Evening Edition -August 7

August 7, 2020 |

THE WORMS ARE TURNING

And the great turning continues, as liberal institutions that went all-in on supporting lawlessness and anarchy realize it’s going over with voters like a punch bowl full of manure. First, the mayor of Portland – PORTLAND! – admitted that people who throw incendiary devices into occupied buildings with the intention of murdering the people inside are not “peaceful protesters” (I’m sure that was a difficult concession for him to make.)

And now, the New York Times (!) has actually printed an in-depth article about the living hell inflicted on the people whose businesses were inside CHOP, the area of Seattle that the mayor turned over to violent leftist, Antifa anarchists, some armed, and tried to pass off as the new “summer of love.” Those businesses are suing the city for the massive costs inflicted upon them when officials failed to do their most basic duty of protecting public safety and private property. None of this is news to you, of course, but for the Times to suddenly wake up to reality is massive.

(The Times is behind a paywall, so I’m linking to a lengthy excerpt at Instapundit. There’s a link there to the full story if you are a Times subscriber. I also wanted you to see the comment by Instapundit founder, Prof. Glenn Reynolds, that all this abrupt backpedaling away from supporting rioters by leftwing politicians and media suggests that the Democrats’ internal polling on this issue must be truly awful.)

Between this lawsuit and others like it in similar blue cities, Nick Sandmann’s lawsuits against the media outlets that slandered him, all the lawsuits against leftist college administrators who denied students due process and First Amendment rights, and the countersuit the NRA just filed against New York’s Attorney General…

…it appears that conservatives have learned from the lawfare that liberals have been waging and are turning the left’s favorite weapon against them. It might even be more effective than expected, thanks to all the Trump judicial appointees who actually respect the Constitution -- one of the top reasons why it's so important not to believe any johnny-come-lately "law and order" rhetoric from the left and instead to reelect Trump.

SATIRE TURNS INTO REAL NEWS

You can't write satire fast enough before it turns into actual news. After the Supreme Court allowed Nevada's Democrat Governor to unconstitutionally limit church worship services while allowing crowds in casinos, the satirical site The Babylon Bee wrote a fake story about a church getting around the ban by adding slot machines. The joke is now reality after Evangelicals For Trump got around the rule by moving their prayer event to a casino in Las Vegas and holding it in the presence of God and slot machines.

MICHELLE O: WEALTH DISTRIBUTION SHOULD BE PART OF "BROADER POLICY"

Michelle Obama is in the news again.

It doesn't surprise us --- one of my writers has said for two years that the former First Lady would be on the ticket for 2020 --- but Michelle O is starting to take a higher profile now that doubts are being expressed more publicly about Joe Biden’s mental decline. We know that even if he makes it across the finish line to Election Day and (shudder) wins, the new VP will be taking his place soon in the Oval Office. Biden won’t be able to find the Oval Office, or tell an oval from a rectangle.

Putting Michelle –- or someone, but probably her –- in at the last minute was likely the plan all along. She’s black, she’s female, she's famous, there won't be much time to take a hard look, and for many Democrats and possibly independents, she puts an appealing and, yes, moderate face on the increasingly radical Democrat Party, a friendly image that they very badly need now. She’s been voted the Most Admired Woman in America, and even Most Admired worldwide! But Michelle Obama is NOT in the mainstream.

Watch, though, how she can take a leftist goal like income redistribution and skillfully finesse it to make it seem downright middle-of-the-road. Wednesday, in her new podcast (yes, she has a new podcast), she did just that in a conversation with Michele Norris. She called coronavirus an opportunity to think about “how wealth is distributed” to lower-income essential workers.

Read the transcript, and you’ll see how she lays the groundwork for “thinking” about wealth in a different way. “...We have to think about that [being essential],” she says, “in terms of how wealth is distributed.” As she goes on about this, it sounds so reasonable, so thoughtful, so compassionate, until you realize that the solution to this, in the mind of anyone on the left, will be a monstrous government program involving large-scale bureaucratically-calibrated income redistribution, with more pages of regulations than in Obamacare (which is a good real-world example of what I’m talking about).

Michelle even helps us understand why nothing in the budget is ever cut. “...All the things that we look to cut were put in place in response to some crisis.” I see. That’s why, once we have a government program, we can NEVER cut it. The crisis never goes away, so we always have to keep it as-is (or bigger).

