Morning Edition - August 31

August 31, 2020 |

MONDAY EDITION

August 31, 2020 

By Mike Huckabee

YOUR TAX DOLLARS AT WORK

NPR gave a respectful hearing to the author of “In Defense of Looting,” a new crackpot book claiming that looting is good because “it gets people what they need for free immediately, which means that they are capable of living and reproducing their lives without having to rely on jobs or a wage…”

As Dave Barry would say, “I am not making this up.” I only scratched the surface of the insanity. Go to the link and read more excerpts, but brace yourself. It’s the perfect illustration of George Orwell’s rule that some ideas are so absurd that only intellectuals could believe them.

As another example of that, at Amazon.com, the book has a number of positive reviews from media outlets, but among regular Amazon customers, it has a one-star average and uniformly scathing reviews about how it’s just a feeble attempt to use academic and identity politics hooey to justify thievery. I think the best review of all came from a reader who said it might be useful as a backup in case there’s a toilet paper crisis “and you have literally nothing else,” but “beware the potential for Osmosis of Stupidity through mucous membranes...”

If you want to read more, steal a copy of the book. I'm sure the author won't mind. Hey, it's just property!

AINSWORTH: WHAT I ENJOYED MOST ABOUT THE GOP CONVENTION

By Laura Ainsworth

One thing I loved about this year’s Republican National Convention that was missing from the Democrats’ glumfest the previous week was its generous display of WIT, life and humor.

For example, at my house, we were laughing and cheering when the fireworks after Trump’s speech spelled out “TRUMP 2020.” Oh, not just once --- it had to happen twice in case anybody missed it the first time! I had no idea this was even possible, but Trump’s fireworks show somehow had it.

Makes me think he really might reach his goal of putting a woman on Mars. (I’ve heard the joke that the woman will be Hillary. My money’s on Nancy Pelosi.)

Also, there was the soaring operatic aria that closed the event. Thanks to the popularization of this piece by Luciano Pavarotti, we’ve all heard it many times. But why this particular aria for this occasion?

I doubt the choice of this music to end the convention was arbitrary. Either Trump or some clever person with the campaign chose it at least partially for the little inside joke. The aria is “Nessun Dorma,” from the opera “TURNADOT” by Puccini, sung by the character Calaf. It’s a tribute to resilience, to boldness, to surviving great risk to meet a challenge and obtain a goal, and those last three notes that go up and up...in Italian “Vincero...vincero...vincero….” are, translated into English, “I will win...I will win...I will WIN…!”

Nice touch. I wonder if most leftists, who wouldn’t recognize subtlety if it hit them in the head with a two-by-four, get this.

I understand Pavarotti’s widow has complained about Trump using the Pavarotti version of this aria on the soundtrack for his campaign events. She has even said Trump’s “values” are not compatible with those of her late husband. Nicoletta Mantovani, in a letter co-signed by three of Pavarotti’s daughters, said, “We remind you that the values of brotherhood and solidarity that Luciano Pavarotti upheld throughout his artistic career are incompatible with the world vision of the candidate Donald Trump.”

Wow. Judging from the assumptions they make about Trump’s values, I think these women must have been watching WAY too much MSNBC.

This version, of course, was sung by the tenor Christopher Macchio. And he did such a beautiful job, perhaps his version is the one that should be on Trump’s campaign soundtrack, as that might resolve the issue to everyone's satisfaction. The reference to victory can be taken as a reference to America winning at a time of great challenge and conflict, and also to Trump winning the election, because at this point in our history, those two “wins” can easily be seen as intertwined.

After all the President has been through --- a fake impeachment and endless lies and personal attacks, the unleashing of a pandemic and the resulting economic catastrophe, and the deliberate fanning of racial fires by those in “blue” cities who would just as soon see them burned down if they could blame him for it --- Trump has shown that he still has the boundless energy and strength to endure and overcome them all. Little touches like the ones on display at the convention tell me that if anyone can bounce back from all this and bring the country right along with him, it will be President Trump.

He will win, he will win, he will win. Trump 2020.

A postscript: At Trump’s first rally after the convention, he carried on with that same sharp humor and verve, by noting that Joe Biden had announced he’d be coming out of the basement and making some campaign appearances “in ten days.” “TEN DAYS?!” Trump exclaimed hilariously. “TEN DAYS?! That’s like an eternity in Trumpville!” And so it is.

MUST-READ ARTICLE

Must-Read Article: A typical American reflects on how the left’s campaign of bullying and intimidation is working to scare us into silence.

It might help to remember that despite how the media try to gaslight us into thinking we’re the dying minority, we still outnumber these loudmouth goons by about 5 to 1. Even 81 percent of black Americans want the same number of police or more in their neighborhoods.

