Charlottesville

August 14, 2017

I’m not going to recount everything that happened Saturday in Charlottesville, Virginia, because the details are being updated constantly. We do know that the Unite The Right protest and the Antifa counter-protest turned into brawls and riots, which might have been planned (there was a report that some counter-protesters brought weapons, although fortunately not guns – one blogger compared it to a “rumble.”) The ACLU confirmed that as the violence escalated, the police were ordered to stand down for some reason that begs investigation. And worst of all, one woman is dead and at least a dozen more people injured after a 20-year-old Ohio man believed to be a white supremacist sympathizer drove a car into a crowd of counter-protesters. He’s been charged with murder, malicious wounding and hit-and-run. He should also be charged with an act of domestic terrorism and prosecuted to the full extent of the law.

But before we discuss the aftermath, let’s talk about something that seems irrelevant, but is not at all. Back in the 1940s, a new technology swept America’s kitchens: the pressure cooker. In those pre-microwave days, pressure cookers were a miracle. They cooked food faster and with less energy because the heat couldn’t escape. Instead, a lid was clamped down tight. All the steam that might have been blown off if the system was open was instead held in. As the heat rose, with no way to vent it, so did the pressure. Under pressure, things get hotter and hotter. It was a great way to cook food, but there was one drawback: at the first crack or weak spot, there was a very real danger that the whole thing could explode like a bomb. Today’s pressure cookers have safety features to prevent that, but if ignored, the results can still be deadly. Recall that the Boston Marathon bombings were carried out with pressure cookers.


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Over the past few years, several small but loud factions of society have been trying to turn America from an open system into a pressure cooker, and the explosions of rage and violence in Berkeley, Dallas, Charlottesville and other places are the result. The Founders knew that there would always be clashing ideas, and the best way to deal with them was a free marketplace where everyone could express and defend his views, and the best would be adopted while inferior ideas were exposed and rejected. America hasn’t always gotten things right, but thanks to free and open debate, we have consistently gotten things better.

Unfortunately, in recent years, we’ve seen a dangerous trend toward clamping down the lid on the free marketplace of ideas. Places that were once bastions of unfettered debate, such as college campuses and the Internet, are now rigidly policed to silence any ideas not approved by self-appointed authorities. Americans who don’t toe a particular line have not only been driven from the public square, even their private conversations make them targets for the thought police, if they’re caught in surveillance by a leaky intelligence agency or overheard by an overzealous busybody. It’s not enough that any opinions that vary from the “approved” line be silenced, but those who dare express them, even thoughtfully and anonymously, must be ferreted out, exposed, threatened, publicly shamed, bankrupted and fired.

I don’t say all this to try to shift blame for what happened in Charlottesville. The people who started this are vile, hateful racists and should be condemned in the strongest terms. But it’s not a coincidence that violent extremist groups are suddenly popping up all around us. They’re a symptom of a larger problem. They are the weak spots that turn dangerous when the pressure gets too high and too hot. Violent extremist movements have always drawn their numbers from those who think they have no voice. When you take away the free marketplace of ideas, it creates a breeding ground for their recruitment.


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But why should people be allowed to express bad ideas? Because when they express them in the open, they have to defend them. Maybe they can be reasoned into seeing the error of their ways. In fact, that’s a large part of the history of America: bad ideas that used to be taken for granted are now seen as abhorrent, because good ideas won out. We used to be a nation where people who disagreed could sit down over a beer, have a spirited discussion, and maybe end up by seeing things from the other person’s perspective. Ban the open discussion, tell some people their perspective is invalid and they have no right to express it, and you’ll end up with a barroom brawl instead.

In light of the tragedy in Charlottesvlle, President Trump issued this initial statement: “We condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry, and violence on many sides. On many sides.” He was immediately blasted by politicians, the media and celebrities for not singling out just the white nationalists for condemnation. But at that point, it wasn’t entirely clear what had happened. What was he supposed to do, leap to a conclusion that might fire up the conflict even more, only to have it turn out to be incorrect, the way President Obama did with Ferguson, Missouri?

Trump later issued a stronger statement specifically condemning white separatist and neo-Nazi groups and calling on Americans to end the violence, stop exploiting divisions and come together to concentrate on the positive things we have in common. This statement, very similar to a statement once made by Barack Obama under similar circumstances, was greeted by more attacks from leftwing politicians, media figures and celebrities, some of whom blamed Trump directly for violent racists in Charlottesville and claimed that they represent the entire Republican Party. Jesse Watters on Fox News illustrated the double standard with a montage of clips, showing many of these same people insisting that the angry Bernie Sanders supporter who shot Rep. Steve Scalise and tried to slaughter Republicans at a charity baseball practice in no way represented the Democratic Party.


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And they were right. I absolutely believe that the deranged shooter and the black-masked rioters who shut down free speech at UC-Berkeley are not representative of the approximately 96 million registered voters who identify as Democrats, any more than I believe that the racist idiot who ran down people with a car or a small group of white supremacists represent the views of 88 million registered voters who identify as Republican. They are two opposite extremes that exploded when the political pressure cooker got turned up too high.

We should all be doing everything we can to reduce the heat, release the pressure, let the steam out and open up the system to more dialogue and discussion between people of different backgrounds and viewpoints. But when people in positions of public trust respond to violence, division and hatred with even more heated, divisive rhetoric, seeking not to put out the fires of rage but to pour gasoline on them, they should be well and truly ashamed of themselves.

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  • Emily Walker

    08/15/2017 11:58 AM

    Thank you for your comments and common sense approach. We need more people with common sense to speak up as we have been silence for too long. I detest bigotry, racism, hatred, of all kinds but we need to remember that we all have a 1st Amendment right to voice our opinions in a calm, peaceful way. We have multiple groups at fault by coming to stop another group from holding a peaceful protest. The far left group came with the sole reason of starting violence and getting on TV in order to prevent another bad group of people from voicing their opinion. Both groups are in the wrong and should be condemned.

    I am also appalled at what happened in Durham yesterday. If we are going to destroy all Southern or Confederate monuments then we should get rid of all monuments of any kind which is only fair to everyone. We do not need any war monuments, presidential monuments, etc. as there will be someone living here that takes offense to them.

  • Roberta Morin

    08/15/2017 11:56 AM

    What happened to agree to disagree and respect each other's opinion. This is what I use to defuse differing rhetoric discussions. Let us take the route of a mediator rather than an agitator. I remind people that they are entitled to their opinion then I ask what they would recommend for solutions (brainstorming) then come up with alternative ones we can use. This article is right on and it shows how much anarchy has arrived. Please let us stop it before it becomes civil war.

  • Lori Ann Hunt

    08/15/2017 11:40 AM

    You 100% correct. I applaude President Trump for not jumping to conclusions and releasing an appropriate statement that condemned all who are haters. To jump out immediately and condemn people without knowing all the facts would have been irresponsible. Obama did that and look at the mess it caused. I do hope that all those that are calling for stronger words and actions take this approach when the Black LIves Matter groups, Al Sharpton and others like them cause rioting and death. They are racists also. Racism comes in all colors not just white. If people want a great America then they need to support President Trump and his agenda. He inherited a mess caused by the actions and in some cases inactions of President Obama. No country is going to respect us if we continue to disrespect our legally elected leader and fight amongst ourselves. If we continue to suppress ideas that we don't agree with. If they don't the downfall of America will be placed directly on their shoulders. We are all Americans, not _____Americans, just Americans. God needs to become first in our lives. That is the only way that America will survive.

  • Jade West

    08/15/2017 11:36 AM

    We must all be careful deciding which monuments can legally be removed. We've seen instances where the Ten Commandments are being replaced with statues of Lucifer (or at least legally trying to). Where does it end? What if some group decides to legally remove some of Dr. King's monuments in the near future because they are offended by them?

  • Peggy Bledsoe

    08/15/2017 11:32 AM

    The MSM needs to stop underestimating the intelligence of the average American we all understood what the president said we did not need it spelled out for us maybe they need to send some of these journalists back to school so they can also understand what the average American already does

  • Carleen Ellis

    08/15/2017 11:30 AM

    Well said - but let's not forget the obligation of people of faith in Christ to PRAY for our leaders. And, as one published writer has said, "Pray HARD"

  • Jay Carter

    08/15/2017 11:08 AM

    Even though I strongly disagree with the KKK and white supremacist position, it appears they had a permit and had a legal right to a peaceful demonstration - that is our law. It takes two to fight and it appears the anti KKK and anti white supremacist who came ready to fight were the problem. If the KKK and white supremacist broke the law and did damage like so many other demonstrations, then the police should have arrested all of them and put them in jail. That is the way the law is suppose to work. It is not for the opposition to try and stop a peaceful demonstration, if that was their original intent - something I guess we will never know.
    Pres Trump was correct in not initially taking sides, but it was wrong for him to later takes sides under tremendous pressure and condemn those who may have been trying to have a peaceful demonstration even if they are in the minority and did perform violence in the past.

  • Chris Frawley

    08/15/2017 10:28 AM

    Thank you for this amazing description of the sad state of affairs in our country. May God open the eyes of the blind to truly see what is happening. May dialog return to being civil with respect and acceptance. May blame stop and peace with conversation return to our great nation. Thank you so much Govenor Huckabee. You are a great champion for our country. God Bless You!

  • Pastor Craig Wilson

    08/15/2017 10:24 AM

    Aloha Mike!!! Firstly, let me applaude you on a very good surmise of the happenings of this tragedy that happened in Charlottesville!! As know that we are in "End Times" America is in deep trouble with Anti-American groups trying to divide America! I believe that we are seeing these atrocities happen more and more because of our Religious beliefs, as our Country was founded upon! Lucifer has been separating our Country small bits at a time! Our foundation is weakening!! As we came together to elect an Official to govern our government by the name of Donald Trump, and it is my belief that this was the will of God of the Holy Scriptures, by His design, we need to find alternate solutions to these attacks by groups only out to Divide and Destroy as Satan does, and he does it so well! I would ask as one solution that Christian Americans start praying against these organizations, profoundly and consistently as a first step! Power of Prayer is powerful as it was demonstrated in the Book of Daniel! May God continue to Bless you and your Ohana, May God continue to give strength, courage and wisdom to our President, and may God Bless America!!

  • Gerald Dauis

    08/15/2017 10:10 AM

    I'm thanking God for the voice of Mike Huckabee at this time of extreme turmoil in our beloved christian America. So much effort has been expended to stress that America is no longer christian. It does appear that the gates of hell have been opened and demons have been released to undo the values that our Judeo-Christian forefathers established when writing our constitution. It is based on Biblical principles, both Old Testament and New Testament. If these "foundations be removed" then we will no longer be a christian nation. But a long as these are in place, we are. This is definitely the intentions of the anti-God minds that are so freely being expressed in our news systems of today. I see this as a spiritual war for the soul of our country. Mike Huckabee is truly an "Island in the stream."

