Blessings on you and your family, and from all the Huckabee staff!
Today's newsletter includes:
- Bible Verse Of The Day
- This is a nice idea, but a little too late
- Perfect prop
- Why the facemask Joe?
- More on the J&J Vaccine pause
- What we know about two new shootings
- The Big Wheel Spins
- Turley: "Hostile takeover" of SCOTUS "should horrify
- A Reader Writes Back...
- America The Beautiful
BIBLE VERSE OF THE DAY
This is a nice idea, but a little too late
By Mike Huckabee
With President Biden wreaking havoc by reversing all of Trump’s pro-American executive orders, Republican Rep. Ashley Hinson of Iowa (Huck PAC-endorsed and newly elected by the way) has introduced a bill to make five of Trump’s executive orders permanent, to protect American businesses from ruinous regulations.
I appreciate the sentiment, but it’s a little too late. The time to have codified pro-American executive orders into permanent legislation was during the first two years of Trump’s term when Republicans held the White House and both Houses of Congress. Instead, we had never-Trump Republicans blocking issues they had claimed for years to support, because Trump was proposing them. They frittered away their opportunity, and now, Biden is erasing Trump’s legacy, just as Trump erased Obama’s
Let’s all hope that Republicans take power again (very soon), and that they will have learned their lesson, knock off the in-fighting, come together and permanently erase the legacy of leftist lunacy that Biden is leaving.
By Mike Huckabee
Turning one of the left’s favorite tactics against them (“Ridicule is a potent weapon”), some House Republicans came up with the perfect prop to illustrate how Kamala Harris has gone missing from both the border and press conferences for over three weeks, ever since she was put in charge of cleaning up the disaster President Biden created at the border.
And just because, with news like we have this week, we could all use a good laugh…
Why the facemask Joe?
By Mike Huckabee
Please note that I am not criticizing President Biden for walking through Arlington Cemetery to honor fallen veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. But did he have to wear his facemask?
This took the focus off the point of honoring fallen veterans and just set everyone talking about why a fully-vaccinated man who was walking outdoors alone through a cemetery needs to wear a facemask.
More on the J&J Vaccine pause
By Mike Huckabee
The “pause” in administering the Johnson & Johnson COVID vaccine has been extended after a 7th case of blood clotting was revealed. This one was different since it involved a man (the others were all women), it didn’t happen in the brain as all the others did, and it happened during a clinical trial and couldn’t be linked to the vaccine. There’s more at the link.
Incidentally, I find it interesting that there is so much speculation and research about the different reactions of men and women. It’s almost as if, despite what the NCAA believes, males and females are biologically and anatomically different.
What we know about two new shootings
By Mike Huckabee
Again, there are two major stories in the news involving shootings. I won’t go into detail here since the narratives are changing quickly as more information comes in, but here are the basics of what we know now.
Video was released of the recent fatal police shooting of 13-year-old Adam Toledo in Chicago as he was raising his hands. The State’s Attorney’s office said the local prosecutor “failed to fully inform himself” before saying in court that Toledo had a gun in his hand, and that “the video speaks for itself.” Always ready to throw gasoline on a brushfire, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez took to social media to accuse the prosecutor of not making an error but of “lying about the police killing a child.”
However, CBS News is being accused of tweeting a misleading version of the video that cropped out Toledo's hands. Critics say the full police bodycam video showed that he did have a gun which he discarded just before being shot.
Also, at our press time, there are incoming reports of a mass shooting at a FedEx facility in Indianapolis. Eight people are reported dead, plus multiple injuries, some critical. The alleged shooter reportedly died from a self-inflicted gunshot. More information should be coming in throughout the day. In the meantime, I hope you’ll join me in praying for the victims and their families.
The Big Wheel Spins
By Mike Huckabee
Once again, it’s time to spin the Big Wheel of Random Oppression! And today, it clicks to a stop on…"Cheese!” Yes, cheese is now officially racist! Pass it on.
Plus, here’s a story especially for the “Racists don’t deserve due process” crowd. It’s all about how Papa John’s Pizza founder and CEO John Schnatter was branded as a racist, publicly vilified and forced out of his own company, and how a newly-released transcript of the conversation reveals that he never said anything racist. It appears that the accusation was a defamatory lie and that people he’d hired to help him deliberately set him up.
Of course, you have to remember: cheese is racist, and pizza has cheese on it, so Papa John is still racist.
Turley: "Hostile takeover" of SCOTUS "should horrify
By Mike Huckabee
On Thursday, we examined the dangers of court packing (“Democrats have gone full-on dictator mode”), with a warning that now just one Democrat senator --- Joe Manchin --- might stand between sanity and the complete politicization of the Supreme Court. That is too close for comfort.
Let’s turn to George Washington University law professor Jonathan Turley, one of our favorite legal experts, who has been following every move since the Democrats started talking seriously last fall about doing this. He describes their effort as “about as subtle as a B-52 run.”
“It dispenses with any pretense of principle,” he said Thursday on FOX & FRIENDS. “It’s like a hostile takeover of the court.” He called it a test of principle for Democrat members of Congress.
Uh-oh. If Democrats are being tested on principle, we know how that will go.
