While angry leftist protesters are tearing down statues that offend them, Mike Huckabee stepped in to ask a simple question: If that’s how problems are being solved now, can he tear down things he disagrees with?
For instance, abortion clinics.
In an interview with Fox News, the former Arkansas governor and GOP presidential candidate floated the idea of tearing down abortion clinics because they “offend” him. He discussed the vandalism and other violence resulting from a white supremacist protest and counter-protest in Charlottesville, Virginia and its aftermath – the tearing down of memorials across the country in recent days.
“Anarchists go and just tear down the statues [of Confederates and historical figures who were slave owners] because they are impatient with politicians doing it,” Huckabee said. “… that is not acceptable behavior, it is vandalism, it is anarchy, and it would be like me saying ‘I don’t like abortion clinics, so I’m going to go to tear them down because I find them offensive.’”
Huckabee, an ardent pro-life supporter, said that the precedent of mobs tearing down things that offend us is troubling, reports Independent Journal Review.
“We are bordering on anarchy,” he said, “having a select group of people tear something down because it offends them personally.”
However, Mike said he “is OK” with Confederate statues being replaced as long as the process goes through public and political debate, but cautioned that the slope is a slippery one.
“Al Sharpton is calling for the destruction of the Jefferson Memorial in Washington. You have a pastor in Chicago asking that Washington Park have that statue there removed because it George Washington owned slaves.”
Then, he asked:
“Where does it stop?”
He’s right. If we are tearing down things that offend us, where does it end?
FDR interned American citizens simply because of their race; LBJ and Woodrow Wilson were major racists. Should they all go?
Are we simply going to purge everyone from the public square until there is not a single piece of history left to remind us of what we went through and what we’ve overcome?
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