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May 29, 2023



Good morning! Below is a special Memorial Day Edition of my newsletter. I will resume my regular, lengthy political commentary tomorrow.


Mike Huckabee


Trust in the Lord with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding;

In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths.

Proverbs 3:5-6


Memorial Day Message

My staff and I are taking a break from the news so we can spend time with our families and take part in commemorations of Memorial Day. Don’t worry, we’ll be back tomorrow to catch you up to date on all the insanity of the weekend.  But we all need to tune that out for today to concentrate on something more important, and that’s honoring our fallen heroes on Memorial Day.

Here’s a link to our special Memorial Day episode of “Huckabee” on TBN, opening with my Memorial Day monologue and closing with a musical tribute to all the branches of the military by the terrific Andrews Sisters-style vocal group, the Swing Dolls, with Tre Corley and the Music City Connection.

This is a must-see video report on the Poppy Wall honoring fallen military members at the National Mall in Washington, DC:

And from “Huckabee” writer/pop culture guru, Pat Reeder:

My late mother grew up on a tenant farm in Hunt County, Texas, and knew the family of Audie Murphy, the most decorated soldier in history who later became a movie star. One of our favorite YouTube channels that we support on Patreon is “Daze with Jordan the Lion,” and on this video, he visited Hunt County to tour the Audie Murphy museum and monument to him and other veterans. You’ll be moved and inspired not only by the amazing things Murphy did, but also what he said about his comrades who never made it home to receive medals.


The History of Memorial Day

Once a year, on the last Monday in May, we set aside a day to honor our fellow Americans who made the greatest of all sacrifices so that the rest of us could continue to enjoy the blessings of liberty and security. Although we’ve seen a number of tragedies recently, with many innocent victims to mourn, we can’t let this day pass without paying our respects to those who gave their lives to preserve our freedom, both recently and long ago.

Memorial Day was born after the Civil War, when families would take a day to tend and decorate the graves of Confederate soldiers.  It soon spread to the North, and became known as Decoration Day.  Eventually, it became a national holiday to honor all American military veterans who gave up their homes, their families, their very lives -- everything they had, or ever dreamed of having – all in sacrifice for their country.  And just how many have made that ultimate sacrifice?  Brace yourself: 

From the Revolutionary War to the War of 1812, the Civil War and Spanish American war, World Wars I and II, Korea, Vietnam, Iraq, Afghanistan, and all the other wars, police actions and rescue missions around the world since 1776, over one million, three hundred and eight thousand Americans have died in uniform.

Imagine if all those soldiers, sailors, Marines and airmen could come back to life for a Memorial Day parade. Picture them marching past in rows of ten, each row taking just 10 seconds to pass.  That parade would stretch on and on, row after row, 360 rows per hour, for hour after hour, 24 hours a day, for over 15 straight days.  That is the enormity of the military casualties America has experienced since 1776.  That doesn’t even include the millions more who sacrificed their limbs, their sight, their peace of mind, and the best years of their lives, all for us.

Makes you realize just how ignorant and slanderous it is to claim America's history is built on slavery, racism and selfishness instead of freedom, compassion and sacrifice. 

Today's military members, like those before them, risk their lives to protect the cherished American principles of liberty, equality, democracy, fighting tyranny and defending the weak.  Previous generations guarded these bedrock principles so that they could be passed down to us.  It is now our sacred duty to preserve them for future generations. 

Every year, the American Legion sells poppy pins to support veterans and their families.  May 26th was National Poppy Day this year ( I hope you bought one and are wearing it proudly. If not, you can still go to their website to buy their merchandise and make a donation to support them.

The poppy became the symbol of Memorial Day, thanks to the famous poem, “In Flanders’ Fields,” by Canadian Lt. Col. John McCrae.  He wrote it in memory of his friend Alexis Helmer, whom he watched die in battle in World War I. 

