July 6, 2022
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When a lie gets repeated so often that everyone thinks it’s true, it’s called “conventional wisdom” – maybe because it happens so often at political conventions. These days, the conventional wisdom is that far-left ideas are the accepted, objective truth and anyone who questions them is an extremist or a believer in “disinformation.” Don’t buy it.

Throughout the Bush-Obama era, the media kept repeating “failed conservative policies” until even a lot of so-called conservatives believed it. So the voters put Democrats fully in power. It resulted in a sluggish economy, depressed job growth, rising income inequality, reduced wealth and opportunities for minorities, rising class and racial divisions, and abroad, a decline in US prestige and leadership and the advancement and emboldening of our enemies, including a terrorist “JV team” metastasizing into a worldwide threat. Not to mention big government schemes imposed against the will of the people. In Obama’s very first midterm election, voters gave the House back to the Republicans.

Polls began to show that most Americans wanted the government to do less and spend less. In France, where an actual Socialist was elected President, his huge tax hikes crashed the economy and made socialism as popular with the French as cheese in a can. The media were shocked when voters turned right in the next election. They should’ve known that nothing turns people off of socialism like actually experiencing it. Ask a Cuban or Venezuelan.

The elites responded by doubling down on the arrogance, condescension and name-calling of those who dared to challenge their divine right to rule. The people were forced to make their point even more clearly by shutting down large sections of the country with Tea Party protests, and demanding their culture and secure national borders back, and finally by shocking the elites with the election of Donald Trump. The media, who assumed that everyone would vote for Hillary because everything they talked to did, were shocked.

Trump reversed virtually every Obama policy. Result: ISIS was crushed, peace started breaking out in the Middle East, illegal immigration plummeted, the economy boomed, and unemployment for all groups fell to record lows while real wages rose for the first time in decades. It took the artificial shutdown of that economy due to COVID-19 to crush it. In 2020, a relentless, four-year media assault against Trump and…other factors…brought the Democrats back into full power. And just as the economy was starting to rebound, Biden brought back all the Obama policies and crushed it again.

If you ever wanted a laboratory demonstration of whose policies work and whose don’t, you could just look at the past three Administrations. It’s like watching someone turn off the lights, turn them back on, then turn them off again.

It is a shame that voters have to keep relearning the hard way that top-down, big government solutions and leftist utopian fantasies don’t work in reality. Young people can almost be excused for believing in socialism for the same reason they believe in the Tooth Fairy: they are empty vessels who get filled with whatever adults pour into them. The leftists certainly know that. Many parents have recently woken up to how dangerously remiss we’ve been in allowing leftists to take over our schools and fill those precious vessels with mental pollution.

But Republicans who promised small government and fiscal responsibility have let us down, too. Too many let deficits skyrocket, stuffed budgets with pork, and became cheerleaders for big government and disdainful toward the very Americans who put them in office. These so-called “conservatives” slammed me in 2007 for not being a “real conservative” because I pointed out problems in the economy that were hurting working people and criticized the lack of oversight of Wall Street’s excesses. Two years later, they wanted to spend $700 billion of our grandkids’ money to save Wall Street from its excesses. They abandoned government’s rightful role as a tough-but-impartial referee and wanted to use its power to pick winners and losers in the market. Is that “real conservatism?”

The truth is that voters didn’t turn their backs on conservatism, Republican politicians did. And despite the media’s claim that “We’re all socialists now,” Democrats didn’t sweep to power in 2008 by claiming to be government-bloating tax-and-spenders, but by swearing they’d changed and were now fiscally responsible. Of course, once they gave Obama, Pelosi and Reid unlimited power, voters quickly realized their terrible mistake and gave the House back to the GOP in the next election. But too many Republicans had already squandered their credibility, so when Democrats ballooned the deficit, they could deflect criticism by simply pointing at their opponents’ own record.

In 2020, the endless media assaults on Trump and the false messaging that Biden was a moderate centrist hoodwinked the voters yet again into putting the Democrats back into power. From his first day in power, Biden surrounded himself with leftists who couldn’t wait to bloat government, reverse all of Trump’s successful policies, raise taxes, spend money like water, regulate everything that moves, and turn the whole country into a coast-to-coast version of one of the failing cities Democrats have run for decades. It didn’t take long for buyers’ remorse to hit Americans harder than COVID-19.

For a localized example of this pendulum effect, look at New York City. It became a nightmare until voters finally replaced Democrat David Dinkins with Republican Rudy Giuliani. Under Rudy, the Big Apple staged a huge comeback that was kept going by faux Republican Mike Bloomberg. But by then, it had been a long time since the bad old day. New Yorkers forgot how bad it could get. So they turned over the keys to Dinkins protégé Bill DeBlasio, and they soon found out how bad things could quickly turn. They still haven’t learned their lesson: they elected another Democrat who promised to fix things, but hasn’t. We’ll see how bad things have to get before they finally yell for the Republicans to come save them again.

As George Santayana observed, those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it. No wonder Democrats hate teaching kids real American history.

