From Tom:

Okay, I want to challenge you with personal action and a question. Firstly, you say you read these; well, prove it, Mike.  Respond to my question, and that is what the hell happened to our two-party system? Why is it that this President has few in his own party supporting him. We should not forget that Mitch McConnell could have allowed a Senate vote and this President could have gone on to build the wall we need. But the Senate leader refused, citing a political environment problem –- (bleep), he sold this President out. So prove my cynical brain wrong and write back to me...with your answer about the Republican Party.

From me:

Tom, you do have a cynical brain if you think I don’t read the comments. It’s just impossible to follow up on each one personally, so we try to address a representative few in the newsletter.

As for the two-party system, America’s founders foresaw the hazards of that and did not want it, but that’s the way the political power struggle evolved, and in very short order.

They also wanted to put obstacles in the way of government assuming too much power and acting too quickly, and in that sense they have at least partially succeeded. Even if all the Republicans managed to walk in lockstep, they still would have only a small majority in the Senate. It takes 60 votes, “cloture,” for Sen. McConnell to end a filibuster and get a bill to the floor for a vote, and that requires the defection of some Democrats.  That’s the “political environment problem” he was referring to.  Under the iron hand of Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, that’s not likely to happen, even with the more moderate “blue dog” Dems, which are an endangered species, as they are increasingly marginalized by rabidly progressive/socialist types such as Kamala Harris and Elizabeth Warren (and, in the House, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who is pushing for primary challenges against all of them).

Interestingly, we’re just starting to see some cracks in the Dems’ armor over this far-far-left celebration of late term abortion/infanticide. It will be interesting to see what happens there. Maybe there is actually an ethical line that a fewDemocrats will not cross.  But I digress.

If keeping the Republicans together seems about like herding feral cats, one factor is that certain states just aren’t as conservative as others.  That’s the reality –- Maine isn’t South Carolina. The senators we have are the ones who can get elected in their respective states. If we want that to change, then more right-leaning candidates are going to have to run and gain support in more states. It’s going to take a conservative grass-roots effort.

Another factor in this:  the Republican politicians who are the most vocally anti-Trump get the most media attention, and they are well aware of that. Jeff Flake knew the CNN cameras would focus on him with adoration whenever he tried to get in the way of “Trump’s wall.” John McCain (rest his soul) knew that he could always count on lavishpraise from the New York Times when he criticized members of his own party. The mainstream media loved him –- until he was actually running for office against a Democrat; then he became the enemy.

Those “never-Trumpers” within the Republican Party need to face reality: even if they find a conservative-enough Democrat to help elect, that person will inevitably end up bowing to the omnipotent leftist leaders in House and Senate. Then they’ll blame Mitch McConnell instead of the “political environment” they themselves helped create. They should imagine when they mark their ballot for ANY Democrat that they are, in effect, marking it for Nancy Pelosi or Chuck Schumer. (If that doesn’t cure them, I don’t know what will.) And they need to work on getting more conservative Republicans into office.

We as individuals have to decide to make a difference.  As another reader wrote (see, I read them), “I can lay down and be part of the problem or I can stand up and fight back, even if it’s in a small way.”  He felt guilty that he had quit writing his blog and wanted to start back, with more of a promotional push this time. This is the kind of thing we should all do --- especially those of us in more moderately-red states.

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  • Kathy Secrist

    02/21/2019 09:37 PM

    Mr Huckabee,
    I am an old woman but I Love America and I Love Americans. I have lived long enough to want to leave the Earth and Youth in a better place. So here's some thoughts I wanted to share.

    Why is all this happening Now? Well little by little that's how!

    I am pretty sure it was around 1985. I was reading the LA times and this man was writing about an experience he had. A man approached him and invited him to a meeting. He didn't know why they asked him because he did not lean that way at all. But he went to the meeting and listened to all they spoke about. They indicated that there were more groups like them across the US. They had a plan and this plan to turn the US into a Socialist state and began executing it. First they were going to destroy the family, school system, corrupt the Media, so no one will be able to hear the real story of what they are doing behind our backs and now blatantly to our faces, go after the Catholic church, (it would be easy to seed it with pedophiles) then the go after other churches starting with "Praise music (you could be praising anyone or anything). But it's best benefit is- it is the same phrase over and over and is akin to chanting so soon all the Churches will be chanting as in 3rd world countries. Discredit the Bible. Then move on to destroying a perfect Postal system, leaving us open to people stealing mail out of boxes for the identity and credit cards, and packages off porches, since it's not the Federal Govt. anymore there is no check and balance.

