Connecting with our government

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July 2, 2019

How can we all be so connected, and our government be so disconnected? 
One of the benefits of living in the 21st century is that thanks to jet travel and the Internet, I constantly talk to Americans from every state and every walk of life.  And believe me, they are not shy about sharing their opinions.  It gives me a perspective that I wish more of our politicians and media people inside the Beltway Bubble could experience. 
If I had to explain their low approval ratings in one word, it would be “disconnection.”  I don’t think there’s ever been a time when the people in government and the media were so out of touch with the people they’re supposed to be serving (as many of them learned to their shock on Election night, 2016.) They apparently really believed that when voters asked for “change,” they wanted bigger deficits and a bloated nanny state regulating the size of their sodas.  Trust me, based on what they told me, they did not.
If you ask most Americans what they want from government, it’s not to have every aspect of their lives “transformed,” including those that worked a lot better before the government “improved” them.  They don’t want 2,000-page bills nobody’s read, or bureaucrats telling them which doctor they can see or how much money they’re allowed to make.  The list of what most Americans say they want from government is actually pretty short:  national defense, secure borders, safe streets; smooth highways; health care for veterans, seniors, children, the disabled (all those who genuinely can’t help themselves); good schools, police and firefighters, and oh yeah, it would be nice if the trash were picked up on time.  That’s about it. 
Yet somehow, the government finds so many ways to meddle in our lives that federal, state and local government spending combined now equals about 40 percent of America’s entire gross domestic product.  And in some places, they don’t pick up the garbage at all (I’m looking at you, Los Angeles!) 
In poll after poll, despite claims that socialism is on the rise, most Americans say they want less government and less spending.  Even those who say they want government handouts like “Medicare For All” abruptly change their minds when told what it will do to their tax bills and quality of services. They don’t give a hoot what the talking heads or the endlessly-surprised economists or the “too-big-to-fail” Wall Street failures say: they want government out of their lives, out of their wallets and out of their way.
Sadly, whenever political candidates support that philosophy, their opponents and the media paint them as cold-hearted and uncaring.  Compassion has been redefined as the willingness to spend limitless amounts of other people’s money.  The media also devote almost no time to examining political philosophies and a lot of time to gotcha games, gaffes, and who’s ahead in the horse race.  
But the horse is now out of the barn.  For eight years, Americans experienced firsthand the results of so-called “progressive” policies.  Government out of control, debt at record levels, a health care boondoggle two-thirds of us didn’t want, and the economy still struggling long after it should’ve roared back.
The Election of 2016 was not a surprise to me. I predicted it months in advance because, unlike so many people who claim to represent or report on the American people, I actually talk to – and more importantly, listen to - people.  Now, even though the economy has roared back (which “progressives” ludicrously take credit for; read this to shake that notion out of your head: ), I’ll make another prediction about the 2020 elections:
I predict that, despite the media’s best efforts to bamboozle us, politicians who try to sell Americans on socialistic, big government policies will fail, for the same reason that a used car salesman has a hard time selling a lemon to the same customer twice.  I also predict that politicians who were elected on a promise not to “fundamentally transform” America into Venezuela will remain in office only as long as they remember why the American people sent them there. 

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  • Linda J Wellmann

    07/06/2019 05:36 PM

    It seems that some elected officials suddenly have amnesia when they find their offices!! Texas has two senators and they haven't broken a sweat to get legislation going to fix the borders!! Ted Cruz has grown a beard and John Cornyn looks like he lost his best friend!! Texas has 36 people in the House of Representatives. As far as I can see, none of them has proposed legislations to fix the borders!!! 23 are Republicans!! We have a Republican in the White House!! I am still scratching my head as to why nothing was done when the Republicans held the Senate, the House!!

  • Arlen Johnson

    07/05/2019 12:48 PM

    HR5 does just that! It's not about LGBTQ....but about government taking more control of the medical profession, taking away parental responsibility for their children and lessening our religious freedom. LGBTQ..... is just a tool or pawn in their fight to force their agenda on the American people.

  • Bernadette Dillon

    07/04/2019 11:15 AM

    They are more than disconnected! They are on another planet. The American people are just starting to recover. They all support Medicare for all and open borders. They need a serious reality check! Sanders admitted taxes are going to go up on the middle class. What are the Democrats thinking? Liar liar Kamala Harris told all of Ca. No planned parenthood was selling baby body parts in our state. Liar liar liar! Orange county DA uncovered a massive baby body part to South America giving Planned millions of dollars each year! She should be arrested for supporting and taking campaign funds from them for breaking the law!