The poem starts, “In Flanders’ fields, the poppies blow,

Between the crosses, row on row…” 

You can read the entire poem at the American Legion link above. It's very short, but it conveys a powerful message of the depth of those soldiers' sacrifice and the debt we owe them all. 

With the pandemic now over, we can once again gather in most places to show our support for veterans and our gratitude to those who gave their lives to protect our freedom. But even if you’re unable to attend a public commemoration, you can still show your support by proudly flying the American flag today.  And we can all offer support to some of the many great veterans’ organizations, such as the VFW and the American Legion.

Another great organization with an especially timely mission is Code Of Vets, founded by Air Force veteran Gretchen Smith.  She and a staunch supporter, the late Charlie Daniels, once appeared on “Huckabee” on TBN to talk about the group’s efforts to provide support to veterans who have fallen through the cracks in the VA health care system and prevent them from becoming part of the shockingly high veteran suicide statistics. You can learn more and donate at  It’s tax-deductible, and with their 1% operating costs, you can rest easy knowing that 99 cents of every dollar given goes directly to help veterans in need.

And of course, one more thing we can all do from wherever we are is stop for a moment and think of all the rows and rows of crosses in veterans’ cemeteries…say a prayer of thanks to them…and remember that each and every cross represents a genuine American hero who made the ultimate sacrifice for all of us. 

McCrae’s poem ends, “To you, from failing hands, we throw the torch.  Be yours, to hold it high.  If ye break faith with us who die, we shall not sleep, though poppies grow in Flanders’ fields.” If you really want to memorialize these greatest of American heroes, then take up the torch they passed to us. Hold it high, and never let it drop.


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RIP Ed Ames

It was announced that actor/singer Ed Ames died last Sunday at his home in L.A. at 95 after suffering from Alzheimer’s disease.

Ames’ most famous acting role was as Mingo (trivia: his full name was Caramingo), the Cherokee sidekick to Fess Parker on the 1960s TV series “Daniel Boone.” That also led to his most iconic on-screen moment. He was demonstrating tomahawk-throwing on “The Tonight Show” (he’d actually never done that until he found out the show wanted it, so he got in one day's practice.) His first throw landed with a "thwap!" right on the target’s crotch, setting off what is believed to be the longest recorded laugh in TV history, which Johnny Carson extended by quipping, “I didn’t know you were Jewish.”

Ironically, despite his casting in Native American roles, Ames actually was the son of Jewish Ukrainian immigrants. He was gifted with a stunning baritone voice, and his first career was singing with his older brothers Vic, Gene and Joe. The Ames Brothers were a very successful pre-rock vocal quartet who at one point had eight songs on the Billboard charts at once. Their hits include “The Naughty Lady of Shady Lane,” which isn’t really as naughty as it sounds, and the double-sided #1 single, “Rag Mop”/“Sentimental Me.” Ed later went solo, recorded a number of albums in the MOR genre, and had several hits, including “Try to Remember” and “My Cup Runneth Over.” Johnny Carson loved his version of “Try to Remember” so much, he had him sing it on his show every night for a week (sans tomahawk throwing.)

In addition to musical variety shows and nightclubs, Ed Ames performed on theatrical stages and in acting roles in TV shows like “Murder She Wrote” and "The Rifleman."

If you’ve never heard Ed Ames’ music, I highly recommend it. His voice was one of the most powerful ever set to record. While I’ve always loved his versions of “Try to Remember” and “My Cup Runneth Over,” which are easy to find on YouTube or other streaming services, I always like to give you something that other obituaries won’t mention. So let me recommend listening to this single from 1968, “Who Will Answer (Aleluya #1.”)

You might find it moving, inspiring, baffling or just unsettling, but I guarantee you will be astounded by that incredible voice.