  • Pat scallion

    08/15/2017 10:00 AM

    I am reminded of an old saying "the squeaky wheel gets the grease".
    That seems to be true in our society today. My opinion is just that: my opinion. If my opinion hurts others then should I get my way just because I can scream the loudest?
    I don't have answers to this division in our country but I do believe the media plays a huge part in instigating violence in our country.

  • Janet Kennedy

    08/15/2017 09:25 AM

    Thank you for this article. My prayer is that we can live in peace, without fear, for our children's sake. My heart breaks for the example we are setting for them. Keep doing what you do. Knowledge is power. In Christ!

  • Cleo Courington

    08/15/2017 09:23 AM

    The attempt to destroy the culture and historical record of a defeated enemy follows a long practice in human conflict.

    In part, the disappearence is voluntary, with the defeated trying to gain some improvement in their lot by identifying with their conquerors.

    In ancient Rome, for example there was the practice of "damnatio memoriae." The winners of, say, a political conflict often destroyed statues, writings, paintings and the very lives of the losers.

    Much the same thing is happening in our part of the country. Still, it fascinates me that here, in the South, we have flags of the United States flying on our streets on patriotic occasions (and many all the time), while up in Union territory and other places heavily influenced by it, the attitude is now profoundly against the very principles that were refined there and upon which the United States was founded.

    That is a curious reversal.

  • Ed F. Presley

    08/15/2017 09:19 AM

    Great article good sir. That said here is my question to the media and the world. Why is a White nationalist movement trying to protect the culture the left is trying to erase, automatically branded as racist and white supremacists? Why does B.L.M. not get called the racists they are? Looks like a big old double standard to me.

  • Bill Lear

    08/15/2017 09:18 AM

    Mike, I love reading your views. I agree with you on the analysis of today's happenings. I said it before and will say it again "you would make a great President". Keep up the good work of telling it like it is. I trust you to give me the straight story! I don't trust what is being put forth on most TV programs. May our LORD bless you!

  • David Christopher

    08/15/2017 08:57 AM

    Thank you for saying what so many of us feel but not able to put to words, time we all learn to get along and help each other as Christ taught us.

  • Robert steele

    08/15/2017 08:57 AM

    Please start calling out these people who accuse the president of being a racist as the bigots that they are. CNN and their ilk have taught millions of Americans to hate their fellow Americans based on lies and deception. It must be opposed.

  • Fran Michels

    08/15/2017 08:48 AM

    Amen! Amen! Thank you for this insightful commentary.

  • James T Bryson

    08/15/2017 08:31 AM

    When the leadership, political and law enforcement, conspire to withdraw police presence from a hostile interaction between opposing demonstrators, how is that NOT being an accomplice to the violence and death that follow?

    Small time politicos playing with volatile scenarios to serve their ideologue-patrons should be investigated and HELD ACCOUNTABLE.

  • Fred Ballard

    08/15/2017 08:19 AM

    I hope that our President will not get discouraged with all the negative things that are being thrown at him. He is in our Prayers continuously . A couple of weeks back two guys who were supposedly scheduled to expose Hillary's e-mails the next week were found dead (?). This should have been BIG news on Fox and all other networks but was not. "OAN" reported this. Very suspicious along with he death of the recent Supreme Court Judge and at least one other .

  • Joseph Obenauer

    08/15/2017 08:09 AM

    Mr. Huckabee, I really enjoy your FB site and your contributions to Fox News, it is always good to hear you clearly analyze American politics with intelligence and a good sense of humor. Is it possible that now, more than ever, a legitimate third party should form, call it the Patriot Party (why not?), leave the hapless RHINOs and Democrats to wither on the vine as it were. Any thoughts? Thank you and God Bless you and your family.

  • Sharon Decker

    08/15/2017 07:58 AM

    One thing to Say: PRAY

  • William Van

    08/15/2017 05:24 AM

    I believe your article in which you use the pressure cooker to describe the current situation in the USA, is correct. However, based on what I have been able to glean from spotty reporting, there was only one group of people protesting that actually had a permit to protest the removal of a Civil War statue. The other groups appeared without invitation, i.e. Nazis, KKK, BLM, ANTIFA and started trouble, which was their goal. If the information concerning the uninvited groups is fact, i.e. that they were uninvited and did not have a permit, then that information must be reported to the people in this country. In addition, if this information is correct, Mr. Trumps initial statement was also correct, i.e. “We condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry, and violence on many sides. ON MANY SIDES". i.e. NOT just those who were white, Mr. Huckabee. ALL of the groups/races that were there to disrupt the legal protest and cause trouble in Charlottesville should be exposed to the entire nation. It seems that BLM, ANTIFA...etc can protest but if a white group protests legally they are called "racists", the so called "minorities" get involved to disrupt and prevent the white group, and it usually turns violent. If the double standard that the politically correct have been shoving down our throats does not end now, what we saw in Charlottesville is going to get much, much worse. White people have gotten their cans full and I suspect they are getting ready to put a stop to the double standard themselves. I believe the politically correct and those orchestrating what we have seen happening in this country, that started under Obama, want exactly that.

  • Alison Bell

    08/15/2017 05:22 AM

    As usual, you are 100% correct-- the PC state has fostered these crazy extremist groups and again, the MS media is missing it. In almost every story, they are blaming Trump. He did nothing but strongly condemn the action and call for unity--a far stronger stance than Obama did in Ferguson, Ft. Hood, Orlando, or any time our innocent citizens, or law enforcement officers even, were murdered by terrorists. I pray that you and your daughter will continue to serve our country well by speaking the truth.

  • Ginger Cox

    08/15/2017 02:54 AM

    I agree with Joyce Sullivan's comments. My husband and I are disappointed in the downplaying of our President when he is facing many crises, let alone North Korea. We prayed again and again.

    Didn't Obama called the Fort Hood a workplace violence and then some six years later he admitted it was a terrorist attack? Late response on his part. He seemed to have that pattern for downplaying every loner attack. People forget his confusing messages, including his famous red line action which he never followed through.

  • Cathy Norman

    08/15/2017 02:03 AM

    Yes, bad ideas need to be aired so that the light can reach them. As you suggest, the most important goal is to reach the truth.

  • Desiree Krause

    08/15/2017 01:25 AM

    Who are the powers to be who want to destroy Americans Constitution? Why is everything Trump's fault? The President was right when he said there was a lot of hate on all sides. What happen was nothing but pure hatred of everything. The three faction that boiled together were about hate and intolerance.The news media and our representatives in D.C., blamed this on President Trump, his supporter. As a Trump supporter none of these groups represent" The People "who elected Trump to OFFICE.No one seems interested in the truth, it seems that the truth is no longer something to be Proud of. We see it everyday in our News and it goes back to "WHO" is behind this movement of hatred. We need the "light of truth" to shine brightly on this darkness that has taken over the hearts and souls of all Americans,of all people. It is ugly and it's a stain on all Americans. President Trump is not the enemy, the enemy is hate and intolerance . Why do people seem so afraid to speak the truth,when the truth is so simple.

  • Margaret Richmond

    08/15/2017 01:16 AM

    Mike,
    I agree with many....you could not have said it better. I agree with another post,that I'm afraid that if the pressure relief valve isn't opened soon, we are in for a virtual civil war,if civil is even a good word to use. Until we abandon all the political correctness and rhetoric on all sides and have open discussion on how to improve the nation as a whole for all people...we are doomed to the same things we are getting now.

  • Alicia Amos

    08/15/2017 12:27 AM

    Agreed.
    What most people don't think about is the reason why we have the First Amendment to begin with. It was put into place to protect unpopular speech. If it only protected what the powers that be deem as acceptable speech, the First Amendment would be unnecessary.

    We must condemn racism and hatred. We must engage these people with dialogue and call them out, but we cannot just silence them because we disagree. Because that is fascism. Or at least the beginnings of it.

  • Willard and Grace Michael

    08/15/2017 12:23 AM

    We agree with your statements and wish the left would stop trying to blame President Trump for everything and criticizing him for everything. They are being very divisive.

  • Jack Baldwin

    08/15/2017 12:07 AM

    Well said sir! I continue to be amazed at the growth of the violent factions arising in the US today. I watch with disgust the politicians who have the power to turn it down, instead ramp it up with hateful speech and accusations they have no ability to prove. These elected POS are in and of themselves, a hate filled group, petulant children who are doing everything they can to disrupt, delay, and destroy any progress. They are blind to the last 8 years of BS and hate speech by the POTUS at that time. I thank you for continuing to be the voice of reason and bringing more light to the issues at hand. I cannot depend on any of the media to give me anything more than a subject that I have to do research on to obtain information that is not slanted to the left. I will continue to pray for President Trump, the United States, and you as well. I personally would have loved to see you as the POTUS.

  • Nida Chambers

    08/14/2017 11:54 PM

    I just wish President Trump would explain his statements the way you just did. He didn't jump to conclusions until he knew the facts. He then issued an even greater message the next day. No matter what, the news media will not let Trump have a moment of peace. As an American, this is making me so furious! But what can one person do? I feel like I don't have a voice anymore..... So frustrated......

  • Pamela S Pruett

    08/14/2017 11:47 PM

    Well said. I appreciate your insight. The President did what was right and I am tired of the extreme criticism of everything he says and does. Your sane viewpoint is a welcome relief from the barrage of extremism.

  • Janice Centers

    08/14/2017 11:43 PM

    Very Well Said!
    I would like to add I do not approve any city, county, or state government breaking the laws as I believe it leads to further lawlessness. If people do not agree with the outcome of laws passed, then they need to see the best way to remedy the problem for the good of ALL People and not a select few. Why not help illegal aliens become legal citizens? There are solutions to the issues if people will just calm down and use their creative minds for the good of all!

  • Debbie Bernardo

    08/14/2017 11:41 PM

    Thank you for your comments, Mike. I did not agree with senators coming against the President. I don't approve of hate groups, but I do believe there were many responsible for the violence on Saturday and the President was wise to not pin the blame on one group. We need more unity and less division in this country. It is terrible that we are so divided. "A house divided against itself cannot long endure" A.Lincoln

  • Kathy Derusha

    08/14/2017 11:28 PM

    You rock Mike....you are dead "on" with every single newsletter...thank you so much...you are appreciated more than you know! God Bless You!


  • BRENDA COLE

    08/14/2017 11:11 PM

    When I first saw and heard the excitement coming from news reporters over the "guns" and violence in Charlottesville, Virginia; I can not help but think they are adding fuel to the fire and a stage for anger and pigotry.

