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Mr. Huckabee, a Southern Baptist minister, is a product of the Southern Baptist Convention’s divisiveness of the 1980s and ‘90s, which resulted in a split. One would think the Rev. Pat Robertson, the fundamentalist Baptist preacher who once ran for the Republican nomination for president, would have endorsed Mr. Huckabee instead of Rudolph W. Giuliani.

PAUL L. WHITELEY SR.

Louisville, Ky.

No, Rudy, no

Rudolph W. Giuliani has said: “Freedom is about authority. Freedom is about the willingness of every human being to cede to lawful authority a great deal of discretion about what you do.” This statement demonstrates that Mr. Giuliani is unqualified to serve as president (“Rudy Giuliani,” Editorial, yesterday).

In order to take office, the president must swear to uphold the Constitution. A man who believes in this statement cannot possibly uphold the principles of individual liberty that the founding document seeks to protect. I would suggest that Mr. Giuliani follow Rep. Ron Paul’s campaign to learn a few things about the proper role of government.

STEVE SUTTON

Farmington Hills, Mich.

The tax question

Though I agree with much of what Donald Lambro said in his column “A sting from Huckabee” (Commentary, Dec. 3), he is way off base in his opposition to the Fair Tax.

He posits that it would be a disaster for the low- and middle-income Americans who in many cases spend all of their earnings on the necessities of life. Nothing could be further from the truth.

Each family unit would receive a so-called prebate each month for the tax that would be paid if the family spent the entire amount of earnings up to the poverty level. So those Americans who spend all of their earnings on necessities actually would get a tax cut.

They pay no income taxes now, but they do pay Social Security and Medicare taxes. The Fair Tax would eliminate Social Security and Medicare taxes, leaving those at the bottom of the economic ladder in better financial condition than they are now.

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