Mike Huckabee Wants to Sell Poor Criminals Into Slavery


Mike Huckabee has a long history of making appalling statements, and his presidential campaign has only exacerbated episodes of deep-seated racism and bigotry.

On Wednesday, according to ThinkProgress, he outdid himself on Iowa radio show Mickelson in the Morning by citing the Old Testament as a reason to sell poor criminals into slavery instead of jailing them.

We understand that Iowa brings out the worst in Republican candidates campaigning there, but this is beyond the pale. Listen courtesy of ThinkProgress:

Inaccurately (as usual) citing the Old Testament Book of Exodus, Huckabee stated that “It says, if a person steals, they have to pay it back two-fold, four-fold. If they don’t have anything, we’re supposed to take them down and sell them.”

Huckabee is almost right. Technically, if you actually bother to read the Bible, it states quite clearly (Exodus 22:1) that the penalty is “five head of cattle for the ox and four sheep for the sheep,” and the thief must have either killed or sold the animal for the penalty to apply. Otherwise, “If the stolen animal is found alive in his possession–whether ox or donkey or sheep–he must pay back double” (Exodus 22:4).

Huckabee is right about the slavery, however:

Exodus 22:3 states, “A thief must certainly make restitution, but if he has nothing, he must be sold to pay for his theft.” Proverbs 6:31, on the other hand, in what is hardly the only contradiction in the Bible, simply states, “Yet if he is caught, he must pay sevenfold, though it costs him all the wealth of his house” (Let’s make that one apply to Wall Street).

Except we don’t have slavery in the United States. We fought our bloodiest war over the issue, and the Mike Huckabees of the world lost. Sadly, just as before emancipation the Bible was used to endorse the South’s “peculiar institution,” it is still being used today, as Huckabee demonstrates.

And it’s not like we don’t have a Constitutional amendment (the Thirteenth) against slavery or anything, or that the Constitution, and not the Bible, is the law of the land. The Thirteenth Amendment states, quite clearly,

“Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction.”

Even so, the equally appalling Mickelson, who in August asked, “Well, what’s wrong with slavery?” when he proposed enslaving undocumented immigrants if they fail to leave willingly, then said that criminals should “spend their time not sitting on their stump in a jail cell — they’re supposed to be working off debt…Wouldn’t that be a better choice?”

Huckabee was all for that: “Well, it really would be. Sometimes the best way to deal with a nonviolent criminal behavior is what you just suggested.”

It needs to be stressed that Huckabee’s words come in the wake of the announcement by Right Wing Watch that “Ted Cruz and Ben Carson will be in an upcoming documentary centered around Pastor Douglas Wilson, a radically right-wing pastor from Idaho who defends slavery, calls for gays to be exiled and adulterers to be put to death.”

Stay classy, Republican Party. These account for three of your candidates for president, and they defend the idea of enslaving people. Are you proud?

Mike Huckabee must immediately withdraw from the presidential race and end his campaign. He has shown himself blatantly at odds with the United States Constitution on a number of issues, and this latest call to enslave people for crimes, in direct violation of the Thirteenth Amendment, demonstrates his unsuitability for the highest office in the land.

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31 Replies to “Mike Huckabee Wants to Sell Poor Criminals Into Slavery”

  1. kinda makes ya yearn for the days when the ex-Gov of Arkansas just participated in consenting sexual affairs between two immature adults instead of an asshole trying his hardest to live the racist bigot Southern sterotype..

  2. …Hucksters ‘campaign’ ain’t about a run for the White House…just grifting…
    …and since Jesus said “Let he that is without sin cast the first stone.” if he wants others to be slaves let his fatback feel the lash first…

  3. Actually this article is not quite accurate. The Thirteenth Amendment ALLOWS for “involuntary servitude” in the case of prisoners. We ALREADY enslave people LEGALLY. It’s called “Prison Labor” and there are are number of US corporations who are able to reduce costs and increase profits through the use of prison labor.

    This is a practice that goes on right now, in 2015. The use of prison labor in the form of “involuntary servitude”, legal under the 13th Amendment, must end.



