"Huckabee and the Reconstructionists," by michelercb. Reformed Chicks Blabbing.
I was reading Novak's hit piece on Huckabee last night before I went to bed and I was stunned to read this:
Huckabee's base is reflected by sponsors of Tuesday's fundraising luncheon (requesting up to $4,600 a couple) at the Houston home of Steven Hotze, a leader in the highly conservative Christian Reconstruction movement. State Rep. Debbie Riddle was the only elected official on the host committee, most of whose members were not familiar names in Texas politics. David Welch is executive director of the Houston Area Pastor Council. Jack Tompkins heads a firm providing Internet services to the Christian community. Entrepreneur J. Keet Lewis is an active Southern Baptist.
When Huckabee said that he wanted to take this nation back for Christ he wasn't kidding! (Now, this doesn't mean that Huckabee is a reconstructionist and I'm not accusing him of guilt by association, I'm kind of kidding when I say this. But I think it's something he should be asked about before people start voting.)
For those of you who don't know, a reconstructionist is a Christian who believes that the nations will be ruled by God through the church. It's setting up a theocracy in America. These guys are serious about ....
"Huckabee the Rebel," by E. J. Dionne. Truthdig - Ear to the Ground. December 20, 2007.
This post helps refine somewhat the understanding that Huckabee is an evangelical populist. This makes Huckabee much more egalitarian than the Bushites. Mike Huckabee did take George W. Bush to task for Bush's arrogance in foreign-policy matters. Huckabee is also no friend of Wall Street financiers and the Banking elite. They'll pull out their money to stop him. He's on their short list of despised along with Ron Paul and Dennis Kucinich for instance.
In case you're wondering about Populism, the Dictionary of Cultural Literacy states that Populism is as follows:
A social, political, and economic PHILOSOPHY that advocates government participation in business, industry, and commerce in the interest of protecting the economic freedoms of individuals, particularly from exploitation by an inflexible BUREAUCRACY and financial CONGLOMERATES. The Populist movement was first organized by farmers in the nineteenth century, and grew into a full-fledged political party. Populist sentiment in the twentieth century, particularly strong among the poor and minorities, has resulted in such government responses as federal control of the railroads, programs to aid farmers, and ANTITRUST LEGISLATION.
The shorthand would be "power to the people," as the Truthdig article above uses.
The elites hate Populism. They have always done everything they can to disparage it. They always try to equate it with Fascism, since Fascism is a combination of corporatism and government while the Populists want the people's government to regulate the economic engines, such as businesses, for the benefit of the common people and not for the elites. It's a highly mixed-economic solution that the purists (so-called) amongst the Libertarian capitalists hate. Jesus was a Populist. He reconciled a type of Populist sentiment with the Almighty. That's right!
Understand that there are gradients of Populism. One streak came out of the Confederacy with its holdover racist overtones. Another streak actually ended up more aligned with the Wobblies. Jesus of course, doesn't hold with the hearts of racists and selfish protectionists. He does hold though with the spiritual family and separation into a conflated spirit with God.
The elite global bankers are not for immigrants while real Populists are. Populists in-the-know realize that the bankers, Wall Street, and international financiers are just playing groups of unprotected illegal laborers (those from places where there are no or low safety, environmental, and other standards) off against protected labor in the U.S. The elite seek to destroy the power of laborers to have a living wage. The elite want to weaken the laborers so that the elite may take an even higher percentage of the value of their labor.
"Pew Political Typologies," Huck the System. November 30, 2007.
Formerly termed "Populist Republicans", this group is typified by its strong religious faith and moral conservatism. Unlike other GOP groups, however, they express skepticism about the free market and are favorable toward government programs providing an economic safety net. They went for Bush by a 5-1 margin in 2004, but a fifth of them didn't vote. Demographically, much like a female (62%) version of the Disaffecteds. Nearly half are parents of in-the-household children, and nearly half live in the South.