Evening Edition - July 10

July 10, 2020 |

CANCEL CULTURE IS OUT OF HAND

Seeing all the leftist elitists who’ve helped give us this odious “cancel culture” scrambling to keep from getting devoured by it themselves is like watching a chimp juggle kitchen knives: it would be amusing if it weren’t dangerous to innocent bystanders.

The assault on anyone for expressing a non-leftist-approved opinion has gotten so out of hand that dozens of what passes for “intellectuals” these days – a brain trust ranging from Noam Chomsky to Vox.com’s Matt Yglesias – signed an open letter in Harper’s magazine, making a long-overdue defense of “open debate and toleration of differences” against people who claim that hearing different viewpoints is a form of violent oppression. (To be fair, a few of the signers, such as author Salman Rushdie and Russian chess champion Garry Kasparov, have experienced genuine oppression.)

Well, you could predict what happened next: the “cancel culture” snowflake mob immediately attacked the signers for oppressing them by defending free speech and freedom of thought, which are apparently now “dog whistles” for racist, homophobic, transphobic, Nazi hate speech. That led some of the noodle-spined signatories to quickly backtrack and repudiate their own letter. One denied that she agreed to sign it, even though Harper’s produced the emails proving it. Others claimed they would never have signed it had they known that some people whose views differ from accepted leftist dogma had also signed it – in other words, they never would have opposed ostracizing people who hold different views if they knew they’d be associated with people who hold different views.

And now, it’s finally come down to what always happens in every situation: leftists have made a huge mess of things, and the conservatives they despise are forced to come in, clean up their mess and save them from themselves. As in this entertaining write-up of the story by the editors of National Review, who in making the case that even cowardly liberals who want to censor others have free speech rights lament that they can’t believe they actually have to defend Matt Yglesias.

This write-up from Reason.com is also worth a read. It’s titled, “Are We Living In Crazytown?” (Answer: Yes!)

The moral of the story is that nobody should be “canceled” because of their political beliefs, even writers for leftist publications. The only thing that should be canceled is subscriptions to leftist publications.

PS – In a related story, I’d like to point out that after Kanye West announced that he was running for President, President Trump congratulated him on his great “trial run” for the White House.

Meanwhile, Democrats and other leftists, terrified that he might draw away the black votes that they see as their divine right (remember, if you don’t vote for Joe Biden, you’re not black) targeted West with hateful social media posts, songs mocking his intelligence and even threats. He’s received death threats before for making non-PC political statements. So we’ve found yet another exception to the left’s “black lives matter” mantra: any blacks who get in the way of the Democrats’ political ambitions.

A SALUTE TO FORD MOTOR COMPANY

A salute to Ford Motor Company CEO Jim Hackett for finally demonstrating to other corporations the proper way to deal with “cancel culture” cranks on their payrolls. We’ve seen far too many companies cave in to the childish demands of crybully leftist staffers, from the publisher who canceled Woody Allen’s autobiography to the New York Times, who fired an editor for daring to run an op-ed by a Republican Senator. So when some employees of Ford demanded that the company stop making police cars because they’re “accessories to police brutality and oppression” and “racist policing policies,” Hackett politely but firmly refused. He couched it all in a lot of soft-soap liberal buzzwords to keep from offending anyone, but the point was clear.

Personally, I would have suggested that if their consciences wouldn’t allow them to do their jobs, there are plenty of other people who’d be happy to take them, while, to quote Bill Murray from “Ghostbusters,” “someone with your qualifications would have no trouble finding a top-flight job in either the food service or housekeeping industries.” That’s also what should have been said to the entitled snowflakes at the Times and the publishing house, two businesses where there are easily a thousand eager applicants for every open position.

By the way, I’ll throw the Ford CEO a salute, but only with my index finger. If he wants the full-hand salute, then the Ford Foundation should stop giving money ($7.6 million since 2018) to groups like Black Lives Matter that are now pushing to defund the police departments that buy police cars from Ford. That’s both bad politics and bad business. You’d think the shareholders would bring that up to him.

Now, here’s a CEO who deserves the full-hand salute for bravery…

JOE BIDEN UNVEILS ECONOMIC PLAN

Joe Biden unveiled his economic plan in Pennsylvania Thursday. If I had to sum it up in a few words, they would be: “Exactly like Trump, only with a lot more government. And he doesn't really mean it.”

