Moral standards are necessary

July 2, 2018 |

We hear often these days that society shouldn’t have any absolute moral standards.  Imposing standards is oppressive, judgmental and outdated. Like Linus and the Great Pumpkin, it doesn’t matter what we choose to believe, as long as we’re really sincere in believing it.  Well, pardon me for pointing it out, but that’s…well, stupid (sorry, Linus!) 

 

There are all sorts of absolute standards to which we adhere.  A rock band might be filled with nonconformists, but they can’t each play in whatever key they feel like.  You might concede Hannibal Lecter’s sincere belief in cannibalism, but you wouldn’t go to his house for dinner.  It seems counter-intuitive, but freedom can’t work unless we all agree to abide by certain basic standards of right and wrong.  When we step outside those boundaries, chaos ensues.  That can leave a bad taste in your mouth, and I’m not still referring to Hannibal Lecter.  I like to illustrate the concept with a story from the days when my own kids were young.


 RELATED READING: Keep government limited


When my son John Mark was only 12, he decided one day to bake a cake.  My wife Janet and I returned home and were greeted by our son, proudly offering ol’ dad the first taste.  Well, it looked good, and I was already preparing some fatherly praise as I took that first bite.  But what came out of my mouth wasn’t words.  It was the cake.  It was so awful, I had to spit it out.  My first thought was that my son was trying to kill me for the insurance.

 

As soon as my tongue overcame its shock, I asked John Mark if he’d used a recipe.  He said he had, and he’d followed it to the letter.  Well, except that he didn’t know what a “dash” of salt meant, so he decided a cup of salt should be enough. 

 



Now, my son worked hard on that cake…he had the best of intentions…and he sincerely believed he’d done a good job.  But hard work, good intentions and sincere beliefs meant nothing once he decided he could make up his own measurement standards.  That’s literally a recipe for disaster.

 

Freedom can’t exist in a moral vacuum.  It makes some people uncomfortable to hear this, but without clear boundaries of right and wrong, the very concept of liberty breaks down.  A person might argue that he should be free to look at pictures others find offensive.  But if it’s a photo of a child who’s being exploited, then there’s more at stake than just the liberty of the viewer.  We’re currently having a big media controversy over whether to separate children from parents who cross the border illegally, but very few people bring up the fact that the parents chose to bring their children along as they knowingly violated federal immigration law.  


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Self-government can’t mean each of us lives by our own unique set of rules.  If that’s how you define liberty, then you’re just going to get less of it.  When people live outside the boundaries of a principled and agreed-upon moral code, it always leads to government that’s bigger and more intrusive, just to force people to do the right thing.  Not to mention creating an avalanche of lawsuits. 

 

If you think more lawyers and bigger government actually improve society, then I have a delicious cake recipe I’d like to sell you.  Then again, no…taking your money for that cake recipe would definitely be morally wrong. 

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  • Keith Smyth

    07/02/2018 04:24 PM

    I seem to observe that when a U.S. citizen, who happens to be a woman, is sent to prison here in the U.S. of A, aren't her kids separated from her? Don't believe they are allowed to bring the kids into jail or prison. Correct me if I am wrong, also, the illegals are knowingly dragging their children along on a very dangerous trek, knowing they will be separated, at least temporarily, if caught. Want to try that going into Mexico, anyone?

  • Dick Gozinya

    07/02/2018 03:31 PM

    I moved on her like a bitch, but I couldn’t get there. And she was married. Then all of a sudden I see her, she’s now got the big phony tits and everything. She’s totally changed her look." DJT 2005 POTUS!

  • Gayle Johnson

    07/02/2018 03:04 PM

    My comment is in response to Terry Nixon's (or was it Dixon?) response. I agree with every thing he said. However, his last sentence is a bit erroneous; the world was turned upside down in the Garden of Eden. God had set down HIS perfect standards "You can eat from every tree EXCEPT from the tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil. Then Satan showed up and deceived Eve by saying "Did God really say that?" and "When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it. " (Genesis 3:6 - NIV) and then they knew the knowledge of good and evil and they saw they were naked and were ashamed. THAT is when the world was turned upside down.

    Gayle from WI

  • David Colonna

    07/02/2018 03:00 PM

    Mike, God bless you and your whole family, for speaking the truth. We in Atlanta, GA had very embarassing protest stating there are no illegals. It just amazes me how any American citizen can say that with any conviction. However, when I see those liberal Democrats drive on our highways and local city streets I understand, because most if not all Liberals break the traffic laws 98% of the time. I know they support Ex-President Obama which they feel allows them to break any and every law since he did all 8 years. The other point I want to make is the Liberal Democrat protesters got violent for no "DARN" reason at all. Why is the devil so rampant in the Democrats, that party was never like this when I was a young child. It is absolutely disheartening and makes me want to cry, yes real men do cry... We all know who prevails in the end, God, but it really is hard to let so many fall down or end up in death instead of eternal life. How do we stop the bleeding?

  • Vicki L Kuhl

    07/02/2018 02:25 PM

    Why does the majority of protesters seemingly decide not to remember the simple fact that yes, the parents were the ones that put their childs life in danger by breaking the law? And then there should be no consequences? And then after breaking OUR law think that WE OWE THEM. And so many have been duped into this act of disobedience, believing we should then rescue the lawbreakers. Give ME a break! My grandpa came overseas to be an American. He didn't do it illegally! He followed the law and the pathway of citizenship. The U S is not denying immigrants. It is denying the illegal actions! It's simple! Yet so many can't see the hand in front of their own face.

  • Vicki L Kuhl

    07/02/2018 02:24 PM

    Why does the majority of protesters seemingly decide not to remember the simple fact that yes, the parents were the ones that put their childs life in danger by breaking the law? And then there should be no consequences? And then after breaking OUR law think that WE OWE THEM. And so many have been duped into this act of disobedience, believing we should then rescue the lawbreakers. Give ME a break! My grandpa came overseas to be an American. He didn't do it illegally! He followed the law and the pathway of citizenship. The U S is not denying immigrants. It is denying the illegal actions! It's simple! Yet so many can't see the hand in front of their own face.

