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March 29, 2021
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Good morning!

Blessings on you and your family, and from all the Huckabee staff! 

Today's newsletter includes:

  • Bible Verse Of The Day
  • 42 Million
  • News you can use
  • RIP Larry McMurtry and Prayers for B.J. Thomas
  • Surveys Say
  • New Podcast Episode
  • What's really going on inside our "woke" military?
  • A Reader Writes Back...
  • America The Beautiful

Sincerely,

Mike Huckabee

BIBLE VERSE OF THE DAY 


 

42 Million

By Mike Huckabee

A survey by Gallup found that among residents of 33 nations in Latin America and the Caribbean, 42 million people want to move to the US permanently.

The big question now is, will they all be here by next weekend?

News You Can Use

By Mike Huckabee

A new survey by Lending Tree found that many Americans are struggling to deal with medical debt. However, among those who contacted the providers and attempted to negotiate their bills, about 93% saw the bills reduced or dropped entirely. So don’t be afraid to speak up.

RIP Larry McMurtry and Prayers for B.J. Thomas

By “Huckabee” writer/pop culture guru Pat Reeder

As you might know, my wife/writing partner Laura Ainsworth and I live in Texas (I was born here, she got her as fast as she could.) So it falls to me to report some sad news for all the world, but especially for us Texans.

First, the great Texas-based singer B.J. Thomas released a statement revealing that he’s receiving treatment for stage four lung cancer. The winner of five Grammy Awards for his many pop, gospel and country hits such as “Raindrops Keep Fallin’ On My Head,” “Hooked on a Feeling,” “Rock and Roll Lullaby,” “I Just Can’t Help Believing,” “Whatever Happened to Old Fashioned Love” and “(Hey, Won’t You Play) Another Somebody Done Somebody Wrong Song,” Thomas said he’s hopeful for a full recovery, but added, "I ask all of you for your prayers during this time and that my music can live on with you."

We saw him in concert just last year, and he sounded as great as ever. We hope you’ll join us in praying for his recovery so that he can keep on making wonderful music for years to come.

Also, it’s almost too much for the Lone Star State to have to bear, in one year, the pandemic, the winter storm/blackout, the Biden border policies, the death of Jerry Jeff Walker, and now the loss of the official Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Texas, Larry McMurtry. He died Thursday night of heart failure at 84.

McMurtry was one of America’s greatest novelists and screenwriters, but he was particularly beloved here in Texas, and he loved Texas in return, and set almost all of his books here. I attended his alma mater, the University of North Texas, where the reverence for him is super-concentrated.

McMurtry gave the world some of the greatest novels of the past half-century, many of which became hit movies, including “Terms of Endearment;” “Horseman, Pass By” (which became the Paul Newman movie “Hud”); “The Last Picture Show;” and of course, “Lonesome Dove,” which spawned the classic TV miniseries with Robert Duvall and Tommy Lee Jones. The movies of his works racked up 34 Oscar nominations and 13 wins. “Lonesome Dove” alone scored 18 Emmy nominations and seven wins.

I was working in Connecticut when “Lonesome Dove” first aired, and I enjoyed coming to work every morning to be peppered with questions from incredulous co-workers, asking if it was really like that in Texas: did we really have blue northers and poisonous snakes that live in the water and Texas Rangers who could quell a riot single-handed? I loved telling them, “Of course we do. Doesn’t everybody?”

If you’re not familiar with McMurtry, do yourself a favor and watch the original “Lonesome Dove” miniseries, or better yet, read the book (best yet, do both.) You’ll want to work your way further in from there. Granted, some of the novels are better than others (I wasn’t too crazy about the “Lonesome Dove” sequel and prequels, and I generally prefer his historical novels to his contemporary ones like “All My Friends Are Going to be Strangers”), but hey, not even Ranger Captain Woodrow F. Call could hit the bullseye with every shot. Well, come to think of it, maybe he could...

