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Today's Commentary:Charles Krauthammer breaks some sad news --- Join me in Branson on June 12 -- Romney says Trump will be reelected -- Elizabeth Warren -- Desire for fair competition leads to protest -- Evening Edition - Daily Verse
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There are hardly words adequate to describe the brilliance, good heart, and incredible example of FOX News contributor and Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist Charles Krauthammer, nor to express how deeply saddened we are at the news he now shares with us.
In a letter read on-air by his colleagues at FOX News, Krauthammer reveals that after cancer surgery and almost a year of treatment and slow recovery, he was knocked back again with the news that his cancer has suddenly returned, very aggressively, and that his doctors give him only a few more weeks. He had anticipated getting back to his work but now says that “fate has decided on a different course for me.”
The letter reminds me a little of the heartfelt one President Reagan wrote to the nation after receiving his diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease. “I leave this life with no regrets,” Krauthammer says. “It was a wonderful life --- full and complete with the great loves and great endeavors that make it worth living. I am sad to leave, but I leave with the knowledge that I lived the life that I intended.”
His appearances were always a highlight of Bret Baier’s “Special Report,” so much so that Baier was able to get approval from the higher-ups to have him on “the panel” every night. Everyone –- colleagues and viewers alike –- had been missing him greatly and hoping for his eventual return. But Charles is as much of a realist about this as he has had to be about other things, saying, “This is the final verdict. My fight is over.”
He has coped with hard realities ever since, at the age of 22, a dive to the bottom of a swimming pool broke his neck and took most of his ability to move. It almost took his life as well, but the Harvard medical student persevered and not only graduated but went on to become chief psychiatry resident at Massachusetts General Hospital and later to enter the world of politics as a speechwriter and then a columnist and on-air commentator. (That world certainly needs the counsel of a good psychiatrist, but I digress.) For the fascinating story and a deeper understanding of his life and philosophy, be sure to read his book THINGS THAT MATTER.
It would be hard to find anyone else with such a huge intellect and such a small ego. In these times, we can benefit from his keen observations more than ever, so it’s fortunate they are recorded for posterity. As he says in his letter, “I am grateful to have played a small part in the conversations that have helped guide this extraordinary nation’s destiny.” We’re grateful for that, too. Let’s keep him in our prayers and our thoughts, remember his example always, and be thankful for his wise words over the years.
Join me in Branson June 12
By Mike Huckabee
I'm coming to Branson at Silver Dollar City on June 12th.
Join me and a host of great guests including Tony Orlando, Irish Tenor, Anthony Kearns, Country singer Moe Bandy, the Shanghai Acrobats and much more! The show starts at 11 am at the SDC Opera House and ends at 1pm. You'll even get first entry and the best VIP seats in the house! Attending the show is free, but you will need to purchase an admission ticket to the park. You can enjoy all the attractions and other great Silver Dollar City shows the rest of the day. Just click here for all the details:
Romney says Trump will be reelected
By Mike Huckabee
Time for another periodic service check of your “Progressive” Slandermeter. As you may recall, in 2012, when applied to Mitt Romney, the Slandermeter needle pointed to “out of touch rich guy,” “sexist with binders full of women,” “cruel corporate raider who personally gave an employee’s wife cancer,” and the ever-popular, “Literally Hitler.” Then in 2016, Romney criticized Donald Trump quite harshly, and the needle on the Slandermeter swung back to “respected statesman” and “reasonable Republican I could have accepted.”
Well, Romney just said that thanks to the booming economy and the likelihood that the Democrats will nominate a fringe leftist loon in 2020, he believes that Trump will be renominated easily and “reelected solidly.”
So if your Slandermeter needle suddenly swings wildly back to “Literally Hitler,” don’t worry, it’s not broken. It’s operating exactly as it’s expected to.
By Mike Huckabee
If Mitt Romney is right and the Democrats do nominate a leftist fringe presidential candidate in 2020, it apparently will not be Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren. During a recent podcast, she said three times, “I am not running for President.” I guess we should take her at her word. On the other hand, she says something else in the same interview that’s even more surprising and newsworthy, and I have a very hard time believing she’s telling the truth. That quote:
“I’ve read the Constitution.”
Desire for fair competition leads to protest
By Mike Huckabee
I was wondering when female student athletes and their parents would finally start to rebel against the transparent lunacy of allowing transgender males who “identify” as female to compete in girls’ sports. Well, the first outbreak of rebellion has started, and surprisingly, it’s in one of the bluest of blue states, a state that overwhelmingly backs the kind of politicians who force these reality-denying policies onto schools.
Frustrated parents from Plainville and Glastonbury, Connecticut, have started a petition that’s been signed by 150 parents so far, calling for an end to allowing males who “identify” as females to compete in women’s sports. This came after a biologically male student won the women’s 100-meter dash competition for the second year in a row. The parents say it’s not fair to make girls who've trained very hard to win compete against a male athlete when males are naturally larger, stronger and faster.
But this complaint was refuted by Western New England College Center of Gender and Sexuality Studies director Erin Buzuvis, who insisted, “A transgender girl is a girl and ought to be treated like a girl.” There's a famous quote attributed to George Orwell, and this is the kind of comment that must have inspired it: “Some ideas are so stupid that only an intellectual could believe them.”
A male who identifies as female may feel like a girl, dress like a girl, and even demand to be treated like a girl. But that doesn’t alter his muscle mass and bone structure, which are still male. That's what matters in athletics. The very fact that female athletes are being told to shut up and take it is more evidence that in the current push on the left to divide everyone up into competing identify groups, women's rights are now the last to cross the finish line.
Good luck to the parents in their effort to restore some acknowledgement of simple biological facts. In the meantime, they should be grateful that their girls are running track and not competing in wrestling against such athletes, who could cause serious injuries to the girls with their naturally greater strength that we’re all supposed to pretend doesn’t exist.
Evening Edition - June 8
By Mike Huckabee
A wrap-up of all the news you might have missed yesterday!
"Fear thou not; for I am with thee:
be not dismayed; for I am thy God:
I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee;
yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness."
- Isaiah 41:10