From Jefferson’s belief that government closest to the people governs best to Reagan’s faith in free markets, from low taxes to letting markets instead of government make business decisions, conservative ideas work whenever they’re tried. Unfortunately, party leaders and the media are wildly out of touch with most Americans, and they are the ones with Hollywood, the media and social media acting as a 24-hour PR megaphone for bad leftist policies. This amplifies the liberal side and suppresses the conservative side so much that not only is the tail wagging the dog, but it’s like a Chihuahua’s tail wagging a St. Bernard. Too often, they succeed in hoodwinking the voters into giving them power again, despite decades of failure. But once in power, they quickly remind people why they should never be entrusted with it.

As that great Republican Abraham Lincoln observed, you can fool some of the people all of the time (they’re called “progressives”) and all the people some of the time, but you can’t fool all of the people all of the time. Let’s pray that this November will be another of those “won’t get fooled again” elections.

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  • Steven Lechtenberg

    07/06/2022 08:59 PM

    Another good commentary Governor. But alas, the smarter voters have no where to turn, or any believable politicians to put their faith in. Neither party really cares about the very people who trusted them to run the country wisely. As far as I’m concerned the worst mistake you can make is to believe a politician. Who do we believe anymore?? We know the dumbocrats are not honest with us, and the republicants are spineless wimps when the going gets tough. Anymore when we vote we are picking the lesser of two evils. But the biggest problem in Washington DC, the most corrupt city in the world, is the deeply deeply entrenched bureaucracy. How do root out these evil villains, or better yet without PRESIDENT TRUMP IN OFFICE, who can we elect to clean out the cesspool??? Our elected royalty, we no longer have a constitutional republic, we have a political monarchy, has done everything possible to feed the denizens of DC that are their legacy to us, the poor uninformed voters who supposedly need government assistance to even tie our shoes!! I don’t think these next two elections will matter very much, the present course the country is on will have to run it’s course. The younger generations are evenly divided between the two ideologies that are tearing this country apart. So the next 6 to 8 years will be very telling as to which way the country will go, FREEDOM OR SOCIALISM/COMMUNISM

  • DARRELL MOECK

    07/06/2022 07:29 PM

    Another insightful article by Gov. Mike Huckabee: "The truth is that voters didn’t turn their backs on conservatism, Republican politicians did."...too many "R.I.N.O.S." in the Republican Party who need to be replaced in the next election. Corruption rampant in both parties...where is the "honest man"? "Public Service" seems to come with politicans holding out their hand to the Corporations.

  • rodney burke

    07/06/2022 07:14 PM

    conventional wisdom has been wrong for more than 50 years. I have assumed the opposite is always true. They have a documented track record of always being wrong

  • Donald Tygart

    07/06/2022 07:11 PM

    I calculate the Republicans will have six years in power positions. My reasoning is due to past results. Republicans do, in reverse, what Democrats also do - looking forward. What I mean is they will try to stop spending due to their 'mandate' and the people will be hurt once again
    Instead of a gradual reduction in spending - while reducing / eliminating regulations - by passing LAWS to support their actions.
    I'm afraid they have always been totally 'HAM-HANDED' on their rush to eliminate the debt / deficit as the other party was in adding to it...I hope I'm wrong this time - but I fear I'm not..

  • Mike Tritle

    07/06/2022 06:57 PM

    Great article. My thoughts exactly. However, wasn't it PT Barnum who made that quote rather than Honest Abe? Keep the common sense coming!

  • Bo Ehrig

    07/06/2022 06:30 PM

    Good article but I have a different opinion.
    The left cheat in elections and these socialist are not elected but forced on us.
    My question is why do the police and sheriffs enforce their loony anti American rules. They are not laws. Only mandates.
    It’s we the people of the United States.
    We must stand and fight maybe for the last time against tyrants. Make sure our vote counts. Then let the truth fall where it may. I am confident that we will win by 90%. People do not want what is happening.

  • Robert Janovick

    07/06/2022 05:52 PM

    Why is it that Progressive is not capitalized?
    Is it not the proper name of something?
    The term progressive means to advance, reform, or improve. The group of activists that have adopted this term advocate policies that do the opposite; they use it as a camouflage.

  • Ron Bynum

    07/06/2022 04:15 PM

    This (you) is so right and needs to be shouted from the rooftops!

  • Robert Bruce Holstein

    07/06/2022 03:54 PM

    Mike the problem is that the Dems know how to steal elections. They have been doing it since Kennedy was elected - remember Chicago and the Unions. Not only do R's have to get more valid votes than their opponent but they have to get enough to overcome the false votes!

  • Lisa Peterson

    07/06/2022 03:48 PM

    Dear Mike,
    I think the best quote for this comes from the politically direct sisters, Diamond and Silk. After the obvious shannanigan of the 2020 year, ending in Rino betrayal said that what we have is "one dirty bird with a corrupt right wing and a corrupt left wing". Come November, unless we break the algorithms again that have raised serious doubt of the election, I fear that all we will see is Biden's gaffe that they have perfected a system to steal elections, forever. Only a diehard Trump hater at this point still believe that Biden got more votes EVER in American history. After all, since Biden won by campaigning in his basement, this November, don't be surprised that as horrible things get, Republicans may see a repeat of 2020, with street riots, lock downs, drop boxes, extended ballot counting, and cowardly judges not ruling on evidence. That is why one of the squad from Minnesota can laugh while being booed by her ethnic people last Saturday, she knows it is rigged.

