December 29, 2019

The first school in which we enroll, and the most important in shaping our future, is our home.  A casual view of modern TV shows might lead us to believe that parents don’t matter.  I contend that nothing matters more.

When Benjamin West was a boy, his mother left him in charge of his younger sister, Sally. Benjamin found bottles of colored ink and painted Sally’s portrait.  When his mother arrived home, she discovered spilled ink and ruined paper.  But before she had the chance to scold Benjamin, she saw the picture.  Then she planted an encouraging kiss on his cheek. He would grow up to become of the greatest painters of historic and religious artworks, a teacher of many other famous artists, and a major force in launching Britain’s Royal Academy of Arts, for which he served as president. Benjamin West would later say, “My mother’s kiss made me a painter.”

Every child’s life is like a book of blank pages waiting to be written on. Something is written each day. A parent who exposes a child of hours of television, video games, unsupervised time on the Internet, and an occasional trip to church is not likely to raise a child whose value system will mirror that of the parent.  The child will probably reflect the value system of the entertainment industry.

While researching for a book I co-wrote on juvenile delinquency (“Kids Who Kill”), I became aware that children need parents who are informed, involved and (yes) invasive in their children’s lives. There is no single fact that will explain why a child as young as eleven would commit mass murder, but one thing seems certain: the likelihood of this taking place decreases drastically when children have a stable home, good role models and parents who are clearly more afraid for their children than afraid of their children.

Too many parents fear angering or alienating their children.  They convince themselves that love means avoiding asking their children questions about how their time is spent and who their friends are.  They fool themselves into thinking they’re being good parents when they don’t hold their children accountable for their schoolwork and other activities.  On the other hand, we shouldn’t be “helicopter parents” who are so overprotective that our children turn into a generation of “snowflakes” who cannot learn through their failures or develop a healthy maturity and independence.

The requirement of parents summed up in Ephesians 6:4 is simple yet profound: “Do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord.” Children should not be driven to exasperation by parents who make demands that are so difficult to achieve that the children are prevented from succeeding.  There’s a vast difference between breaking a child’s rebellious will and breaking his or her spirit.

As parents, our goal should be to channel the energy of our children, rather than destroy their creative and curious natures given by God that motivate them to discover their unique purposes. We are further admonished to bring up our children “in the training and instruction of the Lord.” By both example and exhortation, parents are to nourish their children.  Most values are caught and then taught. Our children are more likely to imitate what they see us do than what they hear us say.

We live in a world where a meal can be microwaved in seconds, and an Internet message can be transmitted around the world almost instantly (another reason why it would be nice if they were fact-checked before hitting “Send.”) But part of the legacy we must leave is raising children who understand that some things can’t be rushed.  Patience is a virtue as well as a pathway to victory.  Things of great value take time. 

If the thing to which you ascribe the greatest value in your life is your children, then don’t they deserve the greatest amount of time, nurturing and guidance you can possible give?

(Adapted from the book, “Rare, Medium or Done Well: Make the Most of your Life.” )


Feel-Good/Huck's Hero Story of the Day (and we could really use one): Actor Gary Sinise and his Foundation, in partnership with American Airlines, just sent Gold Star Family children and their surviving parents on his annual “Snowball Express” flights to Disney World for a five-day, all-expenses-paid vacation.  The Gary Sinise Foundation says that "the holidays can be especially challenging for grieving families," so they provide "a therapeutic retreat with a blend of fun and inspiring programs."

And they’ve provided it to a staggering number of military families: 1,000 children and 750 parents this year alone -- and it’s their 14th year! Sinise was inspired to start the program when he read of a letter written by a soldier to his wife, saying he wanted to take the family to Disney World when he got home – but he was killed in action and never made it home. 

This is a reminder that there are still some patriotic good guys left in Hollywood.  If you’d like to help Gary’s many efforts to entertain the troops and to help active duty military members, veterans, first responders and their families, visit

And if you’d like to learn more about why Gary is such a tireless supporter of our military (he’s been called “the Bob Hope of our generation”) and why he’s so grateful to be an American, you can hear it in his own words in this terrific interview he gave us on “Huckabee” on TBN.