  • William Bailey

    07/02/2018 02:22 PM

    Who should provide healthcare for workers the place where they work or government.
    should all companies that make a large profit have profit-sharing.
    Should small companies provide profit sharing as promoted by Thomas Jefferson.
    Should large companies provide retirement and profit sharing.
    Or should we be on our own for Medicare, retirement and getting profit sharing.
    do all people have the same amount of intelligence. can all people even with low intelligence provide themselves with all of the above or they just don't deserve any help. Who should help them the company they work for government or nobody.
    should all companies have to provide for the welfare of their employees as Thomas Jefferson suggested.
    Big government big profit small government this is where we're at how do we handle it. I would like your suggestion. But not all companies and not all workers are able to provide for themselves. we are not all born with the same intellectual abilities and college only helps us use what we have.

  • Joan Detherow

    07/02/2018 02:21 PM

    You said this so well. I believe the Ten Commandments and good manners should be the guide, along with the Bible, for a successful life. I do not understand how we got to this place in America where we have so many people who hate each other because of politics. We used to be able to talk to each other to disagree without fighting!

  • William McNeil

    07/02/2018 02:19 PM

    1. Moral Standards - Great article
    Even a young kid knows when someone breaks the rules of the game: "That's not fair"
    2. Whoever is telling Trump it would be "bad for him" if he fired Rosenstein is really giving him bad info. He's a great negotiator. He needs to tell him if and when or else! Those who do the hard work around the FBI & Justice dept. need to know where he stands and so do we.

  • Mike Smith

    07/02/2018 01:42 PM

    Hi Mike,
    Yes indeed. Understanding the need for moral standards is a keystone to civilized living. It's also important to realize that when a group within that civilization chooses to impose their morality upon others, things can get dicey. That's usually why civilized societies do understand that there are differences and will choose to accept some differences.

    There are other stories that can relate to the concept of standards, that are once accepted, might be renounced by a group. And members of other groups within the society feel they have been made victims of bait and switch.

    Thanks for your great stories!

  • April Allison-Garlow

    07/02/2018 01:20 PM

    Nobody considers the fact that if any of us put our child through the hell that these children endure, because of how their parents chose to enter illegally, it would be considered child abuse. If you bring a child along when you chose to commit a crime in this country, you are charged with child abuse, endangering the welfare of a child and neglect. You and your child are separated until a time when you are deemed fit to care for them--many times for years or forever. This information needs to get the the refugees ears before they make the choice to enter illegally.

  • April Allison-Garlow

    07/02/2018 01:18 PM

    Nobody considers the fact that if any of us put our child through the hell that these children endure, because of how their parents chose to enter illegally, it would be considered child abuse. If you bring a child along when you chose to commit a crime in this country, you are charged with child abuse, endangering the welfare of a child and neglect. You and your child are separated until a time when you are deemed fit to care for them--many times for years or forever. This information needs to get the the refugees ears before they make the choice to enter illegally.

  • Carlos Ramos

    07/02/2018 01:17 PM

    Mr Huckabee; You mention individual morality. I do not think an average individual struggles with maintaining a measurable, visible and genuine level of sound morals.
    As an American contemporary Fine Artist, it is my duty to define our culture especially in light if the conflux and confluence reflected in society during and post-obama. The really good against the horribly bad. The conflict, chaos and dispiritedness suffered by citizenry during these principles and value undermining times are the raw materials used by serious artists to - in my case- educate first, to extend bring calm to shared calamity, to offer meaning sufficient to erase confusion and rebuild renewed American spirit to re-unify a viewing community at large. I do this didactic work in visual form.
    I share your concern. The mixture however, that your example avoids discussing is the intersection of human and the unwarranted free reign of the instrument of the internet.
    Today 0's 1's and pixels find protection but humans are held at ever higher levels of responsibility prortionate to the evils that are therein the internet!
    ""...free to look at pictures others find offensive. But if it’s a photo of a child who’s being exploited, then there’s more at stake than just the liberty of the viewer."" While in the pursuit of an advanced degree my project explored reasonable, technically viable, afforable and realistic methods to introduce protective cyber hygeine for every home against these "photos" that you mention as example. The individual is left to absorb all the responsibility where in these "photos" cases, Google is not mentioned and not mentioned or considered but they Google are the source! I proposed to make art work for my Master Fine Arts Degree (Ph D equivalent in the art discipline) to expose that the internet today is unfit for human consumption due to two laws protecting its "unfettered growth". Thats pretty stupid considering that this is the very instrument that houses 60% if not more of all these "photos" These are added to at the rate of 200 new images per month. The search engines are free from accountability, from the authorities and free from any responsibility to protect what are usually paying customers from cyber filth and sheer lack of cyber hygeine.
    Four types of persons utilize the internet Mr Huckabee: 1) Innocent Young people. 2) The curious 3) Experienced Researchers in pursuit of an advanced degree and 45 years of teaching, military service and art exhibition. 4) The sick persons in search of " photos" of the type you describe.
    The moral lapse stems out of ""guaranteed unfettered growth"" attitude, and lack of any concern toward responsibility to sheild the public from visual contamination. This falls upon the search engines and internet providers not the paying users as individuals do not control internet content. Furthermore, The FBI lurks within the internet as well doing nothing to prevent this avoidable contamination but rather to "catch someone in a thought police type of crime" even as images surface for no specified reason. In other words, the FBI likes porn in the internet and does nothing about it or acts as distributor again worse yet then the photos temselves. Again, my proposals to in advance protect the American home from unwanted or accidental imagery or cyber- filth. All mybproposals are feasible but avoided by FBI in lieu of creating fake crimes to charge innocent people listed in 1, 2&3 above. That unhelpful and even sinister posture I must say, is the epitome of pornographic.
    If you wish to learn more I can be reached at 951-836-2008.

