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As I can tell from the outpouring of kind messages (much appreciated!), I’m sure you’ve already heard the news that my daughter, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, will be stepping down as White House Press Secretary at the end of June. I know that many people are disappointed that she’s leaving, but remember: she’s not only held one of the highest-pressure jobs in Washington for two years while raising a family, but prior to that, she was the Deputy Press Secretary, worked on the Trump campaign, and helped run my 2016 campaign. That’s a long time to spend on the political treadmill without a break.
I agree with you that she’s been the best person ever to hold that job, and she’s held it under some of the most trying conditions in history. I once thought that her lifetime of growing up and working in politics made her uniquely qualified for the job. I didn’t realize that her experience as a mother of three in dealing with unruly toddlers would turn out to be her most valuable asset, as she daily had to face a White House Press Corps that had devolved from professional adult journalists into a pack of angry children throwing a never-ending tantrum because their preferred candidate lost.
Outside the White House, the tantrums continued, as enlightened liberals from the cable news channels to the late night shows to the White House Correspondents’ Dinner targeted her with some of the most hateful, vitriolic, personal and sexist insults imaginable. Even the owner of an undistinguished restaurant (who apparently doesn’t know what the phrase “hospitality industry” means) demanded that she and her family leave, just to virtue-signal her own pettiness to her leftist friends. I’m immensely proud of her not only for how well she did her job, but how she handled all the unfair criticism. Sarah stood up to this unprecedented onslaught of ugly, childish insults with calm grace and dignity. Fortunately, there is no shortage of places where she is appreciated and welcomed (I’ll point out that last week, she dined with the Queen of England, which I daresay was a big step up from that unfriendly chicken joint.)
Laura Ainsworth: Why I still predict Michelle O will be the Democrat nominee
By Laura Ainsworth
My prediction all along for the Democrat presidential nomination has been someone who hasn't yet been part of the conversation: Michelle Obama. An observation by Martha McCallum on her Wednesday FOX News show gave me even more reason to believe this.
It seems that former members of the Obama administration are not speaking very positively about Ol’ Joe. Martha found it curious that Biden wasn’t getting more enthusiastic support from Obama himself and from the people who used to work closely with both of them at the White House.
With or without this consideration, I think we’d all agree that Biden has had a bad week with the “progressive” base…
Happy Flag Day
By Mike Huckabee
Happy Flag Day, everyone! Flag Day is celebrated every year on June 14th, the anniversary of the date in 1777 when the first, Betsy Ross version of Old Glory, featuring 13 stripes and a circle of 13 stars to represent the first 13 states, was officially adopted as the United States flag. Flag Day is not only a celebration of the flag itself, but of all that it represents, and of all the men and women across more than two centuries who have given their lives to protect those rights and freedoms.
There are varying accounts of where the first Flag Day observances began, but we can thank the Elks Club for bringing it to national awareness. The Elks designated June 14th as Flag Day in 1907. President Woodrow Wilson recognized the Elks' observance in 1916; and President Harry Truman, himself an Elk, made it an official national holiday in 1949.
The Elks also made it mandatory for each lodge to hold an annual Flag Day ceremony, to help teach members, guests and especially young people the history and importance of the flag and how it is to be honored (believe it or not, you don’t honor the flag by taking a knee when you see it, or leaving the room in a huff when the Pledge of Allegiance to it is recited. Acting like a disrespectful jerk toward the flag is something we have the freedom to do because of all the people who sacrificed so much to secure it – which is why Americans should not exercise their right to act like disrespectful jerks toward the flag.)
Some lodges have already held this year’s events, but others are going on today. I hope you’ll search the Internet to see if your local Elks club is holding a Flag Day ceremony today and take your kids. It’s never too early for them to learn the history of this great nation, what the flag (actually, flags) that have flown over it stand for, and why they should show respect for the Stars and Stripes.
On a personal note, thanks to the Fort Worth, Texas, Elks Club for staging a wonderful patriotic ceremony last Sunday attended by “Huckabee” writers Pat Reeder and Laura Ainsworth, as well as a number of veterans and active duty military and ROTC members. Laura was invited to sing the National Anthem and performed a stunning acapella version. Pictured are Laura and Elks Chaplain Charles Lew, the writer of the program and, like Laura, also a singer of standards.
At the link, this year’s proclamation from President Trump, denoting today as Flag Day and this week as National Flag Week.
The difference between a right and a privilege
By Mike Huckabee
One of the hallmarks of the modern left is their utter inability to understand the difference between a right and a privilege. They seem to think that a “right” refers to anything they really, really want, while a “privilege” is the unfair advantage enjoyed by people who actually work to get the things that they want.