  • Janet E McRae

    07/03/2019 02:31 PM

    I am still wondering why we have muslims in our government that I understand are not in our country legally. The one I mean who married her brother so she could come in. She needs to be kicked out of our country for no other reason she hates the US and does not hesitate to say it. And OCA (?) did she even go to school.

  • Jul Thompson

    07/03/2019 01:31 PM

    Hi Mike,

    Thank you for saying in plain and often entertaining language what we all know. I speak for many when I say we are so very appreciative of you here in Western New York, and we are most impressed by your incredible finesse in raising the most spectacular Press Sec the White House and our nation has ever seen. Please send Sarah our love and deep appreciation for her service to the President, from TEA New York of Western New York.

    Andrew Cuomo, the NYAG and our State Lawbreakers are on a rampage to outdo third world dictators, pirates and cruel monarchs with a small legion of amoral militants at its disposal. They have long since turned a deaf ear to us. Case in point:

    I am sure you are fairly well aware of their egregious offenses, and my hope is that I can connect with the DOJ at the direction of the POTUS with my petition, here:

    I write now to ask for a connection to Government. With the proper supply of even limited resources, we can surely establish a bulwark against our shameless and shameful representation here in New York State, starting with class-action lawsuits against their unconstitutional mandates. I have proposed Buffalo's Monticello, and would be so deeply thankful if you could give it more than a cursory read:

    God Bless & keep you and your family, and
    Thank you for your great work.

    Jul Thompson

  • Bonnie Parvino

    07/03/2019 12:35 PM

    A Poem for today by Bonnie R. Parvino @2019
    There is a Law & it is the Law of Love.
    It was brought down to us from HEAVEN above.
    When JESUS CHRIST healed, He made the person whole.
    Then they were free to provide food & housing for themselves untold.
    ----Some say we need to give everything we own away.
    Whether you call this socialism or communism, in this Hell has it's sway.
    In my lifetime, we fought communism in Viet Nam & Korea & both are still divided.
    This is no minor issue---we must fast & pray & praise until Victory in the Land is decided.
    ---We must all put our hands in the middle of the table & relate to each other our side of the story.
    I must say, that repentance starts at the House of the Lord in order to have around us, God's Glory.
    As the Cross goes before us & as the Spirit lives within,
    Recognizing ---Victory in Jesus will protect this Nation from this world of sin.
    ---We have one enemy satan---but, we have one CHAMPION & that is JESUS CHRIST, OUR LORD.
    And, we must follow our CHAMPION individually and collectively as Heaven we are marching toward.
    People are not our enemy & this is of GREAT IMPORTANCE & we must understand.

  • Shirley Runge

    07/03/2019 12:04 PM

    Let us all come together to bring back God to our blessed nation. Thank you, Govenor Huckabee for speaking out and sharing your truths with us . Shirley ??

  • Susan Suehr

    07/03/2019 07:16 AM

    Yep! This though is not a right/left thing. It is a deep sate takeover of people of our country. They have already taken over EU. We need to end the FED, who puts us in constant debt. We need to end Agenda 21, fascist identity lies in our schools & this abuse of children. End our food, pharmaceuticals, air and water slow poisoning of us. Mostly end human t-r-a-f-f-i-c-k-i-n-g & drugs flowing across our border. We in America have awakened to the enslavement intended to rob us of the fruits of our labor, our God Creator, our homes, our hope, our family and our dreams. God Bless all in America. God Bless our President, his family & those that protect him. God Bless your beautiful daughter Sarah. And God Bless your Gov.

  • Kim Justice

    07/03/2019 06:00 AM

    I totally agree with you. And l am with President Trump and will be voting for him again in 2020. Praying for you & glad that you stand up for what is right. Thank you for all that you do .


    07/02/2019 10:56 PM

    Thank you! Also, what happened to Sandra Bullock?

  • Fred Deatrich

    07/02/2019 10:39 PM

    Gov Huckabee,

    My wife and I have always kept ourselves appraised of what is going on politically. Let me say we and our whole family are proud of our country. We love patriotic songs, music, and music. We will be watching all of the patriotic shows on tv such as the Capitol Fourth and President Trump's program. I studied history in college and have a degree in it with many courses in American History. As to Niki pulling the shoes, because of the Betsey Rose flag, this is utter stupidy! That flag, and it may not have been her that designed that flag because that has recently been disputed, but that's another story, doesn't connotate racism! Our history has been under attack from a good while because of the liberal National Education Association. I believe the globalist backed by one of their own, George Soros, are behind so much of the hate Trump movement and tear down America. When I was in elementary school, high school and college I was never subjected to Anti-Americanism. We were taught to be proud of America. In elementary school we did a play about the writing of the Declaration of Independence. I played John Adams on the committee. In another I played George Washington. President Trump is hated because he by winning the 2016 Presidential election because the fly in the ointment. To bring America into the World Government America has to be destroyed and Donald Trump stands in their way. If they can't take him out by the Russia investigation or by impeachment they with the something else. I have read that those opposing him are going to pass laws in the various states to deny him.electro votes even if he won that state. They want to keep him off of the ballot in some states. Our hope must be in Jesus! My family prayed all election night that President Trump would be elected as did other Christians. God raised him up and I can't understand why God would abandon him.