It’s almost funny to see how much “America first” rhetoric Biden has cribbed from Trump, after spending the past three years accusing Trump of being a xenophobic fascist for putting America first. I guess it’s not xenophobic if you don’t really mean it. I have to assume Biden’s talk about bringing back manufacturing jobs from overseas and standing up to China and being “laser-focused on working families” is all banana oil. That’s because he’s done nothing about any of those issues during 42 years in government, the last eight as veep to a President who scoffed that Trump would need a magic wand to bring back manufacturing jobs. Also, Biden mocked Trump for suggesting that China was our adversary. And frankly, I don’t think he can laser-focus on anything these days

What he’s mostly done is take popular buzzwords from Trump, like “bring back American manufacturing jobs,” and parrot them while proposing a lot of big government plans that would actually retard growth. Before the pandemic (from CHINA) knocked down the economy, Trump was standing up to China, renegotiating bad trade deals, bringing manufacturing back to the US and creating real private sector growth, with record low unemployment in all demographics and wages rising for the first time in years.

One of the biggest keys to that was that Trump cut taxes and slashed the onerous regulations that were acting like a boot on the neck of business. Biden now claims he will “stimulate” the economy by having the government spend hundreds of billions of dollars on American goods (with money raised from new high taxes on Americans, who might have spent their money on American goods themselves if they hadn’t had to send it to Washington) and tons more new regulations to pick winners and losers in the markets and punish industries that don’t do what he wants them to do.

Sorry, but I’ve seen those policies, and their lousy results, before. I believe it was during the Obama-Biden Administration. Trump calls his plan, “Keep America Great.” If Joe is looking for a name for his, I’d suggest “The ‘Fool Me Twice, Shame On Me’ Plan.”

WAR ON RACIST MATH

War On Racist Math: Some researchers at Michigan State University are trying to retract their own study that proved there is no epidemic of disproportionate police shootings of black people. Not because it’s factually incorrect, which it isn’t, but because they’re under pressure from the social justice warrior/academic leftist crowd after conservatives cited the study to dispute their claims that there is such an epidemic.

The study found that there is no greater number of police shootings of black suspects that would be expected, given their population numbers and crime and arrest rates. As for the claim that cops only kill unarmed black people, more unarmed white than black people are killed by police, even if you include off-duty cops and deaths by means other than gunshots. These aren’t opinions; they’re taken directly from police report statistics. But the study’s authors want to retract it, not because it’s incorrect, but because they claim the media are “misusing” it – by quoting it accurately.

The authors missed the boat by not presenting the most obvious reason for retracting it: math is racist. As argued on Twitter by self-described “teacher, scholar, social justice change agent, Chicagoan, PhD student, architecture enthusiast, wannabe math person, BLM always” person Brittany Marshall, “the idea of 2+2 equaling 4 is cultural and because of western imperialism/colonization, we think of it as the only way of knowing.” I can see why she describes herself as a "wannabe" math person.

Naturally, this was greeted with, shall we say, some skepticism. But Marshall had her woke defenders, who argued, “Standards aren't objective. That's the whole point. Math isn't objective either. It's always down to interpretation.” And “Just because we’re told standards/math are objective doesn’t mean they are.” And “I think everything needs to be looked at politically. We cannot say that anything is objective because people are not objective. I HAVE to look at the source and the history because there’s pretty much always an agenda of some sort, whether it’s visible at first or not.”

So if you feel threatened by the rigid white patriarchal standard that 2 plus 2 equals four, and you’d feel safer and more personally validated if it equaled 3 or 5 or 22, you go right ahead and believe that. Nobody has the right to oppress you into thinking otherwise! But to anyone who still has the ability to think clearly, as the linked article suggests, all these comments added together equal an urgent warning to remove your children from public school now. I’d also make it a point never to get on any airplane designed by an engineer who attended a “progressive” university.

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  • Lu Jean Bedard

    07/15/2020 03:54 PM

    Oh, my goodness! It seems that every day gets crazier. Thank you for staying sane and putting some perspective on what's happening in our country.

  • Jeannine C Hickman

    07/12/2020 11:26 AM

    The Leftists can not be truthful about the riots. Portland Mayor Wheeler called them antics. He hadn't been seen or heard from for weeks then in the last 3-4 days says this. Why can't they see the mess and destruction they are creating? The Covid reports are lies blaming going to church, family gatherings, weddings, etc which are small amounts of people. They do not mention the rioters who could transmit the virus. So troubling. President Trump's message on the 4th was full of Hope!

