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It is unbelievable that Mike Huckabee would join the dog whistling parade. Mike Huckabee was always a good Republican that actually spoke to the indigent, the middle class, and others albeit from a very conservative point of view. He however refrained from the epithets and dog whistles.

He was successful in blowing those credentials entirely in his keynote speech at the RNC Winter Meeting. It was not the words nominally that did him in. It was the tone and the implications of the wording he purposely chose.

“And if the Democrats want to insult the women of America,” Mike Huckabee said.  “by making them believe that they are helpless without Uncle Sugar coming in. And providing for them a prescription each month for birth control because they cannot control their libido or their reproductive system without the help of the government, then so be it. Let us take that discussion all across America because women are far more than the Democrats play them to be. And women across America need to stand up and say enough of that nonsense.”

Mike Huckabee use of the term Uncle Sugar is a clear racial dog whistle at President Obama. There are many who immediately understood what he meant. His intent was to play that card to tell the extremist in that audience he is with them. His use of the term ‘control their libido’ is being used to objectivize independent strong women who are intent of having ultimate control of their own bodies.

The Washington Post Aaron Blake reports that in another section of the speech he said, “I think it’s time Republicans no longer accept listening to the Democrats talk about a 'war on women, … The fact is the Republicans don’t have a war on women, they have a war for women, to empower them to be something other than victims of their gender.”

It is evident Mike Huckabee is still of the school of thought that a woman can make up her own  mind as long as it is in tune with his paternalistic beliefs. Mike Huckabee must have forgotten all the laws his party has been passing throughout the country to imprison women’s rights to the control of their own bodies.

Maybe he is unaware of the pregnant dead woman in Texas forced to stay on a ventilator against her own wishes to incubate her fetus. Maybe he forgot about the Texas imposition of a trans-vaginal ultrasound law. Maybe he forgot that former Senator Jim DeMint (R-SC) admitted that their goal was to ensure more states had these restrictive ultrasound laws.>

Mike Huckabee has done his party, women, and America a disservice with such vile words. He should immediately apologize to the president and to all American women.



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  •  2 names will ruin Huackabee if he runs in 2016 (5+ / 0-)
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    Pinto Pony, TXdem, S F Hippie, Shotput8, gffish

    DuMond and Clemmons

    •  Inquiring Minds Want to Know! nt (0+ / 0-)

      We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

      by Gooserock on Thu Jan 23, 2014 at 12:51:26 PM PST

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      •  Pardons and commuations gone bad (4+ / 0-)
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        arlene, Shotput8, gffish, Shippo1776

        The wikis for Clemmons and DuMond give decent full  summaries.

        Maurice Clemmons killed 4 police officers in Parkland, Washington, after being paroled in Arkansas. He was eligible for parole due to Huckabee's reduction of 108 years' worth of sentences to 47 years. He had recently posted bond on charges of child rape and assaulting a police officer at the time of the Washington killings.

        Wayne DuMond was pardoned for a rape conviction. When he re-offended, he also murdered the victim. Charges for a second post-release rape/murder were being prepared when he died in prison.  

        Huckabee's wiki indicates that he also granted clemency to a 4-time DUI loser who was a major donor to the Arkansas Republican Party. This one managed not to kill anyone when he re-offended, but he had a near miss with a law enforcement vehicle.

        Just because you're not a drummer doesn't mean that you don't have to keep time. -- T. Monk

        by susanala on Thu Jan 23, 2014 at 01:41:47 PM PST

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  •  sounds like he wants to be more like mark (1+ / 0-)
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    driscoll.

    just mean, wrong, and gross.

    (remember when he was the "friendly evangelical face?" lololol.)

    Dawkins is to atheism as Rand is to personal responsibility

    by terrypinder on Thu Jan 23, 2014 at 12:32:50 PM PST

  •  I don't understand why it's racial (3+ / 0-)
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    Gooserock, toxin, zed

    My take was that "Uncle Sugar" was sort of a contraction of "Uncle Sam" and "Sugar Daddy." I fully get that it's horrendously misogynistic, but unless I'm missing something, I don't see the racism.

