Huckabee Clemency Beneficiary Again Wreaking Havoc

Former Arkansas Governor, Mike Huckabee (Credit: David Ball)

Former Arkansas Governor, Mike Huckabee (Credit: David Ball)

A couple of years ago, when Mike Huckabee’s name started being kicked around as a 2008 Republican presidential candidate, I started to look at him with interest. After all, I was hearing that in addition to having a governorship in his resume, he was a Christian, a preacher, and very pro-life.

As I looked deeper, I quickly became disappointed. The first sign that Huckabee was not the conservative I was looking for came when I read an interview with him in Time magazine where Huckabee called himself “a ‘grace’ Christian, not a ‘law’ Christian.” While such statements often indicate a Christian with an unbalanced view of both grace and law which usually leads to license, at that time I had no idea now un-law Huckabee really was.

His mantra of “I believe that life begins at conception, but I don’t believe it ends at birth” also sounded a little too much like the pop-culture “wisdom” we hear from pro-abortionists who are more interested in robbing their neighbor to take care of their own duty to charity than they are in protecting innocent children from slaughter in the womb.

Then I found out that Huckabee was weak on illegal immigration. He was so weak in this area that as governor of Arkansas, when the legislature moved to crack down on illegal immigration, Huckabee denounced them as “inflammatory and race-baiting.” Huckabee said efforts to cut off public assistance and voting rights to illegals “inflames those who are racist and bigots and makes them think there’s a real problem. But there’s not.”  Huckabee wanted scholarships for illegals, along with issuing them drivers licenses.

Huckabee also pushed for a Mexican consulate in Little Rock–the kind of consulate that has become known for issuing semi-fake identification credentials to illegal aliens already in the United States in order to make them appear more legitimate.

Then, as a presidential candidate, I heard him speak at the 2007 Values Voter Summit where he made himself sound like a dyed-in-the-wool border and immigration control advocate. Do you want to know how a politician can most quickly get on my bad side? Start espousing a position that stands in direct contradiction to their record, without bothering to explain that they were wrong before and have seen the light. Huckabee did just that at the 2007 Values Voter Summit. At least Rudy Giuliani, when he spoke, had the honesty and respect for his audience to admit there were differences between his views and those of most conservatives.

Next I learned that Huckabee was a little too comfortable with taxes and tax hikes than most conservatives.

Hearing his class envy talk gave me visions of Democrat love for socialism rather than visions of a good Republican candidate.

I also learned that Mike Huckabee attended what I called a “Mints for Terrorists” confab where he fell in with a bunch of America-hating Leftists and appeasers who were more concerned that terrorists have mints on their pillows than about prosecuting the war on terrorism. It came as no surprise when Huckabee began to parrot liberal drool, calling for the closure of the terrorist POW camp Club Gitmo at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

Huckabee has also been wishy-washing about applying decisive force in Afghanistan.

Then I began to learn of Huckabee’s truly pathetic record on crime and punishment. The first such incident I heard about was Huckabee’s “Willie Horton,” Wayne Dumond. Dumond had been in prison for raping a cheerleader, but Huckabee granted him clemency and let him out. After his release, Dumond went on to rape and kill a woman, and was suspected in another such crime.

I came to find out that Dumond’s clemency was not an isolated case. Glen Green was another brutal animal that Huckabee set free, as was Denver Witham.  There was also pastor-killer James Maxwell, thief Donald W. Clark whose mother was on Huckabee’s staff, murderer Robert A. Arnold Jr. who was a casual friend of the governor, armed robber John Henry Claiborne, chronic drunk driver and political donor Eugene Fields, and many more.

In fact, Huckabee’s clemency record was worse than that of the six states surrounding Arkansas combined.  Huckabee granted 1,033 pardons and commutations during his tenure as governor of Arkansas.

And finding out that he liked the idea of cap and trade schemes and carbon markets to pander to the hoax of anthropogenic global warming?

He also seems more than a little shaky on civil unions and homosexual marriage.

By this point, I was really wondering what Mike Huckabee was doing in the Republican Party? Was being pro-life enough to establish Republican credentials?

With a record like this, it’s no wonder Phyllis Schlafly said Huckabee destroyed conservatism in Arkansas. Randy Minton, chairman of the Arkansas chapter of Phyllis Schlafly’s national Eagle Forum, also seemed on-target when he called Huckabee a “Pro-Life, Pro-Gun Liberal.”  Even Rush Limbaugh stated Huckabee was not a conservative.

