Join me tonight for a great new episode of “Huckabee” on TBN! We’ll talk about this week’s anniversary of Roe v. Wade and the 47th Annual March For Life with two of America’s greatest pro-life champions, Dr. Alveda King and Father Frank Pavone. Trump economic adviser Peter Navarro will talk about the new trade deals with Canada, Mexico and China, and how they’ll impact your pocketbook. You’ll meet an inspiring couple who are showing others how to take steps to overcome the hardest challenges. And there’s plenty of fun, too, with the comedy of Rik Roberts, some crazy news “In Case You Missed It,” and a visit and a song from pop music star, Debby Boone.
I’ve got all that and more for you, tonight at 8 and 11 EST, 7 and 10 CST, and the same times on Sunday, on TBN. To find where you can watch TBN, from local cable and broadcast channels to streaming, visit https://www.tbn.org/huckabee and click on the “WATCH” menu at the top. You can also stream previous episodes, highlights and Internet-only “Digital Exclusives,” like extended interviews and extra performances by our musical and comedy guests. It’s all at https://www.tbn.org/huckabee
Mat Staver of the Liberty Counsel, who has guested on “Huckabee” on TBN, blasted Planned Parenthood as a “despicable organization” on news of its plans to spend $45 million pushing pro-abortion candidates in the 2020 elections.
Despite Republican promises to defund Planned Parenthood, it still got a record $617 million in taxpayer money last year, a 9% increase over the previous year. Meanwhile, as the total number of abortions in the US fell, PP performed a record number of them: over 345,000 in 2018-19, according to its own annual report. Let’s hope that President Trump’s executive order to block federal funding for clinics that perform abortions cuts that taxpayer support. But PP and the ACLU brag that they’ve been able to use lawsuits and friendly judges to defeat or delay 70% of the more than 300 state bills to restrict abortion introduced in 2019.
Now, you might be thinking, “How can Planned Parenthood spend $45 million to push pro-abortion candidates? Aside from all their poor-mouthing about not having enough funds to provide 'vital women’s health services' (which they barely do), isn’t PP a 501(c)(3) non-profit?”
Why, yes, it is. And here’s what the legal advice site NOLO.com has to say about those:
“The federal tax law is very strict on the issue of political campaigning: A 501(c)(3) organization is absolutely forbidden to directly or indirectly participate in any political campaign on behalf of (or in opposition to) any candidate for elective public office. Violation of this prohibition could lead the IRS to completely revoke your organization's tax-exempt status or impose excise taxes on your organization.”
I assume that PP will claim the ad won’t count because it’s “issue advocacy” rather than promoting a specific candidate, although it’s abundantly clear that they are doing it to help elect Democrats who are radically pro-abortion and defeat pro-life Republicans.
But aren’t they also barred from using tax money to fund political ads? I assume their response to that would be the same as their response to the ban on using tax money to pay for abortions: Oh, the tax money goes into a separate account and only pays for “women’s health services.” Trust them on this.
Or you could send a message to let Planned Parenthood and politicians who support abortion right up to (and beyond) the moment of birth by participating in the 47th annual March For Life, this coming week, January 24th, in Washington, DC. The event gets underway on Wednesday, January 22nd. If you can’t make it to DC, there are local March For Life events taking place all over America. To find one near you and see how you can be involved, visit www.marchforlife.org.
A US military official told CNN that 11 US service members were injured in Iran’s retaliatory missile strike last week. In a statement, the US-led military coalition fighting ISIS in Iraq and Syria said, “While no U.S. service members were killed in the Jan. 8 Iranian attack on Al Asad Air base, several were treated for concussion symptoms from the blast and are still being assessed. Out of an abundance of caution, service members were transported from Al Asad Air Base, Iraq to Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany for follow-on screening. When deemed fit for duty, the service members are expected to return to Iraq following screening.”
I hope you will join me in praying for the swift and full recovery of all our injured service members.
Earlier this week, I compared Arizona Sen. Martha McSally’s response to CNN reporter Manu Raju (“You’re a liberal hack, buddy”) to Rick Gervais’ blistering speaking-truth-to-powerful-liberal-hypocrites monologue at the Golden Globes. I suggested that this, along with Dave Chappelle’s recent HBO special, might signal a turning point in our current culture, the moment at which the population at large finally reached its limit of patience, stood up and smacked down the pious leftist media hacks/PC social media mobs who think they have the right to tell all the rest of us what we’re allowed to think and say or else.
Just as Gervais and Chappelle’s comedy earned them scathing reviews from media critics and cheers from millions of fans, McSally’s blunt take on CNN outraged the news media and gave her reelection campaign a huge boost. It’s so popular, her campaign bought the URL www.liberalhack.com to take donations and sell “You’re a liberal hack, buddy” T-shirts. Meanwhile, Wolf Blitzer and other wounded media figures demanded an apology, and McSally told them where they could put that demand, saying that she merely told it like it was.
Naturally, President Trump praised McSally’s smackdown of his eternal nemesis "fake news CNN" and tweeted his support for her reelection. In fact, Trump is truly the spiritual grandfather of this movement, having spent the past few years showing Republicans that when you’re unfairly attacked by biased news media figures, you don’t have to just roll over and apologize to them for your unworthiness. You can fight back. To those who claim that in doing this, that vulgarian Trump has lowered the level of civility in political discourse, I would remind them of this quote: “If you get hit, we will punch back twice as hard.” That was Obama deputy chief of staff Jim Messina’s advice to Democratic Senators on how to respond to critics of Obamacare.
Well, Republicans and everyone else who’ve been the victims of the Twitter mobs and the cancel culture have reached the last straw (and if you don’t like that it’s a plastic straw, tough), and they’re now punching back, too. Not pleasant, is it? Maybe some better advice would have been, “If you don’t like being punched, don’t throw punches at other people first.”
That’s David Marcus’ advice to CNN at The Federalist, and he makes a good case that they’ve been treating conservatives as punching bags for a long time, and it’s high time one of those bags bounced back and smacked them in the teeth.
President Trump’s standing up to Iran seems to have discombobulated the Mullahs so much that they’re making dumb strategic errors. For instance, to show their contempt for the US and Israel, they’ve started painting American and Israeli flags on the ground all over Iran for people to walk on. But the video has escaped showing most Iranians refusing to step on those flags and berating anyone who does. It’s just hammering home to Iranians that the US and Israel aren’t their enemies, their own government is; while simultaneously making Americans and Israelis feel warmly toward the Iranian people and want to find ways to help support the anti-government protesters.
It’s long been commented upon that Trump has a way of getting inside his critics’ heads, both those in politics and media and making them so crazed that they do and say dumb things that undermine their own power and influence. Wouldn’t it be a delicious irony if, after decades of threats, sanctions, appeasement, and pay-offs, what finally toppled the tyrannical Islamic regime in Iran was the leaders contracting a lethal case of Trump Derangement Syndrome?