The Wrong Reverend Huckabee

Scoop linked to a Ron Radosh piece yesterday at PJ Media about Mike Huckabee’s disgraceful interview with Oliver Stone and Peter Kuznick. Both Ron and Scoop point out the problem with Huckabee allowing Stone and Kuznick on the show without challenging any of their assertions.

Stone and Kuznick have a television program whose theme is, “Communism has gotten a bad rap; Why more Americans should denounce their country.” Don’t believe me?

Huckabee’s segment begins with Stone saying, “Napoleon once said that history is a pack of lies, agreed upon. Well, I’m not sure but I believe history does have a meaning, does have a purpose, and a pattern to be found. And I wanted, with my colleagues, to make a film to tell the American story in a way that it has never been told before.”

Kuznick is a history professor at American University, apparently the keeper of decades of vast knowledge that has never, ever been told in the history of the nation, and he, along with Stone are going to enlighten us with this new interpretation of history which should be called, “Tripping the light fantastical world, Soviet-style.”

KUZNICK: We’re telling the way the United States came to be the dominate force in the world. I like to quote Samuel Huntington who said, “The west won the war, not because of the dominance of their ideas or values or religion, but by the superiority of its application of organized violence. Westerners often forget that fact, non-westerners never do.” We argue that there are libraries full of books that extol America’s virtues, and that’s not our purpose here. But what we are trying to do is talk about the mistakes America has made over the years in order to get that discussion out there in order to avoid the same in the future.

After that barf-worthy commentary, Huckabee calmly asks if we should have intervened in the Second World War to stop the Holocaust.

The interview is maddening, but it is not surprising. Huckabee’s radio show was launched by John Dickey, COO of Cumulus, to directly oppose Rush Limbaugh when it was believed Limbaugh was in a weakened position after the Sandra Fluke commentary. Huckabee and Dickey pushed, “More Conversation, Less Confrontation,” and the former governor said from the get-go that, “I’m going to treat every guest with respect and civility. Nobody is going to come on and get into a shouting match with me. That’s just not my style.”

Wouldn’t it be a good idea to at least respectfully disagree though? But we are asking too much from Huckabee, who, while running for President in 2008, referred to the Constitution as “a living and breathing document.”

The reason so many have raised eyebrows at this particular interview is because this television series is an attempt to paint the US as the bad guy, a war-monger, oppressor, with all the self-righteous vilification energy of John F. Kerry. It is alarming to those on the right who defend America. In fact, not only did Mike Huckabee not defend America, he launched on the Republicans.

Let me just add, you know I think some of the challenges that we’ve seen, that the Republicans have failed, miserably, is that they have been very vitriolic and we shouldn’t have welfare for these poor people, and all these food stamps, but then they’ll turn around and give welfare for some of these corporations who are mismanaged into the ground, by some of these people who’ve jumped from the burning wreckage with billion-dollar bonuses. And I think you’ve addressed that in the film, as well as in the book, is that correct Oliver?

If you are feeling sick, you aren’t alone.

Does ‘less confrontation’ wash with the words, failed, miserably, vitriolic, and burning wreckage? How about the facts of what Huckabee gifted the commies on his program? I say gifted because I’m sure it made the two very happy and comfortable to hear the gov faithfully tow their reasoning. Could Huckabee cite a Republican who ever said we shouldn’t have welfare for poor people? We just had a Presidential nominee who saved mismanaged companies via a private firm, yet he contends Republicans are giving billion dollar bonuses to white-collar felons! A billion-dollar bonus? Really? I guess it’s say-anything-time at friend-the-lefties camp.

Through sheer dedication to principle, the intrepid reporter Huckabee has uncovered that the film is also in book form. Thank God.

I said this behavior of Huckabee’s is not surprising, though. While defending Obama’s Reverend Wright, Huckabee said, “Sermons, after all, are rarely written word for word by pastors like Rev. Wright, who are delivering them extemporaneously, and caught up in the emotion of the moment. There are things that sometimes get said, that if you put them on paper and looked at them in print, you’d say ‘Well, I didn’t mean to say it quite like that.’”

Really? God damn America was just a slip of the tongue? Maybe he meant to say God Bless America? Did Mike Huckabee write his own questions for this interview? What kind of emotion was the governor feeling when he lied about every Republican that ever ran for office? How’s this looking in print, Huck?