Now, in the latest chapter in the never-ending story of damage done by Huckabee’s judicial dereliction of duty, we learn that one of Huckabee’s Kids, Maurice Clemmons, is  once again wreaking havoc.

Clemmons is a suspect in the killing of four Washington state police officers and a manhunt is underway for him now.  Clemmons is believed to be wounded from his encounter with the four cops.

From the Seattle Times:

When Clemmons received the 60-year sentence, he already was serving 48 years on five felony convictions and facing up to 95 more years on charges of robbery, theft and possessing a handgun on school property, according to a story in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.

Clemmons served 11 years before being released. Then-Governor Huckabee, who was a Republican presidential candidate in 2008, commuted Clemmons’ sentence. He cited Clemmons’ young age, 17, at the time the crimes were committed, according to news reports.

Yes, Clemmons was young when he committed the crime behind his first incarceration; he had many more years of lawbreaking ahead of him.

If Clemmons had remained in jail to serve his sentence instead of being let loose on the public, he would not be free to have killed four police officers…or any of the multitude of other crimes he’s committed since Huckabee let him go.

Why is it so hard for people like Huckabee to show more loyalty to the public they are elected to protect than to criminals who have shown contempt for law and order???

People like Huckabee are more of a menace to public safety than any one of these criminals. Each one of these criminals can only do so much damage, but when people like Mike Huckabee lets several of them back on the street, the harm is multiplied.

From the Spokesman-Review:

Maurice Clemmons, the man police were searching for Sunday night, faced decades in prison for robberies and other charges when his sentence was commuted by Huckabee in 2000. Clemmons later was sent back to prison after violating parole, but was released again five years ago.

Clemmons was released from jail in Pierce County six days ago after posting bond. He’d spent the past several months in jail on a charge of child rape. His release came even though he faced seven additional felony charges in Washington state.

This man (I’m talking about Maurice Clemmons, here) has over and over and over demonstrated total disregard for the laws of civilized society. From KMTR:

Police say the man they are seeking in the slaying of four officers gunned down in a coffee shop cut off an ankle bracelet that might have been used to track him.

Yet moronic public officials are willing to put a bracelet on him and continue to pretend that Clemmons may yet this time allow himself to be bound by our laws.

Was Mike Huckabee the only bleeding-heart to cut this dangerous criminal a sprout? No.

Was Mike Huckabee the only naive public official to release an animal to once again prowl after innocent victims? No.

Was Mike Huckabee the only representative of the people to fail in his primary duty–to keep the public safe? No.

But even one such derelict individual in our government is one too many–and we the people should be about the business of removing judges, parole officials, governors and anyone who refuses to take seriously their #1 mandate to keep the public safe.

In a political context, we must not forget that Mike Huckabee was the only Republican (perhaps the only candidate of any party) with such a pathetic record on justice in 2008.

And if Mike Huckabee is foolish enough to run again for president in 2012, he may just maintain the record as the presidential candidate with the most innocent blood on his hands.

Even if by some miracle it turns out Clemmons was NOT involved in this cop killing,  Huckabee’s record is more than sufficiently tarnished, stained, damaged and blood-soaked for me.

Could I vote for Huckabee over a typical Democrat (who is likely to take such a naive approach to national defense, thus raising the stakes for the number of Americans who might be killed through naive leadership)? Maybe. Maybe. I’d have to think long and hard, and have no alternative more viable.

But it would be hard to find a Republican candidate who is more distasteful to me, and hard to find one that has left such a trail of injured and dead bodies in the wake of his incompetent administration of justice.

Conservatives should take the time to make it very clear to Mike Huckabee not to waste our time by running for the GOP presidential nomination again in 2012.  There will surely be enough bad candidates in the field without Huckabee adding his name to the roster, and we should save our energy for candidates who are serious about upholding the GOP platform–and about keeping the public safe from animals like Clemmons.

32 Responses to “Huckabee Clemency Beneficiary Again Wreaking Havoc”

  1. I sure do like Mike Huckabee and I hope he runs in 2012

  2. Ah! You must be a democrat.

  3. Whenever I happen to stumble into Huckabee's Sunday night show on Fox it makes me feel like I'm watching the Lawrence Welk show ala 2009.

  4. Bob, this is an excellent write-up. You've done your research. I did not research Huckabee (during the primaries, I didn't really think he had a chance), but I didn't like what little I knew of him, and something about his eyes disturbed me. Then, when he turned on Romney for McCain, I knew he was a fraud.

