I’ve reached the end of my 10,000-mile-plus trek with Governor Mike Huckabee.
Our final destination was the Library of Ronald Reagan in California.
Now that we’ve come full circle back to the States, one thing became very clear as I listened to Huckabee on the final night…
Should he choose to run for President of the United States, the former governor wants to model his campaign and presidency after one man in particular.
All Signs Point to Reagan
As the trip came to an end, Huckabee spoke to faith and political leaders, a crowd of Reagan admirers. (It was standing-room only.)
Huckabee put it plainly: We need to focus on the people who make America work, the middle class.
These are the folks who have suffered the most under the Obama policies. He compared today to the time in 1980 when Reagan took office. You see, Reagan was able to renew the American spirit when the elites thought it couldn’t be done. It’s not terribly surprising, though – as these are the very same elites who underestimated not just Reagan, but Thatcher and Paul II, as well.
Mostly, Huckabee spoke about the malaise faced by America in 1980 and today, then he said: “The problems we have today are more simply solved than the elites want to admit… If we want more economic growth, we should quit punishing business; if we want more entrepreneurs, we should quit punishing them.”
He learned “much from training [my] dogs. If you want more of something… you reward it, and if you want less of something, you punish it.”
With that being said, America is certainly out of order – especially being that it has the highest corporate tax rates in the world.
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Recounting the way President Reagan confronted the Communists, Huckabee admired his frankness: “Reagan was willing to call evil, evil.”
America needs this boldness and strength in our international affairs, too.
You could sense Huckabee’s frustration at Obama’s poor judgment with the Palestinian-Jerusalem conflict: “Killing unarmed Rabbis at prayer, or sending rockets toward schools, is not equivalent to fighting terrorists in the Gaza Strip.” Obama had made a fatal error in considering the defensive actions taken by Israel to protect its population akin to the Palestinians and Hamas’ terrorism.
Just like Reagan, Huckabee calls a spade a spade – seeing a world that’s grown hostile and unsafe, thanks to Obama catering to the enemies of the rule of law and freedom. He believes that the best way to keep America safe is by returning to the Reagan model of “peace through strength.” He said, “If we are the strongest in the world, then the bad actors will hesitate to confront us.”
In order to accomplish this peace through strength, he expressed the need for spiritual renewal – concluding that the problems that plague us won’t go away solely because of new policies in D.C. We need a spiritual awakening to renew the American dream.
Overall, it was a marathon trip, proving that Huckabee has the stamina for a long and grueling campaign.
Huckabee has still yet to decide what to do… as he remains on the fence, saying repeatedly that another presidential campaign is something he won’t consider until late spring or early summer 2015.
I will continue to watch and listen for developments.
Your eyes on the Hill,