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Today's Commentary --- Trump defies expectations, will conservative voters? -- More praise for Judicial Watch as they challenge Dr. Ford's attorneys -- Caravan heads to border -- Cold water on Beto fans -- A bipartisan tradition -- The Baltic Experience 2019 -- Huck's Hero -- Evening Edition - Daily Verse
All of the talk of a “blue wave” in next month’s election was based on the idea that Democrats were fired up to vote with anti-Trump rage while Republicans would just follow the standard precedent and stay home in the first off-year election of a new Republican President’s term. But believers in the conventional wisdom seem to have forgotten how Donald Trump already shattered it.
Trump’s stunning success in turning around the Obama economy, along with the violent, belligerent, threatening ways in which the left has chosen to express its rage at being out of power, have actually fired up enthusiasm to vote among those on the right. They like strong growth, more job opportunities and higher wages, and don’t feel like letting a bunch of angry leftists slam the brakes on all that real progress just because they’re having an epic tantrum.
More praise for Judicial Watch as they challenge Dr. Ford's attorneys
By Mike Huckabee
As recently noted here, Judicial Watch and its president, Tom Fitton, deserve high praise for relentlessly seeking answers in cases that otherwise might be swept under the rug, such as Hillary Clinton’s email and the State Department’s cover-up regarding the attack on the consulate in Benghazi that killed four Americans, including our ambassador. (No, Hillary, and, no, Susan Rice, it was NOT inspired by an anti-Muslim YouTube video.) Of side interest is the fact that the Benghazi case and the Hillary email case are actually related, as it was the push by Judicial Watch to look into Benghazi that turned up Hillary’s private email server. If they hadn’t pressed for answers about Benghazi, we might never have known about Hillary’s brazen mishandling of classified material.
Judicial Watch is at it again, and I have to admit it’s fun to clap from the sidelines. They’ve filed a bar complaint against the attorneys for Dr. Christine Blasey Ford. You’ll recall that Dr. Ford said under oath that she had not been informed that the committee had offered to fly to California and depose her there so she wouldn’t have to fly to Washington, DC. Attorneys Debra Katz, Lisa Banks and Michael Bromwich deny that and say Dr. Ford was fully informed. So, who was telling the truth?
Caravan heads to border
By Mike Huckabee
Mexico’s attempts to turn back the caravan of Central American migrants heading for the US border don’t seem to be working. Some of the migrants went home, citing the rowdy elements in the group. But more have joined, many of them Mexican citizens. The caravan now reportedly numbers as many as 10,000. Its leaders have vowed to push into the US, claiming they will knock down any door they encounter.
Since President Trump has threatened to send the National Guard, they may be encountering the type of door that can’t be knocked down so easily. Some analysts believe that there was a hidden organizing effort behind this caravan to have them arrive right at election time, perhaps to goad Trump into taking military action, to make him look cruel and bigoted against “immigrants” (which these people are not.) If so, then I think that as with the Kavanaugh accusations, someone took careful aim and shot off his own toe. 10,000 people marching on the border at once doesn’t look like “undocumented immigration,” it looks like an invading force, precisely the kind of thing that most Americans would expect the US to repel with military might if necessary.
Nobody wants to see violence at the border, especially if the migrants include women and children. But if the idea is to garner sympathy, it’s not working: polls show that most Americans blame the migrants for putting their children into a dangerous situation, not the officers doing their jobs by stopping them. And frankly, if someone were creating a commercial for the need to build a border wall, they couldn’t do much better for a visual than showing 10,000 people rushing in at once.
Cold water on Beto fans
By Mike Huckabee
Texas Senate hopeful Robert “Beto” O’Rourke is the latest “charisma candidate” to set liberal media hearts a-flutter across the nation, and he’s being showered with tens of millions of dollars in donations that should keep him well-supplied with skateboards and hair products. But leave it to intrepid interviewer Cabot Phillips of Campus Reform to throw cold water on Betomania by asking his besotted young followers on the Texas A&M campus a question that stymied them: “What, exactly, has he ever accomplished?”
Typical responses included assurances that he “has the experience and vision needed to do a good job,” although the respondents couldn’t name those experiences; and “I think he’s accomplished,” even though they couldn’t point to any specific accomplishments. Some suggested that he hadn’t had the ability, experience or platform to accomplish anything yet, which is why Texas voters need to make him Senator so he can prove himself. Apparently, they think Senator is an entry-level position. Well, that’s not completely fair: O’Rourke is a former El Paso city councilman and has been in the House since 2013. There, you now know more about him than many of his most ardent supporters do.
It’s pretty astounding that so many Democrats are already touting O’Rourke as their 2020 Presidential candidate when they can’t even name a single thing he’s accomplished. On the other hand, they were stymied by the same question about Obama in 2008, and about Hillary in 2016. It seems that on the Democratic side, having prior accomplishments is no longer a prerequisite for the presidency.