More: “...We actually have power; we can...change so much of what we do, we can sacrifice a little more...we can shift priorities, and not just in our own lives, ‘cause IT’S NOT ENOUGH TO JUST DO IT IN YOUR OWN LIFE IF YOU’RE NOT WILLING TO DO IT IN OUR BROADER POLICY.” (Emphasis mine.) In other words, out of compassion, we have to force everyone to do what we would have them do. This kind of thinking can be used to rationalize all kinds of control and taken to tremendous lengths. Goodbye freedom.

"It’s in our country’s DNA to step up,” she says. But she warns that this is “always with great opposition, because you’re asking people to sacrifice, to give up things that, that they think they deserve, that they’re entitled to, for the sake of the greater good.”

See how she subtly suggests that the “opposition” is against personal sacrifice and the greater good? Why, some people are just selfish, that’s what they are, thinking they deserve things. We’ll decide who deserves things! And to do that, we’ll have to force everyone into a “broader policy.”

Beware. Someone with this kind of skill, teamed with the more pushy radicals like AOC and "the Squad," could take control of just about everything in your life. Trump 2020!

PRESIDENT TRUMP ISSUES TWO EXECUTIVE ORDERS

President Trump issued some important executive orders Thursday, all aimed at China.

Two of the orders were to ban transactions with the popular video-sharing app TikTok and the social media app WeChat in 45 days. Their parent companies are the Chinese-owned ByteDance and Tencent Holdings. Both orders warn that the apps automatically capture “vast swaths of information” from users, amounting to actions that threaten “to allow the Chinese Communist Party access to Americans’ personal and proprietary information.” According to an internal document obtained by the Epoch Times, TikTok's parent ByteDance employs at least 138 members of the Chinese Communist Party, many in high managerial positions. To paraphrase comic Yakov Smirnoff, in communist China, video app watches YOU.

And in another long-overdue move, Trump issued an order designed to ensure that essential medicines, medical supplies and equipment are made in the United States. The order has several components to persuade manufacturers to move plants back to the US from China and to keep that move from raising prices for consumers. We never should’ve relied on China for all our medicines and medical supply needs, but COVID-19 brought home the urgent need for a change. You can read more about that EO here.

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  • Paulette Walton Taylor

    08/08/2020 07:25 PM

    Governor Huckabee:
    Can you just imagine how Wall Street will react the day after the election if Joe Biden is elected? Hope all these liberals have money socked away some place else, because they will need it.

  • Mark Weaber

    08/08/2020 07:06 PM

    If the Governor has never seen the Documentary "Uncle Tom" at the following link, https://www.documentarymania.com/player.php?title=Uncle+Tom, he and his whole staff should watch. If you do I feel you will recommend for viewing to your readers and to as many especially of the African American community to watch. It is done by conservative African Americans who realize the harm the Democratic party has and continues to do to their community & the methods of the liberal left. I saw an article concerning the documentary in "World Israel News" and my wife & I then watched it. It is worth every minute of the 1 hour & 44 minutes in length. This election is critical & sharing the documentary as widely as possible may make all the difference in our countries future. Mark

  • Shauna dickerson

    08/08/2020 05:24 PM

    So thankful our president is aware of and taking measures to stop China's manufacture of our pharmaceuticals. Real danger I'm glad we're finally aware of. Also, thank you for the analysis of Michelle Obama. She is a terrifying woman.

  • Bobbi Amann

    08/08/2020 03:55 PM

    If by some un-godly chance that Pedo Joe Get in & Moochle is VP I give Jo jo about one month of enjoying the Oval Office! Than it will be “off with his head”! Of course it will be a grand ceremony for this wonderful man! (Tongue in cheek)! All we can do as anyone who believes in God is trust in Him to help President Trump become our President for a second term! If God decides it’s not to be than we will become a third world country ruled by China within 2 years! IMHO!!

  • Michael K. Garrett

    08/08/2020 12:57 PM

    Michelle, or Michael as her husband once called her, will be the perfect liberal puppet president who will be told what to do and what to say by the party and her former president husband Barack. She will also be telling Sleepy Joe how to run the oval office if he even bothers to show up for work. If elected, America will have its first woman president, unless you believe all those "rumors" about her (it). It's Trump or socialism, take your pick.
    Mike Garrett
    Trinidad, Colo.

