Governor Mike Huckabee encouraged others to lie. He told the creators of Common Core to re-brand so that they could deceive the public. That is a HUGE character issue.
Second in a series covering the “elephant in the room” problems for the early field of Republican Primary potentials.
He has since (at least in writing) come out totally against CC. But the idea that he would actually encourage others to lie…especially as a man who stands in the pulpit is incomprehensible. It is one thing to lie, it is a whole other realm when you encourage others to do so.
It is the truest form of blasphemy to encourage others to disobey God’s will.
It is EXACTLY what Satan did with Eve in the garden. Incomprehensible to me that he would do such a thing. I would have rather he had just stuck by and supported Common Core than to do this.
Blasphemy (βλασφημία) “switches” right for wrong (wrong for right), i.e. calls what God disapproves, “right” which “exchanges the truth of God for a lie”
Now whether you believe in God, or not, does not matter in regards to this character issue. Mr. Huckabee set himself within these standards. As a preacher of the Gospel, he not only placed himself within the authority of the scriptures, he also placed himself within a higher standard.
Huckabee, by standing in the pulpit, has set himself to a higher standard:
James 3:1 My brethren, let not many of you become teachers, knowing that we shall receive a stricter judgment.
Politicians often lie. We have so many lawyers in politics. They get a degree in being deceptive while going through law school. But some politicians we expect much better from.
We would hope, that with the foundation of being a preacher, that the honesty in his politics would be a bit different. Governor Huckabee has proven he is not.
Common Core has been a thorn in Governor Huckabee’s side for years now. He started out in full support of Common Core.
In June of 2013, he stated in a letter to legislators in Oklahoma that said in part:
As a conservative who served as governor for a state that shares the values of the very Oklahomans you represent, I’m writing to encourage you to resist any attempt to delay implementation of the improved standards adopted by your State Board of Education in 2010. Many of you voted in favor of these standards in 2010. You were right to stand for these improved standards then and you are right to stand for these improved standards still today.
These standards, known as Common Core State Standards, have been near and dear to my heart since I served as Governor of your neighboring state of Arkansas. And it’s disturbing to me there have been criticisms of these standards directed by other conservatives including the RNC. The truth of the matter is, these criticisms are short-sighted.
He continued his mantra, discovering that he was quickly in hot water with a huge portion of his supporters.
After months of waffling on the issue, in December of 2014, he placed the following statement on his website:
Let me cut right to the chase: I don’t support what Common Core has become in many states or school districts. I’m dead set against the federal government creating a uniform curriculum for any subject.
He still holds on to what Common Core began as, he just does not like what it has become?
Common Core has not morphed into something different. Mike Huckabee has morphed into something different. Common Core has been a “Common” set of unified standards since the very beginning!
He likes the idea, he still wants to re-brand the idea. He wants to throw away the name Common Core, yet keep the concept. That Mr. Huckabee, whether you love CC or hate it, is dishonest!
He ends his diatribe on how he is now against CC with the following:
You see I think every Governor should take the wheel and then steer his or her state to adopt strict and rigorous standards. I suggest what Governor Terry Branstad did in Iowa re-craft it to a state-specific initiative. Keep it simple, name it whatever you want to. Don’t let anyone corrupt the goals by adding things that are not part of the goals.
Mr. Huckabee could solve this problem, under the same standards that he has placed himself in. A very simple, “I made a mistake, a big mistake, I am sorry!”, would suffice. He has yet to correct this problem, only re-branding himself and his position on Common Core.
His opposition to Common Core is tedious at best. His lingering problem of suggesting that it’s creators deceive the pubic still remains a huge character issue.
Sadly, I almost expect this kind of behavior out of a politician who enters politics from a lawyers office. I find it horrendous to see it come from one who enters politics from the ministry of the pulpit. Blasphemy is a serious offense to his evangelical base.
If you would like to express your opinion on this matter:
To learn more about Common Core and its atrocities, I would suggest listening to Dr. Jane Robbins 5 part series.
If you have been told that CC is “Just a set of standards”, you have been blatantly lied to.