Evening Edition - February 15

February 15, 2019

As I already mentioned, President Trump reportedly plans to sign the compromise budget bill to keep the government from shutting down again, but he’s not happy with the paltry funding for border security and intends to build the wall and fund other measures by declaring a national emergency and shifting military funds that he controls to border security.  

https://www.westernjournal.com/breaking-trump-will-declare-national-emergency-mcconnell-says/

Before he signs it, I hope he will read it carefully and have his best legal staffers do so as well.  Word is that the bill has been loaded with poison pills designed to block him from taking independent action to do what Congress refuses to do.  If so, then he should refuse to sign it and force them back to the drawing board, even if there is another partial shutdown.  There’s also the concern that Democrats will use this as precedent for future Presidents to impose their agendas by declaring gun control or other hot button leftist issues to be a national emergency.  But that’s a red herring: do you really think they wouldn’t try to do that anyway, no matter what Trump does?  And if he really thinks something is a national emergency, then he shouldn’t ignore it just because someone might try to abuse that power in the future. 

Between this bill and Andrew McCabe’s revealing 60 MINUTES interview, this week has certainly thrown a spotlight on how desperate various powers are to prevent Donald Trump from being able to exercise the powers granted to every other President by the Constitution.  Even before he took office, we had unelected bureaucrats scheming to remove him, Democrats calling for impeaching him (they’d think up charges later), the media attacking everything he said and did, and leftwing groups cherry-picking activist liberal federal judges who tried to usurp his executive powers.  We’ve also seen Congress try to pass an unconstitutional bill to make Robert Mueller fireproof, in effect turning him into an unaccountable fourth branch of government; and now a budget bill that not only shirks Congress’ responsibility to protect our borders but tries to tie Trump’s hands to keep him from doing it.

As I noted yesterday, Obama declared 13 national emergencies, some of them having to do with foreign policy issues; and wrote 276 executive orders, many of them designed to do an end-run around Congress and usurp the powers of the legislature.  When he did it, liberals hailed it as “bold leadership” that bravely brushed aside all that pesky partisan obstruction to do what needed to be done.  Yet when Trump seeks to use his executive powers in perfectly legal and legitimate ways, it’s unconstitutional and grounds for federal lawsuits if not impeachment.  

All of this stems not from any understanding of law or the Constitution, and certainly not, as McCabe seems to think, from answering some higher patriotic calling to save America.  It all stems from a psychotic inability to accept the reality that the Democrats lost the 2016 election they thought they had in the bag and that Trump is really President.  More than two years later, they are still trapped in the first two stages of grief (“Denial” and “Anger”) and refuse to move on, keeping the rest of the country stuck there with them.  Nancy Pelosi made it clear she will never graduate to stage three (“Bargaining”), so that Democrats can move on to “Depression” and finally, “Acceptance.” 

As for those of us who support the President, we are moving backward through those same stages.  We immediately Accepted the people’s verdict, got Depressed at our opponents’ childishness, tried Bargaining with them to no avail, finally got Angry at how their mule-headed intransigence is dividing people and harming America, and are now determined to go to the polls and Deny them any more power until they learn how to behave like grownups.

 

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There’s been a lot of talk recently about the “dying middle class” – everything from Grammy critics blaming the decline of rock on teens not being able to afford instruments and families no longer having houses for garage bands to play in, to all the Democratic Presidential candidates vowing to help the dying middle class somehow by taxing the bejeebers out of the businesses that create their jobs.  And of course, there’s the endless nonsense in the media about how the Trump tax cuts robbed and cheated the middle class by…making them pay less in taxes?  What?!

I keep wondering if any of these people have ventured outside their elite bubbles since Obama left office because the uphill battle for America’s workers that they describe fits his Administration to a T but is starting to appear as outdated as the 2009 Grammy Awards.

At the link, Investor’s Business Daily lists some of the good news pointing toward a revival of the middle class under Trump that the media are trying desperately not to report. 

https://www.investors.com/politics/editorials/middle-class-revival-trump/

When the media grudgingly mention any good news about the economy, it’s usually to try to give credit for it to Obama.  Anyone who owns a business will tell you that things are booming now after eight years of anemic growth because Trump reversed the liberal policies that were keeping the government’s heavy foot pressing on the economy’s throat. 

