Watched Mike Huckabee on Bill Maher’s show, and he held his own, except for one critical error and one missed opportunity. The error was to apply to his host Maher’s maddening misnomer: libertarian. Bill Maher is about as libertarian as I am a Swedish bikini model.
The missed opportunity came when Maher asked Huckabee how a Christian can consider it right for people to profit from illness, via our private health-care system. Huckabee objected to the characterization, and talked about ways government can help the sick. That’s all well and good depending on one’s policy preferences, I suppose, but I wish he had said something like this:
As a Christian, I recognize that man is a fallen, selfish being. If he were angelic, we would need no police, no laws, no government. But you and I know, though you are an atheist and I a Christ-follower, that mankind is reliably, unshakably self-interested. He cares more about himself, and perhaps his family and friends, than he does complete strangers.
How then will you compel him to set aside resources for the sick, or study medicine, or invent new technology to cure their diseases? Exhortations on billboards? Compulsory medical school? Technology labs run by the same people who give us the Post Office, and TSA?
The reality is this: there is no system of economic organization that produces more valuable discoveries, and greater advances in health and prosperity, than a free market. Embracing the historically failed economic policies that you prefer will only hurt people in the long run, by diminishing their prosperity, their dignity, and ultimately their health. And that is decidedly unChristian.