We are finishing the year 2019 and I’m glad.  This has been a grueling year if you have to follow the news as I’m required to do as a TV commentator and publisher of a daily newsletter.  I’m frankly sick of the never-ending serial attempts to overturn the election results of 2016.  Remember when it was all about Russia and collusion?  And then the Mueller report fizzled even though taxpayers spent about $35 million for a desperate effort to implicate President Trump.  Then we heard obstruction of justice, until that “bombshell” became a dud; then it was quid pro quo, then extortion, then bribery, then obstruction of Congress.  Frankly, given how recklessly irresponsible Congress is, obstructing it ought to be grounds for a prize, not an impeachment.  But Democrats in Congress clearly are frantic because they have a weak field of candidates and they fear not one of them can defeat a President who has juiced the economy, jobs, the stock market and wages and who has pushed back against bad trade deals and  America getting sucker-punched by foreign governments.  We were once content to let the US pay the bills for NATO, trade deficits, and endless wars in the Middle East.  Granted, President Trump isn’t always artful in what he says or how he says it, but he is disrupting the deep state of globalism, institutionalism, and bureaucracy.  And the powers of government, media, and big business is fighting back—not to protect your interest, but theirs.

So next year is 2020, and I’ll attempt to give you 2020 vision into what we can expect for the coming year, which of course will be a Presidential election year.

I predict that Joe Biden will slightly edge socialist Bernie Sanders and will be the nominee for the Democrats-not because he’s a good candidate but because he will be viewed as not as crazy as the others.  The media will ignore his daily verbal gaffes and he will be presented as a seasoned and ready captain, even though Bob Gates who served President Obama and President Bush 43 as a cabinet member said of Joe Biden, “He’s consistent in that every single position he’s taken on foreign policy is wrong.”

I predict that Democrats will pay a heavy price for having wasted a year of do-nothingness and millions of taxpayer dollars chasing down a reason to impeach President Trump.  They constantly use the phrase they can “walk and chew gum at the same time,” but they tend to drop their gum on the ground and then get their shoes stuck on it.  Voters in their districts have been benefited far more by the economic policies of President Trump than by the phony and hateful efforts by the Democrats to impeach him. 

In other areas, I predict that Tom Brady will announce his retirement from the NFL—effective in the year 2045, and that the World Series will feature the St. Louis Cardinals and the Texas Rangers.  Not because I have any reason to actually believe that, but they are my favorite teams in their respective National and American Leagues and I just want that to happen.  The Oscars will be canceled because no one wants to hear whiny Hollywood actors lecture us on their worthless political views.  CNN will lose so many viewers that it will cease operations as a News Channel and will become a television safe space where triggered liberal snowflakes can sit in a dark room and watch a blank screen, which will vastly improve the programming they currently offer.  And finally, the Huckabee Show will win 6 Emmys and 10 Golden Globes for being the best show in television!  And that would truly be 2020 vision!

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  • rodney burke

    12/31/2019 02:21 PM

    wow. I would like to see the Rangers beat the Cardinals. that would be good for TX. What about Mooch? No go, because DT isn't being hurt but helped in a hundred ways? ha, ha! Biden, yes, will be the 2020 hilary. not nearly the wrost candidate but the best they had to offer. The best of the worst? Sad. I hope he is NOT delusional enough to think he can win. that would be the ultimate gaffe They (left) totally miscalculated what people would buy and after the last 3 years, they are seeing thru the left It is comical how they are driving away voters by the ton and expecting everyone to vote for them when they are nothing but a documented failure since 1964.

  • Donna Klamm

    12/30/2019 11:35 AM

    I did SO enjoy this one ! Dems can't walk and chew gum, and if spit out, will step in it !!!!! Thank you for your humor...a bright spot in my day !

  • Judy Radley

    12/30/2019 10:15 AM

    Thank you and Happy New Year to you and your family!

    I agree with the parenting that I read some where or heard that sometimes 'you must love your children enough to let them hate you' when you have to discipline them or correct them to help them become strong individuals and to help them understand humility that they cannot always get what they want, but they can achieve much success by being steady, patient, compassionate, 'walk around in their shoes' to help understand what their lives may be like if different than their own. That helps to understand why bullys are mean and like to bully, mostly it is because their lives are much sadder then the ones they bully, for some reason. It isn't right, nor an excuse, but it helps explain why they are the way they are. We need to help them by praying for them, that they find peace in whatever trauma or misery they live in on a daily basis. Misery that we may not really want to know how bad it is, but the bullys are the ones who have to live in it every day. That is sad and scary if you think about it too much, but we have to teach our children and grandchildren that they need to be glad of what they have and not to focus on what they don't have, as many kids and adults, don't have it as well as they do, so we need to be thankful for what we have, as it could all be gone in a moment.

