"The Switch"

August 12, 2020 |

Over the years, I’ve often imagined that somewhere in Washington, maybe hidden under the Capitol dome, there’s a big switch, like the one in the lab in Frankenstein movies. Whenever the Party in power in the White House changes over, someone throws that switch, and immediately, all the standards change to the exact opposite of whatever they’ve been for the previous four to eight years.

Just a few of many examples: Under Democrats, the homeless problem disappears from the news. (Switch!) This uncompassionate Republican President is entirely to blame for the homeless population, even though they were there before he ever got the job…Bush was a “war criminal” for ordering bombing in the Middle East. (Switch!) Obama could order drone strikes that would kill dozens of innocent people and nobody cared…Obama built illegal immigrant detention centers on the border. Democrats yawned. (Switch!) Trump puts children in CAGES!...Obama weaponized government agencies against his political opposition and hey, they had it coming. (Switch!) Trump made a phone call and mentioned the guy who might be running against him in two years. IMPEACH HIM!!

The greatest example may be Hillary Clinton sucking up to Vladimir Putin, then (Switch!) becoming the biggest Russia hawk since Joe McCarthy after losing the election. Democrats who’d spent decades as Russia apologists suddenly started snarkily calling Trump voters “Ivan” and blaming Hillary’s loss on Russian skulduggery instead of her horrible record, awful personality and open contempt for the American people. What made this the ultimate metaphor for the changing double standard is that before the switch, Hillary once brandished a red “Reset” button prop to kowtow to Russia – an actual, physical “switch!”

I bring all this up because we have a new example of “The Switch” that rivals even Hillary’s “switch” from Putin sycophant to 1950’s style Russkie baiter. Throughout the Obama Administration, on my radio and TV shows, I chronicled Obama’s habit of legislating via executive order. Few in the Democratic Party or the media seemed to care, and even Republicans declined to challenge him, beyond public complaining. As one of Obama’s aides put it, “Stroke of the pen, law of the land. Pretty cool.”

Except it wasn’t cool: it was plainly unconstitutional. Duties like making immigration law or ratifying treaties are specifically reserved for the people's elected representatives in Congress. Then Trump was elected, and (Switch!) suddenly, the President had no power to issue executive orders. Every EO was challenged in court. He dosen’t even have the power to rescind an Obama executive order (DACA) that Obama repeatedly admitted he had no power to create before he did it anyway.

And then came this weekend’s executive orders to extend coronavirus relief when Congress deadlocked (remember, Obama justified his DACA order by claiming that if Congress wouldn’t act, he had to.) And what was House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s reaction? She was fine with Obama's end-runs around Congress, but now, she’s threatening a legal challenge because Trump's orders are “Absurdly unconstitutional!” (FYI: Trump had the DOJ vet his orders and determine that they are constitutional under the President’s power to allocate relief funds in the case of natural disasters.)

So (Switch!) now, the Constitution that was ignored for eight years suddenly must be followed to the letter, according to Nancy Pelosi. How long do you think it will take for the switch to be flipped back the other way if Joe Biden is (shudder!) elected President? Considering that he’s vowed to reverse Trump’s protections of First Amendment religious liberties in his first week in office, I think we all know the answer to that.

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  • Judith Jordan

    08/18/2020 09:50 AM

    America can’t take another “switch” leader. Obama narcissistic
    Personality made many Americans
    blind
    .Trump worked to switch those actions to agree with the Constitution. Another switch will
    Destroy this democracy Republic
    For socialism. We must keep what is working and let Trumps hand
    Steer America and not touch the switch for four more years.

  • Donald Hyler

    08/16/2020 06:01 PM

    Excellent article, Governor Huckabee. I applaud you for continuing to provide us with “the other side” of the news.
    Thank you, sir!

  • moriah

    08/16/2020 03:59 AM

    Find the switch. Build a box over it. Match the existing color of the wall.

    Problem Solved!

    God Bless America!

  • James Brown

    08/15/2020 11:23 AM

    I am appalled at the ignorance about Harris and that old fool Biden (obviously with mental problems). If he wins the election he will be no more and no less than a puppet for Harris the EVIl one.