A bipartisan tradition
By Mike Huckabee
Saudi Arabia’s explanations for the brutal death of Washington Post writer Jamal Khashoggi during an interrogation are starting to sound like the unfunny true-life version of Woody Allen’s old joke about how he beat up two thugs by hitting them in the fists with his face. President Trump is waiting until a full investigation is completed, but he promised serious consequences if the killing turns out to have been as reported.
That hasn’t stopped Trump’s ever-ready critics from trying to claim not only that he’s cozying up to a brutal regime with no regard for human rights, but that this is an entirely new and ugly turn in American foreign policy. I don’t even need to quote conservative media to refute that. Uber-liberal journalist Glenn Greenwald couldn’t stomach that revisionism and took to Twitter to remind Trump critics that turning a blind eye to Saudi human rights abuses is a longtime bipartisan tradition (note that some of the language is not safe for young eyes.)
The Baltic Experience 2019
I am thrilled to announce an unforgettable trip to the Baltics for the summer of 2019! After many years of the Israel Experiences and our most recent trip the Mediterranean Experience cruise, we are bringing you another phenomenal cruise, the Baltic Experience! This all-inclusive cruise will feature some of the most beautiful places in the Baltic Sea and we will get to travel to and absorb these destinations aboard a luxury cruise ship from the Azamara Cruise line. If you have traveled with us before, you already know that all-inclusive means exactly that and there are no surprises along the way. The Baltic Experience will be no different. And when the weather is often unbearably hot throughout most of the US in August, we will be enjoying the cool and delightful weather that makes travel in the Baltic region perfect. Once again we have the entire ship and will fill our time on board with spectacular entertainment and special guests. In addition to the cruise we have multiple pre and post cruise offerings you can choose from to extend your trip. Our last cruise sold out in record time so we encourage you to get your cabin secured soon. We look forward to traveling with you soon and as always we will work tirelessly and do everything in our control to bring you The Greatest Trip.
See you on the boat,
By Mike Huckabee
(Readers in the North Texas/Dallas-Ft. Worth area, come out next Saturday, Oct. 27, to meet today’s Huck’s Hero and “Huckabee” writer/newsletter contributor and retro jazz singer Laura Ainsworth at the annual Malaika Orphanage dinner, show and auction at UTA. Info and tickets are at this link:
Today’s Huck’s Hero is a living testament to what a difference one person of faith can make, even in places where the system is stacked heavily against you.
Betty Bengo was born in Uganda, where women are often abused and seldom allowed even to attend school. But she wanted to learn and begged her father to let her. A remarkable man, he went to bat for his daughter and arranged for her to go to school. She not only learned, she excelled. Betty says she always prayed to God to help her to help Uganda’s women and children. Her prayers were answered when she earned a law degree and became a human rights attorney.
She had long dreamed of coming to America, and got that chance when an agency that promotes human rights asked her to be their representative. Upon arriving in America, she not only fell in love with the USA, but also with a fellow Ugandan, Peter Serunjoji, whom she met in (of all places) Texas! The two married and now have three sons. They live in the Dallas area and are fiercely patriotic American citizens and strong Christians.
But Betty could never forget the plight of the children back in her native land. So she and Peter founded the Malaika Orphanage Children Foundation, to create a loving group home for some of the most desperate and impoverished children in the world. These are children abandoned or sold into the streets of Uganda, discarded alone in some of the worst conditions on Earth – starving and unloved, many with disabilities or life-threatening diseases, such as AIDS. Betty and Peter work tirelessly to help save these most needy of all children and give them a future. Her commitment, faith, energy and contagious joy in helping others have brought comparisons to Mother Teresa, and attracted supporters of all backgrounds.
Once a year, the foundation hosts a fundraising dinner, silent auction and show, and it’s a multi-cultural lovefest to help the Malaika Orphanage children, currently numbering 218. Supporters from DFW and local immigrants pitch in and cook a huge buffet, with dishes from Texas, Africa, Asia, India and the Middle East, and performers from various cultures put on a show.
This year’s bash is next Saturday at the UTA campus in Arlington. As has become tradition, one of those performers will be “Huckabee” writer and award-winning retro jazz singer Laura Ainsworth. I hope if you’re in the area, you’ll come out for this terrific, fun event, meet Betty and Laura, and support the Malaiki Orphanage kids. If you can’t make it, any donation is greatly appreciated. You can also sponsor a child in desperate need for a small monthly donation. Learn more at their website, http://www.mocfusaug.org
Evening Edition - October 19
By Mike Huckabee
A wrap-up of all the news you might have missed yesterday!
"If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land."
- 2 Chronicles 7:14
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