Mike Huckabee-God, Guns, Grits and Gravy

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I have been reading Mike Huckabee’s latest book, God, Guns, Grits and Gravy. Huckabee immediately sets up the us against them dynamics. The people who live in Bubbleville (the elites) and the people who live in Bubbaville (him and his people). This provides a very simplistic view of the cultural divide. The problem with this view is there is no room in the middle. Some people like myself could be described as a liberal with conservative leanings on social issues, but there is simply no room for people like me in this world that splits so neatly in half. Huckabee has been criticized for his comments on Beyoncé and Jay Z, and I must admit I was interested in reading what he had to say in the context of the book, and I must admit he makes a valid point. Beyoncé’s performances are very sexually suggestive and her husband is acutely involved in her career. His characterization of Jay Z as her pimp is off base, but when you watch her perform and really listen to her lyrics it is not unrealistic for parents to think twice regarding the appropriateness of this for children under 18, but that is not how he posits it. Huckabee uses words that resonate with the residents of Bubbaville, and that is where he does himself and “his people” a disservice. I started reading the book to learn something about the man and his views and I did. I learned he is a man with strong conservative views that seemingly prohibit him from fully recognizing and respecting the views from the other side of the political perspective. You can respect the views of others without embracing them. If you can do that then perhaps you can have a conversation with people who don’t reside on your side of the cultural divide.

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