THE EVENING EDITION By Mike Huckabee
Good evening! Here are some stories I think you will find interesting.
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2. Democrats and the media, I repeat myself, work to make a mountain out of January 6th:
I don’t envy the poor media handmaidens of the Democratic Party having to try to convince their viewers that the violence last January 6th was the worst thing to happen in the history of ever. The Democrats are trying to turn this into the biggest melodrama since Hollywood was turning out Technicolor tearjerkers like “Magnificent Obsession,” but it’s coming across more as “Ridiculous Obsession.” As the Federalist notes, it’s clear that it's not about “protecting democracy,” it’s about branding their political opponents as domestic terrorists so they can silence them.
But how can the media make this fake “insurrection” seem as historically horrific as the Dems are making it out to be? Especially since, as Todd Starnes pointed out, a full year later, not a single person has been charged with insurrection, sedition or treason.
Well, one way is just to flat-out lie about it, like Joy Reid of MSNBC, who repeated the debunked claim that officer Brian Sicknick died of injuries inflicted by protesters. He actually died the next day of a stroke.
(Note to Twitter: I believe you call this “misinformation,” and ban people for spreading it. So why is Joy Reid still on Twitter?)
You’ll also likely see a lot of references to at least five people dying that day, without telling you that they’re including people who died of natural causes and who weren’t even in the Capitol. The only person who died a violent death in the Capitol was Ashli Babbitt, an unarmed protester shot in cold blood by a Capitol Police officer.
That’s worthy of further investigation, along with the bad decisions of people in charge of security that day, but since those people include DC’s Democrat mayor and Nancy Pelosi, we’re still getting nothing but stonewalling from that sector.
So what are the Democrats doing to goose their ratings? They’re trying to force a personality from a news channel people actually watch, Sean Hannity, to testify to their committee.
Hannity was nowhere near the Capitol, had nothing to do with the violence, and condemned it on his show. But they want to grill him about his private texts with Trump and other sources close to him, to try to bolster their nonsense claim that Trump was planning a violent insurrection. This is dangerously close to stomping on the First Amendment protection of freedom of the press, but somehow, I doubt that protecting Constitutional rights of conservatives is a major concern for the people involved in this committee.
3. Back to remote learning for Chicago:
Despite President Biden urging schools to stay open, the Chicago teachers’ union voted to return to remote learning due to the Omicron COVID case surge.
It reminds me of an observation I saw recently, that this was the first time our society has expected our children to sacrifice to protect adults.
Maybe it’s time for voters, especially parents, in every state to demand programs like one just created by Arizona Gov. Doug Doucey. It would provide resources for parents when schools refuse to do their job, even allowing them to take their state school funding and give it to another school if the one their child attends closes for even one day. It’s a first step to establishing that if schools refuse to open, then parents should have the right to take their education dollars elsewhere.
It’s also a reminder that public education funds do not exist to fund schools that don’t open and teachers who refuse to come to work. They’re there to provide kids with an education. If some educators refuse to educate, then the money should go to those who will.
4. Cuomo Update:
It’s good to be a Cuomo, at least in New York. This week, the Manhattan DA officially closed his investigation of former Gov. Andrew Cuomo over the needless deaths of residents of nursing homes forced to take in COVID patients, with no plans to file charges. Shortly afterward, the Albany County D.A.’s office announced that it was closing its investigation of sexual harassment allegations against Cuomo. They said that while they found his accuser “cooperative and credible,” they didn’t think they could meet the burden of proof to a jury.
So I assume from the way that Cuomo’s people are treating this as vindication that some Democrats do still believe in due process, at least when it applies to Democrats.
For those disgusted by this news, I will note that there are still ongoing investigations of the nursing home/cover-up scandal at other levels of government, and Cuomo’s harassment accuser still has the option of filing a civil lawsuit, which her attorney says she “will do in due course.”
5. Meet The New Boss, Same As The Old Boss…:
If you think that Andrew Cuomo got special treatment by the Manhattan D.A.’s office, this should set your mind at ease. The new Manhattan D.A. Alvin Bragg just basically announced that every criminal and miscreant in NYC will be getting off scot-free from now on. How very Democratic of him!
This is because one of Bragg’s top priorities is to minimize the “impacts of incarceration,” which I assume include “reducing crime.” Note to New Yorkers: you keep voting for Democrats and expecting a different result. Albert Einstein would call that the definition of “insanity.”
6. "Snow job" in Virginia:
A lot of finger-pointing is taking place amid Virginia state officials, placing blame for lack of preparedness that led to drivers being stuck in the snow in their cars for up to 24 hours on Interstate 95.
Among them was Virginia Democrat Sen. Tim Kaine, one of the major advocates for Virginians joining in the fight to prevent global warming. So congratulations: that worked.
The real heroes of this story were not, of course, the politicians who failed to do their jobs, but the law enforcement officers, nearby residents and fellow drivers, who braved the cold and snow to help strangers and each other. They used cell phones or trudged through the snow to find out who needed food, water, blankets, diapers and other necessities. Note to all the people badmouthing America as nothing but a bunch of selfish, racist identity groups: This is what America is really all about.
Incidentally, one politician who is definitely not to blame for this is the one that some liberals were blaming: Republican Glenn Youngkin, who doesn’t take office as Governor until a week from this Saturday.
Good point at the linked article: isn’t it funny how quickly liberals deleted their tweets blaming Youngkin after realizing their mistake but didn’t replace them with tweets blaming Democrat Gov. Ralph Northam, who was actually in charge? I’d call that a “snow job.”
7. Conservatives and social media spar over free speech:
As social media sites become more and more blatant about their censorship of conservatives, they’re hastening the rise of free speech alternative platforms and their own march toward be becoming what Seth Meyers once called MySpace: “The abandoned amusement park of the Internet.”
After Twitter banned Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene for her unapproved comments about COVID and vaccines (Facebook also blocked her for 24 hours), influential podcaster Joe Rogan announced that he was joining the new conservative Twitter alternative GETTR. In just two days, he surpassed eight million followers (and unlike many on Twitter, I’ll bet his followers are real.)
Also, Sen. Rand Paul announced that he’s moving away from YouTube and to the free speech platform Rumble.
Meanwhile, perhaps sensing trouble, Facebook lifted the “permanent” block it put on Heroes of Liberty, a publisher of children’s books about American icons including Ronald Reagan, Thomas Sowell and John Wayne. Facebook claims the ban was “an error.” Funny how such “errors” always go in only one direction, and you never hear of any leftist outlets being banned “by mistake.”
FYI, coming up next weekend on “Huckabee” on TBN, I’ll be talking about this issue with Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene. Does that mean that I agree with or endorse everything she says and believes? Of course not. But I will defend to the death her right to say it.
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