Mike Huckabee Blasts The Obamas For Allowing Their Daughters To Listen To Beyoncé

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Former Arkansas governor and recently departed Fox News host Mike Huckabee (R) criticized President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama for allowing their children – Malia and Sasha – to listen to Beyoncé while being “so careful” about what kinds of food they eat.

“I don’t understand how on one hand they can be such doting parents and so careful about the intake of everything – how much broccoli they eat and where they go to school and making sure they’re kind of sheltered and shielded from so many things,” Huckabee told People in an interview published Tuesday to promote his new book, God, Guns, Grits, and Gravy, “and yet they don’t see anything that might not be suitable for either a preteen or a teen in some of the lyrical content and choreography of Beyoncé, who has sort of a regular key to the [White House].”

The former Arkansas governor slammed Beyoncé in his new book for “obnoxious and toxic mental poison in the form of song lyrics” as well as dance moves “best left for the privacy of her bedroom,” People noted.

Huckabee did admit the Obamas “are excellent and exemplary parents in many ways.”

Huckabee left Fox News earlier this month to explore the possibility of a 2016 presidential run, about which a final decision will be made this spring.

He told People that although he has been critical of pop stars like Beyoncé and Miley Cyrus, he is not advocating for any government-mandated censorship.

“Government shouldn’t try to dictate what art looks like or what it portrays. Last thing we want is government screwing it up, which is what they would do.”

h/t: The Marietta Daily Journal

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Huckabee: Michael Brown Should Have “Behaved Like Something Other Than A Thug”

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Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee spoke with J. D. Hayworth on NewsMaxTV about the volatile situation in Ferguson, Missouri, with the protests and destruction of property in response to the grand jury decision not to indict Officer Darren Wilson for the self-defense shooting of Michael Brown.  The potential 2016 Republican presidential candidate said that Michael Brown is responsible for his own death because of his aggressive behavior.  Huckabee said that Brown would be alive if he complied with Officer Wilson’s instructions.  Huckabee told Hayworth:

“I’m going to tell you something, what gets you shot is when you grab a police officer’s gun and you lunge at him and try to hit him in the face.”

Governor Huckabee criticized the narrative that young people will get in trouble with law enforcement if they hold up their hands in surrender.

“This is not only foolish and dangerous, but is really on the verge of anarchy. And I’m just disgusted that you have NFL players, politicians, and others who, no matter what the evidence reveals, no matter how many sworn testimonies show that Darren Wilson, you know, who, it’s a tragedy that the young man got shot, but this is a young man who had just roughed up a store owner, just robbed a store, and now he’s going after a cop’s gun.  And it’s a horrible thing that he was killed, but he could have avoided that, if he had behaved like something other than a thug.”

(h/t: Opposing Views)

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Ministers Preaching In 2014 America Face Similar Threats As Ministers In Soviet-Occupied Poland

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I recently had the privilege to join 100 ministers and faith leaders on Gov. Mike Huckabee and David Lane’s Journey Tour, traveling to Poland, Germany, the UK, and California.

During this time, I had the opportunity to speak to ministers and faith leaders about a range of issues related to religion and politics in America. After visiting Arka Pana Church in Poland and hearing Gov. Huckabee’s Q &A with Priest Wladyslaw Palmowski (the underground church’s leader during Soviet occupation), I wondered if American ministers could identify with Palmowski’s experiences.

Huckabee asked Palmowski, “Why did he become involved in resisting Communism? Why did he resist the pressure to be silent?”

Palmowski replied that he was raised by Christian parents who taught him honor, dignity, and values to strengthen his character. “Christians were being sent to Siberia or were killed and many still do not know where their loved ones are buried.” “Weak individuals were broken,” he added, “which is why they signed contracts of cooperation with the secret police.”

On the eve of December 31, 1981, when martial law took effect, people en masse were arrested and interned, many homes were broken into, and factories were surrounded by the Soviet army. Palmowski witnessed the terror of his neighbors and told Huckabee that “it was up to us whether the people would be alone or receive brotherly help.” The church confessional became the center for communal life, where people could come and talk freely. “The nation was afraid,” he said; “but when we were together, our greatest strength was shaped by our Christian love that enabled us to help others.”

Huckabee asked: “Weren’t you afraid risking your life smuggling food for people? Was there ever a time when you felt like giving up?”

Palmowski answered: “I knew if the secret police caught me I would receive no mercy. I spent 200 hours ministering to people in internment camps and the first Solidarity march from the Steelworks factory came to Arka Pana, which is why it was important for the church to emphasize the value of human dignity and overcoming fear.”