    Everything is going according to plan with absolutely no interference, sonar...

    It took one curse word allowed on TV to unleash a whole torrent of foul language - Hollywood went at it with a vengeance and every movie made included the F word profusely then they had little teeny boppers cursing everyone out (would make a sailor blush) all the whileHollywood was insisting this was real life. Well maybe in their drug induced world, but not in my mine. We saw a lot of change in kids, people in general. Always angry. And yes kids began disrespecting their parents. Divorce rate went up. The cost of living was hiked some more so it was impossible for families to make ends meet - so began more unsupervised kids. The middle-class has the greatest tax burden also.

    Back to the one curse word - now one bedroom scene allowed on tv also, unleashed another whole torrent of sex scenes. Then using under age kids in them. This led to the explicit sex scenes crammed into everyday programs, kids didn't need to hide playboy under their beds. Playboy they moved rapidly to hard core Penthouse. Right there in our living rooms everyday. Hollywood - "sex sells" now they are moving on to deviants, it's really gross! Then the violence - titled action movies... and Video games. Unleashed a whole nuther "Horror" of violence desensitizing them to consequences for their actions. And we wonder why kids are shooting up schools...

    Parents working kids watching garbage. This is how we make home grown shooters with a lot of help from Soros and greedy politicians. Soros, Monsanto, Bayer and whatever they are calling themselves nowadays. (and they are not alone) pay protestors, to create unrest and turn people against one another. I shudder to think how many people have died being used for Guinea Pigs for their GMOs, Frankenfood and having Farmers spray their fields with Poison (Glyshophate). Like Big Pharm has a stranglehold on Doctors and our medical care. They have a stranglehold on the food industry. Their Motto is "He who controls the food controls the world." They have strategically place the right people in the FDA to answer to their stockholders over the American people. More fox in the hen house. As they have in the Senate and Congress.

    We have stood by and done nothing while family values were destroyed, you cannot get an education in our schools anymore. There is a whole generation that cannot read, write or make change. Their plan is proceeding with nothing to stop them now.
    We have sat on the fence while they have eroded and undermined our complete educational system.
    They have corrupted the voting system so as to slant elections in there favor and they almost got away with it until Trump! Thank God for Trump because there are still some of us awake enough to stop their progress.

    As Einstein so eloquently put it, we cannot solve problems using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them.

    Think differently! Trump thinks differently.

    Some thoughts...
    If every middleclass American and on down paid 0 taxes and the burden was shifted to the Congressmen and Senators. It would go a long way towards getting the Mom back in the Home raising kids with confidence and integrity and rebuilding Family Values in this Country.

    If the Congress and Senators were paid the same salary and benefits as the Military. After all they are suppose to be serving their Country also!

    I also, think the tax burden should be shifted to the extremely wealthy. Close the Loopholes.
    And make everyone of those Senators and Congressmen and Mega online businesses. Refund every penny of taxes that went to Planned Parenthood. I for one was horrified that I had any part in murdering babies and selling them for parts. That blood will always stain the souls of those who had any part in it but also, that blood was transferred to every taxpayers hands.

    Mega online businesses, who are now charging taxes. (The reason for doing that might be to drive the Brick and Mortar business out of business.). Then they can raise prices unrestricted Brick and Mortar have to pay to have product shipped to them they have to pay an employee to receive and stock, inventory and sell that merchandise. They also have all their other overhead - that is why we pay a tax on the merchandise - that's fair. Online Businesses ship straight from the warehouse. There should be no tax!!

  • JUNE DARLEY FOSS DARLEY

    02/21/2019 10:55 AM

    Hi Mike, The people need to get term limits for congress so we can vote on it ? Please don't say it takes money,I am money to death every day. We need it ASAP Thanks

  • Mrs. Mary Fraser Thompson

    02/11/2019 07:01 PM

    When you are fatigued and read negative notes, do you feel like closing up the computer and switch gears?
    Good. A change of scenery can refresh.