But if they told you that, you wouldn’t vote to bring back those toxic policies.  So even if every American family could suddenly afford a four-bedroom house with a Whole Foods chicken in every pot and a rock band in every garage, you’d still be hearing about how the middle class is dying under Trump.  Come on, who you gonna believe, the media or your stupid paychecks?

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In recent years, New Yorkers have gotten used to seeing residents and businesses move out to escape the high taxes, heavy regulations, bureaucratic corruption, micromanagement and other crushing burdens of “progressive” blue state leftism. 

https://thehill.com/opinion/finance/429623-americans-continue-their-march-to-low-tax-states

Still, this latest story must set a new speed record for high-tailing it out of New York.

Amazon had barely decided to locate its new headquarters in Queens when all the liberal politicians and activists swarmed like ants at a picnic, accusing the company of “greed” for accepting tax breaks to move in, demanding more pay and benefits for workers, and raising other typical leftist complaints.  Seeing that this was going to be more trouble than it was worth, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos said “thanks but no thanks” and pulled out of the deal, taking his $2.5 billion building project and 25,000 new jobs with him. 

https://www.westernjournal.com/ap-amazon-dumps-new-york-city-as-new-headquarters-site/

That’s right: the “blue state model” in New York is so hostile to business that businesses are now fleeing New York before they even open there.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who is already facing blowback over his inhuman abortion bill and sweating over a $2 billion+ drop in tax revenues is now saddled with the bad publicity from this debacle.  

https://nypost.com/2019/02/14/with-amazon-gone-everyone-sees-that-emperor-andrew-has-no-clothes/

Meanwhile, leftwing activists such as Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez are crowing about their victory in driving away Amazon.  She tweeted, “Today was the day a group of dedicated, everyday New Yorkers and their neighbors defeated Amazon’s corporate greed, its worker exploitation, and the power of the richest man in the world.”


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Actually, they didn’t defeat his power.  His power is that he can take his 25,000 jobs (which, incidentally, have a starting pay of $15 an hour, not below minimum wage, as she apparently believes) and put them anywhere he likes.  And if New York’s political and union environment is hostile to that, then other states would be more than happy to roll out the red carpet, which they probably bought on Amazon.  As for AOC, let’s hope she runs for reelection on a campaign slogan that highlights her two greatest achievements so far: “I brought you the Green New Deal and helped drive away 25,000 new jobs!” 

It’s no surprise that I’ve seen joke caps and other merchandise popping up online that read “MABA: Make Alexandra Bartend Again.”  With her kind of leadership, bartending jobs may be all that her constituents will be able to get. 

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New York’s new Democratic majority, with the gleeful support of Gov. Andrew Cuomo, recently passed a law legalizing abortion up to the moment of birth (there have been many articles attempting to dispute that; they are wrong and based on weasel words such as “health of the mother” that can mean literally anything the abortion doctors want it to mean.)  This law not only defies basic human decency, it also flies in the face of all we’ve learned in recent years about the development of infants in the womb.

New York’s politicians want to keep people in the dark about what abortion really is because the only way it can thrive is by hiding it behind clinic walls and euphemisms like “reproductive choice.”  When people see it what it actually is, they turn away from it in horror.  The vast majority of women change their minds about having an abortion if they see a sonogram, which is why killing laws requiring sonograms is also part of the left’s current tide of pro-abortion laws (to paraphrase the Washington Post, “Abortion thrives in darkness.”)

Well, Focus on the Family is about to turn on the lights in New York to see if the cockroaches scatter.  They’re launching a 12-week campaign called “See Life Clearly.”  It will culminate on May 4th with an event in Times Square called “Alive in New York.”  It will feature pro-life speakers, music, and most importantly, live 4-D ultrasounds of a third trimester baby projected on a massive Jumbotron screen. 

FOTF President Jim Daly said, “It looks like a picture of a 1-year-old. There is no way a person is going to be able to say, 'That is not a child.' It is a child and we want everybody to see it."

