Huckabee’s Warped Understanding of History

Huckabee’s Warped Understanding of History March 25, 2015

Mike Huckabee went on a wingnut radio show and said that the contraception mandate in the Affordable Care Act is just like the tyranny that caused the American revolution as King George “began to tell people what limitations of their belief could be.”

While speaking today with American Family Radio host Kevin McCullough, who falsely claimed that “Obamacare makes abortion taxpayer funded,” Huckabee baselessly charged that the mandate covers “abortifacients.”

Huckabee said that the mandate represents such a threat to freedom that it is similar to the actions of the British government that sparked the American Revolution: “When I go back to American history, that’s why the American revolution started. You had a government that became a tyranny and that government began to tell people what limitations of their belief could be.”

He doesn’t specify which government he is referring to, but I don’t think it could be the British government. It could well be the governments of several of the original colonies, the ones Huckabee and his fellow Christian nation advocates continually point to as examples of what they think the founding fathers wanted. Most of them were theocracies of various types. In Virginia or Massachusetts, for example, Huckabee might have been arrested, jailed, exiled or even put to death as a Baptist minister. And yet Huckabee loves to point to the Mayflower Compact as some sort of model for the Constitution when it was exactly the opposite in almost every way.

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