Surveys Say

By Mike Huckabee

Border Survey March 2021:  51,000+ responses

Do you think the crisis along our border has worsened because of Joe Biden's reversal of President Trump's policies? 94% YES 4% UNDECIDED 2% NO

Do you think the crisis along our border has worsened because of Joe Biden's reversal of President Trump's policies? 78% COMPLETING THE BORDER WALL 22% STRICTER ENFORCEMENT OF EXISTING LAWS

Do you support the Republican Governors of Texas and Arizona, taking the lead role in enforcing border security within their state? 84% YES, THE BIDEN ADMINISTRATION IS FAILING 8% UNDECIDED 8% NO, THIS IS A FEDERAL RESPONSIBILITY

Vaccination Poll March 2021: 35,000+ responses

Have you received the vaccine? 59% NO 41% YES

If you have NOT been vaccinated, do you plan on getting the vaccine? 10% YES 23% UNDECIDED 67% NO

New Podcast Episode

By Mike Huckabee

On the latest bonus episode of "The People's Podcast," Masterpiece Cakeshop owner Jack Phillips joins Governor Huckabee to discuss how and why he has become the target of the far Left and anti-religious zealots in the Colorado government. Jack and his attorney tell the story and explain the motivation behind how Jack has been continuously harassed and taken to court after he declined a request to bake a cake for a same-sex marriage because of his personal Biblical religious convictions.

To listen and subscribe, go here>>>

What's really going on inside our "woke" military?

By Mike Huckabee

Since the January 6 security breach on Capitol Hill, there’s been a great deal of talk about how to deal with those espousing “extremist ideology,” particularly within the military and law enforcement. We’ve seen ridiculously gross overreaction to the breach by Democrats in Congress and also have big reason for concern about the upper echelons of the military. POLITICO, certainly no right-wing news outlet, has been running stories on this over the past several weeks, and I thought it would be a good idea to explore a couple of these along with some of our more go-to sources.

On Saturday, POLITICO ran a piece on some of the internal training materials being used by the Department of Defense, one of these a 17-page briefing compiled by the DoD Internal Threat Management and Analysis Center, part of the Defense Counterintelligence and Security Agency.

According to this briefing, they report, both military and civilian personnel have “a duty and responsibility” to report extremist behavior or activity.” They’re also supposed to be aware of symbols of these ideologies. (According to POLITICO, the materials do at least mention far-left ideologies and Islamist views, but other sources very strongly suggest the focus is on the right.)

The article states that “the prevalence of extremists in the Defense Department appears to be small. For example, the 220,000-strong Marine Corps recently reported that it kicked out four members last year for extremist activity.” But this isn’t stopping the Pentagon, which says “one is too many.”

The focus on white supremacism as a general threat didn’t start just with Biden. In a Homeland Security Assessment from October 2020, the acting secretary of the Department of Homeland Security said, “...I am particularly concerned about white supremacist violent extremists who have been exceptionally lethal in their abhorrent, targeted attacks in recent years.” He did also go on to cite what he called “the exploitation of lawful protests causing violence, death and destruction in American communities.” You know, those activities that were billed in the media as “peaceful protests”?

(By the way, one can tell this was produced during the Trump administration by its mention of another threat: “illegal and mass migration to the United States.” I would imagine this has been taken out of current threat assessments. But I digress.)

One of my researchers did a deep dive and found an item of interest, this 2021 workshop dealing with threat assessment in general, that "examines the emerging threat posed by extreme right wing anti-government groups." A "terrorist radicalization assessment protocol" is used to help determine who is dangerous. We don't know how focused this workshop is on ferreting out right-wing "extremism," as it deals with a variety of perceived threats, but I'd love to be a fly on the wall.

Anyway, after a "highly unusual" order from Biden's new Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin, all members of the military by the first week in April are required to have taken part in a day-long “stand down” to discuss extremism and obtain feedback from troops on “racism and other hateful ideologies or anti-government sentiment [that] have taken root in recent years.”

