No mention of his stance on gun rights.
A Simple Government, by Gov. Mike Huckabee
In summary, this is a very easy book to follow. His views on gay rights are absolutely appalling and go against modern family values. Social issues aside, not all is lost, his views on financial and personal accountability makes some good points but not enough to overcome a dismal social platform. Oct 09, R. Riddle rated it it was amazing Shelves: This review was not requested nor was I paid to do a review. Mike Huckabee's A Simple Government proved to be an excellent read. I often find books about government issues usually dry and difficult to read.
This was not the case with A Simple Government. Although I am a busy man, I found myself continually brought back to the book. Page after page was intriguing. The only thing that kept me from finishing it much faster than I did was the fact that I injured myself no fault of Huckabe's and suff This review was not requested nor was I paid to do a review.
The only thing that kept me from finishing it much faster than I did was the fact that I injured myself no fault of Huckabe's and suffered from Sciatic nerve pain. I hope none of you ever have to suffer such pain! But once the pain was gone, I returned to reading the book. Huckabee has a conversational style that allows him to take complex issues and explain them in simple pun intended , yet understandable terms. While many people have talked about the same issues, most of them bring their own prejudices to bear, but Mike goes out of his way to be fair. Although the book was written in , it is still fresh today.
As a fan of his TV show, I find that he expresses himself just as clearly in his writings as he does speaking. The twelve chapters touched on the same issues that we have today: He provides insights not only in his thinking, but the thinking of President Obama and the left. I imagine that if they actually read the book they would find themselves in agreement with his analysis of their positions without agreeing with his common sense solutions.
But Mike laid out the facts, supported them with initial statistics and other material. I particularly liked his discussion of immigration reform. He talked at length about the beginnings of our nation and how legal immigration paid a huge role. Because of these legal immigrants, we became the great nation of today. Then he compared them to the typical illegal immigrant. Mike Huckabee is obviously a thoughtful person driven by love of country and a desire to solve the problems facing America.
He takes strong stands, backs them up with facts, and seeks to make a difference. Conservative leaders, as well as liberal Democratic leaders, should be required to read this book and study the suggested solutions. I rated this book a 5 out of 5 stars because it's a great book that is well written and thought provoking. Nov 02, Melissa Armato rated it liked it. This was my first Non-Fiction read in a long while so it didn't intrigue me as much as the other books I read.
I am still processing my thoughts on this book. Sure, he has an ideology that makes sense and I agree with most of what he says needs to be done, but how he backs his arguments I just think too much of it is opinion. He needs cold hard evidence to convince the people who need to make the change, ie Congress and President Obama. I am also a little torn on some of his beliefs but that d This was my first Non-Fiction read in a long while so it didn't intrigue me as much as the other books I read.
I am also a little torn on some of his beliefs but that doesn't go into my ratings. The book was written well minus the debate of fact and opinion I fore mentioned and laid out simplistic enough that a good part of society can understand it ,which was his objective. Some parts were intriguing but others I had to drag through it's a non-fiction comparable to a condensed text book-it's to be expected.
He did try and keep it short and straight to the point. Overall, for it's genre it's a well written book and you really do learn about his beliefs and the kind of government he wants to instill in our country. He wants us to follow the policy of our fore-fathers , little federal government, let the states make decisions in the best interest of their people and get back to family values, for a good citizen is made at home with good parents.
It all sounds great but some people do not come from good families. He does make a good point on family values if your family has them already and keeping the funds and legislation local and depend on the government for protection and to fill the gaps that the states can't fill on their own.
There are many different areas in which he writes about like foreign policy and such that you will just have to read and sort out your thoughts for yourself. It definitely gets into details and breaks down things that I didn't originally understand and he tried his best to keep it interesting. I would recommend the book, not because I agree with everything he believes because I don't but its a good peek into our government and simply put you learn something new. Jun 02, Tom Lange rated it liked it Shelves: No suprise that this is basicly a "this is my platform" peice for a candidate.
No problem there but also no real groundbreaking substance. This is, for the most part, one mans view on the state of society and the country. A view that he widely has already communcated on other platforms of media. The vast majority is conservative wish lists and arguments that conservatives have been talking about since the Reagan adminstration ended. Normally never making much headway even when the "conservative" No suprise that this is basicly a "this is my platform" peice for a candidate.
