Mike Huckabee's Costly Mistakes

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The tragic and preventable murder of four police officers in Takoma Washington has given us a chilling glimpse of Mike Huckabee's thinking on repentance, rehabilitation and the difference between the two. It is troubling to note the lack of acceptance of personal responsibility in Mike Huckabee's prepared statement which read as follows.

“The senseless and savage execution of police officers in Washington State has saddened the nation, and early reports indicate that a person of interest is a repeat offender who once lived in Arkansas and was wanted on outstanding warrants here and Washington State.

The murder of any individual is a profound tragedy, but the murder of a police officer is the worst of all murders in that it is an assault on every citizen and the laws we live within. Should he be found to be responsible for this horrible tragedy, it will be the result of a series of failures in the criminal justice system in both Arkansas and Washington State.

He was recommended for and received a commutation of his original sentence from 1990. This commutation making him parole eligible and was paroled by the parole board once they determined he met the conditions at that time. He was arrested later for parole violation and taken back to prison to serve his full term, but prosecutors dropped the charges that would have held him."

It appears that he has continued to have a string of criminal and psychotic behavior but was not kept incarcerated by either state.This is a horrible and tragic event and if found and convicted the offender should be held accountable to the fullest extent of the law. Our thoughts and prayers are and should be with the families of those honorable, brave, and heroic police officers.”

If it were not for Mike Huckabee's grant of clemency to Maurice Clemmons, four police officers would be alive today. All of the subsequent failures of the criminal justice system followed Huckabee's act of clemency which reduced a 95 year prison sentence to 11 years. There is a total denial of this fact that permeates Huckabee's icy and cowardly statement.

If the Clemmons release were an isolated occurrence, it would be bad enough. But it is part of a pattern of gubernatorial leniency in which Huckabee interpreted the concept of "Christian forgiveness " in a manner that ran roughshod over the feelings of victims and the safety of the public. US News and World Report details as follows a case that sheds light on Huckabee's thinking and cavalier attitude towards public safety and victim's rights.

" The real engine behind [convicted Arkansas rapist Wayne] Dumond's release, however, was a Baptist minister and ultra-conservative ideologue named Jay Cole, who also happened to be a friend of Huckabee. Cole would tell the governor about his visits with the supposedly innocent Dumond, when the minister and the prisoner would read the Bible and pray together.

Perhaps the worst instance of that same syndrome, chronicled in detail by Arkansas journalists, concerned an Air Force sergeant named Glen Green, who was sentenced to prison for life after confessing that he had raped and killed a teenage girl. After beating the woman with nunchucks, he violated her almost lifeless body, ran over her with his car and buried her in a swamp. But yet another preacher friend of Huckabee's named Rev. Johnny Jackson somehow persuaded the governor that this incredibly brutal killing had been an "accident"—and that Green had repented, come to Jesus and therefore should be freed.

Two years ago, I noted that Huckabee knew almost nothing about the Green case beyond what his preacher pal had told him. He consulted neither the prosecutor nor the victim's family, and overruled the dissent of his own parole board. After he announced that Green would be released, the furious public reaction forced him to reverse the decision. Yet he continued to release murderers and other violent criminals despite angry dissent from local prosecutors."

The US News and World Report account of Wayne Dumond's release shows a man who is blinded by ideology and prone to emotional appeal. His failure to check the facts of the case or get any independent corroboration of Wayne Dumond and his minister's appeals for clemency show a sloppiness in his decision making processes. His avoidance of responsibility in the current case shows that he does not feel impelled to learn from his mistakes.

The idea that sins can be forgiven is basic not only to Christianity but to Judaism as well. But forgiveness should not be confused with clemency and leniency. Although death penaly impositions were a rarity in Jewish law when a Sanhedrin was empowered to impose it, the underlying concept was that a person could pay their debt to G-d and man and then enter the next world with their sins forgiven. The impsition of a death penalty was a means of expiation rather than a denial of forgiveness. A family could not grant release to a murderer. Ultimately, the live of a murder victim was on loan from G-d and not theirs to forgive.

Forgiveness is all too often confused with absolution of personal responsibility. It is a rare murderer indeed who professes to have found G-d and as a result withdraws his requests for release from prison.

The incoherent theology of "forgiveness" that confuses it with absolution from personal responsibility has, we see a concrete cost in human life. If Mike Huckabee wants to make a meaningful contribution to public discourse, he should admit this and allow such a humbling realisation to guide the remainder of his hopefully truncated political career.

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59 months ago: Now maybe the idiot huckabee will go far, far away. He is partially responsible also for allowing McCain to win the repub nomination.

Good riddens huckabee
59 months ago: I only know what I read but here is Huckabee taking on full responsibility. I never knew of Huckabee till I started watching his show..even then I don't agree with him 100 percent..

"I take full responsibility for my actions of nine years ago. I acted on the facts presented to me in 2000. If I could have possibly known what Clemmons would do nine years later, I obviously would have made a different decision. But if the same file was presented to me today, I would have likely made the same decision. "
59 months ago: He goes on to state..

