BY MIKE HUCKABEE
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But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy.
James 3:17 KJV
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Here is today’s continually updated page of Israel war news from Fox News:
Among the major developments since yesterday: Secretary of State Antony Blinken announced that at least 33 Americans have been killed in the war, and it’s estimated that 222 hostages, including foreigners from a number of nations, are being held captive by Hamas.
Blinken also made the case to the UN to support Israel, noting that there were hostages from a number of member nations, and that Hamas’ actions are identical to those of other brutal terrorist organizations that have attacked innocents in their countries. But I don’t hold out much hope for the UN taking a strong stand on the right side, and not just because I never do. A draft resolution on the war that was to have been voted on by the US Security Council originally contained language calling on Iran to stop funding terrorism. But any mention of Iran was removed, reportedly at the insistence of Russia. Any organization where Russia is allowed to dictate the terms of morality is about as useless as an electric car in the Indy 500.
Israel continued air strikes against Hamas targets, but the ground invasion has still yet to begin. Some analysts are worried that if it doesn’t start soon, it never will. Hamas has already had weeks to fortify its hideouts, set booby traps and utilize their most potent weapon, playing on the misguided sympathies of useful idiots in the media, politics and academia who want to draw false equivalences and blame Israel for any harm that comes to people Hamas uses as human shields.
Last weekend, I had a must-see interview on TBN with Alan Dershowitz, and he shared a simple illustration from something he published years ago. That one graphic explains why blaming Israel for harm that befalls Hamas’ hostages would be morally illiterate rubbish.
It shows two men with rifles, pointing them at each other. One is an Israeli soldier, the other a Hamas terrorist. There’s a baby behind the Israeli soldier because he’s using his body to shield it from harm. There’s a baby in front of the Hamas terrorist, because he’s using it to shield himself. If any harm should come to that child the terrorist is hiding behind, nobody with a functioning brain should have any trouble assessing who is responsible for it. Unfortunately, that leaves a lot of people out, including several Congress members.
House Republicans have a message for President Biden: If Egypt, Syria, Qatar and other Arab Muslim nations refuse to take in Palestinian refugees, we should consider why that is and not be importing them and settling them into American communities coast-to-coast. If that’s not reason enough, then the fact that AOC thinks it’s a great idea should be enough to raise a dozen red flags.
Tuesday, House Republicans nominated Majority Whip Tom Emmer as their third nominee for Speaker. But that choice raised outrage among conservatives. Despite his claims to be a Trump supporter, critics on the right called him a RINO and an anti-Trumper, and Trump himself put a post on Truth Social blasting him. When conservatives ousted Kevin McCarthy without a plan for what comes next, they likely didn’t envision that it would be him, but that’s what happens when you blow things sky high with no idea where they’ll land.
Still, Emmer was in the top spot for only a couple of hours. He couldn’t get the votes for Speaker, so he dropped out. Now, the next man at bat is Louisiana Rep. Mike Johnson. During a closed door conference, it was reportedly confirmed that he has the 217 votes needed to become Speaker. Pardon me, but I think I’ll wait until I see it to believe it.
Check out my thoughts on leadership and how to fix government below.
The Leaders We Need
We all knew a kid in school who just had to run everything. Remember the classmate who insisted on picking the games you’d all play at recess, where you’d go after school, even who was “in” or “out” of your group? In high school, that kid had a compulsive need to be the leader of every student organization. You just wanted to say, “Hey! You’re not the boss of me!” Whatever happened to those kids? I wouldn’t be surprised if most ended up in government. We certainly have no shortage of people there who think they know how to live your life and spend your paycheck better than you do.
I’m convinced the world is divided into people who just want to live their own lives and those who, for some reason, have an uncontrollable urge to tell everyone else how to live. Unfortunately, to that latter group, government seems like the ideal place to work, and at the moment, they are getting 99.9% of all the attention from the media. As more of them gravitated toward government, Congress abdicated much of its legislating authority to unelected bureaucrats. Their bureaus grew like kudzu, and so did their regulations with the force of law (but no input from the people.) Then one day, we looked up and discovered we had a crushing national debt and were paying huge salaries to an army of people who enforce how big your soda should be and who couldn’t be fired and who is allowed to come into your daughter’s locker room. That’s when sane people realized that government is the LAST place these out-of-control control freaks needed to be.
