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Unformatted text preview: 1-1Ms. ParnellUCCA 1027 December 2007A Modern Day Christian Prince“I don’t have to wake up every day wondering what do I need to believe” (Adwatch). These simple line comes from a man who is apparently comfortable as well as consistent in his convictions. While its simple language is obviously much more characteristic of a modern-day American politician than the words of a Renaissance scholar, the principle that presidential candidate Mike Huckabee speaks of with this assertion displays qualities that Erasmus desired in his The Education of a Christian Princenearly 500 years ago. While some statements he hasmade or policies he has implemented put Mike Huckabee into favor with other theorists such asAugustine and Machiavelli, the leadership qualities which he has demonstrated as governor ofArkansas and hopes to continue demonstrating as president of the United States are most inaccordance with the views of Erasmus.Until recently, Huckabee has been seen as a second-tier candidate, and many Americans are not very familiar with his views or his background. He, like another well-known politician, was born in Hope, AR to a working class family. He did his undergraduate work at Ouachita Baptist University and also eventually attended Southwest Baptist Theological Seminary. His original career path was as a Baptist minister, yet he was also involved in the communications industry before being elected to public office (Chaddock). As a public servant, he served as lieutenant governor for three years before serving as governor for nearly eleven. Mike Huckabee has a personal background with a variety of experiences that have prepared him for the office of president.2The first leadership comparison we can make with Mike Huckabee starts before he even takes office and parallels Shakespeare’s Henry V. Shakespeare casts an unfriendly light on Henry IV, and in addition to overcoming his own scandalous past, Henry V must also cope with the legacy of his father’s rule. While Huckabee does not appear to have had a reckless youth, he did face challenges with the rule he inherited. Though Huckabee did not govern Arkansas immediately after Bill Clinton, less then four years passed between their governorships. While this is not the place to analyze and criticize Clinton’s policies, it is safe to say that he and Huckabee are very ideologically different, and thus Huckabee would have had a challenge to work around those policies. In addition to his proximity to Clinton’s governorship, Huckabee also faced a challenge in that he became governor in midst of scandal. Rather than being elected to his first term as governor, Huckabee was raised from the position of lieutenant governor after Governor Jim Guy Turner was forced to resign due to his connection to the Clinton Whitewater scandal (Lawrence). There was great skepticism in the state for the Arkansans who followed politics, and Huckabee, like Henry V, faced a great challenge to cope with the legacy he was left...
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- Fall '07
- Mike Huckabee, Mike Beebe