    Bin Laden is dead. GM and Chrysler are alive.

    by leevank on Thu Jan 23, 2014 at 12:43:58 PM PST

  •  That speech immediately reminded me of (4+ / 0-)
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    S F Hippie, arlene, gffish, GreenMother

    The Big Bang Episode where a clueless Sheldon has to face a charge of sexual harassment from his female assistant.

    Huckabee didn't call women "egg salad sandwiches on a hot Texas afternoon" like Sheldon did, but he came pretty close and absolutely matched the cluelessness factor.

    Yes Republicans, this will definitely help you with your gender gap. I advise you follow Huckabees lead and keep it up. Soon your own mothers won't vote for you.

    “Human kindness has never weakened the stamina or softened the fiber of a free people. A nation does not have to be cruel to be tough.” FDR

    by Phoebe Loosinhouse on Thu Jan 23, 2014 at 12:56:03 PM PST

    •  My goal is to keep the GOP as far away from my (0+ / 0-)

      gender gap as possible.They are clearly not qualified to deal with women's issues. And I would take it further to say they are not qualified to deal with people-general-issues either.

      The gap that scares me most is the gap between the GOP Ears.

      Just saying.

      Gentlemen, congratulations. You're everything we've come to expect from years of government training (Zed, MIB).

      by GreenMother on Thu Jan 23, 2014 at 02:44:11 PM PST

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  •  "...be more than victims of their gender"? (4+ / 0-)

    What?

    That's some pretty loaded rhetoric there Pastor Huck.

    In fact it's appalling. Even for a Republican of his ilk.

    He's literally saying that womanhood is something so vile and nefarious that its very essence will make a "victim" of the human thusly appointed.

    And this is why Republicans must ride to the rescue with their "war for women."

    Newsflash, Governor. You're not being greeted as liberators.

  •  Why would you find his comment (1+ / 0-)
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    gffish

    "unbelievable"? Huckabee is a cartoon character.

    Always was, even when the somnolent press was taking him seriously as a presidential contender.

    The GOP is a nature preserve for personality disorders, clinical psych cases and the intellectually-challenged.

    Without it, where would they go to be heard?

  •  What a hyporitical asshat. (5+ / 0-)
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    And if the Democrats want to insult the women of America,” Mike Huckabee said.  “by making them believe that they are helpless without Uncle Sugar coming in. And providing for them a prescription each month for birth control because they cannot control their libido or their reproductive system without the help of the government, then so be it.
    What all about all those Congressmen and old Republicans and their VIAGRA???? FULLY-COVERED VIAGRA??

    And what bullshit. Sad part is that is exactly the crap spouted by GOP women in 2012, to which I took umbrage.

    "I distrust those people who know so well what God wants them to do because I notice it always coincides with their own desires." -Susan B. Anthony

    by BadKitties on Thu Jan 23, 2014 at 01:22:09 PM PST

    •  All women want (6+ / 0-)

      is for contraception to be treated the same way as woody pills when it comes to employee health benefits. If a doctor says that it's necessary for a woman's health -- and being able to have sex with one's Significant Other (or even Friend With Benefits) with less worry about pregnancy is definitely beneficial for one's mental health -- it should be covered, no questions asked.

      There's only one rule that I know of, babies -- goddammit, you've got to be kind. -- Kurt Vonnegut

      by Cali Scribe on Thu Jan 23, 2014 at 01:35:29 PM PST

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      •  I am pretty much at the point where I am ready to (1+ / 0-)
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        BadKitties

        help foment a vast female conspiratorial underground to get all the stuff we need, just to spite the assholes.

        It would be very therapeutic for my psyche to see them wail and scream with great indignation and frustration.

        Gentlemen, congratulations. You're everything we've come to expect from years of government training (Zed, MIB).

        by GreenMother on Thu Jan 23, 2014 at 02:46:40 PM PST

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        •  Like TX women going to Mexico for (1+ / 0-)
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          GreenMother

          abortion pills...I wonder if there is an "underground railroad"-type organization that brings TX women to CO for safe, legal (at the moment) abortions?