Is it clear yet to everyone that Huckabee isn’t a conservative? Not convinced yet? Here is the close of the interview.

HUCKABEE: Peter, is there one great lesson, I mean, you have many great lessons in this 10-part series, but is there one big theme you wish Americans, when they watch the film or read the book would glean from it? What’s the takeaway?

KUZNICK: Well, first of all, the need for nuclear abolition, but even more broadly, the need for the United States to be part of the world. The United States can’t set itself off as the lone power, the hegemon, the exceptional nation, the indispensible nation, the United States has to become part of the world community, and we have to find ways to solve some of these problems, without the military, without the use of arms. We have too much of a knee-jerk, kind of militaristic response, and our culture is pervaded by that. I think what we need to do is to start to see ourselves as part of the world, and start to find other ways.

Governor Huckabee wants us to buy the book and listen to the propaganda and try to find some common ground. No wonder he gets so angry when people call him a huckster. It’s true.

In trying to seek a middle road, Huckabee will not call out what is right and what is wrong when talking to the left because he feels that would be an unnecessary confrontation. He may think he is being gracious host, yielding points from his side, but he uses their perception of Republicans as fact. The visual that conjures during this interview is of Huckabee throwing his coat over a puddle so the commies can stay dry, and then just laying down prostrate, handing them his wallet and car keys, crying, “don’t hurt me.”

But pointing out what is right and wrong is not confrontation, any more than stopping a child from burning himself. If you see a toddler reaching for a cup of hot coffee above his head, do you confront the situation, or do you just want to see what happens? Is your inner monologue saying, “Gee, that kid is going to burn himself if he mishandles that coffee cup, but since he has the idea that he wants it, I shouldn’t pre-judge the outcome, I prefer not to have a confrontation, I suppose there are lots of possibilities on what the outcome could be, there is no reason I should speak up.” Or, do you do what is necessary to stop dangerous things from happening, especially when you have the power to do so?

But there is more of Huckabee to see here. The whole exchange is about the confrontational disposition (in Stone and Kuznick’s view) of America. It appears Huckabee’s thoughts on non-confrontation expands from talk radio to national security. Huck agrees without objection to Stone and Kuznick’s rewrite of history. He belongs on MSNBC, not conservative talk radio.

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  • Yes Huckabee is a mess. He “hopes he never gets to the point where he’ll refuse to share a meal with a Democrat”. OTOH, no Democrat better get within 5 feet of my personal space or they’ll regret it. He’s a danger to the Boobus Americanus who have no critical thinking skills and claim they’re ~conservatives.

  • What a disappointment Mike :-(! Had to listen to the interview myself to believe how awful it was! Sadly, huckabee was awful especially when he confirms and advertises for everyone to go watch the show and says: “Peter, is there one great lesson, I mean, you have many great lessons in this 10-part series, but is there one big theme you wish Americans, when they watch the film or read the book would glean from it? What’s the takeaway?”

    • sjmom

      I don’t think I want to listen because it would anger me too much.

  • StrangernFiction

    It isn’t about R vs. D.

    Kill the GOP.

    • No need. The GOP has already committed suicide.

  • hermsmd

    Cue the Little Rockers!

    “I’m a cult of personality! Like Josef Stalin….and Mike Huckabee! I’m….a…..cult ….of personality!

  • sjmom

    The Lord said in the last days there would be those who would be drawn away from the faith. Is Huck one? I’ll let the Lord answer that.

    All I can say is UGH! The governor is off my list.

  • jrt1031

    this Newt video says it all… we need to follow his truth here.

  • Haywoodjbl

    Appearance is everything…When we had the 2008 meltdown, Wall Street and others were handing out bonus’s. That LOOKED horrible while others were losing all the equity in their homes. I understand how business works but the OPTICS were awful.

    But Stone et al are just playing to the ignorant masses including the wimpy Mike Huckabee

    • Wall Street and the likes of Lloyd Blankfein and Madoff were being crooks who were bailed out of accepting personal responsibility for their actions, but that doesn’t mean Socialism and demagoguery of all rich people is the answer.

  • jrt1031

    Jen, This video of Newt says it all about what we are now up against.

  • The dweeb was Gov. of Arkansas what do you expect? Man I hope Mike Pence does well.

  • Huckabee is a a man that I do not like and do not trust.
    Never have and never will.
    He is a prime example of what is wrong with the GOP!

