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December 27, 2021


Good evening! My staff and I are still officially "on vacation" until Thursday, but we don't want you to have to go cold turkey. You're getting enough of that from your Thanksgiving leftovers. So I wanted to share with you some quick takes on the headlines, plus some commentaries not tied to a particular breaking story. We'll be back to covering the day's news in more depth in a couple of days.


This verse was recommended by Merry G.

For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.

Isaiah 55:9 KJV


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2. Manchin might have saved swing-state Democrats:

North Dakota Republican Sen. Kevin Cramer made the same point that I did last week: Sen. Joe Manchin killing Biden's “Bring Back Bankruptcy” bill might have saved swing state Democrats who would have felt pressured to support it if it had come to a vote.

Of course, Chuck Schumer is still vowing to bring it to a futile vote anyway, just to force Manchin to go on record as opposing it. To which I say, “Good move, Chuck! Force those votes onto the record!” Let the voters of swing states know where their "moderate" Democrat Senators’ loyalties really lie, no matter what they say when they’re running for reelection.

3. American Medical Association nonsense:

As if doctors don’t have enough to try to learn, and so much government/insurance paperwork that they have almost no time to spend with patients anymore, get a load of the ridiculous strings of anti-American, woke, leftist, PC garbage the AMA now expects them to memorize and parrot:

What’s next? Before giving you an antibiotic shot, they have to make a speech about how antibiotics created by profit-seeking capitalist pharmaceutical companies murder oppressed, disadvantaged germs that have a right to invade any organ they please without fear of supremacist white corpuscles? I’d better stop before I give them any more ideas.

4. Once again, Trump is proven right:

He said the removal of statues wouldn’t end with Confederates but would grow into removing other American icons. Now, so-called “progressives” are even forcing the removal of statues of Theodore Roosevelt, one of the fathers of “progressivism!” I suspect the real reason is that they hate his philosophy of not whining. Also, his catchphrase “Bully!” triggers them because it reminds them of what they like to do to people.

If they think "Progressivism" pioneer Teddy Roosevelt is politically incorrect, wait until they learn about Woodrow Wilson.

PS - Great tweet on this from Dan Ornelas: “Let me get this straight…They’re removing the statue of the Roosevelt who *didn’t* put American citizens into internment camps??”

Makes sense to me. Today’s “progressives” love the idea of internment camps.

5.  "Disconnection"

How can we all be so connected, and our government be so disconnected?

One of the benefits of living in the 21st century is that thanks to jet travel and the Internet, I constantly talk to Americans from every state and every walk of life. And believe me, they are not shy about sharing their opinions. It gives me a perspective that I wish more of our politicians and media people inside the Beltway Bubble could experience.

If I had to explain their low approval ratings in one word, it would be “disconnection.” I don’t think there’s ever been a time when the people in government and the media were so out of touch with the people they’re supposed to be serving. Do they actually believe that when voters demand “change,” when they really want is massive spending bills, skyrocketing debt, higher taxes, empty store shelves, spiraling crime, vaccine mandates, racism and anti-Americanism taught to their children, more expensive everything and a bigger, bloated nanny state government crushing their rights and freedoms? Trust me, based on what they tell me, they do not.

If you ask most Americans what they want from government, it’s not to have every aspect of their lives “transformed,” including those that worked a lot better before the government “improved” them. They don’t want 2,000-page bills nobody’s read, or bureaucrats telling them how much money they’re allowed to make or criminal prosecutors who refuse to prosecute criminals. The list of what most Americans say they want is pretty short: national defense; secure borders; smooth highways; care for veterans, seniors, children and the disabled who need it; good schools that teach facts; police and firefighters; a fair court system; and oh yeah, it would be nice if the trash were picked up on time. That’s about it.

Yet somehow, the government finds so many ways to meddle in our lives that federal, state and local government spending combined now equals nearly 40 percent of America’s entire gross domestic product. The accumulated national debt alone is now about $6 trillion more than the annual GDP. And in some places, they still don’t pick up the garbage on time!

In poll after poll, Americans say loud and clear: they want less government and less spending. They don’t care what the talking heads or the endlessly-surprised economists or the “too-big-to-fail” Wall Street failures or the socialist socialites in Congress say: they want government out of their lives, out of their wallets and out of their way.

Yet whenever political candidates support that philosophy, their opponents and the media paint them as cold-hearted and uncaring. Compassion has been redefined as the willingness to spend limitless amounts of other people’s money, no matter how many people it harms. And it harms plenty, from the people the money is taken away from directly to the resulting inflation that squeezes everyone from the poorest on up. The media devote almost no time to examining the very real consequences of differing political philosophies and a lot of time to gotcha games, gaffes, and who’s ahead in the horse races.