    Go Trump Go! Thank You for reservation instead of inflammation. I no longer believe the news to be unbiased and truthful. I watched the news turn a BLIND EYE to Former President Obama, Former President Bill Clinton and Hillary Clinton while roasting President Trump since before he was elected. Who controls the news? Regarding President Trump: Once a news story about him is proven wrong, isn't that defamation of character? Doesn't our president have rights too?

  • Lori Snider

    08/14/2017 11:02 PM

    Hi Mike,
    I don't have all the information either, but I have just heard a couple hours ago on Michael Berry's radio show that the man who drove the car in Charlottesville may have had his car surrounded by rock throwing ANTIFA. It doesn't make anything okay, but if he acted out of fear for his life, he might not be the vile terrorist he is being portrayed as.

  • mike gafford

    08/14/2017 10:52 PM

    Well said Governor... extreme haters and anarchist, better yet fascist, abound in the fringe of our society. The marketplace of free speech and expression of thought is under extreme assault by those who quickly attach negative labels to scourge anyone holding thoughts not in lock-step. Polite discourse is purposely stifled by personal attacks of “bullhorn” activism.

  • Wanda Hinton

    08/14/2017 10:34 PM

    I appreciate you views and commentaries.. Thanks for letting us know the truth of what's happening in our country... I know the media cannot be trusted to give a real account,stopped believing them years ago..Keep on keeping on.. You have my support and prayers..

  • Brigham Jones

    08/14/2017 10:19 PM

    Governor,
    Straight and to the point just like I remember. I feel that there are people that want the freedoms our Constitution provides but not the responsibility or accountability that comes with it. They feel because they have the right to free speech but do not have to be held accountable for what they say. What do you think should be done with these people that call for blood in the streets and when it happens they say it was their right to speak that way. Thanks

  • June smith

    08/14/2017 10:17 PM

    Omgosh, Mike it's like we are living in an alternate universe?

    In the past I've mostly ignored the left, bigoted, news media, but it's overwhelming how much they hate they lost the election and they hate all republicans but mostly Trump. Its crazy? Lying and twisting and ignoring selectively is wrong and they know it but continue? Who are these people? How do they sleep at night, I think they are evil.

  • judy scott

    08/14/2017 10:16 PM

    I totally agree with you. Civil discourse seems to have disappeared and this is very dangerous for nation and sad for all of us.

  • Woody Marvel

    08/14/2017 10:16 PM

    Gov. Huckabee

    Thank you for a clear description of what went on in Charlottesville Saturday. It seems, as you know, we are in the USA with the Intifada like Israel has had in Judea/Samaria. The politics may not be the same but the bad fruit and behavior is too close to what happened. I have met you while your doing your blessed work in Israel and I know you see the similarities. There seems to be no solution for the near term for the USA. It could be we are reaping what we have sown for the last 70 years. salut, wm

  • Barbara Fowler

    08/14/2017 10:13 PM

    Mike, I so appreciate you sharing your concerns. I agree with what you shared completely. I have taught American History for many years and now that I'm retired, my concern is for the Lord to send revival, for the protection of our president and his family, and his cabinet, and many others. We have a son in the military as well along with the other 4 children. All grown and have 11 grandchildren. What we want is to see America strong again in the Lord so our grandkids may enjoy the heritage passed down to them. Each of our children are fulfilling their destinies and we want the generations to come to do the same. Keeping our freedoms is essential. "For such a time as this" we have to be ready. Part of this is praying without ceasing. As Christians we can not sit and watch. We are responsible to have God protecting us all by being in obedience. Thanks again for all the time you have sacrificed as a public servant, but especially as a believer in Jesus Christ!

  • Connie Franzel

    08/14/2017 09:55 PM

    Thank you for telling it the way it is!

  • Elebia "Jo" Cantrell Bell

    08/14/2017 09:54 PM

    Sir,
    It is good to hear a voice of reason within this crazy 'mess' we have going on in our Country. Your analogy of the discovery of the pressure cooker is genius. I remember well the noise it would make and how careful we kids were told to be around it and why.

    As Americans we take so much for granted that we tend to forget that Satan does indeed walk among us seeking to devour those he can. I grew up in Alabama and therefore I have been viewed as a Racist many times. Yet, I have seen more Racism and Racist in other parts of the country than I EVER witnessed in Alabama. My family was hard working, honest people. I was never taught to 'hate' anyone. Yes, this was during Segregation but honestly, growing up I did not know what segregation was. I knew there was Black people and there was White people and, I admit I was fascinated by black children and they were by me. I can remember always wanting to touch their hair (not for any reason other to see if it felt like my hair}. Oh the innocence of Childhood. *** Ironically, I was recently in the waiting room at the Clinic waiting to see the doctor and a young mother with 3 children came in. They sat, not next to me but nearby and the little girl kept watching me so I smiled at her and she smiled back. She slowly inched her way down and sat in the chair next to me. I smiled and said "hi" but she did not respond. She just kept looking at me and I would smile again and finally she leaned over and said "can I touch your hair". It actually brought tears to my eyes. Her Mother said "don't bother the lady"and I said "it's okay, I am enjoying talking with her". I was called into the office and when I came back in she was gone. (I will always remember her touching and running her fingers in my AND I hope she will remember this as I do).
    I have been asked many time since leaving the South...did you ever say the "N" word? Of Course I Did ...and I pronounced it 'niggah'...with no disrespect or malice. If you are aware of the Southern dialect you will know that the we have/had a tendency to replace anything ending in 'er' with an 'ah'....Mother is Mothah, Brother is Brothah, and Sister is Sistah, etc.---although the actual word is "Negro" I had never heard it pronounced that way. It wasn't until I grew up and moved away from that little Alabama town that I learned about real prejudice and hate. Whoever plants, waters and nurtures these seeds of hate will have to answer for their actions someday. It is just sad that it has to be this way. IF ONLY WE COULD HAVE THAT INOCENCE OF CHILDHOOD ONE MORE TIME. (Thankful for people like you and your daughter representing our Country). Elebia Bell

  • Louise

    08/14/2017 09:46 PM

    I always enjoy reading your comments . They say what I can't express in words. If Sarah has the same speaking gift of her father she will be an excellent press Secretary as she is already proving to be . Thank you for standing up for our President, I think he will be what he wants to be as Pres. if he didn't have so many distractions .

  • Anthony DeBartolomeo

    08/14/2017 09:28 PM

    Mike,

    I could not have said it better - and I write for a living.

    My wife says that if this entire PC prone nation does not get back to legitimate Constitutional first amendment grounded discussions, we could see civil war. I pray she is wrong, but your pressure cooker analogy makes sense. Without open dialogue, those disenfranchised will seek whatever means to be heard - violent or otherwise. In the words of Milton, "Though all the winds of doctrine were let loose to play upon the earth, so truth be in the field, we do ingloriously...to misdoubt her strength. Let her and falsehood grapple; who ever knew truth put to the worse in a free and open encounter?"

  • Joyce sullivan

    08/14/2017 09:22 PM

    Thank you for these wonderful remarks. As usual you are spot on and truthful. It is so disheartening to see all the media blaming our president. I feel like I should not watch any news. It is almost depressing.

Charlottesville

August 14, 2017

I’m not going to recount everything that happened Saturday in Charlottesville, Virginia, because the details are being updated constantly. We do know that the Unite The Right protest and the Antifa counter-protest turned into brawls and riots, which might have been planned (there was a report that some counter-protesters brought weapons, although fortunately not guns – one blogger compared it to a “rumble.”) The ACLU confirmed that as the violence escalated, the police were ordered to stand down for some reason that begs investigation. And worst of all, one woman is dead and at least a dozen more people injured after a 20-year-old Ohio man believed to be a white supremacist sympathizer drove a car into a crowd of counter-protesters. He’s been charged with murder, malicious wounding and hit-and-run. He should also be charged with an act of domestic terrorism and prosecuted to the full extent of the law.

But before we discuss the aftermath, let’s talk about something that seems irrelevant, but is not at all. Back in the 1940s, a new technology swept America’s kitchens: the pressure cooker. In those pre-microwave days, pressure cookers were a miracle. They cooked food faster and with less energy because the heat couldn’t escape. Instead, a lid was clamped down tight. All the steam that might have been blown off if the system was open was instead held in. As the heat rose, with no way to vent it, so did the pressure. Under pressure, things get hotter and hotter. It was a great way to cook food, but there was one drawback: at the first crack or weak spot, there was a very real danger that the whole thing could explode like a bomb. Today’s pressure cookers have safety features to prevent that, but if ignored, the results can still be deadly. Recall that the Boston Marathon bombings were carried out with pressure cookers.


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Over the past few years, several small but loud factions of society have been trying to turn America from an open system into a pressure cooker, and the explosions of rage and violence in Berkeley, Dallas, Charlottesville and other places are the result. The Founders knew that there would always be clashing ideas, and the best way to deal with them was a free marketplace where everyone could express and defend his views, and the best would be adopted while inferior ideas were exposed and rejected. America hasn’t always gotten things right, but thanks to free and open debate, we have consistently gotten things better.

Unfortunately, in recent years, we’ve seen a dangerous trend toward clamping down the lid on the free marketplace of ideas. Places that were once bastions of unfettered debate, such as college campuses and the Internet, are now rigidly policed to silence any ideas not approved by self-appointed authorities. Americans who don’t toe a particular line have not only been driven from the public square, even their private conversations make them targets for the thought police, if they’re caught in surveillance by a leaky intelligence agency or overheard by an overzealous busybody. It’s not enough that any opinions that vary from the “approved” line be silenced, but those who dare express them, even thoughtfully and anonymously, must be ferreted out, exposed, threatened, publicly shamed, bankrupted and fired.

I don’t say all this to try to shift blame for what happened in Charlottesville. The people who started this are vile, hateful racists and should be condemned in the strongest terms. But it’s not a coincidence that violent extremist groups are suddenly popping up all around us. They’re a symptom of a larger problem. They are the weak spots that turn dangerous when the pressure gets too high and too hot. Violent extremist movements have always drawn their numbers from those who think they have no voice. When you take away the free marketplace of ideas, it creates a breeding ground for their recruitment.


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But why should people be allowed to express bad ideas? Because when they express them in the open, they have to defend them. Maybe they can be reasoned into seeing the error of their ways. In fact, that’s a large part of the history of America: bad ideas that used to be taken for granted are now seen as abhorrent, because good ideas won out. We used to be a nation where people who disagreed could sit down over a beer, have a spirited discussion, and maybe end up by seeing things from the other person’s perspective. Ban the open discussion, tell some people their perspective is invalid and they have no right to express it, and you’ll end up with a barroom brawl instead.