The temptation for government to overreach is hardly new. In fact, it stretches back to the beginning of recorded history, and I bet even earlier than that. There’s a story in the ninth chapter of the book of Judges in the Old Testament about Gideon’s son Abimelech, who craved leadership and stature - not to serve the people but to control them and make them serve him. He said, “Give me dominion over your lives, and I will simplify your existence.” Wow, does that sound familiar? It’s basically the entire Democratic platform. Our government has taken us pretty far down that same road, but does your life seem any simpler -- or just a lot less free?
Anyway, back to Abimelech. He had a very smart younger brother, Jotham, who came up with a clever tale about three trees: an olive tree, a fig tree, and a vine tree. All three were fine trees that produced lots of fruit. All were offered the exalted position of “King Of All Trees,” but all three turned it down. The plant that wanted to be “King Of All Trees” was the bramble bush, a weak plant that produces no fruit at all. Jotham’s point was that only the weak and nonproductive have the desire to rule everyone else. Does that lesson not resonate like a gong right now?
When anyone aspires to a position of power, take a long, hard look. If that person seemingly crawled out of the cradle with an ambition to be President, then beware! Anytime someone talks about “running the country,” alarm bells should sound. No one – not the President, not Congress, no one person – “runs the country” or should aspire to.
That’s why the Founders took such pains to divide and limit federal power, and why we need to reinstate those limits that have been trampled in recent years, whether by Presidents ruling via executive order or out-of-control judges legislating from the bench or unelected bureaucrats abusing their power to try to influence the results of elections. If we allow any one person or entity to ignore those limits and assume the power to run everything, we won’t be able to stop them when they run America into the ground.
We should pick leaders who resemble the trees in the Bible story that don’t need or crave power but that have shown they bear good fruit. As it is said, by their fruits ye shall know them. Government has more than enough nuts already.
Why We Need Term Limits
You’ve heard the saying, "Two things you should never watch being made -- a law and sausage." I don't agree with half of that. I've been involved in lawmaking as a Lieutenant Governor presiding over the State Senate and as a Governor negotiating every step of the process with a legislature that was 90 percent Democrat. I've also seen sausage made.
I still eat sausage.
For the faint of heart and those without a strong stomach, seeing the process of politics become the process of governing can result in serious reactions. It's not a pretty process. It can be tedious, exasperating, and embarrassing. But let me let you in on a little secret: it’s supposed to be!
Recently, some Congressional Democrats have been publicly ranting over what an offense to “our democracy” it is that they can’t ram through their agenda with a one-vote majority. Some are pushing to blow up the system that slows down their efforts to enact what they claim “the people” (i.e., “them”) want, from eliminating the Senate filibuster to stacking the Supreme Court with partisan political appointees.
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This is what John Adams called “the tyranny of the majority.” It’s not only poison to the American system, it’s also a really stupid political tactic. Apparently, Sens. Kyrsten Sinema and Joe Manchin were the only Democrats who understood how dumb it is to strip all power from the minority when you’re just one election and one seat away from being the minority yourself (see the 2022 House elections.)
As hard as it may be to believe, making a law was never designed by our Founding Fathers to be quick and simple. When they wrote and approved the Constitution, they intended for the passage of a bill into law to be a hard slog. They feared that passion would overwhelm reason and thoughtfulness, and so they built in plenty of speed bumps to make sure that a bill never whizzed through Congress and got signed by the President as hurriedly as some celebrities go through rounds of rehab.
Now, I'm pretty sure that the Founding Fathers didn't want total gridlock in Congress, but as much as it may surprise you, they would prefer gridlock to haste. Why? Because they feared government in the same way I fear snakes, spiders, and sharks. They knew that the sheer power of it is an intoxicant and that most of the people who enter government will be like sixteen-year-old boys with keys to the liquor cabinet whose parents are gone for the weekend.Watching Congress make laws and oversee regulation is a lot like watching sixteen-year-olds with booze and a BMW. You get the distinct impression that they have no business with either one, and a crash is inevitable.
This is why I have long been a proponent of term limits, which are hardly a new idea. The concept dates back to ancient Rome and Greece, with the great Greek philosopher Aristotle observing, “It is not so easy to do wrong in a short as in a long tenure of office.”
This idea was most famously summed up many years later by English historian, politician and author Lord Acton, who said, “Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Great men are almost always bad men.” The current DC bureaucracy seems to be trying their best to become a living illustration that absolute power corrupts absolutely and turns you into a bad person.
In 1807, half-way through his own second term, President Thomas Jefferson warned that "if some termination to the services of the chief Magistrate be not fixed by the Constitution, or supplied by practice, his office, nominally four years, will in fact become for life."