  • Bob Koehl

    08/13/2020 10:35 PM

    Governor: I have a question. With all this uproar over mail in voting, I would like to know how many of the "peaceful protesters" looted by mail because of "looter supression"?

  • Carl "T" Smith

    08/13/2020 08:51 PM

    I'm Finished with HYPHENATED Americans, Genders Biologically non-existent, and sad to say Liberals that are afraid to call out the Socialist Progressives, which are actually the same thing!
    i.e. Don't call me and quit asking for $$.

  • Neal Adam

    08/13/2020 07:19 PM

    Hi,
    My apologies, but this is not a comment on the article. I am wondering who to contact to find out why I have not received the first stimulus check, and thought you might know something about that. I have checked their website about it, entered my information, and I get this response
    "Payment Status Not Available
    We are unable to provide the status of your payment right now because:
    We don't have enough information yet (we're working on this), or
    You're not eligible for a payment."
    Their website says DO NOT call. Do you have any ideas?
    In sending this message, I am assuming that you can respond to my email address, and that this won't automatically show up on your comments list online.
    Thanks!

    Neal

  • John H

    08/13/2020 11:52 AM

    We need to do more than present the facts. We need some ACTION! Bring people to justice! Let's see people in jail!!!

  • Karen Thornton

    08/13/2020 02:32 AM

    I’m not responding to “The Switch”, but clicked on something (perhaps an ad), re a book entitled After the Fall, written by Alexander Cain, his pen name, a theology/history professor from a “key” university in Arkansas. I believe he tries to scare/scam people into buying his book. Perhaps you might like to figure a way to get him disassociated from your Evening/Morning newsletters.

  • Elizabeth Honaker

    08/12/2020 09:58 PM

    Your excellent newsletter has discussed the issue of masks. I have been totally against them -- for valid and cogent reasons -- but today I yielded to the greatest of temptations: Spotting the Trump / Pence 2020 bus in Cookeville, TN, I went aboard its mini-store and purchased a "Trump 2020" face mask! I am now empowered to make my 1st Amendment statement BOLDLY!!

  • Mrs, Marion Osborn

    08/12/2020 09:23 PM

    I'm already hearing that Mrs. Harris is not eligible to be president because neither of her parents were citizens at the time of her birth (they were here on education visas), so she wasn't even eligible when she was in the presidential race. The suggestion is that (when) Biden leaves office, Pelosi will then ascend to the presidency because of Harris' ineligibility. What is the truth?

  • Doug Moon

    08/12/2020 07:24 PM

    Your reference to President Obama and his "power of the pen" made me wonder what would have happened if President Trump had quoted Obama--with credits-- when he signed the EO for the "covid relief" funding. It would have been literally true, as opposed to when "the O" used it, and it might have driven the left bonkers; well, more noticeably bonkers than they normally are. I like to imagine them so, anyway. In fact, now that I have just spent an enjoyable few minutes imagining that scenario, I'm starting to be surprised that he didn't use that quote!

  • Chip Woods

    08/12/2020 07:09 PM

    Posting a Bible verse at the end of your column every day does not make all the preceding caustic commentary, juvenile sarcasm, and rife hypocrisy on display OK. I find it unbelievable that you think what you (or your paid writing staffers) post has even the remotest similarity to what Jesus preached and taught during his earthly ministry.

  • Allen Hare

    08/12/2020 04:56 PM

    When in the world are we going to stop talking about the commies and socialists and put them in jail or ship em out.?

  • jack macdonald

    08/12/2020 04:21 PM

    I have come to the conclusion that too many people who identify as Dems/Libs are mean, ignorant, uncivilized savages. When killing people who think differently is acceptable to you, you might want to think about your belief system. You can't be an actual American. You can justify anything because you think you are morally superior and we are lowly deplorables. Well I can only say, up yours!!

  • John R Chick

    08/12/2020 04:10 PM

    Friend argues that homelessness WAS a big topic under Obama .
    Was this just a generalization? Or are there specifics?

