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What a week this has been! President Trump had his 2nd summit with North Korea’s Kim Jong Un, Congress has been grilling admitted and convicted liar Michael Cohen, Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu was indicted by his political enemies in Israel, and Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez declared herself the “Boss” and pushed for a guaranteed minimum income for everyone. And yet there’s another issue from this week that’s bigger than any of those, but I’ll save it for last.
Like the song by the great American diplomat Kenny Rogers, “You gotta know when to hold them; know when to fold them; know when to walk away when the dealing’s done,” President Trump walked away from his meeting with N. Korean dictator Kim Jong Un and headed back to Washington without signing an agreement.
By Mike Huckabee
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By Mike Huckabee
President Trump is understandably taking bipartisan criticism for saying that he takes Kim Jong Un at his word that he didn’t know about the treatment by his regime of Otto Warmbier, the young American detained on an alleged theft charge during a tour in 2016 and who died shortly after being returned to the US in a vegetative state. Warmbier’s parents who had previously praised Trump issued this statement:
“We have been respectful during this summit process. Now we must speak out. Kim and his evil regime are responsible for the death of our son Otto. Kim and his evil regime are responsible for unimaginable cruelty and inhumanity. No excuses or lavish praise can change that.”’
I also wish Trump had not said that, but I think it would be a naïve mistake to think Trump doesn’t know how evil Kim and his regime really are. I’m just certain he would have preferred not to bring up Warmbier or any other dispute over North Korean injustice when he was trying to convince Kim to give up his nuclear program. He already had Democrats back home doing everything possible to undermine him while he was on foreign soil; he didn’t need reporters pressing him to comment on that. I would imagine he said what he thought he had to say to keep the negotiations on track.
Once again, I think this is just another example of Trump’s critics being either incapable of comprehending his negotiating style or deliberately refusing to. Unlike our previous “negotiators” who told our enemies in advance exactly what they were willing to do or not do, Trump keeps his cards close to his vest and his adversaries off balance. First, he sizes up his deal partners, identifying their weaknesses, then uses them to his advantage.
In this case, he knows that trying to get anything out of Kim by throwing his past atrocities in his face in public will kill all hope of a deal. Kim is vulnerable to flattery, has a huge ego and is desperate to be seen as a big shot outside of North Korea. For the President of the United States to agree to travel halfway around the world to be seen in public with him was indeed a big ego stroke for Kim, and one the “expert” diplomats strenuously warned against for years because it would “legitimize” Kim and “give him just what he wants.” But he doesn’t need us to “legitimize” him as North Korea’s dictator, and if giving him what he wants that’s nothing but empty flattery gets us something major that we want, then why not give it a try?
Kim craves being seen as a player on the world stage, and a summit with Trump is a dream come true for him. But when he tried to push Trump too far, Trump made it clear who was really the boss by taking off and leaving him with egg on his face. The message Trump wants to send isn’t “This is over!” but “Don’t pull that again.”
To make a showbiz comparison, a mug who wanted to look like a big shot would be elated if Frank Sinatra let him hang out in his shadow. But if he ever forgot his place and made the mistake of thinking that Frank was hanging out with him, he’d be cut off faster than you could say, “Ring-a-ding-ding.” Kim got too big for his britches and Trump had to remind him who’s really the Chairman of the Board. But he doesn’t want Kim to lose too much face because he wants to give him the chance to come crawling back with a little dignity and pick up negotiations again, from a slightly more humble position.
This is what I meant when I said this wouldn’t be a deal, it would be a process. Trump may yet get his North Korean nuclear deal. But if he fails, it won’t be because he thought he could persuade an egomaniac like Kim to bend after he humiliated him in public – at least, any more than was necessary to make a point.
By Mike Huckabee
There’s been a lot of commentary about the closed door meeting of House Democrats where 26 moderates who voted with Republicans on a couple of issues were ordered by Nancy Pelosi never to do it again. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez even claimed, in fine Stalinist fashion, that she was keeping “a list” of these enemies of the Party and would make sure they faced leftist primary challengers if they didn’t knuckle under and vote against their consciences (and the will of their constituents who elected them on their promise that they would be bipartisan moderates.)
Some of the commentary centers on whether this represents the implosion and demise of the Democratic Party, with the out-of-control socialists staging the equivalent of a purge against the few remaining centrists. If so, I hate to see it go. I think a healthy two-party system is a good thing, as long as both parties are reasonable and put America’s interests ahead of growing their Party’s power. I don’t want a one-party system, and if the Democratic Party does go full-bore socialist, I don’t want to see America destroyed by a lot of miseducated young people actually voting for free stuff and learning a harsh lesson about economic reality, a la Venezuela.
So I’m going to make a suggest that I haven’t heard anyone else make yet. Listen up, you 26 Democratic moderates who are being bossed around by a power-mad brat, like the kid in the “Twilight Zone” episode who threatened to send anyone who displeased him to the corn field. You can end this right now, and I’ll tell you how in two simple words:
If you all switch to the GOP, this nightmare will end immediately. The House will instantly go from Democrat by 235-197 to Republican by 223-209. Adults will once again be back in charge of the gavel and the committees, necessary business will get done, and AOC and her fellow freshman socialist, racist and anti-Semitic agitators will be relegated to the kiddie table where they belong. They can try challenging you with more leftist firebreathers in 2020, but by then, you’ll have a two-year record of bipartisan accomplishments to run on. Besides, your voters elected you because you were moderates, remember?
