Morning Edition - July 27

July 27, 2020 |

MORNING EDITION

July 27, 2020 

By Mike Huckabee

CHIEF JUSTICE ROBERTS SIDES WITH THE LIBERALS, AGAIN...

Once again on Friday, Chief Justice John Roberts sided with the Court’s liberals against First Amendment religious freedom protections. In a stunning 5-4 ruling against Calvary Chapel Dayton Valley in Nevada that echoed a similar ruling in May against a California church, the SCOTUS refused to hear an appeal arguing that churches, synagogues and mosques shouldn’t have to comply with the Democratic Governor’s 50-person limit on worship services to combat COVID-19.

This is blatantly discriminatory against people of faith because it applies only to them. In a blistering dissent, Justice Neil Gorsuch noted that the restriction doesn’t apply to casinos or movie theaters, which could easily be packing in hundreds of people with far fewer health precautions than places of worship are imposing. Not to mention all the anti-police protests for which restrictions never apply, since they’re an exercise of First Amendment rights that liberal officials agree with.

Sen. Ted Cruz sarcastically tweeted that churches should install craps tables; then maybe they’d be allowed to open. My reaction was blunter: I called on Roberts to repent and resign:

Here’s another great commentary by Andrea Widburg on this outrageous ruling that calls it “a constitutional no-brainer.” She writes that “There’s something very wrong at the Supreme Court, and Justice Roberts seems to sit at the heart of the problem.” She adds that the only way to insure a real conservative majority on the Court is to reelect Trump so that he can make more appointments, and if Biden is elected, the “Constitution will be abandoned for the foreseeable future.”

(Ms. Widburg also makes the excellent point that Nevada’s COVID-19 death rate is only 0.02%, with almost all the cases concentrated near Las Vegas, more than 400 miles away from the church. Yet the casinos can open and the church cant’?)

Roberts seems to believe that his job is not to declare unconstitutional laws unconstitutional (it's actually his #1 job), but to find some legal excuse to justify whatever the government does, on the theory that if elected officials did it, then the people must want it. The Bill of Rights does not exist to insure that the government or even the majority always get what they want but to protect the people from their own government. It’s also not a list of rights granted by government until they have a good reason to take them away. It’s a list of God-given rights granted to every American by their Creator that the government has no power to take away.

If Chief Justice Roberts can’t figure out the difference by this stage of his career, then it’s time to find a new career.

NERO AND CAESAR MAKE A COMEBACK IN AMERICA...

While some on the SCOTUS might think that they are the last word, churches answer to a higher power. In a blog post Friday, Pastor John McArthur of Grace Community Church in San Fernando Valley, one of the largest congregations in California, urged church leaders to defy Gov. Gavin Newsom’s latest edict once against banning church services due to the rising COVID-19 infection rate (again, Newson allowed and encouraged the protests.) McArthur wrote that “freedom of worship is a command of God, not a privilege granted by the state,” and that Christians are subject to Christ’s will as revealed in Scripture, and compliance with the government’s ban on worship services “would be disobedience to our Lord’s clear commands.” He noted that “Christ, not Caesar,” is head of the church.

For those who would argue that modern times are different, I’d ask you to consider how many Democratic Governors seem to think they’re Caesar, even as a few leftist mayors I could name are acting more like Nero and fiddling while their cities burn.

VIGILANTE JUSTICE IS SPREADING

We’re seeing exactly what happens when we give the mob its wish and order the police to stand down. These protesters don’t say, “Well, that’s more like it” and go home; they ramp up the violence because now they figure they can get away with even more.

Law professor Glenn Reynolds of the Instapundit blog has written wisely that the inevitable result of this is not a utopian society with no evil gestapo cops, but vigilante justice. The people will only put up with being terrorized for so long, particularly when the officials they foolishly elected abandon them to the mob and tell them, as the Seattle Police Chief just did, that “we can no longer enforce the law. You are on your own.”

The only responses in such a case range across a spectrum from armed self-defense to neighborhood patrols to gangs to vigilante groups to militias. Do the leftist leaders of these cities really prefer any of those options to police (I exempt Chicago, since they’ve obviously preferred letting gangs run wild to backing the police for years)? As Prof. Reynolds puts it, “In the end, the police aren’t there to protect the public from criminals, they’re there to protect criminals from the public. Communities dealt with crime long before police were invented, usually in rather harsh and low-due-process ways. The bargain was, let the police handle it instead. No police, no bargain.”