The new military training materials reportedly focus on behavior and symbolism. According to the article, they do point out the risk of making false assumptions about people who don’t pose a threat, mentioning that religious conservatives are often wrongly lumped in with white supremacists and other extremists. (As you’ll see, though, other sources say that’s exactly what they’re doing.)

POLITICO’s Bryan Bender reported about a month ago, before the training materials were released, that “there’s a growing sense of anxiety within the Pentagon that this push [to confront white nationalism and other far-right ideologies] could feed the perception that it is policing political thought, favoring one political party over another or muzzling free speech.”

No kidding. We’ve seen enough of that outside the military --- finding out what “cancel culture” can do in response to one misinterpreted tweet, even decades old –- to know what it would look like inside the military. In other words, the “perception” that they’re playing Thought Police has been well-fed, and our concern is well-founded.

Here’s an excellent piece by retired Army lieutenant colonel and intelligence officer Roger Rosewall, warning of the dangers of “witch hunts” within military ranks.

Rosewall asks two key questions: 1) what is “extremism”? And 2) what will happen to military members deemed to be “extremists”? He also provides a valuable historical perspective by bringing in examples of previous witch hunts, which “have not ended well,” he says.

Rosewall suggests that the way to deal with the current “perceived problem” is to “clearly define and articulate ACTIONS AND BEHAVIORS [emphasis his] that are considered contrary to good order and discipline.” That way, they avoid the trap of trying to assess “creeds, convictions and personal beliefs.”

But Aaron Reitz, a major in the Marine Corps Reserve and the Texas deputy attorney general for legal strategy, appearing with Tucker Carlson on Friday, expressed alarm that the Biden Defense Department won’t be satisfied with that limited an effort. The military in its current incarnation is just too “woke.” His impression is that this latest “witch hunt” within the ranks will not turn out well.

Reitz warned that at a time when we’re seeing an “ascendant” China and Russia, an unstable Middle East, a border crisis and a nuclear North Korea, Biden’s top generals are saying, “You know what we really need right now? Extremism training!”

He speculated that people in the upper ranks who want to get promoted even higher during Biden’s term “see the ideology coming from the top and may be working to accommodate it in order to get “the next star.”

According to Reitz, the military is NOT focusing just on actions and behaviors: “So extremism training is --- and I’m quoting from documents --- ‘to eradicate, eliminate and conquer all forms of racism, sexism, homophobia’ and so forth. What does this stuff mean? Who knows?”

Reitz has just been through the required “stand down” day of training. Here’s the article he wrote about this for NEWSWEEK. It’s so good, I’m surprised to see it there.

He describes the nature of the training as “left-wing political programming, as direct as it sounds.”

"We were instructed that there is a Taliban-like threat in the United States called ‘domestic terrorism,’ he writes. “These terrorists are characterized in part by ‘anti-government,’ ‘anti-authority’ or ‘abortion-related’ [editorial comment: !!!] extremism and various ‘supremacist’ ideas. None of these terms are defined. The Marine Corps entrusts the government’s HR department to figure that out.”

He writes that since Biden’s election and, especially, since the Capitol Hill incident, “bureaucratic progressivism has hardened into iron-fisted wokeism.” Importantly, he quotes the highest-ranking members of the Army and the Marines to show that this effort goes far beyond a focus on actions and behavior to root out any ideology they don’t like. Absolutely, Reitz’s article is a must-read.

With our defense in the hands of “a bloated military-industrial complex given over to Fortune 500-style corporate progressivism,” we are deservedly being laughed at by our enemies, he says. “We need a military fit for real warriors,” he says, “not the social justice kind.”

A Reader Writes Back...

Mike, thank you for all you and your crew do to keep us in the know. Many people just wait daily to read your articles and sadly we don’t comment. But so many people believe your reporting is the only believable source of information. Please keep up the good work. And always know we are here reading and keeping up with you like a lifeline for conservatives. May God bless you and yours!