  • Barbara Wells

    07/11/2020 06:45 PM

    When this pandemic is under control, I would love to invite all my friends and acquaintances over for a Goya food meal. In the meantime, I’ll experiment with Goya recipes. Anybody have any good ones to share?

  • Nancy Wax

    07/11/2020 03:48 PM

    Please look up Dr. Richard P Bartlett, Midland, Texas, a physician with high credentials who has a 100% cure for COVID! It’s a safe, inexpensive, readily available nebulizer. Please give him some space in your newsletter. This could make all the difference this fall. You can find the interview on YouTube.

  • Andrea Helen Eckert Watters

    07/11/2020 01:55 PM

    After reading that the Dims [Dems] are planning to boycott Goya foods because the CEO of the company lauds Trump, I got on line and added lots of Goya products to my cart to pick up at Walmart. I'm not in the habit of buying their products, but I know I'll find some things I love [they have so many.] We've got to support our guys!

  • Steve Miedema

    07/11/2020 01:47 PM

    Where is biden's blatant, openly bragged up quid-pro-quo in Ukraine story?!!! Can you say HUBRIS?!

  • Linda K Woodall

    07/11/2020 12:42 PM

    Mike Huckabee, you are a voice of sanity in an insane world. Thank you!

  • Jim Otten

    07/11/2020 12:13 PM

    The reason I love math is that 2 + 4 = 6. It doesn't equal 5... it doesn't equal 7... and it doesn't care how you feel about it. When I was attending Michigan State University... and earning my bachelor of science degree in mathematics... math was taught this way. It grieves my heart that my alma mater no longer believes in teaching the truth or accepting truth's findings.

  • Alan Doud

    07/11/2020 01:42 AM

    The democrats and MSM along with subversive organizations have created a monster that is turning on them. It my be too late to stop it. I saw a video of a black army totaling what looked like hundreds of men. I assume that many of these are trained vets. This would be a formidable force. Take note the no one tamed the Hell's Angles. The vultures and hyenas are waiting at our door to move in and take over piggy back on a revolutions. I am sure they are already tossing dice on how to divi up the remains. I read on leader in Palestine stated, Only Islam qualifies to run America when it fall. Many of us are afraid of a communist takeover by the hands of the democrats.

  • James Gallagher

    07/11/2020 12:42 AM

    <SMH> ... CURIOSITY has the best of me ... it seems the main majority of rambunctious "protesters" is in the late teens to late 20's ... therefore their parents are 40ish to 59ish ... that would be the age group responsible for those utterly disrespectful snowflakes, wouldn't it ... Correct me if I'm wrong, but weren't 'they' referred to as "upwardly mobile?" hmmm 2 dimes plus 2 nickles does = 30 cents ...

  • Anne Turner

    07/11/2020 12:40 AM

    Governor, if you were a policeman would you want to drive a car manufactured by the people who wanted Ford to stop making police cars? Somehow driving fast to get to an accident so you might possibly save lives, looks problematic. Have those breaks inspected. Watch for leaks in the gas tank. Make sure the wheels are secure and the tires don’t have small holes. Those people don’t care if you are killed by the car they are getting paid to put together. Personally, I am planning on baking cookies and taking them to law enforcement offices in my area.

  • Jerry

    07/10/2020 11:53 PM

    Pelosi is no different than that 26 year old junkie that punched a 12 year old kid from behind and sped away in a car. Pelosi and and the coward are just a coupe of reasons mental faculties are needed in our Urban areas these people should not be out on their own they should be under psychological supervision in lockdown situations.

  • Jerry [email protected]

    07/10/2020 11:32 PM

    A week ago I begged in the comments section that corporations stop funding these terrorists. Looks as my next car will not be a Ford. Maybe the BLM matter group will buy the cars from the Ford Corporation. That should make the stockholders feel secure. They don't buy they steal and wreck police cars maybe their is incentive to burn police cars cities have to buy new ones; wait, cities and insurance companies can afford new police cars connect the dots.

  • Stuart Parkinson

    07/10/2020 11:04 PM

    Sorry, Depraved Minds

  • Stuart Parkinson

    07/10/2020 11:03 PM

    The left sure sound like the have a deprived minds, when you do the wrong thing so much you can't think and other way, GOD needs to help with the mind

  • j. debra halsmith

    07/10/2020 10:34 PM

    Sorry, but I don't like your new format website that's changed from the previous one. The ads on the bottom right not only show women scantilly clad overly endowed or other stories that I'm just NOT interested in. Can you NOT just keep the entire email IN an email and NOT take us to the link to "read the rest of the story???"

