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By The Reverend Published: September 19, 2010

The Values Voter Summit is this weekend. It's a cultural warrior weekend, as it were.

Back in August, I blogged about this weekend's Values Voter shindig. Then, the reason for blogging was a guy named Bryan Fischer who was scheduled to speak at the Summit. Mr. Fischer is the fellow who compared American mosques to "improvised explosive devices."

Today's reason for blogging about the Summit is the former GOP presidential candidate, former Arkansas governor, and current anchor of his own Fox News-That-Isn't program, Mike Huckabee.

Ole' Huck is proud of his fundamentalist Christianity which, he says, guides his political and personal philosophy. I don't challenge that Huckabee is sincere.

What I find curious, however, is what Mike Huckabee said yesterday as he spoke to the Values Voters about the health care legislation passed by Obama and Congressional Democrats.

Ole' Mike has that "aw shucks", Gomer Pyle quality going for him and I did see him on teevee once playing bass guitar on Born to Be Wild, and hey, Chuck Norris is his buddy....so he has some appeal. But I'm thinking that the Huck didn't put his thinking cap on correctly when he said this about Americans denied health insurance because of pre-existing conditions.....

"It sounds so good, and it's such a warm message to say we're not gonna deny anyone from a preexisting condition,"... "Look, I think that sounds terrific, but I want to ask you something from a common sense perspective. Suppose we applied that principle [to] our property insurance. And you can call your insurance agent and say, "I'd like to buy some insurance for my house." He'd say, "Tell me about your house." "Well sir, it burned down yesterday, but I'd like to insure it today." And he'll say "I'm sorry, but we can't insure it after it's already burned." Well, no preexisting conditions."

A couple of points I would like to make here....

First....notice Huck's call to "common sense"? With faith-based Americans, I often here that call. It is meant to be a rebuttal of reality-based 'elites' who look to empirical, scientific evidence to bolster their conclusions. Implied is that learned, highly educated scientists lack "common sense." The common sense it would take to think that a divine being placed pre-aged fossils under the earth to test the faith of human beings.

Many fundamentalist Values embracers during Galileo's time pointed to the obvious, common sense idea that the earth was the center of all things and that everything else out there rotated around the earth. If you can accept it.....I didn't at first...there are still "common sense" Catholic folks out there who insist that Galileo was wrong! They are holding their first Catholic Conference on Geocentrism, Nov. 6, 2010. Lots of highly educated Doctorates will be speaking.

Second.....in Mike Huckabee's down-home, folksy comparison of home insurance and health insurance.....whether he meant to or not.....Huck comes across as callous and uncaring. I don't quite understand how such a devout follower of Jesus could make that comparison, you know, on purpose.

To Huckabee, a person with a pre-existing medical condition, one which causes that person to be denied health insurance, is just like a person trying to defraud a home insurer after that person's home has already burned down. Attempting to trick the insurance company into covering his home's pre-existing, burned down condition after the fact.

Huck misses his own obvious comparative fallacy. A burned down house pre-existing condition would be comparable to the pre-existing condition of being dead, in the case of health insurance. Naturally, dead people have a pre-existing condition which, I'm thinking, automatically disqualifies them from purchasing health insurance.....but why quibble over such a minor detail?

Thirdly, and most importantly.....what does Huck's front porch-sitting folksiness say about those all important Values that Values Voters are rallying around this weekend?

To this former Reverend, Huck is telling his Values crowd that what's really valuable is the protection of insurance companies from sneaky, prone to fraud, pre-existing medical condition Americans trying to game the system in order to have someone else pay for their medical care.

While it's not all that surprising,....still, I hadn't heard about this Value from the Values Voter-crowd before. Most likely, that.....I don't know....unusual.....Value is simply a derivative of that "common sense" Mike Huckabee also Values so highly.

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