The Widow’s Mite

Okay, I’ll admit that I’m a Romney fan. I also like Hillary and Obama, and I DO NOT like Huckabee. There’s just something about his affable nature combined with his dark staring eyes that scares me. I’d call him a wolf in sheep’s clothing except that that wouldn’t be very Christian of me. Oh heck, I’ll do it anything, especially after what I heard this morning.

What I heard was part of his speech last night that took a swipe at Romney and his millions and gave praise to Huckabee with his shoe string budget. The remark had something to do with the importance of the widow’s mite, and two hours later I’m still wondering exactly what he meant. I know he was referring to his funds compared to Romney’s, but I still don’t get the clear connection. Call me dense, but I thought the widow’s mite was deemed important because she took all that she had and gave it to the temple.  To the temple…to God.

Is that what Huckabee’s saying? That he’s giving all that he has to God? I’ve seldom heard him mention God at all. So maybe he’s saying that despite the fact that his coffers aren’t as full as Romney’s, his “widow’s mite” went further and counted for more? But wait, I’m confused again. Are we talking about contributions to God or to a campaign?

I’ve read that Huckabee dropped out of seminary after a year, so maybe he has the widow’s mite story confused with something else…or he’s missed the meaning entirely. Or I’ve missed the meaning of the story. Or I’ve misunderstood Huckabee’s reference entirely. It just seems to be that an ordained Baptist minister would choose a better scripture to describe his contribution to the campaign. 

I firmly believe in speaking kind words to and about others, and yet there comes a time when a person must speak up against wrong doing…and wrong saying. What was it that Edmund Burke said? Something about all that is necessary for evil to prevail is for good men (or women) to say nothing.


Author: jayne bowers

*married with children, stepchildren, grandchildren, in-laws, ex-laws, and a host of other family members and fabulous friends *semi-retired psychology instructor at two community colleges *writer

9 thoughts on “The Widow’s Mite”

  1. Huckabee, for me, is like Bush. Sure I would barbeque with him, but that doesn’t mean I’d vote for him.

    He is the guy, however, who talked much about how he decided NOT to run a sleazy campaign video (against Romney) and then made the press corps watch it.

  2. I watched the speech last night and was also baffled by his references. He really drives me up the wall! That wasnt very nice of me! However, I hear Mike Huckabee say over and over again he doesnt want to run a negative campaign, but he does so most effectively!

  3. I just can’t picture myself saying President Huckabee with a straight face. Plus, he’s kind of smarmy. He throws his negative jabs in with such feigned innocence! People do fall for it though…he is still getting votes. McCain scares me somewhat, could you imagine a McCain/Huckabee ticket?????

  4. I am imagining a McCain/Huckabee ticket. McCain will slaughter our boys in Iraq. He said that we need more troops to win. And, Huckabee will slaughter all religious people that don’t agree with his narrow bigoted view of christianity. I can’t think of a ticket that would make me a Hillary fan any faster.

  5. Hayden, Michelle, Connie, and Dawn, thanks for responding to this. I felt a little acrimonious (sure hope I spelled that right) but then I thought about the old saying that if you don’t stand for something, you’ll fall for anything.

    Feigned innocence…what a great phrase!

  6. So here’s where I admit my great fault…. As long as I live in Utah, I always write in Dave Barry (the humor columnist for the Miami Herald) for president. This state will probably always go Republican, so that’s just what I’ve always done because I figure that in the long run, it won’t change things one bit.

    But this year, I’ll admit to a great sense of trepidation. I’ve never been so disappointed in the field of candidates, especially now that Romney is gone. I like a little of Ron Paul. I like a little of McCain. I like a little of Huckabee even. Same with Obama. About the only thing that I absolutely don’t want to see is the Clintons back in the White House.

    I guess no Dave Barry for me this year. You can mark me down squarely in the “Anybody but Hillary” camp.

    I just really wish a third party with strength would appear. One that stood for conservative values while recognizing that there is good on the liberal side as well. A Moderate party.

  7. For some reasons, I always incline to support competent leaders no matter how Machiavellian they are. At least they are willing to make compromises and understand how to solve problems (while not exacerbating them.) Governance is a complex business; it’s not a popularity contest.

  8. I’ve wondered lately if the problem is that the field looks so distressing or whether America’s challenges seem so overwhelming that we (I) want a superhero to help resolve them. Just today I saw the father of baby twin girls who’s leaving for Afganistan AGAIN in three weeks, and the war is the big issue for his family. For others, it’s healthcare, the economy, housing, immigration, or something equally important. Where to start? Who will help?

    About Dave Barry, I used to love reading his column but figured he had stop writing it since I don’t see it in the papers I read. Nice to hear that he’s still writing.

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