    • conservocop

      Amen !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • MiketheMarine

    All of that history in that piece is Bovine Excrement. America was built on the founding principles and sweat and blood of, primarily, Scot-Irish immigrants and their Christian beliefs. This revisionist history crap pisses me off.

  • TruLevinian

    So I wonder when we can expect Huckaphony to trade parties?! A clear example of what we’re all sick of. We’ve been inflitrated by these punks and I wish they would just say who they are and take their whipping.

    • LdyDesign

      Let’s not forget that “Huckaphony” (as governor) pardened a serial rapist that went on to rape and kill again. He also helped give us McCain as our nominee by giving him his delegates. This man is a populist and ultimate politician. It’s about his job not about the American people.

  • Linky1

    Mike Huckabee cares not a whit about anybody but himself, his books and his ratings.

    If FOX wants to cull some liberal deadwood from its lineup, here’s a good place to start.

  • Huckster is another illiterate foolish American RINO.

    • Fireplug52

      Seriously Winston Smith, you are giving him to much credit!

  • Dukehoopsfan

    Ol’ Huck needs to mosey on over Current TV. Pandering to the likes of these America haters just shows what a media whore he is.

  • Huckabee is a coward, a fraud and a back-bencher. He always has been, and always will be.

  • stage9

    This unfortunately typifies much of modern Christianity in our churches too. This non-confrontational, entertain all sorts of insane nonsense so as to gain “understanding” is typical. Rick Warren does it. Other “seeker sensitive” churches do it. The “emergent church” does it.

    They are willing to compromise biblical truths to accommodate spiritual illiterates and godless charlatans because they feel we can “learn something from them”.

  • Hucksterbee a man who once fancied himself as the modern day Reagan. Having commies on his show to defend a commie making a film about communism getting a bad wrap– Reagan would not approve. Huckster also *hearts* the Clintons, it’s no secret. He’ll be having a (barf bag) will she or won’t she segment on Hillary 2016 on his Fox show this weekend.

  • sDee

    Great assessment Jen.

    The cockroaches sense the is a great shift the bowels the DC Cesspool. Huckabee, like all highly evolved, cockroaches is adapting.

    For a long time I ignored Huckabee. Nothing in particular, it was just that with a good part of my upbringing in the South, s’hucksters like him were a dime a dozen.

    All it took though foe me to really understand him was 1 minute TV segment A high school senior asked him for adivce on what college major to take so that she could best help turn around America. Huckabee told her that she really need to get a solid well rounded degree in liberal arts – any one – just liberal arts. ‘Nuf said.

    Politicians are highly, narrowly evolved, but dangerous and disgusting organisms – like sharks and cockroaches.

  • Sober_Thinking

    I feel that I’m not so thin-skinned that it’s one strike and you’re out with me… but I’ll make an exception in this case. I always liked Mike and usually he seemed to make sense and to be a conservative voice that I welcomed. However, many of you have been pointing out his falseness and short-comings for months (same with Rove, Bill O, Dick Morris, etc.) but I was willing to give Huck a pass because I didn’t ever see or hear it. But honestly, this is a deal-breaker with me. This makes him sort of a wolf-in-sheep’s clothing – at least unintentionally but more likely, on purpose. By not standing up against this sort of heresy and unAmerican crap, he has enabled this ignorance and proven to be complicit in the lie. What a shame.

    Same goes for Ann Coulter and a few others who have seriously gone off the deep end.

    I have no more tolerance for fools, phonies, or fakes. I’m sick and tired of being played. And I refuse to listen to anyone that is this ignorant or dishonest. There’s no more time to waste on this nonsense.

    Sorry Huckster, you’re off my Christmas List.

    • MiketheMarine

      I’m happy you don’t mean this Mike, My Friend.

      LOL, just teasing you.

      • Sober_Thinking

        No, the only four words I wrote that apply to you are: “I always liked Mike…”

        Still do my friend.

        • MiketheMarine

          And that, my Friend is why I consider Scoopers, family. That includes “The Scoop”, himself. For all of you, I’m only a beckon away for anything.

          • Sober_Thinking


  • sDee

    sometimes it is the little things…. like Rubio’s fondness of Eminem and Public Enemy.

    HUH? Marco Rubio Said What???
    “Why do so-called “social conservatives” give this guy, Rubio, a pass on the same stuff they rightly criticize Obama for–hanging out with and promoting hip-hop filth? “

    • I agree, can’t stand Eminem or Public Enemy and she’s the only one saying this, but remember Schlussel is somebody who thinks everybody besides herself is a liberal and absolutely hates Palin.