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When a lie gets repeated so often that everyone thinks it’s true, it’s called “conventional wisdom” – maybe because it happens so often at political conventions. These days, the conventional wisdom is that far-left ideas are the accepted, objective truth and anyone who questions them is an extremist or a believer in “disinformation.” Don’t buy it.

Throughout the Bush-Obama era, the media kept repeating “failed conservative policies” until even a lot of so-called conservatives believed it. So the voters put Democrats fully in power. It resulted in a sluggish economy, depressed job growth, rising income inequality, reduced wealth and opportunities for minorities, rising class and racial divisions, and abroad, a decline in US prestige and leadership and the advancement and emboldening of our enemies, including a terrorist “JV team” metastasizing into a worldwide threat. Not to mention big government schemes imposed against the will of the people. In Obama’s very first midterm election, voters gave the House back to the Republicans.

Polls began to show that most Americans wanted the government to do less and spend less. In France, where an actual Socialist was elected President, his huge tax hikes crashed the economy and made socialism as popular with the French as cheese in a can. The media were shocked when voters turned right in the next election. They should’ve known that nothing turns people off of socialism like actually experiencing it. Ask a Cuban or Venezuelan.

The elites responded by doubling down on the arrogance, condescension and name-calling of those who dared to challenge their divine right to rule. The people were forced to make their point even more clearly by shutting down large sections of the country with Tea Party protests, and demanding their culture and secure national borders back, and finally by shocking the elites with the election of Donald Trump. The media, who assumed that everyone would vote for Hillary because everything they talked to did, were shocked.

Trump reversed virtually every Obama policy. Result: ISIS was crushed, peace started breaking out in the Middle East, illegal immigration plummeted, the economy boomed, and unemployment for all groups fell to record lows while real wages rose for the first time in decades. It took the artificial shutdown of that economy due to COVID-19 to crush it. In 2020, a relentless, four-year media assault against Trump and…other factors…brought the Democrats back into full power. And just as the economy was starting to rebound, Biden brought back all the Obama policies and crushed it again.

If you ever wanted a laboratory demonstration of whose policies work and whose don’t, you could just look at the past three Administrations. It’s like watching someone turn off the lights, turn them back on, then turn them off again.

It is a shame that voters have to keep relearning the hard way that top-down, big government solutions and leftist utopian fantasies don’t work in reality. Young people can almost be excused for believing in socialism for the same reason they believe in the Tooth Fairy: they are empty vessels who get filled with whatever adults pour into them. The leftists certainly know that. Many parents have recently woken up to how dangerously remiss we’ve been in allowing leftists to take over our schools and fill those precious vessels with mental pollution.

But Republicans who promised small government and fiscal responsibility have let us down, too. Too many let deficits skyrocket, stuffed budgets with pork, and became cheerleaders for big government and disdainful toward the very Americans who put them in office. These so-called “conservatives” slammed me in 2007 for not being a “real conservative” because I pointed out problems in the economy that were hurting working people and criticized the lack of oversight of Wall Street’s excesses. Two years later, they wanted to spend $700 billion of our grandkids’ money to save Wall Street from its excesses. They abandoned government’s rightful role as a tough-but-impartial referee and wanted to use its power to pick winners and losers in the market. Is that “real conservatism?”

The truth is that voters didn’t turn their backs on conservatism, Republican politicians did. And despite the media’s claim that “We’re all socialists now,” Democrats didn’t sweep to power in 2008 by claiming to be government-bloating tax-and-spenders, but by swearing they’d changed and were now fiscally responsible. Of course, once they gave Obama, Pelosi and Reid unlimited power, voters quickly realized their terrible mistake and gave the House back to the GOP in the next election. But too many Republicans had already squandered their credibility, so when Democrats ballooned the deficit, they could deflect criticism by simply pointing at their opponents’ own record.

In 2020, the endless media assaults on Trump and the false messaging that Biden was a moderate centrist hoodwinked the voters yet again into putting the Democrats back into power. From his first day in power, Biden surrounded himself with leftists who couldn’t wait to bloat government, reverse all of Trump’s successful policies, raise taxes, spend money like water, regulate everything that moves, and turn the whole country into a coast-to-coast version of one of the failing cities Democrats have run for decades. It didn’t take long for buyers’ remorse to hit Americans harder than COVID-19.

For a localized example of this pendulum effect, look at New York City. It became a nightmare until voters finally replaced Democrat David Dinkins with Republican Rudy Giuliani. Under Rudy, the Big Apple staged a huge comeback that was kept going by faux Republican Mike Bloomberg. But by then, it had been a long time since the bad old day. New Yorkers forgot how bad it could get. So they turned over the keys to Dinkins protégé Bill DeBlasio, and they soon found out how bad things could quickly turn. They still haven’t learned their lesson: they elected another Democrat who promised to fix things, but hasn’t. We’ll see how bad things have to get before they finally yell for the Republicans to come save them again.

As George Santayana observed, those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it. No wonder Democrats hate teaching kids real American history.

