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Today's Commentary --- Note to readers -- "Against" -- Real class and maturity -- Election Night coverage -- Facebook strikes again -- Campaign update -- Everything you need to vote! -- Evening Edition - Daily Verse
NOTE: If you are reading this, then I assume you’ve already voted to keep Nancy Pelosi, Maxine Waters, Adam Schiff, Chuck Schumer and the rest of the Democrats’ sideshow carnival crew far, far away from America’s steering wheel. If you haven’t yet voted, then I assume you’re reading this while in line behind all the people you brought with you to vote to keep America heading back toward greatness and not veering leftward into the ditch.
Remember, all the polls and media blather about “blue waves” mean nothing if you turn out and vote. Among committed Christians alone, 90 million are registered to vote. The same much-touted polling savant who’s giving the Dems an 88% chance of taking the House also predicted that Hillary had a 92% chance of winning the Presidency. None of them really knows what the voters are going to do until the voters do it, so don’t let them discourage you from doing what needs to be done.
And if the Democrats are so sure they’re going to win, why are they suddenly talking about winning the “popular vote”? That's Hillary-level defensiveness. Getting 90% the vote in densely-populated, solid blue districts in New York doesn’t mean they deserve to win any extra seats in the House. Sounds like they're worried that heavy Republican turnout in red and purple states will offset all the crowds of people with noserings in San Francisco. So give them something to worry about: get out and vote. And if you are a Republican in San Francisco, get out and vote, anyway. It might not help locally, but there's no sense in letting the entire state be ruined by the former mayor of San Francisco as Governor.
By Mike Huckabee
Today is an unusual election because, generally, voters prefer to vote for something rather than just against. But pollsters claim the Democrats are fired up to vote, and “against” is all that their Party is running on. They’ve made a few vague mentions of “health care,” but the only plan anyone has advanced is “Medicare For All,” and even a few of their most leftwing leaders who have a slight grasp of math know that’s a budget-exploding, choice-destroying disaster that will never happen.
No, Americans are being asked (or rather, bullied, shamed and ordered) to put the Democrats back in power for no clearly-stated reason other than that they hate-hate-hate Donald Trump soooo much and are so brain-meltingly furious that we do not give them the power that they thought was theirs by Divine right in 2016, they’ll tear the country apart.
They want us to ignore the roaring economy, the boom in jobs, rising wages, crushing of ISIS, renegotiated trade deals and North Korea dismantling its nukes, and instead vote against the man responsible for it all by putting them back into power. Vote against Trump because…
He’s a Nazi! In fact, he’s literally Hitler! (Even though he’s the strongest ally of Israel ever to sit in the White House and his daughter and grandchildren are Jewish.)
He refuses to repudiate racists and anti-Semites! (Even though he has done so repeatedly, saying there’s no place for such lowlifes in our society and calling for the death penalty for the Pittsburgh synagogue shooter.)
He's a Putin Puppet! (Even though he's been tougher on Russia than Obama; and after wasting millions of tax dollars investigating Trump, the only candidate who's been shown to have colluded with Russians to influence the 2016 election is Hillary Clinton.)
He's a misogynist! (Even though he was known for hiring women for important jobs in his businesses and has appointed more women to top-level jobs than any other President in history.)
He’s a wannabe dictator who targets the media! (Even though real dictators torture and behead journalists or send them to concentration camps, whereas Trump mocks them for their bias on Twitter.)
He’s a racist! (Even though he was honored by the NAACP for his support and never called a racist before he ran for President as a Republican; he’s taken actions such as prison reform and pardons that even Obama wouldn’t touch; and he points proudly to presiding over the lowest black and Hispanic unemployment rates on record.)
He’s an Islamophobe who tried to ban Muslims from coming to America! (Even though the mislabeled “Muslim ban” was aimed at nations that were known hotbeds of terrorism with no way of vetting emigrants, and the list of nations banned included non-Muslim nations and didn’t include dozens of majority Muslim nations.)
He hurls mean, ugly personal insults at political opponents! (You mean like when people on your side called him a "fascist" and "con man" and held up a bloody replica of his severed head; depicted his wife as a gold digger or a stripper; and suggested that his 11-year-old son was mentally disabled?)
Well, that pretty much covers the 2018 Democratic platform. Everything they do pro-actively support (socialism, higher taxes, heavy regulation, open borders, even more open bathrooms, banning guns, abolishing ICE, endless investigations and impeachment, ending due process rights for men accused of sex crimes, etc.) they’re trying desperately not to talk about because they know most Americans would never vote for any of that if they talked about what they really wanted to do.
And so, they’re running against Trump. Against, against, against! Resist, resist, resist!! And what legitimate gripe do they have, aside from the fact that he beat them when they thought he couldn’t?
Well, he does send out some pretty crude tweets on occasion. I admit I cringe at some of those. But is that enough to convince Americans to swap peace, strength, prosperity, secure borders and the return of the American Dream for a Congress run by a bunch of angry, vengeance-crazed leftist loons? Do they think we’re crazy, too?
If you are, then vote for the Democrats, since being “pro-insanity” seems to be the only positive plank in their platform. But if you’re not crazy, then stop reading this and get to the polls right now to vote Republican! Remember, the only poll that counts is the one where you cast a ballot. And if you don't vote, then you're saying to them, "Go ahead, kill all the progress we've made since 2016. I'm not gonna do anything to stop you."
