the superficial don't judge by appearances." If the actions of his Iowa staff, as well as his what may, at best, be seen as passive acquiescence to the unnecessary and absurd arrests of three 50 year old protestors, are any indication of a Huckabee presidency, then his campaign must end in Iowa.

Conservatives are backing Huckabee who is, without question, the most conservative of the group. And, if we are ever to see regime change, in Washington, then there has to be an information blitz, and a campaign to make voters aware of every position Huckabee, and other gentleman snakes, take on important issues.

When the focus of the Democratic Party becomes more on raising cash than on raising consciousness, and picking each other apart like a pack of hungry tomcats on some fallen birds, we can only witness yet another conservative presidential victory.

Those who argue that the contender who is better prepared to tackle a future terror attack is the candidate to back are right, but the threat, this time, will not be about bin Laden, or Al Qaeda, any more than it was back in 2001, but will come instead from those we elect to lead us who instead choose to subvert the Bill of Rights, break the law, and pervert our trust for their own monetary gain.
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howard said:

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I'm union and we have backed mostly democrats, but I don't think it will be that way this election. Democrats are on the wrong side of the immigration issue. The want to legalize 12 millions illegals and add them to the welfare roles, while I will be paying more taxes to support a cheap subsidized labor pool.
It's not right, it's not legal, and is not going to happen.
 
January 02, 2008
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loverofpeace said:

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If Huckabee is such a christian, what happened to his belief in the sanctity of life? He and all the other Republican candidates (except for Dr Paul) are all in favor of continuing the destruction of Iraq where hundreds of thousands of civilians have died, millions have been displaced and the infrastructure, such as water, has been ruined. I say more power to the members of SODaPOP who are making an issue of this continuing illegal occupation.
To Howard: I'm union, too, and boy are you a disgusting bigot. You obviously know very little about the majority of the immigrants who are here without the appropriate documents and it would take more space than we have here to clue you in. I feel sorry for you that you think that people desperate to support their families are somehow hurting you. Don't let the Right Wing steal our country. They are just loving that folks like you can be so easily distracted from the true problems facing us.
 
January 02, 2008
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Harry said:

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I can't believe the uninformed comment above! The "illegal" immigrants come here to do jobs Americans don't want to do. There is no way for them to come legally. They are here to work and pay lots in taxes. Without them, the economy would collapse....
 
January 02, 2008
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Bob said:

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I think a quote I saw a few days ago says it best...

“Naturally the common people don't want war; neither in Russia, nor in England, nor in America, nor in Germany. That is understood. But after all, it is the leaders of the country who determine policy, and it is always a simple matter to drag the people along, whether it is a democracy, or a fascist dictatorship, or a parliament, or a communist dictatorship. Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is to tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same in any country.” Hermann Goering
 
January 03, 2008
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