  • Anne Turner

    08/12/2020 04:08 PM

    I hope the GOP will have the intestinal fortitude to truthfully point out the baggage that Kamala carries. She will most likely be President withIn a year or two if Joe is really impaired. Most of the media is so with Biden that information is not getting out. If people don’t watch FOX they don’t know about the riots. Most people, I have found trust the Network news and they are almost as bad as CNN. No one dare criticize Kamala or they will be called racist. The debates should tell us a lot about whether or no Joe is really impaired. T better not beat up on him if he is or make fun of him. I hope you can get that message across to the President. People don’t like bullying. Kamala is going to present well in VP debates. Pence is a smart, honorable nice guy but he is not great at personality. I’m not sure I have ever seen him smile much less laugh. Most of the voting population does not have a picture of what is going on. With a woman of color on the ballot, she will get all of the Hispanic and black vote, just because people like to see people who look like them in power.

    Looks like people don’t care if a woman is anti Semitic as our favorite veiled woman won. Are people nuts or is there really a lot of antisemitism. I guess that’s okay if you are on the left side.

  • J Harold Mohler

    08/12/2020 04:00 PM

    How can these liberal Democrats say what they say with a straight face they must have totally wiped your memory banks clear and have absolutely no vision for the future believe only in the present tense

  • Charles Simmons

    08/12/2020 03:52 PM

    A victory by the Biden-Harris brigades will bring a resumption of Dark Ages misery to USA & then to the globe, complete with rowdy applause from those most severely victimized.

  • Michelle Mitchell

    08/12/2020 03:46 PM

    Good afternoon,

    I read your articles everyday. I share them with my Mother ss well.

    Do you think any of these people will have to answer for their crimes? I mean it seems that they can do whatever they want and they will never have to answer for it. Of course they will one day before God. Nothing is hidden from Him.

    I get depressed thinking that all these people are above the law, while the rest of Americans have to answer to their crimes.

    I pray that God will bring a spiritual awakening and that the Republican Party will win on every Govt level.

    Thanks as always for giving us the truth!

    Michelle

  • Kay Cavin

    08/12/2020 03:11 PM

    So sad to see in America.
    Last week I observed a
    Senior Aged man at Wal Mart Put an item from Pharmacy area into his shorts.
    My guess would be he couldn’t afford to pay for it.
    Our politicians should lose their healthcare benefits until they get drugs produced in America at low cost. They should have to go to hospital emergency rooms to get any care and wait in line and pay full price. Maybe then they’ll work on the priorities of Americans.
    Also, their children Should go to public schools and state colleges until education is a priority. Until they recognize that all students aren’t going to college and provide vocational training so they can get jobs.
    Please get behind Americans for common sense solutions.

  • Robert

    08/12/2020 02:56 PM

    If the EOs that obama issued were unconstitutional, why was he allowed to get away with that? Where were the Constitutional lawyers who should have called him on it. Where was Congress? Where was the Supreme Court? Oh, I forgot...they were all either democrats or RINOS, the same people screaming at President Trump today for doing it differently. Trump is issuing Constitutional EOs.

  • Liz Butters

    08/12/2020 02:45 PM

    Mike,
    I read something disturbing regarding Biden's pick of Harris as his VP and wonder if you have any insight. The comment was that Ms. Harris is an "anchor baby" and as neither parent was a citizen when she was born in the US, that she's not eligible to be President; and next in line would be Pelosi if something were to happen to Biden. Is this correct?

    Thank you for insight!
    Liz

  • Mary Jo Lincoln

    08/12/2020 02:02 PM

    You are right on, Governor. And Biden, in his new campaign ad that targets the Muslim community, is vowing to "end the Muslim ban on day one -- on day one!" Just one more example. A Biden presidency is extremely scary!

  • Randall Pittman

    08/12/2020 01:42 PM

    Well, the leftists are definitely progressive. They are progressing closer to fire & brimstone every day, and they want to take as many people with them as they possibly can. I was getting so angry about them, that God reminded me, "Vengeance is mine", and "Love your enemies. So I had to stop, let go of my angry thoughts, and pray for them all.