All those who accuse the police of not being gentle enough with them when they assault someone or steal or destroy someone’s property really aren’t going to like what happens if the police go away and their victims start dealing directly with the problem themselves.

FAREWELL TO FIVE LONGTIME CELEBRITIES

By Pat Reeder, “Huckabee” pop culture guru (http://www.facebook.com/hollywoodhifibook)

Suddenly, we are bidding farewell to some celebrities whom it seemed had been around forever and would go on forever.

Olivia DeHavilland, one of the last surviving veterans of Hollywood’s Golden Age, died Sunday at her home in Paris at 104. Last year, she was photographed riding her bicycle at 103. She noted the irony that she was the last living cast member of “Gone With The Wind” when her character of Melanie was so fragile that she was the only one who died in the film.

In addition to “Gone With The Wind,” her five-decade movie career included “The Adventures of Robin Hood” with Errol Flynn (the first big-budget feature in three-strip Technicolor, a year before “The Wizard of Oz”) and “The Heiress,” for which she won the Best Actress Oscar three years after winning it for “To Each His Own,” scoring two wins out of five career nominations. (One was for “The Snake Pit,”also the premise of one of my favorite obscure jokes, when after escaping being thrown into a pit of snakes, Bullwinkle the moose leans over the edge and says, “Goodbye, Olivia!”)

She also made history in a couple of other ways. In 1943, fed up with being forced to take mediocre roles, she sued Warner Brothers and won. The case resulted in a ban on long-term studio contracts that automatically renewed without the actors’ consent, which became known as “the DeHavilland Law.” And in the days when communists were trying to stealthily take power in Hollywood and called anyone who opposed them “fascists” (sound familiar?), she bravely threw out a pro-commie speech written for her by Dalton Trumbo and gave her own speech, denouncing communism. Read the full story here, it will make you respect her even more:

Also, on Saturday, Regis Philbin died at home of natural causes a month before his 89th birthday. He first came to national attention as the announcer/sidekick on Joey Bishop’s late night show that challenged (barely) Johnny Carson. From there, it was on to “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire,” “Regis & Kathie Lee,” “Regis & Kelly” and countless other shows and talk show appearances.

Coincidentally, Regis died just a few weeks after the passing of longtime TV host Hugh Downs at 99.

Both Regis and Hugh made record albums: “An Evening With Hugh Downs” (1959) and four LPs by Regis, from “It’s Time For Regis” (1968) to 2009’s “Just You. Just Me” with his wife Joy. “The Regis Philbin Christmas Album” (2005) features Donald Trump on “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” and an animated Trump appears in the Claymation video.

Regis also broke Downs’ Guinness World Record for the most hours spent on network TV (15,188). Regis was on national TV for about 17,000 hours. That would take being on TV for two hours a day five days a week, 52 weeks a year, for over 30 years. Blogger Mark Evanier recalls meeting Regis once at a Hollywood benefit about 10 years ago, where he happily talked, shook hands and posed for photos with everyone who asked. When Evanier told him that David Letterman must really love him to have him on so often, he replied:

"That's because I'm always available! Someone cancels, it's 'Call Regis!' and I'm there like a trained cocker spaniel! But you know what they say…showing up is 90% of everything! I may not be the funniest guy on TV but I'm really good at showing up."

Regis kept showing up for over 50 years, and we were always glad to see him. TV won’t be the same without him.

Actor John Saxon has also died at 83. Some of his most famous roles included the movies “Enter The Dragon” with Bruce Lee (Saxon was a martial artist himself), “Joe Kidd” and “Raid on Entebbe,” as well as TV roles on “Dynasty” and “Falcon Crest.”

Finally, British singer/guitarist Peter Green died Saturday in his sleep at 73. If you remember when Fleetwood Mac was a blues-rock band, that was under Green. He co-founded Fleetwood Mac but left in 1971, before it morphed into a pop-rock mega-group. Green was considered one of the best British blues guitarists ever. Even B.B. King said he had “the sweetest tone I ever heard. He was the only one who gave me the cold sweats.”