In truth, a “right” is something God-given (which is why they can’t “repeal” the Second Amendment – the Bill of Rights doesn’t “grant” rights to citizens from the government; it affirms that these rights naturally belong to all people and the government can’t take them away.) Also, exercising a right doesn’t require infringing on other people’s rights. For instance, you have a “right” to free speech. You don’t have a right to demand that your speech be carried on expensive national TV time. Likewise, you don’t have a “right” to free health care because that would require forcing doctors to give you something of value, infringing on their rights. You may claim it’s a privilege that the government should provide, but by definition, it can’t be a “right.”
As if to illustrate “Democratic” socialists’ ignorance of these concepts, a top aide to Bernie Sanders has just issued a “21st Century Economic Bill of Rights.” You can read the whole list here:
If you guessed that it confuses rights with privileges you have to earn, you’ve won the “right” to a free cigar. Included on the list are the “right” to health care, affordable housing and a good job. I'm amazed that he didn't include a "right" to a free car, an open bar and a lifetime pass to Disney World.
The link also includes more discussion of the differences between a right and a privilege, which Bernie and everyone even thinking of voting for him should read carefully. Because when it comes right down to it, the only “right” that socialists truly believe in is their right to your money.
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Great reader responses to breaking State Department story
By Mike Huckabee
Here's a great real-life analogy from Thomas P. sparked by Wednesday’s commentary about the Obama State Department…
Governor, when I was a young man, I worked on a pipeline in Mississippi, and I rented an upstairs room in an old house. The room had a light with a pull chain right over the bed. The first night, I went to bed and turned out the light, [and] in a few minutes I heard a scratching noise. I turned on the light and there were hundreds of roaches on the walls, [but] within one minute not a one in sight.
Needless to say, that light never went out again at night. I know the roaches were there but they were afraid of the light! There will always be roaches in Washington, but, thankfully, the light is coming on!
Thank you for your hand on the chain, along with others.
From the Gov:
Thanks so much for your insight, and I hope you sleep a lot more comfortably these days! It’s true, there will always be roaches. I’m sure you share my hope that at the end of Barr’s investigation the biggest ones, at least, will wind up at the “Roach Motel” (that’s jail), but there will always be more to take their place.
The light obviously went out at the State Department, but –- for now, at least –- it’s back on. Of course, it goes without saying that (shudder) President Hilary would have made sure the light stayed off, probably smashing the light bulb with a hammer, just in case...
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Ordinarily, I wouldn’t cover this kind of personal scandal accusation against a Congress member, but this story makes two points that are worthy of note, completely aside from the member’s alleged behavior:
1. Real investigative journalism is still alive and well at the local and independent levels, even if many national outlets have devolved into partisan PR agencies that trumpet unsourced rumors about Republicans while ignoring accusations against Democrats, particularly prominent, far-left, minority Democrats.
2. The Democrats in Congress are demanding to sift through every record of Donald Trump, his businesses, his family and his friends going back 10 years, on a Captain Ahab-like quest to find something – anything! – to impeach him for. But when you have an actual reason to request records from one of them to prove that they haven’t committed a specific crime, you are met with the kind of impenetrable stone wall you only wish they’d agree to build at our Southern border.
For those nostalgic for the Obama/Biden years, a reminder of what it was like under the most transparent, scandal-and-lie-free Administration in history: a new report claims that just hours before President Trump took office, hundreds of documents and speeches related to immigration policy dating back to 2004 were suddenly deleted from the ICE website.
The reason for all the secrecy is not known, but it’s speculated that because many of the documents and speeches were critical of sanctuary cities and illegal immigration, someone didn’t want Trump to be able to point to Obama’s record to support his policies. That might interfere with one of the standard media tropes of the Trump era: that everything Trump does is not only bad/evil but unprecedented, even when he’s doing the same thing Obama did that never raised an eyebrow on CNN (I refer to the correspondents who haven’t had so much Botox that they’re unable to raise an eyebrow.)
Yet another update to the fast-moving Pinterest pro-abortion bias/ censorship story:
First, Twitter got into the truth-smothering act by suspending Project Veritas for reporting the story. Now, YouTube (owned by Google) has censored the video of the Pinterest employee who blew the whistle on the company's bias.
Fortunately, you can still get the story at Fox News' site:
And just in case the tech titans insist on continuing to ramp up this game of "I dare you to bust us up and regulate us as public utilities," I'll remind you again that you can tell Twitter to go suck eggs and still follow me on the pro-free speech site www.Parler.com at @MikeHuckabee.
Latest effort to attack Trump staffers by weaponizing the legal system: claim that it's a violation of the Hatch Act for a federal official to exercise her First Amendment right to say things that are demonstrably true.
This is a no-brainer tactic for Washington Democrats since there's no downside for them in making it illegal for federal officials to be honest. But they might want to think twice before accusing Kellyanne Conway of trying to illegally influence elections just by pointing out what Democrats actually say, do and are. They should remember that their last Presidential candidate was Hillary "Fusion GPS/$10 million Russian Dossier/Bleached private email server" Clinton. Are they really sure they want to start demanding strict enforcement of laws governing federal officials?
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