  4. Ky has a law on the books that allows for slavery as a form of punishment. They say they’re going to address it in the next general assembly, so I don’t think Mike has time to move here. There are enough bat shit crazy teatards here anyway.

  5. Well the Reich Wing Crack Heads said they wanted to take us back… to Antebellum!

    Best way to get rid of the Confederates is to VOTE THEM OUT.


  6. He is no better in his thinking than the current Taliban or ISIS in THEIR interpretation of their Koran. Huckabee, goes into his Bible to find OLD passages and sayings that comforts him and brings forth how he feels about issues. His negativity and scary words should be a warning for anybody (and the U.S.A.) in general that this man is — Bat-Shit NUTS!

  7. Arkansas still has chain gangs. In Arkansas they still have their own form of debtors prison. If you are one day late with your rent your landlord can have the local law come and evict you and at the landlords discretion you can be jailed. All at no cost to the landlord.

  8. I have a better idea; sell the rich into slavery. They are the reason people are poor. Let’s start with those responsible for the financial meltdown in 2008.

  9. First of all,knuckle head huckafee will never be president & 2ndly,he should start with Wall Street first. I am sooo sick & tired of these Rethugs & I just wish we could go forward in time & 2016 would come quickly,enough is enough.

  10. 90% + of military uniform items are made by slave prison labor. To keep that valuable workforce up to speed, everything is now a crime. Very European.

  11. If Republicans Win 16, they’ll do this to us all.
    *They’re That Crazy Now*

    You had an Illegal Abortion…
    Join The Chain Gang Girl!

  12. So sick of these right wing so called Christians who, say they follow the words of Jesus Christ, yet quote the old Testament for knowledge. The way Jesus lived the lessons he taught are NOT considered by these lie-ing creeps. Wish we could just ship them off some where. May be some Island, where we could keep them form hurting anyone else.

  13. Yes, that would certainly scare a few of them (not the sociopaths as they would just find more and better ways to be deviant), but, what would you have them do in the form of “labor?”

    Yes, they do know how to buy coke and where to order the best wine, but, of what value are they to us as a society? Basically they’re predatory jerk-offs with no intrinsic value…making them wear the same out fit every day, fold their own laundry and assuring that their life would be horrifically boring forever would put them over the top (they’d beg for a Trump collection tie to strangle themselves).

  14. They are very dangerous people..these so-called “Christians.” One can only hope that they are all voted out in one fell swoop.

  15. You are correct. The 13th Amendment allows us to enslave inmates in involuntary servitude, and we do. Many corporations and states take advantage of that. We should revise that Amendment or dump it altogether.

  16. Why have Conservatives all forgotten:
    “Whatever you have done for the least among you…
    You did for me”

    And Why do Liberals value those words as so important?

  17. Ironically, most evangelicals are in chains through their own ignorance. Then turn around and apply that ignorance to justify the chains they would like to apply to those they deem lesser than themselves.

  18. Appreciate the article for summarizing our nations short-comings in detail. Do you feel that “slavery” lasted until Pearl Harbor? Or did those in power find other avenues to advance their nefarious crimes? And do you find too many in our two party system to this day embrace racism? Tackling one question at a time is fine here. (My father taught me to question everything I read, which often lead me to question him as well, as he was radical in thinking, much like Steinbeck, for his time).

  19. I think de facto slavery is still with us. I know they pay prisoners pennies an hour for their labor but not once I have seen how much profit the corporations get from this “free labor”. Do the 2 party system embrace racism? Yes but Democrats at least try to mitigate it. I have yet to meet anyone who wouldn’t promote someone that look like them at the expense of others because they were different. Now whites have more of a burden only because they control things but the same could be said of any racial group when they are in a dominant position.

  20. I fear mitigation by the Democratic Party is only a ploy. As mitigation alone does not put an end to the issue. Making both parties guilty and corrupt. We are a nation that has mastered suppression. We are not forced to vote for the lesser of two evils. Yet, the system allows little choice.

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