Letters to the Editor, Dec. 13 

Huck and death penalty

During the Nov. 28 Republican presidential debate, emceed by CNN's Anderson Cooper, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee was asked if Jesus would support the death penalty. Mr. Huckabee, a Baptist minister, did what most skilled politicians do — say a lot of words, but not answer the question. When pressed for a specific answer to the question, he said flippantly, “Jesus was too smart to ever run for public office, Anderson. That's what Jesus would do.”

I do not believe Jesus would support the death penalty. Mr. Huckabee dodged the question because he knows, down deep in his heart, Jesus would not support it. I would have more respect for Mr. Huckabee's pro-life stance if he were speaking out to abolish the death penalty.

Paul L. Whiteley Sr.

Louisville, Ky.

Carter v. Huck

Re: UALR Professor Art English equating former President Jimmy Carter with former Gov. Mike Huckabee:

While I often agree with Art English, it is almost preposterous to see similarities between Carter and Huckabee. They are both Baptists, both former governors. And then, education: Carter an Annapolis graduate and a Naval officer. The Huckster attended a Baptist university and seminary — no military experience. Carter painfully struggling, with limited success, to get a handle on some really major problems. Huckabee sliding by with his shopworn and well-practiced pulpit one-line preacher humor.

And the biggest difference: Carter, as a Baptist, was one of the flock. Huckster, as a Baptist minister, was wielding the shears. The infamous, and ill-advised, effort of Carter to be a regular guy by toting his own luggage and wearing sweaters did not play well.

I don't want a president defined by such nonsense as who would you like to drink with? Or pray with or hunt and fish with. I want an exceptional person and not an ordinary, regular person. Sort of like a Washington or a Jefferson — or even a self-disguised remarkable Bill Clinton.

Tom Forgey


Huck and Bush

Holy Velveeta loaf, Batman! The Alamo article Nov. 29 makes me wonder if Tony Alamo could be the next edgy celebrity to come out in support of Huckabee for president, secretary of whatever or fill in the blank. Alamo would join an imposing menagerie of martial arts masters, wrasslers, talk show extremists, faith healers, Internet junkies and assorted other Fouke Monster-like caricatures supporting the Republican candidate. Like an ostrich in a herd of GOP turkeys, Huckabee has charged to the front of the primary race and Wayne Dumond must be laughing at us from his special corner of hell.

The current Bush administration seems preoccupied with throwing your young people into the wasteland of Iraqistan to be maimed or killed. I would suppose if they get around to it they would like to take the road show to Iran. Never mind that Iran apparently gave up their nuclear weapon ambitions in 2003. It seems that the Iranians can take a hint, but Saddam Hussein will tell you from his own special corner of hell (across the hall from Dumond?) that weapons of mass destruction don't actually have to exist to get your country turned into a rock quarry. Bottom line: protect those big corporate interests. Duh.

All that to say that if elected Huckabee could organize the remaining Bush-world carrion along with his own supporters, a good drummer and maybe a horn section and build his own legacy by going after the eternal soul of America.



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