  • Floyd A Unger

    07/10/2020 10:02 PM

    We’ll never change the mind or opinion of a liberal. We just need to vote the liberal out of office; all offices.

  • David Colonna

    07/10/2020 09:55 PM

    Thank you Mike for continuing to give us truth in the news and your news truly helps us all keep our sanity and help us to continue to live like true Christians and love our neighbors like ourselves. May God continue to give us all the ability to speak truth, no matter how bad the Liberal left try to shut us up or down.

  • Julie Detlefsen

    07/10/2020 09:25 PM

    Using the math theory that Marshall seems to cling to, her payroll/employer should easily be able to adjust the amount they pay her with their own version of Math. All is fair right?

  • Robin Rebhan

    07/10/2020 08:54 PM

    2h
    Real Life Lesson in European Socialism;
    My good friend has family in Greece and visits twice a year. He stays at his brothers house. On a few visits my friend noticed a bulldozer that is in a different position and dirt moved around every time. His brother explained that the EU made a loan to Greece for improvement to highways and etc. Greek big shots show up for photo op, with white coveralls, hard hats, boots and shovels. They send the photos to the EU for proof they are doing the work. Instead the money supports social programs that win many votes for politicians. Greece defaulted on the loan, riots broke out May 5 ,2010 because of tax increases created by the defaulted loan.
    When Greece defaulted, the EU was insured by European Banks, who were insured by American Banks in Europe, who were insured by American Banks in the USA, who were insured by the FDIC, who is insured by the Capitalistic American Taxpayer.
    Everyone made money as if the loan was paid off, except Greece and the American Taxpayer.
    Money always has to come from somewhere. Just think if the European countries had to replace;
    The United States Army
    The U.S. Air Force
    The U.S. Marines
    The U.S. Navy
    That are stationed in or around Europe for the Defense of Europe. Not counting the Military in the USA that are training and prepared to defend Europe. I seriously doubt that if the United States withdrew from Europe that they could afford the cost of a military needed, come up with the manpower, train and equip a full military force on their own.
    If Europe had to come up with a self sufficient military, their socialist programs would have to be disbanded and then face riots from socialist dependent citizens facing austerity measures much like the riots that began in Greece May 5, 2010.
    Hitler solved the cost of socialism for Germany by invasion of the rest of Europe and beyond. The Soviet Union is always looking to gain territory by force for monetary gain.
    The bottom line is Socialism is not cheap it comes at a great cost in finances and the most
    devastating cost is to freedom and liberty.
    Socialism puts people in bondage and slavery. It took God and Moses 40 years in the desert to shake off the shackles from the Hebrew people. And this after fleas, flies, frogs, lice, hail, lightnings and death angel.
    As for me and my house, " Give me Liberty or Give Me Death! ".

  • Charles Fikes

    07/10/2020 08:47 PM

    Reading the book Unfreedom of the Press by Mark Levin, I find that a further explanation of radical left journalists workings at major newspapers and ABC, NBC, and CBS News and their contempt for conservatives (pg. 38). No wonder a low percentage of Republicans trust these outlets (pg. 39).

  • JANICE PIATT

    07/10/2020 08:45 PM

    Awesome article on The War on Racist Math. May I PLEASE repost on Facebook! You really highlight the idiocy of the elitist, leftist movement. I so enjoy your program and articles. Fight the good fight, keep the faith.

  • Sharon Faulkner

    07/10/2020 08:27 PM

    Mike this is not about Donald Trump but what he is defending -- with small help I might add.
    If this hate were about him these powerful rats would have assassinated him by now.

  • John Leake

    07/10/2020 08:03 PM

    Thanks for your inciteful and thoughtful columns, they are on my must read list.... and not much is anymore.

  • Guy B Hicklin

    07/10/2020 08:03 PM

    You may be aware of this already but I think this quote from Billy Graham's book "Just As I Am" is appropriate and should be in the forefront of this whole BLM and "woke" issue. "Hatred and racism are fundamentally moral and spiritual problems". If this is not made the focal point of the upcoming election campaign and the very saving of our country, including the need for four more years of Trump realigning the judiciary, we are going to fail.