WHAT BLACK LIVES MATTER REALLY IS

This is a thought-provoking piece on what “Black Lives Matter” (the radical organization, not the inarguable sentiment) really is. It also offers evidence that many problems in the black community don’t stem from “systemic racism” but from the chronic lack of two-parent households, which has been encouraged and subsidized by liberal policies.

On this subject, one of my guests on “Huckabee” this weekend was Dr. Rick Rigsby, creator of the speech and now book, “Lessons From a Third Grade Dropout.” It’s about his father, a black man with no higher education but with a phenomenal amount of common sense, wisdom and strength of character that he insured he passed on to his sons. His parents didn’t raise boys or black men, he raised Godly men.

Here is that interview: https://youtu.be/YIdkdBHdeN4

Here’s Dr. Rigsby’s speech: https://youtu.be/Bg_Q7KYWG1g

And if you seriously think that BLM is going to help improve the lives of African-Americans, note that not only are they setting back race relations by at least 50 years, but one of their stated goals is the destruction of the nuclear family. In that regard, supporting BLM because you want to help black Americans have better lives is like hiring Jack the Ripper as your barber.

WHY CNN STANDS FOR "CLOWN NEWS NETWORK"

CNN’s Chris Cillizza criticized President Trump for using the term “riots” to refer to the riots. Couldn’t he at least add that they were “mostly peaceful” riots?

BIBLE VERSE OF THE DAY (KJV)

 



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  • gregory weinman

    08/31/2020 06:49 PM

    Thanks Governor,
    Had to mention it was Sweeney Todd who was the demon barber of Fleet Street.
    I would have liked it more had the RNC convention started each day with a plea for calm perhaps quoting from the Rev Dr King

    I

  • Robin Rebhan

    08/31/2020 05:52 PM

    "YOUR TAX DOLLARS AT WORK" The dems response to rioting reminds me of a Mad Max Movie gone bad.

  • Linda White

    08/31/2020 04:58 PM

    Did you know that if you google Antifa.com you are directed to Biden's campaign page?

  • Clara Herrin

    08/31/2020 04:21 PM

    The aria title, 'Nessun Dorma', translated is 'No One Sleeps'. I thought that was the point...that no one should be asleep right now. That we should be seriously watching what the left is doing and be prepared to defend the country. This is one of my favorite arias. As a matter of fact I was in the chorus when our opera company performed "Turandot" many years ago. Puccini is my most favorite opera composer. All that aside, if no one sleeps, we will be victorious. How's that for bringing everything together? TRUMP 2020

  • Vernon Thompson

    08/31/2020 04:10 PM

    WOW! Years ago when I worked in New Zealand we depended on Ted Turner's CNN for our access to the world.
    When Hillary became the Democrat candidate CNN became the Clinton News Network,
    When Trump became President CNN became the Collusion News Network
    I thought CNN now meant
    "Collapsing News Network"

    !!!!!

  • Mary D.

    08/31/2020 01:13 PM

    Great synopsis and insight.

    I sign up for many newsletters but usually quickly unsubscribe because they don't remain relevant or don't offer anything new. However, your articles and musings are not only insightful, they are very witty, refreshingly delightful, and keep me engaged as a reader.

    Keep up the great work!

    Lastly, while the left continues to try to divide the country into 'black and white', I pray blessings upon your outlet ... that your newsletter and web content will continue to be 'read all over.'

  • Francis Golden

    08/31/2020 01:11 PM

    Appreciate your daily insights from a Christian point of view.

  • Helen Sustachek

    08/31/2020 01:05 PM

    Thank you, Laura, for explaining about the fireworks and the music that went with it. After I saw Trump 2020 I turned off the show. I didn't listen to the music. I must find it and listen. I love all your comments, as well as Gov. Mike's.

  • Gregory McDowell

    08/31/2020 12:48 PM

    “In Defense of Looting” provides the justification for the counter argument, in defense of vigilante justice. With good vigilante justice, justice is dealt in a matter of minutes, and not dragged out through the courts for years.

  • Floyd A Unger

    08/31/2020 12:39 PM

    I don’t care much for opera but now I might have to give it a try.....??

  • Stephen Russell

    08/31/2020 11:43 AM

    Rioter networks:
    o Whose funding
    o who supplies & how
    o how do they connect
    o who coordinates riots
    o who in City Govt is paid off for riots.
    o Is Soros involved aside DAs
    Follow money
    Prosecute
    IRS raids?
    Or protests never end

    Since May weve seen protests as Organized: brick piles prelaid & moving riotters around to riot sites.
    Its now nearing Sept
    Riotters Goal: Destroy the US.
    Or are theyre moles elsewhere to aid riot groups?
    Looks nationwide network
    ID organizer groups aside BLM & Antifa