Honoring the meaning of Memorial Day

After suffering through the last fews years of lockdowns and record high gas prices and the cold winter months, many Americans are more than ready to get out of the house and hit the beaches and parks to celebrate Memorial Day weekend as the unofficial start of summer.  But let’s not forget that Memorial Day means far more than that. It’s a day set aside to honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice to provide for us the unprecedented freedom that we so often take for granted as Americans. 

In a story that appeared a couple of years ago in the Epoch Times, veterans talked about the meaning of Memorial Day, and all of them made it clear that it isn’t about them, but about their comrades who never made it back home. One explained the meanings of our military holidays by saying, “Veterans Day is for those who survived and retired. Armed Forces Day is for those who are still serving. Memorial Day is reserved for those who never got to take off their uniform.” 

This year, Fox News has a story about something that I hope becomes a widespread tradition: “The Missing Hero Table.” When you gather for your Memorial Day barbecues and picnics, leave an empty chair at the table as a reminder of the missing hero who gave his or her life to secure our freedom to enjoy that dinner in peace, freedom and safety.

Despite the distortions of America’s history that so many people want to force into our schools, the fact is that no people in the history of the world have experienced the liberties, opportunities or prosperity that we have enjoyed as citizens of the greatest country on God’s green earth — the United States of America.  I don’t say that as a biased American, but as one who has traveled the world and who can scour the pages of human history and say definitively that no nation has ever given its inhabitants the degree of freedom, security, and pursuit of happiness as has this extraordinary experiment in self-government called the United States. 

Our Constitution is a simple, yet profound, blueprint for a government in which the ultimate power rests with the people and not with a king, a tyrant dictator, a military general, or even an elected official (and certainly not a self-appointed Deep State of elitist bureaucrats.)  The genius of our nation is that the people have been vested with the highest power, and while we temporarily grant it to those we elect, we don’t give it away (even during a pandemic.) Unfortunately, our leaders often need to be reminded of that, which is what free speech and elections are for, and why some so-called leaders seem so hostile to free speech and election integrity measures.

This great system of self-government with its separation and balance of powers and its accountability to the people has been and continues to be protected against both foreign and domestic threats by those who trade their clothes of choice for a uniform and who trade their personal liberties to accept orders from someone who outranks them. 

In the process of providing that protection, in wars and other police actions over more than two centuries, more than one million of those in our military have given their lives for those of us who will enjoy this long weekend.  No American should take this for granted nor ignore it.  It shouldn’t be left to the Gold Star families alone to take a pause for a somber reminder of the price of our benefits of citizenship.  We all owe it to them to show respect in some way for those whose deaths gave us our lives. 

This year, May 8 was the 78th anniversary of World War II’s VE Day (Victory in Europe) and August 15 will be the 78th anniversary of VJ Day (Victory over Japan.) Even if there are no commemorative events near you, parents should use the Internet to teach kids about VE Day and VJ Day. 

For kids who’ve heard derogatory comments about the military and been woefully misled about American history even in their schools, these anniversaries are a golden opportunity to teach them that the rights, freedoms and comforts they take for granted were paid for with the blood of patriots: over a million soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines.  To cite just one war alone, many people today unconscionably water down the meaning of the term “Nazi” by hurling it thoughtlessly at political opponents. 

This Memorial Day, especially in light of the shocking rise of anti-Semitic attacks by those who are ignorant of what World War II was about, please teach your children about the real evils of Nazism and the tens of millions who died because of it. Fly your flag, be proud to be an American, and give thanks and prayers for the 16 million Allied military members in World War II – over 405,000 of them Americans – who heroically gave their lives to stop it. 


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  • Paul Kern

    05/29/2023 02:10 PM

    Very good articles. I grew up watching Audie Murphy. What a tragic way to go to God!
    My dad served in T-2 tankers in WWII. One of the most dangerous just jobs then. It took years for the government to acknowledge their work. He never spoke about his service. At age 8 he was supporting his mom and siblings. Reconciled with his dad later.

