I’ve been spending some time catching up on reader comments --- you know, I do read them --- and wanted to respond to a few of the overall impressions I’ve been getting.

 

These stood out particularly well on the day my satirical “Black Hole at the DOJ” piece ran, along with the one about Trump’s pardoning of Alice Johnson.  It’s always especially interesting to see responses to pieces like “Black Hole” that use humor to make a point.

 

Thanks to all who express gratitude for my sense of humor.  Many of you wrote to say you appreciate my wit in times such as these; perhaps the note that made my head swell up the most was from Suzanne:  “I am in awe of your intelligence and your amazing sense of humor.”  (Keep those letters coming, folks!)  But the ones that bring me back down to earth are the many that say, essentially, “You know, this would be really hilarious if it weren’t so sad.”

 

Still, if that’s the feeling you came away with, then I count it as successful satire.  Good comedy is based on truth (something the late-night “comics” need to learn), and I don’t have to distort facts to make the point that the DOJ really DOES seem like a Black Hole.  The problem is so serious, my tongue-in-cheek hypothesis of an irresistible gravitational pull might as well be real.  And something has to be done.

 

One letter did warn me to be careful when using satire, referencing the joke Sean Hannity made about destroying emails and phones that the media willfully didn’t “get” and actually took seriously.  Getting the point of that joke would have implied an awareness that Hillary destroyed evidence, so they had to point a finger at Hannity himself.  You know, I’ve wondered if they really are so dumb they didn’t recognize that as a joke, or if they did know it was but thought their AUDIENCE was so dumb, IT wouldn’t know.  Hard to say; there’s so much dumbness on parade.

 

As for the Alice Johnson pardon, there were numerous comments agreeing with me  --- people who understood that this lady has done her time and that the length of her incarceration was wildly inconsistent with that of many hardened criminals.  But then I got to one particular letter, and the tone abruptly changed.

 

The writer prefaced his remarks by expressing doubt that I actually read my letters (again, I do), and then he said, “I would be fascinated to know what you would have written had President Obama commuted Mrs. Johnson’s sentence.  Think you would have been so supportive?  Or would he have been just another liberal (of course) who is ‘soft on crime’?  I think I know the answer, just pointing out that some of us who read your ramblings see the utter hypocrisy of your words.”  He goes on to accuse my audience of the same hypocrisy and adds, “I have been making these points about hypocrisy and the conservatives for years.”

 

Well, I imagine he has.  And here, he accuses me of hypocrisy by assuming I have a viewpoint that I have not expressed.  On the contrary, my view on Alice Johnson’s pardon is absolutely consistent with my overall opinion of the criminal justice system.  If Obama had pardoned this woman, I would have commended him (though likely using one of my favorite sayings:  “Even a broken clock is right twice a day”).

 

But Obama didn’t pardon Alice Johnson.  I’ve linked below to a list of people he DID pardon or grant commutations to on his way out the White House door.  Yikes.



 

We could make a list of President Obama’s actions during eight years in office and President Trump’s after just one year, and I would tell you item-by-item, with very few exceptions, just where Obama damaged this country with his politics and where Trump is trying to fix it.  That’s looking just at the actions themselves, not the individuals or political parties who took them.

 

In an age where partisan double standards have reached an almost incomprehensible level, the person who wrote this comment needs to look closely at those within his own party (is it too presumptive to think he votes Democrat?).  He’ll see the kind of hypocrisy that makes liberals excuse Hillary Clinton for flagrantly destroying evidence –- and much more illegality –- while applauding a special counsel for looking as deep as necessary for as long as it takes to turn up something, anything, on President Trump.

 

http://www.ibtimes.com/obama-pardons-2017-full-list-chelsea-manning-oscar-lopez-rivera-others-get-shortened-2476652

 

        

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  • linda thompson

    06/13/2018 10:21 AM

    You are on solid ground with your opinions as far as I can see. I've been an independent all my life until 8 years ago when I started to see how fast our government was leaning to socialism. I'd love to see our country go back to when our democrat friends were not so far removed from us and we could share ideas and learn from each other. And each generation would change a little in a good way. Well heeled discussions from both sides would focus on the real issues instead of looking how it could make the other side look bad politically. So Sad where we have gone. Keep up the good work!

