August 27, 2020

From Karen B:

Just a note for my right-leaning family and friends from my left-leaning self as we near voting day:

They say we want to disband police departments (and that we hate the police): we don’t, that’s a lie. We want to weed out racism and unnecessary police brutality and for those who abuse their power to be held accountable.

They say we want to release all prisoners: we don’t, that’s a lie. We want to weed out racism and ensure the punishments match the crimes and to deprivatize prisons.

They say we want open borders: we don’t, that’s a lie. We want asylum seekers to be given their chance to seek asylum. We want to help people who are cg from unimaginable terror and poverty help to give them the chances we have. We want to ensure children aren’t separated from their parents and that nobody is kept in cages. But we do want proper vetting.

They say we want to take away your guns: we don’t, that’s a lie. We want logical gun control to help prevent mass shootings.

They say we want to wage a war on Christianity and Christian values: we don’t, that’s a lie. We want people of all religions to be able to practice and worship freely.

They say we want to get everything for free: we don’t, that’s a lie. We want to work hard and make sure that healthcare and education are affordable for all.

They say we want a war against traditional marriage: we don’t, that’s a lie. We want people of all sexual orientations to be able to love freely, no matter who you love.

They say we want to destroy or rewrite history: we don’t, that’s a lie. We want to recognize the ugly parts of our past and do everything we can to say “that’s not okay, let’s not honor those aggressors, let’s not let those things happen again”.

They say we want to take away your constitutional rights: we don’t, that’s a lie. We choose to believe science and wear masks and try to prevent the spread of this disease.

They say we hate America: we don’t, that’s a lie. We just recognize our faults and want us to do better, be better.

Stop with the us vs. them. Stop with the straw man arguments. Stop with the fake news. Stop with Fox News. Our position is one of empathy, compassion, and logic. Stop believing the hype. Stop with the division. Just because we want equality for all doesn’t mean we want to take anything away from you.

From the Gov:

Thanks for writing, Karen. You are a very thoughtful and idealistic person. But who is this "we"? When you say “we,” I don’t think you can include the leftists with power in the Democrat Party in your description of what “we” do and do not want. You are a moderate, and today's Democrat Party is NOT moderate.

For example, it’s certainly not a “lie” to say that many who fund and support the Democrat Party and various leftist organizations want to defund the police. YOU don’t, but many of them do. Some in Congress openly call for it. Trump wants bad cops out, of course, but law and order and the safety of Americans is a must.

It’s not a “lie” to say that many who fund and support the Democrat Party want to open up prisons. YOU don’t, but many of them do. Brace yourself, but I’d say that your goals of rooting out racism in the prison system sound downright “Trumpian.”

It’s absolutely not a “lie” to say that many on the left want a “borderless” world. YOU don’t, but many leftists with a lot more influence than you want exactly that. I’m sure you know that the left is continuing to lie (REALLY lie) about Trump and the “children in cages.”

It’s not a “lie” to say that many on the left want to confiscate all guns. YOU might not, but it’s the dream of many in your party. With a handful of Supreme Court justices bent on reinterpreting the Second Amendment, they could do it.

It’s not a “lie” to say that many in your party want to wage a war on Christianity or Christian values. YOU don’t want to, but activists on the left are waging that war, mostly in courtrooms.

It’s not a “lie” to say that some people want everything for free. YOU don’t, but many do. Democrats are seriously considering how they’re going to do reparations. Rioters justify their looting. I’m glad to hear you have a sense of responsibility. Did you know that, by improving the economy so much, Trump had made it much easier for people to get jobs and work hard?

It’s not a “lie” to say that many want a war on traditional marriage. YOU don’t, but some do. (See “Christianity,” above.) The next step is abolishing even the idea of marriage as a partnership; why not polyamory? And over the past several decades, Democrat policies have helped destroy the traditional family –- especially black families, where 70 percent are born out of wedlock and male role models are largely absent.

It’s not a “lie” to say that many on the left want to tear down or rewrite history. Oh, yes, they do. YOU might see it as “recognizing the ugly parts” and learning from our past, but they see it not as a chance to learn, but to exercise mob rule, pulling down statues of...abolitionists, suffragettes, saints, whatever. Many don’t know what they’re doing. And a concerted effort to rewrite history is going on right now.

It’s not a “lie” to say that many on the left want to take away our constitutional rights. YOU apparently don’t, but many in your party do. I’ve touched on a few of these above. Another right that many would love to take away –- and they’re working on it –- is freedom of speech. As for masks, effective treatments, etc., there's a LOT of dispute within the scientific community about all that, and, unfortunately, it got politicized.

It is absolutely not a “lie” to say that many on the left hate America. YOU don’t, but many do, from the rioters on Seattle streets to billionaires who fund your party and leftist causes. Some are calling for the outright destruction of our country. Thanks to them, America is far from “being better.”

I’d love it if you would show this letter to your family and friends, both left and right-leaning. It would be great to hear their reaction. I fear your idealism causes you to look at your party through rose-tinted glasses, ironically at a time when the left is finally showing its true colors. It might surprise you to hear that you sound in a lot of ways like today’s Republican Party. You really are too smart and thoughtful to be led around by the far-leftists of the Democrat Party. Maybe they’re not who you think they are. And I haven’t “lied” about them at all.

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  • Mark Burton

    08/30/2020 09:47 PM

    Need to know the name of the Governor before I can share this with anyone. Otherwise, it will be just one more "fake news" article. Thanks

  • Amy Niblock

    08/29/2020 04:14 PM

    Bless Karen’s heart, she doesn’t realize that she is a Republican. Maybe your letter will open her eyes. I certainly hope so.