  • Vernon Thompson

    05/29/2023 01:30 PM

    The text of my letter to my useless NV Reps.
    Dear Nevada Congress Members:
    Re: My Concerns 2023
    It has been a while since I have written the three of you. Maybe I need to better set the stage for who I am and my areas of concern. I am the son of two Depression surviving Roosevelt Democrats. I too was a Democrat until I had some experience as an Engineering Economist and Jimmy Carter showed me how not to manage an economy. I was faced with a move and a need for a new home at a time mortgage interest rates were in the 18% range. That made a Republican out of me for a while. I almost returned to the Democrat fold when Bill Clinton worked with Speaker Gingrich to produce a balanced budget and deal with welfare reform. Monica made me reconsider. Somewhere in there I became a registered Independent because I felt neither party represented me or my views. I am a fiscal conservative who believes in personal responsibility and accountability. Your past responses or lack thereof indicate to me that we live on different planets. Despite that I urge you to read my concerns as they are the concerns of many millions of others.
    I wake up each morning and cringe to realize that Joe Biden is our President and he wants to run for another term. That is really hard to believe because in 2020 the Democrats using Covid-19 as an excuse hid Joe in the basement, made sure the questions and answers were scripted, made sure he took no risks. A practice that continues to this day. With the help of the Main Stream Media, social media, The Deep State, and changes in election laws using Covid as an excuse he occupies the Whitehouse. That is despite the fact that the Democrats knew beforehand he had neither the physical or mental capacity to effectively do the job. So, the truth is that behind the scenes someone else is the President or we have a President by Committee. Joe is just a prop.
    While we don’t know who the real President is we can figure out whose agenda is being implemented. It is the Soros Agenda. It is very simple. It is Open Borders, Lax Law Enforcement, Global Governance, and Wealth Redistribution using Global Warming nee Climate Change as an excuse. Boy! After the Pandemic if there is anyone, I would put all my trust in it would be scientists feeding at the trough of government grants!
    This Administration is the worst Administration I have seen in my lifetime and there is still a shot at the worst ever. The string of decisions that have been made are alarming. I have written on that subject before. My concern about this Administration starts at the top. Our Vice President is Kamala Harris who may actually be the worst in history with no peer. She is sometimes referred to as Ms. Cackles and Grins, Word Salad Annie, or The Venn Diagram lady – a person with no outward redeeming value. If Joe fails physically, mentally or succumbs to resignation or impeachment, she becomes President. Nothing will change because the same folks will be operating the strings.
    I believe as many citizens do that diversity is an admirable objective and we should take steps to achieve that goal. This Administration is without question the most diverse in history and collectively the most incompetent I have ever seen. When you make hundreds of political appointments you are bound to make a few mistakes. In this Administration it appears that diversity is paramount to the exclusion of qualifications, competence, demonstrated performance, or diversity of thought! Look no further than the current Press Secretary who demonstrates it daily but she has a difficult job trying to make the lies seem reasonable. Look at DHS Secretary Alejandro (Open Borders) Mayorkas, Transportation Secretary Pete (Racist Roads) Buttigieg, Interior Secretary Deb (Where Am I) Haaland, and Energy Secretary Jennifer (Electric Military) Granholm to name a few. If that wasn’t enough look at the judicial nominees. I have watched a parade of people up for lifetime judicial appointments that could not have passed my High School Civics class (and you vote for them). The first nominee to head the FAA couldn’t even spell airplane. The unelected ATF Director is trying to make rules that bypass Congress but are effectively law and he has no idea what he is doing. It is a disgrace!
    Along with that the Administration is trying to sell something called DEI i.e., Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. We have already addressed Diversity. Equity is a search for equal outcomes – a kind of everyone gets a trophy approach. That is nothing but a fast track to mediocrity! I am not sure what is intended by Inclusion. Everywhere I have been, people who are competent, good workers, good teammates etc. have always been included regardless of race, creed, color, national origin, religion etc. They all had one thing in common. They didn’t run around with a chip on their shoulder waiting for someone to knock it off because they were offended.
