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Today's Commentary --- The big question: Why did James Baker change his mind on indicting Hillary? -- "Huckabee" Preview -- Virginia scandal update -- Electoral College Update --- Laura Ainsworth responds to a reader comment on her “Michelle O” prediction... -- The truth behind "Democratic" socialism -- Bernie 2.0 -- A common symptom of Trump Derangement Syndrome -- Evening Edition -- Daily Verse
This week's commentary about former FBI General Counsel James Baker’s testimony that he argued with then-FBI Director James Comey about whether Hillary should be indicted on the Espionage Act left us with one huge question –- one I think we have the answer to.
According to Baker, he and his colleagues went round and round for “a period of time” on this issue. Baker was “appalled” and “alarmed” when he saw how deeply classified the materials on Hillary’s server had been, and he thought there was evidence to indict.
By Mike Huckabee
Never mind the Oscar telecast, the most star-studded and entertaining show on TV this weekend is tonight’s episode of “Huckabee” on TBN! Check out this must-see lineup: “CSI:NY” star Gary Sinese will talk about his terrific new memoir, “Grateful American” that tells the inspiring story of how he grew from a troubled kid to an award-winning actor to a tireless champion of veterans, first responders and their families. I’ll visit with sports hero Tim Tebow and the newest inductee into the Country Music Hall of Fame, Ricky Skaggs. We’ll also have a classic country hit from Larry, Rudy and Steve, the Gatlin Brothers. All that, plus a special report from my recent visit to Israel, commentary on news both serious and goofy, and more. And unlike the Oscars, my show has a host! One who really doesn't care if liberals don't like his jokes.
It’s all coming your way tonight at 8 and 11 EST, 7 and 10 CST, and the same times on Sunday, only on TBN. To find your local TBN channel and stream previous episodes online, visit https://www.tbn.org/programs/huckabee
Virginia scandal update
By Mike Huckabee
Isn’t it funny how the Jussie Smollett hoax conveniently managed to drive the implosion of the Democratic Party leaders in Virginia right out of the headlines? Now, the blackface, KKK robe, endorsing infanticide and sexual assault scandals plaguing the state’s top three (Democratic) officials have swirled down the memory hole and all three are still in their jobs.
Except there’s one hitch: Republicans on the Virginia House Courts of Justice Committee announced plans for a hearing to allow Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax and the two women who have accused him of sexual assault to tell their stories in public, as the women have requested. Some Democrats are complaining that this issue should be left to law enforcement, but at least one Delegate who was a rape victim broke ranks, saying that victims often feel they won’t get justice by going to the police.
The obvious comparison here is to the Senate's Supreme Court hearings where Democrats were eager to air any unsupported allegations against Brett Kavanaugh, but when stronger accusations are made against one of their own, they suddenly develop a sense of propriety and think such things should be left to the police and not bandied about in public. Sorry, but when you open a can of worms, you can’t complain when they end up on you.
Electoral College Update
By Mike Huckabee
According to the latest Gallup survey, self-identified liberals now outnumber conservatives in only six states, down from nine in the last survey. Nationally, conservatives lead by 9 points, although that is down from 21 points and some conservative-leaning states fall within the margin of error (meaning that some could be close enough to make the error of electing liberals.) In general, though, aside from Illinois, America is like a sea of red with a couple of blue coasts on the west and northeast edges.
And now we know why Democrats suddenly hate the Electoral College.
Laura Ainsworth responds to a reader comment on her “Michelle O” prediction...
By Mike Huckabee
Well, I'd prefer Biden over Michelle, but let's face it, Michelle is much better than many other Democratic candidates who are so far left they make Vladimir Illyich Lenin look right of center.
I'll gladly vote for Trump over Michelle, but at least I don't think I'll need to immediately emigrate if she's elected. Most of the others would almost guarantee commencement of the final demise of the USA.
The election will turn on the Independents. We need to make sure that the malfeasance of the Obama-legacy FBI-DOJ-CIA incumbents is out there constantly for the independents to see. The rest of us conservatives already know how President Obama's appointees bent, broke, or trashed Constitutional protections.
I’m with you on your third paragraph. But...
The truth behind "Democratic" socialism
By Mike Huckabee
Today’s top Democrats are competing fiercely with each other to see who can embrace the most aspects of socialism without admitting to being a socialist. Some try to split weasel hairs by insisting that “Democratic” socialism isn’t really socialism. That’s why all Americans owe a debt of gratitude to Democratic candidate for Chicago city council, Ugo Okere.
Okere helpfully explained that “Democratic” socialism, which he embraces, “is about democratic control of every single facet of our life.” And this is a good thing because “government is led by the people, not by big corporations, not by multibillionaires, and working people actually have control over who we elect to be our politicians, over how elections work, and over how our government is structured.”
But that’s not all: government should also manage our relationships: “Democratic socialism even extends to our relationships and how we treat each other. (It looks) at the world through a socialist-feminist lens, in how we treat people who are black, who are brown, who are femme, who are non-binary, who are gender-nonconforming, and who are working class.” So the government would also decide how we should treat each other and enforce that, too.