  • Nancy Earley

    06/13/2018 07:08 AM

    The writer spewing doubts about how you would react to obama pardoning Alice, is just another liberal who twists and turns himself inside out trying to turn hypocrisy on conservatives. Especially Christian Conservative. He made that clear when he stated he's been writing about hypocrisy and conservative for years. Well, bless his heart. (By the way, I'm a Southern Lady - can you tell?) But in truth God bless you and your family, and I know he's blessed Sarah.


  • Cathy Palmer

    06/12/2018 10:58 AM

    I wish you would have stayed in the race for President. Unfortunately, the media still thinks they choose the candidates. You are an awesome person. I hope you will always be here for us. God bless you.

  • Leslie Hirst

    06/12/2018 10:42 AM

    Dear Governor Huckabee,

    I’m a huge fan of your since you entered the Presidential race against Obama . I was a Democrat then........
    Thank you for being a strong , intelligent, humorous voice for conservatives! I agree with you 99.9999 percent of the time.
    And an Outstanding job raising a remarkable woman , Sarah , what wit and grace she has, so much respect!
    Keep it up Governor!
    A Big Fan,
    Leslie Hirst
    Seattle

  • Sandy Hayley

    06/12/2018 10:27 AM

    As usual, you are dead on and the left hates you for it! Good to know you read these comments because sometimes I feel like I’m responding to thin air! I totally appreciate you and those like you who stand up for the truth and are unafraid of backlash. It always puts me in mind of Young David, who with nothing but a stone and a slingshot, stood up to someone much bigger than him who could have squashed him under their foot, but because he believed in truth and the God of truth, went into battle armed less with a weapon than a trust that good will prevail when it’s not compromised! Kudos to you for being “a man after God’s own heart” in a world of bullies with nothing but hate in their hearts!

  • Yvonne Lehman

    06/12/2018 10:24 AM

    Thank you Mr. Huckabee for helping us to laugh in such a, as you said, "A sad time." I love your wonderful Daughter, and I an tremendously glad for her and appreciate all she goes through with the..... lacking in smarts group. I have no words for those people who think they are informed but too lazy to do a tad of research or pay attention to current events. I believe they are so full of..... themselves, that they honestly believe their spiel. My Dad would call me an ignoramous if I were them. Love #BernieOrBust4Trump #BOB

  • Marian Kay

    06/12/2018 10:21 AM

    God bless you, Gov. Huckabee!!!
    We love you in our house and thank God for you often!?

  • Jennifer (Kindred) Zuckschwerdt

    06/12/2018 10:17 AM

    Mr. Huckabee, though this may not be the correct article to comment upon, time is of the essence. what’s your take on our AMAZING President receiving incorrect information resulting in an endorsement of a candidate that TRUE MAGA AMERICANS KNOW IS HORRID FOR THEIR STATE?
    Take Michigan for example, we have tried to no avail, to contact the President! His endorsement of “NoShow” Schuette and “SwampySandy” Pensler will irrevocably damage all the hard work we’ve done here in Michigan. Vice President Pence is set to arrive on the 15th to continue Schuette’s endorsement! THIS CANNOT HAPPEN! The president WILL LOSE MICHIGAN in 2020 If these two are elected. We have chose TWO AMERICAN FIRST, MAGA candidates in John James for Senate and Patrick Colbeck for Governor and we need help! I’m making this comment as a last ditch effort, Michigander, and PROUD PRESIDENT TRUMP SUPPORTER!

    Most respectfully,
    Jennifer (Kindred) Zuckschwerdt
    @AmeriKindred

  • C.Ann Anderson

    06/11/2018 05:12 PM

    Simply amazed that the man who assumed you wouldn’t have supported the release of Ms Johnson by BHO, isn’t it? Seems the ugly in their eyes just can’t be wiped away. He only sees what is in his heart, in others’ - sad

  • Phyllis Walters

    06/11/2018 03:29 PM

    Hi Gov, I want to send you a personal letter with a personal gift( book I wrote). What is your address? Please.