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  • Georgia Haridopolos

    07/27/2020 09:38 PM

    This is not the subject of this edition...BUT ...come forth and do so Governor...Why aren't we calling out the owners of CNN, which I believe are ATT and Ted Turner, etc. ALL the the media who are not showing the craziness doing on in Portland, Chicago, etc. Why let them hide beyolnd the "journalists" which are hired by them. Wake up...The Media is owned by humans who are letting other humans lie about the rioters who are not protestors.

  • Aaron Woien

    07/27/2020 05:48 PM

    Roberts was a bad choice by GW Bush, who had no clue how to nominate a Supreme Court justice. Remember Harriet Miers? I am so glad that President Trump ended the Bush and Clinton dynasties!

  • Richard Thornburg Shoemaker

    07/27/2020 05:13 PM

    I received the attached from a resident of Portland:

    " the purpose of sending it was to show how divisive this is. Depending on which station or reporter you listen to you get a different story. This is what I know:

    It has gone on far too long.

    It has destroyed the city – many, many blocks of boarded up store fronts.

    The actual area where it happens is very small – a couple of blocks.

    Not where I live, the only disruption is sometimes helicopters

    Most people in Portland are against the feds. So it’s become a thing.

    The business community and residents in the actual area are sick of it and are not part of the protests.

    Our mayor is an idiot and so is our city council. Nobody is in charge.

    Basically if you are far left, you hate the feds and support the protests. If you are central or right, you want it to stop.


  • Anne Amato

    07/27/2020 04:33 PM

    The comment by the dissenting Supreme Court Justice....think he actually said something about the Court placing the rights of "Caesars Palace over Calvary Chapel". Interesting language......could be transated as:
    "Caesar" (money and power) being placed higher than "Calvary" (Jesus Christ).

    "WHERE ARE YOU (PEOPLE) OF COURAGE?" Let's take sensible precautionary measures and OPEN UP OUR CHURCHES!!!!!

  • Firewagon

    07/27/2020 04:21 PM

    "....armed self-defense...." LOL! I'm older than you are Mike, but I'm sure you also remember the days of yesteryear when the 'need' to be armed was NOT even a thought! NO kids were killing other kids by the thousands every year, either. Until the '60s and Vietnam, I'm not sure I even knew what the word 'riot' was all about. NOW? If you think the police or government of any kind WILL keep you and your family safe, or are even 'required' to do so, and do not prepare for the God Forbid event where it will be 'your' responsibility to stay alive until the cavalry arrives, if it does, you have abdicated your position as "Head of the family!"

    As a tie in with being armed, those 9 magpies in robes are hardly the "final solution" on almost anything, 'We The Serfs' are! As with that '73 'decree' in that misbegotten Roe v/s Wade granting abortion as some 'legal Right,' that group of would-be Einsteins has made disastrous decisions that have gone unrighted. A favorite example in a recent 'gun control' case had these nimrods finding that 'We The People' had a right to own/have a gun "in the home!" It was one bastardized ruling to the point of 'changing that 2nd Amendment' by adding someplace where "the right of the people to keep and bear arms" should be 'allowed.' The milky-toast boot-on-our-necks ruling class has incessantly attempted to disarm America by adding to or subtracting from that 'single declarative sentence!' I am armed 24/7 ANYWHERE I am not scanned or patted down. My credo says, 'I will obey no man-made law that would deny me my 'God-Given Right' to self-defense of myself or mine, by any appropriate means, ANYWHERE, that 2nd Amendment is appreciated but NOT required!' YMMV

    In my view, President Trump just adding federal 'people' to help our besieged major cities is currently not sufficient. Let the haters and media, but I repeat myself, get ready to whine, cry, and gnash their teeth after the president declares martial law! Anybody without a business license of a medical emergency on the streets after 8 p.m. will be arrested and summarily shipped to that empty terrorist holding facility in Cuba, pending their "due process!" It is past time to SHUT IT DOWN.

  • Linda Wolfe

    07/27/2020 04:11 PM

    Have no fear. The Church is built upon the SOLID ROCK and the gates of hell will NEVER PREVAIL against the CHURCH. Yes, there is persecution , but God has a way of silencing evil people. Remember when God opened up the ground and swallowed a whole bunch up. That could very well happen again.

