UNION — A society that lives by “The Golden Rule” is a society with a growing economy, less government, and lower taxes according to former Arkansas governor and Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee.
Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets.
— Matthew 7:12
This is what is known as “The Golden Rule” and was enunciated in ancient Judea more than 2,000 years ago by Jesus Christ during what is known as “The Sermon on the Mount.”
An ordained Southern Baptist Minister, Huckabee spoke about The Golden Rule during a campaign appearance Saturday evening at First Baptist Church in Union. He pointed out that if people in Union County — and elsewhere — would heed Christ’s commandment to do unto others as they’d have them do unto them there would be no crimes such as murder, rape, armed robbery, and vandalism that require the attention of the criminal justice system. Huckabee said the absence of these and other crimes would eliminate the costs they impose upon not only society as a whole but also upon private businesses and homeowners. He said that this would provide a boost to the economy. It would also keep government small and lower taxes because there would be very little need for government and people in communities like Union would see just how inexpensive it is to live in their community.
The moral situation in America was a big part of Huckaee’s address to the several dozen people who turned out to hear him Saturday evening. Huckabee dissmissed the argument that morality cannot be legislated, describing it as “nonsense,” pointing out that all legislation legislates morality because it puts into law what is right and wrong. He said that morality in a community is established by what a community decides is right and wrong and has those decision are enacted into law by their elected representatives.
Prior to entering elective politics, Huckabee served as pastor of two churches in Arkanas and recalled how there were those who not only opposed his running for public office but outright refused to even consider voting for him simply because he was a minster, a Christian. Huckabee rejected the idea that Christians should not be involved in politics and, if involved, should not attempt to use the legistive process to “impose” their values on society. He pointed out that because of this “Christians have yielded to people who don’t share our beliefs,” adding that “somebody’s beliefs will prevail.”
Huckabee said that the idea that Christians should not be involved in politics and should not try to impose their values on society has lead to America’s Christians surrendering to what he called “the extreme court” on issues such as prayer in schools. He said that in making such rulings the court has overstepped its authority under the Constitution and violated the system of checks and balances created by the Founding Fathers. He said the proper response to such decisions is to tell the court that it has overstepped its authority.
During the course of his address, Huckabee also spoke about a number of other issues including calling for the federal government to balance its budget. He also discussed the release of the Americans held in Iran, welcoming their release, but criticizing the Obama administration’s negotiations with the Iranians who he said are still involved with international terrorism, still working to build nuclear weapons, still hate America, and is still determined to wipe Israel off the map.
While all these issues are important, Huckabee said the underlying problem facing America is a moral one, cautioning those present that addressing all of its economic and foreign policy issues will be for nothing if the country continues on the moral course it is on.
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