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After the frustration of FBI agent Peter Strzok’s behind-closed-doors hearing on Monday, in which he managed to avoid answering the important questions, we got to have a public hearing of FBI Director Christopher Wray and deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, in which they managed to avoid answering the important questions.
Still, they communicated more than perhaps they know, because we learned a lot about what we’re dealing with. And it’s not good.
These two have been stonewalling for many months. To set the scene, here’s a refresher from Kim Strassel in the Wall Street Journal from a little over a month ago, lamenting “the Justice Department’s unprecedented contempt for duly elected representatives, and the lasting harm it is doing to law enforcement and to the department’s relationship with Congress.” It explains how both the President and Congress have been forced into an adversarial position with the DOJ, and how political judgments with no authority are being used to inhibit them --- especially President Trump --- from taking action in perfectly constitutional ways. A key observation that relates to Thursday’s hearing is that the DOJ is refusing to tell Congress who did the heavy redacting of documents that turned out to have nothing to do with national security but that obviously was done to hide information that put them in a bad light. Strassel’s conclusion is that Trump should refuse to be boxed-in legally and just declassify everything possible.
Now we come to Thursday’s hearing.
Radical protests growing
By Mike Huckabee
Violent rhetoric and confrontational political activism are ramping up across America, as protesters who demand wide open borders in all nations and an end to detaining illegal entrants and separating children from parents in detention facilities are attempting to shut down immigration enforcement by “occupying” ICE offices. They tried it in DC, but found they were blocked by a line of officers and (ironically) a fence that kept them from getting in. There might be a lesson in that somewhere. (Warning: the linked story contains verbatim quotes from the protest organizers’ intellectual leaders, so be aware that there are multiple uses of the F-word.)
The Administration has shown remarkable restraint in dealing with these radical protesters so far, but I sense that’s coming to an end. When they attempt to disrupt the necessary business of law enforcement and national security, they cross a line that will inevitably result in their own arrest and incarceration for violating federal law. I wonder if they will be shocked to discover that even US citizens are separated from their families when they break the law and are not allowed to bring their kids along with them into the general prison population?
By Mike Huckabee
It was announced that President Trump will hold a summit meeting with Vladimir Putin in Helsinki on July 17th. So brace yourself for another 2-1/2 weeks of accusations from Democrats of “Russian collusion!”
By Mike Huckabee
It’s said that those who cannot remember history are doomed to repeat it. Well, yesterday marked two historic anniversaries, both related to an event that we should pray we never repeat (yet the world repeated it just 20 years later.) It’s both the anniversary of the day in 1914 when a Serbian radical assassinated Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria and his wife, setting off a chain of events that led to World War I, which officially ended on this same date in 1919, after five devastating years of destruction and casualties (about 10 million soldiers dead and nearly 8 million civilians). Many people then were naïve enough to call it “the war to end all wars.” As World War II Army cartoonist Bill Mauldin noted, if that was true, “then why did they give it a number?”
Since we are currently surrounded by hotheads who think the key to bringing about their vision of Utopia is violent action against their political opponents, maybe it’s time for a reminder of the chain of unintended, catastrophic consequences that can snowball when one idiot radical with a pistol decides to take state affairs into his own hands.
End of the world for Democrats
By Mike Huckabee
Democrats are going through the stages of grief all at once as they realize there is nothing they can do to prevent President Trump from exercising his Constitutional authority to nominate a replacement for Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy. Well, the first four stages at least: denial, anger, bargaining and depression. I predict that they will never reach “acceptance.”
As part of their “bargaining” phase, Democrats have tried invoking the “Biden rule,” which apples to Presidents leaving office soon, not mid-first-term Presidents that Democrats fantasize about removing from office soon. Their hopes that outgoing renegade Republican Senator Jeff Flake would block Trump’s nominee also crumbled on Thursday, when Flake announced that he’s got enough leverage on tariffs from blocking circuit court judges and won’t block Trump’s Supreme Court pick (that might tank his current 32% approval rating.)
I feel sorry for whoever agrees to accept the nomination, because no matter how qualified, respected and clean as a hound’s tooth the nominee might be, the left is already gearing up to paint him or her as the biggest monster since Godzilla. Here’s a typical unhinged tweet from a distraught social justice warrior:
“Literally in tears. Haven’t felt this hopeless in a long time. With Justice Kennedy leaving, we now have two options as Americans: get fitted for your Nazi uniform or report directly to your death camp. How do you fight the darkness without light? My spark is going out.”
It sounds as if his spark of intelligence already went out, and before he ever took a history class on World War II, if he ever did. I keep wondering how a series of court rulings that reinforce individual freedom from government encroachment somehow advance the cause of authoritarian tyranny. As one pundit noted, if Trump were really an authoritarian, he wouldn’t appeal to the Supreme Court at all, he would just use his pen and his phone to write laws unilaterally, like another President we could all name.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has taken a lot of criticism from conservatives, but they should thank him for not letting Obama make a last-minute appointment of Merrick Garland (who likely would have ruled in favor of government encroachment on individual rights in every one of these recent cases) and for promising a confirmation vote before the election. The numbers aren’t good for Democrats to take over the Senate (and thanks to the Democrats' rule-changing precedent, McConnell can invoke the nuclear option, block a filibuster and confirm with a simple majority). But a pre-election vote will force embattled Democratic incumbents from pro-Trump states to let their constituents know whether they will side with the President in approving Justices who protect the Constitution and the Bill of Rights instead of legislating from the bench, or side with their party in what will likely be the biggest public sliming since the “Ghostbusters” remake.
One important point that’s getting overlooked in all the coverage of the impotent rage from the left over this basic function of government: If the retirement of just one judge is so earth-shattering that it’s going to spell the END OF THE WORLD, then we have invested way too much power in the judiciary. And by the way, why do we even have liberal and conservative wings of the Supreme Court? Aren’t they supposed to base their decisions on the law and the Constitution, not their political opinions?
The Founders intended this to be a nation run by elected representatives of the people, not appointed lawyers with lifetime tenures. The fight over the vital importance of that one judicial seat provides convincing evidence that it’s time to roll back the power of the activist judiciary. I can’t think of a better way to start than by confirming a strict constructionist to the swing seat.
Evening Edition - June 28
By Mike Huckabee
A wrap-up of all the news you might have missed yesterday!
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