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  • Firewagon

    03/30/2021 04:14 PM

    A bit off the various subjects Mike, but, these days, it may be more important than ever. I have often asked God this question but have not heard back as yet. The Lord's Prayer is commonly repeated by rote, with little thought by most people about what it is they are asking. The answer to the question would make an excellent Jeopardy question. The question: Over the centuries, through praying the Lord's Prayer, how many times has it been asked that "Thy Kingdom Come?"

    Over the centuries, many folks, including theologians, have predicted Christ's second coming. One not recent prediction was it would occur at or near the 2,000th anniversary of Christ's birth. I believe we are well into that 2,000th year? The Bible still states that "No Man Knows The Day Or Hour....!"

    Hey Mike, wanna play the jelly bean game and proffer a guess as to how many more 'years' we must wait for that "Trumpet Sounding?"

  • Jerry

    03/30/2021 07:39 AM

    Is AOC still a member of Congress how about the rest of that group they call the squad. I haven't heard any outrage from these Big Mouthed members in connection to mistreatment of Human Beings being held captive on the Southern border. Does the squad know that the kids coming to our border may be raped, used to carry drugs into the country and after released into the hundreds of communities law breaking migrants may carry viruses that will start another viral killing situation. The squad has stood for destruction of the American society, that is clear and today allow potential virus killing diseases to infiltrate the country members should have criminal charges brought against all adminstration members for not obeying the oath of office they sworn to protect this country I don't think they are. This must be looked at.

  • Margie Nichols

    03/29/2021 11:53 PM

    Hi Mike, Just FYI, I took your survey about the Covid vaccine. I said didn't have the vaccine and didn't plan on taking it. This is primarily due to the fact that I had the virus in November and gave blood in February and tested positive for the antibodies, so didn't see the need to take the vaccine. Also know a person who had the virus in March 2020 and also tested positive for antibodies and still does a year later. Seems like a waste of time to get the shot.

  • Carl T Smith

    03/29/2021 08:29 PM

    Biden is undoing everything Trump accomplished to COMPLETE Obama's third term. I suppose he believes he will go down in the history books as a Great President! Sorry to inform him. 90% of historians are NOT YET WOKE.

  • Paul Kern

    03/29/2021 07:34 PM

    I served US Navy 1972 to 1976. I still honor my enlistment oath and my Biblical code of ethics.
    I see no honor left in the military with a few exceptions. If any other nation attacked us we would fall!
    Years ago they quit using Sun Tzu's " MThe Art of War" Now using CRT. I now see they
    have thought Commissars like the USSR and the CCP. What next. Irani Mullahs on Army bases.
    Remember that thousands of soldiers converged on the White House when the feds reneged on promuses3 to help them after the Civil War.
    Marxists are working over time to change the order of things
    Biblically I see the lack of true Biblical authorities to speak out.
    Your president and his masters are defying God with perverted laws being pushed
    My overseas friends note that there is no legitimate president.
    This is a nation given to lawlessness. God has left us to reap the consequences of our sins.
    He waits for the remnant to rise up.

  • Christine Kerekffy

    03/29/2021 06:17 PM

    Dear Mike,
    Why do we have to have passports to go in and out of our country, but all the people coming across our Southern border don't? Other visitors from other countries need a passport to come into the USA.

    Just a thought.

    Chris Kerekffy

  • Floyd A Unger

    03/29/2021 04:58 PM

    Thank you

  • Sharon Faulkner

    03/29/2021 04:45 PM

    Mike
    Sam Sorbo ( Kevin's wife) said it best :
    The only reason government wants to take your guns is that they are about to do something for which they would rightfully be shot.

