Most polls show Mike Huckabee behind McCain, Romney and Giuliani in Florida, but he is second in nation-wide polling (see Real Clear Politics, here). You won’t hear that on most news networks. The fact that his underfunded campaign is still going strong is a testimony to the strong grassroots support he has.
My mother has given me a new nickname: Huckabilly. I’m not really a hillbilly — there’s not a hill within 100 miles of where I live on the prairie — but I do believe Governor Huckabee is the best choice for our nation. Today I have become a Ranger for Mike Huckabee. That means I am one person, traversing the internet highways, trying to rope in some support and funds for Governor Huckabee’s campaign. If your conscience leans towards Huckabee and you want to help his campaign, go here, and enter in my Ranger Code R7954 so I can get credit for raising some funds. My goal is $100 by midnight January 26th. I will match 100% for the amount we raise, up to $100.
That’s why tomorrow I will be a part of http://www.huckazoom.com. Huckazoom is a grasssroots effort to raise money for Huckabee’s campaign. The goal is to raise $25,000 tomorrow, on January 25th. Supporters can register their intent to donate $25 at http://www.huckazoom.com; then, tomorrow, they can donate the $25 via Mike Huckabee’s website. If four readers each donate $25, then we’ll meet the goal!
Why am I devoting time and funds in these crunching economic times? Why would it be good for you to do so, too? Because it matters…by doing so, you will be giving a cup of cold water to “one of these little ones because he is my disciple.”
2And if anyone gives even a cup of cold water to one of these little ones because he is my disciple, I tell you the truth, he will certainly not lose his reward.” Matthew 10
In the eyes of the major news networks, Governor Huckabee is an underdog. He is a “little one.” I choose to bring a $25 cup of cold water to Mike Huckabee as he walks along this campaign trail. He is a deeply faithful Christ-follower, engaging the culture by his leadership and common sense. I choose to stand up for someone who is for us, who seeks to be a servant leader. Numerous conservative pro-family leaders have endorsed Huckabee in Florida, including:
Art Ally, The Timothy Plan
Frank Attkisson, Florida State Representative
Bill Bunkley, Host of Drive Time, Salem Radio Network
Barbara Collier with the Christian Coalition of Broward County *
Ken Connor, with the Center for a Just Society*
John Grant, Florida Senate, Retired
Janet Folger, with Faith2Action*
Terry Kemple, with Community Issues Forum*
Tomas Lares, with Council on Faith in Action (CONFIA)*
Pam Olson, with the Florida Prayer Network*
Rep. Marco Rubio, Speaker,
Florida House of Representatives
Mat Staver, with Liberty Counsel*
John Stemberger, with Florida Family Policy Council*
Stephen Strang, Strang Communications
Dr. David Uth, with First Baptist Church ofOrlando *
Senator Daniel Webster, Florida Senate
*for identification purposes only
One of the bloggers for Huckabee wrote,
I’m not for Mike Huckabee. Mike Huckabee is for me. That’s why I’m voting for him.
Another reason to give is to try to level the playing field. Individuals are allowed to donate up to $2300, period. Married couples can give a combined $4600. But if you are an independently wealthy candidate, you can spend AS MUCH of your own money on advertising and fundraising as you want. Current election laws favor the wealthy. But is America a country where only the very wealthy are fit to lead? Of course not! Our own Constitution says that all men were created equal. But even more stirring than that is that in God’s economy, the poor are the ones who will be blessed. Governor Huckabee will use these funds with the utmost of caution, realizing that people like you and me trust him to put them to good use. It is amazing that in Iowa, he was outspent almost 65 to 1, and he still won the caucus.
And that brings to mind another thought: Huckabee won a caucus. What do people do in a caucus? They talk. They reason together. Well, I can’t reason with you in the voting booth during the primary elections, but I can reason with you here. In a nutshell, here is why this Huckabilly supports Mike Huckabee:
- Families. Huckabee believes that parents do a better job raising kids than the government and that the government has no business interfering.
- Homeschooling. Huckabee believes that homeschoolers ought to be “left alone” and is endorsed by the Homeschool Legal Defense Fund Association, of which I am a member.
- Education. Although I homeschool, I know that most children in this country are enrolled in public schools. Governor Huckabee was faced with a court order to improve the schools in Arkansas. Under his leadership, Arkansas schools rankings went from near the bottom to near the top. He will use the presidency as a “bully pulpit” to encourage reforms such as increased opportunities for the creative aspects of education, like music and art. As a teacher, I am 100% in agreement with his belief that the coming years will require a workforce that is able to “think on its feet” and solve problems in creative ways.
- Human life amendment. Governor Huckabee is the only candidate in favor of a Human Life Amendment to the US Constitution. Such an amendment would require a vote by the people, but I believe it is essential that we at least try to get on the right foot here. What started as a way to prevent women’s deaths from back alley abortions has now become an epidemic. I have had a miscarriage at 8 weeks and at 2 weeks. Both times, I knew without a doubt that a living being had died, a unique child with a unique DNA. I don’t pretend to have all the answers, but I do believe our country deserves the chance to either approve or deny a human life amendment.
- Value of people. More than any other candidate, Governor Huckabee believes in our country’s constitution that every person has been created equal. He will not favor people based on their income or stock portfolios. He is a true representative of the everyday man and woman. He showed creativity and leadership during the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and treated the refugees with dignity. While other places were herding people into stadiums like cattle, he worked with the scouting groups and church groups to open up their summer camping programs. These people were given more than just a roof over their heads. They were given hugs, hope, and even recreation opportunities in the midst of a terrible tragedy. The way he handled the huge influx of people shows that he knows how to respond to disaster — rather than group huge numbers of people together, they kept the groups small to help preserve order and to quarantine in case of outbreaks of illness.
- Marriage. When he was nineteen years old, his wife Janet was diagnosed with cancer in her spinal cord. She had to have surgery, and they were told she may be paralyzed from the waist down. Could you have handled that at nineteen? He stayed by her side, drove her miles and miles five days a week to get radiation therapy and cared for her during her recovery. Governor Huckabee also supports an amendment stating that marriage is a union between a man and a woman. He does not deny others their right to live differently, but he believes it degrades the whole meaning of the word marriage to allow other unions the same name.
- Fair tax. The sheer lunacy of our tax system has got to stop. Governor Huckabee believes that Harvard economists had it right when they came up with a Fair Tax plan. You can see more about this plan here. A tax system based on consumption would go a long way towards bringing business back to America. Three trillion in offshore revenues making its way back into our economy would be quite a shot in the arm!
- Health Care. Governor Huckabee is the only candidate who actively speaks of our nation’s health crisis. He recognizes that the health care industry is spiraling out of control — but doesn’t look for a government bail out or socialized medicine. There is something broken in our system when a health plan won’t cover the cost of a diabetic’s shoes but then pays $30,000 for the same diabetic to get an amputation. He knows what he’s talking about; he lost over 100 pounds after he got diabetes and has written a book about his experience — Digging Your Grave With a Knife and a Fork. His leadership — and his example — in this area could go a long way towards helping our people develop healthier lifestyles.
Tonight the Republican candidates will have a debate on MSNBC at 8 p.m., Central. I will be watching, and I urge you to watch, too. See what you think about Huckabee. Visit his website. Tell your friends and family. And if you can, give $25 tomorrow. Let’s help Huck ZOOM ahead…keeping in mind Proverbs 16:3:
3 Commit to the LORD whatever you do,
and your plans will succeed.