April 20, 2020
By Mike Huckabee
FOLLOW-UP: THE REAL GOAL OF RUSSIA'S 2016 "MEDDLING"
Last week I made the case for why the Intelligence Community Assessment (ACA) from January 2017, which concluded that Russia was trying to damage Hillary and help Trump win, was 180 degrees WRONG. It’s no longer just a wild right-wing conspiracy theory, but, I believe, the only logical conclusion, to say that Russia was actually trying to hurt Trump and stay on what they assumed was the winning side, Hillary’s.
Let’s start making sense: if certain “dossier” stories were Russian disinformation designed to help Trump, as recently-declassified footnotes in the IG report suggest the FBI suspected, then they wouldn’t have been anti-Trump falsehoods like Michael Cohen’s imaginary trip to Prague or Trump’s fictional romp in a Moscow hotel with a couple of full-grown Betsy-Wetsy dolls. Heck, the Russians would have been working on a “dossier” of their own, full of terrible Hillary stories (as if we didn’t have enough of those).
JUST STOP WITH THE CLASS WARFARE RHETORIC ON "CARES" ACT AND PPP
Reader Carol wrote in to ask about a story in the U.K. DAILY MAIL that criticized a tax provision in the “CARES” Act as a giveaway to the rich. Specifically, it said that 80 percent of the benefit would go directly to millionaires and billionaires, including Jared Kushner and others in the “Trump circle.”
Not surprisingly, a review of the DAILY MAIL report showed it had no balance, no commentary from anyone on the other side of this issue. And predictably, the story was picked up by other left-leaning sites that presented the same simplistic take-away; namely, that the Republicans had added this provision to further enrich their “rich friends.” It took some looking, but we found an analysis in a more conservative news outlet, THE FEDERALIST, from Kyle Sammin, that took exception to this conclusion.
FEDERAL JUDGE BLOCKS KANSAS GOVERNOR
Saturday, a federal judge in Kansas blocked Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly’s executive order restricting church services in the name of stopping the coronavirus. As the state attorney general, who opposed Kelly’s order, put it, the government can tell churches that they shouldn’t hold services during this time, but it doesn’t have the power to ban them. This is the latest of several cases across America where judges have had to remind liberal officials that they don’t have the power to rescind the First Amendment.
While it is certainly prudent for churches to protect their members by holding online services or drive-in services (although even those have been targeted for no good reason), the judge in this case pointed out that the Governor’s ban on large public gatherings includes 26 secular exceptions, including bars, libraries and shopping malls. Her order seems to specifically, and unconstitutionally, target religion. For instance, the judge noted that a large group could meet in an office building to conduct a real estate deal, but not to hold a Bible study.
Gov. Kelly vowed to fight the judge’s order, saying, “This is not about religion. This is about a public health crisis.” I’d say it’s about more than that. It’s about a public health crisis and about how some public officials will use a crisis to advance a political agenda. We all want to stamp out the coronavirus, but let’s make sure that in the process, we don’t succumb to an even worse virus that kills off our Constitutional rights.
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT
Last Thursday, President Trump honored America’s truckers at the White House, for playing a “heroic role” in keeping the country moving and stores supplied with goods during the coronavirus crisis. Trump said, “America’s 3.5 million truckers have never wavered at all, and they’ve never, ever let us down.”
Meanwhile, here’s how liberal media talking heads are heroically handling the crisis: by crawling in bed and crying for “our pre-pandemic lives.”
If nothing else, this crisis has sure taught Americans a valuable lesson about which jobs really are “essential” and who the true “elite” of this nation really are. Try to imagine a trucker having a good cry. No likely. Unlike CNN "reporters," they have important work to do.
1. U.S. # CONFIRMED CASES (As of 9:47 AM): 759,786 DEATHS: 40,683 RECOVERIES: 70,980(Reported recoveries)
TESTS GIVEN: 3,882,002
Source: The Covid Tracking Project
Our prayers today for the victims of one of Canada’s worst mass shootings. At least 16 people including the shooter are dead after a gunman dressed as a police officer went on a rampage Saturday in the small town of Portapique, Nova Scotia, shooting people and setting fire to homes before leading police on a 50-mile chase. The premier of Nova Scotia called it one of the most senseless acts of violence in the province’s history. You can read the details of what happened at the link, but if you’re looking for a motive that makes any sense, you won’t find it.
Bible Verse of the Day (KJV)
When thou passest through the waters,
I will be with thee;
and through the rivers,
they shall not overflow thee:
when thou walkest through the fire,
thou shalt not be burned;
neither shall the flame kindle upon thee.
Isaiah 43:2 (KJV)