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Sunday, June 23, 2024

Mike Huckabee on women: Open mouth, insert foot

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee speaks at the Republican National Committee winter meeting in Washington, Thursday. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee speaks at the Republican National Committee winter meeting in Washington, Thursday. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

At a time when the Republican Party is claiming to “soften” its image with women voters and market itself as a “better choice” to the gender, right-wing firebrand Mike Huckabee opened his mouth and sent the party into a panic mode.

Huckabee, speaking to the choir at the GOP winter meeting in Washington, said women cannot control “their libido or their reproductive system,” which is why the Democrats push “help from the government” to help them control their sexual desires.

The comments brought quick response from Democrats who see the comments as great campaign fodder in their efforts to portray the party of the elephant as a doddering collection of old men out of touch with mainstream America.

“Mike Huckabee has no idea what he’s talking about,” Democratic National Committee chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz told the Associated Press. “If this is the GOP rebrand a year later, then all they’ve gotten is a year older.”

White House press secretary Jay Carney said Huckabee’s comments “sounds offensive to me and to women.”

At the conference, Huckabee said:

If the Democrats want to insult the women of America by making them believe that they are hopeless without Uncle Sugar coming in and providing them with their prescription each month for birth control because they cannot control their libido or their reproductive system without the help of the government, then so be it.

The comments also brought a rapid response from Kentucky Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes, who hopes to unseat Republican Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.

Said Grimes:

Mitch McConnell’s cringe-worthy record of standing up for Kentucky’s women and families effortlessly aligns with Mike Huckabee’s extreme, anti-woman rhetoric. As McConnell enthusiastically touts Huckabee’s endorsement, he ought to explain to the women of Kentucky why he embraces such offensive commentary.

Sources within the GOP told Capitol Hill Blue that Huckabee’s comments “had a lot of Republicans in the audience cringing.  It was the last thing we needed.”

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1 thought on “Mike Huckabee on women: Open mouth, insert foot”

  1. Mike Huckabee’s down-home, folksy media image is just that: an image, a façade not unlike the sheep’s clothing the proverbial wolf wears to conceal its pending lethal attack.

    Unfortunately, what Mr. Huckabee wants to eviscerate is the United States Constitution and the civil society it supports. In its place, he wants to mold a Theo fascist state based on a literal application of the Old Testament, with the divinely appointed Huckabee presiding.

    Indeed, during his failed run for the Republican Presidential nomination back in 2008, he responded to those who were against appending a “marriage amendment” or a “life amendment” to the Constitution by saying that: “I believe it’s a lot easier to change the Constitution than it would be to change the word of the living God, and 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.”

    And, with his latest remarks about women, one has to now wonder if Mr Huckabee isn’t one of those dogma-addicted persons who publicly insist that a pious government should inflict Old Testament punishments, including death, on blasphemers, pornographers, homosexuals, adulterers and even disobedient children. These people constantly talk about their duty to institute biblical rule in the United States.

    Loosely called “Dominionists”, this crowd doesn’t acknowledge as valid ANY interpretation of the Bible other than their own. They truly believe in absolute literalism.

    For example, on more than one occasion, Mr. Huckabee has publicly suggested putting all gay people who test HIV-positive in concentration camps. Apparently he remains unaware that heterosexual men and women sometimes ALSO test HIV-positive, as do children. But then again, fascists and Theo-fascists such as Hitler and the Taliban condemned only certain groups to the camps and death, too.

    And as for gay Americans who fall in love and wish to commit their lives to each other, Mr. Huckabee directly equates them and their relationships to bestiality.

    Unfortunately, a handful of Dominionists already occupy positions of power within the U.S. government. For example, Supreme Court Associate Justice Antonin Scalia has stated he believes “that government . . . derives its moral authority from God. Government is the ‘minister of God’ with powers to ‘revenge,’ to ‘execute wrath,’ including even wrath by the sword.”

    So much for the Declaration of Independence that clearly states the American government derives its “just powers” — moral and otherwise — “from the consent of the governed.”

    Unfortunately, Justice Scalia’s (and Mr. Huckabee’s) words sound nightmarishly similar to the late Jerry Falwell’s assertion that, “The Bible is the inerrant . . . word of the living God. It is absolutely infallible, without error in all matters pertaining to faith and practice, as well as in areas such as geography, science, history, etc.”

    The proposition that a single book, cobbled together over the course of 1,500 years by over 40 different authors from all walks of life (shepherds, farmers, tent-makers, physicians, fishermen, priests, philosophers and kings) is “infallible” is prima-facie preposterous to any enlightened, rational human being.

    But history and reason have nothing to do with Dominionism. They are, in fact, its arch-enemies
    And people like Mr. Huckabee (along with Justice Scalia) and their ilk, who now wish to push their Dominionist dogma down the rest of our throats in the United States of America (by attaining high government office to do so) are a clear and present danger to what’s left of the freedoms we once enjoyed.

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