  • Darlene F. Donston

    07/27/2020 03:57 PM

    Justice Roberts needs to step down ASAP! He has been making up his own Laws! Too many times!
    Term Limits are needed for EVERYONE in the Federal Government! NO Lifetime terms should be allowed because they then begin to think they should have the job forever and also the Voter's are too dumb and just keep voting the same ones in over and over again instead of paying attention to what they are doing!

  • Cathy Wentz

    07/27/2020 03:55 PM

    We are so blessed here at Calvary Chapel in Cedar City, Utah. Although we had to deal with online services for a few weeks and then a drive-in service for Resurrection Sunday, we are able to have in-person services again beginning in May. They have increased the distance between rows, but we can still meet. Not only that, the church just added a special service especially for older adults who are more at risk if they get infected with COVID-19. The infection rate in Southern Utah is fairly low; the larger infection rate is in the Salt Lake City about 300 miles north of us.

  • Colette Wagner

    07/27/2020 02:12 PM

    Dear Governor Huckabee,
    I have been following your newsletter for years now. I love that you stand and fight for the rights of Christian Conservatives everywhere. Recently I started listening to Rush also. I think it’s too much of a coincidence that you both are talking about the “silent majority “ allowing the Dems and their anarchist followers to get away with what they are doing because we don’t stand against them. What are we supposed to do? If we stand outside our house with a gun to protect our property, we are arrested. If we have a peaceful protest in favor of the police, we are attacked in front of those same police and they are told to stand down and not help us. If we speak out against those terrorizing us, we are the ones arrested. 77% of conservatives are afraid to even say we stand for Trump (I’m not one of them by the way). Our voice is not heard by our representatives, our politics have stood by and let this happen. The Dems don’t care about this country or the people in it. They have even spoken out against a drug that would stop the Chinese virus and people are dying because they don’t want Trump to win. What can we do to stop them that won’t get us arrested? Why is nobody we voted for doing anything to stop this? Seeing my country being destroyed from within makes me mad and I don’t know what can do to stop the radical left from taking over. It makes me glad I am old but sad that our country will be a hell hole for my grandkids to inherit

  • Christine Pfeiffer

    07/27/2020 02:06 PM

    I have two questions for Justice Roberts: One- Who bought you? Two- What was your price?
    Shameful.

  • Laurie Keiski

    07/27/2020 01:54 PM

    Maybe a mosque should defy. Bet those elected officials will buckle in a minute. Of course only the mosques would be exempt. Also would like to see your team due a follow up on Mark Levins show last night. Scary stuff.

  • Elene Chase

    07/27/2020 01:43 PM

    Someone "got" to John Roberts -- either they have some very private information Roberts' does not want released or they have threatened his family in some way.

  • JC Holland

    07/27/2020 01:23 PM

    Roberts is clearly on the Soros payroll, or under threat from the Clinton's. I think AG Barr is too since no charges or arrests have been made yet.
    As far as the cities that are rioting are concerned, I say the Police should order ALL officers to stand down for their own safety and let the cities burn. These idiots have been electing socialist democrats for decades. Let them pay the price for their ignorance.

  • Kathy Cleaver

    07/27/2020 01:18 PM

    Rather than demonize Justice Roberts, why aren’t you calling for prayer for God to give Justice Roberts - and ALL of the SCOTUS wisdom and discernment?

  • Margot Plummer

    07/27/2020 01:16 PM

    It appears that CJ Robert's has been hijacked by George Soros. Obviously anyone can be bought.

  • Lawrence Foster

    07/27/2020 01:06 PM

    It was vigilante Justice that began our revolution. Americans did not like being bullied by the redcoats, and took to the streets to let them know. Eventually it developed into a trained Army, but the start was vigilantes saying "enough".

    I hope it does not become necessary. President trump and Bill Barr need to be more aggressive in going after not only the violent protestors, but their protectors and co-conspirators like Mayor Wheeler and Mayor da Blowhard.

  • Richard Valentine

    07/27/2020 12:27 PM

    It seems the transformation of the Chief Justice in the Supreme Court is complete. Roberts is a man seeking to align to anyone who will help him make his mark on history, as such he has placed his bet on the progressives since the winners typically write the history books. Roberts is an egotist who sees himself as a lynchpin to history, pulling forward what he believes is a foregone conclusion in the long run.