  • Dennis Moen

    07/02/2018 01:08 PM

    Re. Separating children from children of illegal immigrants: Why should a person suspected of, or convicted of, illegal activity expect to have their children accompany them to jail? For example, if a parent drives a vehicle while intoxicated, they will spend a period of time in jail to sober up, but no one would expect the child to be kept with the parent. Why then should it be expected for illegal immigrants?

  • Carol D. Gaglione

    07/02/2018 01:05 PM

    We love you, Gov Huckabee. I subscribe to your Evening Edition and my husband and I watch your TV show every Saturday night. We hold onto the moral standards we were brought up with. Of course, we are old. I'm 80 and my husband is 83. I'm kinda glad we are at the winter of our lives and will soon go to Heaven. We remember the days when our country held onto moral standards. So many now have turned away from God. What we see now is "relativism" where so many want to make up their own rules. Imagine if we did that when driving our cars and trucks etc. I agree with everything you just said. I firmly believe if we could stop legal abortion, our God would help us more. I pray for our country, our American citizens and President Trump. We have supported him all the way. Obama did not help our country.

  • Betty Lou Schwartz

    07/02/2018 01:05 PM

    Truth!!!! Thank you!

  • Paul Carlon

    07/02/2018 12:47 PM

    That was an extremely well written article and argument. Thanks you for your simple insights in what the media tries to paint as complicated.

  • Martin Juergensen

    07/02/2018 12:41 PM

    I enjoy your words in these news letters, and on this topic, there are so many more historical quotes being lost to time, such as this mention from John Adams, which confirm your thoughts shared to congruent with those of our nations founding fathers...
    "[W]e have no government armed with power capable of contending
    with human passions unbridled by morality and religion. . . . Our constitution
    was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the
    government of any other."
    (Source: John Adams, The Works of John Adams,
    Second President of the United States, Charles Francis Adams, editor (Boston:
    Little, Brown, and Co. 1854), Vol. IX, p. 229, October 11, 1798.)
    Thank you!

  • Esther Pierce

    07/02/2018 12:25 PM

    Morals make us all kinder and isn’t that our purpose here on earth, to help each other cope? There’s so much hate out there, I don’t know how our President can
    concentrate on the problems he deals with. Thank you Mike and your daughter fforkeeping common sense alive.

  • Catherine Susinno

    07/02/2018 12:18 PM

    God Bless u and all ur family! Ur writing's always make me feel like I'm listening to a Modern Day "Father Knows Best". U help to warm the heart, and I for one can breath better! BRAVO! Cathy Susinno

  • Daniel Alvies

    07/02/2018 12:12 PM

    You know I'm a Christian. I have Jesus for my savior. I like your writings. read most of them. This cake was good one.

  • Billy Lee Grubbs

    07/02/2018 12:10 PM

    Mike keep insuring our moral values to everyone because if we don’t have then you are correct total chaos and government takes over and no democracy ! Socialist state will exist! Fight it mike ! I enjoy your show on TBN! I wish you could be on a national network for more people would hear you ! God Bless You! May our USA be saved

  • Norman R. Able

    07/02/2018 12:06 PM

    You are right! Today's headlines certainly indicate that we're seeing an upswing in violence, and alarming decline morals. Everyone has the right, therefore, to uphold the moral standards you believe, even if others don't agree with you. You see, God has told us what's right & wrong, & when we ignore Him & turn our backs on His moral standards, we will pay a price. When people rebel against Him, & even when we know better, we often fall for Satan's lies. The Bible warns, " A man reaps what he sows." (Galatians 6:7) But that means we need to pray more for our country. After all, what would the world be like if we didn't pray, asking God to restrain evil & give wisdom to our leaders? Keep up the fantastic work. Lord bless richly and always, NRA

  • Mary Tomlin

    07/02/2018 11:57 AM

    You realize the moral decay when you see a news report showing a comment by a citizen and you can't even understand what is being said because every other word is bleeped out. Forgive my long run-on sentence.

  • Susan McDaliel

    07/02/2018 11:47 AM

    Great analogy with the cake and laws, yes, even moral laws. God bless.

Moral standards are necessary

July 2, 2018 |

We hear often these days that society shouldn’t have any absolute moral standards.  Imposing standards is oppressive, judgmental and outdated. Like Linus and the Great Pumpkin, it doesn’t matter what we choose to believe, as long as we’re really sincere in believing it.  Well, pardon me for pointing it out, but that’s…well, stupid (sorry, Linus!) 

 

There are all sorts of absolute standards to which we adhere.  A rock band might be filled with nonconformists, but they can’t each play in whatever key they feel like.  You might concede Hannibal Lecter’s sincere belief in cannibalism, but you wouldn’t go to his house for dinner.  It seems counter-intuitive, but freedom can’t work unless we all agree to abide by certain basic standards of right and wrong.  When we step outside those boundaries, chaos ensues.  That can leave a bad taste in your mouth, and I’m not still referring to Hannibal Lecter.  I like to illustrate the concept with a story from the days when my own kids were young.


 RELATED READING: Keep government limited


When my son John Mark was only 12, he decided one day to bake a cake.  My wife Janet and I returned home and were greeted by our son, proudly offering ol’ dad the first taste.  Well, it looked good, and I was already preparing some fatherly praise as I took that first bite.  But what came out of my mouth wasn’t words.  It was the cake.  It was so awful, I had to spit it out.  My first thought was that my son was trying to kill me for the insurance.

 

As soon as my tongue overcame its shock, I asked John Mark if he’d used a recipe.  He said he had, and he’d followed it to the letter.  Well, except that he didn’t know what a “dash” of salt meant, so he decided a cup of salt should be enough. 

 



Now, my son worked hard on that cake…he had the best of intentions…and he sincerely believed he’d done a good job.  But hard work, good intentions and sincere beliefs meant nothing once he decided he could make up his own measurement standards.  That’s literally a recipe for disaster.

