July 21, 2020
By Mike Huckabee
SCOTUS REJECTS HOUSE DEMOCRATS' PLEA
Monday, the Supreme Court rejected House Democrats’ plea to allow them immediate access to President Trump’s tax and business records. The SCOTUS had ruled that Trump did not have an absolute right to refuse to comply with legitimate congressional subpoenas for documents, but they sent the case back to lower courts for more consideration because they also ruled that Congress doesn’t have unlimited authority to get materials from a President and its subpoenas must have a legitimate legislative purpose.
The Democrats claimed their investigations are so “urgent” that they have to get access to Trump’s personal and business tax records right now so that they can go fishing for something that will hurt him politically and leak it before the election. Okay, they didn’t really say that last part, but I think we can all agree that it’s understood.
Since long before Trump entered politics, I’ve argued that no political figure should be forced to release his or her personal income tax forms. Just because you run for office, that doesn’t mean you should have to give up every vestige of your family’s privacy. Besides, all candidates are required to file a public financial disclosure form that tells you much more of relevance to the job than you’ll find in someone’s income taxes.
The Democrats would have us believe that Trump is trying to hide some nefarious chicanery that would be exposed by having us see his tax forms. Think about that for a moment. If you had evidence that you committed some sort of financial crime, would you write it down on a tax form and send it to the IRS? If there were anything like that, don’t you think the IRS would have come after him before now? Maybe because most of today’s Democrats have never actually run a business, they seem to have an image of Trump, in his shirt-sleeves with tie undone, sweating over his tax forms at 11 p.m. on April 15th.
Trump is the CEO of a multi-national, multi-billion-dollar corporation with hundreds of different entities. He doesn’t make out his own tax form. He has battalions of lawyers and accountants to deal with it. It’s probably longer than the Federal Register and the closest he ever gets to it is putting his signature on it with a Robo-pen. The idea of Adam Schiff being able to comprehend Trump’s taxes is like expecting your dog to be able to read “War and Peace.”
No, the only “urgency” involved is their urgent need to try to find something, anything, that they can pull out of context and try to make Trump look bad. One chief contender is their hope that if they show his income to be lower than expected, they can embarrass him by saying he’s not really that successful. So what? Don’t we all try to make our incomes look as low as possible on our taxes? With write-offs, loopholes, and depreciation, a one-year income tax snapshot means nothing compared to overall wealth. These people write these ridiculous tax laws; do they not even know how they work? Even Silicon Valley socialist billionaires who think the rich aren't taxed enough hire lawyers and accountants and lobbyists to get their taxes as low as possible. None of them ever send along an extra billion or two as a "voluntary contribution to reduce the national debt."
I made the mistake of releasing my income taxes once. In an early race, my opponent demanded it, and I figured, “Why not? I have nothing to hide.” I barely even had income then! Nevertheless, the opposing campaign still went through with a fine-tooth comb, lifted things wildly out of context, and attacked me over them. That’s when I realized that when you demand that your opponent release his tax forms, you aren’t trying to make him prove he’s honest. You’re just trying to shame him into handing you a club to beat him over the head with. I’d rather tell them to go pound sand.
A WOKE PUBLICATION
Teen Vogue, having morphed from a teenage fashion and pop culture magazine into a far-left propaganda sheet, now seems determined to become a political satire publication and compete with the Babylon Bee. How else to explain their latest crusade: claiming that getting a good night’s sleep is a legacy of white supremacy and systemic racism that must be set right by giving black people reparations in the form of time off from work so they can sleep in and take “Black Power Naps.”
Just as you can no longer tell the serious “woke” publications from satire, you also can’t tell the white liberals who claim to be defending black people from Klan members repeating timeworn racist insults. At least Teen Vogue is in good company, since the Smithsonian has been doing it, too.
The man in New Jersey who posed as a Fed Ex driver, killed the son of Federal Judge Esther Salas and shot her husband has reportedly been identified as Roy Den Hollander. Police say he took his own life shortly after staging the killings. Hollander was an attorney who hated feminists and filed a number of lawsuits against them, and he’d appeared in Salas’ court before. Authorities say he was dying of terminal cancer and may have been seeking to even some scores since he felt he had nothing to lose. Oddly enough, in his recent case before Salas, challenging the male-only draft, she allowed his case to proceed.
I don’t normally pay much attention to high profile Twitter troll wars, but I have to admit, the flame war between Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban and Sen. Ted Cruz is highly entertaining as well as thought-provoking. Cuban, who became a billionaire thanks to the American capitalist system, was rather arrogantly defending players who kneel during the National Anthem and challenged Cruz’s courage in criticizing him. Cruz then challenged Cuban to have the courage to criticize China and defend the free speech right to say “Free Hong Kong” the way he defends the right to show disrespect to the US Anthem.
Cuban tried to deflect that the usual liberal way, by attacking how Trump handled the pandemic, but Cruz wouldn’t let him change the subject, reminding him of all the things China is doing that he has been silent on, including releasing the pandemic. It’s a great reminder of why Cruz was both the National and North American debating champion in college. If this Twitter thread were a fight, the referee would have stopped it.
Good for Cruz for reminding Mark Cuban, and all pro sports officials, owners and athletes, that while they are badmouthing America as a racist nation, they are covering up for a country that still – not 160 years ago, but right now – enforces slave labor to create goods that companies associated with US pro sports teams are making big money off of.
And speaking of actual slave labor still being alive in the 21st century, at last, we finally have a President who is doing something about it, not that I expect he’ll be giving any credit for it by the leftist media outlets who seem to think that America is the root of all the world’s evils.
"PEACEFUL" PROTEST UPDATE
In Portland, where city officials are more concerned with blocking federal troops from enforcing the law and protecting federal property than they are with protecting their own citizens and their property, the violence escalated last night. This time, hundreds of parents joined in to protect the innocent, peaceful protesters, as they tore away the protective barriers to the federal courthouse.
This was the 54th straight day of street violence that Mayor Ted Wheeler insists he needs no federal help to bring under control.
Another update: remember all the breathless reports of “federal goons” in unidentifiable uniforms with no official markings shoving innocent protesters into unmarked vans? Here’s a picture of one of those officers, “with face fully exposed, in uniform with U.S. Border Patrol insignia and an identifying number.”
BIBLE VERSE OF THE DAY (KJV)