    When people question whether or not you read their offerings, do you become frustrated that they haven't read your assurances that in fact you do read them - just not time to answer all of them.
    We believe you.

    I'll venture a guess that you are a public figure who has put into place the key to becoming "one of us" by your informality, common sense sharing, and being a consistent team player. We applaud you, Mike Huckabee!

    Sincerely yours, Mary
    one on your team


  • Naomi Webb

    02/06/2019 05:40 PM

    I believe the Scriptures Nancy Pelosi is referring to, but says she can't find, are:

    Matthew 25: 34-46 These scriptures do teach what she is trying to say… However, like you, I think she needs to apply them in other areas of her misguided life (abortion issues, welcoming homeless into her walled mansion, etc.) instead of the open border issue...

    34 Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world:

    35 For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in:

    36 Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me.

    37 Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink?

    38 When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee?

    39 Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee?

    40 And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.

    41 Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels:

    42 For I was an hungred, and ye gave me no meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me no drink:

    43 I was a stranger, and ye took me not in: naked, and ye clothed me not: sick, and in prison, and ye visited me not.

    44 Then shall they also answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, or athirst, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not minister unto thee?

    45 Then shall he answer them, saying, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye did it not to one of the least of these, ye did it not to me.

    46 And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal.

  • Patrick Kennedy

    02/05/2019 04:46 PM

    Regarding the cynic and cloture. Wasn't that rule devised by the two parties and not constitutional or at least not required by the constitution? Regardless of the two parties, they are not homogeneous, some conservatives are conservative, some are more centered, like me. Fiscal conservative, liberal socialist, regarding bill of rights, I actually believe we need liberty and justice for all, which means to the two party system, those that can afford $400 an hour lawyers and after the fact bill of rights. Meaning we have to go to court, in effect, prove obvious rights we have. Like the baker that can choose customers, or right to assemble peaceably, but not unpeaceably, etc... I also think our founding Fathers, if they have seen today, should've wrote a bill of citizen responsibilities.

    However, I do see, as a centrist, the democratic party is reaching a tipping point. Social legislation and social engineering are two things man must be very careful about as one size does not fit all. And the road the democrats are heading on need to turn, just like the Republicans and Democrats of the 1950's disregarding minority rights as well as majority rights, when we drifted towards a military state as Eisenhower warned. I admit I wasn't a Trump supporter, but now I know, a business man is exactly what we need.

  • Diane Samples

    02/05/2019 10:09 AM

    In respect to your reply comment. Mitch McConnell could have stepped up and used the Nuclear Option to pass the bill for the WALL and DACA. Both of those issues could have been settled. Those issues were both settled in 2004 and 2014. We the people want to know were the money is that approved in both of those bills.

  • leemarZarr

    02/05/2019 09:37 AM

    WHY is it EVERY TIME you click on NEXT there is NO next or it starts all over or ERROR!...Where are the OTHER 53 Comments on this/ Why does the COMMENTS say "0" when there are comments....Mike INSIST on RELIABLE service from this yAAWhooo service...that I know you are paying good money for!

  • Christine Jackman

    02/05/2019 07:40 AM

    Thanks Mike for continuing to report the happenings.
    It seems the current majority of politicians have found ways around what our forefathers set up; finding ways to do what they want and still stay in office.
    I think people have forgotten one very important root that we as a nation have gotten away from; that is that our nation was FOUNDED on Christian-Judeo principles and values. There is not one “good” enough to lead a people without help from Almighty God. Empires have risen and fell because of it. I’ve recently read others who have written on how our nation was formed for “freedom”. Newsflash: It was for freedom from unfair government taxation and freedom to worship.
    That’s what many in the Republican and Democrat party have forgotten.
    Thank God for those who have kept a strong value for the real roots of our nation. Evidence of us moving away from our true roots lie in the elections of officials who promote CAIR, curse the President , Islamist fundamentalist belief of occupying govt. positions to hurt the fabilric of our nation.
    While they think in Congress and Senate their actions and decisions go unnoticed and unchallenged; may the Lord remind them of who He is and not one thing escapes His eyes and hearing. They will stand to give an account for every vote and idle word; and for misleading many into error. Psalm 2. I wish them no ill will; but cry out for true justice and restoration of “righteous government”.
    I also have to wonder how long even the most liberal Dems. Will our up with the strong “socialist/Marxist” agenda of some of their peers. The passive republicans do not help; weak, passive “not keeping their promises” people hurt the nation. We have a President that has come to shake the status quo of corruption in government and put government for the people by the people first.
    I will say the Dems. Will have to decide what to do with these new power hungry, hateful crop of Marxists. They may have to split off from them.... in order to keep any honor with the American people. We are not and will never be a socialist people..... our ancestors fought hard to be free. How sad when we are willing as a nation to sell our inheritance for a “bowl of beans”.
    Should be fun to watch this play out .
    There is a remnant in Washington and the media that have values. May the remnant stand strong and be wise.
    Blessings to you!

