Poor Mike Huckabee. This man was obviously born about 200 years too late. He doesn’t like the world of today; and he would like to change that. At least he should have been allowed to be a 40-year-old man in the 1950’s; he would better understand that period of time. He is alarmed by human behavior in the 21st century, but he wants to lead us through it, under his own set of rules. Mike Huckabee’s problem is that he is a Puritan living in the real world of 2015.
Huckabee was talking on an Iowa radio show Wednesday morning. He had returned from New York where he was appearing on FOX News regarding a possible 2016 Presidential campaign. He complained about what he observed in New York. He did not specifically mention FOX, but everyone assumes that he was referring to the right wing network. Huckabee said he could not believe what he saw and heard. Not just men, but the women as well, used profanity casually, especially the ‘F’ word. He said that would never happen in the Midwest or South. He said it was just plain ‘trashy.’ He claims that he never uses profanity himself.
When asked if he was referring to people at FOX News he talked around the question. He said he had not directed ‘derogatory remarks’ at the people on FOX, it was simply a general ‘coarseness’ of his experiences in the ‘Big Apple.’ Huckabee quit his FOX television show to research a possible 2016 run for the White House.
This was not the first time that Huckabee’s archaic personal opinions about life in the 21st century have come under criticism and even satire. Appearing on the ‘Daily Show’ with John Stewart, he was asked about a portion of his newest book, ‘God, Guns, Grits, and Gravy.’ In it he criticized the Rap mogul Jay-Z for the exploitation of his wife Beyoncé as a sex object. Huckabee claimed the she was used to make money by moving in ways which should be reserved for their private boudoir.
The two men continued a discussion about the obvious differences between the nation’s urban centers and the rest of the nation. Huckabee referred to them as ‘bubbleville,’ and ‘bubbaville.’
A year ago Democrats slammed the former governor for his remarks about women. He called the federal government “Uncle Sugar,” and claimed that women who could not control their libido relied on the government to subsidize their birth control. This part just sounded like all the other old white male Republicans who are misogynistic and belief that women should not have the same rights and privileges as their male counterparts.
The division in America will heal with time. When men like Mike Huckabee are six-feet under and younger men, many of whom will likely be multi-racial, take their places, racism, bigotry, and misogyny will become a part of our history; and not the good part.
Okay; here’s some advice. If you need a little humor in your life, or a little stress relief, don’t miss the upcoming Republican primary debates. For no cost you will be able to listen to the hilarious opinions and ridiculous ideas of men like Mike Huckabee, Rick Perry, Scott Walker, Ted Cruz, Mitt Romney, and many others. They will prove to be great competition for ‘Comedy Central.’
Commentary by James Turnage