 

Freedom can’t exist in a moral vacuum.  It makes some people uncomfortable to hear this, but without clear boundaries of right and wrong, the very concept of liberty breaks down.  A person might argue that he should be free to look at pictures others find offensive.  But if it’s a photo of a child who’s being exploited, then there’s more at stake than just the liberty of the viewer.  We’re currently having a big media controversy over whether to separate children from parents who cross the border illegally, but very few people bring up the fact that the parents chose to bring their children along as they knowingly violated federal immigration law.  


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Self-government can’t mean each of us lives by our own unique set of rules.  If that’s how you define liberty, then you’re just going to get less of it.  When people live outside the boundaries of a principled and agreed-upon moral code, it always leads to government that’s bigger and more intrusive, just to force people to do the right thing.  Not to mention creating an avalanche of lawsuits. 

 

If you think more lawyers and bigger government actually improve society, then I have a delicious cake recipe I’d like to sell you.  Then again, no…taking your money for that cake recipe would definitely be morally wrong. 

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  • Keith Smyth

    07/02/2018 04:24 PM

    I seem to observe that when a U.S. citizen, who happens to be a woman, is sent to prison here in the U.S. of A, aren't her kids separated from her? Don't believe they are allowed to bring the kids into jail or prison. Correct me if I am wrong, also, the illegals are knowingly dragging their children along on a very dangerous trek, knowing they will be separated, at least temporarily, if caught. Want to try that going into Mexico, anyone?

  • Dick Gozinya

    07/02/2018 03:31 PM

    I moved on her like a bitch, but I couldn’t get there. And she was married. Then all of a sudden I see her, she’s now got the big phony tits and everything. She’s totally changed her look." DJT 2005 POTUS!

  • Gayle Johnson

    07/02/2018 03:04 PM

    My comment is in response to Terry Nixon's (or was it Dixon?) response. I agree with every thing he said. However, his last sentence is a bit erroneous; the world was turned upside down in the Garden of Eden. God had set down HIS perfect standards "You can eat from every tree EXCEPT from the tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil. Then Satan showed up and deceived Eve by saying "Did God really say that?" and "When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it. " (Genesis 3:6 - NIV) and then they knew the knowledge of good and evil and they saw they were naked and were ashamed. THAT is when the world was turned upside down.

    Gayle from WI

  • David Colonna

    07/02/2018 03:00 PM

    Mike, God bless you and your whole family, for speaking the truth. We in Atlanta, GA had very embarassing protest stating there are no illegals. It just amazes me how any American citizen can say that with any conviction. However, when I see those liberal Democrats drive on our highways and local city streets I understand, because most if not all Liberals break the traffic laws 98% of the time. I know they support Ex-President Obama which they feel allows them to break any and every law since he did all 8 years. The other point I want to make is the Liberal Democrat protesters got violent for no "DARN" reason at all. Why is the devil so rampant in the Democrats, that party was never like this when I was a young child. It is absolutely disheartening and makes me want to cry, yes real men do cry... We all know who prevails in the end, God, but it really is hard to let so many fall down or end up in death instead of eternal life. How do we stop the bleeding?

  • Vicki L Kuhl

    07/02/2018 02:25 PM

    Why does the majority of protesters seemingly decide not to remember the simple fact that yes, the parents were the ones that put their childs life in danger by breaking the law? And then there should be no consequences? And then after breaking OUR law think that WE OWE THEM. And so many have been duped into this act of disobedience, believing we should then rescue the lawbreakers. Give ME a break! My grandpa came overseas to be an American. He didn't do it illegally! He followed the law and the pathway of citizenship. The U S is not denying immigrants. It is denying the illegal actions! It's simple! Yet so many can't see the hand in front of their own face.

  • Vicki L Kuhl

    07/02/2018 02:24 PM

    Why does the majority of protesters seemingly decide not to remember the simple fact that yes, the parents were the ones that put their childs life in danger by breaking the law? And then there should be no consequences? And then after breaking OUR law think that WE OWE THEM. And so many have been duped into this act of disobedience, believing we should then rescue the lawbreakers. Give ME a break! My grandpa came overseas to be an American. He didn't do it illegally! He followed the law and the pathway of citizenship. The U S is not denying immigrants. It is denying the illegal actions! It's simple! Yet so many can't see the hand in front of their own face.

  • William Bailey

    07/02/2018 02:22 PM

    Who should provide healthcare for workers the place where they work or government.
    should all companies that make a large profit have profit-sharing.
    Should small companies provide profit sharing as promoted by Thomas Jefferson.
    Should large companies provide retirement and profit sharing.
    Or should we be on our own for Medicare, retirement and getting profit sharing.
    do all people have the same amount of intelligence. can all people even with low intelligence provide themselves with all of the above or they just don't deserve any help. Who should help them the company they work for government or nobody.
    should all companies have to provide for the welfare of their employees as Thomas Jefferson suggested.
    Big government big profit small government this is where we're at how do we handle it. I would like your suggestion. But not all companies and not all workers are able to provide for themselves. we are not all born with the same intellectual abilities and college only helps us use what we have.

  • Joan Detherow

    07/02/2018 02:21 PM

    You said this so well. I believe the Ten Commandments and good manners should be the guide, along with the Bible, for a successful life. I do not understand how we got to this place in America where we have so many people who hate each other because of politics. We used to be able to talk to each other to disagree without fighting!

  • William McNeil

    07/02/2018 02:19 PM

    1. Moral Standards - Great article
    Even a young kid knows when someone breaks the rules of the game: "That's not fair"
    2. Whoever is telling Trump it would be "bad for him" if he fired Rosenstein is really giving him bad info. He's a great negotiator. He needs to tell him if and when or else! Those who do the hard work around the FBI & Justice dept. need to know where he stands and so do we.

  • Mike Smith

    07/02/2018 01:42 PM

    Hi Mike,
    Yes indeed. Understanding the need for moral standards is a keystone to civilized living. It's also important to realize that when a group within that civilization chooses to impose their morality upon others, things can get dicey. That's usually why civilized societies do understand that there are differences and will choose to accept some differences.

