July 4, 2020


July 4, 2020 

By Mike Huckabee


We’re taking a brief break from the daily news so that my staff and I can enjoy some time off to celebrate the Fourth of July with our families. But don’t worry, we’ve prepared some newsletter material in advance. And if anything major occurs that cries out for comment, we’ll set down our hot dogs and rush to our laptops! We will return to covering the daily headlines on Tuesday.

Before watching the socially-distanced Fourth of July fireworks displays on TV, join me for some real fireworks on “Huckabee” on TBN! We’ve put together a very special July 4th show for you. I’ll have some new comments on the holiday and the news, plus we’ll revisit some of the very best, funniest and most patriotic moments from previous shows. I won't spoil the surprises, but I guarantee you'll love it.

It’s all coming your way tonight at 8 and 11 EST, 7 and 10 CST, and the same times on Sunday, only on TBN. To find where you can watch TBN, from local cable and broadcast channels to streaming, visit and click on the “WATCH” menu at the top. You can also stream previous episodes, highlights and Internet-only “Digital Exclusives,” like extended interviews and extra performances by our musical and comedy guests. It’s all at


Happy Independence Day and happy 244th birthday to the United States of America! No, this nation was not born in 1619 when slaves first arrived, no matter how many trinkets liberal “journalists” award themselves for creating bogus history. It was born on July 4th, 1776, with the signing of the Declaration of Independence, which officially kicked out the previous regime and kicked off history’s greatest experiment in freedom.

Today is when all Americans celebrate our freedoms. But sadly, too many young Americans have been miseducated to feel no gratitude for the titanic struggles and sacrifices made by those of previous generations to secure and preserve those freedoms. Even those who recognize how lucky they are to be Americans are often too willing to trade away their freedoms in exchange for hollow promises of comfort and security. As the great philosopher Joni Mitchell once said, “You don’t know what you’ve got ‘till it’s gone.”

That’s why the Founding Fathers took such care to lock our most important rights safely within the First Amendment to the Constitution. There are more freedoms guaranteed in that one short sentence than people in most nations can even dream of. That’s why for centuries now, people from around the world have risked their lives to come to America, and why immigrants are often more aware of how unique America is and more grateful for those freedoms than native-born Americans. The Founders understood that freedom really is that precious.

When the framers of the Constitution first met in 1787, many feared that if they created a strong federal government, it would trample the rights of the people, just like the British king they’d fought to break free of. So to make sure the people’s rights would always be protected, they added 10 amendments - although George Mason thought they were so important, they should come first, as the Preface!

Now, in case you’ve never heard it or have just forgotten (as too many federal judges and a few Supreme Court Justices I could name have), here is the First Amendment, in its entirety. Don’t worry, this really won’t take long:

“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof, or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press, or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”

Yep, that’s it. This was before the government needed a 2,000-page bill just to ruin your health insurance. Only 45 simple words were needed to protect our right to speak freely without fear of government retribution...Our right to publish those words so that other Americans can read and debate them…Our right to band together with like-thinking Americans and protest peacefully without fear of arrest (note: protesting peacefully does not include rioting, arson, and looting)…Our right to petition our leaders to change their policies…And our right to be free from having an official state religion forced upon us, but also from government interference with the free expression of our personal religious beliefs (like telling us we can’t gather in church to worship, but we can gather in Walmart.) A lot of people celebrate the first half of that religious right (no state religions) but pretend the second half (no state interference in religion) doesn’t exist. The Supreme Court even seems to be reticent lately to make clear that it means what it says, even though it takes only six words to say it: “…or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.”

These are the rights that together create the free American culture that those of who know real history celebrate today. The Founders thought they were all so important that somehow, they found a way to list every single one of them first.

Then, just to be certain that no future government ever tried to take those rights away, they made the very next amendment the right to bear arms.

And they emphasized that these rights are given by God, not government. So no matter how hard some people might try to scratch some of them off of the parchment, it won’t make a lick of difference. You can’t edit God.


Usually, around the Fourth of July, we hear a lot of songs about all the great things about America: “God Bless America,” “God Bless The USA,” “America the Beautiful” (although you might not have heard them this year because of some people whining that hearing God’s name or praise for America “triggers” them.) But before them all, even before “The Star-Spangled Banner,” there was the original American patriotic anthem, “Yankee Doodle.” However, it didn’t start out as a celebration of Americans, but as a mockery of them.

Since 1776, the song “Yankee Doodle” has been as much a symbol of America as the flag. Every child learns it from the cradle. But many of us grew up without ever knowing what it really means. Like, why did he call his cap macaroni? Did he use cheese for hair mousse (I’ll bet a lot of recent college graduates actually believe that)? Well, I’ll answer those questions and more.

