Good evening! My Evening Edition for today contains the following:
- Daily Bible Verse
- A Disconnected Media Is Trying To Sell Us A Bill Of Goods
- How To Stop Students From Falling Prey To Socialism
- Employment Is More Than An Economic Issue
DAILY BIBLE VERSE
A man's gift maketh room for him, and bringeth him before great men.
A Disconnected Media Is Trying To Sell Us A Bill Of Goods
By Mike Huckabee
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.
According to a recent Reuters Institute and University of Oxford survey, America ranked last among 46 nations in public trust in the news media. If I had to explain that subterranean approval rating in one word, it would be “disconnection.” I don’t think there’s ever been a time when the people in the media were so out of touch with the people they’re supposed to be serving (you’d think the shock they experienced on Election night 2016 would’ve caused them to reflect a bit and make some changes, but they only doubled down on the demonizing of people they never talk to.) They apparently really believed in 2016 that when voters asked for “change,” they wanted bigger deficits and a bloated, more powerful regulatory state. Trust me, based on what they told me, they did not. And they didn’t think they were getting that when they voted for Biden, either. They’re angry now because many believe they’re the victims of a bait-and-switch con.
If you ask most Americans what they want from government, it’s not to have every aspect of their lives regulated and “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 which doctor they can see or how much money they’re allowed to make. The list of what most Americans say they want from government is actually pretty short: national defense, secure borders, safe streets; smooth highways; health care for veterans, seniors, children, the disabled (all those who genuinely can’t help themselves); good schools, firefighters and (yes) police – now more than ever - and 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 about 40 percent of America’s entire gross domestic product. And in some big cities, they don’t pick up the garbage at all. They just let people live in it.
In poll after poll, despite claims that socialism is on the rise, most Americans say they want less government and less spending. Even those who say they want government handouts like “Medicare For All” abruptly change their tunes when told what it will do to their tax bills and quality of services. They don’t give a hoot what the talking heads or the endlessly-surprised economists or the “too-big-to-fail” Wall Street failures say: they want government out of their lives, out of their wallets and out of their way.
Sadly, 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. The media also devote almost no time to examining political philosophies and a lot of time to gotcha games, gaffes, fake news and who’s ahead in the horse race.
But the horse is now out of the barn. For eight years, Americans experienced firsthand the results of so-called “progressive” policies. Government out of control, a health care boondoggle two-thirds of us didn’t want, and the economy still struggling long after it should’ve roared back.
The Election of 2016 was not a surprise to me. I predicted it months in advance because, unlike so many people who claim to represent or report on the American people, I actually talk to – and more importantly, listen to - people. Things were turning around quite well before a pandemic artificially shut down the economy and people let the media bamboozle them into blaming Trump and thinking they’d be bringing back moderation and “normality” if they elected Biden.
Now, they find themselves stuck with a combination of Obama and Jimmy Carter times 10. This isn’t what they voted for, but they’re getting it good and hard.
I predict that, despite the media’s best efforts to bamboozle us, politicians who try to sell Americans on socialistic, big government policies will eventually fail, for the same reason that a used car salesman has a hard time selling a lemon to the same customer twice. I think those politicians know it, too; hence their desperation to take over elections so they can control the results. I also predict that politicians who were elected on a promise not to “fundamentally transform” America will remain in office only as long as they remember that Americans did not elect them to turn the United States into Venezuela.
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How To Stop Students From Falling Prey To Socialism
By Mike Huckabee
I hope you’re having a great 4th of July weekend, but between the celebratory fireworks on one hand and the anti-American political fireworks on the other, let’s take just a moment to reflect on what Independence Day really means and how it led to the freedoms and blessings that far too many Americans fail to appreciate these days.
Most historians (not New York Times writers, but real historians) mark the beginning of America as the signing of the Declaration of Independence on July 4th, 1776. But in truth, there was still a long road to travel before America as we know it came to be. First, of course, there was the matter of fighting a bloody revolution against Great Britain, one where victory was an overwhelming longshot, and win or lose, the leaders risked their lives, honor and fortunes. Victory was followed by more heated battles over what kind of government we would have.
Our Forefathers finally agreed to a blueprint, the Constitution, that wasn’t even introduced until 1789 – over 13 years later. Today, many Americans take those hard-won freedoms very lightly and seem eager to trade them away for false promises of security. Many can’t even name the freedoms guaranteed by the Bill of Rights. Maybe they’d cherish them more if they knew how close they came to not having them at all.