"If the decision is made to grant any form of clemency (the broad term for a commutation or a full pardon), the governor gives notice of intent and the file is sent to the prosecutor, judge, law enforcement officials, the Attorney General, and the Secretary of State as well as to the news media. A period of 30 days is then started for there to be public input as well as response from the above named officials. At the end of the public response period, the final decision is rendered. "
59 months ago: The picture you have there Rudi of Huckabee is very sinister looking, was that your intent? I mean black shirt, poor lighting, grim face..looks very sinister looking. Although I don't think he is.
59 months ago: Scot.
Huckabee is sinister looking. He is grim. That is through my red tinted glasses.

Huckabee sucks bad. At least to my limited intellect.

He needs to go away.
59 months ago: Huckabee is just as bad a narcisist as obamajamarama.
59 months ago: I atleast gave a reason of why he didn't "suck bad"(so why does he suck bad?), I mean the guy did apologize but in my honest opinion an apology was not needed. The killer killed the 4 police officers(God Bless their souls) not Huckabee. I have come to a conclusion a longtime ago there will always be evil in this world no matter how hard we try to prevent it,unless we will ourselves into a police state. By us blaming Huckabee and agreeing someone else is at fault besides the perpetrator alone and only the perpetrator then you are inevitably willing that same police state you hope never to be under. So is Huckabee at fault, should he be at fault for not predicting the future? Huckabee abided by the law.

Same goes with guns many are so quick to blame the gun and restrict gun use but gun use is not the problem he would have killed if he did not have a gun or not. So clearly the gun is not at fault. It was the killers final act of killing that was at fault. Look at the uni-bomber a good case and point, a loaded gun is not or never will be the only way to kill someone.

Same goes with freedom of speech or freedom of press. It is not the fault of freedom of speech if a crazy man reads into a more of what Glenn Beck is actually saying, straps on a bomb and attempts or blows up a bunch of people. It is the mans fault no one else's, not Glenn Beck, not freedom of press, it is called personal accountability. Have the politicians in Washington learned us how to shuck that valuable lesson in life, inadvertently and unconsciously on our part? Certainly not on my part.
59 months ago: scot.
First, if it is obamaramajama or huckabee, I'll vote for huckabee.

Secondly, I despised and hated John McCain. Huckabee played a political game during the primaries that thrust McCain ahead of Romney, who was a conservative.

Huckabee is obviously like obamajamarama, a narcisist. Granted all politicians are narcisists, Huckabee is overboard.

Plus, I, in my limited mind, looks, sounds and smells like too much of a fool to get enough votes to defeat obamaramajam.

Plus, I'm a Palin fan.

I am as conservative as it gets, and I don't like huckabee.

So take my criticism for what it is worth.
59 months ago: I see what your saying rsg. Just was wondering why you thought he sucked bad and you did answer it earlier but thought there was more to it. Thanks for the follow up.
59 months ago: I like what he has said in the past, but his wanton granting of clemency shows a disregard for the public. I also worry that he would be swayed from principle by appeals to his emotions
59 months ago: While y'all are rightly throwing Huck under the bus and Rudi detailed the religious connection, this is a case of a religiously motivated demagogue putting himself in the position of God or Jesus in selectively 'forgiving' criminals that follow in the steps of HIS religion.

I'm sure that Huck is not naive to believe that every religious conversion confession of a jailed criminal is genuine but therein lies the problem. Factoring in sincere religious conversions into a clemency decision formula is lunacy since there is no evidence to suggest that sincere religious conversions will eliminate recidivism.
59 months ago: For the record, Clemmons was shot and killed by a police officer in Seattle, so that at least, puts an end to his part of the equation. As for ole' Huck, I grew up in Arkansas and attended a hellfire and damnation type Southern Baptist church with my mother. I never felt comfortable with it and to this day you couldn't pay me enough to set foot near one. The interesting thing about constantly being thrust into such an environment where the belief system is such an ill fit is that you get really good at remembering what doesn't work for you. Baptists are one thing, Southern Baptists are that plus a side of religious zealot. Knowing this and understanding how people of said denomination think and function, it would not surprise me in the least if Huck's stockpile of leniency toward convicted criminals had ABSOLUTELY nothing to do with his role as political leader. All I need do is remember how many church affiliated commercials and advertisements I saw with Huck and the family. That sort of negates the whole separation of church and state concept now doesn't it? He made his decisions. He faced protest and over all negative response from parole boards and the general public. Yet he proceeded to turn loose someone who, ie Clemmons, was originally sentenced to 108 years. 108!!! You don't get a sentence like that if you're an upstanding citizen who got caught in the wrong place at the wrong time.
I'm not saying he's responsible for what Clemmons did. I am however saying that he is a broken gear in the machine called logic.

59 months ago: Never voted for him and wouldn't even today, way to much religious backed influence for a good politician to have. I'd rather have an honest atheist than a Bible thumping fanatic in any position of authority.

As for blaming him for the deaths, no he didn't actually cause them, but his actions lead to the events that did and his actions were mandated by his religious beliefs. Not the kind of person I want pulling strings in the government.

If you believe in Heaven and Hell, you can rest assured Clemmons is toasting his own nuts on a very hot fire in preparation to eat them over and over again.

RGS, would you really vote for Palin?
59 months ago: Six:

As soon as possible. She's the next Ronald Reagan.
59 months ago: Six:

Who would you vote for?
59 months ago: Myself.

Actually I haven't picked a candidate for the next election, sure won't be the incumbant. Didn't vote for him to start with and he hasn't done anything but work to make this a third world country that bows down to lesser powers since he took office. Be glad when they impeach him for treason and then try him for it.

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