  • Stephen Russell

    03/29/2021 04:43 PM

    Suez Canal solutions 2:

    Said nuclear subs would be ex Cold War era
    Or due for Decomm
    Crews would be ex Navy save some from Merchent Marine for Cargo ops.
    Sub run time from CA to Norway: 7 days under ice at 160 mph
    Xs more such subs used
    "Swords to Plowshares"
    Since automated reduce crew size onboard.
    Renovate said subs in UK & US, NATO allies.
    No weapons, may carry torpedoes to break up ice above.

  • Stephen Russell

    03/29/2021 04:39 PM

    Woke military issues:

    Reduce readiness
    effect morale
    reduce enlistments
    Boost retirements & resignations.
    China is happy

  • Stephen Russell

    03/29/2021 04:36 PM

    Suez Canal solutions:
    Dig Canal deeper & wider
    smooth sides vertical down?
    OR
    Reroute using faster cargo ship types
    OR
    Reuse ex FBM subs minus missile tubes to carry cargo Under Arctic icecap
    Typhoon & Oscar class & US Trident FBM would be ideal
    Remove classified gear, torpedoes, cryptic systems as well
    Max speed 80 knots submerged, crew 40? 60.
    Automated.
    160 mph submerged from CA to Norway
    Cargo housed in Missile Bay.
    Xs 30 such subs worldwide

  • Jerry

    03/29/2021 04:12 PM

    Every military person better be prepared to stand up against this current weakening of the Forces. When you are in a fire fight with an enemy full of hate and venom you don't want a biden type person 5 miles of you they will shitff thier uniform and curl into a fetal position and cry for its mama. The same for a biden officer you will not want to follow it. I know the difference between a biden person and a real man. Trust this you do not want to be with a biden type person while in battle it will get you killed or you will well ---- fill in the blank, it. Nothing good comes from a biden type person. If your military group is led by a biden type person transfer or get out.

  • Harold Levi

    03/29/2021 03:38 PM

    Mike,
    Sir, I am more convinced now the Marxist-Democrats engineered the January 6 security breach on Capitol Hill as a means to enforce their anti-America anti-constitution Marxist policies. It seems Nancy and the whole of the Marxist-Democrats have a great fear of the U.S. Military, well at least as it was. They are inventing ways to subdue the military.

    According to Nancy, I am a Proud American Terrorist because I am ex-U.S. Military.

    Deo Vindice

  • Vernon Thompson

    03/29/2021 03:31 PM

    Dear Congressional Members:

    Re: I am Confused - Please Explain

    I looked up the President’s Oath of Office and I must have missed something.

    Presidential Oath of Office

    "I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my Ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States."

    I assume that means enforce all of the existing laws of the United States?

    Where is the part that says unless you are condoning, aiding, and abetting un-vetted, without medical exam Aliens to illegally cross our borders? Particularly when these Illegal Aliens are to be released into our country so the American taxpayer can provide the basic necessities of food, clothing, shelter, medical care, as well as any incidental law enforcement they might cause.

    In light of the current Pandemic and all of the restrictions placed on American citizens, I am having a hard time processing what I see. Help me understand! Forget the “we are saving the children nonsense” as it is a worn out excuse!

  • William J Douglas

    03/29/2021 03:29 PM

    Mike,
    You provide great information to your readers. What can we do to expose the woke culture that is permeating our schools? These are tomorrow's voters. I am concerned that the indoctrination may be beyond repair and we will be in for continuing left governments far into the future. Do these kids really understand where the country is going?

  • Dan Moore

    03/29/2021 03:24 PM

    I know it's a lot of work, and you have deadlines to meet, when putting out your newsletters, but somebody really should have proofread your section on poll results before publicaction ... SMH

  • John Snell

    03/29/2021 02:49 PM

    Upon the election of Biden:

    "I felt a great disturbance in the Force. As if millions of voices suddenly cried out in terror and were suddenly silenced.”

  • Dwight E Engle

    03/29/2021 12:18 PM

    "42 million people want to move to the US permanently" ... if they actually do...we will never again have a two party system...that is too many Socialist/Democrat voters to over come.