The popular novelist James Fenimore Cooper summed up the prevailing American attitude in 1838 when he said that "contact with the affairs of state is one of the most corrupting of the influences to which men are exposed." This might explain why so many of them retire (if they ever do retire) as multi-millionaires after a life selflessly devoted to “public service.”
Historian Robert Struble notes that the American preference for turnover in leadership was so deeply ingrained that it took until the twentieth century for the concept of “career politicians” to take hold. Unfortunately, among the many bad ideas that arose in the twentieth century, like Nazism, socialism, and letting movie actors talk, came the argument that a lifetime of "experience" in government was a far more valuable asset than a fresh perspective or a knowledge of business, farming, or other fields in which the vast majority of Americans work. Not everyone swallowed that argument, including twentieth-century Presidents of both parties.
In 1953, after deciding not to run for a third term, Democrat President Harry Truman said:
“In my opinion, eight years as President is enough and sometimes too much for any man to serve in that capacity. There is a lure in power. It can get into a man's blood just as gambling and lust for money have been known to do.”
Interesting quote, considering that he became President only because he was Franklin Roosevelt's Vice President when FDR died in office shortly after being reelected to his fourth term.
Republican Calvin Coolidge, who was President in the 1920s, said:
“When a man begins to feel that he is the only one who can lead in this republic, he is guilty of treason to the spirit of our institutions...It is difficult for men in high office to avoid the malady of self-delusion. They are always surrounded by worshipers. They are constantly, and for the most part sincerely, assured of their greatness. They live in an artificial atmosphere of adulation and exaltation which sooner or later impairs their judgment. They are in grave danger of becoming careless and arrogant.”
Old “Silent Cal” must have been truly passionate about this subject because I believe those are the most words he ever said in one sitting.
Another guilty plea
Former Trump attorney Jenna Ellis agreed to plead guilty to one count of "aiding and abetting false statements/writings” in the ridiculous Georgia RICO case aimed at Donald Trump. In exchange, she has to do 100 hours of community service and five years’ probation, pay $5,000 restitution and agree to testify truthfully, if called.
In a tearful statement, Ellis said, “In the wake of the 2020 presidential election, I believed that challenging the results on behalf of President Trump should be pursued in a just and legal way."She claimed she was relying on more senior lawyers working on the challenge “to provide [her] with true and reliable information” but “In the frenetic place of attempting to raise challenges to the election in several states, including Georgia, I failed to do my due diligence." She said she would not have represented Trump “if I knew then what I know now.”
Okay, let’s unpack that. If she was merely repeating information she got from trusted legal sources and didn’t know it was wrong at the time, with no intent to mislead, how is that a crime? She was just wrong (if you accept the premise that the election was clean.) People say things that are wrong every day and aren’t prosecuted for it, including about elections (I could name hundreds of Democrats here.)
This sounds like the kind of deal you take when you know you aren't really guilty of a crime but you have to make a prosecutor who’s abusing her power back off and quit trying to destroy and bankrupt you. We’ve seen a LOT of those plea deals lately.
For those who say, “You call this a frivolous case, so why are all these people pleading guilty?” I’d respond, “And what are they pleading guilty to?” If DA Fani Willis had any actual evidence of a felony-level RICO conspiracy, how come all these people are being let off the hook with penny-ante pleas to make her go away, and none of them involve conspiracy? She got what she wanted: smearing Trump associates, getting them to plead guilty to something, and in Ellis’ case, making it harder for Trump to find legal representation, which has been a major goal of the left for quite a while. Despite all these guilty pleas, the only conspiracy Ms Willis has been able to demonstrate is a conspiracy of dunces in her office.
Use a “72 Hour Rule” for stories like this one
ABC News reported that former Trump Chief of Staff Mark Meadows was granted immunity in the January 6th trial, and that his testimony suggests that Trump was “dishonest.” But the story had no sooner been trumpeted about than reporter Catherine Herridge tweeted that it was “largely inaccurate,” but ABC decided to run it anyway.
I’m going to apply our 72-hour rule on Trump stories to this one and see if anything about it turns out to be true. Considering the whole case hangs on Trump allegedly knowing he lost the election and challenging it anyway, while Meadows reportedly told investigators that he never heard Trump say that, I don’t see what the bombshell here is.
The Trump campaign released a great ad based on Hillary Clinton’s characteristically arrogant comment that Trump supporters need to be “deprogrammed” This is a perfect depiction of the kind of society we would have if it were run by people who believe their opinions are so unassailably correct that people shouldn’t be allowed to question them. Oh wait: it already is...