  • Rocco11

    Huck is a Huckster.

  • tinker_thinker

    Obviously he is no competition for Rush.

  • GetWhatYouPayFor

    No arms and nukes eh, Huck? I guess you want the USA reduced to passenger jets filled to the brim with jet fuel. Take a hike, hick!

  • I caught onto this Evangelical Socialist way back when he was out pushing for amnesty and guest-worker schemes. America needs passionate fighters at this time or she will die.

  • anneinarkansas

    This is not the first time he has disappointed the people here in Arkansas.

  • I will not now nor ever find common ground, or even try, with brain dead Marxist communist evil idiots.

    I want Stone and Kuznick to admit openly that the only reason they can say, do, or make anything that is contrary to government or the culture is because THEY LIVE IN AMERICA AND IT HAS AFFORDED THEM THAT OPPORTUNITY.

    Take note that they have no contemporaries in places like Belarus or North Korea.

  • As Mark Levin calls him “Hucka-phoney.” I always go to Mark Levin; he generally has the pulse on who’s on the up-and-up.

  • BeyondPolls

    I’m very shocked. I have respected Huckabee for many years and now I don’t know what to think about him.

  • Fireplug52

    I could expound on why Huckabee gives place to those who would take the freedoms we still have remaining. But…., I won’t.

    I will say this about my impressions of Huckabee. It is my strong believe that Huckabee would give Hitler, Stalin, Mao, if they were still alive a platform, just so he could have everyone understand why they are so misunderstood. They didn’t instigate killing all those millions because they are cruel and mean. Nooooo……. it was because those millions made them do it.

    I will go so far as to say that in our next life that Huckabee would give Lucifer a platform because that mean old Jesus is a hater and our brother Lucifer is so misunderstood and our Father in heaven is not really understanding why Lucifer is the way he is. It is because of his environment and that is not conducive for him as an angelic being to properly exercise his true calling.

    These are times I am so glad not to have Fox News in my neck of the woods.

  • Conniption Fitz

    Good thing he never made it to the Oval Office. Huck would have been another Carter in Republican clothes.

  • If Huck wants to model a “non-confrontational” style, all he needs to do is listen to how Dennis Prager does it.

    Helpful hint to the Huck: Ur Doin it Rong

  • Avspatti

    Huckabee is a squish, nothing more.

  • Huckabee also had Justin Beiber’s mom on his show a few weeks ago. That should tell you a lot.
    Rove and Coulter foisted Romney on the nomination so I see how the series was going with them, this guy Huckabee; his TV show can be good sometimes, I guess he’s not a bad person but he’s obviously not a conservative. He’s a religious liberal, also known as a compassionate conservative. We do not need more of them. Their time has come and gone for good. He’s so caught up with “civility” he doesn’t even contest a Stalinist film by a Commie apologist.

    It goes to show you how the landscape’s changed for the better. Romney was almost the least conservative candidate in the 2012 cycle and we could’ve picked a better choice, but in the 2008 cycle? When it went down to him, McCain, and Huckabee, he was preferable to either one.

  • Nukeman60

    The contents of this movie and book are obviously crap (just keeping the words mild today, folks). Any true Conservative can see that without anybody telling us. This interview just shows how far people like Huckabee are willing to go to appease the left.

    This same philosophy is occuring on FOX news these days. They seem to think that moving closer to the left is the right way to go to win over the populace. Wrong. Nothing co-opts the truth. It’s the truth that we must pursue, extol, and convince the masses of.

    Stopping the deceit of the leftist media is what we must put as our number one goal. This includes FOX news. It may be the biggest draw in cable news, but if they start losing audience appeal, due to their swing to the left, then perhaps the loss of ratings and revenue will get their attention. Money talks, and we all know what walks.

    Huckabee should be toast after this interview. He has been declining, anyway, and his radio show will never go anywhere opposite Rush, but it should completely tank after this totally unacceptable showing.

  • proverbs2611

    Why are people slamming Huckabee over a single radio interview? Everyone knows he doesn’t support what Stone/Kuznick believes. Just because we listen to someone and ask someone their POV doesn’t mean we agree with them. Huckabee knew he wasn’t going to change them during an interview. He wanted to get their standpoint out there and the only way to do that is ask them questions that would get them to talk.