    There are other stories that can relate to the concept of standards, that are once accepted, might be renounced by a group. And members of other groups within the society feel they have been made victims of bait and switch.

    Thanks for your great stories!

  • April Allison-Garlow

    07/02/2018 01:20 PM

    Nobody considers the fact that if any of us put our child through the hell that these children endure, because of how their parents chose to enter illegally, it would be considered child abuse. If you bring a child along when you chose to commit a crime in this country, you are charged with child abuse, endangering the welfare of a child and neglect. You and your child are separated until a time when you are deemed fit to care for them--many times for years or forever. This information needs to get the the refugees ears before they make the choice to enter illegally.

  • April Allison-Garlow

    07/02/2018 01:18 PM

    Nobody considers the fact that if any of us put our child through the hell that these children endure, because of how their parents chose to enter illegally, it would be considered child abuse. If you bring a child along when you chose to commit a crime in this country, you are charged with child abuse, endangering the welfare of a child and neglect. You and your child are separated until a time when you are deemed fit to care for them--many times for years or forever. This information needs to get the the refugees ears before they make the choice to enter illegally.

  • Carlos Ramos

    07/02/2018 01:17 PM

    Mr Huckabee; You mention individual morality. I do not think an average individual struggles with maintaining a measurable, visible and genuine level of sound morals.
    As an American contemporary Fine Artist, it is my duty to define our culture especially in light if the conflux and confluence reflected in society during and post-obama. The really good against the horribly bad. The conflict, chaos and dispiritedness suffered by citizenry during these principles and value undermining times are the raw materials used by serious artists to - in my case- educate first, to extend bring calm to shared calamity, to offer meaning sufficient to erase confusion and rebuild renewed American spirit to re-unify a viewing community at large. I do this didactic work in visual form.
    I share your concern. The mixture however, that your example avoids discussing is the intersection of human and the unwarranted free reign of the instrument of the internet.
    Today 0's 1's and pixels find protection but humans are held at ever higher levels of responsibility prortionate to the evils that are therein the internet!
    ""...free to look at pictures others find offensive. But if it’s a photo of a child who’s being exploited, then there’s more at stake than just the liberty of the viewer."" While in the pursuit of an advanced degree my project explored reasonable, technically viable, afforable and realistic methods to introduce protective cyber hygeine for every home against these "photos" that you mention as example. The individual is left to absorb all the responsibility where in these "photos" cases, Google is not mentioned and not mentioned or considered but they Google are the source! I proposed to make art work for my Master Fine Arts Degree (Ph D equivalent in the art discipline) to expose that the internet today is unfit for human consumption due to two laws protecting its "unfettered growth". Thats pretty stupid considering that this is the very instrument that houses 60% if not more of all these "photos" These are added to at the rate of 200 new images per month. The search engines are free from accountability, from the authorities and free from any responsibility to protect what are usually paying customers from cyber filth and sheer lack of cyber hygeine.
    Four types of persons utilize the internet Mr Huckabee: 1) Innocent Young people. 2) The curious 3) Experienced Researchers in pursuit of an advanced degree and 45 years of teaching, military service and art exhibition. 4) The sick persons in search of " photos" of the type you describe.
    The moral lapse stems out of ""guaranteed unfettered growth"" attitude, and lack of any concern toward responsibility to sheild the public from visual contamination. This falls upon the search engines and internet providers not the paying users as individuals do not control internet content. Furthermore, The FBI lurks within the internet as well doing nothing to prevent this avoidable contamination but rather to "catch someone in a thought police type of crime" even as images surface for no specified reason. In other words, the FBI likes porn in the internet and does nothing about it or acts as distributor again worse yet then the photos temselves. Again, my proposals to in advance protect the American home from unwanted or accidental imagery or cyber- filth. All mybproposals are feasible but avoided by FBI in lieu of creating fake crimes to charge innocent people listed in 1, 2&3 above. That unhelpful and even sinister posture I must say, is the epitome of pornographic.
    If you wish to learn more I can be reached at 951-836-2008.

  • Dennis Moen

    07/02/2018 01:08 PM

    Re. Separating children from children of illegal immigrants: Why should a person suspected of, or convicted of, illegal activity expect to have their children accompany them to jail? For example, if a parent drives a vehicle while intoxicated, they will spend a period of time in jail to sober up, but no one would expect the child to be kept with the parent. Why then should it be expected for illegal immigrants?

  • Carol D. Gaglione

    07/02/2018 01:05 PM

    We love you, Gov Huckabee. I subscribe to your Evening Edition and my husband and I watch your TV show every Saturday night. We hold onto the moral standards we were brought up with. Of course, we are old. I'm 80 and my husband is 83. I'm kinda glad we are at the winter of our lives and will soon go to Heaven. We remember the days when our country held onto moral standards. So many now have turned away from God. What we see now is "relativism" where so many want to make up their own rules. Imagine if we did that when driving our cars and trucks etc. I agree with everything you just said. I firmly believe if we could stop legal abortion, our God would help us more. I pray for our country, our American citizens and President Trump. We have supported him all the way. Obama did not help our country.

  • Betty Lou Schwartz

    07/02/2018 01:05 PM

    Truth!!!! Thank you!

  • Paul Carlon

    07/02/2018 12:47 PM

    That was an extremely well written article and argument. Thanks you for your simple insights in what the media tries to paint as complicated.

  • Martin Juergensen

    07/02/2018 12:41 PM

    I enjoy your words in these news letters, and on this topic, there are so many more historical quotes being lost to time, such as this mention from John Adams, which confirm your thoughts shared to congruent with those of our nations founding fathers...
    "[W]e have no government armed with power capable of contending
    with human passions unbridled by morality and religion. . . . Our constitution
    was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the
    government of any other."
    (Source: John Adams, The Works of John Adams,
    Second President of the United States, Charles Francis Adams, editor (Boston:
    Little, Brown, and Co. 1854), Vol. IX, p. 229, October 11, 1798.)
    Thank you!

