Mike Huckabee: Liberals 'increasingly, just frighteningly, controlling' of right's views

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Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, edging closer to decision to run for president in 2016, is raising new red flags over government and liberal persecution of conservative political and business leaders, suggesting that America under President Obama is becoming like Red China.

Fresh off a two week tour of the communist giant, Huckabee said that with recent efforts by liberals to cut off right-leaning voices by boycotting conservative businesses, TV show hosts and even commencement speakers, the left is exhibiting traits similar to China's targeting of dissents.

“We are becoming increasingly, just frighteningly, controlling when it comes to people’s attitudes and views,” said Huckabee. “We don’t put people in prison yet, we just get them fired, have their television shows cancelled, try to boycott their business and make it difficult for them,” he added.

What’s more, after witnessing the economic boom in China with his wife on a trip to celebrate their 40th wedding anniversary, Huckabee said that the country is also starting to look more like the U.S. economically.

“They are becoming more like we used to be and we’re becoming more like they used to be,” he told Secrets. "Their people are very optimistic about their economic future. I certainly don’t see optimism about America’s economic future right now," he said. “It’s not a pretty picture for Americans and one I hope tell people, ‘Look, I’ve seen it in both places and we need to be concerned.'”

Huckabee, who is polling first in several 2016 key states, including in Oregon, said his concern is that America is getting weak as China strengthens. “I’m not concerned that China is getting strong, I’m concerned that America is getting weak. The fact that China becomes strong is not a threat to us, unless we become weak. Then it’s a threat and that’s what worries me,” he said.

The former 2008 GOP presidential candidate noted that capitalism is alive and well in China and that the country is fully invested in building infrastructure to support it.

But he added that it is still very much a closed society. For example, when he asked his guide during a tour of Tiananmen Square about the 1989 standoff, the response was a “puzzled look” of ignorance.

He also said that most social media is scrubbed from the internet, as are many news outlets. “The New York Times is not accessible, which I think is wonderful. Maybe they are on to something there,” he joked.

Huckabee, popular among conservatives and especially evangelicals, said he hasn’t decided on his presidential path, but is encouraged by recent polls.

“I’m still very much plodding along, and getting a lot of encouragement from polls and a number states still have me at the very top,” he said. “Certainly those are encouraging signs, very much so.”

Paul Bedard, the Washington Examiner's "Washington Secrets" columnist, can be contacted at pbedard@washingtonexaminer.com.