He added: “I knew we could be eliminated at any time and no one would know. The Soviets had secret lists of people. The only fear the Communists had was Pope John Paul II. If the Communists tried to kill any priests the Pope would tell the truth to the world.

“I was #4 on their hit list. I would be dead if it were not for the Pope. He was our buffer, protecting us. He was our symbol—reminding us that we are not alone in this world.”

After hearing this, I created and distributed a 10-question survey to 65 pastors. Here are the highlights:

All replied that they spoke about political issues both in and out of their churches, explaining that all issues are moral, and that all levels of civics are rooted in Biblical principles and Mosaic law. They all responded that they encourage their congregants to register to vote; some distribute voter guides, but all preach the gospel within the context of cultural issues. One minister explained that “Believers have a responsibility to seek righteousness on earth” because the Bible provides numerous examples of political engagement.

Fifty percent of those surveyed reported that they, their family, or their congregants have been ostracized by those in their community for expressing their faith in public settings, including town hall meetings.

Twelve percent reported that they, their family members, or congregants have had their personal property vandalized, including stolen and/or desecrated crosses. Someone drove a truck through one church’s front door. Some family members, including wives, have had their tires slashed or car damaged—more than once.

Ten percent reported that members of the public protested on their church’s property, some even protesting inside their church. A handful reported being denied civil rights and/or public services because their local public officials rejected their faith views and deliberately chose to disregard their legal duty to protect and serve.

Ten percent of ministers said they had received death threats to both themselves and their family, in addition to threats to burn their homes. One minister was actively pursued by a man seeking to kill him because he was preaching the gospel in his church. The man vandalized his church, went door to door breaking into neighboring homes of the church, and was eventually shot and killed by the police. The minister is alive and well.

What struck me was not only the fortitude of these men in their convictions, but their joy and zeal to preach the gospel despite any threats they might receive. Regardless of subpoenas by mayors or death threats they received, they remain steadfast in their faith as Palmowski did.

The only difference is that these ministers are living in 2014 America under a constitutional republic, not in Soviet-occupied Poland. They know where they stand, and where those against them stand, which is why they don’t have the protection of their own political leaders.

One who actively stands against them is the President of the United States, who wrote in The Audacity of Hope: “I will stand with the Muslims if the Political Wind shifts in an ugly direction.”

This is why there has been no protection for Christian refugees and those being slaughtered by Muslims worldwide. The President has clearly asserted that “The future must not belong to those who slander the prophet of Islam.”

Yet, ministers joyfully and powerfully preach the opposite, no matter the cost.

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History Reveals The One Way Obama’s Damage To America Can Be Reversed

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As I continue to shadow former governor Mike Huckabee on his journey to absorb the wisdom of John Paul II, Margaret Thatcher, and Ronald Reagan… yesterday, we made a stop in London.

During this visit, I could feel Margaret Thatcher’s presence. It was as if her ghost were guiding us and enlightening us along the way. And if the Halls of Parliament and famous Westminster Abbey could talk, they’d echo some words of wisdom…

Words so profound that they could turn the direction of America’s economy completely around, erasing all of the mistakes in this Obama era.

Last night, our speaker, Liam Fox, a current Member of Parliament (and former British Secretary for Defense), began by describing himself as an unreconstructed Thatcherite.

Mrs. Thatcher came to power almost by accident. She was never a favorite of her fellow Tories. But in the late ‘70s, Britain’s economy was sick. The trade unions were choking productivity, taxes were high, and government services were failing.

When Mrs. Thatcher took the reins at Number 10 Downing Street, everyone expected her to fail.

Instead of taking a modest approach, she made major changes to policy. She dramatically cut the size of government – eliminating entire levels of the stifling bureaucracy.

High taxes were no longer an issue. She tackled that problem by slashing them. And as she cut tax revenue, she cut spending equally.

Shortly following Thatcher’s ingenious decisions, the creative spirit of the British people came alive under the freedom. Britain began to see economic growth. Entire industries, which had been nationalized by the socialist labor governments, were returned to the private sector.

British Telecom (BT) was privatized. British Gas was also returned to the private sector. Even venerable Rolls Royce has become a ward of the state and had to be privatized.

Probably one of Thatcher’s greatest feats was the dramatic reduction in borrowing requirements by the British government. Having her in office gave the economy a serious jump.

Will Obama Grab the Rope?

The experience of Margaret Thatcher’s United Kingdom gives us hope for our own United States. Obama has radically changed America. He’s dramatically grown the deficit, as well as government involvement in our affairs. But Thatcher shows that programs can be cut. Big government doesn’t always have to stay that way…

Together with a renewed economy came a renewed spirit of enterprise and hope for the future in Britain. The sluggish economy was defeated, and dynamic growth resumed.