  • Esther Pierce

    07/02/2018 12:25 PM

    Morals make us all kinder and isn’t that our purpose here on earth, to help each other cope? There’s so much hate out there, I don’t know how our President can
    concentrate on the problems he deals with. Thank you Mike and your daughter fforkeeping common sense alive.

  • Catherine Susinno

    07/02/2018 12:18 PM

    God Bless u and all ur family! Ur writing's always make me feel like I'm listening to a Modern Day "Father Knows Best". U help to warm the heart, and I for one can breath better! BRAVO! Cathy Susinno

  • Daniel Alvies

    07/02/2018 12:12 PM

    You know I'm a Christian. I have Jesus for my savior. I like your writings. read most of them. This cake was good one.

  • Billy Lee Grubbs

    07/02/2018 12:10 PM

    Mike keep insuring our moral values to everyone because if we don’t have then you are correct total chaos and government takes over and no democracy ! Socialist state will exist! Fight it mike ! I enjoy your show on TBN! I wish you could be on a national network for more people would hear you ! God Bless You! May our USA be saved

  • Norman R. Able

    07/02/2018 12:06 PM

    You are right! Today's headlines certainly indicate that we're seeing an upswing in violence, and alarming decline morals. Everyone has the right, therefore, to uphold the moral standards you believe, even if others don't agree with you. You see, God has told us what's right & wrong, & when we ignore Him & turn our backs on His moral standards, we will pay a price. When people rebel against Him, & even when we know better, we often fall for Satan's lies. The Bible warns, " A man reaps what he sows." (Galatians 6:7) But that means we need to pray more for our country. After all, what would the world be like if we didn't pray, asking God to restrain evil & give wisdom to our leaders? Keep up the fantastic work. Lord bless richly and always, NRA

  • Mary Tomlin

    07/02/2018 11:57 AM

    You realize the moral decay when you see a news report showing a comment by a citizen and you can't even understand what is being said because every other word is bleeped out. Forgive my long run-on sentence.

  • Susan McDaliel

    07/02/2018 11:47 AM

    Great analogy with the cake and laws, yes, even moral laws. God bless.

Moral standards are necessary

July 2, 2018 |

We hear often these days that society shouldn’t have any absolute moral standards.  Imposing standards is oppressive, judgmental and outdated. Like Linus and the Great Pumpkin, it doesn’t matter what we choose to believe, as long as we’re really sincere in believing it.  Well, pardon me for pointing it out, but that’s…well, stupid (sorry, Linus!) 

 

There are all sorts of absolute standards to which we adhere.  A rock band might be filled with nonconformists, but they can’t each play in whatever key they feel like.  You might concede Hannibal Lecter’s sincere belief in cannibalism, but you wouldn’t go to his house for dinner.  It seems counter-intuitive, but freedom can’t work unless we all agree to abide by certain basic standards of right and wrong.  When we step outside those boundaries, chaos ensues.  That can leave a bad taste in your mouth, and I’m not still referring to Hannibal Lecter.  I like to illustrate the concept with a story from the days when my own kids were young.


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When my son John Mark was only 12, he decided one day to bake a cake.  My wife Janet and I returned home and were greeted by our son, proudly offering ol’ dad the first taste.  Well, it looked good, and I was already preparing some fatherly praise as I took that first bite.  But what came out of my mouth wasn’t words.  It was the cake.  It was so awful, I had to spit it out.  My first thought was that my son was trying to kill me for the insurance.

 

As soon as my tongue overcame its shock, I asked John Mark if he’d used a recipe.  He said he had, and he’d followed it to the letter.  Well, except that he didn’t know what a “dash” of salt meant, so he decided a cup of salt should be enough. 

 



Now, my son worked hard on that cake…he had the best of intentions…and he sincerely believed he’d done a good job.  But hard work, good intentions and sincere beliefs meant nothing once he decided he could make up his own measurement standards.  That’s literally a recipe for disaster.

 

Freedom can’t exist in a moral vacuum.  It makes some people uncomfortable to hear this, but without clear boundaries of right and wrong, the very concept of liberty breaks down.  A person might argue that he should be free to look at pictures others find offensive.  But if it’s a photo of a child who’s being exploited, then there’s more at stake than just the liberty of the viewer.  We’re currently having a big media controversy over whether to separate children from parents who cross the border illegally, but very few people bring up the fact that the parents chose to bring their children along as they knowingly violated federal immigration law.  


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Self-government can’t mean each of us lives by our own unique set of rules.  If that’s how you define liberty, then you’re just going to get less of it.  When people live outside the boundaries of a principled and agreed-upon moral code, it always leads to government that’s bigger and more intrusive, just to force people to do the right thing.  Not to mention creating an avalanche of lawsuits. 

 

If you think more lawyers and bigger government actually improve society, then I have a delicious cake recipe I’d like to sell you.  Then again, no…taking your money for that cake recipe would definitely be morally wrong. 

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  • Keith Smyth

    07/02/2018 04:24 PM

    I seem to observe that when a U.S. citizen, who happens to be a woman, is sent to prison here in the U.S. of A, aren't her kids separated from her? Don't believe they are allowed to bring the kids into jail or prison. Correct me if I am wrong, also, the illegals are knowingly dragging their children along on a very dangerous trek, knowing they will be separated, at least temporarily, if caught. Want to try that going into Mexico, anyone?

  • Dick Gozinya

    07/02/2018 03:31 PM

    I moved on her like a bitch, but I couldn’t get there. And she was married. Then all of a sudden I see her, she’s now got the big phony tits and everything. She’s totally changed her look." DJT 2005 POTUS!

  • Gayle Johnson

    07/02/2018 03:04 PM

    My comment is in response to Terry Nixon's (or was it Dixon?) response. I agree with every thing he said. However, his last sentence is a bit erroneous; the world was turned upside down in the Garden of Eden. God had set down HIS perfect standards "You can eat from every tree EXCEPT from the tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil. Then Satan showed up and deceived Eve by saying "Did God really say that?" and "When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it. " (Genesis 3:6 - NIV) and then they knew the knowledge of good and evil and they saw they were naked and were ashamed. THAT is when the world was turned upside down.