  • J Carl Hayes

    08/29/2020 09:54 AM

    Thank God for Civil discourse ! If people would just sit down and talk, maybe we could accomplish something together, and listen instead of hate ! Praying for PEACE, in AMERICA!

  • Buffy L Reitz

    08/29/2020 08:28 AM

    I had seen this letter about what democrats really want. AND my exact thought was, "Yes, in an idealistic world, we would all be wanting those things. However, the leaders of the democratic party do not want what YOU want and YOU are not in charge." Gov. Huckabee, you said it so much better than I could. Thank you for sharing your wonderful writing ability with us. It is needed in this ol' world.

  • Nadine Zerbe

    08/28/2020 11:50 PM

    We right leaners want the same thing you do but the “people” in the leftest party vying for offices in this election have made It quite CLEAR that THEY DO want to defund and eliminate police so PLEASE consider that when you cast your vote!! I don’t want to even THINK of what America will be like for my sweet grandbabies if those radical leftists win!!! ????

  • Gregory Lee Donoghue

    08/28/2020 06:14 PM

    Wow! A perfect response to a Lady who appears to be a well meaning idealist. The Truth Shall Set You Free Karen!

  • Teresa Rodrigues

    08/28/2020 06:09 PM

    Great response.
    Simple and TRUE.

  • Margarita Fajardo

    08/28/2020 05:24 PM

    [email protected] Right now I’ve been around for decades and been a moderate Democrat I’ve done so much research that it Is sad and I’m going to switch parties and vote Republican there are no moderate Democrats not enough to make a difference

  • Sandra Groover

    08/28/2020 04:03 PM

    When I read what this woman was saying, I thought, Good Grief! she's actually a Republican. Your response was excellent. Hopefully, it will open her eyes. The Democratic party of today is not the Democratic party of JFK. Hopefully, she will come to understand that she should stand with us.

  • Doris Wix

    08/28/2020 03:59 PM

    Karen did present a thoughtful letter & from her perspective she may believe all of it.
    I agree with Governor Huckabee. He is not a liar & neither am I. Keep your ?? OPEN!!??

  • Richard H. Rowland

    08/28/2020 02:35 PM

    I believe that anyone who actually thinks for themselves, in a LOGICAL MANNER, can appreciate that a great many lies are being passed around, under the guise of "THE TRUTH" and many who follow the various social pages will believe whatever whatever posts that appear that will bear some semblance to whatever the reader believes. The problem is that TALK IS CHEAP, and the opinion of the day, may be totally different tomorrow for some. Unfortunately, the actions which were spurred on today, from the statements yesterday (whether true or not) will be very damaging for a great number of people who have nothing to do with yesterdays statements, or todays actions.

  • Del Vanderbeek

    08/28/2020 01:46 PM

    Great response from the left leaning Karen B, Gov.
    Just like you have said, maybe the far-leftists are not what Karen B thinks they are. She must really be believing all of the lying and dishonesty the democrats and news media have been saying for the past several years.

  • Tavane Gerber

    08/28/2020 01:27 PM

    As always, a well thought out and compassionate answer governor. You know just what to say. It is a gift that not many have.

  • Rick Meza

    08/28/2020 12:49 PM

    Governor your response was spot on! Karen B. Doesn’t want to be lumped with “US “ or “WE” then why does she still support a party that doesn’t refute what she claims she isn’t?
    Seems to me, if I don’t agree with anarchists or anti American, I’d walk way from the party of “WE” or “US”. Just like many other Democrats who have walked away from the Democrat party way of thinking.

  • Nancy Roberto

    08/28/2020 12:35 PM

    Wow....Karen B.'s letter shows exactly how the left is brainwashing people! Your answers are right on the mark. I'd love to know if Karen responds to your anti-lies response...

  • Donald Probst

    08/28/2020 11:21 AM

    Great thoughts and well said Governor. I can only hope that your comments were received with an open mind, and that she shares them with others as you suggested. Because, as one of "them" so well stated...they do prefer truth over facts.

  • John Nellessen

    08/28/2020 09:52 AM

    Dear Gov.
    I wonder if many are fighting the wrong battle. Is there systemic racism? Yes, there is, and everyone should find ways to end it. Yet the cause of racism - and I would add, many other cultural ills people are trying to end - is immorality. I'd be interested in hearing your thoughts about trying to pivot people's actions toward ending immorality - which has the potential to end systemic racism along with a host of societal ills. Thanks - fyi - I voted for you for president when you ran - keep up the great work!

  • Ken Truell

    08/28/2020 09:46 AM


    Thank you for answering this idealist letter and patiently pointing out obvious viewpoints concerning the current state of the Democratic Party. Perhaps this lady should expand her news watching to outlets other than CNN. Reading the atrocious responses on social media from those on the Left to sone of the heartfelt testimonials delivered over the past four nights shows what the Left truly believe. This lady needs to buckle up because her Party is going to show her their True Colors over the weeks coming up. It ain’t gonna be pretty. Those of us who have been doing our homework know what to expect from them.

  • Sarah Betar

    08/28/2020 08:10 AM

    THIS PERSON MAY FEEL THE WAY SHE WRITES...BUT....her party does not....a vote for them tells us all that this person(s) condone the behaviors of those they elect to office......what nonsense believing because she believes one way, her party isn't lying and doing the opposite?

  • Sharon Nations

    08/27/2020 10:32 PM

    Gov. Huckabee, I live in Ky- DemocRat Gov Beshear announces deaths\positive tests, but never breaks down numbers. Currently 524 nursing home patients deaths and 5 staff of over 700 deaths. I finally found the figures online. So either masks are great? Or quarantine with no outside contact is lethal! Why isn’t it mandated to separate the numbers? If it were, we would be in lockdown for 0.8% risk of death??? Horrible hoax!