I was perusing through election-related news when I came upon this clip of former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee answering a question:
You can see a full transcript after the break.
This video disturbed me. Basically, Huckabee gets a question about why he’s surging in the polls, and answers that it’s because of the power of God, emphasizing that he was serious when he said it. Now, if you don’t find this disturbing, let me explain why I did.
This is not merely a function of me being an atheist. I know that every one of the candidates in this race professes to believe in God and that Jesus is the Messiah. That doesn’t bother me. What bothers me is the sheer hubris of believing that God is manipulating an election on your behalf.
Now, it does take an egomaniac to run for President…that’s true, but when you lay claim to God’s endorsement, you are on another plain entirely. I do not want another President who has convictions and arrogance that preclude him from changing his mind in the face of new evidence, and I also don’t want a President who believes that he is enacting God’s divine will, as that will likely influence policy in a negative way.
Of course, drawing negative reactions from people like me doesn’t hurt Huckabee much, as I wasn’t going to vote for him anyway, but I would at least hope that others that were paying attention would realize the sheer hubris of thinking that not only are you most fit to be President, but that God thinks so too and that He is actively working to ensure that you win and be deterred.
Because, surely as a minister, Huckabee knows that Christians believe that no human can truly know or understand the will of God. To attribute his recent poll numbers to supernatural meddling as opposed to a surge in positive stories about him in combination with the withdrawal of Senator Brownback from the race and the realization among evangelicals that none of the top-tier candidates are ideal, suggests that not only does he has great arrogance, but also that he is out of touch with reality. And that is not what I want in a President.
MH: Yes, sir.
DW: I’m Daniel Webb, and I’m not a government student. But, Mr. President, I mean Governor Huckabee um…
MH: I like the sound of that. Go ahead.
DW: Yeah, Freudian slip. Recent polls show you surging in many states, including Iowa, where you’re statistically tied with Mitt Romney as well as Florida, where you’re second place, and Texas. What do you attribute this surge to?
MH: There’s only one explanation for it and it’s not a human one. It’s the same power that helped a little boy with two fish and five loaves feed a crowd of five thousand people, [cheers] and that’s the only way that our campaign could be doing what it’s doing. And I’m not being facetious nor am I trying to be trite. There are literally thousands of people around this country that are praying that a little will become much, and it has.
And it’s defied all explanation. It’s confounded the pundits, and I’m enjoying every minute of their trying to figure it out, and until they look at it from a, just, experience beyond human, they’ll never figure it out, and that’s probably just as well.
That’s honestly why it’s happening.