  • Bella Gray

    02/05/2019 06:09 AM

    McConnell took his son to China, and the son came back with contracts from China that he could never have gained without McConnell. The questions really become, who is not corrupt in Congress, and how do we save America and through that, save ourselves?

  • Bill Codner Sr

    02/04/2019 11:16 PM

    We as Americans have a real problem with outrageous corruption in our federal government. Through the 8 years of Obama, we’ve seen the DOJ FBI NSA CIA, all compromised. The DemocRats and RINOS are in the business of politics to make money and watching out for our security and our prosperity is not a priority. President Trump is hated by money grubbing DemocRats and knifed in the back by the money grubbing, Never Trumper RINOS.
    The American people are going to replace many of these lobbyist loving swamp rats in the next two elections, RINOS AND DemocRats.

  • Jeffrey Gura

    02/04/2019 08:03 PM

    Well said and explained governor. I have always liked Mitch McConnell. I see in him a classy, traditional, prudent, and shrewd man. He has proven himself a faithful conservative when the cards are in his hand. While many would cave-in, McConnell keeps his eye on the ball.

  • Nancy B. Breazeale

    02/04/2019 06:59 PM

    Governor Huckabee. I, like you and Tom, can't believe what has happened to our leadership in this country. I love America but I am very concerned that if the leadership doesn't wake up on both sides of the aisle, we will be a Socialist county...Please God help us...

  • Lynn Pallotta

    02/04/2019 02:21 PM

    There are no longer any Democrats. They are now Socialists. The Republicans are woosies. They do not stand up for what used to be called "the right things". They should stand up for our president. No one has any respect for anything these days. This country is doomed. Too soon old,too late smart-for the Republicans!

  • Robert McFate

    02/04/2019 02:16 PM

    Huck;
    Another thing we can all do is not to let the Progressive lies go unchallenged on social media. Keep it civil and hit them with facts that can be referred to. Generally they get mad and put themselves in a position of making total fools of themselves and just leave or shut up!

  • Norris Harod

    02/04/2019 12:54 PM

    What happened to the Reconciliation Bill the House passed that the Senate could have passed with 51 votes? That is the one that died due to McConnell inaction-- not due to 60 votes. And we know he can stop the filibuster after awhile without 60 votes. Why does everyone seem to think we don't know the rules or our Constitution? We are beyond being mad for being lied to. Have you listened to Mitch lately? He has lots of excuses while he tight ropes pretending he is for immigration reform. He personally cost us the Alabama seat by opposing the Primary winner and not defending him against the false news--much like they hit Kananaugh with. Mitch also got us our Alaska senator by encouraging the write-in to beat out the Primary winner. This is beyond disgusting and dishonest!!!!

  • SUZANNE E WALL

    02/04/2019 11:54 AM

    Thanks for the reader's comment. What it did was facilitate an answer from Mike. That in return reminded me/us of how things really work, not how we want them to work, and why. If we want more representative republicans, we must elect more representative republicans: representatives of the US Constitution. I also believe we need to dig deep into their backgrounds. Not believe the national republican party when they say they are conservative. If I am correct, when the Whigs became so bloated with their own importance and power, we got the republican party and Abraham Lincoln. The fact is, republicans have always had to battle against members in their own party....some of them being libertarians and others are opportunists. Jeff Flake is a perfect example of a con job by the national republican party...and that was headed by Cornyn at the time. Do research....in truth, the republican party is what we have...we have to make it better.