I am bracing for pro-abortion groups to try to challenge the event’s permits or use any other tactics to keep New Yorkers from seeing the kind of carnage they endorse.  If there’s a blackout in NYC on May 4th, I’d suggest the police look for pro-abortion activists with wire cutters. 

https://www.christianpost.com/news/focus-on-the-family-live-4-d-ultrasounds-times-square-jumbotron.html

 

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If it’s true that the test of character is what you do when nobody’s watching, then those who think President Trump’s pro-life stance is just an insincere ploy to court Evangelical votes should see what he did when he thought nobody was watching at last week’s National Prayer Breakfast.

https://www.politico.com/story/2019/02/13/trump-evangelicals-1169394

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In the UK, a pregnant 19-year-old who fled to the Middle East at 15 to become an ISIS bride now wants to come back to Great Britain and give birth to her terrorist-fathered baby at the expense of the National Health Service.  Britain’s Home Secretary Sajid Javid is moving to block that, saying he won’t hesitate to keep people from returning who are full of hate for their own country.  And Security Minister Ben Wallace agreed, telling BBC Radio 4, “I’m not putting at risk British people’s lives to go and look for terrorists or former terrorists in a failed state…actions have consequences.”

https://www.foxnews.com/world/uk-official-vows-to-prevent-return-of-britons-who-backed-is

But giving the US yet another reason to ignore "international law," Lord Carlile, a former independent reviewer of terrorism laws, said blocking her from coming back might violate international law: unless she has a second nationality, she must be allowed to return to prevent her from becoming “stateless.”

My response to that is that she chose her state: the Islamic State.  If she wants to let some nice British couple who don’t believe in mass murder adopt her child, then that’s great for both the baby and the couple.  But why should British taxpayers be expected to provide free medical care and probably an array of other public benefits to someone who abandoned Great Britain because she wanted to see it and everything it stood for obliterated from the face of the Earth?


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For background: she had two other babies in Syria that died and admits she’s not sorry she went there and only wants to return for the free health care.  As this article notes, she “claims she lived a 'normal life' in ISIS' capital Raqqa and was 'not fazed' by the brutal execution of its enemies, recounting how she once found an 'an enemy of Islam's' decapitated head in a bin.” 

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6702719/Ex-London-schoolgirl-19-fled-join-ISIS-two-friends-flees-nine-months-pregnant.html

You can read more at the link then feel free to voice your opinion in the comments section on whether compassion and the concept of welcoming back the Prodigal Son (or daughter) should extend to someone who abetted torture, enslavement and mass murder and isn’t even sorry about it. 

 

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Weekend TV Note On a “Huckabee” Family Member:  If you enjoy the essays by “Huckabee” writer Laura Ainsworth, look for her this weekend on your TVs and computer screens.  She’s not only a fine writer, she’s also a fantastic retro-jazz recording artist.  She was recently honored by the Artists Music Guild Heritage Awards with an unprecedented triple win for Video, Album (“New Vintage”) and Female Vocalist of the Year at a ceremony hosted by Thelma Houston. 

A TV special made from that evening recently aired nationally on Dish Network.  This weekend, it will be broadcast on WATC-TV in Atlanta at 10 a.m. EST on Saturday and again at 8 p.m. EST on Sunday.  You can also watch it streaming live online at WATV’s website.  Here’s more info on the AMG Awards show:

http://watc.tv/the-amg-heritage-awards-coming-to-watc/

And more about Laura’s music.  Congratulation, Laura!

www.lauraainsworth.com

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  • Nancy Slay

    02/17/2019 02:09 PM

    Re. Keith Wingfield
    Read Jerome Corsi’s book. He says Sessions was paranoid that he was under constant surveillance and feared doing anything that might draw criticism from the Democrat mainstream media.

  • Francesca Coppola

    02/16/2019 03:47 PM

    Attention American Women: With all the hoopla about bringing 'women into government' and hearing that women would vote for a stranger woman walking along the street to be president not knowing a thing about her', I will just say that the likes of Nancy and Hillary would turn out to be a nightmare if either one was ever a USA president. Or any other Democrat for that matter. They are looking for revolution to turn our country into the socialist culture they want - do we need these incompetent ladies? Nope. President Trump talks a lot BUT he gets a LOT done. They talk a LOT but they create CHAOS and INSTABILITY. Time for the old rocking chairs.

  • Amelia Little

    02/16/2019 12:35 PM

    I don't know what college ocasio got her economics degree from, but if she is espousing what she learned there, I do think the economics department needs to be revamped. One would wonder, though--did she attend classes? You know people can make up any type of diploma (among other things) on some app on the computer. One would have to wonder if she just printed herself something--and then just says whatever ludicrous stuff she wants. I don't have a degree in economics, but have a far greater understanding of how stuff works then she does (probably any 5 year old does.) You'd think that with all the big businesses moving out or pulling out of going to NY would give the powers that be an idea that they are doing something wrong. I guess ocasio doesn't realize that probably all of her constituents could have gotten one of those 25,000 jobs at $15/hour. They should be po'd at her and hopefully would vote against her next election. (Even better would be to just recall her.)