“Yankee Doodle” dates back long before 1776. It most likely started as a German nursery rhyme, since “dudel” is an Old German word for “fool.” It first became associated with America when British soldiers made up their own lyrics to it to mock the ragtag American Revolutionaries. That baffling line – “stuck a feather in his cap and called it macaroni” – makes sense when you know that a macaroni wig was one of those ridiculously large powdered wigs that dandies of the time wore. The Brits were ridiculing Americans as a bunch of hayseeds, so dumb they’d think sticking a feather in their hat would make them look sophisticated. Imagine a Huffington Post article about Trump voters from Alabama, and you’ll have a pretty good idea of just how much arrogant condescension they intended to convey with that.

Unfortunately for the British, it turned out wars weren’t settled according to who had the spiffiest uniforms (in fact, red coats just made you a brighter target.) Those unfashionable Americans were fighting for their homes, their families and their freedom. So they did what Americans have done ever since: they took the ridicule aimed at them, threw it back in the faces of those who mocked them, and got the last laugh.

The Americans took the song “Yankee Doodle” that was meant to belittle them and adopted it as their anthem. They marched to it in the streets, sang it in bars, and made up their own new lyrics to promote the cause of freedom and glorify leaders like General Washington, “upon his strapping stallion.” It wasn’t long before the British learned to dread the sound of that tune, especially when it was played on a fife and drum, accompanied by American militiamen. A Boston newspaper reported that Minutemen who captured two British officers forced them to dance to “Yankee Doodle” until they collapsed. After that, the Brits admitted that that mocking little song didn’t sound so funny to them anymore.

Well, now you know how “Yankee Doodle” came to be the unofficial American battle anthem that later inspired another great patriotic song for this time of year, George M. Cohan’s “Yankee Doodle Dandy.” As Cohan proudly sang, “I’m a Yankee Doodle Dandy, a Yankee Doodle, do or die…A real live nephew of my Uncle Sam, Born on the Fourth of July!”

Of course, Cohan was actually born on the third of July. But that’s another story for another day.



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  • Cheryl Christensen

    07/06/2020 10:38 AM

    Hi Mike: can you see if Trump can plan a virtual rally with millions logged in?


    HUCKABEE SANDERS for president 2024

  • Richard Leedy

    07/05/2020 08:48 AM

    I bet that some news outlet will have unnamed sources that say President Trump has been implicated in the Geoffrey Epstein scandal.

  • Brett Calistro

    07/04/2020 11:01 PM

    This is a new email... I have not read your newsletters in a long time...including today's Edition (yet)... I hope to begin again soon... because I surely have missed out so many of your past Awesome Editions! But the good news is that I can always read past editions!!
    Thanks so much for all you have done & continue to do....(for years)!!
    God Bless,
    Brett Calistro

  • Brett Calistro

    07/04/2020 10:44 PM

    Mike, you gave great comments (as usual on all TV shows) on Judge Jeanine this evening!!
    I hope many Americans will pass on the wisdom...


  • LeeMarZarr

    07/04/2020 06:58 PM

    I really hate having to write this because it tells me or any logical thinking person our "so-called leaders" both sides/world wide don't know how to do ratio math, or THEY want to keep propagating false information when it comes to Covid and statistics... The old saying... "Numbers don't lie but, people do, is so true, if we just look at the facts. However, that requires "mean (as in # ranges not temperament), ratio math." Logically more testing is going to provide more positive cases...However what is the death mean ratio to cases,,,that is where the stats need to be a comprehensive tell all of test given, test positive and deaths ratio to positive cases. Stop piece milling and skewing the numbers for a political agenda. Give the people the real numbers not political warped skewed numbers... please stop trying to make the numbers lie as it is NOT ever going to happen

  • Elizabeth Collins

    07/04/2020 05:05 PM

    Thank you so much!!!
    Enjoy your time with your lovely family.
    Regarding President D. Trump,
    I thought he did a great speech last night.

  • German Murashov

    07/04/2020 04:06 PM

    Mike, it seems not you nor Trump understand current situation. There is going on armed seizure of power by mob paid by Dems. It is not the time for reelection`s rallies, it is time to take decisive measures against those rioters, otherwise they get more and more aggressive and dangerous. The silent majority is not organized and therefore can`t stand firmly against them by itself. With every day situation is deepening to worse and to worst. We, the lawful silent majority, may not survive up to November if we don`t take strong and bold actions NOW to save our Republic and our freedom.