But the horse is now out of the barn. Americans have experienced firsthand the results of so-called “progressive” policies, and they’re suffering whiplash from how fast they can destroy everything. Government out of control, the debt at record levels with no end in sight, criminals and rioters taking over our cities, empty store shelves, spiraling consumer prices, elections nobody trusts anymore and seemingly no end to the “two weeks to flatten the curve” lockdowns.

From the election of 2016 to our current woes with crime, inflation, shortages and illegal immigration, none of it should’ve been a surprise to anyone. I warned what would happen for a year before the election if the left took over, not because I’m clairvoyant but because, unlike so many people who claim to represent or report on the American people, I have a modicum of common sense, some life experience, education from schools that taught real history and economics, and most importantly, I listen to the American people. And I respect what they have to say.

Now, for my next prediction for the coming year: I predict that in 2022, politicians who try to sell Americans on more leftist policies that we’ve all seen fail spectacularly will have a hard time, for the same reason that a used car salesman has a hard time selling a lemon to the same customer twice. I also predict that politicians who were elected on a promise to change those policies will stay in office only as long as they remember why the American people sent them there in the first place.

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  • Rick Bashaw

    01/01/2022 01:41 PM

    Hello Mr. Huckabee, When I read the two updated AMA "guides" I see all of the "suggested statements" absolving the individuals from any responsibility. These statements all slant towards the individuals being dependent on government which is the solution for everything.

  • Tom Peters

    12/28/2021 10:57 AM

    Jesus said: "Fear not."
    Biden says: "Fear a lot."

  • Jerry

    12/28/2021 09:42 AM

    The deep state put an evil woman and a vile man in the Oval Office and mayors AGs and governors all around the country in an attempt to create a communist country the objective is to have thousands of people rule over millions of people watch what it is doing with the military it is getting rid of real Americans in the military so when the deep state comes after the public it will have a CCP style force does taking arms from citizens make sense yet the msm use gang warfare with the murder of gangs and a few children here and there to engage outrage of gun violence criminals use guns to murder and steal the normal citizens have to use guns to protect themselves from criminals most people understand that the msm uses those talking points gangs use of guns are the same as regular citizens use of guns the uneducated take those points hook line and sinker and react like fools

  • Lee Stafford

    12/28/2021 07:30 AM

    I once heard that for every dollar the government gets from a taxpayer of any state, the state gets five cents in return. That was forty or so years ago, I wonder if there is a figure small enough to make a claim these days?

  • Anne Turner

    12/27/2021 09:41 PM

    May the New Year be a good one for you and your family. As part of that may Sarah prevail in her quest.

    I have noticed that those I know voted against Trump don’t seem to want to discuss politics. I miss the days when friends could have good natured conversations without worrying about every word. Those who voted for Biden must realize that there is a time limit on how long one can continue to blame Trump for everything. Biden talking about running again is so ludicrous it is hard to believe. Have heard rumors that Hilary might run again. I am convinced that the left will do anything they need to do to win in 2022. If they do prevail we will know for sure that they cheated.

    Thank you for you much needed essays on the spiritual and the raising of children. The problem is I don’t think that sort of thing is reaching those who need it most.

  • R Reedy

    12/27/2021 09:38 PM

    The problem also is How the Left took over. Is this still being investigated for illegalities?

  • Floyd A Unger

    12/27/2021 08:19 PM

    Thank you

  • Paul Warren

    12/27/2021 06:28 PM

    Dear Mr. Huckabee,

    As usual thank you so much for giving us Truth! I have a comment about tonight's (Dec. 27) point # 5. You talked about how people don't want a bigger more bloated government. That makes me think of the 1992 presidential election. My wife and I lived in Tahlequah, OK. A resident of said city decided to make a tongue-in-cheek run for president on the "Apathy Party". But what I really remember was his campaign slogan, "I've got what it takes, to take what you've got". Sounds like the current "democrats" - well and unfortunately many republicans. By the way, you can look him up. He called himself "honest" Jim Boren - yes related to David Boren. I thought that might be fun for you to know. By the way, he was only officially on a ballot in Arkansas . . .

  • Pamela Kaminski

    12/27/2021 06:16 PM

    When we regain control of the House and Senate in 2022, I think a law should be passed that allows just an ordinary citizen be allowed to sit on whatever committees that pays all the bills, contracts for anything We the People pay for. That includes money for Comrade Fauci's business! I would bet you a wooden nickel that we would save a whole lot of money!

  • LaVon WALKER

    12/27/2021 06:15 PM

    3. HEALTH CARE ................... Medicare provides annual testing - after I make a PC MD appointment ................I carefully review the "test results" on the internet - comparing year to year .................... and then I waste my time and $$$ for transportation to see my PC MD ..... who has no clue "who" I am - or anything about my "history" (after 13 years) ....Obamacare destroyed patient's history - I have been hospitalized 6 times - once to "die" - "healthcare" no longer exists