You probably have seen them by now, the angry commercials featuring Mike Huckabee rallying the fearful (and faithful?) against the perceived government takeover of your healthcare by the Affordable Care Act. (They like the pejorative “Obamacare.”). He and his commercial rant and rave that “the American people” want it repealed and urge you to sign their petition to help make it happen? How much you wanna bet that once they have your email and address, you’ll be dunned incessantly to contribute to the effort. I thought of “signing” it to see what would happen but don’t want my reputation attached to a pack of lies and don’t want my Inbox polluted.
The “Repeal It Now” campaign was set up by Restore America’s Voice and 949 Media Group. And low and behold the 949 Media Group is a firm run by a notorious scam artist known for bilking struggling homeowners seeking to renegotiate their mortgages. A Think Progress article provides the skinny on Derek Oberholtzer, the ne’re do well who runs the media operation.
“Consumer report websites are rife with complaints about Oberholtzer’s odious business practices. In one scheme, Oberholtzer paid for radio and other advertisements telling distressed homeowners to contact his company A2S to pay a flat $595 fee to receive assistance in renegotiating their loans or to block a bank foreclosure. The Federal Trade Commission has prosecuted Oberholtzer for deceptive practices. In numerous cases, Oberholtzer took the $595 payment, and never did anything to stop a foreclosure or even contact the mortgage company in question. In many instances he continued billing his customers further fees totaling nearly $1,000 without lifting a finger to actually renegotiate their mortgage or halt a foreclosure, as his “Apply 2 Save” company promised.”
According to the FTC, the defendants have filed for bankruptcy. The order imposes a judgment of more than $4 million, which is suspended based on their inability to pay. The full judgment will become due immediately if they are found to have misrepresented their financial condition. The order was filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Idaho. Delightful. Once you see the cops in pursuit, simply file for bankruptcy and “all is forgiven.” So it appears that Olberholtzer will not receive the “spanking” he so richly deserves (pun intended).
Following news reports of Oberholtzer’s illegal activities, Ken Hoagland, chairman of Restore America’s Voice, terminated the 949 Media Group saying, “We were unaware of the seriousness of the past issues with this vendor and we have taken immediate action to terminate the relationship. No public official working with us to repeal the healthcare act had any knowledge of nor relationship with any vendor or subcontractor.” And if you believe that, well, you know the rest.
Having been driven out of the business of defrauding already desperate people facing foreclosure, Oberholtzer became active in Republican politics. Olberholtzer also owns inactive domains called electmichele.org (presumably for Rep. Michele Bachmann , R-MN), repeality.biz, electme2012.com, and ravpac.info.
Before Huckabee ran for president, before he was governor of Arkansas, he was a Baptist minister. Before you jump to positive conclusions, remember that while all religions are created equal under the law, not all religious beliefs and churches are created equal. Huckabee has strong ties with the Dominionist and Reconstructionist factions of the Christian right. At their root they believe that America, indeed every nation on earth, is meant to be governed by biblical law.
Is there a coincidence that many on the right – religious or otherwise – are trying desperately to get out in front of Sharia Law with state laws and hyperbolic rhetoric that “Sharia is coming, Sharia is coming”? I doubt it. They are fully aware of Dominionism and all that follows from it and undoubtedly see a similar totalitarian attempt in Sharia. These free enterprisers want to demolish “their competition” before it can gain market share.
Mike Huckabee is a Fox News contributor. So is Sarah Palin. On March 2nd, Fox News terminated the contracts of potential 2012 presidential candidates Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum – but not Huckabee and Palin. Could it be that Fox News likes either of them as presidential picks and is more than happy to give them free air time to promote themselves and their beliefs? It wouldn’t surprise me at all.
So be careful, be very careful. You could end up with a President Huckabee. Not only would you lose the benefits of the Affordable Care Act that go a long way towards making healthcare a right. But you would be well on the road to making America a Dominionist nation