Former Governor Mike Huckabee is getting beaten up unfairly for a statement he made while speaking to the Republican National Committee. He accurately described how the Democrats portray women as helpless and in need of government. He went to reference "Uncle Sugar." The statement related to something else that happened at the event and has been taken out of context.
What seems to not have been taken out of context was the Governor suggesting conservative activists were headed in the direction of the Nazis.
"Let's stop calling each other somehow less Republican than someone else. Be for the person you're for," Huckabee said.
He said that he will be traveling to Auschwitz next week for the anniversary of the liberation of the concentration camp, and noted that the horror of the Holocaust began with the devaluation of people.
"It all started when people were devalued, when people were deemed 'less than someone else,'" Huckabee said. "We look back on that time in history and we think, 'How can educated people, university trained, how can a nation like Germany with all of its resources, with its vast level of its population with higher education, get to a place where they can do something so heinous?' You realize that the only way you can end up there is when you start with the idea that people just aren't as valuable as you are."
The clear implication by Huckabee was that those within the GOP who make a habit of demeaning others as not conservative enough are flirting with behavior that can have grave ramifications down the road. It was a serious charge.
The differences between conservatives and the Republican establishment are not merely tactical. The differences are fundamental to the direction of the federal government over the next few years. Huckabee seemed to indicate in his speech that if you think Mitch McConnell deserves being replaced, you are a Nazi.
Think about that. In telling Republicans they should stop using words like RINOs and challenging the Republicans who helped get us to $17 trillion in national debt, Huckabee is upping the ante on the name calling front.
Huckabee was attacked badly yesterday by Democrats who took some of his remarks out of context. I am happy to defend him on those remarks. But I hope he seriously reconsiders these remarks in his disagreements with conservatives. That is really uncalled for. The establishment has no inherent right to re-election and supporting Matt Bevin in Kentucky does not make one a Nazi. It makes one serious about reforming the size and scope of Washington power.