Normally never making much headway even when the "conservative" gets elected. I agree with the majority of his 12 points in one way or another although not completely so the book is not hard to digest for someone of the same political viewpoint. The primary issue I am lockstep with Mike Huckabee on is he is one of the few that really push the "Fair Tax" theory. Most conservatives view "Flat Tax" as the better option but I think that would hit the poor harder then they would need to be. It also was not new to me to know this.
Really the most interesting part of the book to me was in Chaptor 2 in which he discusses States Rights and how the Federal Government has effectavily bought the rights of the States from them. His writing style would be much like my own in that he writes as if he was sitting down talking to you. I don't mind that at all, but some literary elitists may find it not of high standards. Overall it's an average checklist of the average christian conservatives political viewpoints.
Feb 18, Kristen Wampner rated it it was amazing. This book is Mike Huckabee's version of what the government should be like. In each chapter, he briefly describes one aspect of what the government should or shouldn't do.
The majority of his ideas are nothing new or groundbreaking. The basic concept is the federal government should do what the constitution says it should do, namely unify the states and protect the borders. Here are some of the ideas that he covers in various chapters: It is clear from the beginning, Huckabee is not playing politics as usual.
This book is a fairly quick read. There is plenty of news in here, and plenty of controversy. Huckabee simply tells us the way he sees it, in simple terms. Sep 20, Steve Comstock rated it it was ok Shelves: I don't disagree with most of his points, but the entire book is the same Reaganite arguments every other big name Republican writes. What I mean is, he is not grounded in his thesis spending an entire chapter on the downfall of family and solutions to proper family life, when his book is supposed to be restricted to "a simple government".
He quotes iffy statistics I do not really trust statistics anyways, but we conservatives have a nasty habit of doing horrible research. He is certainly af I don't disagree with most of his points, but the entire book is the same Reaganite arguments every other big name Republican writes.
He is certainly affable, and like I already said I agree with most of his points, but all I read was typical regurgitation of Republican platform statements. This book did not really contribute anything new to the political conversation. Apr 11, Dennis rated it it was amazing. While there may be a few particulars on which Gov Huckabee and I do not see completely eye-to-eye, I certainly find the whole of his opinions valid and important for all Americans to consider. While our country has many problems in policy and attitudes, there is hope and some common sense changes that can be made to bring us to a level of stature and prominence on the world stage we have had in the past.
I highly recommend this book to all!! That's one reason, among many, that there should be no gloom and doom in the mind, heart, or spirit of a true believer.
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May 25, Rachelle rated it really liked it. In general, Huckabee's solutions are optimistic and reasonable, but he can't resist some sarcastic and pointed criticisms of President Obama. It seems to be a campaign brochure masq "A Simple Government" offers 12 governing principles to solve our nations problems.
It seems to be a campaign brochure masquerading as a book, obligatory for presidential candidates. I think that one simple truth should have been highlighted in large type: Apr 18, Amber rated it it was ok. Honestly, this book was too much for me. I couldn't get through it. He has a few.. VERY few accurate points, and if the subject matter.. But to Mike Huckabee the world exists in black and white,.. Purely on writing style I found it to be easy and friendly. Much like having a conversation. Its just a conversation I would walk away from because I'm not into postu Honestly, this book was too much for me.
Its just a conversation I would walk away from because I'm not into posturing stereotypes and slander. But to each their own.
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Apr 12, Maryann rated it it was ok Shelves: Huckabee covers in this book. He has some ideas for changing government, but since he has pulled out of the race, I skimmed over them. So, for me, this book is "just okay. Feb 18, Naomi rated it it was ok. I don't know how else to say it, but same stuff I love Mike Huckabee's story books, but his political books irritate me to no end and remind me why I would never vote for him for President.
In all political books from every angle, the same thing is said over and over and over again with either different authors or even the same authors recyling information. Huckabee did have some interesting study results in the book, but it wasn't enough to keep my interest. A fairly simple overview by Huckabee wherein he lays out his position on many issues this country is dealing with from healthcare to immigration reform to our soaring nation debt.
As the title suggests he discusses 12 topics, providing citations where necessary to help validate his position, where the government has gone astray and could use a nudge back in the direction of the simpler government it was originally intended to be. This guy is too nice to run for president and isn't that sad. As he said is the last chapters, it's all "gotcha media". It doesn't matter what kind of person you are and that you made up for your mistakes.