Go ahead, dare to cross over from the Dark Side. A grateful America will thank you for it.
Facebook insider leaks doc
By Mike Huckabee
The latest expose from James O’Keefe’s Project Veritas is important and shocking, but it won’t come as a surprise to most conservatives who post anything on social media sites.
This is a long and detailed article that demands careful reading, but it’s worthwhile to do so. A former Facebook employee and whistleblower explains how leftist moderators inside Facebook have the power to create false accusations against users they disagree with, and they can and do take down their pages without even notifying the users that it's been done. One of their actual excuses for doing this is a violation defined as showing nonpartisan people blunt truths to convert them to their viewpoint. Convincing people to agree with you by telling them the truth? We can’t have that on the Internet!
This suppressing of conservative voices on giant social media sites (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, etc.) that should be open, nonpartisan public forums is a growing problem that must be remedied now. As Tucker Carlson noted, what we’ve been seeing with the recent silencing of various well-known and highly-followed conservatives is a test-run for the 2020 election. In 2016, Donald Trump used social media to go around a mainstream media corrupted by partisanship and reach the people directly. Many Silicon Valley social justice warriors seem determined not to let that happen again. In close elections, all it might take to swing some races would be a last minute censoring of 10 to 20% of online conservative get-out-the-vote messages.
The limousine liberal billionaires behind these social media companies need to learn in no uncertain terms that if they don’t start behaving like responsible, nonpartisan public utilities, they might face the very real prospect of their money-printing sites actually becoming public utilities.
NC Democrats: Change "F" grades from 60% and 39%
By Mike Huckabee
When you can’t meet standards in some endeavor, there are two options: demand more effort or lower the standards. Some North Carolina Democratic legislators want to take academic standards to the basement with a bill that would lower the school grade for an “F” from 60% to 39%.
Pretending that students are succeeding academically by getting four out of ten answers right does no favors for students or for competent teachers who are trying to uphold higher standards for education. For instance, can you imagine someone believing they’re an expert in economics because they have a degree in it when 60% of what they think they know about the subject is wrong? Wait, come to think of it, I can imagine someone like that. And we sure don’t need more of them!
By Mike Huckabee
Amid all the other news (or “news”) that was getting so much attention, the shocking Senate vote by Democrats to block the “Born Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act of 2019” did not get the attention it deserved. It deserves to be shouted in outrage from every rooftop.
In an act that would have been unthinkable just ten years ago, prominent Democrats, many of them with presidential ambitions, lined up to block a bill that would have required doctors to perform the most basic act of their profession: providing medical care to a baby born alive during an abortion. President Trump quite rightly tore into them for this unconscionable defense of infanticide, which he described as “executing babies after birth.”
But I have to hand it to Sen. Elizabeth Warren, who actually managed to top the imbecility of agreeing to a DNA test to prove her "Native American heritage" with this stunning tweet defending her pro-infanticide vote with a totally inappropriate pro-abortion cliché:
“Republican politicians just tried (and failed) again to score political points at the expense of women. Enough. Women and their doctors should decide what’s best for their health – not the @SenateGOP.”
I suppose that using “women’s health” as a euphemism for killing children in the womb has become such a habit by now that Sen. Warren didn’t even stop to think before using it to describe allowing the death of a child that is now completely outside the mother's body – one that has already been born – i.e., that is, say, 15 or 20 feet away from the mother's body – one who no longer has any effect whatsoever on the health of the mother, but is now a separate, autonomous human being in need of medical care that doctors have taken a sacred oath to provide.
I’m sorry if I sound as if I’m over-explaining the patently obvious, but it seems that with some people and some subjects, it’s impossible to over-explain the obvious.
Katherine Helmond RIP
By Mike Huckabee
Sad news from Hollywood: longtime TV favorite Katherine Helmond has died at 89 from complications of Alzheimer’s. In a career that spanned half a century, she was nominated for multiple Emmy Awards and won two Golden Globes, one for each of her most famous roles: Jessica Tate on the ‘70s sitcom “Soap” and Mona, the randy grandmother on “Who’s the Boss” in the ‘80s. She also played many other roles, including recurring parts on “Coach” and on “Everybody Loves Raymond” as Debra’s mother.
At the link is an obituary that will remind you of all the entertainment she was a part of. It also includes tributes from fellow celebrities. But what you’ll want to read most is the beautiful and heartbreaking tribute to her by her husband, David Christian. In an industry where many marriages don’t last as long as a Fox sitcom, David recalls that he and Katherine met when he was 19, and they were together for 57 years – and it still wasn’t long enough.
Evening Edition - March 2
By Mike Huckabee
A wrap-up of all the news you might have missed yesterday!
Daily Verse (KJV)
"But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves."
– James 1:22
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