Well well, it appears I cannot turn my back away from this site for one second nowadays. I honestly didn't think any contributor here would fall so low as to write a ridiculing hit piece about another contributor, but seeing the way this site has trended lately, I guess I should have expected it.
DanL, this site's greatest thinker (and obviously, greatest comedian), was generous enough to spend time to refute my claim that the media in the United States represents a force of evil. His counterarguments... no wait a second.
Am I the only one who noticed a lack of actual arguing in that hit piece?
Humor can be a great tool when trying make a point, but an even greater tool when trying to cover up the fact that there is no point.
So what was I talking about in my post about Huckabee and the recent controversies? I simply said that the media created a controversy to scare Huckabee from entering. Yes, the comments were unthoughtful, but there are a lot of people out there (no, not in a conspiracy, just all with the same ideology and goals) who were more than willing to blow things out of proportion.
Is the media a force of evil? Well, let's frame the question this way: Is the fruit that comes from its tree good or not? That's how you decide, according to the bible. And, like Mike Huckabee (and Mitt Romney), I hold that book to be true.
While media in itself is not an evil, and no single journalist can be pointed out and judged as evil, the media seems to be getting worst by the day in everything they do - be it political reporting or otherwise. And they have an impact. They may say they only report what's happening, but that's not true. They have an impact, that can be either good or evil.
Taking all the media together; would anyone seriously argue that they are a good force in society? Any conservative, that is. Yes, we may have been worst off without any media, but that doesn't make them good.
I think that Mike Huckabee is a competitive guy who likes challenges - if you don't, you better stay out of presidential elections. When someone says he can't, he wants to prove that he can - if you have read his book Do the right thing, you will have read about how much he loved showing everyone he could do the impossible: Becoming competitive without an army of consultants, spin doctors and a private jet (the same factors which, according to some Romney supporters, will stop him from being competitive this time around... will they ever learn?).
This alone will never convince Huckabee to run, but it all factors in. You run for president because you believe something is wrong and you are the guy to fix it. If you are confronted with evil, you may be more inclined to step up and fight it, than if you aren't.
Romney isn't evil. He's a businessman, and he has continued to be a businessman in politics. I have an upcoming post about why a business background isn't necessarily ideal in politics, so I won't go into that now. I never implied that he was. But the media who are using shameful strategies to hurt christians and christian causes, they are evil.
Would they do this to another candidate? Maybe. It depends on who it was. The level of personal attacks against Huckabee however, has reached unprecendented levels (on this site as well). This is worst than it was during the whole Clemmons controversy a couple of years back. Just the nature of the attacks and the desperation of the people who write them (I'm looking at you, DanL) makes me think that they have resigned to the fact that Huckabee wants to run for president, and are now desperate to somehow scare him away. Before, they figured no-one could walk away from such a well-paying job - in order to do that, you must have a sense of duty and character, things that are unfamiliar to these people. They will have to learn the hard way what it means.
Palin supporters are going to claim the media does the same to her. Many attacks against her have been completely unfair, that is true. But unfortunately, she does and says enough idiotic things herself to disqualify her as a candidate - the media doesn't really have to spin what she says.
Personally, I think Huckabee's book made the difference. He really sounds like a candidate in it, and some journalists got desperate. So desperate that they try to portray it as if he has something against Natalie Portman, when the opposite is closer to the truth. And then the Rombots caught on.
But it won't work, of course. You could portray Huckabee is a cold-hearted fundamentalist birther, but he would still be able to go out to the people and show them that's not who he is. He connects with regular men and women more than any other candidate. He is one of them, and they know it. He never tries to appear perfect (contrary to other candidates who hire armies of consultants for that very purpose), and since people know he's not perfect, they can forgive him. Which I imagine must be extremely frustrating if you're cheering for another guy.
I think this latest storm has reminded Huckabee of just how big the evil forces of America are, and why he needs to step up and run. There is no better way of fighting back.
Sorry about the unstructured post. It's 3:30 AM where I live and I got a lot of other things to think about.