Mike Huckabee: A Simple Government: Book Review. Chapter 1: The Most Important Form Of Government Is A Mother, Father and Children. (This Will Solve Most Problems?)
HUCKABEE SPEAKING ON CELEBRITY SINGLE MOTHERS.
Huckabee extols the traditional nuclear family as the best way of teaching children morals, values, self discipline and human decency. This, he says is the most basic form of government.
He points out the family unit is under assault by liberals that advocate or support single motherhood, divorce and abortion. This is especially evident in the media where single mother hood or having children before marriage is common and sets a bad example for the youth who watch or read the media which extol children born out of wedlock to media types.
HUCKABEE COMDEMNING NATALIE PORTMAN
In addition the nuclear family is under attack by liberalization of divorce and abortion. Gay parents raising children is an experiment he does not think will succeed because children need responsible female and male role models to emulate and draw their values from and two persons of the same sex are unable to do this. Further their parent’s dysfunctional relationship is likely to have an adverse effect on the children. Single mothers are more prevalent in blue states (Where his values are paramount.) than red states but that is because red states have easier access to abortion according to Huckabee.
Single parenthood is detrimental to raising children with the proper outlook and values because the lack of a responsible male role model and also most single mothers are unable to properly support themselves and their children. They usually depend on government welfare for support.
Huckabee believes welfare is not a government function but should be the responsibility of churches and neighbors. (One wonders why churches and neighbors are insufficient to reduce the welfare rolls already. This is a typical conservative lip service to a concept that has proven not to work. He doesn’t discuss the one system that did work and that was the unearned income credit that raised single parent families and even increased the likelihood that families would stay together by raising income above the poverty line so long as they worked and filed a tax return. Bush lowered the amount of the unearned income credit so he also lowered the benefit of the plan for low income families and society in general. )
He criticizes those with fiscal conservative values but who are socially liberal. Huckabee thinks that conservative social values strengthens the nuclear family and creates the moral and independent values that make fiscal conservativism fall into place. Thus there is less need for a vast government with entitlement programs and regulatory bodies that are unnecessary.
(Huckabee’s observation that children raised in an economically self suffient, two parent family, with a male father and a female mother are more likely to mature as responsible adults is not unreasonable. However reality tells us there will be many deviations from this norm that society has to address. Churches and neighbors more often than not do not have the resources or expertise to address the problems of single motherhood, abortion, juvenile delinquency, dysfunctional families, inadequate education and other social problems. Further in the case of churches or neighbors; often a strong social stigma is attached to these problems and the belief the parties made their own bed and should lie in it, even the innocent children. Thus they turn a blind eye to the problems in their community. The title of this book is A Simple Government but as we all know society is complex and the problems of society are best addressed by experts who also are not always right or in agreement because the solution to societies problems are not simple.) Huckabee is over simplifying reality with pie in the sky solutions.