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Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Thanks To A New Conservative Leader



Mike Huckabee has ended his campaign for the Presidency of the United States with all of the class and dignity he exemplified every day of his extraordinary quest.

With no resources, little name recognition, enormous opposition from a political and corporate establishment threatened by his economic nationalism, and outspent twenty-fold by those who sought to distort his record in order to mask their own, Governor Huckabee endured while the bigger names and those with far more money fell by the wayside.

In debate after debate Governor Huckabee’s eloquence, warmth, sharp wit, and deep, unabashed faith won millions of Americans to his side. They heard in him the echoes of great heroes and sensed the spark of greatness. They sensed too that his was not a set of beliefs developed for a business plan, or patched together from polls and focus groups. His is a belief system founded on rock. It is the belief that man, created in the image and likeness of a loving God, redeemed by Jesus Christ, and called to share in eternal life, has eminent dignity. It is a view which gives priority to ethics over technology and the person over things.

Governor Huckabee knows that a society which forgets the source and nature of its dignity will suffer the results – broken families, unwed teen pregnancy, abortion, crime, and even threats to the very cell of our civilization, the institution of the family itself. He knows, too, that the freedom which God intends for man is a freedom for love of God and service to ones fellow man, not freedom from responsibility and the consequences of wrong choices.

With a pastor’s heart, Mike Huckabee fights to return the Republican Party to the people of Main Street, the people who have been hurt by international trade agreements, the failure to secure America’s borders and enforce immigration laws, the very policies advocated by the Republican establishment and the Club for Growth that did so much to misrepresent his record and oppose his candidacy.

In taking his leave, Governor Huckabee said that he has “found that there are sometimes three possible answers to our prayers -- "Yes," "No," or "Not Now." "I would like to think,” he said, “our prayers were answered with a ‘Not Now.’"

When greatness is needed, the times find the leader, and many of our greatest Presidents had many setbacks along the road to national leadership. Those of us who see in Governor Huckabee a great and inspiring leader, will prayerfully accept God’s “not now.” But with prayerful hope, we look forward to the day when God says “Yes."

In the meantime, we thank Governor and Mrs. Huckabee for all that they have endured to serve our country, and along with our candidate who “believes in miracles,” we look forward to that great miracle that is yet to be.

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