From Jefferson’s belief that government closest to the people governs best to Reagan’s faith in free markets, from low taxes to letting markets instead of government make business decisions, conservative ideas work whenever they’re tried. Unfortunately, party leaders and the media are wildly out of touch with most Americans, and they are the ones with Hollywood, the media and social media acting as a 24-hour PR megaphone for bad leftist policies. This amplifies the liberal side and suppresses the conservative side so much that not only is the tail wagging the dog, but it’s like a Chihuahua’s tail wagging a St. Bernard. Too often, they succeed in hoodwinking the voters into giving them power again, despite decades of failure. But once in power, they quickly remind people why they should never be entrusted with it.

As that great Republican Abraham Lincoln observed, you can fool some of the people all of the time (they’re called “progressives”) and all the people some of the time, but you can’t fool all of the people all of the time. Let’s pray that this November will be another of those “won’t get fooled again” elections.

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  • Steven Lechtenberg

    07/06/2022 08:59 PM

    Another good commentary Governor. But alas, the smarter voters have no where to turn, or any believable politicians to put their faith in. Neither party really cares about the very people who trusted them to run the country wisely. As far as I’m concerned the worst mistake you can make is to believe a politician. Who do we believe anymore?? We know the dumbocrats are not honest with us, and the republicants are spineless wimps when the going gets tough. Anymore when we vote we are picking the lesser of two evils. But the biggest problem in Washington DC, the most corrupt city in the world, is the deeply deeply entrenched bureaucracy. How do root out these evil villains, or better yet without PRESIDENT TRUMP IN OFFICE, who can we elect to clean out the cesspool??? Our elected royalty, we no longer have a constitutional republic, we have a political monarchy, has done everything possible to feed the denizens of DC that are their legacy to us, the poor uninformed voters who supposedly need government assistance to even tie our shoes!! I don’t think these next two elections will matter very much, the present course the country is on will have to run it’s course. The younger generations are evenly divided between the two ideologies that are tearing this country apart. So the next 6 to 8 years will be very telling as to which way the country will go, FREEDOM OR SOCIALISM/COMMUNISM

  • DARRELL MOECK

    07/06/2022 07:29 PM

    Another insightful article by Gov. Mike Huckabee: "The truth is that voters didn’t turn their backs on conservatism, Republican politicians did."...too many "R.I.N.O.S." in the Republican Party who need to be replaced in the next election. Corruption rampant in both parties...where is the "honest man"? "Public Service" seems to come with politicans holding out their hand to the Corporations.

  • rodney burke

    07/06/2022 07:14 PM

    conventional wisdom has been wrong for more than 50 years. I have assumed the opposite is always true. They have a documented track record of always being wrong

  • Donald Tygart

    07/06/2022 07:11 PM

    I calculate the Republicans will have six years in power positions. My reasoning is due to past results. Republicans do, in reverse, what Democrats also do - looking forward. What I mean is they will try to stop spending due to their 'mandate' and the people will be hurt once again
    Instead of a gradual reduction in spending - while reducing / eliminating regulations - by passing LAWS to support their actions.
    I'm afraid they have always been totally 'HAM-HANDED' on their rush to eliminate the debt / deficit as the other party was in adding to it...I hope I'm wrong this time - but I fear I'm not..

  • Mike Tritle

    07/06/2022 06:57 PM

    Great article. My thoughts exactly. However, wasn't it PT Barnum who made that quote rather than Honest Abe? Keep the common sense coming!

  • Bo Ehrig

    07/06/2022 06:30 PM

    Good article but I have a different opinion.
    The left cheat in elections and these socialist are not elected but forced on us.
    My question is why do the police and sheriffs enforce their loony anti American rules. They are not laws. Only mandates.
    It’s we the people of the United States.
    We must stand and fight maybe for the last time against tyrants. Make sure our vote counts. Then let the truth fall where it may. I am confident that we will win by 90%. People do not want what is happening.

  • Robert Janovick

    07/06/2022 05:52 PM

    Why is it that Progressive is not capitalized?
    Is it not the proper name of something?
    The term progressive means to advance, reform, or improve. The group of activists that have adopted this term advocate policies that do the opposite; they use it as a camouflage.

  • Ron Bynum

    07/06/2022 04:15 PM

    This (you) is so right and needs to be shouted from the rooftops!

  • Robert Bruce Holstein

    07/06/2022 03:54 PM

    Mike the problem is that the Dems know how to steal elections. They have been doing it since Kennedy was elected - remember Chicago and the Unions. Not only do R's have to get more valid votes than their opponent but they have to get enough to overcome the false votes!

  • Lisa Peterson

    07/06/2022 03:48 PM

    Dear Mike,
    I think the best quote for this comes from the politically direct sisters, Diamond and Silk. After the obvious shannanigan of the 2020 year, ending in Rino betrayal said that what we have is "one dirty bird with a corrupt right wing and a corrupt left wing". Come November, unless we break the algorithms again that have raised serious doubt of the election, I fear that all we will see is Biden's gaffe that they have perfected a system to steal elections, forever. Only a diehard Trump hater at this point still believe that Biden got more votes EVER in American history. After all, since Biden won by campaigning in his basement, this November, don't be surprised that as horrible things get, Republicans may see a repeat of 2020, with street riots, lock downs, drop boxes, extended ballot counting, and cowardly judges not ruling on evidence. That is why one of the squad from Minnesota can laugh while being booed by her ethnic people last Saturday, she knows it is rigged.

