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Today's Commentary: "A Wrinkle in Time" the movie -- Kudos to Florida -- Dream ticket? -- Pay attention to Dilbert -- Why gun owners are wary -- Additional Mike Huckabee commentaries
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Americans keep trying to tell Hollywood that they have adopted a bad business model by constantly insulting at least half their potential audience, but they just don’t seem to be getting the message (an odd Achilles heel for people who are supposedly in the communications business). You’d think that the cratering of the Oscar ratings might have been a big enough hammer on the cranium to get their attention, but does anyone doubt that next year’s Oscars will again feature lots of leftwing preening and anti-Trump snark, a gaggle of “transgressive” art house nominees that nobody paid to see, and most likely a TV audience smaller than test patterns used to pull?
But if TV ratings don’t get the message across, maybe money will talk for us, or the lack of money, anyway. Over the weekend, the much-hyped fantasy blockbuster “A Wrinkle in Time” opened. It had a $103 million budget, a big name cast that includes Oprah Winfrey and Reese Witherspoon, and it was based on a beloved children’s book. Plus, it got lots of fawning advance publicity for being directed by Ava DuVernay, an African-American woman best known for message movies such as “Selma” and “13th,” which compared the modern prison system to slavery. Yet, it pulled in just $33 million in its opening US weekend, and only $6.3 million at the foreign box office. Those numbers are likely harbingers of a disastrous flop. Why?
Kudos to Florida
By Mike Huckabee
Kudos to Florida legislators and Gov. Rick Scott for striking a long-overdue blow against campus assaults on the First Amendment. Scott just signed a bill banning so-called “Free Speech Zones” at public universities. The wildly misnamed “Free Speech Zones” actually relegated free speech to small areas, literally corralling students into pens if they wanted to express themselves without fear of being punished for voicing an un-PC thought. Let’s hope the US Congress acts quickly to apply this ban nationwide, and that private schools follow suit.
Anyone who disagrees with that can take solace in knowing that we’re not doing away with “Free Speech Zones.” We’re just reestablishing what the Bill of Rights guarantees: that the entire United States of America is a “Free Speech Zone.”
By Mike Huckabee
That Democratic “youth dream ticket” of Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren might not come true – or maybe it will. In declaring that she’s not running for President in 2020, Sen. Warren gave a dazzling display of language-parsing the likes of which haven’t been seen since Bill Clinton mystified us all with the riddle of what “is” is.
When Chuck Todd on “Meet the Press” asked her if she would serve her full six-year term if reelected this November, Warren replied, “I am not running for president of the United States. I am running for the United States Senate 2018, Massachusetts.” But when asked if that meant she would serve the full six-year term, she dodged the question. So does “I am not running for president” mean “I won’t run for President in 2020,” or does it mean “I am not running for President at this moment; I am currently tap-dancing on ‘Meet The Press;’ but I might BE running for President if you asked me after I’m safely reelected to Congress.”
This is an artful combination of Bill Clinton’s tricky way with words and Hillary Clinton’s reelection promises to her New York Senate constituents.
By the way, if you think that was an impressive example of Jello refusing to be nailed to the wall, click the link and read her response to questions about her claimed Native American heritage, or as she puts it, “my family’s story.” Notice how that phrase neither confirms nor denies the veracity of the claim. It’s sort of like how lying, obfuscation and perjury are all passe, and now we just say, “This is my truth.” Might not be your truth, or anyone else’s truth, or Heaven forbid, objective truth. But it sounds a lot better than the old way of saying it:
“That’s my story and I’m stickin’ to it!”
Pay attention to Dilbert
By Mike Huckabee
Ira Stoll in the New York Sun makes a very good case that if you really want someone in comedy to explain to you what President Trump is doing, you should ignore all the nightly hysteria from Colbert, Kimmel, Noah, Bee, et al, and start paying attention to “Dilbert” cartoonist Scott Adams. He understands three-dimensional thinking while all the others are still operating in one dimension.
Why gun owners are wary
By Mike Huckabee
If you want to see a perfect example of why so many legal gun owners are wary of those espousing “common sense” gun laws, this is it. It shows that the phrase “common sense” is often a misnomer for laws that make no sense when it comes to stopping criminals, but are a foot in the door to criminalizing innocent people who are legally exercising their Constitutional rights. And with the rise of the “progressive” movement on the left, such laws are tied up in the Alinsky tactic of defining and freezing the image of the opposition in as negative a light as possible.
The story is about a Virginia social worker named Storm Durham, who claims she was fired from her job with Roanoke City Social Services and escorted from the building by police for being a “safety risk to the building.” The reason: she has a legal permit to carry a concealed weapon.
So…did she have a gun on her in the building? No. She says she doesn’t even carry a weapon on some of her calls to dangerous neighborhoods, even though some people have told her she should. In fact – and here’s the real stunner -- she says she doesn’t even own a gun. She just has a permit to carry one, because she hunts and target shoots – and because she’s a survivor of sexual assault.
Let that roll around in your head for a minute. If the story is as she claims – I’d want to hear both sides, but she’s reportedly planning legal action, so I assume she can prove it in court – Roanoke officials declared her a threat and fired her for trying to protect herself from sexual assault by doing exactly what the law says she should do: taking safety classes to qualify for a legal permit to exercise a Constitutional right. If a Republican fired a woman for trying to prevent herself from being a victim of sexual assault, the left would accuse him of hating women and scream for his head on a stick.
And they wonder why anyone would be wary of proposals for “common sense gun laws”? For the same reason we’re wary when we hear, “I’m from the government, and I’m here to help you.” We know from hard experience that liberal activists who write laws have a very different concept of “common sense” than people with common sense do.