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Former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper dropped out of the race Thursday, his chances of winning having been crippled by a toxic level of rationality. He’s considering running for Senate in Colorado. This will leave several other candidates with no shot to battle for the less-than-one-percent of voters in the polls who favor a moderate and realistic candidate over a far-left dingbat.
This somehow reminds me of “Beto” O’Rourke, who “rebooted” his campaign this week with a speech that was aptly described by one critic as “woke word salad.” “Beto 3.0” followed up a week of hysterically calling President Trump a white supremacist who’s personally responsible for mass shootings (and anyone who votes for him a racist) by refocusing his campaign on "racism, white supremacy and guns" (sounds like a winner!) and making it a personal moral crusade against Trump.
He simultaneously managed to alienate all Republicans while ticking off many Democrats by dismissing the idea of dropping out and running for Senate in Texas. He implied that replacing Trump was so important that the Senate was nothing compared to that. That isn’t a message Democrats want to spread since if they hold the House and win the White House, a GOP Senate will be the only thing keeping them from going full socialist/open borders/gun-grabber on us all. Personally, I hope Democrats don’t get that message, but I also hope Republicans get it loud and clear.
Interesting dispatch from the trade war with China
By Mike Huckabee
President Trump has removed a list of items made in China from being subject to the upcoming 10% tariffs because they are too important. The items include child car safety seats, shipping containers, cranes used in ports and construction…and Bibles. The link below explains why most Bibles are printed in China instead of America.
If we’re going to depend on China to print most of our Bibles, someone had better be proofreading them carefully. As this report from last January reveals, the Chinese government has been alarmed by the growth in Christianity in China (approximately 60 million believers – that they know of) and fear that people of faith will stand up against the unjust actions of the atheist communist government. So they’ve been waging brutal crackdowns on churches, imposing strict regulations, barring the distribution of Bibles in Chinese online and even – yes – rewriting Scripture. A chilling quote from the story:
“One of the goals of a government work plan for ‘promoting Chinese Christianity’ between 2018 and 2022 is ‘thought reform.’ The plan calls for ‘retranslating and annotating’ the Bible, to find commonalities with socialism and establish a ‘correct understanding’ of the text.”
One of the hallmarks of socialism and communism worldwide and throughout the ages is giving a noble-sounding name to something that’s actually the opposite of what’s happening. Note that “promoting Chinese Christianity” means oppressing it and forcing it under the boot heel of the government, while a “correct understanding” of the text means rewriting the Bible to make it seem to support government practices that it clearly doesn’t or else Beijing wouldn’t be so afraid of real Christians.
Also note from the story that the way they justify this kind of blasphemy, censorship, and oppression is by labeling people who trust in the Word of God rather than the government as “extremists.” Gee, why does that sound so familiar?
Tlaib, Omar and Israel
By Mike Huckabee
The reaction on the left to Israel barring a visit by Reps. Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib was the usual, predictable feigned outrage that seeks to obscure reality: they blasted the Israeli government as intolerant and bigoted against the “only female Muslim member of Congress,” as if that were the reason for the ban.
Reality check: there are many, many Muslims, females and Muslim females in Israel. They are welcome to live there and to visit there. Omar and Tlaib might also have been welcome to visit – indeed, it might have been a highly enlightening experience for them – if it had been a genuine “fact-finding” trip. But as noted here yesterday, the Israeli government learned at the last minute what they had planned for their itinerary. Far from coming to learn facts that might dispel their anti-Semitic prejudices, they planned to exploit their appearance in Israel to appear with Palestinian officials, call Israel “Palestine” in an attempt to deny its legitimacy, gin up general unrest and promote the BDS movement. Israel has a legal right to refuse entry to foreigners who do that, and they invoked it.
But then, just as all the phony indignation against Israel was reaching fever pitch, Prime Minister Netanyahu upended the leftist narrative by gracefully granting Rep. Tlaib’s humanitarian request to visit her grandmother in the West Bank, after she pledged not to promote the BDS movement. See what can happen when you act like a reasonable adult?