    I have written you a number of times criticizing your performance. It begins with blindly voting for bills that you have not read or debated at all. It is reckless, careless, irresponsible, and a violation of your Oath of Office. Each of the recent bills that authorized massive expenditures demonstrate my point. Congress has a knack of finding an issue that is critical to the American people, formulating a solution then packing it in layers of unending pork. Expenditures on the chosen issues are but a small part of the bill. Covid-19 was the first excuse. I termed the $900B Covid Relief Bill as the Porkulus Bill that confirms my suspicions. Next, we have the so-called $1.9T American Rescue Act. Less than 9% was directed at Covid relief. The rest was loaded with wish list items and bailouts for Cities and States that failed to manage their budgets. Because there were no controls or oversight, fraud later emerged in terms Billion and Billions of dollars misspent! Not to be out done, that is followed by something called The Inflation Reduction Act which is not even close to the truth. Massive amounts are dedicated to the Green New Deal to attack the boogieman of man-made Climate Change that you cannot prove exists nor can you even estimate the impact of the expenditures. It is part of the Soros agenda!
    So out of all of this, what is the benefit or reward for the American citizen taxpayer? First, we are crippled by inflation begun by the Administration’s first day open was on fossil fuels with no backup plan. Each of the above cited bills that spend money we don’t have fueled inflation even further – worst in over 45 years. Forget the Putin lies you can’t spin it enough to overcome Congressional incompetence! Next comes a budget that tries to pay for irresponsible spending. More taxes than we have ever seen. No one making under $400K per year will be hurt! HOGWASH! Where did you folks learn about economics? If it weren’t for this reckless, irresponsible spending we wouldn’t have to put up with this Debt Ceiling fearmongering and lying exercise along with out-of-control inflation.
    The policies, decisions, and Executive Orders being carried out by this Administration are killing the American Dream. The are a string of poor decisions and blunders since day one. No one is ever held to account! What about Afghanistan? What about corruption at the highest levels of the DOJ, FBI, State, and Intelligence that permits the Russian Collusion Hoax, spends untold millions unnecessarily and in the same breath ruins other people’s lives. The byproduct of this is a two-tier justice system that undermines the core of what this country was built on – equal justice for all! Are any of you working to correct that? Do not try to deny it!
    We have discussed this issue before but the wide-open Southern Border is destroying this country. I know that this is but one element or the Democrat Party Plan for power and control and ultimately one-party rule. Allow millions of Illegal Aliens into our country. Provide them with food, clothing, shelter, medical care etc. Make them dependent on government, grant them amnesty, give them a fast track to citizenship. Then they will vote Democrat and the Socialist Plan can be implemented. This is not the only example of a blatant attempt to take over the seat of power. Let’s eliminate the Electoral College. Pack the Supreme Court with liberal justices that will legislate from the bench thus relieving Congress from the hard work of legislation. Make Washington D.C. and Puerto Rico a State. Lower the voting age to 16 so immature kids will follow the lead of their liberal teachers. And on it goes. Just remember if freedom is eliminated it this country there will be no place to flee to. We have a couple of examples here already. Look at New York and California. If you chose the Governor Newsom Blueprint there will be no place to flee here within the country.
    As you know from my letters, I have not been happy with your performance individually or collectively. I am fed up! I do not trust you to represent me nor do I trust my government that constantly lies. From where I sit, you look like go-along-to-get-along, tax and spend Democrat swamp rats! I do understand party loyalty but I don’t remember the Oath of Office commanding one party loyalty. You folks make far too much money and have far too much responsibility to behave the way you have. Get up off your backside, grow a backbone and do what you know is right.

  • Stephen Russell

    05/29/2023 01:24 PM

    WW3 is the Last Final War for the globe

  • stephen russell

    05/29/2023 01:00 PM

    Daniel Boone airs of Insp TV Sunday AM