    I think that We The People should be able to see ALL that is in the bill and to be able to express our opinions on ALL the additives. Might take a little longer for it to be voted on, but we should get to know what garbage is being handed to liberals for the paltry amount SOME are willing allow for a barrier at the border. I think the President SHOULD call for a national emergency and "get 'er done!!" There was a fb meme where people were trying to say things they list are a national emergency--border security is not. Funny, the opioid crisis,death by drugs was listed--hmm, border security would cut those down significantly. Homeless? Yes, and instead of government fighting over anything to boot President Trump (and imprision and hang and whatever) they should be addressing the homeless crisis--and keeping illegal immigrants out of the US would also cut that number down. I can't remember all their points, but most go right back to securing our borders.

    But, no, let's concentrate on removing President Trump, obstructing anything he tries to do at the expense of American citizens, and, of course, disarm all law-abiding citizens!! I don't know, maybe the anti-gun people want to make sure there are plenty of guns for anti-fa and gang members to obtain illegally--even though gang members are more likely to kill people of their own race.

  • Rafael A Salaz

    02/16/2019 11:16 AM

    The Republicans who ate in the Senate or Congress or where ever should help President Trump with his agenda. If not they should be removed . I hear to much of these people shifting back and forth , this weakens the Republican Party objectives . It’s plain to see the Democrats are in Depression over losing the election period. There should be a bigger power to shut them up .

  • linda oleary

    02/16/2019 11:04 AM

    Thank you for reporting the truth. God Bless you.

  • Phil Tinnes

    02/16/2019 09:59 AM

    Left the UK at 15? expecting at 19? What happened to the 2 or 3 kids in between? Hmmm. Only Jesus knows what's really in her heart.
    Those in Congress who hate President Trump? He has exposed them as thieves, bribe arrangers and perk enjoyers who set up votes to bypass the citizens of the U.S. Mike, you would make a successful president. Maybe these evening editions of yours will sit well with the American people as R. Reagan's G E Hour talks did.

  • Linda Crane

    02/16/2019 09:48 AM

    Governor Huckabee,, your comments are right on the money. So true. Keep up the good work. Make these comments well known.

  • keith wingfield

    02/16/2019 09:30 AM

    It is now obvious that the FBI and the DOJ attempted a coup d'etat to unseat President Trump. Mike - Do you think that Jeff Sessions was complicit in this attempted coup d'etat? Is that why he was such an incredibly weak Attorney General?

    If the conspirators were able to bring Jeff Sessions into this treasonous plot, how were they able to do so? Was this done by misleading Sessions into believing that the FBI had access to (and was eventually going to publicize) photographs of Trump frolicking with Russian prostitutes in a Moscow hotel room?

    Please comment.

  • Vickie Fiorentino

    02/16/2019 08:26 AM

    What ever happened to Ann Coulter? she used to be so "RIGHT" and now, well I am afraid her left turn signal is stuck...

  • Ann Ross

    02/16/2019 08:07 AM

    Thank you. Wish there were ways this newsletter could be on the front page of every newspaper.

  • CW Mitchell

    02/15/2019 11:33 PM

    I support the President, I just wish he would veto this bad bill and force the congress to take the blame by passing it over his veto or shutting down the government. He would win either way with me.

  • Rafael A Salaz

    02/15/2019 10:35 PM

    The Democrats are curing the blues about everything Trump does. They act like there is no money for the Wall. But they have plenty of money to go to Court for everything Trump does. And keep on spending for investigations.

  • Tammy

    02/15/2019 10:06 PM

    Thanks for sharing the see life clearly campaign. So awesome!

  • gary stilwell

    02/15/2019 09:17 PM

    cortez----seems she has an amazon account, and has ordered a few times--uh, maybe she could explain-----

  • Anita Mule

    02/15/2019 09:17 PM

    Regarding Laura Ainsworth: I always thought jazz people were smarter than the average bear. Now I know it for sure.

  • LYNN MARTIN SANCHEZ

    02/15/2019 09:16 PM

    I enjoy reading your emails. I do believe one of the greatest threats to our country is the liberal bias in our schools and the lack of history classes and civics classes. Keep on informing us. I, for one, am listening. (I like your daughter too!) God bless America. Mrs. Martin-Sanchez

  • gary stilwell

    02/15/2019 09:12 PM

    isis bride. The mother should be allowed to return-only to birth the innocent child--once that happens, the mother will be deported back to the shit hole she likes and the child will be nurtured and brought up in a christian, democratic environment by selected appropriate parents--If the child grows to be uncomfortable with the lot he/she has in life he/she will be deported back to the same shithole his mother is in--
    very simple.

