In his opening remarks last night, Mike Huckabee said that over the past week, while most of the U.S. was reacting death of a man at the hands of New York police and the lack of charges filed for his death, no one seemed to notice the International Monetary Fund's announcement that China's economy has surpassed that of the United States and is now the world's largest economy.

"Our current president once said that running up a huge debt on the backs of our children and grandchildren was irresponsible and unpatriotic," Huckabee said. "Well, if so, he's now officially the least patriotic president in history because our debt last week topped the $18 trillion mark."

Huckabee said we should realize that what we are doing isn't working, and we can't be complacent about being "number two."

"It's not about the mere pride of being first. It's about having the economic freedom to be a military power capable of protecting our nation against any threat. It's also about being the moral power to set the table for a lawful and just civilization. I am not satisfied with America being number two. And I sure hope you're not either."

Watch Huckabee's remarks above and read a full transcript below.


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If you are one of the few people still reading newspapers or if you watched television news this week, you probably thought the most important story of the entire week was the reaction to the death of a petty street criminal at the hands of New York police and the lack of charges filed for his death. It may have been the most talked about story and most reported, but not even close to a story that is rocking your world, and you probably didn't even feel the tremor.

Because this week, the International Monetary Fund revealed that China's economy has surpassed that of the United States and China is now the world's largest economy. Brett Arends of MarketWatch reported on the story and it should have caused demonstrations in the streets. We are losing our country, and no one seems to even notice.

Less than 15 years ago, the US economy was 3x the size of China's. Americans since 1945 have grown used to having the number one economy in the world and must have taken it for granted. Well, get used to the new ranking, or get angry and let's do something about it.

Our current president once said that running up a huge debt on the backs of our children and grandchildren was irresponsible and unpatriotic. Well, if so, he's now officially the least patriotic president in history because our debt last week topped the $18 trillion mark. That’s more than double what it took the first 43 Presidents to create. And his solution is to keep borrowing and then spend piles more money on everything from free cell phones to paying people additional money to not work. If that weren't irrational enough, he wants to ignore the constitutional process of law and just open America's doors to flood our country with cheap labor, which will make it even harder for an American family to stay afloat, much less get ahead.

All the while, he thinks we that ought to punish the productivity of workers and companies by justifying the largest corporate tax rates in the entire world. They’re even higher than those of France, which actually, and they elected a real socialist to be their President.

While China is building up its roads, bridges, airports, rail lines and its free market, the US lets radical left wing environmentalists fight to save mice, minnows, and mud puddles at the expense of creating jobs for farmers, construction workers and building trades. Our economy is increasingly built on the government redistributing wealth instead of encouraging people to go and earn them some. When I was in China last May, I was stunned by the level of consumerism that dominated the Chinese cities and people.

They’re building for a robust future and as of this week, we should now realize that what we are doing isn't working. Surely, America doesn't want to learn a new chant, "We're number two!" It's not about the mere pride of being first. It's about having the economic freedom to be a military power capable of protecting our nation against any threat. It's also about being the moral power to set the table for a lawful and just civilization. I am not satisfied with America being number two. And I sure hope you're not either.