One misstep and the media is all over that instead of what you are about. I didn't like the chapter about teachers.
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I'm tried of teachers being the end-all in education. What about kids wanting to learn? It's been a bad day with know-it-all kids. Sep 01, James McHugh rated it really liked it Shelves: A great read for conservatives. Ideas on health care and genuine looks at how redistribution of wealth, obsessions with not enforcing our borders for all the wrong reasons and the family unit are all discussed in ways that any listener should be able to wrap their head around.
Mar 04, Joseph Harris rated it did not like it. I'm done with this book. In typical fashion, it's the same language and talking points you hear from everyone on the Right. I suspect that Karl Rove writes all these peoples' books and speeches personally. Anyway, in the imortal works of Oderus Urungus, I'm not willing to spend any more time on this.
If I wanted to hear this simplistic, condescending clap-trap, I would just watch Fox News. Lots of common sense but also a lot of over-simplification to the issues we face today. Of course, it's one sided but then most political books are that way. Coming from a liberal leaning person, he's an O. I say that with friendship because we truly can agree with most things. That's a good thing. Apr 20, Rebecca Jackson rated it really liked it. Very interesting book and some very good ideas, but first you have to get past the Obama bashing.
I am not a fan of Obama by any means - he scares me in many ways, but I do feel it detracts from the book. That said I do believe Mr. Huckabee has some excellent ideas on what we can do to make our country great again. This is a book that I would share with others and strongly recommend. Oct 23, BJG rated it liked it. Don't usually enjoy political books, but thought I'd give this a try after Game Change which I really enjoyed. This was good, but not great. It was educational for me in many areas, but, also remembering that it's Huckabee's perspective, I also found that I really didn't agree with him on several issues.
Mar 22, Akhet rated it liked it. Glad I took the time to listen to the author read this book. His warm personality comes through. I like his humor, humbleness and world view. I wish there were more people in leadership with his demeanor and faith. It is clear he gets the gospel.
He clearly illustrated why Christians live with great hope. Mar 15, Ryan rated it really liked it. I enjoyed this book and his analogy about the Arizona Razorbacks towards the end almost got it to 5 stars. It was written describing events from , so it is a little outdated now though for the most part the problems today, our debt for example, are far worst than before! A bit "wonkish," with LOTS of in-depth analysis and details about many current issues Mar 14, Adam Graham rated it really liked it.
A solid educational book on policy. The Founders expected the federal government to be subordinate to state and local governments. How can politicians in DC know the best way to help farmers in Iowa, autoworkers in Michigan, or teachers in California? So every problem should be solved at the most local level capable of solving it. There's a time and place for diplomacy, but we can't protect the country just by negotiating with our enemies.
We need a strong national defense and a counterterrorism policy that focuses on effectiveness, not political correctness. In the long run, the only way to ensure prosperity, safety, and equal opportunity is to make sure we raise our children to be ethical and productive citizens. No bureaucracy can replace parents in that essential role, so we have to do everything possible to help parents do their job.
A Simple Government will inspire any American looking forward to a better future. Mike Huckabee was born in Hope, Arkansas on August 24, He received a bachelor's degree in religion from Ouachita Baptist University and attended Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary before dropping out to take a job in Christian broadcasting. After a career in broadcasting and advertising, he spent 12 years as a pastor and denominational leader. He was the lieutenant governor of Arkansas from to , the governor of Arkansas from to , and ran in the Republican presidential primaries. While acknowledging the complexities of the issues the nation faces, former Arkansas governor and presidential candidate and current Fox News host Huckabee strongly advocates a simplified version of the federal government that will deal with essential problems and adhere to simple justice, integrity, and freedom.
He begins with the simple truth tha. He quotes the Bible and cites Russian Communist credos for cautionary lessons as well as research on the rise of abortion and divorce rates. He advocates a revival of local government, fiscal conservatism, tax reform, school reform, military service without gays, policies to promote marriage between one man and one woman , and foreign policy that keeps Israel front and center as an ally. He is predictably critical of Democrats, especially President Obama, and onetime Republican presidential rival Mitt Romney for the Massachusetts health-care program.
