I Am A GOD WARRIOR!
All references to our favorite screaming psychopath aside, it looks like Huckabee is making little of his presidential pitch besides "I'm a Christian, yup!" The folks on the political right are getting awfully confused wondering just how the heck it could happen that the religious wing could take the lead of the Republican Party.
With the near-constant invocation of Ronald Reagan that's been happening even as the realization that perhaps "anyone but a Democrat" wasn't such a good voting strategy sinks in, you'd think that folks could connect the two dots. But apparently not.
Reagan, as some of the old folks will remember, was a True Believer(tm). The end of the world was coming, Hal Lindsay was right, and Jesus was gonna be here soon. Every policy he made was based on this belief.
Think I'm kidding?
He put the U.S. on a wartime economy, increasing the size of the army (coincidentally reducing some unemployment) and vastly increasing the research into weaponry. Foreign involvement skyrocketed - in the number of locations around the world, if not in actual troops used. Supplying weaponry to most nations in the middle east wasn't a problem, as Jesus ain't gonna come back without major warfare going on there anyway. As for the environment, here's James Watts, the Interior Secretary:
"I do not know how many future generations we can count on before the Lord returns."
Reagan himself, on a coup in Libya in 1971:
"That's a sign that the day of Armageddon isn't far off. Everything's falling into place. It can't be long now."
And in 1983 to the Association of Evangelicals:
"I believe communism is another sad, bizarre chapter in human history, whose last pages are even now being written."
He was a pre-millennialist, meaning that Jesus shows up and takes care of everything, but first there have to be wars and the breaking of seals and all that sort of thing. He will establish peace out of the chaos and rubble (think the Left Behind series). Post-millennialists believe that He'll come back only after the church has established a land of peace and prosperity et al. You don't hear about them much, because they just don't have the same sort of unbridled glee for bombings, disease, nuclear explosions and mass starvation that the pre-millennialists do (think post-presidential Jimmy Carter).
Which makes for an interesting question to ask Huckabee: is he a pre- or post-millennialist?
The answer is more important than you think.