    Thank you,
    Fred Deatrich
    [email protected]

  • Carl Smith

    07/02/2019 06:58 PM

    When people depend on polling that the media uses to support how things are going according to HOW the script/Teleprompter readers inflects/ interprets it one has to wonder How the Question was Asked? In Person or check this box? Then likely voters?/ registered Voters equally polled? by geographic region? Rural or Urban and population breakdown? i.e. if I poll my shooting club about the 2nd A. I can guarantee the outcome, DEPENDING on HOW I ask the question. I can actually word the question so that all except those who have studied the Bill of Rights and The Federalist Papers can echo the Founders Intent! Remember the " Depends on what the definition of 'is' Is?". "Laws are written BY Lawyers FOR lawyers" meaning 90% of the population needs a Lawyer to understand a simple contract. Now add academia to the picture and what started in the Humanities as a STUDY in Lenin, Mao, Trotsky became a FASCININATION with Ideas So Absurd only INTELLECTUALS could Believe Them. Ignoring History the advocates of Progressivism/ Socialism and even Fascism began to TEACH(Indoctrinate) people paying to 'Learn HOW TO Learn' has had a captive audience since about 1900. IF only 10% of the captured audience is persuaded to become Believers that number is more than enough to now permeate High School down to Kindergarten and 90% if the Media. The result is what has been labeled the Big Lie! Joseph Goebbels of NAZI Germany was famous for his "If you repeat a lie often enough, people will believe it, and you will even come to believe it yourself." I have the luxury of 'channel surfing' and hearing the SAME 'Talking Point' repeated almost verbatim by every single main stream media and CNN & MSLSD. With 90% of Academia and the Media , and 40% of the population ( being polled) solidly in the "FREE STUFF" camp with no idea HOW or WHO can pay for multi Trillion $$$ Programs that are 10 to 20 times the nations TOTAL GDP. I know calling illiterate or Mis or ILL Informed voters Stupid is a non starter to persuade them the pay attention to the fact that WE the People are LOSING OUR REPUBLIC , just as Germany Lost to Hitler's ideology. I spent the first 30 years of my life becoming educated- from 30 to 60 starting to Understand how my knowledge base was somewhat limited and the last 20 years considering Socrates meme of "The only True WISDOM is in knowing you know nothing". I'm now sure how to Un-Indoctrinate enough people in time to save this Grand Experiment in Self Governance? Maybe it's the Creators way of saying, I gave you a shot at TRUE Freedom and you may just deserve to Reap what you have Sown. I Pray I'm Wrong, not for my sake but for the unborn generations that will NEVER get to see What WE Had and Threw Away.

  • James l. Yepsen

    07/02/2019 06:48 PM

    Our politicians both Democrat and Republican are only in their for their own benefit they no longer serve the citizens that appointed them and even a lot of times the Supreme Court serves only themselves they act like gods telling over 300 million people what they can and can't do where a lot of the things they pass as laws should be voted on by the citizens of the United States.
    We need more petitions sent to our politicians letting them know that talking to 50 or 100 people does not include what may be 30 million up to maybe 100 or more million really want for this country and I think the Democrats have forgotten that. They should all be on four-year terms at first I could not understand why the politicians stayed in office until I realized they vote themselves raises and the longer they stay in office the more money they will be receiving when they resign but I think a lot of Mike to just see themselves on TV. May God help the United States because I think he's been speaking pretty loudly what people consider natural disasters I view as God reprimanding this country for losing faith in him

  • Maxine Oswalt

    07/02/2019 06:43 PM

    Always love your common sense on important issues- thank you so much for caring about this country and its people who love it

  • Betty R Reisinger

    07/02/2019 05:44 PM

    Gov. Huckabee, perhaps we need to elect fewer lawyers that are uninformed as to economics and have term limits to prevent legislators making a career out of "serving the people".

