July 1, 2019

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Our Top story ---  "Hucktown"

Featured Stories --  Pat Reeder’s 4th of July Jukebox - READER RESPONSE to "Medicare For All" - Programming note

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Our Daily Verse...


There are a lot of people these days who think government should do everything for everyone (even illegal immigrants.) For many who are overworked and feeling burned out, that can be a very tempting offer.  After all, personal responsibility is a lot of work! 

But when you look at the staggering debt that’s threatening our grandchildren’s futures and wondering how that came to be, the answer is simple: a lack of personal responsibility.  People thinking up things they thought the government ought to do and expecting them to be paid for with somebody else’s money. Thomas Jefferson said, “The government is best that governs least,” but small, cost-efficient government requires a population that’s willing and able largely to govern themselves. 


With gratitude,

Mike Huckabee

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Pat Reeder’s 4th of July Jukebox

By Pat Reeder, “Huckabee” writer, record collector, former radio DJ and our resident pop culture historian. Read more at  

I know many of you will be playing patriotic songs this week, everything from “God Bless the USA” to “California Girls” to “Living In America.”  But I thought you might like to hear some songs that you don’t hear too often, or ever.  Some are hits that don’t get played much anymore, while others are obscure singles and album cuts, but all will make you proud to be an American.  I plan to offer two a day, one each in the morning and evening newsletters.  Collect the whole set!  Here’s the first selection…


“Johnny Freedom” – Johnny Horton

Johnny Horton’s career was cut short at age 35 in a tragic car crash.  But he left behind a legacy of great songs, many inspired by historical events, such as “Sink the Bismarck” and the immortal “Battle of New Orleans” (which inspired the hilarious Homer & Jethro parody, “The Battle of Kookamonga.”)  For Fourth of July week, here’s a patriotic Johnny Horton tune you might not know, “Johnny Freedom.”


READER RESPONSE to "Medicare For All"

By Mike Huckabee

My commentary about “Medicare For All” as presented by the Democrat presidential candidates brought in some outstanding letters from readers, many of whom are actually on Medicare and know the costs and how it works in practice.  (It is NOT free; that would be Medicaid.)  I encourage you to check those out.

In the meantime, here is a thoughtful response from someone who served his country for 25 years in the military and earned his enrollment in a select single-payer program called “Tricare For Life.”  This seems to be what young American socialists and even immigrants who are not citizens think they are entitled to, by virtue of...existing, I guess.  Thank you for your service, sir, and for your wisdom as well.

From Alan S:

As a retired military member, I have Tricare For Life as my secondary to Medicare. I earned that right, which the Congress tried to take away (lifelong medical care). Thanks to folks like Bud Day, USAF BGen retired and deceased, we fought for and retained part of this cancelled promise in the form now of Tricare, for which I pay. I am fortunate to have it, but I do not want to lose it so that those who are not even citizens can have the same healthcare that I gave 25 years of service to "earn.”

Single payer is what I have, but I really did earn it. Those who have individual healthcare plans, now that Obamacare has been modified, are better off than they would be by sharing the “Medicare For All” plan that is proposed by the left. Either one has a price tag, but with the former you have choices. With the latter you have delays, limited services, and no choices.

The giveaways for what I earned or paid for are appealing to a younger generation that has been lied to by my classmates from the 60's that are now college professors. Socialism as defined by the 20+ Democrat candidates, is Christmas year-round. Perhaps these accolytes of the left should spend a few weeks in pleasure spots of the world like Cuba or Venezuela, and see what socialism really is like. Using examples like Denmark or Sweden is a false narrative. They are not socialist nations in the mold of what Bernie Sanders or Elizabeth Warren want.

We who fought for our nation, although no longer in uniform, need to continue to fight for what is real, not for what the left aspires to. I for one, am up for the fight. God Bless America and God Bless You.



Programming note

By Mike Huckabee

This week, I’m giving my research, writing and tech staffers some time off from the headlines for the 4th of July vacation. But never fear, the newsletters will continue! I’ve prepared some non-topical commentaries that I hope you’ll enjoy. And our resident pop culture historian Pat Reeder has created a YouTube 4th of July Jukebox List of great but obscure songs related to patriotism and American history. There will be a new one in each mailing. Please check them out because I know you’ll get a kick out of hearing them.