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July 6, 2022
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When a lie gets repeated so often that everyone thinks it’s true, it’s called “conventional wisdom” – maybe because it happens so often at political conventions. These days, the conventional wisdom is that far-left ideas are the accepted, objective truth and anyone who questions them is an extremist or a believer in “disinformation.” Don’t buy it.

Throughout the Bush-Obama era, the media kept repeating “failed conservative policies” until even a lot of so-called conservatives believed it. So the voters put Democrats fully in power. It resulted in a sluggish economy, depressed job growth, rising income inequality, reduced wealth and opportunities for minorities, rising class and racial divisions, and abroad, a decline in US prestige and leadership and the advancement and emboldening of our enemies, including a terrorist “JV team” metastasizing into a worldwide threat. Not to mention big government schemes imposed against the will of the people. In Obama’s very first midterm election, voters gave the House back to the Republicans.

Polls began to show that most Americans wanted the government to do less and spend less. In France, where an actual Socialist was elected President, his huge tax hikes crashed the economy and made socialism as popular with the French as cheese in a can. The media were shocked when voters turned right in the next election. They should’ve known that nothing turns people off of socialism like actually experiencing it. Ask a Cuban or Venezuelan.

The elites responded by doubling down on the arrogance, condescension and name-calling of those who dared to challenge their divine right to rule. The people were forced to make their point even more clearly by shutting down large sections of the country with Tea Party protests, and demanding their culture and secure national borders back, and finally by shocking the elites with the election of Donald Trump. The media, who assumed that everyone would vote for Hillary because everything they talked to did, were shocked.

Trump reversed virtually every Obama policy. Result: ISIS was crushed, peace started breaking out in the Middle East, illegal immigration plummeted, the economy boomed, and unemployment for all groups fell to record lows while real wages rose for the first time in decades. It took the artificial shutdown of that economy due to COVID-19 to crush it. In 2020, a relentless, four-year media assault against Trump and…other factors…brought the Democrats back into full power. And just as the economy was starting to rebound, Biden brought back all the Obama policies and crushed it again.

If you ever wanted a laboratory demonstration of whose policies work and whose don’t, you could just look at the past three Administrations. It’s like watching someone turn off the lights, turn them back on, then turn them off again.

It is a shame that voters have to keep relearning the hard way that top-down, big government solutions and leftist utopian fantasies don’t work in reality. Young people can almost be excused for believing in socialism for the same reason they believe in the Tooth Fairy: they are empty vessels who get filled with whatever adults pour into them. The leftists certainly know that. Many parents have recently woken up to how dangerously remiss we’ve been in allowing leftists to take over our schools and fill those precious vessels with mental pollution.

But Republicans who promised small government and fiscal responsibility have let us down, too. Too many let deficits skyrocket, stuffed budgets with pork, and became cheerleaders for big government and disdainful toward the very Americans who put them in office. These so-called “conservatives” slammed me in 2007 for not being a “real conservative” because I pointed out problems in the economy that were hurting working people and criticized the lack of oversight of Wall Street’s excesses. Two years later, they wanted to spend $700 billion of our grandkids’ money to save Wall Street from its excesses. They abandoned government’s rightful role as a tough-but-impartial referee and wanted to use its power to pick winners and losers in the market. Is that “real conservatism?”

The truth is that voters didn’t turn their backs on conservatism, Republican politicians did. And despite the media’s claim that “We’re all socialists now,” Democrats didn’t sweep to power in 2008 by claiming to be government-bloating tax-and-spenders, but by swearing they’d changed and were now fiscally responsible. Of course, once they gave Obama, Pelosi and Reid unlimited power, voters quickly realized their terrible mistake and gave the House back to the GOP in the next election. But too many Republicans had already squandered their credibility, so when Democrats ballooned the deficit, they could deflect criticism by simply pointing at their opponents’ own record.

In 2020, the endless media assaults on Trump and the false messaging that Biden was a moderate centrist hoodwinked the voters yet again into putting the Democrats back into power. From his first day in power, Biden surrounded himself with leftists who couldn’t wait to bloat government, reverse all of Trump’s successful policies, raise taxes, spend money like water, regulate everything that moves, and turn the whole country into a coast-to-coast version of one of the failing cities Democrats have run for decades. It didn’t take long for buyers’ remorse to hit Americans harder than COVID-19.

For a localized example of this pendulum effect, look at New York City. It became a nightmare until voters finally replaced Democrat David Dinkins with Republican Rudy Giuliani. Under Rudy, the Big Apple staged a huge comeback that was kept going by faux Republican Mike Bloomberg. But by then, it had been a long time since the bad old day. New Yorkers forgot how bad it could get. So they turned over the keys to Dinkins protégé Bill DeBlasio, and they soon found out how bad things could quickly turn. They still haven’t learned their lesson: they elected another Democrat who promised to fix things, but hasn’t. We’ll see how bad things have to get before they finally yell for the Republicans to come save them again.

As George Santayana observed, those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it. No wonder Democrats hate teaching kids real American history.

