Conservative activists gathered in St. Louis over the weekend for the “How to Take Back America” conference, a phrase that always raises a question: “Take it back from whom?”
The conference was hosted by luminaries such as Phyllis Schlafly and Joseph Farah of World Net Daily, featuring speakers such as Joe The Plumber, U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann and Georgia’s own contribution to the cause, U.S. Rep. Tom Price of Roswell.
Among the workshops offered to conference participants were “”How to Recognize Living Under Nazis and Communists,” led by 83-year-old Kitty Werthmann, who grew up in Austria and believes that Obama is following the path carved out by Hitler.
“First they nationalized the banks. Then they nationalized education. As time went along, they nationalized health care,” Werthmann told an opening press conference.
The highlight of the convention Saturday night was a speech by former Arkansas Gov. and GOP presidential candidate Mike Huckabee, who targeted the United Nations and argued that it ought to be run out of the country.
“It’s time to get a jackhammer and to simply chip off that part of New York City and let it float into the East River, never to be seen again!” Huckabee said, inspiring a standing ovation.
“It’s time to say enough of the American taxpayer’s dollar being spent on something that may have been a noble idea, but has become a disgrace!” said Huckabee. “It has become the international equivalent of ACORN and it’s time to say enough!”
“Let’s end the diplomatic excesses that these people enjoy. Let any country that is willing to spend the money that the United States is hosting–let them have it. Give it to the Saudis and let these diplomats suck the sand out of the Saudi desert for a few summers and see if that’s where they’d like to go, and make their ridiculous speeches.”
It seems to me that in trying so hard to woo the hard core of the hard-core GOP base, Huckabee is also disqualifying himself permanently from a role in mainstream national politics. You get the sense that it’s a conscious choice on Huckabee’s part, perhaps driven by economic considerations. Hell never be president, but he’s guaranteeing himself a future income stream as a far-right darling.