Did you know that the Constitution very nearly got passed without the Bill of Rights? Even some of the wisest of our forefathers thought a Bill of Rights was a dangerous idea. Alexander Hamilton argued that it was risky to list the rights the government couldn’t take away because then, politicians might try to grab any and every power that wasn’t specifically prohibited to them (apparently, the ability to rap wasn’t the only way Hamilton predicted the 21st century). He and many others also felt that a Bill of Rights was unnecessary: since nobody was surrendering their God-given rights by agreeing to the Constitution, there was no need to list them, right? Hamilton wrote, “Why declare that things shall not be done which there is no power to do?”
It’s ironic that Hamilton made that argument. Later on, as the first Treasury Secretary, he cited powers that the Constitution merely implied that the government had in order to take on debt, create a federal bank and impose unpopular taxes. Over a century later, when the federal income tax was passed, some lawmakers wanted to include a 10% limit, but they were voted down. Opponents scoffed that it was absurd to think the government would ever steal as much as 10% of an American’s hard-earned wages. Flash forward just 30 years, and they were happily taxing away 94%. So just imagine how few freedoms we’d have today if they’d listened to Hamilton and decided it wasn’t necessary to put specific limits on government power.
Luckily for us all, Thomas Jefferson won the argument, and the Bill of Rights was added. They even included the 9th amendment, which I’ll bet most people can’t even describe. Here’s what it says:
“The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.”
It means that just because some God-given rights aren’t specifically listed, that doesn’t mean the people cede them to the government. Maybe because so many of the framers were also farmers, they understood that like weeds, government tends to grow and grow, choking out the productive crops -- and like a bull, it will trample you if you don’t corral it. (Also, it produces the same thing a bull does.)
So if we want to preserve our freedoms, and keep government limited, maybe we should send more farmers to Washington -- and fewer lawyers.
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Employment Is More Than An Economic Issue
By Mike Huckabee
We hear a lot of talk from politicians about values…but do we truly value work and the people who do it?
Companies should pay employees as generously as they can, because good workers have worth. This is why you should always be skeptical of any politician who claims to “care” about workers, but also wants to raise taxes, both on workers and businesses. When taxes are high, it’s a sign that the government disrespects the worker by believing that what it will do with their salary is better than what the person who earned it will do. When we see employees as having worth, we see their work as valuable. That’s the value of work. I believe YOU are valuable and therefore what you DO has value.
I think a lot of politicians don’t understand that a job is more than just a way to put bread on the table. From man’s beginnings as recorded in the book of Genesis, we were hard-wired for labor. God told us to earn our bread by the sweat of our brow. It’s natural for us to want to prove our value by producing.
From the time we are children, we imitate our parents in their work. It’s part of our DNA to want to be grown up, and one sure way to feel grown up is to work. That’s why the loss of a job is far, far more than an economic setback. It’s de-humanizing to want to be productive and not be able. There is pride and dignity in sitting down to a meal that your work provided.
The CDC studied suicide rates since 1928 and found that they mirrored the economy. Suicides took a big uptick during the Great Depression. They plunged during World War II, and spiked again in the recessions of the mid-70’s and early 80’s. Suicides dropped to their lowest levels ever in the year 2000, when the tech boom dropped unemployment to just 4 percent. But after the dot-com bubble burst, America's suicide rate began steadily climbing. Recently, because of the endless shutdowns forcing people not to be able to go back to work, we’re seeing a new spike in suicides.
It’s a stark reminder that employment is more than an economic issue. Good jobs and rewarding labor save lives by making us feel that we're valued and needed. A government handout might provide bare sustenance, but it doesn’t feed the soul. It only demoralizes us.
