It’s not often that liberals and conservatives can get on the same page when it comes to much of anything nowadays. Even things that shouldn’t be controversial like science and history can cause heated disagreements among the left and the right. So when a conservative ex-politician and Fox News commentator manages to anger both the left and the right with one absurd statement, it’s relatively newsworthy.
Especially when that person is among the leaders in early polls asking conservative voters who they want for president in 2016.
But that’s exactly what Mike Huckabee did yesterday at the Inaugural Freedom Summit in Manchester, New Hampshire when he said this:
“My gosh, I’m beginning to think that there’s more freedom in North Korea sometimes than there is in the United States.”
Yes, that’s a leading contender for the Republican nomination for president in 2016, speaking at a “freedom summit,” proving that he doesn’t know the first damn thing about what “freedom” means.
He then tried to salvage the comparison by bringing up the TSA and segueing into voter fraud:
“When I go to the airport, I have to get into the surrender position, people put hands all over me, and I have to provide photo ID in a couple of different forms to prove that I’m not going to terrorize the airplane… If I want to go vote, I don’t need a thing. All I gotta to do is show up and I can give ’em anybody’s name, and that’s okay.”
Yes, because the fact that we have tightened airport security and the freedom to vote means we have less freedom than North Koreans have under Kim Jong Un’s leadership. Because that totally makes sense.
Huckabee’s comments are so ridiculous that there should literally be no need to explain why, but here’s a primer for anybody who’s unaware of the “freedoms” North Koreans possess.
Then of course he has to tie in the conservative rallying cry of voter fraud – which simply does not exist at anywhere near the levels conservatives try to perpetuate when calling for voter ID laws. In fact, some conservative states have even conducted their own investigations into whether or not voter fraud is a problem – just ask Iowa and Florida how that turned out for them.
To the conservative blogosphere’s “credit,” most conservatives have been acknowledging that these comments are absurd. Which begs the question, will they acknowledge that he’s not a viable option for 2016? Because going by the latest polls, he’s still getting support from millions of conservative voters across the country.
I’d invite Huckabee and all of his supporters to spend a month or two in North Korea. If they survive the overwhelming onslaught of “freedom” they’ll encounter, maybe they’ll have a little better perspective on freedom in our country.
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