I sat on this news item today, hoping something more positive would come along so I could put off having to wrap my head around this bullshit. But here we are.
Former Republican presidential candidate, and probably future candidate as well, Mike Huckabee went on radio and…well get a load of this.
“People see a Natalie Portman who boasts, ‘We’re not married but we’re having these children and they’re doing just fine,” Huckabee told radio host Michael Medved on his show Monday. “I think it gives a distorted image. It’s unfortunate that we glorify and glamorize the idea of out-of- wedlock children.”
Calling Portman’s pregnancy “troubling,” Huckabee went on to say that many single parents don’t have the resources to hire help, the way someone like the Black Swan star would.
“Most single moms are very poor, uneducated, can’t get a job, and if it weren’t for government assistance, their kids would be starving to death and never have health care,” he said. “And that’s the story that we’re not seeing.”
Are there not enough real problems in the world for a presidential candidate to be addressing? And if you really have to attack this subject, surely it would be better to target someone who isn’t engaged to be married and might even be married before the child is born. Single parent? Uh, no, you moron.
What is more concerning is this idea that people like him have (although a lot of them are putting on an act and these supposed values can come tumbling down very quickly) where a marriage somehow makes you a better person and a better parent. I think it’s clear to everyone with their eyes open that it does no such thing. People who love their child and who live to make them happy and help them to be the best they can be. That’s always going to be the most important factor, and the great thing is you can be married or divorced or single or in a relationship or gay or straight…it really doesn’t matter.
One things for sure, this is not a surprising comment from Mike. This is, after all, a guy who willfully ignores science and rationality when it suits him. The guy can give his opinion, but when it comes to finding some kind of objective truth, he really isn’t the guy for the job. It scares me that he could be the most powerful man in America some day.