THE MORNING EDITION By Mike Huckabee
Our newsletter today includes:
- Good poll news for the Biden Administration
- Marc Elias has new strategy for 2022 election
- Prayer Tree
- And Much More
DAILY BIBLE VERSE
This verse was recommended by Mary R.
But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.
Matthew 6:33 KJV
Please send [email protected] a Bible Verse recommendation if you have one for the newsletter.
THE LATEST NEWS
1. Good idea:
Congressional Republicans have introduced a bill that would cut off federal funds to states and cities that allow foreign non-US citizens to vote. Good idea, but I assume it will have to wait for a Republican majority and President to become law.
2. Good news:
Good news for those who are upset that Democrats have let looters and smash-and-grab thieves get away scot-free for the past year. It turns out that they will be made to pay after all. The IRS is reminding taxpayers that stolen goods must be declared as taxable income.
No, I’m serious. Democrats must assume that someone who loots and steals for a living would never cheat on his taxes, since that’s the only crime they recognize anymore.
Several prominent people have passed away over the holiday break. You can read full information here on the deaths of former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid at 82…
Legendary NFL coach and broadcaster John Madden at 85…
And South African Bishop and anti-apartheid activist Desmond Tutu at 90…
By the way, I am aware of the controversy about Bishop Tutu’s comments on Israel, but it’s our policy here not to make negative comments about the recently deceased. You’ll notice I also didn’t say anything about Harry Reid.
4. Today's Must Read:
So far, 169 US Marines have been discharged for refusing to take the COVID vaccine and thousands more are facing dismissal, while the Pentagon has yet to grant a single exemption for religious objections. It would spell a devastating blow to our military readiness and a massive injustice to service members who’ve put their lives on the line for years to protect America.
A number of Marines spoke to Fox News about this on guarantee of anonymity. Some of their comments are chilling. They call this a “political purge” by the Biden Administration that’s taking out the best and the brightest service members just for demanding their Constitutional rights.
One Lt. Colonel said they are discharging service members "as fast as they can and as brutally as they can, damaging every Marine as much as they can on the way out." He said the colonel above him warned him, “’Tread very carefully, this is political, you will be crushed like an ant.’ And he told me that because he cares about me. Do I want to continue serving in an institution that crushes people for bringing up reasonable points in defending their faith?"
And does anyone still want to claim that this is about protecting public health?
5. Good poll news for the Biden Administration:
Finally, some good poll news for the Biden Administration: Gallup found that Kamala Harris is not the most unpopular figure in Washington. The bad news: that’s because President Biden is even less popular than she is. His Gallup approval rating is 44% compared to her 46%.
More bad news: those are both still pretty lousy, and they’re among the highest ratings they’ve garnered in any poll. In a left-leaning Civiqa poll, Biden’s approval is only 37%. And a stunning Issues & Insights/TIPP poll found that only 22% of Americans want Biden to run for reelection and just 12% want Harris to run for reelection.
One caveat: Gallup found that the most popular figure in Washington with a 60% approval rating is Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts. That makes me question either the poll sample or whether people have been paying much attention to SCOTUS news lately.
6. AMERICA THE BEAUTIFUL
Images of America's cities, landscapes and people.
7. Marc Elias has new strategy for 2022 election:
As we head into the new year, many Republicans have been commenting on the prospect of having a free and fair –- and TRUSTED –- congressional election in 2022 after the mess in 2020. I’ll paraphrase some of this:
Listen up, Democrats! Now that we know about all the ways the vote is vulnerable to manipulation and essentially un-auditable, we’ll have our eyes on you this time! By golly, we’ll make sure there’s a chain of custody for every ballot box and refuse to let you keep our poll watchers away. We’ll have cameras on all the election workers feeding ballots into machines, and we won’t let you shut down the vote counts and kick observers out of the room. Not this time! We’re on to you, and if you think you’re gonna get away with anything this time, you’ve got another thing coming! You might have done it once, but you wouldn’t dare try it again under the kind of scrutiny you’re gonna have. We’ll be watching every move, so THIS election will be secure!
We will indeed be watching as closely as possible, but challenges remain. Marc Elias and his army of attorneys got laws changed in battleground states so that safeguards against mail-in ballot fraud, such as signature matching and ID, are much looser than they used to be. He’ll fight any attempt to change back. And nothing has changed regarding our ability to audit electronic voting systems, so unless we disconnect ourselves from these, we will not know if our vote count is true.
Still, it WILL be harder to cheat this time. So the Democrats need new strategies to keep Congress from turning red in the expected bloodbath of 2022. And, thanks to Elias, they’ve got some.
One of them ties in to the events of January 6, as currently being “investigated” by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s “Special Committee.” The Capitol Hill security breach plays into Democrats’ hands so well, I still say that if it hadn’t happened, they would’ve had to create it, with a little help from the FBI, and you may make of that what you will. Revolver News has done some excellent reporting on this; recall an earlier installment we brought you. For when you have time –- this is extremely detailed –- here is another chapter of their investigation into what they call the “Fedsurrection” of January 6.
We don’t typically wander down the conspiracy-theory path, but as they say at Revolver, “FBI Director Chris Wray and Attorney General Merrick Garland have an awful lot of explaining to do.” They need to tell us why the individuals who seem to have been most instrumental in whipping up and directing the crowd that day (and even the day before) have not been pursued by the FBI. Pelosi’s rejection of Trump’s offer of thousands of National Guard troops for security that day is suspect as well. I’ll have much more to say about this later, but for now the story is how Elias and the DNC are planning to use January 6 to affect the composition of Congress after the 2022 election. Because they are.