In light of the tragedy in Charlottesvlle, President Trump issued this initial statement: “We condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry, and violence on many sides. On many sides.” He was immediately blasted by politicians, the media and celebrities for not singling out just the white nationalists for condemnation. But at that point, it wasn’t entirely clear what had happened. What was he supposed to do, leap to a conclusion that might fire up the conflict even more, only to have it turn out to be incorrect, the way President Obama did with Ferguson, Missouri?

Trump later issued a stronger statement specifically condemning white separatist and neo-Nazi groups and calling on Americans to end the violence, stop exploiting divisions and come together to concentrate on the positive things we have in common. This statement, very similar to a statement once made by Barack Obama under similar circumstances, was greeted by more attacks from leftwing politicians, media figures and celebrities, some of whom blamed Trump directly for violent racists in Charlottesville and claimed that they represent the entire Republican Party. Jesse Watters on Fox News illustrated the double standard with a montage of clips, showing many of these same people insisting that the angry Bernie Sanders supporter who shot Rep. Steve Scalise and tried to slaughter Republicans at a charity baseball practice in no way represented the Democratic Party.


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And they were right. I absolutely believe that the deranged shooter and the black-masked rioters who shut down free speech at UC-Berkeley are not representative of the approximately 96 million registered voters who identify as Democrats, any more than I believe that the racist idiot who ran down people with a car or a small group of white supremacists represent the views of 88 million registered voters who identify as Republican. They are two opposite extremes that exploded when the political pressure cooker got turned up too high.

We should all be doing everything we can to reduce the heat, release the pressure, let the steam out and open up the system to more dialogue and discussion between people of different backgrounds and viewpoints. But when people in positions of public trust respond to violence, division and hatred with even more heated, divisive rhetoric, seeking not to put out the fires of rage but to pour gasoline on them, they should be well and truly ashamed of themselves.

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  • Emily Walker

    08/15/2017 11:58 AM

    Thank you for your comments and common sense approach. We need more people with common sense to speak up as we have been silence for too long. I detest bigotry, racism, hatred, of all kinds but we need to remember that we all have a 1st Amendment right to voice our opinions in a calm, peaceful way. We have multiple groups at fault by coming to stop another group from holding a peaceful protest. The far left group came with the sole reason of starting violence and getting on TV in order to prevent another bad group of people from voicing their opinion. Both groups are in the wrong and should be condemned.

    I am also appalled at what happened in Durham yesterday. If we are going to destroy all Southern or Confederate monuments then we should get rid of all monuments of any kind which is only fair to everyone. We do not need any war monuments, presidential monuments, etc. as there will be someone living here that takes offense to them.

  • Roberta Morin

    08/15/2017 11:56 AM

    What happened to agree to disagree and respect each other's opinion. This is what I use to defuse differing rhetoric discussions. Let us take the route of a mediator rather than an agitator. I remind people that they are entitled to their opinion then I ask what they would recommend for solutions (brainstorming) then come up with alternative ones we can use. This article is right on and it shows how much anarchy has arrived. Please let us stop it before it becomes civil war.

  • Lori Ann Hunt

    08/15/2017 11:40 AM

    You 100% correct. I applaude President Trump for not jumping to conclusions and releasing an appropriate statement that condemned all who are haters. To jump out immediately and condemn people without knowing all the facts would have been irresponsible. Obama did that and look at the mess it caused. I do hope that all those that are calling for stronger words and actions take this approach when the Black LIves Matter groups, Al Sharpton and others like them cause rioting and death. They are racists also. Racism comes in all colors not just white. If people want a great America then they need to support President Trump and his agenda. He inherited a mess caused by the actions and in some cases inactions of President Obama. No country is going to respect us if we continue to disrespect our legally elected leader and fight amongst ourselves. If we continue to suppress ideas that we don't agree with. If they don't the downfall of America will be placed directly on their shoulders. We are all Americans, not _____Americans, just Americans. God needs to become first in our lives. That is the only way that America will survive.

  • Jade West

    08/15/2017 11:36 AM

    We must all be careful deciding which monuments can legally be removed. We've seen instances where the Ten Commandments are being replaced with statues of Lucifer (or at least legally trying to). Where does it end? What if some group decides to legally remove some of Dr. King's monuments in the near future because they are offended by them?

  • Peggy Bledsoe

    08/15/2017 11:32 AM

    The MSM needs to stop underestimating the intelligence of the average American we all understood what the president said we did not need it spelled out for us maybe they need to send some of these journalists back to school so they can also understand what the average American already does

  • Carleen Ellis

    08/15/2017 11:30 AM

    Well said - but let's not forget the obligation of people of faith in Christ to PRAY for our leaders. And, as one published writer has said, "Pray HARD"

  • Jay Carter

    08/15/2017 11:08 AM

    Even though I strongly disagree with the KKK and white supremacist position, it appears they had a permit and had a legal right to a peaceful demonstration - that is our law. It takes two to fight and it appears the anti KKK and anti white supremacist who came ready to fight were the problem. If the KKK and white supremacist broke the law and did damage like so many other demonstrations, then the police should have arrested all of them and put them in jail. That is the way the law is suppose to work. It is not for the opposition to try and stop a peaceful demonstration, if that was their original intent - something I guess we will never know.
    Pres Trump was correct in not initially taking sides, but it was wrong for him to later takes sides under tremendous pressure and condemn those who may have been trying to have a peaceful demonstration even if they are in the minority and did perform violence in the past.

  • Chris Frawley

    08/15/2017 10:28 AM

    Thank you for this amazing description of the sad state of affairs in our country. May God open the eyes of the blind to truly see what is happening. May dialog return to being civil with respect and acceptance. May blame stop and peace with conversation return to our great nation. Thank you so much Govenor Huckabee. You are a great champion for our country. God Bless You!

  • Pastor Craig Wilson

    08/15/2017 10:24 AM

    Aloha Mike!!! Firstly, let me applaude you on a very good surmise of the happenings of this tragedy that happened in Charlottesville!! As know that we are in "End Times" America is in deep trouble with Anti-American groups trying to divide America! I believe that we are seeing these atrocities happen more and more because of our Religious beliefs, as our Country was founded upon! Lucifer has been separating our Country small bits at a time! Our foundation is weakening!! As we came together to elect an Official to govern our government by the name of Donald Trump, and it is my belief that this was the will of God of the Holy Scriptures, by His design, we need to find alternate solutions to these attacks by groups only out to Divide and Destroy as Satan does, and he does it so well! I would ask as one solution that Christian Americans start praying against these organizations, profoundly and consistently as a first step! Power of Prayer is powerful as it was demonstrated in the Book of Daniel! May God continue to Bless you and your Ohana, May God continue to give strength, courage and wisdom to our President, and may God Bless America!!

  • Gerald Dauis

    08/15/2017 10:10 AM

    I'm thanking God for the voice of Mike Huckabee at this time of extreme turmoil in our beloved christian America. So much effort has been expended to stress that America is no longer christian. It does appear that the gates of hell have been opened and demons have been released to undo the values that our Judeo-Christian forefathers established when writing our constitution. It is based on Biblical principles, both Old Testament and New Testament. If these "foundations be removed" then we will no longer be a christian nation. But a long as these are in place, we are. This is definitely the intentions of the anti-God minds that are so freely being expressed in our news systems of today. I see this as a spiritual war for the soul of our country. Mike Huckabee is truly an "Island in the stream."

  • Pat scallion

    08/15/2017 10:00 AM

    I am reminded of an old saying "the squeaky wheel gets the grease".
    That seems to be true in our society today. My opinion is just that: my opinion. If my opinion hurts others then should I get my way just because I can scream the loudest?
    I don't have answers to this division in our country but I do believe the media plays a huge part in instigating violence in our country.

  • Janet Kennedy

    08/15/2017 09:25 AM

    Thank you for this article. My prayer is that we can live in peace, without fear, for our children's sake. My heart breaks for the example we are setting for them. Keep doing what you do. Knowledge is power. In Christ!

  • Cleo Courington

    08/15/2017 09:23 AM

    The attempt to destroy the culture and historical record of a defeated enemy follows a long practice in human conflict.

    In part, the disappearence is voluntary, with the defeated trying to gain some improvement in their lot by identifying with their conquerors.

    In ancient Rome, for example there was the practice of "damnatio memoriae." The winners of, say, a political conflict often destroyed statues, writings, paintings and the very lives of the losers.

    Much the same thing is happening in our part of the country. Still, it fascinates me that here, in the South, we have flags of the United States flying on our streets on patriotic occasions (and many all the time), while up in Union territory and other places heavily influenced by it, the attitude is now profoundly against the very principles that were refined there and upon which the United States was founded.

    That is a curious reversal.

  • Ed F. Presley

    08/15/2017 09:19 AM

    Great article good sir. That said here is my question to the media and the world. Why is a White nationalist movement trying to protect the culture the left is trying to erase, automatically branded as racist and white supremacists? Why does B.L.M. not get called the racists they are? Looks like a big old double standard to me.

  • Bill Lear

    08/15/2017 09:18 AM

    Mike, I love reading your views. I agree with you on the analysis of today's happenings. I said it before and will say it again "you would make a great President". Keep up the good work of telling it like it is. I trust you to give me the straight story! I don't trust what is being put forth on most TV programs. May our LORD bless you!

  • David Christopher

    08/15/2017 08:57 AM

    Thank you for saying what so many of us feel but not able to put to words, time we all learn to get along and help each other as Christ taught us.

  • Robert steele

    08/15/2017 08:57 AM

    Please start calling out these people who accuse the president of being a racist as the bigots that they are. CNN and their ilk have taught millions of Americans to hate their fellow Americans based on lies and deception. It must be opposed.

  • Fran Michels

    08/15/2017 08:48 AM

    Amen! Amen! Thank you for this insightful commentary.

  • James T Bryson

    08/15/2017 08:31 AM

    When the leadership, political and law enforcement, conspire to withdraw police presence from a hostile interaction between opposing demonstrators, how is that NOT being an accomplice to the violence and death that follow?

    Small time politicos playing with volatile scenarios to serve their ideologue-patrons should be investigated and HELD ACCOUNTABLE.

  • Fred Ballard

    08/15/2017 08:19 AM

    I hope that our President will not get discouraged with all the negative things that are being thrown at him. He is in our Prayers continuously . A couple of weeks back two guys who were supposedly scheduled to expose Hillary's e-mails the next week were found dead (?). This should have been BIG news on Fox and all other networks but was not. "OAN" reported this. Very suspicious along with he death of the recent Supreme Court Judge and at least one other .