    I lost my first child while I was 8 months pregnant, due to a drunk driver, ( his 3rd time offense too), who crashed into the car I was a passenger in. My mom was driving me home from my last pre-natal class when we were stopped at a red light, the drunk driver didn't stop and rear-ended us going between 40 and 50 mph, when he collided into the back of our car. My mom and I were both thrown against the windshield, cracking it where our heads hit, and I was pushed against the dashboard with my 8 month along swollen abdomen, which killed my unborn child, as the impact against the dashboard caused the placenta to separate from my child, killing him instantly. Yes, the baby was a boy, and my first child and if he were born then, he would have survived as he was already over 7 lbs. I was only 19 years old when this happened in June 1980. Of course I was devastated, and worse of all was at that time, they put me on the maternity floor of the hospital. So when my room mate mother, got her newborn and all the others got their newborns, I didn't get one as my child was killed, so I just had to watch while all the other mommies got their little bundles of joy, but not me. I think that was the hardest for me to see, but it also made me realize that yes, life did go on. But even with that tragedy in my life, I did not turn into these ill minded females who would steal others' babies when they lost their own. I felt sad for my loss, but happy for the mothers who did have babies, eventhough I cried for the loss of my own, but I knew that God felt my pain and He knew what it was like to lose His own son in an unfair way, but that it was part of the plan to save us all.

    I was fortunate to be able to have another son, 2 years later, David is his name, and he is now 37 years old, and has 3 children of his own. My blessed Grandchildren that I babysit with during school days. My oldest grandson is 18 now, and I don't babysit him, of course, but he is a Christian, he asked Jesus Christ to be his Savior when he was 12. My other two grandchildren, a grandson, 11, and a granddaughter, 6, are who I babysit for to help out my son and his wife when they are at work. They are all Christians and even the 11 and 6 year old go to Bible Club after school once a week. They haven't been baptized yet, but I believe they will one day. So I am blessed with what I have, miss my son I lost in 1980, but know he is being taken care of by God for now until I meet him again in Heaven and then resume taking care of him as his mother. But for now, I continue to live for my son, David and his family until I leave this world. My husband and I have both lost loved ones, and we have always appreciated what we have and though wish we had more, understand that God has made our plan and He knows what our needs and what our plan is all about. We just have to continue to have Faith, Trust, and Love the Lord as He knows what our future is and to live life with our family the best we can to exalt the Lord and understand that we aren't perfect, but God loves us any way.

    Happy New Year and God Bless You in 2020.

  • Suzanne Mclaney

    12/30/2019 09:10 AM

    Thank u for all u do and keeping me informed there is so much information out there when I turn on the news and get depressed and turn it off. I know you’re paying attention.

  • Kay DeWitt

    12/30/2019 08:37 AM

    As per usual, your newsletter message, in explaining what makes for an emotionally healthy kid, concomitantly, explains what makes for an emotionally UNhealthy....angry .....kid....who winds up killing other kids!

    While the entirety of your message has the answer as to what could save our kid's lives, just two of these statements....if adhered to...could do likewise...

    THESE TWO STATEMENTS ARE: "There is a vast difference between breaking a child's rebellious WILL and breaking his SPIRIT." ....and.... "Our children are more likely to imitate what they SEE us do than what they HEAR us say."

    Do you realize that, if Christians brought the wisdom of but those two statements into our schools, the number of kids who would be saved from going to an early grave!.....This is not pie in the sky theology, it's REALITY because I LIVED it when I brought the truth of those two statements into an all-black, gang-infested high school!

    Our kids are hungry for someone to care and, when they KNOW you care, then they know that any way you discipline them is done BECAUSE you care and, therefore, it does NOT break their more than God's love breaks OUR spirit when He disciplines US to break OUR will so that we can do HIS will!

    Once my gang kids KNEW that I loved them....with Christ's brand of unconditional love that always desired their ultimate best.....they knew that, when I endeavored TO break their "will" do drugs...carry a gun....etc.....I was doing it IN the interest of their ultimate best and, not only did my disciplining them NOT break their spirit, it inspired them to invite Christ INTO their spirit making their already dead.. "broken"....spirit come alive!