Turley, a Democrat, wants to see some fellow Democrats come forward and say, “This is raw, unadulterated court-packing” (which it is). He’s correct in saying that this has always been viewed as wrong, ever since President Franklin Roosevelt tried to do it in the 1930s. Democrats jumped ship then --- will they do it now? Given the nature of today’s Democrat Party, that seems highly unlikely.
Turley pointed out something I said yesterday, that some leftist icons, even Justices Stephen Breyer and Ruth Bader Ginsberg, have opposed expanding the Court. He also noted that when Breyer very reasonably criticized the move, leftists started a billboard campaign calling for him to retire.
“I never thought I would see the day,” Turley said, “when the House Judiciary Chairman [Jerrold Nadler, a co-sponsor of the bill] would stand up for raw court-packing. It’s really breathtaking.”
He said Biden was correct in 1983, when he said this was “a terrible, terrible idea.” But now Biden is “equivocating, trying to play to the far left.” He said that “you can’t be a party that stands for constitutional values and be in favor of court-packing.” Turley is worried even that we have members of Congress willing to participate in the effort to do this.
“What they’re doing should horrify Americans.”
“This is not 'reforming' the Court,” Turley said, “it’s packing it.” I would add that any time Democrats use the word “reform,” watch out. It means they want to tear down and replace with something terrible.
He noted that even though he disagreed with Republicans when they refused to give Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland a hearing, Democrats’ calling THAT “court-packing” and using it to justify what they’re doing now is “as bizarre as their definition of ‘infrastructure.’” And what the Republicans did was entirely constitutional.
Turley was making the rounds of talk shows on Thursday, on the heels of Nadler’s introduction of the bill that would expand the Court from 9 to 13 justices. “What’s driving this is the most extreme voices in our politics,” he said on TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT.
This is entirely political, he said. “It’s treating the Supreme Court like it is a glorified FCC with life tenure, you’re just adding members, essentially because of their alliance with your agenda.”
He said that today’s politics is about being “a berserker...who’s willing to lay waste to any institution or tradition on the way to final victory.” He's right; we’ve seen them do it.
On April 10, after President Biden announced his intention to form a commission to study this idea, Turley said that even though he himself has long spoken favorably of very gradually adding justices, the way this is being done is “raw court-packing,” pure and simple, “a quick expansion to create an unassailable liberal majority.” Here is that commentary in full.
In October, when Democrats were floating the possibility of doing this, it was apparent that voters were opposed.
But since when have Democrats cared what voters wanted? The government is supposed to take its power from the consent of the governed, but Democrats don’t give a flip. We know voters don’t want no-ID voting. They don’t want thousands of people pouring over the southern border. They don’t want police departments defunded –- let alone disbanded –- with violence escalating and cities burning. Court-packing is one more terrible idea. So in order to get it past the voters who really don’t want it, Democrats are trying to reframe the discussion and confuse them as to exactly what “court-packing” is. To fool them.
“We’re not packing the Court,” said Jerry Nadler. “We’re unpacking it.”
Believe it or not, they’re saying we need more justices because the country is growing. I know, this make no sense. Why not have expand the Presidency then, and make it a committee? Besides, the Court is supposed to rule on the Constitution, basic laws and freedoms, and these have nothing to do with the size of the population.
Even last fall, Rep. Chris Coons was trying to tell voters that simply replacing a liberal justice with a more conservative one such as Amy Coney Barrett was court-packing. That’s not what it is.
Here’s how they’re falsely presenting it to the “progressive” audience, as stated by New York Rep. Mondaire Jones. Prepare to be disgusted, particularly by his produced political ad that the DAILY CALLER includes. You have my permission to bail if your head feels ready to explode.
Rep. Kevin McCarthy spoke to Sean Hannity Thursday night about the reason leftists are pushing so hard for this, explaining that the Supreme Court is the one branch of government that potentially stands in the way of an extreme agenda. Right now, they’ve got the Executive and Legislative branches; the Judiciary is the last domino. The only thing that stands in their way is the Constitution.
“Do not trust Nancy Pelosi,” he warned, “when she says she will not move it. Remember, that’s what she said about impeachment, before she moved impeachment twice.” He also pointed out that with just three more legislators, Republicans would be the House majority. That’s how slim the margin is. (Again, they don't care about “consent of the governed.")
He said that what Democrats are doing, changing the system to cement their power after winning an election, is very much like what Hugo Chavez did in Venezuela. He started out as a democratically elected leader, and then the changes began.
Tammy Bruce of the Independent Women’s Forum, also a FOX NEWS contributor, made it clear on Thursday how serious this is. She used to be on the left herself, and she knows how they operate. “For them, power is the animating factor,” she said. “Not negotiating, not the American people...” She pointed out that they’ve already “packed” many of our cultural institutions –- why would they stop now?
The only people who can stop them are THE REPUBLICANS, she said. “And Mitch McConnell needs to step up and do what he threatened to do once before, which was gum up the works so that nothing would get through. We need to hear that kind of fight in him and other Republicans again.”
He MUST stop this. And if we want him and the rest of them to fight, we have to demand it.
A Reader Writes Back...
It is frustrating trying to find the truth in the press. God bless you Mike and family. Now is the time for all of us to participate in the political process. I am tempted to put up signs on the front lawn but do not want my house burned down. In Phoenix, the police have been under funded for more than 20 years. We are often compared to Philadelphia. We are twice size in land area and have more population. Our police department has half the budget.
America The Beautiful
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