Ironically, as the first article above notes, many of the same liberals who are voicing “OUTRAGE!!” (I wonder, don’t leftists ever get sore throats from voicing outrage all the time?) about Omar and Tlaib being banned from Israel have repeatedly called for President Trump to be banned from visiting a number of places, such as New York City and El Paso just last weekend, and cheered those in other nations, such as the UK and Ireland, who called for banning Trump from visiting them.
Every nation has the right to refuse entry to undesirables who just intend to cause trouble. Judging from their recent stances on immigration law, I get that many prominent Democrat politicians no longer understand that concept, but the Israelis do.
By Mike Huckabee
Take a break from the August heat with another cool new episode of “Huckabee” tonight on TBN! We’ll get a female perspective on the news from the web sensations, the Chicks on the Right. You’ll meet an inspiring Huck’s Hero and explore Our Kind of Town. We’ll laugh at the goofy side of the news “In Case You Missed It” and the amazing man of a thousand voices, comic Steven Scott. The hilarious Chonda Pierce is back to show us another corner of “Chonda’s America.” And to cap it all off, the music of country star, Tracy Lawrence.
All that and more surprises await you tonight on “Huckabee” on TBN, at 8 and 11 EST, 7 and 10 CST, and the same times on Sunday. Just visit https://www.tbn.org/huckabee and click on the “WATCH” menu at the top to find all the ways to watch, from local cable and broadcast channels to streaming. You can also stream full previous episodes of “Huckabee” and see highlights and web exclusives, like extended interviews and online-only musical and comedy performances, all at https://www.tbn.org/huckabee
If you despair of partisan rancor preventing anything from ever getting done in Washington, here’s a video that might help lift your spirits. It’s a list of 10 major pieces of legislation that actually got heavy bipartisan support over the past two years and were signed into law by President Trump. The bills cover a range of subjects, from reducing medical costs to helping veterans.
One caveat: you might notice that almost all of these bipartisan bills passed before the Democrats took over the House this year. When Republicans ran both Houses of Congress, bills were passed that Democrats supported. Since Democrats took over the House, actual legislating has taken a backseat to endless investigating, trying to impeach Trump, dividing Americans, never-gonna-pass radical bills like the “Green New Deal” and partisan and inter-party warfare.
It’s been said that voters like divided government because they like gridlock since it prevents either party from going too far. But putting Democrats in charge of the House creates a kind of gridlock ensures that literally, nothing worthwhile is ever going anywhere.
A former investigative analyst with the law enforcement arm of the IRS pleaded guilty this week to leaking confidential IRS information on former Trump attorney Michael Cohen to sleazy porn lawyer Michael Avenatti.
I know it’s tempting to think, “Who cares if one sleazy, unethical lawyer gets dirt on another sleazy, unethical lawyer?” It’s like the old joke, “What do you call a thousand lawyers on the bottom of the ocean? ‘A good start.’” But don’t let cynicism or weariness with the left's endless “get dirt on Trump at any cost” crusade obscure the important point here. This is a dead-serious abuse of power that undermines trust in the entire IRS system.
John C. Fry of the law enforcement arm of the IRS twice went into IRS computers, removed confidential taxpayer information on a US citizen, and illegally leaked it to a person of bad repute with a political vendetta against the President, who released it on Twitter. That’s not a veiled accusation from some partisan conspiracy website: the agent pleaded guilty after being identified in an investigation by the Treasury Department Inspector General.
The US Attorney for the Northern District of California said in a statement, “Fry was given access to sensitive and powerful government databases including people’s most private financial information and he was given that access to do his job as an investigative analyst. He decided his politics were more important than his obligation to follow the law. In that, he was mistaken.”
(I would add that in that, he was hardly alone.)
Fry is facing a maximum of five years behind bars and up to $250,000 in fines. It’s a hopeful sign that an IG investigation has finally resulted in identifying and holding accountable a political partisan in the government who committed an egregious breach of the public trust. May it be only the first of many, which it needs to be if the government is ever going to restore the public’s faith that their private data on file in Washington is safe, federal agencies are impartial and law-abiding, and guilty people are held to account, no matter how well-connected they may be in Washington.
Tweet of the Day! Ben Shapiro reminded Joe Biden that, once again, he’s standing high on principle to take a firm moral stand against something the Obama/Biden Administration once did itself.