  • Floyd A Unger

    08/08/2020 12:57 PM

    Yup....Trump 2020 or it’s over

  • diana m. brown

    08/08/2020 12:24 PM

    I am vey glad to hear about President's Trumps Executive Orders especially in these times of China being able to hurt our country. I am very much afraid that Michelle might be a vice president. God Help Us. Everyone needs to get out and vote to get President Trump re elected. Otherwise, I have many fears for our country.

  • James Johnson

    08/08/2020 11:17 AM

    You know, I remember a time when events like the ones taking place today would have been depicted differently. For instance, back then, the New York Times would have had a front-page cartoon of a character with his knee on the throat of a person gasping for breath, and the caption would read: "Mobs in Portland attempting to choke the country into submission."

  • Donna Fernandez

    08/08/2020 08:37 AM

    Even those if us on the RIGHT (side of politics) have either known or suspected this since Barack and Michelle set up their shadow 'government' just a few blocks from the White House. Theyve been American-hating crooks from the get-go. We know, though, that God's will prevails always, so we PRAY!

  • Daniel Page

    08/08/2020 08:32 AM

    GOVERNOR, This is the first time I read your additional comments on politics. Very interesting and are directly to the point. The "Michelle" piece was a shocker.

  • Jack macdonald

    08/08/2020 07:40 AM

    The problem with suing govt or corporations is that you are going to pay the settlement via taxes or higher prices. We are the govt and we are the consumer and in the end, we pay for everything. That is the way it works and anyone with a basic understanding of economics knows that. The most important thing that should be taught in school is economics. That's why we pay for police protection so that we don't get stuck with the tab for anarchy. You pay for that protection and and then you don't get it. You get stuck twice. Then your insurance premiums will go up because those companies are not in business to lose money. You get stuck again. The solution is to jail those leaders that allow this destruction since they took an oath to protect you and your property. Does anyone think this will happen? Ultimately. The blame rests with the morons who elect these incompetent losers.

  • June Paugh

    08/08/2020 06:18 AM

    But there is always hope:8/8/20 Saturday’s Scripture: Isaiah 55:8-9 “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways my ways” declares the Lord. “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.”
    (That is discouraging! If we have established a relationship with God the Father through God the Son: (John 3:16), shouldn’t our thoughts and ways be like his? Doesn’t a child naturally inherit the ways of his parent? That is true as far as it goes, but God’s intention for us was given as law written on stone and that only revealed his intention, knowing and being obedient to it presented a different problem. “The law was to be our teacher until Christ came. He came as a man, living to teach God’s intentions, his law, sacrificing his life for ours, and then ascending back to heaven. As soon as we welcomed that marvelous, priceless gift of his blood to cleanse us, we established that relationship with our Creator who HAS now become our spiritual FATHER! But then we find we still lack power to please God by living with faith in our new inheritance, so our Omniscient God has attended to that as well. He sent his Holy Spirit to help us understand and live with that law now removed from stone and transmitted into our hearts! “God has revealed them to us through his Spirit. For the Spirit searches all things, yes, the deep things of God. For what man knows the things of a man except the spirit of the man which is in him?” (1 Cor. 2:10). When we believed in our hearts and confessed with our mouths (Rom. 1:10) our acceptance of the salvation God’s Son had accomplished for us on that cross, we made our own sacrifice by surrendering our flesh to be born again in the spirit. We now know true JOY, which will never leave us, inspiring happiness that bursts loose from the corruption of sin and our past as we participate in that final, complete relationship in which our ways and thoughts DO become the same as our wonderful Lord. Yes, we may at times fail, “The flesh desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the flesh. They are in conflict with each other, so that you are not to do whatever you want” (Gal. 5:17), but we no longer live in fear of failure for “God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore, we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging. (Psalm 46:1-3). We have become God’s incredible gift to a lost world as the Holy Spirit enables us as servants to live a righteous and faithful life, exhibiting us as hope to those destined to death, not through our own works, but through that same power of the Holy Spirit that is available to all who will receive him. Let us be sure that we stay attached to that vine and bear much fruit showing ourselves to be his disciples (John 1:7-8) as we share his redeeming light where it is so desperately needed, knowing that “The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it!”)