  • Theodore Orwig

    02/15/2019 08:56 PM

    A tip for all conservative groups, candidates, and leaders. Improve fundraising and team support by basing their campaigns on Specific Plans and Specific Actions that NEED FUNDING TO WIN. Filling war chests, showing strength to the democrats, help offset the democrats strong funding, show me support, sign a Birthday card, and other ‘cry wolf’ requests for voter dollars have been the ‘campaign model’ for new and seasoned senators and House representatives, and the NRSC and NRCC. Please Help! VOTERS DESERVE ACTIONS! Winning in 2020 will require actions. I have already gotten pleas ; the democrats are coming after me, they have raised 1 million dollars already; I can win because I have you: send money. I will not support this anymore. There are groups and candidates with Actions-they get my support! Please reply if you have time.

  • Tommie Houser

    02/15/2019 08:38 PM

    The insanity of the left Democrats like Pelosi, make me physically ill. Her disrespect and distain towards POTUS, Angel Mom’s and American, is terrible. Did she not have to take an oath of office to serve American Citizens and America , NOT
    Foreign Ilegal aliens ? Why in God’s name doesn’t our President declare martial
    Law ? Such Treasonous individuals as Pelosi , Schumer, Obama , HRC,
    Sally Page, Clapper,Rob Rodstein , Muller, Comey, McCabe And others should
    experience a 4 A.M. raid and experience confinement to a cell in Cuba. Rather
    than Pelosi flying her family around the World, fly her “one way to Cuba and SAVE America please”. Demostic enemies of America are treasonous ! Act Now !

  • Heather Mailloux

    02/15/2019 08:24 PM

    Mike, I am an Evangelical like you. I just don't understand why the left think like they do. They don't have common sense, I guess. Do you know why? I also don't understand why Jews in America vote democrat. I thought they would think more like Christians. I do think that all of this is just setting the stage for Christ's return, but it is hard not to feel fear anyway. Thanks for all you do!! I voted for you during the primaries :)

  • Joyce Birch

    02/15/2019 08:12 PM

    My opinion regarding the 6/8 Federal/DOJ employees involved with the Russian collusion against President Trump should all be charged and tried in a Federal Court, not by our Congressional lawyers. Too many investigations & no legislations!

  • Richard Kanode

    02/15/2019 08:05 PM

    I have never heard any comment on the subject but to me the issue with the Democrats is one of legacy. Walls are not easily removed. They fear it will become known as Trump's Wall.

  • Emily Yeatts

    02/15/2019 08:03 PM

    What about Obama and his by passing congress to deliver a billion $ to Iran Nancy never said anything about that being unconstitutional

  • Renata E. Melone

    02/15/2019 08:02 PM

    Abortion in any form is, in my opinion, known as Murder! Those performing this type of Murder should serve time in jail like any other murderer. My only concern by ms AOC is that she will be primed for years so that when she is old enough to run for President, they will have her so indoctrinated she won't know if she belongs to ISIS or Soro - probably both! God help this country if she ever gets any farther along than she already has! I was very pleased with the President's press conference that was televised today. He explained everything that has been going on and is going on so simply I don't know how anyone could misconstrue what he meant - but, I'm sure they will. The people in attendance who asked questions were, however, behaved more professional than those held inside the White House. It must be terrible to be so disquieted about the loss of an election that your life just can't go on -- all I can say is -- GET A LIFE OUT OF POLITICS! We must never stop praying for our President, those who are working with him (and pray for those against him to get a change of heart) and for all the people in this beautiful country that God created for us to take care of! Thank you again for all your fine reporting of the daily news! God bless you and your family!

  • Ted Brown

    02/15/2019 08:01 PM

    No question of tighter border security being an integral component of improved national security.
    Though not 100% effective, physical barriers will nonetheless be a deterrent at otherwise uncontrolled border crossing points.
    I support Trump on improving national security by controlling our borders, but would have preferred an appropriations bill authorizing it.
    Very disappointed that the apparent agenda of many nationally elected representatives fail to accept reality of present border situation.
    By de-facto reasoning, one might logically ask who's agenda do they truly represent?