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Today's newsletter includes:
- House Votes To Impeach President Trump
- President Trump denounces mob violence
- AOC Wants To "Liberate" The South
- Parler Might Not Come Back
- New Podcast Episode
- Advertisement: The Mediterranean Experience
House Votes To Impeach President Trump
By Mike Huckabee
Wednesday, to nobody’s surprise, the House voted to impeach President Trump a second time, on grounds that he incited the violent protesters who stormed the Capitol. They were in such a rush to impeach him before he leaves office that they didn’t take time for the standard legal procedure of presenting evidence and letting him defend himself.
The vote was 232-197, with 10 Republicans joining the Democrats against Trump.
One Republican, Rep. Liz Cheney, was particularly outspoken, declaring, "The president of the United States summoned this mob, assembled the mob, and lit the flame of this attack. Everything that followed was his doing."
However, the FBI later announced that they had picked up evidence of plans for violence at the Capitol as early as January 5, the day before the attack, and they suspect some of the participants left the Trump rally early to pick up supplies and meet at the Capitol.
If so, that would mean that Trump’s speech, while it might have been irresponsible, did not incite the Capitol rioters, who planned their attack in advance and left before his speech to launch it.
This could mark the second time the Democrats rushed to judgement to impeach Trump, only to have their efforts collapse once they left the hyper-partisan House because they substituted partisan anger for solid legal evidence. This article explains how a Senate trial might not even happen.
Joe Biden seems to have cold feet about continuing this impeachment trial in the Senate, at least judging by his statement yesterday reminding Senators of “other urgent business” and his suggestion that they split their time between that and other things.
The fact is that by pulling this final rebuke of Trump, the House may have undercut Biden by handing the Senate a divisive, time-wasting responsibility (a trial to remove a President who’s already left office) just as Biden will be coming into office and wanting to fast-track his agenda. Mostly because they hope to ban Trump from running again, which it's doubtful the Senate has the power to do. It also tells us that for all their vilification of Trump, they still fear he might beat them in 2024.
Speaker Pelosi and the Democrats seem to think that they have put a real super-duper stain on Trump by impeaching him twice, but more so, they’ve stained themselves as rabid partisans and permanently devalued impeachment. Being “double-impeached” without proper procedure of evidence as he’s leaving office anyway is as hollow as Dean Wormer warning the frat boys in “Animal House” that they’re on “Double Secret Probation.”
Impeachment of a President is the most drastic of all remedies for the most serious of offenses. It’s a grave Constitutional crisis that should be undertaken with the utmost seriousness. By talking about impeaching Trump from the moment he was elected, then impeaching him over a phone call and having the Senate throw it out -- and then impeaching him again when he’s leaving office over a riot incitement charge that not only wouldn’t pass legal muster, but if it did, the people accusing him of it would be as guilty as he is -- they’ve reduced that most solemn of last-resort responsibilities to a nakedly partisan political ploy.
Want proof? A Georgia Republican Representative announced that she plans to introduce impeachment articles against Joe Biden the day after he takes office, over corruption related to China and Ukraine.
Of course, it won’t go anywhere in a Democrat House. But as satisfying as it might be for Republicans who’ve had to put up with Trump being attacked from day one – and now accused of attempting a coup by the same people who enabled the Russian Collusion attempted coup, and of inciting violent rioters by people who’ve spent the past year defending violent rioters – do we really want a banana republic-style nation where impeachment is just a meaningless political weapon that every President can expect to get hurled at him by the other party, like a mudball?
President Trump denounces mob violence
By Mike Huckabee
Last night, President Trump released a video message denouncing violence, lawbreaking and vandalism, and saying that’s the opposite of what the Make America Great Again movement is about.
Trump said, "Mob violence goes against everything I believe in and everything our movement stands for…No true supporter of mine could ever endorse political violence. No true supporter of mine could ever disrespect law enforcement or our great American flag. No true supporter of mine could ever threaten or harass their fellow Americans. If you do any of these things, you are not supporting our movement. You are attacking it and you are attacking our country. We cannot tolerate it."
It was a welcome message, mature and presidential, but I wish he’d said it last week. Now, I fear it’s too little too late.
AOC Wants To "Liberate" The South
By Mike Huckabee
Stacey Lennox at PJ Media reports on the latest nonsense from Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who says she wants to “liberate” Southern states run by Republicans from their “economic, social and racial oppression.” Lennox notes that between her calls to force political opponents in front of a tribunal and to have the government reign in free speech, and now her call to “liberate” people who are happy and successful, AOC is turning into a real chip off the ol’ Castro.
She might want to take a look at how many people are fleeing her home state of New York for Southern red states (so many that New York may lose a Congressional seat and Florida gain one.) She might not realize it, but by fleeing the kind of leftist policies she champions, they’ve already liberated themselves from oppression.
Parler Might Not Come Back
By Mike Huckabee
The CEO of Parler said it’s not certain if the free speech Twitter alternative will ever be able to come back. After Amazon cut off their web hosting service, they’re talking to other servers, but they don’t want their names known for fear of reprisals by leftists. A number of other companies are also refusing to do business with them, as listed at this link:
And some of their employees say they’ve received threats and had people show up at their homes.
Think about that: Parler’s critics claim it tolerates violent people, so their response is to make personal threats against its staff and their families.
Parler has filed a lawsuit against Amazon citing a number of contractual violations. But Amazon claims the lawsuit has no merit, and the Washington Post agrees that Amazon was right to snuff out Parler.
That would be the same Washington Post that’s owned by Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, an example of the Big Tech monopoly on information that actually makes the case for why we need alternatives like Parler.
But while Amazon and its pet newspaper may insist the lawsuit has no merit, other legal analysts are seeing more justification for it all the time. For instance, as Matt Margolis at PJ Media points out, there’s so far scant evidence that many of the Capitol rioters had Parler accounts or that there was any planning of the assault on Parler. But the FBI warned law enforcement agencies last week of the potential for violence because of activity they picked up on Twitter.
So if it was planned on Twitter, but only Parler was crushed, can discrimination be added to the list of offenses in Parler’s lawsuit, and the lawsuit be extended to Apple and Google for banning Parler’s app for no just cause while allowing Twitter’s to continue being downloaded?
New Podcast Episode
This week on “The People’s Podcast,” Governor Huckabee talks with attorney and former DOJ prosecutor James Trusty about last week’s riots, this week’s impeachment, and the importance of reason, evidence, and fidelity to the law in our current era of hysteria. The Governor also responds to some online outrage he received this past week after condemning the rioters at the Capitol, and spoiler alert: He isn’t issuing any apologies.
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