  • Linda Orf

    08/08/2020 05:17 AM

    I’d welcome for Michelle and Oprah to redistribute some of their wealth my way.

  • Miriam Spears

    08/08/2020 02:31 AM

    Yes the worms are turning. Time to be on offensive and start pulling in the many big fish still hiding in swamp. POTUS NEEDS OUR SUPPORT AND OUR PRAYERS.

  • Miriam Spears

    08/08/2020 02:29 AM

    Yes the worms are turning. Time to be on offensive and start pulling in the many big fish still hiding in swamp. POTUS NEEDS OUR SUPPORT AND OUR PRAYERS.

  • Linda Old

    08/08/2020 01:34 AM

    The Dems are so extreme, it's frightening to think of them taking over the government any time in the future.
    Most Americans don't want what the Dems offer, but Americans are so generous, and want to show that they're not racist, greedy, etc., so some end up voting for for politicians they don't agree with.
    Conservative voters need to be aware of what's happening, and be angry about it.
    Conservative politicians need to keep repeating what's at stake.

  • ROSE VAN ALSTYNE

    08/08/2020 12:35 AM

    GOV. HUCKABEE: I AM 82. REGISTERED DEMOCRAT OVER 60 YRS., UNTIL 4 YRS AGO. I COULD NOT STAND BY & SUPPORT A PARTY, SO FULL OF HATE & EVIL.
    OBAMA SAID " WE ARE 5 DAYS AWAY FROM FUNDAMENTALLY TRANSFORMING UNITED STATES". HILLARY WAS TO CARRY ON.
    TRUMP TOOK THE POWER & CONTROL FROM LIBERALS!
    MOST OF ALL, WAS DETERMINED TO DRAIN THE SWAMP, HOTPOT THE DIRTY SECRETS, THEY HOPED WOULD STAY HIDDEN.

    I AM SO AFRAID RIGHT NOW, THAT WE HAVE NO ONE IN CHARGE, IN CONTROL, AUTHORITY. NOT EVEN PRES.TRUMP.
    EVERYTHING HE DOES IS CRITICIZED, VOTED DOWN, DESTROYED. THOSE WHO SUPPORT HIM ARE THREATENED, HATED, CALLED NAMES & THIS IS BY FAMILY!!
    I AM SAD FOR OUR CHILDREN, GR. CHILDREN, GR. GR. CHILDREN. THEY WILL NEVER KNOW WHAT A WONDERFUL WORLD WE LIVED IN.
    OUR HISTORY, GONE, MORALS, GONE, RELIGION MADE FUN OF, FLAG & ANTHEM DJSRRSPECTED.
    NO ACCOUNTABILITY, NO PRIDE, MOST OF ALL, THE DEMOCRATS THINK.MORE OF CRIMINALS, ILLEGALS, TERRORISTS THAN UNBORN/BORN BABIES.
    OUR FIRST LADY IS DISRESPECTED.
    HIS YOUNG SON ATTACKED.

    THERE IS EVIL TAKING OVER OUR COUNTRY. THEY ARE SO EVIL, THEY ARE WILLING TO " USE" A MAN WITH DEMENTIA TO BE THE " BAIT", TO BRING IN VOTES, IN ORDER TO PUT THE PERSON THEY REALLY WANT IN OFFICE. A PUPPET, WILLING TO DANCE TO THEIR TUNE!
    SOMEONE WHO WILL FOLLOW ORDERS TO DESTROY OUR COUNTRY.
    BIDEN'S WIFE SHOULD BE ASHAMED , EITHER SHE WANTS TO BE FIRST LADY, OR SHE HAS BEEN PAID TO OFFER UP HER HUSBAND FOR EMBARRASSMENT, RIDICULE,
    MADE FUN OF. THAT'S HOW SHE & THE FAMILY SHOW THEIR LOVE FOR THIS MAN?
    IT'S GOING TO TAKE GOD TO SAVE US! RIGHT NOW, I'M AFRAID WE ARE BEYOND HELP.
    THE DRMOCRADS, LIBERAKS, RADICALS, PROGRESSIVES, SOCIALISTS & " THE SQUAD" ARE CALL ING THE SHOTS!! OH WAIT, UNDER THE ORDERS OF BARA K HUSSEIN OBAMA!!!!!

