"You Obey The Orders."

Huckabee relates the key prudential principle of Christianism. Yes: it's vertical. When addressing what a polity needs, you just need to ask God. And then we obey. At least now no one will hide it. This dog whistle is loud and public and audible by anyone:

"When we become believers, it's as if we have signed up to be part of God's Army, to be soldiers for Christ... When you give yourself to Christ, some relationships have to go. It's no longer your life; you've signed it over."

His sermon/speech in New Hampshire is an almost text-book study of the fundamentalist psyche I outline in the first chapter of "The Conservative Soul." If you want Bush's fundamentalism and big government liberalism taken to the next level, vote Huckabee. The two of them threaten to purge the GOP of its traditional conservatism.

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