From Jefferson’s belief that government closest to the people governs best to Reagan’s faith in free markets, from low taxes to letting markets instead of government make business decisions, conservative ideas work whenever they’re tried. Unfortunately, party leaders and the media are wildly out of touch with most Americans, and they are the ones with Hollywood, the media and social media acting as a 24-hour PR megaphone for bad leftist policies. This amplifies the liberal side and suppresses the conservative side so much that not only is the tail wagging the dog, but it’s like a Chihuahua’s tail wagging a St. Bernard. Too often, they succeed in hoodwinking the voters into giving them power again, despite decades of failure. But once in power, they quickly remind people why they should never be entrusted with it.

As that great Republican Abraham Lincoln observed, you can fool some of the people all of the time (they’re called “progressives”) and all the people some of the time, but you can’t fool all of the people all of the time. Let’s pray that this November will be another of those “won’t get fooled again” elections.

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  • Steven Lechtenberg

    07/06/2022 08:59 PM

    Another good commentary Governor. But alas, the smarter voters have no where to turn, or any believable politicians to put their faith in. Neither party really cares about the very people who trusted them to run the country wisely. As far as I’m concerned the worst mistake you can make is to believe a politician. Who do we believe anymore?? We know the dumbocrats are not honest with us, and the republicants are spineless wimps when the going gets tough. Anymore when we vote we are picking the lesser of two evils. But the biggest problem in Washington DC, the most corrupt city in the world, is the deeply deeply entrenched bureaucracy. How do root out these evil villains, or better yet without PRESIDENT TRUMP IN OFFICE, who can we elect to clean out the cesspool??? Our elected royalty, we no longer have a constitutional republic, we have a political monarchy, has done everything possible to feed the denizens of DC that are their legacy to us, the poor uninformed voters who supposedly need government assistance to even tie our shoes!! I don’t think these next two elections will matter very much, the present course the country is on will have to run it’s course. The younger generations are evenly divided between the two ideologies that are tearing this country apart. So the next 6 to 8 years will be very telling as to which way the country will go, FREEDOM OR SOCIALISM/COMMUNISM

  • DARRELL MOECK

    07/06/2022 07:29 PM

    Another insightful article by Gov. Mike Huckabee: "The truth is that voters didn’t turn their backs on conservatism, Republican politicians did."...too many "R.I.N.O.S." in the Republican Party who need to be replaced in the next election. Corruption rampant in both parties...where is the "honest man"? "Public Service" seems to come with politicans holding out their hand to the Corporations.

  • rodney burke

    07/06/2022 07:14 PM

    conventional wisdom has been wrong for more than 50 years. I have assumed the opposite is always true. They have a documented track record of always being wrong

  • Donald Tygart

    07/06/2022 07:11 PM

    I calculate the Republicans will have six years in power positions. My reasoning is due to past results. Republicans do, in reverse, what Democrats also do - looking forward. What I mean is they will try to stop spending due to their 'mandate' and the people will be hurt once again
    Instead of a gradual reduction in spending - while reducing / eliminating regulations - by passing LAWS to support their actions.
    I'm afraid they have always been totally 'HAM-HANDED' on their rush to eliminate the debt / deficit as the other party was in adding to it...I hope I'm wrong this time - but I fear I'm not..

  • Mike Tritle

    07/06/2022 06:57 PM

    Great article. My thoughts exactly. However, wasn't it PT Barnum who made that quote rather than Honest Abe? Keep the common sense coming!

  • Bo Ehrig

    07/06/2022 06:30 PM

    Good article but I have a different opinion.
    The left cheat in elections and these socialist are not elected but forced on us.
    My question is why do the police and sheriffs enforce their loony anti American rules. They are not laws. Only mandates.
    It’s we the people of the United States.
    We must stand and fight maybe for the last time against tyrants. Make sure our vote counts. Then let the truth fall where it may. I am confident that we will win by 90%. People do not want what is happening.

  • Robert Janovick

    07/06/2022 05:52 PM

    Why is it that Progressive is not capitalized?
    Is it not the proper name of something?
    The term progressive means to advance, reform, or improve. The group of activists that have adopted this term advocate policies that do the opposite; they use it as a camouflage.

  • Ron Bynum

    07/06/2022 04:15 PM

    This (you) is so right and needs to be shouted from the rooftops!

  • Robert Bruce Holstein

    07/06/2022 03:54 PM

    Mike the problem is that the Dems know how to steal elections. They have been doing it since Kennedy was elected - remember Chicago and the Unions. Not only do R's have to get more valid votes than their opponent but they have to get enough to overcome the false votes!

  • Lisa Peterson

    07/06/2022 03:48 PM

    Dear Mike,
    I think the best quote for this comes from the politically direct sisters, Diamond and Silk. After the obvious shannanigan of the 2020 year, ending in Rino betrayal said that what we have is "one dirty bird with a corrupt right wing and a corrupt left wing". Come November, unless we break the algorithms again that have raised serious doubt of the election, I fear that all we will see is Biden's gaffe that they have perfected a system to steal elections, forever. Only a diehard Trump hater at this point still believe that Biden got more votes EVER in American history. After all, since Biden won by campaigning in his basement, this November, don't be surprised that as horrible things get, Republicans may see a repeat of 2020, with street riots, lock downs, drop boxes, extended ballot counting, and cowardly judges not ruling on evidence. That is why one of the squad from Minnesota can laugh while being booed by her ethnic people last Saturday, she knows it is rigged.