  • Joseph Obenauer

    08/15/2017 08:09 AM

    Mr. Huckabee, I really enjoy your FB site and your contributions to Fox News, it is always good to hear you clearly analyze American politics with intelligence and a good sense of humor. Is it possible that now, more than ever, a legitimate third party should form, call it the Patriot Party (why not?), leave the hapless RHINOs and Democrats to wither on the vine as it were. Any thoughts? Thank you and God Bless you and your family.

  • Sharon Decker

    08/15/2017 07:58 AM

    One thing to Say: PRAY

  • William Van

    08/15/2017 05:24 AM

    I believe your article in which you use the pressure cooker to describe the current situation in the USA, is correct. However, based on what I have been able to glean from spotty reporting, there was only one group of people protesting that actually had a permit to protest the removal of a Civil War statue. The other groups appeared without invitation, i.e. Nazis, KKK, BLM, ANTIFA and started trouble, which was their goal. If the information concerning the uninvited groups is fact, i.e. that they were uninvited and did not have a permit, then that information must be reported to the people in this country. In addition, if this information is correct, Mr. Trumps initial statement was also correct, i.e. “We condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry, and violence on many sides. ON MANY SIDES". i.e. NOT just those who were white, Mr. Huckabee. ALL of the groups/races that were there to disrupt the legal protest and cause trouble in Charlottesville should be exposed to the entire nation. It seems that BLM, ANTIFA...etc can protest but if a white group protests legally they are called "racists", the so called "minorities" get involved to disrupt and prevent the white group, and it usually turns violent. If the double standard that the politically correct have been shoving down our throats does not end now, what we saw in Charlottesville is going to get much, much worse. White people have gotten their cans full and I suspect they are getting ready to put a stop to the double standard themselves. I believe the politically correct and those orchestrating what we have seen happening in this country, that started under Obama, want exactly that.

  • Alison Bell

    08/15/2017 05:22 AM

    As usual, you are 100% correct-- the PC state has fostered these crazy extremist groups and again, the MS media is missing it. In almost every story, they are blaming Trump. He did nothing but strongly condemn the action and call for unity--a far stronger stance than Obama did in Ferguson, Ft. Hood, Orlando, or any time our innocent citizens, or law enforcement officers even, were murdered by terrorists. I pray that you and your daughter will continue to serve our country well by speaking the truth.

  • Ginger Cox

    08/15/2017 02:54 AM

    I agree with Joyce Sullivan's comments. My husband and I are disappointed in the downplaying of our President when he is facing many crises, let alone North Korea. We prayed again and again.

    Didn't Obama called the Fort Hood a workplace violence and then some six years later he admitted it was a terrorist attack? Late response on his part. He seemed to have that pattern for downplaying every loner attack. People forget his confusing messages, including his famous red line action which he never followed through.

  • Cathy Norman

    08/15/2017 02:03 AM

    Yes, bad ideas need to be aired so that the light can reach them. As you suggest, the most important goal is to reach the truth.

  • Desiree Krause

    08/15/2017 01:25 AM

    Who are the powers to be who want to destroy Americans Constitution? Why is everything Trump's fault? The President was right when he said there was a lot of hate on all sides. What happen was nothing but pure hatred of everything. The three faction that boiled together were about hate and intolerance.The news media and our representatives in D.C., blamed this on President Trump, his supporter. As a Trump supporter none of these groups represent" The People "who elected Trump to OFFICE.No one seems interested in the truth, it seems that the truth is no longer something to be Proud of. We see it everyday in our News and it goes back to "WHO" is behind this movement of hatred. We need the "light of truth" to shine brightly on this darkness that has taken over the hearts and souls of all Americans,of all people. It is ugly and it's a stain on all Americans. President Trump is not the enemy, the enemy is hate and intolerance . Why do people seem so afraid to speak the truth,when the truth is so simple.

  • Margaret Richmond

    08/15/2017 01:16 AM

    Mike,
    I agree with many....you could not have said it better. I agree with another post,that I'm afraid that if the pressure relief valve isn't opened soon, we are in for a virtual civil war,if civil is even a good word to use. Until we abandon all the political correctness and rhetoric on all sides and have open discussion on how to improve the nation as a whole for all people...we are doomed to the same things we are getting now.

  • Alicia Amos

    08/15/2017 12:27 AM

    Agreed.
    What most people don't think about is the reason why we have the First Amendment to begin with. It was put into place to protect unpopular speech. If it only protected what the powers that be deem as acceptable speech, the First Amendment would be unnecessary.

    We must condemn racism and hatred. We must engage these people with dialogue and call them out, but we cannot just silence them because we disagree. Because that is fascism. Or at least the beginnings of it.

  • Willard and Grace Michael

    08/15/2017 12:23 AM

    We agree with your statements and wish the left would stop trying to blame President Trump for everything and criticizing him for everything. They are being very divisive.

  • Jack Baldwin

    08/15/2017 12:07 AM

    Well said sir! I continue to be amazed at the growth of the violent factions arising in the US today. I watch with disgust the politicians who have the power to turn it down, instead ramp it up with hateful speech and accusations they have no ability to prove. These elected POS are in and of themselves, a hate filled group, petulant children who are doing everything they can to disrupt, delay, and destroy any progress. They are blind to the last 8 years of BS and hate speech by the POTUS at that time. I thank you for continuing to be the voice of reason and bringing more light to the issues at hand. I cannot depend on any of the media to give me anything more than a subject that I have to do research on to obtain information that is not slanted to the left. I will continue to pray for President Trump, the United States, and you as well. I personally would have loved to see you as the POTUS.

  • Nida Chambers

    08/14/2017 11:54 PM

    I just wish President Trump would explain his statements the way you just did. He didn't jump to conclusions until he knew the facts. He then issued an even greater message the next day. No matter what, the news media will not let Trump have a moment of peace. As an American, this is making me so furious! But what can one person do? I feel like I don't have a voice anymore..... So frustrated......

  • Pamela S Pruett

    08/14/2017 11:47 PM

    Well said. I appreciate your insight. The President did what was right and I am tired of the extreme criticism of everything he says and does. Your sane viewpoint is a welcome relief from the barrage of extremism.

  • Janice Centers

    08/14/2017 11:43 PM

    Very Well Said!
    I would like to add I do not approve any city, county, or state government breaking the laws as I believe it leads to further lawlessness. If people do not agree with the outcome of laws passed, then they need to see the best way to remedy the problem for the good of ALL People and not a select few. Why not help illegal aliens become legal citizens? There are solutions to the issues if people will just calm down and use their creative minds for the good of all!

  • Debbie Bernardo

    08/14/2017 11:41 PM

    Thank you for your comments, Mike. I did not agree with senators coming against the President. I don't approve of hate groups, but I do believe there were many responsible for the violence on Saturday and the President was wise to not pin the blame on one group. We need more unity and less division in this country. It is terrible that we are so divided. "A house divided against itself cannot long endure" A.Lincoln

  • Kathy Derusha

    08/14/2017 11:28 PM

    You rock Mike....you are dead "on" with every single newsletter...thank you so much...you are appreciated more than you know! God Bless You!


  • BRENDA COLE

    08/14/2017 11:11 PM

    When I first saw and heard the excitement coming from news reporters over the "guns" and violence in Charlottesville, Virginia; I can not help but think they are adding fuel to the fire and a stage for anger and pigotry.

    Go Trump Go! Thank You for reservation instead of inflammation. I no longer believe the news to be unbiased and truthful. I watched the news turn a BLIND EYE to Former President Obama, Former President Bill Clinton and Hillary Clinton while roasting President Trump since before he was elected. Who controls the news? Regarding President Trump: Once a news story about him is proven wrong, isn't that defamation of character? Doesn't our president have rights too?

  • Lori Snider

    08/14/2017 11:02 PM

    Hi Mike,
    I don't have all the information either, but I have just heard a couple hours ago on Michael Berry's radio show that the man who drove the car in Charlottesville may have had his car surrounded by rock throwing ANTIFA. It doesn't make anything okay, but if he acted out of fear for his life, he might not be the vile terrorist he is being portrayed as.

  • mike gafford

    08/14/2017 10:52 PM

    Well said Governor... extreme haters and anarchist, better yet fascist, abound in the fringe of our society. The marketplace of free speech and expression of thought is under extreme assault by those who quickly attach negative labels to scourge anyone holding thoughts not in lock-step. Polite discourse is purposely stifled by personal attacks of “bullhorn” activism.

  • Wanda Hinton

    08/14/2017 10:34 PM

    I appreciate you views and commentaries.. Thanks for letting us know the truth of what's happening in our country... I know the media cannot be trusted to give a real account,stopped believing them years ago..Keep on keeping on.. You have my support and prayers..

  • Brigham Jones

    08/14/2017 10:19 PM

    Governor,
    Straight and to the point just like I remember. I feel that there are people that want the freedoms our Constitution provides but not the responsibility or accountability that comes with it. They feel because they have the right to free speech but do not have to be held accountable for what they say. What do you think should be done with these people that call for blood in the streets and when it happens they say it was their right to speak that way. Thanks

  • June smith

    08/14/2017 10:17 PM

    Omgosh, Mike it's like we are living in an alternate universe?

    In the past I've mostly ignored the left, bigoted, news media, but it's overwhelming how much they hate they lost the election and they hate all republicans but mostly Trump. Its crazy? Lying and twisting and ignoring selectively is wrong and they know it but continue? Who are these people? How do they sleep at night, I think they are evil.

  • judy scott

    08/14/2017 10:16 PM

    I totally agree with you. Civil discourse seems to have disappeared and this is very dangerous for nation and sad for all of us.

  • Woody Marvel

    08/14/2017 10:16 PM

    Gov. Huckabee

    Thank you for a clear description of what went on in Charlottesville Saturday. It seems, as you know, we are in the USA with the Intifada like Israel has had in Judea/Samaria. The politics may not be the same but the bad fruit and behavior is too close to what happened. I have met you while your doing your blessed work in Israel and I know you see the similarities. There seems to be no solution for the near term for the USA. It could be we are reaping what we have sown for the last 70 years. salut, wm

  • Barbara Fowler

    08/14/2017 10:13 PM

    Mike, I so appreciate you sharing your concerns. I agree with what you shared completely. I have taught American History for many years and now that I'm retired, my concern is for the Lord to send revival, for the protection of our president and his family, and his cabinet, and many others. We have a son in the military as well along with the other 4 children. All grown and have 11 grandchildren. What we want is to see America strong again in the Lord so our grandkids may enjoy the heritage passed down to them. Each of our children are fulfilling their destinies and we want the generations to come to do the same. Keeping our freedoms is essential. "For such a time as this" we have to be ready. Part of this is praying without ceasing. As Christians we can not sit and watch. We are responsible to have God protecting us all by being in obedience. Thanks again for all the time you have sacrificed as a public servant, but especially as a believer in Jesus Christ!