Who better to have control over every single facet of our lives than government? Right off-hand, I’d say…how about us? You know, individual Americans, making our own decisions about how to live our lives without the government ordering us what to do in excruciating detail?
As horrifying as Okere’s dream to “radically transform the way the world works” may be, we all owe him thanks for being honest. He’s not pulling the kind of bait-and-switch that snookered Venezuelans. He’s telling us right up front that “Democratic” socialism is no different from any other form of authoritarian socialist state-control: it will take away your freedom and try to dictate every facet of your life.
He further brags that his campaign “is literally making socialists, and I’m proud of that.” I would hope that after hearing him describe with such surprising candor what “Democratic” socialism really is that he would create far more Republicans and Libertarians.
By Mike Huckabee
Sen. Bernie Sanders made his entry into the 2020 Democratic Presidential race official yesterday with a pair of interviews that were frankly sad for the way they illustrated how far off the leftward cliff the Democratic Party has leaped.
Just a few years ago, Sanders made many populist points that sounded similar to some of Trump’s points, about both parties being beholden to Wall Street and ignoring the problems of working Americans. He was even realistic enough to admit that “Medicare for All” would be too expensive to implement. You could easily imagine that after Trump’s win, he might have even sought out Trump to work on issues of mutual agreement.
Sadly, Trump’s victory sparked the “Resistance” epidemic and the mental hysteria that’s gripped the party ever since. Democrats were so furious at Trump for beating Hillary Clinton that they absolutely refused to work with him or even acknowledge that he's President. They took their mindless opposition so far that they now reflexively oppose anything he supports, even building a border wall they once voted to fund. In the midterms, they elected politicians so radical, they couldn’t even applaud a child who beat cancer if she was introduced by Trump.
Thanks to that mass attack of partisan delirium, socialist Bernie Sanders actually now finds himself not far enough to the left for today’s Democrats. So in his opening interviews, he introduced Bernie 2.0. This Bernie not only embraces Medicare For All, but also the “Green New Deal” and a $15-an-hour national minimum wage, among other proven disastrous policies. And to appeal to the rage-based base, he has to parrot all the by-now cliched attacks on Trump, which he did, ranting that the President is “a pathological liar, a fraud, a racist, a sexist, a xenophobe and someone who is undermining American democracy as he leads us in an authoritarian direction” (pardon me while I try to control my laughter at a socialist denouncing authoritarian government.)
Unfortunately for Bernie, he’s been left behind not only by people who are so far left that they make a old-style socialist look like Ronald Reagan, but also by the era of identity politics. He implored fellow Democrats, “We have got to look at candidates, you know, not by the color of their skin, not by their sexual orientation or their gender and not by their age. I think we have got to try to move us toward a nondiscriminatory society which looks at people based on their abilities, based on what they stand for.”
Talk about the kiss of death in today’s Democratic Party! Paraphrasing the Rev. Martin Luther King will get you nowhere with this crowd, which is obsessed with the color of people’s skin and to heck with the content of their character. Bernie can try to out-socialist the new socialists, but there’s no way he can overcome the fact that he represents everything the modern Democratic Party leadership and activist branch disdains: he’s old, white, straight, male, wealthy and Jewish.
Incidentally, if you think my implication that the current Democratic leadership is tolerating anti-Semitism is somehow unfair, then read this excellent op-ed making the same point in detail. It’s written by female Muslin immigrant, Dr. Qanta A. Ahmed.
A common symptom of Trump Derangement Syndrome
By Mike Huckabee
If there’s one common symptom of Trump Derangement Syndrome, it’s that no matter what President Trump does, it’s always wrong, even if it’s something his critics want or previously endorsed. And so this week, we had the weird spectacle of LGBTQ activists attacking Trump for launching a campaign to make other nations decriminalize being gay. It’s a bit hard to follow their logic, but apparently, Trump is being insincere or self-serving or just wants to poke Iran or isn’t inviting the right activists to the meetings or something. Anyway, the upshot is that it’s more important to oppose Trump and keep up the narrative that he hates gay people than it is to help him stop other nations from throwing gay people off tall buildings.
In that same spirit, it’s more important to keep up the drumbeat that Trump is a white supremacist than it is to acknowledge that before he ran for President as a Republican, he won awards from the NAACP and was praised by Jesse Jackson, and he’s since overseen the lowest black unemployment rates in decades. I think the absurdity of this narrative is summed up in hilarious fashion at Herman Cain’s page with this headline about Trump’s speech at a White House reception for National African-American History Month:
“President who supposedly hates black people joins black people to celebrate black people.”
On that subject, Laura Ingraham had an excellent panel discussion about whether the left is starting to panic at the thought that black Americans are seeing through all the cries of “racism” and noticing what Trump is doing to improve their lives.
Evening Edition - February 22
By Mike Huckabee
A wrap-up of all the news you might have missed yesterday!
Daily Verse (KJV)
"And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works: Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching."
– Hebrews 10:24-25
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