Mike Huckabee did his part to get out the Christian conservative vote this November – by suggesting there could be another Holocaust if they don’t. He was ably assisted in that effort by Andy Andrews, author of the book, How Do You Kill 11 Million People?
Huckabee introduced the segment on Saturday and Sunday's Huckabee show (3/31 and 4/1) by saying, “History shows that some of the world’s most horrific events occurred because the public was disengaged. Either they weren’t aware of what was happening in their country or they just didn’t care.”
Although Huckabee and Andrews insisted the book is “non-partisan” it was pretty clear whom they were looking to engage. Huckabee pointed out the “very startling” statistic that 65 million of the 100 million Americans who did not vote “call themselves Christian believers.” He claimed, “If those 65 million had voted, the election would have been turned.” It was an assumption that those 65 million would have voted for John McCain and Sarah Palin, apparently.
Andrews said there are “two reasons Christians don’t vote.” But before he went there, he raised the spectre of Nazism: “The Nazi Party never had more than 8.5 million members. So literally 10 percent of that country dragged those people into that nightmare. So if 10 percent can do that, certainly 10 percent of us can get together and pull our country into a place our founding fathers intended.”
Andrews said he thought a big reason Christians don’t vote is because none of the choices appeal. But, he added, “What we have to understand, I believe, right now, is that if you look at us like a ship, and we’re headed for an iceberg, maybe you don’t have the captain right now that’s gonna turn this thing around. But maybe that person happens in four years. Maybe God puts that person in eight years. But right now, if we don’t change the direction, we’re gonna hit the iceberg.”
Andrews recommended “we” find someone who “lines up” on the “major things” such as “abortion or economics" and vote.
Hmm, I wonder whom Andrews might have in mind – in non-partisan way, of course.
Huckabee stressed that it’s “largely the problem” that Christians think they need to find someone perfect. Andrews pointed out that there was only one perfect person and he’s not on the ballot!
Then, having established who should get out and vote, they got to the “or else.”
Andrews said the title of his book refers to something that bothered him about the Holocaust. In books and documentaries, he said, “We’d see these thousands of people loading themselves onto railcars, relatively few Nazi guards, and I’d think, why don’t they just rush ‘em… fight or run? And the answer, when I found it, was stunning, because it is a method being used by some elected leaders today to achieve various goals.
"How do you kill 11 million people? Very simple: You lie to them. These people were loading themselves onto trains because they had been told …they were being moved out of the way of the Russian front, they were being moved to factory jobs, schools for their children. They thought they were OK. They were specifically lied to.”
In case anyone missed the message, Huckabee asked, “How do we keep from being lied to? I mean, you know, nobody’s marching us right now to gas chambers but it has happened. Historically, with well-educated people and a very sophisticated society. This was not some third world country. Most advanced country in the world, at that time and yet people willingly marched into their own deaths. How do we know?”
Andrews told the Huckabee viewers that “telling the truth” is a “great starting point.” But, he continued, “The question we need to ask ourselves is what are our standards for being led?” He said the danger is not a politician with ill intent. No, “the biggest danger we face is a populace who’s able to sit aside and allow a liar to lead them.”
Hey Fux! Give a segment to Frank Schaeffer.