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Floyd A Unger
07/07/2021 02:52 PM
07/07/2021 10:08 AM
SEEING THE GREEN NEW DEAL THROUGH MANCHINS EYES AND MANCHIN SUPPORTERS DISPAIR. PLANNING FOR DESTROYING LOOKING THROUGH A CHRYSTAL BALL AS TO LIVING IN A COAL COMMUNITY WHOLE COMMUNITY BEING DESTROYED...RIGHT NOW
07/07/2021 08:47 AM
Stopping students falling for socialisim: I say Field Trip:
Send them to Cuba, Venezula, Russia, China and sample first hand with professors in tow
Only way Real Life Education
07/07/2021 08:26 AM
Biden and Obama buying time with threatening phrases red lines tough sanctions and penalty if hacking continues well time is up Biden Russian hackers are calling Biden out however Biden the coward and compromised president will not do anything he will cover retreat and run from doing the American defense of America
07/07/2021 08:06 AM
Biden supporters have attacked the elderly on SS people on fixed income with the Biden partial shut down on our energy industry inflation on the rise some talking heads blame the food chains the plant and animal sources are available the cost of transportation and process is the reason for price increases I say to the talking heads is stop blaming shortages of resources I will give some room on the national shut down of lumber harvesting however energy costs play a huge part of that cost increase. Biden the numb skull is now playing doctor like his wife with door to door vaccination is just insane deportations of the Biden collection is now necessary the anti American policies are now being harm to its citizens I predicted within 6 months of Biden taking office will destroy the country this misfit is leading its supporters to quicksand
07/07/2021 07:51 AM
HOW TO STOP MEDIA FROM FALLING PREY TO SOCIALISM. SOMETIMES STATISTICS LIE AND SOMETIME ANALYSTS LIE WHEN LOOKING CLEARLY AT STATISTICS. IS THE AVERAGE NORTH KOREAN BETTER OFF THAN SOUTH KOREAN? DO LEADERS OF SOCIALISTS AND COMMUNIST COUNTRIES HAVE THE SAME ECONOMIC LIFE AS THE AVERAGE CITIZEN
James Drury Jr.
07/07/2021 06:45 AM
Thanks Mike & Staff!
Gladys J Edakattil
07/07/2021 03:52 AM
This may be old matter, but still relevant: For many years – even from the ‘40s, the Democrats have been working toward all these freedom-killing, poverty-breeding, back-to-the-dark ages policies they’re feverishly implementing to completely change the political, religious, social and cultural make-up of America to turn this nation into another Venezuela/ Cuba/ Russia/ China/ N Korea/ Sudan/ Uganda. They have been doing this with the help of the Elite/Rhino Republicans, billionaires, intellectuals, educators, industrialists, scientists, the Judiciary, even religious leaders who were and are part of the Illuminati-Bildeberger-Rhode Scholars-Skull and bones-Free Mason-and-such master planners and funders who are the shadow government, the 12, the Men-in-Black, etc. It has been their dream to let in droves of Illegal Immigrants along with the drug-dealers, sex traffickers (of children/women/young men), murderous gangs like MS-13, terrorists from all over the world as well as vicious criminals freed from US prisons, in-order to increase their votes (voter and vote frauds) as well as for them to create chaos, besides using them to terrorize law-abiding citizens and bringing patriots and those who question them under control – their absolute control! Yes, 2022 & 2024 Elections will be a joke with Republicans cowering and not doing anything and to top it all useless Supreme Court, FBI and CIA and other agencies!! The way things are going, this country is already set-up for a one-party government! – unless the Lord God our Saviour in His great Mercy and Grace intervene!! I and my friends are praying for that! Gwen Berry should be taken off the Olympic Team and she should never ever be allowed to represent our country in any of the competitive sports or otherwise!!
07/07/2021 01:45 AM
I've written in opinion columns in my local newspapers and told my family and grandchildren this, that it is always easier to do the popular thing than to do the right thing. When you do the right thing, instead of the popular thing, then you feel better about yourself when things may not always be rosy and glad. The right thing is always built on truth not lies. Even when lies are told over and over again, it still does not make them true, only more deceptive. It is always better, but sometimes harder, to do the right thing than the popular or easy thing to do. You may get ridiculed for doing the right thing, but when you do the popular thing, you may not get ridiculed but then you will be ridiculed by your own self, especially when the popular thing goes against your true self. So it is always best to do the right thing, even when it is not the popular thing. President Trump and many other true Christians and Conservatives know this because it is how God made them. God does not deceive, only Satan deceives. God is truth, Satan is not.
Robert L Koch
07/07/2021 01:20 AM
I love your godly perspective and historical facts about Alexander Hamilton was especially good. Thanks for taking up the fight.
I pray we can make difference.