  • Connie Franzel

    08/14/2017 09:55 PM

    Thank you for telling it the way it is!

  • Elebia "Jo" Cantrell Bell

    08/14/2017 09:54 PM

    Sir,
    It is good to hear a voice of reason within this crazy 'mess' we have going on in our Country. Your analogy of the discovery of the pressure cooker is genius. I remember well the noise it would make and how careful we kids were told to be around it and why.

    As Americans we take so much for granted that we tend to forget that Satan does indeed walk among us seeking to devour those he can. I grew up in Alabama and therefore I have been viewed as a Racist many times. Yet, I have seen more Racism and Racist in other parts of the country than I EVER witnessed in Alabama. My family was hard working, honest people. I was never taught to 'hate' anyone. Yes, this was during Segregation but honestly, growing up I did not know what segregation was. I knew there was Black people and there was White people and, I admit I was fascinated by black children and they were by me. I can remember always wanting to touch their hair (not for any reason other to see if it felt like my hair}. Oh the innocence of Childhood. *** Ironically, I was recently in the waiting room at the Clinic waiting to see the doctor and a young mother with 3 children came in. They sat, not next to me but nearby and the little girl kept watching me so I smiled at her and she smiled back. She slowly inched her way down and sat in the chair next to me. I smiled and said "hi" but she did not respond. She just kept looking at me and I would smile again and finally she leaned over and said "can I touch your hair". It actually brought tears to my eyes. Her Mother said "don't bother the lady"and I said "it's okay, I am enjoying talking with her". I was called into the office and when I came back in she was gone. (I will always remember her touching and running her fingers in my AND I hope she will remember this as I do).
    I have been asked many time since leaving the South...did you ever say the "N" word? Of Course I Did ...and I pronounced it 'niggah'...with no disrespect or malice. If you are aware of the Southern dialect you will know that the we have/had a tendency to replace anything ending in 'er' with an 'ah'....Mother is Mothah, Brother is Brothah, and Sister is Sistah, etc.---although the actual word is "Negro" I had never heard it pronounced that way. It wasn't until I grew up and moved away from that little Alabama town that I learned about real prejudice and hate. Whoever plants, waters and nurtures these seeds of hate will have to answer for their actions someday. It is just sad that it has to be this way. IF ONLY WE COULD HAVE THAT INOCENCE OF CHILDHOOD ONE MORE TIME. (Thankful for people like you and your daughter representing our Country). Elebia Bell

  • Louise

    08/14/2017 09:46 PM

    I always enjoy reading your comments . They say what I can't express in words. If Sarah has the same speaking gift of her father she will be an excellent press Secretary as she is already proving to be . Thank you for standing up for our President, I think he will be what he wants to be as Pres. if he didn't have so many distractions .

  • Anthony DeBartolomeo

    08/14/2017 09:28 PM

    Mike,

    I could not have said it better - and I write for a living.

    My wife says that if this entire PC prone nation does not get back to legitimate Constitutional first amendment grounded discussions, we could see civil war. I pray she is wrong, but your pressure cooker analogy makes sense. Without open dialogue, those disenfranchised will seek whatever means to be heard - violent or otherwise. In the words of Milton, "Though all the winds of doctrine were let loose to play upon the earth, so truth be in the field, we do ingloriously...to misdoubt her strength. Let her and falsehood grapple; who ever knew truth put to the worse in a free and open encounter?"

  • Joyce sullivan

    08/14/2017 09:22 PM

    Thank you for these wonderful remarks. As usual you are spot on and truthful. It is so disheartening to see all the media blaming our president. I feel like I should not watch any news. It is almost depressing.

Charlottesville

August 14, 2017

I’m not going to recount everything that happened Saturday in Charlottesville, Virginia, because the details are being updated constantly. We do know that the Unite The Right protest and the Antifa counter-protest turned into brawls and riots, which might have been planned (there was a report that some counter-protesters brought weapons, although fortunately not guns – one blogger compared it to a “rumble.”) The ACLU confirmed that as the violence escalated, the police were ordered to stand down for some reason that begs investigation. And worst of all, one woman is dead and at least a dozen more people injured after a 20-year-old Ohio man believed to be a white supremacist sympathizer drove a car into a crowd of counter-protesters. He’s been charged with murder, malicious wounding and hit-and-run. He should also be charged with an act of domestic terrorism and prosecuted to the full extent of the law.

But before we discuss the aftermath, let’s talk about something that seems irrelevant, but is not at all. Back in the 1940s, a new technology swept America’s kitchens: the pressure cooker. In those pre-microwave days, pressure cookers were a miracle. They cooked food faster and with less energy because the heat couldn’t escape. Instead, a lid was clamped down tight. All the steam that might have been blown off if the system was open was instead held in. As the heat rose, with no way to vent it, so did the pressure. Under pressure, things get hotter and hotter. It was a great way to cook food, but there was one drawback: at the first crack or weak spot, there was a very real danger that the whole thing could explode like a bomb. Today’s pressure cookers have safety features to prevent that, but if ignored, the results can still be deadly. Recall that the Boston Marathon bombings were carried out with pressure cookers.


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Over the past few years, several small but loud factions of society have been trying to turn America from an open system into a pressure cooker, and the explosions of rage and violence in Berkeley, Dallas, Charlottesville and other places are the result. The Founders knew that there would always be clashing ideas, and the best way to deal with them was a free marketplace where everyone could express and defend his views, and the best would be adopted while inferior ideas were exposed and rejected. America hasn’t always gotten things right, but thanks to free and open debate, we have consistently gotten things better.

Unfortunately, in recent years, we’ve seen a dangerous trend toward clamping down the lid on the free marketplace of ideas. Places that were once bastions of unfettered debate, such as college campuses and the Internet, are now rigidly policed to silence any ideas not approved by self-appointed authorities. Americans who don’t toe a particular line have not only been driven from the public square, even their private conversations make them targets for the thought police, if they’re caught in surveillance by a leaky intelligence agency or overheard by an overzealous busybody. It’s not enough that any opinions that vary from the “approved” line be silenced, but those who dare express them, even thoughtfully and anonymously, must be ferreted out, exposed, threatened, publicly shamed, bankrupted and fired.

I don’t say all this to try to shift blame for what happened in Charlottesville. The people who started this are vile, hateful racists and should be condemned in the strongest terms. But it’s not a coincidence that violent extremist groups are suddenly popping up all around us. They’re a symptom of a larger problem. They are the weak spots that turn dangerous when the pressure gets too high and too hot. Violent extremist movements have always drawn their numbers from those who think they have no voice. When you take away the free marketplace of ideas, it creates a breeding ground for their recruitment.


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But why should people be allowed to express bad ideas? Because when they express them in the open, they have to defend them. Maybe they can be reasoned into seeing the error of their ways. In fact, that’s a large part of the history of America: bad ideas that used to be taken for granted are now seen as abhorrent, because good ideas won out. We used to be a nation where people who disagreed could sit down over a beer, have a spirited discussion, and maybe end up by seeing things from the other person’s perspective. Ban the open discussion, tell some people their perspective is invalid and they have no right to express it, and you’ll end up with a barroom brawl instead.

In light of the tragedy in Charlottesvlle, President Trump issued this initial statement: “We condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry, and violence on many sides. On many sides.” He was immediately blasted by politicians, the media and celebrities for not singling out just the white nationalists for condemnation. But at that point, it wasn’t entirely clear what had happened. What was he supposed to do, leap to a conclusion that might fire up the conflict even more, only to have it turn out to be incorrect, the way President Obama did with Ferguson, Missouri?

Trump later issued a stronger statement specifically condemning white separatist and neo-Nazi groups and calling on Americans to end the violence, stop exploiting divisions and come together to concentrate on the positive things we have in common. This statement, very similar to a statement once made by Barack Obama under similar circumstances, was greeted by more attacks from leftwing politicians, media figures and celebrities, some of whom blamed Trump directly for violent racists in Charlottesville and claimed that they represent the entire Republican Party. Jesse Watters on Fox News illustrated the double standard with a montage of clips, showing many of these same people insisting that the angry Bernie Sanders supporter who shot Rep. Steve Scalise and tried to slaughter Republicans at a charity baseball practice in no way represented the Democratic Party.


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And they were right. I absolutely believe that the deranged shooter and the black-masked rioters who shut down free speech at UC-Berkeley are not representative of the approximately 96 million registered voters who identify as Democrats, any more than I believe that the racist idiot who ran down people with a car or a small group of white supremacists represent the views of 88 million registered voters who identify as Republican. They are two opposite extremes that exploded when the political pressure cooker got turned up too high.

We should all be doing everything we can to reduce the heat, release the pressure, let the steam out and open up the system to more dialogue and discussion between people of different backgrounds and viewpoints. But when people in positions of public trust respond to violence, division and hatred with even more heated, divisive rhetoric, seeking not to put out the fires of rage but to pour gasoline on them, they should be well and truly ashamed of themselves.

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  • Emily Walker

    08/15/2017 11:58 AM

    Thank you for your comments and common sense approach. We need more people with common sense to speak up as we have been silence for too long. I detest bigotry, racism, hatred, of all kinds but we need to remember that we all have a 1st Amendment right to voice our opinions in a calm, peaceful way. We have multiple groups at fault by coming to stop another group from holding a peaceful protest. The far left group came with the sole reason of starting violence and getting on TV in order to prevent another bad group of people from voicing their opinion. Both groups are in the wrong and should be condemned.

    I am also appalled at what happened in Durham yesterday. If we are going to destroy all Southern or Confederate monuments then we should get rid of all monuments of any kind which is only fair to everyone. We do not need any war monuments, presidential monuments, etc. as there will be someone living here that takes offense to them.

  • Roberta Morin

    08/15/2017 11:56 AM

    What happened to agree to disagree and respect each other's opinion. This is what I use to defuse differing rhetoric discussions. Let us take the route of a mediator rather than an agitator. I remind people that they are entitled to their opinion then I ask what they would recommend for solutions (brainstorming) then come up with alternative ones we can use. This article is right on and it shows how much anarchy has arrived. Please let us stop it before it becomes civil war.

  • Lori Ann Hunt

    08/15/2017 11:40 AM

    You 100% correct. I applaude President Trump for not jumping to conclusions and releasing an appropriate statement that condemned all who are haters. To jump out immediately and condemn people without knowing all the facts would have been irresponsible. Obama did that and look at the mess it caused. I do hope that all those that are calling for stronger words and actions take this approach when the Black LIves Matter groups, Al Sharpton and others like them cause rioting and death. They are racists also. Racism comes in all colors not just white. If people want a great America then they need to support President Trump and his agenda. He inherited a mess caused by the actions and in some cases inactions of President Obama. No country is going to respect us if we continue to disrespect our legally elected leader and fight amongst ourselves. If we continue to suppress ideas that we don't agree with. If they don't the downfall of America will be placed directly on their shoulders. We are all Americans, not _____Americans, just Americans. God needs to become first in our lives. That is the only way that America will survive.