    THAN YOU GOV.HUCKABEE!!!

  • Jeanne Karras

    08/08/2020 12:01 AM

    Michelle Obama? I could never understand the enamor with Ns. Michelle?
    Being the First Lady for eight years she had the opportunity to do something positive for the Blacks, especially for youth. Instead she grew a garden!
    I believe she has other interests. The a Obama’s have become extremely wealthy, buying millions of dollars homes in Cape Cod and in D.C. and
    moving in Hollywood circles. But then again having the power of the Presidency could be another trophy in her crown. I hope not.

  • Sue Rogers

    08/07/2020 11:39 PM

    Thank you, Gov, for alerting us, again, and I bet Obummer will be on the VP list.

  • Judy Radley

    08/07/2020 11:35 PM

    I agree that Michele Obama will be on the ticket, a last-minute change, as the msm will report that Biden took ill, or something to that nature, and that he cannot run for President, so a last-minute change will take place, but how can that be legal? I thought primaries were in place for legal reasons? But as we all know too well, the Liberals will do anything they want, and say that it is within the law, yeah, for them, but not for Conservatives or Republicans. Liberals make up laws as they go, but Conservatives cannot have the same law apply to them.

  • Mike Horst

    08/07/2020 11:19 PM

    Mike, In reference to Michelle Obama. There ought to be a new constitutional amendment against former presidents wives or husbands running for President. That is their way of getting more than two terms in office. These crooked Democrats are a crafty bunch. They are worse than a cockroach infestation! What is amazing is that Not many people besides yourself, Jason Chaffetz & myself see this little setup coming! It makes total sense! It is right out of their playbook as In what happened with Jimmy Carter, Bill (Slick Willy) Clinton, Barack Obama. Even John F Kennedy. ( I am getting old) Democrats will very often pick some person in politics who doesn’t have a long history of poor leadership and run them for President. It is Soooo obvious with Michelle Obama! Democrats know Biden is a LOSER & they must do something quick or they are going to get slaughtered. Even if they do insert Michelle, Donald J Trump will win as reputation against all their vicious acts for the last 4 years and the fact that Donald Trump is the greatest President since Teddy Roosevelt. Let’s see if it happens but it is a great theory. What you think?


  • SHERYL LUNDIEN

    08/07/2020 10:38 PM

    Most admired woman in America and in the world??? You've gotta be kidding!! Please tell me that you are!!! Just how many of the Obama's $$$$ do you think will be "distributed" ~ I can answer that one ~ NONE. Those people work around everything like that. The Obamas had their days in the sun, now they need to get out of our hair. I don't even want their pictures or those of the crooked Clintons to be on my computer.

  • Mike Horst

    08/07/2020 10:36 PM

    Mike, you definitely see the same ole 1,2,3 with the Democrats day in and day out. It is the same slimy, rotten game plan over and over and over. It’s insulting to our intelligence. Why? Why? Do voters keep voting these awful Democrat politicians into office. I heard a quote that to some degree sums it up. You do the smart ones once and the stupid ones twice if you get what I mean. I must be brilliant because In 10 presidential election cycles I have never voted for a Democrat candidate for President. I remember the slogan Jimmy Carter used back in 1976. “Win With The Grin” What does that have to do with being a good candidate for President? He was one of the worst presidents ever on foreign policy! No wonder Reagan absolutely killed him in the election. Jimmy is a good man but was a lousy president!

  • Sidney Patin

    08/07/2020 10:32 PM

    I think the Obamas should put their money where their mouth is and sell their properties and donate the money (all of it) to help the poor. After they do that maybe we can consider helping, but the Obamas have so much money the poor won't need more than that, right? Oh, and the Obamas should also dismiss their personal bodyguards provided by the Secret Service. Just that would save tons of money that could be applied to their favorite charities. So do it!

  • Dot Whitley

    08/07/2020 10:23 PM

    I just hope the worms are left to get themselves out of the mess they allowed to take place.

    Please Lord don't let Mrs. Obama finish ruining our miserable country.