    You're quite right, he does not even need to bother throwing his hat in the 2012 ring, and I think this horrible and preventable massacre of our finest will keep Huckabee from even trying; at least I hope so. Like you said, we'll probably already have enough RINOs to wade through, that is, if we even have an election in 2012. There goes Gina with her doomsaying again!

  5. Seems like a simple case of Huckabee letting his Christian faith (that this kid deserves a second chance) stand in the way of logic and reason.

  6. That may be the case, in a twisted sense. I say “twisted” because Christian doctrine doesn't teach unleashing a dangerous menace on society, nor does it teach a “get out of jail free” card for a real or imagined conversion.

    For rulers hold no terror for those who do right, but for those who do wrong. Do you want to be free from fear of the one in authority? Then do what is right and he will commend you. For he is God's servant to do you good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for he does not bear the sword for nothing. He is God's servant, an agent of wrath to bring punishment on the wrongdoer. – 1 Corinthians 13:3-4

    Government has a responsibility delegated from God to protect the public and carry out proper justice.

    AFA goes into a more lengthy exposition on this subject here: http://action.afa.net/Blogs/BlogPost.aspx?id=21

  7. Not completely sure we want to adopt God's system of proper justice, like when He commanded the Israelites to kill Achan, his family and 'all the sheep and livestock'. A little vengeful for our legal system, so that's why I mentioned logic and reason.

  8. Now how did I know that was coming? 🙂

    Maybe because I've seen this kind of myopic and distorted (often deliberate) take on God's moral law, ignoring that it was a rare and isolated incident?

    Not that disobeying your Creator is a light matter; something that God is easily justified in prosecuting.

    Yet we don't really see such penalties carried out in most instances of disobedience, especially since the New Covenant was established.

  9. I know what your saying, but is does cause one to raise an eyebrow, because God is either completely just or He is not. But as you have said before, from a religous viewpoint,it is impossible for man to know all His motives.Once saw this question posed to two Rabbinic scholars in a debate and they both…well stumbled on it a little.

    Since you mentioned that such penalties were rarely, if ever, carried out when the New Covenant was established, that means there was a change or difference over the older times. Might even say it evolved. 🙂

  10. If you keep it up, you're going to have me thinking that I'm prescient, as that argument, too, often comes up. 🙂

    God is always just, and would be completely within his rights as Creator to snuff us out or have us snuffed out for any sin. Fortunately, he is merciful and seldom sees a compelling reason to act so swiftly and decisively.

    He did not, however, evolve in his morality. Even before the Mosaic Covenant was established, all the way back to the Garden of Eden, he knew there would come the time when grace would begin to supplant the Mosaic Law, as his moral law would begin to be written on our hearts.

    Just as a child lives under much discipline and punishment in order to teach them right from wrong, so humanity was taught through the experiences of the Jewish people how important it is to be morally clean (holy) and to obey God; then the children hopefully become ready to live responsible adult lives after the moral law of right and wrong has become written on their hearts by the discipline of their parents.

    Just as a soldier goes through basic training, enduring strict regimens and firm discipline to prepare him for full military service, so the Jewish people served as our “basic training” examples to teach us what is important, as we leave a more structured environment behind for one more flexible because our hearts have learned the need for discipline.

    Unfortunately many remain with unchanged hearts, and so the civil law to protect life and property continue to be necessary until that future time when only rejuvenated people will remain on earth.

    And while some offenders can be corrected with lighter sentences, others must be kept away from society for a long, long time in order to protect the innocent. What a pity for those in this trail of broken lives that Mike Huckabee lacks this critical understanding.

  11. My best friend since second grade,who is Jewish, served 20 years in the miltary and says I owe him double for his personal plus his clans prior sacrifice. But I really think your last sentence was quite touching and wonder why we aren't spending more( or any ) time talking and grieving about those whose lives were taken and whose families and friends are left behind trying to make sense of it all.

  12. He's got a point. 🙂 It's no wonder that God told Abraham that all the peoples of the earth would be blessed through him and his offspring.

    I hope those who lost loved ones get the support and compassion they need to get through this needless loss. But for those of us who aren't close to the situation, I think it would be good for us to resolve to insist on justice and public safety and stop sitting quietly by when judges, parole boards and governors unleash dangers like this on the public. That, I think, would be the best memorial we could give to honor those who've lost their lives.