  • Jade West

    08/15/2017 11:36 AM

    We must all be careful deciding which monuments can legally be removed. We've seen instances where the Ten Commandments are being replaced with statues of Lucifer (or at least legally trying to). Where does it end? What if some group decides to legally remove some of Dr. King's monuments in the near future because they are offended by them?

  • Peggy Bledsoe

    08/15/2017 11:32 AM

    The MSM needs to stop underestimating the intelligence of the average American we all understood what the president said we did not need it spelled out for us maybe they need to send some of these journalists back to school so they can also understand what the average American already does

  • Carleen Ellis

    08/15/2017 11:30 AM

    Well said - but let's not forget the obligation of people of faith in Christ to PRAY for our leaders. And, as one published writer has said, "Pray HARD"

  • Jay Carter

    08/15/2017 11:08 AM

    Even though I strongly disagree with the KKK and white supremacist position, it appears they had a permit and had a legal right to a peaceful demonstration - that is our law. It takes two to fight and it appears the anti KKK and anti white supremacist who came ready to fight were the problem. If the KKK and white supremacist broke the law and did damage like so many other demonstrations, then the police should have arrested all of them and put them in jail. That is the way the law is suppose to work. It is not for the opposition to try and stop a peaceful demonstration, if that was their original intent - something I guess we will never know.
    Pres Trump was correct in not initially taking sides, but it was wrong for him to later takes sides under tremendous pressure and condemn those who may have been trying to have a peaceful demonstration even if they are in the minority and did perform violence in the past.

  • Chris Frawley

    08/15/2017 10:28 AM

    Thank you for this amazing description of the sad state of affairs in our country. May God open the eyes of the blind to truly see what is happening. May dialog return to being civil with respect and acceptance. May blame stop and peace with conversation return to our great nation. Thank you so much Govenor Huckabee. You are a great champion for our country. God Bless You!

  • Pastor Craig Wilson

    08/15/2017 10:24 AM

    Aloha Mike!!! Firstly, let me applaude you on a very good surmise of the happenings of this tragedy that happened in Charlottesville!! As know that we are in "End Times" America is in deep trouble with Anti-American groups trying to divide America! I believe that we are seeing these atrocities happen more and more because of our Religious beliefs, as our Country was founded upon! Lucifer has been separating our Country small bits at a time! Our foundation is weakening!! As we came together to elect an Official to govern our government by the name of Donald Trump, and it is my belief that this was the will of God of the Holy Scriptures, by His design, we need to find alternate solutions to these attacks by groups only out to Divide and Destroy as Satan does, and he does it so well! I would ask as one solution that Christian Americans start praying against these organizations, profoundly and consistently as a first step! Power of Prayer is powerful as it was demonstrated in the Book of Daniel! May God continue to Bless you and your Ohana, May God continue to give strength, courage and wisdom to our President, and may God Bless America!!

  • Gerald Dauis

    08/15/2017 10:10 AM

    I'm thanking God for the voice of Mike Huckabee at this time of extreme turmoil in our beloved christian America. So much effort has been expended to stress that America is no longer christian. It does appear that the gates of hell have been opened and demons have been released to undo the values that our Judeo-Christian forefathers established when writing our constitution. It is based on Biblical principles, both Old Testament and New Testament. If these "foundations be removed" then we will no longer be a christian nation. But a long as these are in place, we are. This is definitely the intentions of the anti-God minds that are so freely being expressed in our news systems of today. I see this as a spiritual war for the soul of our country. Mike Huckabee is truly an "Island in the stream."

  • Pat scallion

    08/15/2017 10:00 AM

    I am reminded of an old saying "the squeaky wheel gets the grease".
    That seems to be true in our society today. My opinion is just that: my opinion. If my opinion hurts others then should I get my way just because I can scream the loudest?
    I don't have answers to this division in our country but I do believe the media plays a huge part in instigating violence in our country.

  • Janet Kennedy

    08/15/2017 09:25 AM

    Thank you for this article. My prayer is that we can live in peace, without fear, for our children's sake. My heart breaks for the example we are setting for them. Keep doing what you do. Knowledge is power. In Christ!

  • Cleo Courington

    08/15/2017 09:23 AM

    The attempt to destroy the culture and historical record of a defeated enemy follows a long practice in human conflict.

    In part, the disappearence is voluntary, with the defeated trying to gain some improvement in their lot by identifying with their conquerors.

    In ancient Rome, for example there was the practice of "damnatio memoriae." The winners of, say, a political conflict often destroyed statues, writings, paintings and the very lives of the losers.

    Much the same thing is happening in our part of the country. Still, it fascinates me that here, in the South, we have flags of the United States flying on our streets on patriotic occasions (and many all the time), while up in Union territory and other places heavily influenced by it, the attitude is now profoundly against the very principles that were refined there and upon which the United States was founded.

    That is a curious reversal.

  • Ed F. Presley

    08/15/2017 09:19 AM

    Great article good sir. That said here is my question to the media and the world. Why is a White nationalist movement trying to protect the culture the left is trying to erase, automatically branded as racist and white supremacists? Why does B.L.M. not get called the racists they are? Looks like a big old double standard to me.

  • Bill Lear

    08/15/2017 09:18 AM

    Mike, I love reading your views. I agree with you on the analysis of today's happenings. I said it before and will say it again "you would make a great President". Keep up the good work of telling it like it is. I trust you to give me the straight story! I don't trust what is being put forth on most TV programs. May our LORD bless you!

  • David Christopher

    08/15/2017 08:57 AM

    Thank you for saying what so many of us feel but not able to put to words, time we all learn to get along and help each other as Christ taught us.

  • Robert steele

    08/15/2017 08:57 AM

    Please start calling out these people who accuse the president of being a racist as the bigots that they are. CNN and their ilk have taught millions of Americans to hate their fellow Americans based on lies and deception. It must be opposed.

  • Fran Michels

    08/15/2017 08:48 AM

    Amen! Amen! Thank you for this insightful commentary.

  • James T Bryson

    08/15/2017 08:31 AM

    When the leadership, political and law enforcement, conspire to withdraw police presence from a hostile interaction between opposing demonstrators, how is that NOT being an accomplice to the violence and death that follow?

    Small time politicos playing with volatile scenarios to serve their ideologue-patrons should be investigated and HELD ACCOUNTABLE.

  • Fred Ballard

    08/15/2017 08:19 AM

    I hope that our President will not get discouraged with all the negative things that are being thrown at him. He is in our Prayers continuously . A couple of weeks back two guys who were supposedly scheduled to expose Hillary's e-mails the next week were found dead (?). This should have been BIG news on Fox and all other networks but was not. "OAN" reported this. Very suspicious along with he death of the recent Supreme Court Judge and at least one other .

  • Joseph Obenauer

    08/15/2017 08:09 AM

    Mr. Huckabee, I really enjoy your FB site and your contributions to Fox News, it is always good to hear you clearly analyze American politics with intelligence and a good sense of humor. Is it possible that now, more than ever, a legitimate third party should form, call it the Patriot Party (why not?), leave the hapless RHINOs and Democrats to wither on the vine as it were. Any thoughts? Thank you and God Bless you and your family.

  • Sharon Decker

    08/15/2017 07:58 AM

    One thing to Say: PRAY

  • William Van

    08/15/2017 05:24 AM

    I believe your article in which you use the pressure cooker to describe the current situation in the USA, is correct. However, based on what I have been able to glean from spotty reporting, there was only one group of people protesting that actually had a permit to protest the removal of a Civil War statue. The other groups appeared without invitation, i.e. Nazis, KKK, BLM, ANTIFA and started trouble, which was their goal. If the information concerning the uninvited groups is fact, i.e. that they were uninvited and did not have a permit, then that information must be reported to the people in this country. In addition, if this information is correct, Mr. Trumps initial statement was also correct, i.e. “We condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry, and violence on many sides. ON MANY SIDES". i.e. NOT just those who were white, Mr. Huckabee. ALL of the groups/races that were there to disrupt the legal protest and cause trouble in Charlottesville should be exposed to the entire nation. It seems that BLM, ANTIFA...etc can protest but if a white group protests legally they are called "racists", the so called "minorities" get involved to disrupt and prevent the white group, and it usually turns violent. If the double standard that the politically correct have been shoving down our throats does not end now, what we saw in Charlottesville is going to get much, much worse. White people have gotten their cans full and I suspect they are getting ready to put a stop to the double standard themselves. I believe the politically correct and those orchestrating what we have seen happening in this country, that started under Obama, want exactly that.

  • Alison Bell

    08/15/2017 05:22 AM

    As usual, you are 100% correct-- the PC state has fostered these crazy extremist groups and again, the MS media is missing it. In almost every story, they are blaming Trump. He did nothing but strongly condemn the action and call for unity--a far stronger stance than Obama did in Ferguson, Ft. Hood, Orlando, or any time our innocent citizens, or law enforcement officers even, were murdered by terrorists. I pray that you and your daughter will continue to serve our country well by speaking the truth.

  • Ginger Cox

    08/15/2017 02:54 AM

    I agree with Joyce Sullivan's comments. My husband and I are disappointed in the downplaying of our President when he is facing many crises, let alone North Korea. We prayed again and again.

    Didn't Obama called the Fort Hood a workplace violence and then some six years later he admitted it was a terrorist attack? Late response on his part. He seemed to have that pattern for downplaying every loner attack. People forget his confusing messages, including his famous red line action which he never followed through.

  • Cathy Norman

    08/15/2017 02:03 AM

    Yes, bad ideas need to be aired so that the light can reach them. As you suggest, the most important goal is to reach the truth.

  • Desiree Krause

    08/15/2017 01:25 AM

    Who are the powers to be who want to destroy Americans Constitution? Why is everything Trump's fault? The President was right when he said there was a lot of hate on all sides. What happen was nothing but pure hatred of everything. The three faction that boiled together were about hate and intolerance.The news media and our representatives in D.C., blamed this on President Trump, his supporter. As a Trump supporter none of these groups represent" The People "who elected Trump to OFFICE.No one seems interested in the truth, it seems that the truth is no longer something to be Proud of. We see it everyday in our News and it goes back to "WHO" is behind this movement of hatred. We need the "light of truth" to shine brightly on this darkness that has taken over the hearts and souls of all Americans,of all people. It is ugly and it's a stain on all Americans. President Trump is not the enemy, the enemy is hate and intolerance . Why do people seem so afraid to speak the truth,when the truth is so simple.

