Sorry about that last post. A fit of roguish pique. Ted's been requisitioned elsewhere to help write online dating profiles...
In the meantime, Mike Huckabee's at it again - like a Jeremiah in the Heartland, calling on Americans to forgo their addiction to oil and cease financing the corrupt regimes of the Middle East. He is the only presidential candidate with the foolhardiness, or the courage, to actually tell the voters the truth about what we are doing. And - coincidentally? - he is surging in the polls.
Here's what he had to say today:
"Every time we put our credit card in the gas pump, we're paying so that the Saudis get rich — filthy, obscenely rich, and that money then ends up going to funding madrassas that train the terrorists. America has allowed itself to become enslaved to Saudi oil. It's absurd. It's embarrassing."
He continued: "I would make the United States energy independent within 10 years and tell the Saudis they can keep their oil just like they can keep their sand, that we won't need either one of them."
How extraordinary - a candidate leveling with the electorate, upbraiding us for our bad behavior and even, gasp, suggesting that our addiction has something to do with terrorism (I'm surprised Rudy hasn't pounced on him by now, that big adolescent bully). Still, if Huck's really ready to fess up, he will have to tell us what we will need to do to become independent of roughly 1.5 million barrels a day that we import from the Saudis. While it's pleasant to imagine that Huckabee would further surge when he told us of the austerity measures we would need to adopt, I rather suspect that he knows his surge would instantly end if he disclosed the specifics of what would be necessary. Indeed, at this point the Saudis are the only thing standing in the way of efforts by Iran and Venezuela to price oil in non-dollar currencies, a move that would instantly teach us a few things about austerity.
At least Huck hasn't begun lying to us that we can run our cars on prune juice or fairy dust - or, worse yet, divert food into our gas tanks, as is being peddled by many candidates - but he's more likely to tell us these kinds of tall tales than to level with us about the hard truth of what will be needed to break our addiction to oil and the corrupt and vicious regimes our dollars are supporting. Still, credit to him for telling us the truth about our complicity in this war on terror, and showing us the way to really defeating the terrorism born of Middle East fanaticism fueled by the iniquity of oil riches.