Real class and maturity
By Mike Huckabee
Here's something we could all use, especially today: an example of real class and maturity:
There was a lot of outrage from Republicans and veterans over a “joke” on last weekend’s “Saturday Night Live.” During the “Weekend Update” news parody segment, cast member Pete Davidson was poking fun at various political candidates, when he likened eyepatch-wearing Texas GOP Congressional candidate Dan Crenshaw to “a hit man in a porno movie,” adding what we now know was his own ad-lib, “I’m sorry, I know he lost his eye in war or whatever...”
As I reported yesterday, Crenshaw is a former Navy SEAL who did multiple tours of duty and lost his eye when he was injured by an I.E.D. explosion in Afghanistan. He nearly lost both eyes, but made a miraculous recovery. And while he could have retired with full honors and benefits, he insisted on continuing his courageous service, even after the loss of one eye.
Yet, while many outraged viewers were demanding an apology from “SNL” and NBC, Crenshaw urged them to chill out. He said that while the show “probably should apologize,” he’s not demanding an apology, because it would be “hollow and empty.” He said he has a thick skin and is fine with jokes about him, as long as they’re original, witty and “actually funny.” He went on to offer an observation that applies not just to “SNL,” but to so much of what used to be late night TV comedy before it turned into nightly, unfunny, one-sided political diatribes:
“What passes for humor these days is not what used to pass for humor and that’s the big tragedy in all of this. Why can’t we just be funny again? Why can’t we give the American people a break and separate humor from politics?”
Finally, he suggested that if NBC and “SNL” really want to show contrition, how about pooling their money and making a contribution to some veterans’ organization “that really needs some help”?
Now, that’s someone Americans can really look up to. As for Davidson, I’m sure I surprised some people by saying we should cut him a little slack. He’s a young guy, and he has a dark sense of humor affected by losing his father, a heroic NYFD firefighter killed in 9/11 when he was climbing up into one of the World Trade Center towers. It’s possible he didn’t write the joke, from the almost apologetic ad-lib he added. The people I blame are the multiple writers, head writers, producers, Lorne Michaels and all the NBC Standards and Practices people who sign off on “SNL’s” scripts and who should have enough wisdom and experience to realize that that joke wasn’t “edgy”-funny, it was just mean and offensive to veterans.
They also have a lot more money than a young “SNL” cast member, so their donation to a needy veterans’ organization should be that much bigger.
Election night coverage
By Mike Huckabee
Looking for election night coverage online without the liberal spin? (If there's a lot of crying on the liberal outlets, as we hope, you'll be able to watch that over and over on YouTube later). Then check out Western Journal's special Election Night coverage. They'll report all the races as soon as they come in, with commentary from some of your favorite conservative analysts, such as Herman Cain and Floyd Brown. It all starts very soon at https://www.westernjournal.com/election-2018/
Facebook strikes again
By Mike Huckabee
Just 24 hours before the election, Facebook gave us yet another reason to vote Republican as if your right to free speech depended on it. Because if Democrats take over Congress, do you think they’ll do anything to stop this kind of outrageous censorship of conservatives? I suspect they won’t be too bothered by this kind of online attempt to interfere with the election.
By Mike Huckabee
Here’s the (hopefully) last installment of our round-up of the goofiest election news from around the US:
“Democratic socialist” It-girl Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is virtually a lock to become one of our next Congress members, thanks to her deep-blue New York district (Note to those voters: the Republican is a fine candidate, and even the Democratic incumbent she beat in the primary is still on the ballot, so you really don’t have to endorse the choice of the loopiest voters in your primary). But she still seems to have learned nothing about economics.
She was asked how we can possibly afford all the free stuff she wants the government to provide (to her, health care, housing, college, etc. are all “rights” that everyone should receive for “free”). Her response was to claim to be confused by the question (something I imagine happens often). She said, “No, people often say, like, how are you going to pay for it and I find the question so puzzling because ‘How do you pay for something that’s more affordable? How do you pay for cheaper rent?’ You just pay for it. We’re paying more now.”
Click the link, which makes it clear that, like, no, “Medicare For All” is not cheaper than what we have now; and in reality, would cost $32 trillion over, like, ten years. That’s about half-again as much as the entire current national, like, debt.
I think the only part of what she said that’s actually instructive is the blithe phrase, “You just pay for it.” This sums up the entire “Democratic socialist” world view perfectly in only five words. I get everything free, and “you just pay for it.”
The Question on Everyone's Lips: Did Texas Senate hopeful and Democratic media star Robert “Beto” O’Rourke try to convince voters of his everyman bona fides (or associate himself with something they like) by making his ubiquitous yard signs look like the logo for Whataburger’s Spicy Ketchup?
In Atlanta, members of the Black Panthers promoted Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacy Abrams by going around town brandishing the kind of semi-automatic rifles that she thinks citizens shouldn’t be allowed to own. Say, are they aware of that?
The Panthers must be the only people who actually believed her backpedaling away from gun confiscation. Or maybe they’re willing to overlook her gun-grabbing as long as she keeps writing sexy novels filled with people grabbing other people’s naughty parts. Yes, that was actually her job, writing romance potboilers under the pen name, Selena Montgomery (Warning: this link is not for those with innocent eyes or good taste in literature.)
Everything You Need to Vote!
By Mike Huckabee
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Evening Edition - November 5
By Mike Huckabee
A wrap-up of all the news you might have missed yesterday!
"Who will render to every man according to his deeds."
- Romans 2:6
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