  • Jerry Korba

    07/02/2019 05:14 PM

    The reason Socialists remain dumbfounded is they have to listen to the same music over and over they do not know of any other type of music the music they listen to contains content of killing stealing fornication rape destruction drugs disrespect you get the picture if they could listen to classical prime country cowboy songs rock and roll soul music gospel listen to an artist play the piano guitar violin you get the picture; only then will they evolve when intelligence takes hold and the mind expands and they finally understand the sins against human beings they are committing are wrong; When Socialists are boxed in to one idea they become numb look at the old Soviet Union look at Germany; our Americans listen to a variety of music they have a variety of issues that does not require murder theft rape all the vile virtues the socialist believe in. We use our minds to solve issues. You don't believe me look at the socialist countries, look what's at our southern border all the above socialist virtues they will not fix it they will enhance it...and hope to continue it!!!!!!!!!

  • Karen McKee

    07/02/2019 04:33 PM

    I DITTO to every word you wrote!

  • Colette Wagner

    07/02/2019 03:55 PM

    Dear Governor, I'm not anyone important, just another taxpayer that is constantly confused by these Dems and their biased media. I don't understand why they are constantly pushing a false agenda that less than 20 percent of the American people want. After some articles on the MSN website they ask you to take a poll. Do they not look at the results of their own polls? Only 19 percent of the people that answer are actually Liberals. About the same percentage say that they are either Dem or lean Dem. Most of the people that answer the poll say that they are either conservative or moderate. A large part of the participants say that their religious beliefs are an important part of their lives. So if this is the true outlook of the citizens of this country. What are the Dems going to do when they lose again in 2020. Grab the popcorn, this could get uglier.

  • Richard Jones

    07/02/2019 02:44 PM

    Thank you Mr. took words right out of my mouth.

  • Barbara Nida

    07/02/2019 02:34 PM

    I am fed up with politics. Doesn't seem like anything's being done. When my husband passed they wouldn't give me any of his social security because i made $18 more than him. I ended up having to move in with my daughter. I think of all the money given to the illegals and people that can work but won't. I've worked since i was 15 years old. I can't believe nothing is being done on anything..Too much dragging their feet. I believe in Trump. I voted for him and will vote for him again. Thank you.

  • Lucia A. Hunter

    07/02/2019 02:28 PM

    I agree with EVERYTHING you stated. Common sense Government is what we want. We as voters need to keep that premise in mind when voting so that these socialistic progressive elitists are out of a job!

  • Cindy Taylor

    07/02/2019 02:26 PM

    I agree that limited government is best. Liberals promises are usually lies that are impossible to enact. The crazy things they manage to shove through (think Obamacare) are usually bloated disasters.

    I believe most legislators do not read the constitution. They prefer to make things up.

    If they have read the constitution, they choose to ignore it, lie about it or try to pervert it. For instance, the “separation of church and state” distortion. The constitution says the state shall establish no religion. This is an obvious result of the persecution of religious groups in England, where the official religion was based on the king’s beliefs. The founders did not want that to happen here. Prayer in school and a copy of the Ten Commandments on a courthouse wall (which our laws are based on) does not mean the state is forcing all citizens to practice one religion. The USSC got this one wrong. They are not infallible and, although they shouldn’t, they sometimes allow their politics and personal beliefs affect their decisions. I think government leaders, politically biased judges and civilian activists have pushed this further than the Supremes intended in their ruling.

    Another, very important, item in the constitution that is continuously ignored, is that the 3 branches of government are only responsible for what is outlined in the founding document. EVERYTHING else is supposed to be left to state and local governments.

  • Pastor Lisa Carlson

    07/02/2019 02:24 PM

    It makes me happy when President Trump says that this will never be a socialist it country. As long as he's breathing and the President, we stand a chance in this country. We can fundamentally change it for the better, and it's about time.


    07/02/2019 02:18 PM

    I've said this many times if you want to change a democrats mind either draft them or select them for the Peace Corps. Send them to Venezuela to help those people.

  • Vernon B Thompson

    07/02/2019 02:09 PM

    I ma more concerned today than anytime in my life about the direction our company is headed. I have never seen a country so divided along ideological lines that are pursued like a religion. Speaking of a religious fervor, take a hard look at man-made Global Warming nee Man-Made Climate change. My Senator tells me to look at the science but when I ask what science - NO ANSWER! I have been involved in enough study work over the years to be skeptical of anything that projects a result beyond 2-5 years and they are telling us about decades from now - BS!
    You will have to go a long way to demonstrate to me why government with a bunch of pea-brained pin-headed bureaucrats must assume control of every aspect of our lives in order to save the planet.

    O Lord! If you can't help us don't hurt us!