Dinesh D’Souza’s new documentary “Police State,” about politicized government agencies trampling on the rights of Americans, is playing in theaters on only two dates. It drew good crowds on Sunday, and today is your last chance to see it unless its run is extended. Here’s some information and the trailer.
A Judeo-Christian nation
One of the big hot button issues on the left these days is any suggestion that America is a Judeo-Christian nation built on Biblical principles. To them, America is all about “diversity,” which means any religion is welcome except that of the majority of Americans since the beginning of our history. They will also argue that the Founders were not Christians, even if it means grabbing the thinnest reed of circumstantial evidence and waving it like a baseball bat. I think this is evidence that they learned even less in history class than they did in economics class.
In my book “The Three C’s That Made America Great,” my co-author Steve Feazel and I compiled a mountain of evidence of the importance of the Bible and Christianity to America’s heritage. Not just in the many Christian sects that came here in the early days seeking religious freedom, but deeply rooted in the culture and the foundations of our government and school system. Here are just a few examples. See if this sounds like the thinking of a group of closet atheists…
Benjamin Rush, signer of the Declaration of Independence, wrote that “The Bible…should be read in our schools in preference to all other books from its containing the greatest portion of that kind of knowledge which is calculated to produce private and public temporal happiness.”
Fellow signer Samuel Adams wrote of the importance of “inculcating in the minds of youth the fear and love of the Deity…In short of leading them in the study and practice of the exalted virtues of the Christian system.”
The “Father of American Scholarship and Education,” Noah Webster, wrote, “In my view, the Christian Religion is the most important and one of the first things in which all children, under a free government, ought to be instructed…No truth is more evident to my mind than that the Christian Religion must be the basis of any government intended to secure the rights and privileges of a free people.”
While the Revolutionary War was raging, it was nearly impossible to import Bibles. Philadelphia Magazine publisher Robert Aitken requested that Bibles be printed in America to be used in schools. So in 1782, the Continental Congress approved the printing of what became known as the Aitken Bible, the first English Bible printed in America. That’s right: CONGRESS…printed the BIBLE…so it could be used in SCHOOLS! I can already hear liberals’ heads exploding at that revelation. The Bibles even included a statement that the US Congress “recommend this edition of the Bible to the inhabitants of the United States.”
In 1787, Congress passed the Northwest Ordinance, laying the groundwork for Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Michigan and Wisconsin to become states. It includes this statement on education: “Religion, morality and knowledge being necessary to good government and the happiness of mankind, schools and the means of education shall forever be encouraged.”
Today’s leftists and atheists would dismiss these as the opinions of some early American figures that were somehow swept away by the Constitution and its nonexistent “separation of church and state” clause. However, even after the Constitution was ratified, none of that was rescinded and the Bible continued to be used in public schools.
Among those outside of government, there was little disagreement about the importance of religion, the Bible and Judeo-Christian morality as the bedrock of American culture. In 1831, French historian Alexis de Tocqueville arrived in the US to write his landmark work, “Democracy in America.” He declared that the first thing that struck him was “the religious aspect of the country,” and the longer he stayed, the more he perceived “the great political consequences” resulting from it.
De Tocqueville wrote that “there is no country in the world where the Christian religion retains a greater influence over the souls of men than in America,” and it “must be regarded as the foremost of the political institutions,” “for if it does not impart a taste for freedom, it facilitates the use of it.” He said he was certain that Americans “hold it to be indispensable to the maintenance of republican institutions. This opinion is not peculiar to a class of citizens or a party, but it belongs to the whole nation and to every rank of society.”
He further noted the unique importance of Christianity in making freedom the foundation of America’s government: “In France I had almost always seen the spirit of religion and the spirit of freedom marching in opposite directions. But in America I found they were intimately united and that they reigned in common over the same country.”
Maybe that’s why, throughout the 1800s, no legal challenge to the Bible or morality being taught in public schools was ever raised. It took nearly 200 years for liberals to “discover” that the Founders weren’t really Christians, the nation wasn’t really built on Biblical principles of morality and justice, and the writers of the Constitution actually meant to ban Bibles from public schools.
I’ve shown my evidence for my argument. What’s theirs, other than “We feel that’s how it should be, and we found some activist liberal judges who agreed with us”?
(Partially adapted from “The Three C’s That Made America Great” by Mike Huckabee and Steve Feazel:
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