  • Daniel Prouty

    02/04/2019 11:01 AM

    I believe the country would be better off if political parties were banned and that every person running for office had to get their funding from the Govt and it would be the same amount for a limited number of candidates. As it is the Democrats line up against the Republicans and vice versa so nothing gets done. The border wall is a perfect example. The Dems wanted a wall when Obama was in office. What happened?

  • Edward W English,Sr

    02/04/2019 11:00 AM

    One of the problems is a lack of politicians who know something other than politics. They get educated exclusively to be a politician and stop there. . .Then they join the D.C. establishment and they're fixed for life. Which leaves their constituents out in the cold. What we need in all levels of government is elected officials who have a background in another area than politics - like the one in the center seat now. Less professional politicians and more members from other professions would help the country.

  • Thomas Hitchcock

    02/04/2019 10:19 AM

    I read them. We need to get the word out to all family members and friends of the work President Trump and you are doing to spread the word.

  • JColby

    02/04/2019 10:07 AM

    I believe you may have a typo. Mr. Schumer is the "Minority" leader of the Senate, not the Majority leader. Thank you for your rational explanations.

  • LARRY AUBERT JR.

    02/04/2019 10:05 AM

    WE OUGHT TO HAVE A "LITMUS TEST" WITH OUR SENATORS... SEEKING TO REMOVE McCONNELL AS LEADER. THE WALL IS A VITAL ENOUGH NATIONAL SECURITY ISSUE TO USE THE "NUCLEAR OPTION. I LIKE THE IDEA OF A CONVENTION OF STATES (ESPECIALLY MARK LEVIN'S PROPOSED AMENDMENT OF CONGRESS, THE SENATE, AND JUDGES, BEING LIMITED TO 12 YEARS...TOTAL !!!). BY THE WAY, WE REALLY ENJOY YOUR SHOW ON TBN !!!

  • Irene Phillips

    02/04/2019 09:17 AM

    Mike you do the Lord's work every day and I thank you for it.As a conservative and a fellow Republican(formally a Dem) I support this President in all things great for this country,and there are many.I constantly pray for Pres Trump in all he wants to accomplish in this term and the next as I have no doubt he will be re-elected in 2020.Let the "media" have their fun we don't need them.Twitter is a great tool as are his many interviews good and bad.I watch your Huckabee from Nashvill every Sat night and I appreciate the many guest apperances on FOX and other news outlets,Keep up the positive approach and your gracious exit from the Presidental run in 2016.I agree on every point you make. LOL Irene(the queen from ct 2012 Isreal tour)

  • Annie Lynn

    02/04/2019 09:16 AM

    Hello Governor Huckabee.
    My question is, what can someone like me from a little blurb on the map with 23 residents, do? We make small donations and pray every day for our country and the leaders, and we vote. At 77 with limited mobility due to rheumatoid and osteo-arthritis, I cannot possibly do a "march". And what good do they do anyhow, except attract attention? Well, that's my question. What can we unimportant citizens do?
    I could maybe run for president, but I think we have the best right now. Besides my $100 wouldn't get me very far--maybe a few hand made flyers.
    Thanks for all you do--and thanks for the April 2017 Israel trip. It was a dream come true.
    Annie Lynn

  • Harry Eich

    02/04/2019 08:51 AM

    Governor,
    I read your answer to Tom but you did not address his question fully, specifically the cowardly way Mitch McConnell refused to use the nuclear option to build the wall. Just whose side is he on? Chuck Schumer is as bad as Harry Reid and either one of them would have done this if the roles were reversed. As my father used to say, "you have to make hay while the sun shines." The Democrats know this and practice it regularly, the Republicans? Not so much. McConnell knew he was giving away the farm when he refused to take action but he did it anyway. God help us if Democrats regain power in all 3 branches because they will finish what Obama started.

  • Kenneth J Jay

    02/04/2019 08:05 AM

    It seems to me everyone in the Republican and Democratic party want to be the "Star of the Show." Used to be the leader leads and everyone else backs them, but now days as has been said everyone wants their own Spartacus moment that last for 4 or 8 years until they are re-elected.