There are political slanderers and there are political panderers in American poliitics, Mike Huckabee certainly should be awarded an Oscar for his recent mud slinging episode in South Carolina. The Arkansas traveler has decided the critical issue confronting the people of South Carolinia is not the collapse of the stock market or the housing crisis, but flying the Confederate flag. Mr. Huckabee, who describes himself as a “Christian candidate,” displayed good Christian ethics by telling South Carolinians, “You don’t want anyone from out of state coming down and telling you what to do with your flag,” do you? He was resurrecting a topic that had been put to rest eight years ago when the Confederate flag was removed from atop the state legislature. The flag issue was a not so subtle attack on Senator John McCain who supports removal of the Confederate flag.
Senator McCain, who actually fought under the American flag, something never done by patriotic Huckabee who apparently feels more dedicated to preserving the flag of the Confederacy than that of the United States of America, praised South Carolinians for getting rid of a symbol which represents an episode in the past that is over. Even Fred Thompson who needs a strong showing in the state refused to pander to voters aboout the flag and noted it wa a “symbol of racism.” Mr. Huckabee may well win in South Carolna, by resorting to the tactics of smear and racism, but the nation is watching and the nation will turn away from such low life tactics. You may gain a few votes, Mr. Huckabee, but for a Christian candidate is it worth the loss of your soul?