  13. Couldn't agree more. Being from Texas, that's rarely an issue.

  14. I've spent a fair amount of time in Texas. It's a great state! 🙂

  15. Just don't let anyone take you snipe hunting.

  16. Brian, you mean because justice in Texas is stern and swift?

  17. Yes, I'm familiar with the time-honored sport of snipe hunting. 🙂

  18. Yes Carrie

  19. That may be the case, in a twisted sense. I say “twisted” because Christian doctrine doesn't teach unleashing a dangerous menace on society, nor does it teach a “get out of jail free” card for a real or imagined conversion.

    For rulers hold no terror for those who do right, but for those who do wrong. Do you want to be free from fear of the one in authority? Then do what is right and he will commend you. For he is God's servant to do you good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for he does not bear the sword for nothing. He is God's servant, an agent of wrath to bring punishment on the wrongdoer. – 1 Corinthians 13:3-4

    Government has a responsibility delegated from God to protect the public and carry out proper justice.

    AFA goes into a more lengthy exposition on this subject here: http://action.afa.net/Blogs/BlogPost.aspx?id=21

  20. Not completely sure we want to adopt God's system of proper justice, like when He commanded the Israelites to kill Achan, his family and 'all the sheep and livestock'. A little vengeful for our legal system, so that's why I mentioned logic and reason.

  21. Now how did I know that was coming? 🙂

    Maybe because I've seen this kind of myopic and distorted (often deliberate) take on God's moral law, ignoring that it was a rare and isolated incident?

    Not that disobeying your Creator is a light matter; something that God is easily justified in prosecuting.

    Yet we don't really see such penalties carried out in most instances of disobedience, especially since the New Covenant was established.

  22. I know what your saying, but is does cause one to raise an eyebrow, because God is either completely just or He is not. But as you have said before, from a religous viewpoint,it is impossible for man to know all His motives.Once saw this question posed to two Rabbinic scholars in a debate and they both…well stumbled on it a little.

    Since you mentioned that such penalties were rarely, if ever, carried out when the New Covenant was established, that means there was a change or difference over the older times. Might even say it evolved. 🙂

  23. If you keep it up, you're going to have me thinking that I'm prescient, as that argument, too, often comes up. 🙂

    God is always just, and would be completely within his rights as Creator to snuff us out or have us snuffed out for any sin. Fortunately, he is merciful and seldom sees a compelling reason to act so swiftly and decisively.

    He did not, however, evolve in his morality. Even before the Mosaic Covenant was established, all the way back to the Garden of Eden, he knew there would come the time when grace would begin to supplant the Mosaic Law, as his moral law would begin to be written on our hearts.

    Just as a child lives under much discipline and punishment in order to teach them right from wrong, so humanity was taught through the experiences of the Jewish people how important it is to be morally clean (holy) and to obey God; then the children hopefully become ready to live responsible adult lives after the moral law of right and wrong has become written on their hearts by the discipline of their parents.

    Just as a soldier goes through basic training, enduring strict regimens and firm discipline to prepare him for full military service, so the Jewish people served as our “basic training” examples to teach us what is important, as we leave a more structured environment behind for one more flexible because our hearts have learned the need for discipline.

    Unfortunately many remain with unchanged hearts, and so the civil law to protect life and property continue to be necessary until that future time when only rejuvenated people will remain on earth.

    And while some offenders can be corrected with lighter sentences, others must be kept away from society for a long, long time in order to protect the innocent. What a pity for those in this trail of broken lives that Mike Huckabee lacks this critical understanding.

  24. My best friend since second grade,who is Jewish, served 20 years in the miltary and says I owe him double for his personal plus his clans prior sacrifice. But I really think your last sentence was quite touching and wonder why we aren't spending more( or any ) time talking and grieving about those whose lives were taken and whose families and friends are left behind trying to make sense of it all.

  25. He's got a point. 🙂 It's no wonder that God told Abraham that all the peoples of the earth would be blessed through him and his offspring.

    I hope those who lost loved ones get the support and compassion they need to get through this needless loss. But for those of us who aren't close to the situation, I think it would be good for us to resolve to insist on justice and public safety and stop sitting quietly by when judges, parole boards and governors unleash dangers like this on the public. That, I think, would be the best memorial we could give to honor those who've lost their lives.

  26. Couldn't agree more. Being from Texas, that's rarely an issue.

  27. I've spent a fair amount of time in Texas. It's a great state! 🙂

  28. Just don't let anyone take you snipe hunting.

  29. Brian, you mean because justice in Texas is stern and swift?

  30. Yes, I'm familiar with the time-honored sport of snipe hunting. 🙂

  31. Yes Carrie