Elias himself tweeted about this on December 20: “My prediction for 2022: Before the midterm election, we will have a serious discussion about whether individual Republican House Members are disqualified by Section 3 of the 14th Amendment from serving in Congress. We may even see litigation.”
I'd say that with DNC superlawyer Elias in charge, we most definitely will see litigation. That’s a promise.
Section 3 of the 14th Amendment reads: “No person shall be a Senator or Representative in Congress, or elector of President and Vice President, or hold any office, civil or military, under the United States, or any state, who, having previously taken an oath, as a member of Congress, or as an officer of the United States, or as a member of any state legislature, or as an executive or judicial officer of any state, to support the Constitution of the United States, SHALL HAVE ENGAGED IN INSURRECTION OR REBELLION AGAINST THE SAME, OR GIVEN AID OR COMFORT TO THE ENEMIES THEREOF [emphasis mine]. But Congress may by a vote of two-thirds of each House, remove such disability.”
In a follow-up, he said, “I am making it clear that members of Congress who engaged in insurrection or rebellion against the United States are not eligible to serve in Congress.”
Elias would like to disqualify Republicans who supported Trump from even being on the ballot in 2022. He has one problem, which Matt Margolis at PJ Media pointed out: Text messages released by the January 6 committee show that there was no insurrection, and no one at all has even been charged with insurrection. But Elias will no doubt allege that anyone who has even expressed less-than-full confidence in Biden's win –- let alone (horrors!) the thought that Trump might actually have won –- is part of the rebellion. Those presumably would include Jim Jordan of Ohio and Jim Banks of Indiana, the two members of Congress chosen by Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy to be on Pelosi’s Jan. 6 committee but refused by her. They, along with Troy Nehls of Texas, even voted against certifying the results of the 2020 election. Insurrectionists!
Why, Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia and Louie Gohmert of Texas even offered aid and comfort to insurrectionists, by visiting them in prison and (gasp!) praying with them. Yes, the so-called reasoning could get that nuts. And Lauren Boebert of Colorado has already been criticized for innocent actions on January 6. Elias is bound to target her.
In what is a real head-scratcher for me, even a couple of Trump-appointed judges have made it clear they think the Capitol Hill breach was worse than the riots in Portland in which buildings were torched. They’ve ruled that attorneys for the Jan. 6 defendants can’t compare their treatment under the law with that of the left-leaning Portland defendants, who were treated much more leniently.
Believe it or not, DC District Court Judge Trevor McFadden found a reason to say the Capitol Hill breach posed a greater risk to safety. “The Portland defendants primarily attacked at night,” he wrote. “In contrast, the January 6 rioters attacked the Capitol in broad daylight...their actions endangered hundreds of federal officials in the Capitol complex...”
His colleague, Judge Carl Nichols, did the same: “The Portland rioters’ conduct, while obviously serious, did not target a proceeding prescribed by the Constitution and established to ensure a peaceful transfer of power. Nor did the Portland rioters, unlike those who assailed America’s Capitol in 2021, make it past the buildings’ outer defenses.”
Well, that wouldn’t have happened if the Guard had been there as Trump wanted and if certain key figures hadn’t moved barricades and directed the crowd. In charge of security: Pelosi.
These mystifying rulings will no doubt help Elias with his out-there argument that this really was an insurrection. Expect him to pull out all the stops. Once again: Our lawyers have to be better than their lawyers.
8. Prayer Tree:
We are stronger together.
Our hope is that our newsletter readers and social media followers will consider these prayer requests each day. To submit your own prayer request, go to my website here.
HEALTH AND HEALING
"Please pray for my daughter-in-law, Phyllis, my grandson, Matthew, and my son-in-law, Michael, who all have Covid 19. Pray for their swift and complete healing, and for the protection for all other members of both sides of the family. Thanks."
"Trevor Bush, a fairly young super-dynamic worship leader at our church is experiencing stage one liver failure. A liver either spontaneously heals or slowly fails, requiring a liver transplant. Pray for a miracle of healing, God willing, or for a liver transplant if needed."
"Please pray for my cousin Jerry who is 68 and just tested positive for Covid. Thanks in advance for your prayers. Appreciate it so much."
"My brother Bob, who is suffering from liver disease. He’s very dear to me and has always helped me when I needed it. Thank you, Susan"
"My Son-in-law Missionary/pastor Kevin Amburgey had a couple of heart attacks and in in the hospital. Pray for healing. Also my husband who has Alzheimer’s. He is a retired Missionary to Belize."
9. Hymnal: STANDING ON THE PROMISES
Today's hymn is recommended by Shirley A.
1 Standing on the promises of Christ, my King,
Through eternal ages let his praises ring;
Glory in the highest, I will shout and sing,
Standing on the promises of God.
Standing on the promises of God, my Savior;
I'm standing on the promises of God.
2 Standing on the promises that cannot fail.
When the howling storms of doubt and fear assail,
By the living Word of God I shall prevail,
Standing on the promises of God. [Refrain]
3 Standing on the promises of Christ, the Lord,
Bound to him eternally by love's strong cord,
Overcoming daily with the Spirit's sword,
Standing on the promises of God. [Refrain]
4 Standing on the promises I cannot fall,
List'ning ev'ry moment to the Spirit's call,
Resting in my Savior as my all in all,
Standing on the promises of God. [Refrain]
Author: Russell Kelso Carter
If you have a favorite hymn you want to see in our newsletter, please email [email protected]
10. I Just Wanted To Say:
Thank you for reading today's newsletter.
For past editions of my morning newsletter, please visit my website here.
For more of my news coverage, visit my website here.
To change your email address for your newsletter subscription, visit my website here.