Wednesday, December 26, 2007
Huckabee Is For African Americans by Akindele Akinyemi
We are 2 weeks away from the Michigan Primary and I an urging people to get behind Gov. Mike Huckabee to win the Primary here in Michigan.
I am urging people to get behind Huckabee period for the entire primary cycle.
I can see how Gov. Mitt Romney have been throwing mud in Huckabee's face in Iowa. However, Romney is going on the old political model of primary campaigning. He feels that if he wins Iowa he can dance his way to the nomination.
Not so fast.
When Gov. Romney gave his "Faith in America" speech recently he said his father, the late Gov. George Romney, marched with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Not true at all. The Detroit Free Press says that it has no record of Romney's father, onetime Michigan Governor George Romney, ever marching with King. According to the Free Press, when Dr. King marched in Detroit, their archives show that Romney's father did not participate because he said his religion prohibited him from public appearances on Sunday.
So why should we listen to anything Gov. Romney is saying? I still contend that his Mormon faith will not resonate well with Blacks where Huckabee will have a fighting chance because is a Southern Baptist Minister. Most Blacks in the urban community are either Baptist or Apostolic. Pick one and join in.
People have been resonating with Mike Huckabee because people feel that he is genuine. I strongly feel he is genuine and sticks to his platform.
The Republican Party is out of step with the common man and woman in our community. I cannot count on my hand how many times I have heard Duncan Hunter and Mitt Romney BOTH saying that we need to RETURN to the Party of Ronald Reagan.
Gentlemen, that was 1980. It is 2007 going into 2008 and I am not interested in some retro movement. I am interested in moving forward.
Some things you might to know about Gov. Huckabee:
On abortion Huckabee Mike Huckabee is strongly opposed to abortion, including in cases of rape or incest. He has stated that abortion should be legal only when the life of the mother is at risk. He believes that it would "most certainly" be a good day for America if Roe v. Wade were repealed.
On marriage Huckabee believes that neither the federal government nor state governments should recognize same-sex marriages. He supports amending the United States Constitution to define "marriage" as a union between one man and one woman. Huckabee supported the passage of Covenant Marriage legislation as governor of Arkansas.
I want to STOP here for a second. Abortion is the leading cause of death in the African American community. The African American community also do not embrace same-sex marriages, however, we view marriage as an alternative lifestyle. An Huckabee Administration would continue the efforts of those who supports traditional marriage.
On LGBT issues Huckabee stated in 1992, "I feel homosexuality is an aberrant, unnatural, and sinful lifestyle, and we now know it can pose a dangerous public health risk". He stuck by those comments in December 2007 when asked if homosexuality is sinful. He replied, "Well I believe it would be — just like lying is sinful and stealing is sinful. There are a lot of things that are sinful. It doesn't mean that a person is a horrible person. It means that they engage in behavior that is outside the norms of those boundaries of our traditional view of what's right and what's wrong. So, I think that anybody who has, maybe a traditional worldview of sexuality would classify that as an unusual behavior that is not traditional and that would be outside those bounds."
Huckabee believes that incorporating character education into school curriculum's is necessary, and that when schools fail, the whole school board should be replaced. He supports charter schools, and the displaying of the Ten Commandments in schools. Huckabee is a strong supporter of academic testing. He has called for more federal funding of IDEA for the education of disabled students.
Huckabee supports the Fair Tax, which would do away with all federal taxes and replace them with a single national sales tax. In March of 2007, Huckabee signed the Presidential Taxpayer Protection Pledge of Americans for Tax Reform, promising not to increase taxes at the federal level. Huckabee cut taxes while governor, which saved Arkansas' citizens close to $380 million. For 2007, his state enjoyed a surplus of nearly $850 million. Huckabee has voiced support for the FairTax system, and wants to eliminate the Internal Revenue Service. He has called FairTax the flatter, fairer, finite, family friendly overhaul. He lowered taxes 94 times, although critics claim that most of these were small deductions that the legislature initiated.
Huckabee, an ordained Southern Baptist minister, has highlighted his religious views during his time as governor, and in some of his presidential campaign advertisements. In 1998, Huckabee said, "I got into politics because I knew government didn't have the real answers, that the real answers lie in accepting Jesus Christ into our lives."He has called himself the "Christian Leader", and suggested that being a pastor is "pretty good preparation to lead a country.
48% of African Americans voted for a REPUBLICAN in the State of Arkansas. Can Mitt Romney boast about that? Can Rudy Giuliani boast about that? Nope. It is interesting that Republicans here in Michigan are split between McCain (who is past his prime) and Romney (who does not resonate with Blacks for a variety of reasons...in Detroit they view him as a DeVos clone due to his wealth) but the grassroots are rallying behind Huckabee here. Even Bishop Keith Butler switched his alliance with McCain to Huckabee. Now if the Republican Party here and its affiliates want to make inroads in the Black community they better follow us on this one ans listen to US for once. Huckabee is the only candidate that can penetrate the urban community in Michigan.
What American needs right now is a genuine moral leader who put CHRIST first in our lives. I am not interested in following someone who believes that men are eternal (whatever that means) and someone marrying their mistress (Giuliani). Hell, that is no different than what I see in the hood everyday here in Detroit.
Furthermore, when Mitt Romney, Rudy Giuliani and John McCain thumbed their noses at the Black College Debates at Morgan State University earlier this year it was Gov. Huckabee who said the Republican Party has failed in attracting Blacks to the party. He SHOWED up. So why would I take Romney seriously or Giuliani seriously. In this community, Giuliani is viewed as a racist when he was Mayor of New York City. That is probably why DeVos lost the election last year...having commercials air in Detroit with Giuliani. When are Republican leadership going to learn that you need someone in the community to help lead and not rely on the ones who are making huge donations to sit at the table if they are serious about winning elections?
I am urging my colleagues to help me get the word out and vote for Gov. Huckabee on January 15, 2007 in the Michigan Primaries. We need to get the word out as fast as possible.