  • Margaret Richmond

    08/15/2017 01:16 AM

    Mike,
    I agree with many....you could not have said it better. I agree with another post,that I'm afraid that if the pressure relief valve isn't opened soon, we are in for a virtual civil war,if civil is even a good word to use. Until we abandon all the political correctness and rhetoric on all sides and have open discussion on how to improve the nation as a whole for all people...we are doomed to the same things we are getting now.

  • Alicia Amos

    08/15/2017 12:27 AM

    Agreed.
    What most people don't think about is the reason why we have the First Amendment to begin with. It was put into place to protect unpopular speech. If it only protected what the powers that be deem as acceptable speech, the First Amendment would be unnecessary.

    We must condemn racism and hatred. We must engage these people with dialogue and call them out, but we cannot just silence them because we disagree. Because that is fascism. Or at least the beginnings of it.

  • Willard and Grace Michael

    08/15/2017 12:23 AM

    We agree with your statements and wish the left would stop trying to blame President Trump for everything and criticizing him for everything. They are being very divisive.

  • Jack Baldwin

    08/15/2017 12:07 AM

    Well said sir! I continue to be amazed at the growth of the violent factions arising in the US today. I watch with disgust the politicians who have the power to turn it down, instead ramp it up with hateful speech and accusations they have no ability to prove. These elected POS are in and of themselves, a hate filled group, petulant children who are doing everything they can to disrupt, delay, and destroy any progress. They are blind to the last 8 years of BS and hate speech by the POTUS at that time. I thank you for continuing to be the voice of reason and bringing more light to the issues at hand. I cannot depend on any of the media to give me anything more than a subject that I have to do research on to obtain information that is not slanted to the left. I will continue to pray for President Trump, the United States, and you as well. I personally would have loved to see you as the POTUS.

  • Nida Chambers

    08/14/2017 11:54 PM

    I just wish President Trump would explain his statements the way you just did. He didn't jump to conclusions until he knew the facts. He then issued an even greater message the next day. No matter what, the news media will not let Trump have a moment of peace. As an American, this is making me so furious! But what can one person do? I feel like I don't have a voice anymore..... So frustrated......

  • Pamela S Pruett

    08/14/2017 11:47 PM

    Well said. I appreciate your insight. The President did what was right and I am tired of the extreme criticism of everything he says and does. Your sane viewpoint is a welcome relief from the barrage of extremism.

  • Janice Centers

    08/14/2017 11:43 PM

    Very Well Said!
    I would like to add I do not approve any city, county, or state government breaking the laws as I believe it leads to further lawlessness. If people do not agree with the outcome of laws passed, then they need to see the best way to remedy the problem for the good of ALL People and not a select few. Why not help illegal aliens become legal citizens? There are solutions to the issues if people will just calm down and use their creative minds for the good of all!

  • Debbie Bernardo

    08/14/2017 11:41 PM

    Thank you for your comments, Mike. I did not agree with senators coming against the President. I don't approve of hate groups, but I do believe there were many responsible for the violence on Saturday and the President was wise to not pin the blame on one group. We need more unity and less division in this country. It is terrible that we are so divided. "A house divided against itself cannot long endure" A.Lincoln

  • Kathy Derusha

    08/14/2017 11:28 PM

    You rock Mike....you are dead "on" with every single newsletter...thank you so much...you are appreciated more than you know! God Bless You!


  • BRENDA COLE

    08/14/2017 11:11 PM

    When I first saw and heard the excitement coming from news reporters over the "guns" and violence in Charlottesville, Virginia; I can not help but think they are adding fuel to the fire and a stage for anger and pigotry.

    Go Trump Go! Thank You for reservation instead of inflammation. I no longer believe the news to be unbiased and truthful. I watched the news turn a BLIND EYE to Former President Obama, Former President Bill Clinton and Hillary Clinton while roasting President Trump since before he was elected. Who controls the news? Regarding President Trump: Once a news story about him is proven wrong, isn't that defamation of character? Doesn't our president have rights too?

  • Lori Snider

    08/14/2017 11:02 PM

    Hi Mike,
    I don't have all the information either, but I have just heard a couple hours ago on Michael Berry's radio show that the man who drove the car in Charlottesville may have had his car surrounded by rock throwing ANTIFA. It doesn't make anything okay, but if he acted out of fear for his life, he might not be the vile terrorist he is being portrayed as.

  • mike gafford

    08/14/2017 10:52 PM

    Well said Governor... extreme haters and anarchist, better yet fascist, abound in the fringe of our society. The marketplace of free speech and expression of thought is under extreme assault by those who quickly attach negative labels to scourge anyone holding thoughts not in lock-step. Polite discourse is purposely stifled by personal attacks of “bullhorn” activism.

  • Wanda Hinton

    08/14/2017 10:34 PM

    I appreciate you views and commentaries.. Thanks for letting us know the truth of what's happening in our country... I know the media cannot be trusted to give a real account,stopped believing them years ago..Keep on keeping on.. You have my support and prayers..

  • Brigham Jones

    08/14/2017 10:19 PM

    Governor,
    Straight and to the point just like I remember. I feel that there are people that want the freedoms our Constitution provides but not the responsibility or accountability that comes with it. They feel because they have the right to free speech but do not have to be held accountable for what they say. What do you think should be done with these people that call for blood in the streets and when it happens they say it was their right to speak that way. Thanks

  • June smith

    08/14/2017 10:17 PM

    Omgosh, Mike it's like we are living in an alternate universe?

    In the past I've mostly ignored the left, bigoted, news media, but it's overwhelming how much they hate they lost the election and they hate all republicans but mostly Trump. Its crazy? Lying and twisting and ignoring selectively is wrong and they know it but continue? Who are these people? How do they sleep at night, I think they are evil.

  • judy scott

    08/14/2017 10:16 PM

    I totally agree with you. Civil discourse seems to have disappeared and this is very dangerous for nation and sad for all of us.

  • Woody Marvel

    08/14/2017 10:16 PM

    Gov. Huckabee

    Thank you for a clear description of what went on in Charlottesville Saturday. It seems, as you know, we are in the USA with the Intifada like Israel has had in Judea/Samaria. The politics may not be the same but the bad fruit and behavior is too close to what happened. I have met you while your doing your blessed work in Israel and I know you see the similarities. There seems to be no solution for the near term for the USA. It could be we are reaping what we have sown for the last 70 years. salut, wm

  • Barbara Fowler

    08/14/2017 10:13 PM

    Mike, I so appreciate you sharing your concerns. I agree with what you shared completely. I have taught American History for many years and now that I'm retired, my concern is for the Lord to send revival, for the protection of our president and his family, and his cabinet, and many others. We have a son in the military as well along with the other 4 children. All grown and have 11 grandchildren. What we want is to see America strong again in the Lord so our grandkids may enjoy the heritage passed down to them. Each of our children are fulfilling their destinies and we want the generations to come to do the same. Keeping our freedoms is essential. "For such a time as this" we have to be ready. Part of this is praying without ceasing. As Christians we can not sit and watch. We are responsible to have God protecting us all by being in obedience. Thanks again for all the time you have sacrificed as a public servant, but especially as a believer in Jesus Christ!

  • Connie Franzel

    08/14/2017 09:55 PM

    Thank you for telling it the way it is!

  • Elebia "Jo" Cantrell Bell

    08/14/2017 09:54 PM

    Sir,
    It is good to hear a voice of reason within this crazy 'mess' we have going on in our Country. Your analogy of the discovery of the pressure cooker is genius. I remember well the noise it would make and how careful we kids were told to be around it and why.

    As Americans we take so much for granted that we tend to forget that Satan does indeed walk among us seeking to devour those he can. I grew up in Alabama and therefore I have been viewed as a Racist many times. Yet, I have seen more Racism and Racist in other parts of the country than I EVER witnessed in Alabama. My family was hard working, honest people. I was never taught to 'hate' anyone. Yes, this was during Segregation but honestly, growing up I did not know what segregation was. I knew there was Black people and there was White people and, I admit I was fascinated by black children and they were by me. I can remember always wanting to touch their hair (not for any reason other to see if it felt like my hair}. Oh the innocence of Childhood. *** Ironically, I was recently in the waiting room at the Clinic waiting to see the doctor and a young mother with 3 children came in. They sat, not next to me but nearby and the little girl kept watching me so I smiled at her and she smiled back. She slowly inched her way down and sat in the chair next to me. I smiled and said "hi" but she did not respond. She just kept looking at me and I would smile again and finally she leaned over and said "can I touch your hair". It actually brought tears to my eyes. Her Mother said "don't bother the lady"and I said "it's okay, I am enjoying talking with her". I was called into the office and when I came back in she was gone. (I will always remember her touching and running her fingers in my AND I hope she will remember this as I do).
    I have been asked many time since leaving the South...did you ever say the "N" word? Of Course I Did ...and I pronounced it 'niggah'...with no disrespect or malice. If you are aware of the Southern dialect you will know that the we have/had a tendency to replace anything ending in 'er' with an 'ah'....Mother is Mothah, Brother is Brothah, and Sister is Sistah, etc.---although the actual word is "Negro" I had never heard it pronounced that way. It wasn't until I grew up and moved away from that little Alabama town that I learned about real prejudice and hate. Whoever plants, waters and nurtures these seeds of hate will have to answer for their actions someday. It is just sad that it has to be this way. IF ONLY WE COULD HAVE THAT INOCENCE OF CHILDHOOD ONE MORE TIME. (Thankful for people like you and your daughter representing our Country). Elebia Bell

  • Louise

    08/14/2017 09:46 PM

    I always enjoy reading your comments . They say what I can't express in words. If Sarah has the same speaking gift of her father she will be an excellent press Secretary as she is already proving to be . Thank you for standing up for our President, I think he will be what he wants to be as Pres. if he didn't have so many distractions .

  • Anthony DeBartolomeo

    08/14/2017 09:28 PM

    Mike,

    I could not have said it better - and I write for a living.

    My wife says that if this entire PC prone nation does not get back to legitimate Constitutional first amendment grounded discussions, we could see civil war. I pray she is wrong, but your pressure cooker analogy makes sense. Without open dialogue, those disenfranchised will seek whatever means to be heard - violent or otherwise. In the words of Milton, "Though all the winds of doctrine were let loose to play upon the earth, so truth be in the field, we do ingloriously...to misdoubt her strength. Let her and falsehood grapple; who ever knew truth put to the worse in a free and open encounter?"

  • Joyce sullivan

    08/14/2017 09:22 PM

    Thank you for these wonderful remarks. As usual you are spot on and truthful. It is so disheartening to see all the media blaming our president. I feel like I should not watch any news. It is almost depressing.