July 6, 2022
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When a lie gets repeated so often that everyone thinks it’s true, it’s called “conventional wisdom” – maybe because it happens so often at political conventions. These days, the conventional wisdom is that far-left ideas are the accepted, objective truth and anyone who questions them is an extremist or a believer in “disinformation.” Don’t buy it.

Throughout the Bush-Obama era, the media kept repeating “failed conservative policies” until even a lot of so-called conservatives believed it. So the voters put Democrats fully in power. It resulted in a sluggish economy, depressed job growth, rising income inequality, reduced wealth and opportunities for minorities, rising class and racial divisions, and abroad, a decline in US prestige and leadership and the advancement and emboldening of our enemies, including a terrorist “JV team” metastasizing into a worldwide threat. Not to mention big government schemes imposed against the will of the people. In Obama’s very first midterm election, voters gave the House back to the Republicans.

Polls began to show that most Americans wanted the government to do less and spend less. In France, where an actual Socialist was elected President, his huge tax hikes crashed the economy and made socialism as popular with the French as cheese in a can. The media were shocked when voters turned right in the next election. They should’ve known that nothing turns people off of socialism like actually experiencing it. Ask a Cuban or Venezuelan.

The elites responded by doubling down on the arrogance, condescension and name-calling of those who dared to challenge their divine right to rule. The people were forced to make their point even more clearly by shutting down large sections of the country with Tea Party protests, and demanding their culture and secure national borders back, and finally by shocking the elites with the election of Donald Trump. The media, who assumed that everyone would vote for Hillary because everything they talked to did, were shocked.

Trump reversed virtually every Obama policy. Result: ISIS was crushed, peace started breaking out in the Middle East, illegal immigration plummeted, the economy boomed, and unemployment for all groups fell to record lows while real wages rose for the first time in decades. It took the artificial shutdown of that economy due to COVID-19 to crush it. In 2020, a relentless, four-year media assault against Trump and…other factors…brought the Democrats back into full power. And just as the economy was starting to rebound, Biden brought back all the Obama policies and crushed it again.

If you ever wanted a laboratory demonstration of whose policies work and whose don’t, you could just look at the past three Administrations. It’s like watching someone turn off the lights, turn them back on, then turn them off again.

It is a shame that voters have to keep relearning the hard way that top-down, big government solutions and leftist utopian fantasies don’t work in reality. Young people can almost be excused for believing in socialism for the same reason they believe in the Tooth Fairy: they are empty vessels who get filled with whatever adults pour into them. The leftists certainly know that. Many parents have recently woken up to how dangerously remiss we’ve been in allowing leftists to take over our schools and fill those precious vessels with mental pollution.

But Republicans who promised small government and fiscal responsibility have let us down, too. Too many let deficits skyrocket, stuffed budgets with pork, and became cheerleaders for big government and disdainful toward the very Americans who put them in office. These so-called “conservatives” slammed me in 2007 for not being a “real conservative” because I pointed out problems in the economy that were hurting working people and criticized the lack of oversight of Wall Street’s excesses. Two years later, they wanted to spend $700 billion of our grandkids’ money to save Wall Street from its excesses. They abandoned government’s rightful role as a tough-but-impartial referee and wanted to use its power to pick winners and losers in the market. Is that “real conservatism?”

The truth is that voters didn’t turn their backs on conservatism, Republican politicians did. And despite the media’s claim that “We’re all socialists now,” Democrats didn’t sweep to power in 2008 by claiming to be government-bloating tax-and-spenders, but by swearing they’d changed and were now fiscally responsible. Of course, once they gave Obama, Pelosi and Reid unlimited power, voters quickly realized their terrible mistake and gave the House back to the GOP in the next election. But too many Republicans had already squandered their credibility, so when Democrats ballooned the deficit, they could deflect criticism by simply pointing at their opponents’ own record.

In 2020, the endless media assaults on Trump and the false messaging that Biden was a moderate centrist hoodwinked the voters yet again into putting the Democrats back into power. From his first day in power, Biden surrounded himself with leftists who couldn’t wait to bloat government, reverse all of Trump’s successful policies, raise taxes, spend money like water, regulate everything that moves, and turn the whole country into a coast-to-coast version of one of the failing cities Democrats have run for decades. It didn’t take long for buyers’ remorse to hit Americans harder than COVID-19.

For a localized example of this pendulum effect, look at New York City. It became a nightmare until voters finally replaced Democrat David Dinkins with Republican Rudy Giuliani. Under Rudy, the Big Apple staged a huge comeback that was kept going by faux Republican Mike Bloomberg. But by then, it had been a long time since the bad old day. New Yorkers forgot how bad it could get. So they turned over the keys to Dinkins protégé Bill DeBlasio, and they soon found out how bad things could quickly turn. They still haven’t learned their lesson: they elected another Democrat who promised to fix things, but hasn’t. We’ll see how bad things have to get before they finally yell for the Republicans to come save them again.

As George Santayana observed, those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it. No wonder Democrats hate teaching kids real American history.