    Gayle from WI

  • David Colonna

    07/02/2018 03:00 PM

    Mike, God bless you and your whole family, for speaking the truth. We in Atlanta, GA had very embarassing protest stating there are no illegals. It just amazes me how any American citizen can say that with any conviction. However, when I see those liberal Democrats drive on our highways and local city streets I understand, because most if not all Liberals break the traffic laws 98% of the time. I know they support Ex-President Obama which they feel allows them to break any and every law since he did all 8 years. The other point I want to make is the Liberal Democrat protesters got violent for no "DARN" reason at all. Why is the devil so rampant in the Democrats, that party was never like this when I was a young child. It is absolutely disheartening and makes me want to cry, yes real men do cry... We all know who prevails in the end, God, but it really is hard to let so many fall down or end up in death instead of eternal life. How do we stop the bleeding?

  • Vicki L Kuhl

    07/02/2018 02:25 PM

    Why does the majority of protesters seemingly decide not to remember the simple fact that yes, the parents were the ones that put their childs life in danger by breaking the law? And then there should be no consequences? And then after breaking OUR law think that WE OWE THEM. And so many have been duped into this act of disobedience, believing we should then rescue the lawbreakers. Give ME a break! My grandpa came overseas to be an American. He didn't do it illegally! He followed the law and the pathway of citizenship. The U S is not denying immigrants. It is denying the illegal actions! It's simple! Yet so many can't see the hand in front of their own face.

  • Vicki L Kuhl

    07/02/2018 02:24 PM

    Why does the majority of protesters seemingly decide not to remember the simple fact that yes, the parents were the ones that put their childs life in danger by breaking the law? And then there should be no consequences? And then after breaking OUR law think that WE OWE THEM. And so many have been duped into this act of disobedience, believing we should then rescue the lawbreakers. Give ME a break! My grandpa came overseas to be an American. He didn't do it illegally! He followed the law and the pathway of citizenship. The U S is not denying immigrants. It is denying the illegal actions! It's simple! Yet so many can't see the hand in front of their own face.

  • William Bailey

    07/02/2018 02:22 PM

    Who should provide healthcare for workers the place where they work or government.
    should all companies that make a large profit have profit-sharing.
    Should small companies provide profit sharing as promoted by Thomas Jefferson.
    Should large companies provide retirement and profit sharing.
    Or should we be on our own for Medicare, retirement and getting profit sharing.
    do all people have the same amount of intelligence. can all people even with low intelligence provide themselves with all of the above or they just don't deserve any help. Who should help them the company they work for government or nobody.
    should all companies have to provide for the welfare of their employees as Thomas Jefferson suggested.
    Big government big profit small government this is where we're at how do we handle it. I would like your suggestion. But not all companies and not all workers are able to provide for themselves. we are not all born with the same intellectual abilities and college only helps us use what we have.

  • Joan Detherow

    07/02/2018 02:21 PM

    You said this so well. I believe the Ten Commandments and good manners should be the guide, along with the Bible, for a successful life. I do not understand how we got to this place in America where we have so many people who hate each other because of politics. We used to be able to talk to each other to disagree without fighting!

  • William McNeil

    07/02/2018 02:19 PM

    1. Moral Standards - Great article
    Even a young kid knows when someone breaks the rules of the game: "That's not fair"
    2. Whoever is telling Trump it would be "bad for him" if he fired Rosenstein is really giving him bad info. He's a great negotiator. He needs to tell him if and when or else! Those who do the hard work around the FBI & Justice dept. need to know where he stands and so do we.

  • Mike Smith

    07/02/2018 01:42 PM

    Hi Mike,
    Yes indeed. Understanding the need for moral standards is a keystone to civilized living. It's also important to realize that when a group within that civilization chooses to impose their morality upon others, things can get dicey. That's usually why civilized societies do understand that there are differences and will choose to accept some differences.

    There are other stories that can relate to the concept of standards, that are once accepted, might be renounced by a group. And members of other groups within the society feel they have been made victims of bait and switch.

    Thanks for your great stories!

  • April Allison-Garlow

    07/02/2018 01:20 PM

    Nobody considers the fact that if any of us put our child through the hell that these children endure, because of how their parents chose to enter illegally, it would be considered child abuse. If you bring a child along when you chose to commit a crime in this country, you are charged with child abuse, endangering the welfare of a child and neglect. You and your child are separated until a time when you are deemed fit to care for them--many times for years or forever. This information needs to get the the refugees ears before they make the choice to enter illegally.

  • April Allison-Garlow

    07/02/2018 01:18 PM

    Nobody considers the fact that if any of us put our child through the hell that these children endure, because of how their parents chose to enter illegally, it would be considered child abuse. If you bring a child along when you chose to commit a crime in this country, you are charged with child abuse, endangering the welfare of a child and neglect. You and your child are separated until a time when you are deemed fit to care for them--many times for years or forever. This information needs to get the the refugees ears before they make the choice to enter illegally.

