Monday, January 7, 2008

Ridden out of Town on a Rail

Gov. Mike Huckabee

I enjoyed watching the presidential debates on Saturday evening. I thought ABC did a really nice job of presenting the Republican and Democratic hopefuls.

However, I was shocked by something I heard during the Republican portion of the debate.

No, it wasn’t a policy position. It was a reference to Abraham Lincoln.

During a heated discussion on illegal immigration, in which many of the candidates were all speaking at once, the following exchange took place between the moderator and Republican Mike Huckabee:

Moderator: “Governor Huckabee is sitting here with a quiet smile, just thinking, ‘OK, let them fight; I'm going to stay out of this.’ So I want to bring you in quickly, and then Congressman Paul, then we will move on.”

HUCKABEE: As Abraham Lincoln said, "If it weren't for the honor of it, I'd just as soon pass," when he was run out of town on a rail. But let me join in on this.”

Being ridden out of town on a rail was a very public and humiliating punishment in colonial America. Typically, the victim was forced to straddle a fence rail held on the shoulders of two men. He was paraded around town and subjected to ridicule for his offense. For example, the movie O Brother, Where Art Thou? offers a depiction of such a punishment. When Homer Stokes, the Grand Wizard of the KKK and the “reform candidate” in the election, objects to the music of the Soggy Bottom Boys on the grounds that they are racially integrated, he is ushered out of the auditorium on a rail.

Was Abraham Lincoln ever ridden out of town on a rail? If so, what on Earth did he say to draw the wrath of his neighbors in central Illinois?

The answer is: Gov. Huckabee fumbled the reference.

Lincoln was never ridden out of town on a rail. However, he liked to tell a joke about a fellow who had been. According to General Horatio C. King, a group of friends from Illinois called on Lincoln in the White House. Toward the end of the visit, one of the men asked Lincoln if he liked being president. Lincoln smiled and replied: "You have heard the story haven't you, about the man as he was ridden out of town on a rail, tarred and feathered, somebody asked him how he liked it, and his reply was if it was not for the honor of the thing, he would much rather walk." [P. M. Zall, Abe Lincoln Laughing: Humorous Anecdotes from original Sources by and about Abraham Lincoln (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1982), 143.]

Though the punch line remains the same, the details of the story make a great deal of difference.

But Sam, some of you might be asking, what does it matter?

A Lincoln reference is always going to get my attention, especially when it is a botched one. I give Huckabee the benefit of the doubt. Perhaps he got caught up in the moment and simply misspoke. If so, he earns the Lincoln Studies pardon.

However, I wonder if the misstep is meaningful when placed into the larger context of the campaign? For instance, Gov. Huckabee has made a handful of errors when talking about American foreign policy in regard to Pakistan. When Benazir Bhutto was assassinated last month, Huckabee told Iowa voters that Pakistan had more illegal immigrants in the U. S. than any other country but Mexico. It turns out that Pakistan is nowhere near the top of that list. Similarly, when he clarified his comments to MSNBC, Huckabee criticized the president of Pakistan by saying Musharaf “has told us he does not have enough control of those eastern borders near Afghanistan to be able to go after the terrorists.” Again, Huckabee misspoke. The borders are in the west. One final example. In the wake of the Bhutto assassination, Huckabee told a crowd that he was worried about martial law “continuing” in Pakistan. However, Pakistan was no longer governed by martial law when Huckabee made the statement. It had been lifted on December 15.

I am not suggesting that Gov. Huckabee should be ridden out of town on a rail just yet. However, I think he should hire a fact checker.

1 comment:

QuietCypher said...

Who Are We? And What Are We?

We are all created by the one and only Pure Love; most may call it GOD. We are Consciousness/Spirit that has been contained inside of this shell called the Human Body. I can honestly say today; I love everyone for the simple fact that we are all working on Self, making ourselves better for the LOVE of Pure Love, rather the work is Sub-Conscious or Conscious, and we are all the same physically in a sense: Head, 2 Eyes, Nose, 2 Feet, Toes, Fingers etc. We all come from the same source; maybe different, but we all come from the same source.

Anything that one creates is a part of themself; for the simple fact is that you manifest that creation from within yourself. So to say that you are separate from your creator is you saying that: you are the body, you are not worthy, your stupid, your too ignorant, whatever the case may be, but these things that you call yourself is not what you are. Let's take it back to creating something; whatever you create is a part of you manifested from within. Now; your creation can tell someone your whole story in a symbolical type way that it may even shock the inventor. Now since that creation call tell someone your whole life story in a symbolical way; does that make the creation seperate from yourself; No, simply because it is part of yourself.

We have came to believe that we are the body for the simple fact of the 5 senses: Taste, Touch, Feel, See, Smell, but this is all an illusion because of the fact that it is not real. Anything that can be destroyed is not real. The physical body is somewhat like a Prison or Jail for you, and the physical body is tied to the 9 planets in our solar system. 9 holes in our body, 9 chokras and that ties to the imprisonment, but we have a release date; the goal is to build SELF Realization. By realizing who you are, you find out that you sit on the right hand of Pure Love/GOD/Higher SELF, whichever term suits you. We have been munipulated to believing that we are seperated from Pure Love so that the Devil/Enemy can have it's way with us, but not anymore because now you know that you are special to Pure Love and when we know that; we will act accordingly, but the battle is not easily won.

There is so much recovering that we need to do that it could not be obtained in only one life. All of us are unique in our own way; we all have gifts, rather your conscious of it or all have gifts and those gifts are gifts of Pure Love. We are here to Love each other and grow in that Love at the same time, but something happened; we've forgotten Who We Are, What We Are and we have Forgotten How To Get Back.
It is very important that we do not become attached to anything of this world because it will cause us to come back again. We have to get rid of selfish desires, that we are the containment, that we are seperate from the creator, etc. The battle is not easily won, but Pure Love LOVES you more than you can imagine and you are the creator.

P.S. Have you ever wondered why people say; why could GOD let this happen, the simple fact is that GOD is living the same thing that the next man or woman is living. GOD is living through you; now imagine how much power you have. And if anyone of us were missing, GOD would be incomplete. I Love you all; Peace and Love

I have created a book by the name of Cypher Key. It is full of Esoteric Poetry that can expand one's thoughts on Universal Principles. If you like wisdom and if you like poetry; I strongly recommend getting a copy of this book on

Why Should I Buy This Book?

Have you ever wondered why are we here on earth, or what am I suppose to be doing here on earth; well, this book can help a person answer these questions themselves.

The world is in the shape that it is in because we are not changing, but getting worse as a people, this is why the change in the world for the worse. This Kept Secret/Confidential/Esoteric Poetry book can help us find our way. If you have questions that you would like to ask me, please feel free to at

artice Zero