From Jefferson’s belief that government closest to the people governs best to Reagan’s faith in free markets, from low taxes to letting markets instead of government make business decisions, conservative ideas work whenever they’re tried. Unfortunately, party leaders and the media are wildly out of touch with most Americans, and they are the ones with Hollywood, the media and social media acting as a 24-hour PR megaphone for bad leftist policies. This amplifies the liberal side and suppresses the conservative side so much that not only is the tail wagging the dog, but it’s like a Chihuahua’s tail wagging a St. Bernard. Too often, they succeed in hoodwinking the voters into giving them power again, despite decades of failure. But once in power, they quickly remind people why they should never be entrusted with it.

As that great Republican Abraham Lincoln observed, you can fool some of the people all of the time (they’re called “progressives”) and all the people some of the time, but you can’t fool all of the people all of the time. Let’s pray that this November will be another of those “won’t get fooled again” elections.

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  • Steven Lechtenberg

    07/06/2022 08:59 PM

    Another good commentary Governor. But alas, the smarter voters have no where to turn, or any believable politicians to put their faith in. Neither party really cares about the very people who trusted them to run the country wisely. As far as I’m concerned the worst mistake you can make is to believe a politician. Who do we believe anymore?? We know the dumbocrats are not honest with us, and the republicants are spineless wimps when the going gets tough. Anymore when we vote we are picking the lesser of two evils. But the biggest problem in Washington DC, the most corrupt city in the world, is the deeply deeply entrenched bureaucracy. How do root out these evil villains, or better yet without PRESIDENT TRUMP IN OFFICE, who can we elect to clean out the cesspool??? Our elected royalty, we no longer have a constitutional republic, we have a political monarchy, has done everything possible to feed the denizens of DC that are their legacy to us, the poor uninformed voters who supposedly need government assistance to even tie our shoes!! I don’t think these next two elections will matter very much, the present course the country is on will have to run it’s course. The younger generations are evenly divided between the two ideologies that are tearing this country apart. So the next 6 to 8 years will be very telling as to which way the country will go, FREEDOM OR SOCIALISM/COMMUNISM

  • DARRELL MOECK

    07/06/2022 07:29 PM

    Another insightful article by Gov. Mike Huckabee: "The truth is that voters didn’t turn their backs on conservatism, Republican politicians did."...too many "R.I.N.O.S." in the Republican Party who need to be replaced in the next election. Corruption rampant in both parties...where is the "honest man"? "Public Service" seems to come with politicans holding out their hand to the Corporations.

  • rodney burke

    07/06/2022 07:14 PM

    conventional wisdom has been wrong for more than 50 years. I have assumed the opposite is always true. They have a documented track record of always being wrong

  • Donald Tygart

    07/06/2022 07:11 PM

    I calculate the Republicans will have six years in power positions. My reasoning is due to past results. Republicans do, in reverse, what Democrats also do - looking forward. What I mean is they will try to stop spending due to their 'mandate' and the people will be hurt once again
    Instead of a gradual reduction in spending - while reducing / eliminating regulations - by passing LAWS to support their actions.
    I'm afraid they have always been totally 'HAM-HANDED' on their rush to eliminate the debt / deficit as the other party was in adding to it...I hope I'm wrong this time - but I fear I'm not..

  • Mike Tritle

    07/06/2022 06:57 PM

    Great article. My thoughts exactly. However, wasn't it PT Barnum who made that quote rather than Honest Abe? Keep the common sense coming!

  • Bo Ehrig

    07/06/2022 06:30 PM

    Good article but I have a different opinion.
    The left cheat in elections and these socialist are not elected but forced on us.
    My question is why do the police and sheriffs enforce their loony anti American rules. They are not laws. Only mandates.
    It’s we the people of the United States.
    We must stand and fight maybe for the last time against tyrants. Make sure our vote counts. Then let the truth fall where it may. I am confident that we will win by 90%. People do not want what is happening.

  • Robert Janovick

    07/06/2022 05:52 PM

    Why is it that Progressive is not capitalized?
    Is it not the proper name of something?
    The term progressive means to advance, reform, or improve. The group of activists that have adopted this term advocate policies that do the opposite; they use it as a camouflage.

  • Ron Bynum

    07/06/2022 04:15 PM

    This (you) is so right and needs to be shouted from the rooftops!

  • Robert Bruce Holstein

    07/06/2022 03:54 PM

    Mike the problem is that the Dems know how to steal elections. They have been doing it since Kennedy was elected - remember Chicago and the Unions. Not only do R's have to get more valid votes than their opponent but they have to get enough to overcome the false votes!

  • Lisa Peterson

    07/06/2022 03:48 PM

    Dear Mike,
    I think the best quote for this comes from the politically direct sisters, Diamond and Silk. After the obvious shannanigan of the 2020 year, ending in Rino betrayal said that what we have is "one dirty bird with a corrupt right wing and a corrupt left wing". Come November, unless we break the algorithms again that have raised serious doubt of the election, I fear that all we will see is Biden's gaffe that they have perfected a system to steal elections, forever. Only a diehard Trump hater at this point still believe that Biden got more votes EVER in American history. After all, since Biden won by campaigning in his basement, this November, don't be surprised that as horrible things get, Republicans may see a repeat of 2020, with street riots, lock downs, drop boxes, extended ballot counting, and cowardly judges not ruling on evidence. That is why one of the squad from Minnesota can laugh while being booed by her ethnic people last Saturday, she knows it is rigged.

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