Have I Wronged Huck? [David Freddoso]The old free-will shell game is alive and well in Huckaworld. Here it isn't merely a question of God's foreknowledge of events causing us to question the truth of our ability to choose. Here, rather, the baby Jesus is the literal, proximate cause of alterations in human behavior. His ghostly hand shall guide each finger to the touch-screen and wag each tongue in the caucus meetings. Th' effect and cause, the punishment and sin. It's like John Donne, but totally retarded.
From a reader, who says he will not be voting for HuckabeeI think you’re misreading Huckabee’s comment...He never said God wants him to win, he merely stated that it wasn’t him who was causing the increase in his voter popularity, but God...And yes, it may well be that God allows Hillary to become President in part so that we can suffer for our own good. That doesn’t cancel out the idea that God is blessing Huckabee’s fortunes at this point, for His own reasons, whoever wins the nominations or the election.Fair enough — although I have heard people talk about Providence, and it seemed different when I watched the video. Probably he meant it that way, it just didn't come out quite right — at least I thought so.
Unlike the legion liberals now crying to heaven that Mormon Mitt's vision of the city on the hill excludes unbelievers, I am not bothered by any of this. I'm amused. There are many, many things wrong with America, and there are many terrible bumps and catastrophes yet to come for our sclerotic global empire, but descent into theocracy is not one of them. I have visited megachurches in my time, and however grandiose the rhetoric of civilizational rebirth, these are, at last, bastions of the same boring, self-righteous, consumerist, suburban, shopping-mall bas-bourgeoisie as, well, the suburbs and the shopping malls. As a fag and as a man whose good friend had an abortion only last month, I'm not unsympathetic to the fear that faith-based governance will prove restrictive of personal choice, or discriminatory against the Gay, or insistent that prisoners find reform through Jesus and Jesus alone. But at the root of it, these people are simply not serious. They aren't Martin Luther or John Calvin or, Lord knows, the Inquisition. Their committment to doctrine is wholly flimsy. The bland ecumenicalism of Mitt's bizarro-JFK speech isn't an act. Their version of a Christian Republic looks like Bible Camp. It's all wholesome activities and bad guitar-playing. The People love to be told that Jesus loves them and that if they pray hard enough he will intercess in their ARM payments and guarantee them low, low APR financing on their next purchase! They still look at porn on the net, and they still fuck women other than their wives.