July 7, 2020
By Mike Huckabee
WHAT DO AMERICANS HAVE TO LOSE? LOOK AT HONG KONG...
Of all the Fourth of July celebrations in my lifetime, this was perhaps the strangest --- and also the most important for us to ponder.
The Fourth of July is usually a time to get together and enjoy our freedom as Americans, and we mostly take for granted that we will always have it. But the very fact that this year was so out of kilter should tell us how very much we have to lose. Leftists here in this country –- a trifecta of the power-mad, the indoctrinated and the ignorant –- want to “burn it all down” to set up a fantasy Marxist utopia ruled by identity politics, which is just another form of racism. Look around; they’re in the process of doing it. We can’t take our freedom for granted any longer.
We forget how quickly everything can change. A system of government can fall just like...THAT! (I’m snapping my fingers.) It’s like toppling a statue; no matter how much skill and care and artistry went into creating that unique piece, or how many centuries it has stood, it can be turned into rubble with one hard pull of a rope or a few sticks of dynamite. Even a constitutional republic like ours can be very quickly taken over and altered beyond recognition, with little or no hope of going back. We are at risk of that now.
Look at what China has done to Hong Kong in just a week. All it had to do was pass a law, and now Hong Kong authorities are forced to strengthen regulation of the media and the internet. Beijing also has given itself broad powers to deploy state security agencies and to establish a bureau overseeing “national security” in Hong Kong. As reported in BLOOMBERG NEWS, China may even block citizens of Hong Kong from leaving for the U.K. Thousands took to the streets last week in protest, but it won’t change any of this. The “one country-two systems” framework that has governed the former British colony since it was returned to China in 1997 is essentially over, now that China has chosen to disregard that agreement.
RIP CHARLIE DANIELS
I am still in shock after receiving a message Monday from country legend Charlie Daniels’ representative, letting me know that he had died of a stroke at 83. He was so big, so strong, so omnipresent in music for 70 years, and so bold and outspoken in defense of America and its veterans, police, and first responders that it seems almost impossible that he could have left us so suddenly. I’m proud to say that he was a friend of mine and a friend of our TBN show, where he appeared just recently to promote one of his many initiatives to help our veterans.
Fox News immediately contacted me to write a tribute. I hope you will read it at this link.
This obituary from the Nashville Tennessean includes some highlights from Charlie Daniels’ amazing career and the many fellow icons who worked with him, from Bob Dylan and Leonard Cohen to Ringo Starr and Elvis Presley. He was truly a “musician’s musician,” the "best there's ever been" on both fiddle and guitar, and the man the greats called when they wanted to make music history.
Here are some of the many tributes to him that are pouring in from fellow music stars.
To show the deep love and respect that Americans felt for Charlie Daniels, here are some photos of his body being driven to the funeral home, accompanied by a police escort, followed by a group of fans on motorcycles, and saluted by fans lining the sidewalks to pay their respects as they held up the American flag he revered.
Finally, it’s especially unfortunate that he leaves us at a time when so many people are turning on the patriotic American values he fought so hard to protect and defend. I wish he could have lived to see what I hope and pray will be the crushing repudiation by voters of the current wave of violent, ignorant, intolerant and divisive anti-Americanism. But he left us a great legacy of writings and recordings to help inspire patriots to fight back.
One of the greatest was a song that came out during a similarly depressing, if less violent, time in America’s history: 1980, the end of the Carter years when we were told that malaise was our “new normal,” that America was in decline, that we could be pushed around by countries like Iran, and we’d better just get used to it. He released a battle cry of a song that reminded us not to believe the demoralizing lies and anti-American propaganda. Some say he helped save the nation, as that song fired up patriotic Americans to go to the polls, elect Ronald Reagan, and reclaim America’s greatness. He revived it again after 9/11, as you can see in this live video. I think it’s high time we start playing it again, right up to and beyond Election Day 2020. It’s called “In America.”
TRUMP: AMERICANS "ONLY BEND THE KNEE TO GOD."
I hope you had a safe and enjoyable Fourth of July weekend, which means I hope you didn’t turn on the news for the past four days, except to watch President Trump’s speech at Mount Rushmore. Here it is if you missed it, and if so, it’s today’s Must-See. It may be the most important speech of his Administration, and one of the most important of any President:
After weeks of riots, looting, arson, vandalism of national monuments and historic statues, slander of America’s founders, bullying and intimidation of law-abiding citizens and “canceling” of anyone who dares voice an opinion unapproved by the radical left mobs, Trump took to national television to stand up and fight back against leftist fascism and on behalf of America’s great heritage of liberty, justice and government of, by and for the people. In the most memorable line of a stunning speech, he declared that Americans “only bend the knee for God.”
Naturally, the anti-Trump media had a hair-on-fire hissy fit. The New York Times repeated the mischaracterization of his Inaugural speech by claiming that Trump gave a “dark and divisive” speech. The most hilarious bit was their claim that he created a liberal “straw man” by trying to convince us that the left is engaging in violence, rioting and anti-American radicalism. I have to assume that the Times’ reporters haven’t glanced at their own news pages in the past month.
Of course, for the Times, denying reality is par for the course.
AMERICA IS MORE THAN ONE POINT OF VIEW
Incidentally, worth repeating: since the Times has decided to turn on Mount Rushmore and describe it as sacred land stolen from Native Americans, let’s all remember that the New York Times building sits on sacred land that Native Americans were cheated out of for $24 worth of junk jewelry. If they don’t turn the deed over to the Lenape tribe or sell it and give them the money as reparations, then they are stone cold hypocrites and you should pay no attention to anything they say. Not that you should anyway.
And to refute the New York Times, while it would be too daunting and too depressing to recount all the things that the left did over the weekend, suffice to say that they took the most patriotic and joyful of all American holidays and turned it into an unpatriotic, anti-American, dark, divisive, violent nightmare. More depressing still, elected officials and major corporations went along with them, apparently terrified of this tiny segment of the population, like elephants running in terror from mice.
I’m curious: when did we have a vote and decide that only one opinion – that of the most radical leftists – is allowed to be voiced in America, lest we lose our jobs and be banned from social media? For instance, why are officials in Richmond, Virginia, allowed to tell construction workers that they have to take down an American flag on the 4th of July because the sight of it might “provoke” someone, but leftists are allowed to stomp on an American flag outside the White House because they have First Amendment rights?
And if you doubt that what Trump said about liberal fascists is true, then what would you call a writer for the Washington Post suggesting that pulling non-PC movies and TV shows isn’t enough; we now have to do something about “problematic” books. For instance, he references the “unbearable whiteness” of Jane Austen. Of course, he denies that he’s calling for book burning, but somehow, I doubt that the lighter fluid smell wafting from his direction is because he’s holding a Fourth of July barbecue.
BIBLE VERSE OF THE DAY (KJV)