Huckabee’s God Problem
A less than flattering piece on Huckabee in the LA Times cuts to the heart of Huckabee’s "God" problem. You can read anecdotes about his holding up insurance legislation because it contained the words "an act of God" to define a natural disaster after a cyclone hit Arkansas. But it’s actually this phrase that troubles me the most. He was writing about his role as a politician.
"My standard is Christ," he wrote in "Character Makes a Difference," published this year. "I will have to answer to him alone."
It leaves little doubt that he sees his personal interpretation of what the Lord wants as trumping something as insignificant as the will of the American people. Presidents sometimes do have to go against the will of the people to exercise their best judgment. But I’d prefer a more objective rationale for it, than Huckabee’s personal faith in God. But then, I’ve never been much of a papist, myself.