Star Parker

To bring one representative example, in a recent column former Republican House Majority Leader Dick Armey accuses Huckabee of "small minded populism" and "pitting his socially conservative supporters against the GOP's business wing."

But, this "business wing", as in corporations, is far from being a battering ram pushing free market and conservative principles.

In this election cycle, more corporate political contributions are going to Democrats and there is a long list of Wall Street moguls financing Clinton, Obama, and Edwards.

A study done by the Capital Research Center a couple years ago showed that the total corporate contributions to left-leaning organizations was fifteen times greater than to right-leaning organizations.

My own work over the years trying to get the conservative message into the black community has been made infinitely more difficult as a result of the multiple millions that America's corporations have poured into left-wing black organizations like the NAACP.

Ironically, Huckabee is the only Republican candidate to propose fundamental reform of our tax system. Credible economists, including one Nobel Prize winner, support the Fair Tax idea that Huckabee has put forth. Critics charging that the Fair Tax is politically impossible to enact also speak to the unfortunate state of mind of many Republicans today who can no longer conceive of major and sweeping change as achievable.

Inside-the-beltway Republicans have also lost touch with the increasing seriousness with which grass roots conservatives relate to the traditional values agenda. More and more folks are feeling personally assaulted by the meaninglessness that is gripping our culture and do not see our moral health as separate and apart from our economic health.

Rather than attacking Huckabee, folks would be better served to take a more careful and less dismissive look at why he's garnering such broad support.

If we lose focus on who really is a liberal, we'll really wind up with one in the White House.

Star Parker

Star Parker is founder and president of CURE, the Center for Urban Renewal and Education, a 501c3 think tank which explores and promotes market based public policy to fight poverty, as well as author of the newly revised Uncle Sam's Plantation: How Big Government Enslaves America's Poor and What We Can do About It.