  • tom jeffs

    07/04/2020 02:46 PM

    WHEN will Trump name LtG Mike Flynn as ACTING, repeat, ACTING, Director of the FBI to drain the swamp ? ? ? ? ? ? ?

  • Richard Larson

    07/04/2020 01:48 PM

    I wish the Republicans would DO something while in control of the White house and the Senate, not just talk about going after the Dems. Then complain when the Republicans are out of office.

  • Michael Ball

    07/04/2020 01:14 PM

    Governor Huckabee, I thoroughly enjoyed your special last evening with the Oak Ridge Boys and other guests. Being a true patriot, could you recommend books/biographies about our founding father’s? Thanks!

  • Bob Janovick

    07/04/2020 01:10 PM

    I was - as always - impressed with your treatment of "Happy Birthday America".
    I accept that freedom and liberty are used interchangeably.
    I put a finer point on them:
    Freedom comes from God.
    Liberty comes from government.
    Those in other counties have the 'freedom' to do some acts but their 'liberty' to do so will result in some form of punishment.

  • Wanda Magdalen

    07/04/2020 01:01 PM

    I loved your words Governor! It’s a shame that all the young people can’t read your article because they haven’t been educated to even know what the 4th of July really means! It makes me so very sad that they don’t even understand enough to know without the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and the thousands of lives who shed their blood for us all that they wouldn’t be able to even go out on the streets and PEACEFULLY protest! What a shame!
    God Bless you and your family! Let us all Pray for our country and President Trump to get us through this mess, only with the help of God! ??????

  • Floyd A Unger

    07/04/2020 12:43 PM

    Thank you

  • Stephen Russell

    07/04/2020 12:16 PM

    True Independce Day:

    NO Govt regulations excessive
    Uniform regs IE masks, Unions etc to comply
    Tele Juries for trials
    Incentives for business, drive EVs etc.
    Govt responds to US
    More OFF Grid living
    OK 2A.
    Everyone made= by regs, taxes.
    Drop Tax Code.
    Big Data pays US our %$$ in money:
    Per month/year
    Drive ICE or EV
    Competitive marketplace.

  • William Wennerlund

    07/04/2020 11:29 AM

    Thinking of some noted conservatives, such as Chief Justice Roberts, seeming to turn somewhat to the left, I was wondering about coercion, even threats of bodily harm to them and/or their families. I feel that is happening with a number of people in important positions.

  • Stephen Russell

    07/04/2020 10:51 AM

    July 4 2025: whose President then?? Revive FDR clause & have Pres do 3rd term?
    Or other

  • Lawrence E. Foster

    07/04/2020 10:48 AM

    Dear Governor Mike,

    A Happy Independence Day to you and yours, from our family in flyover country. Can't wait for election day, when we will make not only Katie Courice cry, but a whole bunch of arrogant losers in the mainstream media. (Just imagine, you turn on your TV the day after election day, and all the news anchors are crying - CNN< NBC< ABC< CBS, NBC with PMS, NPR. Only on Fox and OAN are there smiles.)

  • Jerry Korba

    07/04/2020 10:28 AM

    If the country wants to celebrate the 245th birthday of America we better refresh Congress with conservative members I am saying real strong and courageous people that love America and want to secure its freedoms and prosperity not the yellow China minded cowards that reside there now. Get rid of the CCP influence that is in Congress today most on the Left lean toward supporting the CCP and many on the Right do also this election is going to take research by the public to see who wants to Keep America or give it away to the CCP. Check what the GOP members have done to keep America Great.

  • Nadine Zerbe

    07/04/2020 10:27 AM

    Wow! I never heard the history of Yankee Doodle before! Thank you SO much for sharing! I think it may be the highlight of the day! No fireworks, no family gatherings...Newsolini now says we can’t sing in church...Maybe it’s time to sing, sing, sing every chance we get!!!

  • tom jeffs

    07/04/2020 10:10 AM

    WHEN will Trump name Mike Flynn as ACTING, repeat, ACTING, Director of the FBI to drain the swamp ? ? ? ? ? ? ?

  • Jay H Mohler

    07/04/2020 10:07 AM

    This current generations of whiners all need a good careful truthful lesson in American History!!

  • Bobby Jean Perry

    07/04/2020 09:45 AM

    The duplicitous leftist author of the 1619 Project -- when challenged re its historical accuracy -- said it was not a work of history, but of JOURNALISM. Her own words. But it's being pushed as a history text to be taught in public schools -- already approved as such by the city of Chicago! I'm NOT seeing any of this in the news -- not even by Huckabee. Please look into this.