At the end of his speech, Liam Fox made it plain: Those of us who believe in individual liberty, freedom of enterprise, and the rule of law must stick together. Britain and America must always have a special bond.

He warned that Obama’s greatest mistake was believing that opponents of these ideas would listen to reason. Obama is wrong. The jihadists and Islamists who he thought he could contain with words of peace have only been emboldened by his appeasement.

Mr. Fox’s warning was nearly dire as he made his final point. “The deficits you are currently running are unsustainable, and they are a national security concern. America needs to understand that the enemies of freedom want to see the day when debt problems eat your resources to the point that you can no longer defend yourself.”

And his words to Governor Huckabee were clear. America needs a president who will put the fiscal house in order, so that America can continue its role as a defender of the values of freedom.

Mrs. Thatcher’s experience shows that a socialist economy can be renewed with a commitment to restoring free enterprise. Even the Obama stagnation and economic decline can be reversed.

 

This commentary originally appeared at WallStreetDaily.com and is reprinted here with permission. 

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Wow: What Mike Huckabee Is Doing In The Battle Of Good Vs. Evil Is Incredible

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Governor Mike Huckabee is in the midst of a 10,000-mile trek across Krakow, London, and California – retracing the steps of Pope John Paul II, Margaret Thatcher, and Ronald Reagan.

I was asked by the sponsor, David Lane of the American Renewal Project, to come along. Over 100 political and faith leaders are accompanying Governor Huckabee on his journey.

Our first stop was emotionally overwhelming… But it’s at this place that Huckabee’s mission became crystal clear.

A Painful Past: The Final Solution

We all congregated in the Nazi death camp, known as Auschwitz, near Krakow. Over one million prisoners died at Auschwitz and Auschwitz-Birkenau (a second camp built nearby) combined. The Nazis attempted to completely liquidate the Jewish race here. They called it the “Final Solution.”

Our guide called this place “the world’s largest cemetery without a grave marker. After gassing the men, women, and children, the Nazis burned their bodies and spread the ash on nearby agricultural land as fertilizer.”

At first, we entered the main gate, above which was written the Nazi slogan: “Work makes you free.” Upon arrival, Governor Huckabee gave a warning, saying that this is a place “where innocent, unarmed people were systematically murdered by the most educated, scientifically advanced, theologically trained, sophisticated, modernized, and knowledgeable Germans.” He called the camp “evil personified.”

Huckabee continued, “The very people who created the death industry and ‘scientifically’ and medically experimented on prisoners… went home every day, ate dinner with their families, played with their children, went to concerts, and lived normal lives – knowing all the while [that] those under their authority were living in horror.”

He said the camp “should be a sobering reminder that unless we stand against evil in our own time… it will happen again.”

The Nazi regime treated the camp as if it was a rendering plant. Nothing was wasted. They shaved the hair off prisoners to make cloth; they stole their shoes, clothes, and other belongings to be sold. They even pulled the gold teeth from their victims.

Only the unthinkable and unimaginable took place in this camp.

Take Solace in This Thought…

This is not to say Governor Huckabee didn’t give us hope. He continued by sharing with the assembled leaders a story about visiting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. “The Prime Minister has an amazing photograph on the wall of his office. It is a picture of an Israeli F-16 flying over the main gate of this camp. The Polish government allowed the flyover on the 60th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz. It was intended to show all that hope prevailed.”

We can take solace, Huckabee said, that “evil personified lost, and God won.”

According to Lane, the purpose of the trip is “to encourage these leaders to achieve extraordinary feats.” He has even named the trip, “The Journey: A Spiritual Awakening.”

Lane has called for a grassroots movement of 1,000 pastors to run for political office in the upcoming 2016 elections. And he says that “this would revolutionize the political process and dramatically change the political climate in America.”

Huckabee is sounding a similar refrain. Speaking within the shadow of the ruins of the Birkenau gas chamber, Huckabee said that being a tourist and visiting here is not enough…

“It’s not enough, unless it does something to the way we live the rest of our lives. This is not a time to say ‘I’ve been to Auschwitz’… Because when the day comes, when we are called upon to put at risk our lives, our families, our fortunes, we have to decide if we will march like lemmings to our death, or take whatever steps necessary to stop the kind of tyranny that results, ultimately, in what we’ve been able to see firsthand today.”

And the war against evil continues.

 

This commentary originally appeared at WallStreetDaily.com and is reprinted here with permission. 

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