    That second statement you made, that I quoted, reminded me of the statement someone once made when he said, "I'd rather SEE a sermon than HEAR one!" ...
    and that's what our kids need....because they do not need to hear one more sermon from a preacher who, after he's talked the talk, was exposed for not having walked the walk!..No! They need to SEE a sermon....a Jesus with skin on who will love them and walk WITH them.......and ....BEYOND that...

    We need Christians who will help start a movement to impress upon churches to start homes for at risk kids so that they can HAVE the kind of loving home environment you talk about in this newsletter and the kind they have been deprived of! Christians, whose own children are grown, can volunteer to take turns being house parents....and, by so doing, BEING the "Christian family" TO them that they 've HEARD preached about from the pulpits of churches who define themselves AS a "Christian family" !

  • Audrey Skarness

    12/30/2019 07:58 AM

    One correction...the "taxpayers" didn't pay $35 million on any investigation, the govt. used taxpayer money.

  • David Schader

    12/30/2019 07:44 AM

    If I could l would vote for you to receive a Emmy for truthful news reports.

  • Robert Burton

    12/30/2019 06:37 AM

    Woah! There Mike, I take issue with, "Trump isn't always artful in what he says or how he says it." I find POTUS is one of the "Most Artful" of all the POTUS we have ever had. Let's compare our own military service, study of WW II, and "study of Presidents" and then see how we stack up. FYI: Trump is conducting "Guerrilla Warfare" about as "artfully" as any POTUS that I've ever studied given that we have yet to give Trump the "Army" he deserves to fight these battles for us. I love every minute of what he does. I started my military service the year Ike started his POTUS run. Ike was flat out awesome. Trump is Ike's equal. I am in awe of Trump's dedication and fearless attacks with pin point accuracy (the objective those of us who served attempted to achieve. Hint: "There are no foxholes in the sky"). There may be one aspect that you have over looked... "Partners can do anything, when one of the Partners is God." That is the reason Trump "gets it" and why Evangelicals will always hang in there. Trump's "Spiritual Warfare" IED's are the best in the world. "We, The People" are the beneficiaries. Hopefully, you can wake up, get on board, too, and enjoy the show as we ALL participate with our "Fearless Leader"...! ...Honestly, there are no Video Games as clever or enjoyable as Trump's "Virtual Blasts" as he knocks his enemies off their perches! Someday, someone will make a "Gazillion $$$'s" off of a Trump inspired Video game. Meanwhile, we just get to enjoy the show (and participate in support)...!

  • Anne Amato

    12/30/2019 01:29 AM

    Dear Governor,
    I hope you and your family had a wonderful Christmas and will have a happy new year. Am writing to thank you for your newsletters and YouTube presentations, especially over this last year, which am sure you will agree has been frustrating for many.
    Not only have you given us hope, but humor; not only have you given us perspective on political situations; but knowledge; not only have you given us the courage to face every day with God; but strength in knowing we are not alone. And....the uplifting and generous stories as well.

    But, Governor....the year 2045??? I think your efforts deserve "Oscars" and "Emmy's" and also "Best Correspondent" in 2020!!!!!

    Thank you for all the time you dedicate....the effort you give...and all you do...for all of us.

  • Karin Tarter

    12/30/2019 12:18 AM

    You are the most refreshing and honest source of any these days. Thank you for your Christian perspective and God bless you and your family in 2020. I think you have a great chance of winning the Emmys and Golden Globes.

  • Suzanne Broeneman

    12/29/2019 11:33 PM

    I see Federal employees are getting a pay raise. We on SS got 1.6% and again this year I got nothing. They raise my Medicare up every year so I actually see nothing in my check. I get $478.00 a month. Federal workers already make big bucks. I am a little upset with this, even though I love Trump. I just wish he would do more for seniors!

  • John N Wood

    12/29/2019 11:28 PM

    Mr Huckabee, you have most clear and focused vision of anyone that I read or follow. I especially agree with your political views and your desire to see the Texas Rangers in the World Series (as I am a long time Rangers fan).