In his ninth book, Huckabee, former Republican governor of Arkansas, declares that "the foundation of American power has always been and must continue to be Though the choir will be on board from page one, Huckabee offers black-and-white solutions for complicated, gray-hued problems. Family is the force that gives him meaning and it's the Band-aid with which he suggests we fix our social ills, from poverty to abortion: When it comes to gay parenthood, Huckabee acknowledges that homosexuals "love their children as deeply as heterosexuals do," but posits that "love alone cannot Nothing surprising from the conservative camp.
Thank you for using the catalog. An optimistic manifesto for America's future government by the former presidential candidate outlines recommendations for upholding the nation's founding principles and overcoming election-focused politics. The most important form of government is a father, a mother, and children: We need tostrengthen America's position on the world stage -- Hope is more than just the name of my hometown: United States -- Politics and government -- United States -- Economic policy -- United States -- Social policy -- Summary "We need a simple government.
Booklist Review While acknowledging the complexities of the issues the nation faces, former Arkansas governor and presidential candidate and current Fox News host Huckabee strongly advocates a simplified version of the federal government that will deal with essential problems and adhere to simple justice, integrity, and freedom. Publisher's Weekly Review In his ninth book, Huckabee, former Republican governor of Arkansas, declares that "the foundation of American power has always been and must continue to be Excerpts Introduction A government big enough to give you everything you want is also big enough to take away everything you have.
But if you know me or if you're familiar with my commentaries on TV and radio, you know that I don't like to make politics personal. That's because I was raised to believe in the Golden Rule, and I don't know about you, but I certainly don't like being called names or ridiculed. So I want to start out by saying that if you've come here looking for a personal attack on President Obama and those in Washington, you should head to another shelf in the bookstore. I don't doubt for a moment that Barack Obama loves our country and wants to make it better. In my political career, I've found that to be true, more often than not, about people who take a position different from mine.
Respect and civility go a long way in campaigns and governance. That being said, I have never been afraid to criticize a person when I think it's appropriate, especially when it comes to those who run our country. I believe that every American has a right and a responsibility to speak up when they're unhappy with the way our government is run, and that's why I'm writing this book. Because as much as I respect President Obama as a human being, I can't help but think that just about everything he thinks is good for America is actually bad for our present and worse for our future. You are probably reading this book in February , but thanks to the practical demands of publishing, I'm actually writing it in the fall of As I sit here, our country is mired in a crisis that has grown progressively no pun intended worse since Obama entered the White House.
Our national unemployment rate is stuck at around 10 percent; our budget deficit is spiraling to unprecedented levels; we've adopted a federal health-care system that promises to raise costs and worsen care, even though most Americans didn't want it in the first place.
On top of all that, we face threats from abroad in the form of terrorism, illegal and out-of-control immigration, and two wars though allegedly the war in Iraq is over that we can't seem to win. Meanwhile, our image abroad is rapidly sinking to where it was during the Carter years, as we've turned our backs on some of our most trusted international allies, like Israel, in favor of "diplomatic relations" with enemies like Russia and Iran. We were promised better than this. The election of was supposed to signal the arrival of a "postpartisan" presidency.
Joy to the world! Well, did that happen? Candidate Obama said he would discover common ground between the two major parties and come up with public-policy answers that both sides could consider viable. Instead, President Obama has shown himself to be the most partisan president in my lifetime, hands down. In this respect, he has far outdistanced any political gamesmanship ever practiced by any president before him, whether Democrat or Republican.
Bright as he seems to be, he consistently mistakes his election for a mandate to compromise our nation's future with breathtakingly sweeping plans like socialized medicine and so-called financial reform. And make no mistake about this: Those schemes and others have already saddled our descendants for generations with a mountain of debt that they can never pay back. I'll have more to say about this later, with the scary numbers to prove it. In our political tradition, as you know, it's business as usual for candidates to campaign with harsh words for the opposition.
The problem comes when the bickering continues after the swearing in. A true leader's Job One is to bring people together, not just mouth partisan slogans, and as hard as it may be to believe in our increasingly partisan world, I've known people on both sides of the aisle who have exhibited such character. One of those people is former president and fellow Arkansan Bill Clinton. Even though he strenuously campaigned for every opponent I ever had in Arkansas--whether I was running for U.
He treated his opponents with respect and civility. Well, I guess these are different times.