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Today's newsletter includes:
- The week after: Democrats act fast to "Capitol-ize" on violence
- A personal note
- Chilling reminder
- Biden-Harris announces plans for small business
- Parler is taken down
- A second Capitol Police officer dies
- Advertisement: The Mediterranean Experience
The week after: Democrats act fast to "Capitol-ize" on violence
By Mike Huckabee
It’s hard even to know where to start in addressing the atrocity that happened last week and the growing exploitation of it by the left. I’ve made my position clear on the use of violence, whether it comes from the left, as it usually does, or the right, as it did this time. It’s all bad, and we have condemned it totally, unlike those on the left who have selectively excused it in the fulfillment of their ideology.
First, I’d recommend you watch the monologue from Mark Levin on Sunday’s LIFE, LIBERTY & LEVIN. It treads some of the same ground we’ve gone over in the past several days, including much of what the left has been doing to change the culture and normalize violence from their side, but Levin expresses it very well.
As he reminds us, the media dismissed it when people who attended a Trump event were assaulted during their long walk from the White House grounds to their transportation home. Sen. Rand Paul, to name one, was attacked. (He’s actually been attacked twice, if you count the one earlier at his home.) There was also the rioting in Lafayette Park in which historic monuments were defaced and toppled and scores of Secret Service agents were injured. When Speaker Nancy Pelosi was asked about the horrendous vandalism by unhinged leftists, she said that “people will do what they do.”
She and her cohorts casually dismissed an ATTACK ON WASHINGTON, but the media let it go. They were saving their venom for their preferred target, and last Wednesday they finally got their chance to bite.
We’ve showed over and over how the media ignored violence from the left. If you weren’t watching a conservative-leaning site, you didn’t see it, because most news outlets didn’t cover it. This went on for months as entire city blocks were occupied, looted and burned. Reporters defended the destruction and called it "largely peaceful." Then-candidate Joe Biden wouldn’t speak out against it; neither would then-running mate Kamala Harris. Only much later, when polls showed public sentiment turning against them, did Democrats say anything about it, and even then their comments were perfunctory. Meanwhile, the Democrat-controlled media had for years been mocking Trump supporters as an inferior species and condemning them as “neo-Nazis.” Actually it WAS the Nazis who spoke of other people such as Jews as “sub-human, rats, and vermin.” I find no instance of Trump supporters speaking of the opposition as “inferior people,” just people with inferior ideas.
"The media have played a huge, huge role in what’s going on in this country,” Levin said, “and they’re exploiting now what took place on Capitol Hill, trying to silence conservatives, silence Republicans, and, unfortunately, a lot of Republicans are buckling.” Democrats know good and well that we didn’t want this to happen and that we reject it totally. If anyone wanted it to happen, it’s likely the people who benefited from it; namely, the very ones on the left who are exploiting it now.
As Levin said, the headline in THE NEW YORK TIMES last Thursday was TRUMP INCITES MOB. Trump used some pretty strong language, and we are on record as having disagreed with that, but he absolutely did not act to “incite” the mob. (“Incite” is a specific legal term; I’ll get to that below.) If you don’t think the NYT folks were gleefully happy to print that headline, you are living in an alternate universe. They welcomed this story with open arms and will enjoy exploiting it in the weeks, months and years to come.
As Tammy Bruce said this weekend in an interview with Steve Hilton, the left are acting swiftly before more information can come out about what really might have happened last Wednesday, more reports on who might have showed up there specifically to initiate violence. Bruce calls them “parasitic opportunists.”
"It is not a representation of what Trump has stood for,” she said.
But the WASHINGTON POST headline was almost identical: TRUMP MOB STORMS CAPITOL. The DAILY NEWS headline was this: PREZ INCITES INSURRECTION. Again, he did not. USA TODAY put it similarly: PRO-TRUMP MOBS STORM US CAPITOL. These headlines were chosen quite deliberately to suggest Trump called for violence.
Levin contrasted these headlines with some that were more objective. The NEW YORK POST put it this way: CAPITOL INVASION. The WASHINGTON TIMES called it an ASSAULT ON DEMOCRACY. Yes, that’s better. It still strongly condemns the violence but refrains from falsely implying that Trump was behind this. It was the last thing he wanted.
On what the Democrats are doing now, Levin nailed it. “Out of one side of their mouth, they talk about unity,” he said. “Out of the other side of their mouth, they spit on people.”
Since they have only a slight majority in the House and Senate (where Kamala Harris will have to break the ties), they want to use what happened to ratchet up their extreme calls for expanding the Supreme Court to create a partisan rubber-stamp, ending the Electoral College system, adding four more Democrat states to cement power in the Senate, and completely eliminating the filibuster. To obtain these things, Democrat politicians, with coordinated help from the megalomaniacs who run social media, plan to use the Capitol Hill incident instead of the mandate from the electorate that they'd expected but DID NOT GET.
In the short term, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is using this little window of time by insisting the 25th Amendment is in play, as an alternative to the impeachment she says she’ll put forward --- nine days from Biden’s inauguration. Ah, yes, Democrats are all about healing and unity.
Here’s what legal expert Jonathan Turley had to say about the legal merits of impeaching Trump now. What Trump said certainly did not meet the standard of “inciting” violence. All this would do is further divide the nation and give one more big slap in the face to Trump supporters, which I assume is what Democrats want to do. They hope to fragment us --- that's also part of the coordinated attack on us by social media that we'll talk about --- but now is the time for us come together.
A personal note
By Mike Huckabee
A personal note on the ongoing Great Leftist Purge of social media:
I still have my Twitter account, because it’s not smart to leap off a lily pad before you know there's another one to land on. I have a Parler account, of course, but that site has gone dark, thanks to Amazon shutting off its server host service (many conservatives are cancelling their Amazon Prime accounts in protest – do none of these public companies have to answer to their stockholders, or are they only in business to promote leftist politics?)