  • Carlos Ramos

    07/02/2018 01:17 PM

    Mr Huckabee; You mention individual morality. I do not think an average individual struggles with maintaining a measurable, visible and genuine level of sound morals.
    As an American contemporary Fine Artist, it is my duty to define our culture especially in light if the conflux and confluence reflected in society during and post-obama. The really good against the horribly bad. The conflict, chaos and dispiritedness suffered by citizenry during these principles and value undermining times are the raw materials used by serious artists to - in my case- educate first, to extend bring calm to shared calamity, to offer meaning sufficient to erase confusion and rebuild renewed American spirit to re-unify a viewing community at large. I do this didactic work in visual form.
    I share your concern. The mixture however, that your example avoids discussing is the intersection of human and the unwarranted free reign of the instrument of the internet.
    Today 0's 1's and pixels find protection but humans are held at ever higher levels of responsibility prortionate to the evils that are therein the internet!
    ""...free to look at pictures others find offensive. But if it’s a photo of a child who’s being exploited, then there’s more at stake than just the liberty of the viewer."" While in the pursuit of an advanced degree my project explored reasonable, technically viable, afforable and realistic methods to introduce protective cyber hygeine for every home against these "photos" that you mention as example. The individual is left to absorb all the responsibility where in these "photos" cases, Google is not mentioned and not mentioned or considered but they Google are the source! I proposed to make art work for my Master Fine Arts Degree (Ph D equivalent in the art discipline) to expose that the internet today is unfit for human consumption due to two laws protecting its "unfettered growth". Thats pretty stupid considering that this is the very instrument that houses 60% if not more of all these "photos" These are added to at the rate of 200 new images per month. The search engines are free from accountability, from the authorities and free from any responsibility to protect what are usually paying customers from cyber filth and sheer lack of cyber hygeine.
    Four types of persons utilize the internet Mr Huckabee: 1) Innocent Young people. 2) The curious 3) Experienced Researchers in pursuit of an advanced degree and 45 years of teaching, military service and art exhibition. 4) The sick persons in search of " photos" of the type you describe.
    The moral lapse stems out of ""guaranteed unfettered growth"" attitude, and lack of any concern toward responsibility to sheild the public from visual contamination. This falls upon the search engines and internet providers not the paying users as individuals do not control internet content. Furthermore, The FBI lurks within the internet as well doing nothing to prevent this avoidable contamination but rather to "catch someone in a thought police type of crime" even as images surface for no specified reason. In other words, the FBI likes porn in the internet and does nothing about it or acts as distributor again worse yet then the photos temselves. Again, my proposals to in advance protect the American home from unwanted or accidental imagery or cyber- filth. All mybproposals are feasible but avoided by FBI in lieu of creating fake crimes to charge innocent people listed in 1, 2&3 above. That unhelpful and even sinister posture I must say, is the epitome of pornographic.
    If you wish to learn more I can be reached at 951-836-2008.

  • Dennis Moen

    07/02/2018 01:08 PM

    Re. Separating children from children of illegal immigrants: Why should a person suspected of, or convicted of, illegal activity expect to have their children accompany them to jail? For example, if a parent drives a vehicle while intoxicated, they will spend a period of time in jail to sober up, but no one would expect the child to be kept with the parent. Why then should it be expected for illegal immigrants?

  • Carol D. Gaglione

    07/02/2018 01:05 PM

    We love you, Gov Huckabee. I subscribe to your Evening Edition and my husband and I watch your TV show every Saturday night. We hold onto the moral standards we were brought up with. Of course, we are old. I'm 80 and my husband is 83. I'm kinda glad we are at the winter of our lives and will soon go to Heaven. We remember the days when our country held onto moral standards. So many now have turned away from God. What we see now is "relativism" where so many want to make up their own rules. Imagine if we did that when driving our cars and trucks etc. I agree with everything you just said. I firmly believe if we could stop legal abortion, our God would help us more. I pray for our country, our American citizens and President Trump. We have supported him all the way. Obama did not help our country.

  • Betty Lou Schwartz

    07/02/2018 01:05 PM

    Truth!!!! Thank you!

  • Paul Carlon

    07/02/2018 12:47 PM

    That was an extremely well written article and argument. Thanks you for your simple insights in what the media tries to paint as complicated.

  • Martin Juergensen

    07/02/2018 12:41 PM

    I enjoy your words in these news letters, and on this topic, there are so many more historical quotes being lost to time, such as this mention from John Adams, which confirm your thoughts shared to congruent with those of our nations founding fathers...
    "[W]e have no government armed with power capable of contending
    with human passions unbridled by morality and religion. . . . Our constitution
    was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the
    government of any other."
    (Source: John Adams, The Works of John Adams,
    Second President of the United States, Charles Francis Adams, editor (Boston:
    Little, Brown, and Co. 1854), Vol. IX, p. 229, October 11, 1798.)
    Thank you!

  • Esther Pierce

    07/02/2018 12:25 PM

    Morals make us all kinder and isn’t that our purpose here on earth, to help each other cope? There’s so much hate out there, I don’t know how our President can
    concentrate on the problems he deals with. Thank you Mike and your daughter fforkeeping common sense alive.

  • Catherine Susinno

    07/02/2018 12:18 PM

    God Bless u and all ur family! Ur writing's always make me feel like I'm listening to a Modern Day "Father Knows Best". U help to warm the heart, and I for one can breath better! BRAVO! Cathy Susinno

  • Daniel Alvies

    07/02/2018 12:12 PM

    You know I'm a Christian. I have Jesus for my savior. I like your writings. read most of them. This cake was good one.

  • Billy Lee Grubbs

    07/02/2018 12:10 PM

    Mike keep insuring our moral values to everyone because if we don’t have then you are correct total chaos and government takes over and no democracy ! Socialist state will exist! Fight it mike ! I enjoy your show on TBN! I wish you could be on a national network for more people would hear you ! God Bless You! May our USA be saved

  • Norman R. Able

    07/02/2018 12:06 PM

    You are right! Today's headlines certainly indicate that we're seeing an upswing in violence, and alarming decline morals. Everyone has the right, therefore, to uphold the moral standards you believe, even if others don't agree with you. You see, God has told us what's right & wrong, & when we ignore Him & turn our backs on His moral standards, we will pay a price. When people rebel against Him, & even when we know better, we often fall for Satan's lies. The Bible warns, " A man reaps what he sows." (Galatians 6:7) But that means we need to pray more for our country. After all, what would the world be like if we didn't pray, asking God to restrain evil & give wisdom to our leaders? Keep up the fantastic work. Lord bless richly and always, NRA

  • Mary Tomlin

    07/02/2018 11:57 AM

    You realize the moral decay when you see a news report showing a comment by a citizen and you can't even understand what is being said because every other word is bleeped out. Forgive my long run-on sentence.

  • Susan McDaliel

    07/02/2018 11:47 AM

    Great analogy with the cake and laws, yes, even moral laws. God bless.