Interesting e-mail from David in Utah. I think some of the adjectives in the second paragraph are probably a little bit harsh, but on balance, he makes some good points:
I was just reading an article about how Mike Huckabee’s campaign is cutting back expenditures, and it quoted Huckabee as saying “The reason we cut some cost is because we’ve always operated in the black, we don’t borrow money, unlike some of the other candidates who can write a big fat personal check and pay for everything — I can’t.”
As he did with the “somone who looks like the guy who laid them off” comment, Huckabee once again shows his shortcomings as a Christian, by failing to obey the commandment against coveting, and by showing his ignorance of the parable of the talents. I think it’s important to point out again just how unbiblical and unchristian Huckabee’s actions often are.
Huckabee is clearly bothered by Romney’s money and success, but he forgets that Romney has earned every dime he has. Yes, his father was successful, and provided Romney with a good start in life. (I have no idea who paid for Romney’s education, but clearly the good start provided by Romney’s parents was not just financial; they obviously raised a son of exceptional character and ability.) Whatever Romney was given to start with, he has diligently and tirelessly worked to develop his talents, just as the Savior taught in the parable of the talents. His success should be applauded by conservatives and Republicans. Instead, he is mocked for representing the values the party is supposed to stand for by those who would seek to lead the party and the nation.
Jesus himself taught (as any baptist pastor should know) that we have an obligation to develop our talents and make the most of our opportunities. Surely when one mocks someone who has followed that instruction, the beam is in their own eye, so to speak. Moreover, Romney has done a great deal of good with his earnings. First, he earned that money by providing the priceless service of building up businesses thereby creating the opportunity to earn a living for thousands of people (kind of like teaching a man to fish, as opposed to merely giving them a fish as Huckabee’s populist philosphy would suggest). Second, as a member in good standing of the LDS church, he donates ten percent of his income to that charitable organization with a long and proven track record of valuable charitable service within and without the LDS community. By developing his talents and making the most of his opportunities, Romney has been able to donate more to charitable causes that Huckabee has likely earned in his lifetime. And in his leadership positions in the church, he has also sacrificed and donated countless hours of his time to helping others in time of very real personal need. (Interestingly enough, Huckabee has been quoted as saying that he considers his time as pastor to have been a time when he was “sitting on the sidelines” and that he got into politics to “make a real difference.” I can’t even begin to express my thoughts on how disappointing and misguided that comment is. Quite frankly I’m really worried when self-proclaimed Christian leaders so badly lose track of where the most important battleground for each of us lies.)
Romney’s life and record of accomplishment represent exactly the values the Republican party and the conservative movement are supposed to stand for. He is exactly the kind of candidate we are always complaining about not having, and I think we should not only support him, but be grateful that in these difficult times someone like him is willing to stand up and be willing to take on the increasingly thankless job of being President of the United States.