Of course, if anything major does happen in the news, I’ll step back in and let you know about it. But with Congress safely out of Washington, just lean back and take a break with your family; enjoy the beaches, parks and picnics; and have fun watching some fireworks that are not of the political variety for a change.

From all of us at, have a happy, safe and patriotic Fourth of July week!


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Other news you might have missed...

The bigot who runs "Red Hen" has audacity to lecture on "hospitality."  She would have better managed racist lunch counter in 60's. Her hateful treatment of my daughter was despicable! She can't pretend in her op-ed to be credible except on bad manners.



Finally, the commentary this field deserves: Dave Barry looks at the Democratic “debates.”


Want more news from Mike Huckabee?  Read the Evening Edition from June 29

A wrap-up of all the news you might have missed yesterday!


Our Daily Verse (NIV)

"But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect,"

– 1 Pet 3:15

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  • Peggy S Nelson

    07/01/2019 08:03 PM

    Happy Independence Day Governor

  • Stephen Russell

    07/01/2019 05:16 PM

    Ngo suit on ANTIFA:
    Merge like lawsuits
    Make public
    ID Antifa.
    Name names.
    Get biker gangs to events.
    Pro Pres Trump bikers.
    GO in armed.
    Go in Group/s?

    Someone had to inform on Ngos trip to Portland.
    Or someone in Travel service?
    Time to Counter or next time someone is in a bodybag.
    Or how they IDd him so quick.
    I say its a Mole
    ID Trolls & Moles

    Sue Portland City Govt & CNN.
    Take down for 8B

  • Stephen Russell

    07/01/2019 05:13 PM

    Daughters book pending:
    Name names during your tenure who made life as WH Press Sectry impossible nearly
    No exceptions
    Use video, photo stills.
    Take down WH Press Corp Elite Estd
    Shake up the system some.
    Challenge media
    Speak to schools on issues
    Hope U can back her on this.

  • Tom Kessinger

    07/01/2019 03:24 PM

    I read the response from Alan S. regarding the proposed “Medicare for all”. Ito am a retired member of the military with Tricare for Life as my secondary insurance and free Pharmaceutical services. Without that secondary “insurance” that I paid for with more than 20 years of my life including a year in Vietnam, my wife and I would be in the poor house. I am 81 and she is 78 and as we have aged we have developed many of the maladies that beset us old folks that have caused hospitalization, added medicines, surgeries etc. the Medicare allowable amounts for these items is always lower than the amounts billed by the hospitals by the thousands of dollars which we have not had to pay because of our secondary policy. As stated in your newsletter the patients would be better off on Obamacare with a private policy or enlisting in one of our military services as Alan and I did. (Of course I was facing the draft after High School so jobs were not very available and I was not College Material nor was there money available for a farm kid from Missouri back in those days.) (By the way I ultimately got a degree thanks again to the military but that was near the end of my career.)

  • Eric H Read

    07/01/2019 03:11 PM

    Concerning the letter you got about Medicare for all from the Air Force Veteran: I served 20 years in the Army (1959 to 1979), and I feel the same way he does. Although I no longer wear the uniform, my "boots" are still on! I earned during those 20 years (with two tours in Vietnam - 1st Infantry Division and then the 3rd Brigade 82nd Airborne Division) the medical coverage that I have. People who are not citizens have no right to free medical care while living here undocumented or otherwise. My wife, born in England, raised in South Africa, came here as a legal immigrant and became a Naturalized Citizen. We either have laws or we don't! We cannot afford to have Socialism in any form take control of our government!

  • Dennis Davis

    07/01/2019 03:01 PM

    Mike, Mike,
    Hucktown now what a great idea creat a new town “Hucktown”!! Lots of land there in Arkansas always liked visiting there. So why not create a Hucktown for we the people? I am sure it would be a hit. Just thinking but for some reason tang bells..