So far, Twitter hasn’t canceled me, and I’m using it to urge all my followers to subscribe to this newsletter through www.mikehuckabee.com/subscribe just in case. I think we’re getting a hard lesson in why it was such a bad idea for conservatives to give up their individual websites and blogs for social media sites that vastly enriched and empowered a handful of Silicon Valley leftists while controlling the content users create.
At this point, for all conservative voices to leave Twitter voluntarily without having another place to go would just be giving our opponents what they want. This is a time to think strategically, not emotionally.
In the meantime, here’s a list of alternative social media, video and browser sites that don’t discriminate against conservatives. The site Gab is especially extending an invitation to people fleeing Twitter. Their CEO was previously shut off from payment systems. I hope these sites are all still online by the time you read this.
And here’s what I hope to see a lot more of, very fast: Gab announced that it will soon offer its own Gab cell phone, independent of Apple or Google censorship or data mining. Not much info yet, but worth keeping an eye on.
By Mike Huckabee
Here’s a chilling reminder of why it’s not a good idea to pin your hopes of preventing a far-left “transformation” of America on West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin not folding under pressure like a thrift store card table.
I’ve written before about the big, invisible switch in Washington that gets flipped whenever power changes hands. Trump is still in office, and it’s already been flipped:
Democrats who cheered on and defended violent riots all year suddenly think they’re an intolerable assault on democracy that must be severely punished…Democrats who’ve railed against billionaires having too much power (or even existing) are now cheering billionaires influencing the election and silencing their opponents’ free speech…and now, add this switch: Democrats who’ve wailed about the unfairness of less populous states having the same number of Senators as New York and California think that Washington, DC, a city with a population of just over 700,000, should have two Democrat Senators to negate the two Republican Senators from Texas, population nearly 30 million.
Sen. Manchin might also want to ponder whether the voters of West Virginia, a solidly red state where he’s the only Democrat in any major office and where Trump beat Biden by over 2-1, really want their Senators’ and Representatives’ votes negated by DC and Puerto Rico.
Parler is taken down
By Mike Huckabee
One of the biggest and most frightening stories in years is going on now, as leftist tech giants make their move to silence conservative voices and destroy free speech and any competitors that allow it. Google and Apple have removed the Parler app from their all stores and Amazon, which provided the hosting service to Parler, cut it off last night, removing the Twitter alternative from the Internet.
Parler CEO John Matze condemned what he called this “coordinated effort” to inflict damage on a competitor and said the site will take “full legal action” to fight it. Parler could be off-line for weeks, months or even permanently, if it can’t find a server willing to risk the ire of the Silicon Valley giants.
Adding a layer of irony to the outrage, Matze said Parler doesn’t even have a Groups feature, and the #1 social media site for organizing meet-ups at last week’s rally in Washington was Facebook. Also worth mentioning: Twitter still hasn’t banned Iran’s Ayatollah or stopped a trending hashtag of “Hang Mike Pence.”
I’ll also add, in the interest of journalistic accuracy (remember that?), that all the stories that keep calling Parler a “right-wing social media site” that spreads disinformation are themselves spreading disinformation. Parler has no particular political leanings other than protecting free speech within certain legal limits, like banning threats. You can be an AOC fan, sign up and post quotes from Chairman Mao all day long, and nobody will stop you. Also, the tech giants are waging war on Parler for being a neutral platform and not editing users' content, the very same rule that they're supposed to follow to be immune from lawsuits under Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act.
Republican Rep. Devin Nunes called the actions by Google, Apple and Amazon “clearly a violation of antitrust, civil rights, (and) the RICO statute,” and called for a criminal racketeering investigation. (But please, spare us any more pointless hearings where the CEOS of Twitter, Google and Facebook put on phony wounded/baffled expressions at the suggestion that they might be partisan.)
Nunes asked where the DOJ and the FBI are. I assume they’re getting ready to be just as independent as Joe Biden promised, so it will probably be up to state governments, consumers and the censored sites themselves to fight back in court, at least until 2022.
Quote from that link: “Biden also took more money from Big Tech than any candidate in American history. Donations to the Democrats by Bay Area residents rose from $163 million in 2016 to $199 million in 2020. Bay Area residents gave $800,000 to Trump in 2016, and $22 million in 2020. That says all we need to know about who Silicon Valley thought would give it an easy ride.”
Finally, as our pop culture expert, Pat Reeder, points out, the CEO of Mozilla, parent company of the Firefox browser, just issued a statement promoting radical leftist censorship, so he suggests replacing Firefox with DuckDuckGo's browser app on your cell phone and with Brave on your desktop or laptop.
Biden-Harris announces plans for small business
By Mike Huckabee
The Biden-Harris Administration (or is that the other way around? Even Joe doesn’t know) announced that it will help small businesses destroyed by Democrat shutdowns and riots by discriminating against white male business owners. They didn’t put it that way, of course, but that’s what they said, just the same.
As a number of commenters pointed out, discriminating on the basis of race or gender is a violation of the Civil Rights Act and the 14th Amendment, so Nancy Pelosi had better get cracking on impeaching Biden before he even takes office, the way she’s trying to impeach Trump after he leaves office.
A second Capitol Police officer dies
By Mike Huckabee
A second Capitol Police officer who was involved in last Wednesday’s clash with protesters has died, but the official statement contained few details. There was a report by the A.P. that it was an apparent suicide. Our condolences and prayers to his family, and let’s hope their wishes for privacy are respected and his death not exploited for political purposes.
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