…and also the courage test.
Speaking unpopular truths and backing down once they prove unpopular is worse than what most politicians do, which is to avoid speaking the truth at all. In Huckabee’s case, he compounded the villainy by not only backing down, but by absurdly lying about what he had said, despite the fact that his words were recorded and his meaning was clear as a bell.
Huckabee, in case you don’t follow the remarks of former state governors under the delusion that he can they can be elected President, had criticized Oscar winner Natalie Portman’s proud single mother-to-be act, saying,
“One of the things that is troubling is that people see a Natalie Portman or some other Hollywood starlet who boasts of, ‘Hey look, we’re having children, we’re not married, but we’re having these children, and they’re doing just fine’. Most single moms are very poor, uneducated, can’t get a job. It’s unfortunate that we glorify and glamorize the idea of out of children wedlock. But there aren’t really a lot of single moms out there who are making millions of dollars every year for being in a movie.”
He was, of course, absolutely right on the facts, and absolutely right about Portman. She is a public figure and a celebrity, and as such she has a responsibility not to make destructive societal behavior look glamorous, fun and harmless. Having all the red carpet lackeys-with-microphones “ooh” and “ah” over how wonderful it is that she has a fatherless bun in the oven probably made up the minds of a hundred lonely high school girls that an animated baby doll was just what they needed, too…even though they lack Portman’s millions to hire the child an army of nannies.
Did Huckabee believe that none of the same irresponsible crew who skewered Vice-President Dan Quayle for saying similarly unwelcome things about the planned single motherhood of TV’s fictional character Murphy Brown were still loaded and ready to spew their nonsense again? Let’s add unforgivable naiveté to his growing list of failings. These people are still around and in places of influence, and really think that the growing rate of husbandless pregnancies is just one more example of modern enlightenment, despite its undeniable link to crime, poverty, and many of the social costs that are gradually turning America into Greece. Here’s writer Joanne Bamberger attacking Huckabee and setting new records for fatuousness on “Good Morning America:
“A lot of conservative Republicans have come out and done things to try to take us back to the June Cleaver motherhood role or picture of motherhood in America.”
Gee, good point, Joanne! Trying to reverse the trend that has over 70% of African-American children without fathers is just like trying to keep mothers women in the kitchen baking brownies for Ward, Wally the Beav. Naturally, George Stephanopoulos forgot to say, “What an idiotic comment! How the heck did you get on this show?”
“If teen pregnancies are a problem (and they are), adults need to be responsible and stop cheering unwed mothers. The culture, if it cannot aggressively disapprove unmarried pregnancies, must at least stop aggressively approving them. In the end, it is not compassionate to mislead young single women, especially poor young women without resources, to believe that getting pregnant is a wonderful, glamorous, exciting thing that will have everyone applauding. Stop applauding.”
Celebrities shouldn’t be getting happily pregnant, or impregnating others, and if they are, they shouldn’t be appearing in places where people will applaud them…like the Academy Awards. It’s obvious, and it’s right.
But Mike Huckabee, presidential hopeful, won’t take a stand when he’s right. Stung by the Murphy Brown fans in the media, he falsely claimed that he wasn’t criticizing Portman, just musing about the problem of fatherless children, saying in a statement that may have been ghost-written by a weasel:
“My comments were about the statistical reality that most single moms are very poor, under-educated, can’t get a job and if it weren’t for government assistance, their kids would be starving to death.” And also about how the irresponsible and selfish conduct of celebrities like Portman makes the problem worse…which it does.
But we get it, Mike. You don’t have the guts to stand firm against criticism, and are willing to lie and spin to get out of the heat.
Hey–maybe you can get your job at Fox back!