          "I distrust those people who know so well what God wants them to do because I notice it always coincides with their own desires." -Susan B. Anthony

          by BadKitties on Thu Jan 23, 2014 at 03:39:47 PM PST

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      •  Of course. But that makes too much (0+ / 0-)

        sense for the GOP to grasp.

        "I distrust those people who know so well what God wants them to do because I notice it always coincides with their own desires." -Susan B. Anthony

        by BadKitties on Thu Jan 23, 2014 at 03:37:54 PM PST

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    •  If women can't control their libidos they must pay (1+ / 0-)
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      BadKitties

      with a pregnancy, so saith Rev. Huckabee.  That means if women are repressing themselves, the men they love will have to repress themselves as well if they can't bring themselves to use the services of a pro with her fake come-on and scanty and/or form-fitting clothing.

      I pity any Republican woman who thinks this is a good idea.  Their marriages must be grim indeed unless they are into breeding frequently and submitting all the time.

      Don't look back, something may be gaining on you. - L. "Satchel" Paige

      by arlene on Thu Jan 23, 2014 at 02:10:48 PM PST

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  •  I'd settle for Huckabee to just STFU (2+ / 0-)
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    instead of any attempt of an apology.

    On second thought, the apology might make him look like more of an a-hole.

  •  CDC Report 99% of sexually active women (2+ / 0-)
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    gffish, GreenMother

    between ages of 15-44 have used birth control.

    Mike Huckabee just called all of them sluts.

    Is that how republicans plan on rebranding?

  •  It takes some mental gymnastics to get (1+ / 0-)
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    Uncle Sugar to being racist.  Either that or ignorant of the Sugar Daddy phrase and Uncle Sam being combined.  I don't care for Huckabee but I don't have to stretch phrases to dislike him.

    If I comply with non-compliance am I complying?

    by thestructureguy on Thu Jan 23, 2014 at 02:13:57 PM PST

  •  Women Having Icky Libido Sex? (0+ / 0-)

    That's against God.

    And the Bible.

    And Religious Freedom.

    they cannot control their libido
    Isn't this a quote from the Rush Limbaugh Show?

    "I think that gay marriage is something that should be between a man and a woman.” - Arnold Schwarzenegger 2003

    by kerplunk on Thu Jan 23, 2014 at 02:34:45 PM PST

  •  It's Hucksterbee, what more can we say? (0+ / 0-)

    I saw this on huffpo and it made me so mad, that I couldn't write anything worth posting.

    Fighting for women--what woman would that be? Phyllis Schafely and her army of undead stepford zombies?

    Gentlemen, congratulations. You're everything we've come to expect from years of government training (Zed, MIB).

    by GreenMother on Thu Jan 23, 2014 at 02:39:18 PM PST

  •  IT SEEMS CHRISTY HAS OPENED THE SCUTTLE (0+ / 0-)

    valves on his ship to the White House - -so now  the lesser crows are trying to elbow their way to the front of the line for the roadkill pickings.  

    Jindal from Louisiana is doing a 180 on education funding (a red herring) and pay raises for 40000 state employees. Those whose cola and medical insurance he has consistently torpedoed. He is trying to make his debacle of denying Medicaid benefits the fault of someone else.  His much touted trip to Asia as a benefit to citizens of LA has fallen flat.

    Now the "huckster" speaks to the RNC and comes out with both barrels loaded with the extreme far right TP confetti.  Of course it reverberates with the claven so what else could one expect from a Glen Beck wannabe?  Does he actually assume this spew will put him in some kind of contending position or is he just putting out talking points for another candidate to use?  A sorry day when repugs stoop to lowbrow insults at the US and it's female population, especially with grade school remarks.  

    It would be nice though if these are the best the RNC can field.

    I fervently hope, as humans, we never escape from this earth to spread our bigotry elsewhere.

    by olegar on Thu Jan 23, 2014 at 02:53:12 PM PST

  •  I just asked my Republican husband (0+ / 0-)

    if I should get my Democratic Libido under control...and he said, "No...that's all right."

    Just sayin'

    I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear. Martin Luther King, Jr.

    by cyeko on Thu Jan 23, 2014 at 03:31:39 PM PST

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