  • Jerry Korba

    12/29/2019 11:08 PM

    It is with much agony that watching the the Left lie and behave as an enemy of the United States is disheartening I have symphony for you as a patriot and good citizen it truly has to be painful to remain civil the Lord still likes putting good men to the test. Thanks for taking that burden on I watch for a while but have to leave the pure stupidity they regurgitate day in and day out does not allow me watch. Good luck with your predictions need the House and a few more Senate seats Donal J Trump and I will then sign relief for the Kids and the Grandkids leaving my thoughts with you is a relief valve thanks for listening. MAGA

  • Sharon Lee

    12/29/2019 10:28 PM

    Mike. As a public school teacher, I really appreciate what you have to say about parents being involved in their kids lives. Parents are their child’s first teacher. They need both encouragement and correction. If children haven’t received both the teacher know when they walk in the door of the school house. I agree that schools are apart of shaping kids but parents are far more important than many realize. We need this To be heard because sadly, it is showing in our schools today.

  • Amelia Little

    12/29/2019 09:23 PM

    People like Gary Sinise are the ones who should grace the cover of TIME magazine. Wait, their choices over the years have been quite questionable, so maybe that isn't as prestigious a recognition as it once was. I think being a Huck's Hero is much more meaningful!!!

    As for "news" snippets, I had just read that, as President, joe would nominate obama for supreme court. Scary right there, huh?

    And, guess diblasio thinks gov newsome's attempt to blame the President for the sad state of affairs in CA was so successful, he now is laying the blame of rampant homelessness on the streets of NYC on the federal government. I'm just not sure what alternate universe some of these people live in. And, do they really believe the ludicrous statements they make, or do they just hope to convince people that the statements are sane.

  • Sunni Fisher

    12/29/2019 09:04 PM

    I love the children's book, Benjamin West and his Cat Grimalkin. He is a hero.
    Also, my worst childhood influence was a church friend and my husband's worst influence was his cousin, so it was hard for our parents to see past the first relationship and find out the second. Plus we were from homes where the mothers worked and we had lots of time to manage our own lives. Children need to have adult supervision, even younger teenagers.

  • Lori Voss-Siders

    12/29/2019 08:59 PM

    Mike, I love your newsletter and agree with your prayer for awards. I have a question I don’t know any other way to contact you. Doesn’t the constitution allow for a bipartisan impeachment only. I would think that a totally partisan impeachment is exactly what the founders were looking to avoid and thus worded it as bipartisan impeachment. Be blessed and favored in Jesus!

  • Linda Radosevich

    12/29/2019 08:51 PM

    Regarding Eph. 6:4, I have a Christian friend, mother of four (all grown now) who taught me so much about raising children! When her kids would complain to her about having to do homework, chores, being nice to their siblings, etc., she would merely reply, "Don't talk to me about it, talk to God. He's the one who made me your mother."

  • Tim Zahn

    12/29/2019 08:38 PM

    I had a good childhood growing up even though my father wasn't around much due to a divorce and my grandmother moved in with us who had a profound influence on my life. The movie "Christmas Story" was shot in Cleveland, Ohio where I was born before moving to Tucson, Arizona at age 13. Ralph's school in the movie, William Rainy Harper, is the same one I went to from kindergarten thru 7tyh grade before moving to Tucson. The department store, Higbee's, is the same one I visited Santa as a young boy. Watching the movie every year at Christmas brings back very fond memories of my youth.
    P.S. I predict next year that John Force will win another funny car national title in the NHRA. A very nice guy and great racer in my opinion from a personal encounter involving a young racer with leukemia who John helped before he passed. The young racer was buried in a John Force racing shirt personally autographed by John. John Force was his hero.

  • Bart Brooks

    12/29/2019 08:25 PM

    This article on children and the future is so true. Love your stuff.

  • Kenneth Hadler

    12/29/2019 08:17 PM

    I appreciate your comments and your presentation. Keep up the good work!

  • Lois Michell

    12/29/2019 08:02 PM

    Congratulations on a wonderful 2019 full of great news coverage and lots of beneficial information!!! Thank you!!!

  • Diane Spradley

    12/29/2019 07:52 PM

    To make a donation to the trump reelection committee how do I know who to send it to that is legitimate. I get too many emails asking for money. Are they tax exempt?

  • Ed Franklin

    12/29/2019 07:50 PM

    Really enjoyed your Newsletter tonight. Right on Target with parenting and raising children. Thumbs up to Gary Sunrise. Enjoyed the predictions. Thank you!