A Tale of Two Countries

November 16, 2019

In Liberal Land, Friday’s "impeachment" hearings were a “devastating” day for President Trump as the sympathetic and greatly admirable former Ukrainian ambassador Marie Yovanovitch bravely detailed the terrible shambles President Trump has made of foreign policy with his corruption and ineptness.

In Conservative Land, viewers saw someone who admitted Trump had the unquestioned power to remove her from her job if he didn’t like how she was doing it (he didn’t), that she was gone two months before the phone call that’s under scrutiny was made, and that she had no knowledge of any criminal activity Trump had been involved in, leaving people to question why she was even testifying. It seemed equally clear to them that this is a ginned-up case based on nothing but hurt feelings, differences of opinion, innuendo, hearsay and zero evidence.

https://www.foxnews.com/media/marie-yovanovitch-president-trump-impeachment-hearing

The strange dichotomy was also on display in the media coverage of the treatment of women in the hearing. Many commentators noticed that when Adam Schiff summarily cut off Republican Rep. Elise Stefanik and refused to let her speak, the story was framed as “Republicans try to violate agreed-upon rules” (for the record, Republicans didn’t agree on these rules; it’s a kangaroo court, and Schiff’s biased and arbitrary rules were “take it or leave it.”) And Stefanik was personally attacked for allegedly pulling a “stunt” to try to violate the rules.  

Yet in previous Senate sessions, when male Republican leaders tried to cut off Elizabeth Warren or Kamala Harris when they clearly violated normal rules of procedure, the men were branded sexist and the women were hailed as heroines (this is where the “Nevertheless, she persisted” meme came from – Warren persisting in talking even after she’d been ruled out of order.) Liberal media outlets made the double standard even more blatant by promoting Yovanovitch as a "she persisted" heroine while blasting Stefanik for asserting her right to speak. 

https://www.foxnews.com/media/elise-stefanik-elizabeth-warren-double-standard

Fortunately, Rep. Stefanik did eventually get a chance to talk, and we found out why Schiff was so anxious to shut her up.

https://www.foxnews.com/politics/gop-rep-elise-stefanik-mocks-adam-schiff-reads-his-tweets-interviews-about-whistleblower-testimony

To those on the conservative side, these hearings are both baffling and infuriating.  They wonder how anyone can look at this and not see how ridiculous it all is.  I think that’s because conservatives have to live in a world in which they hear the leftist viewpoint constantly. It blares at them 24/7 from every direction.  But the left can happily live in a bubble in which they never hear the other side's viewpoint unless they actively seek it out (and they wouldn’t do that, even at gunpoint.) 

In writing this newsletter, I link to sites that I think are reliable and that deserve the traffic, and they tend to be conservative.  But I still keep up with what’s being said by CNN, MSNBC, the New York Times, WaPo and their ilk (hey, I need fodder for jokes, too.)  But how many liberal commentators do you know who actually follow conservative news sites and commentators?

This iron bubble effect has allowed the left to seal themselves off from having to deal with any uncomfortable facts.  They should’ve called their anti-Trump movement “Resist Reality.”  I’ve theorized for some time now that the reason they file lawsuits and demand impeachment hearings every time Trump does something that’s perfectly within his powers (firing an ambassador, employing a personal envoy, rescinding a previous President’s executive order, etc.) is because they are psychologically incapable of accepting that he’s really the President.  Therefore, every time he exercises a legitimate Presidential power, they scream that it’s an “abuse of power.” Because only Presidents have that power!  And in their fevered minds, Hillary Clinton is actually President.

Hillary herself once warned how appalling it would be to refuse to accept the results of an election, then declared recently that Trump is an “illegitimate President” (although admitting he’s President at all makes her slightly more mentally healthy than most leading Democrats these days.) 

This mental disorder has now become so severe, others are noticing it and commenting on it.

https://www.thenewneo.com/2019/11/15/the-democrats-want-to-define-trump-being-president-as-a-high-crime-and-misdemeanor/

One of the tragic by-products of this mental disease is that it’s not only tearing America apart and destroying Constitutional protections, respect for the rule of law and government, and our peaceful transition of power that used to be the envy of the world, but think of how much better off we’d all be if in 2016, Democrats had simply had a good cry, accepted their loss, vowed to work with Trump on areas of agreement, and just nominated a better candidate next time.

In responding to Friday’s impeachment nothingburger, the White House noted that while the Democrats have wasted countless hours on expensive, fruitless investigations and political prosecutions over process crimes and differences of opinion, they’ve done nothing whatsoever about strengthening border security, rebuilding our infrastructure, lowering drug prices, passing the new trade deal with Canada and Mexico that’s gathering dust on Nancy Pelosi’s desk or other issues of benefit to all Americans. 

While Democrats were wasting taxpayers’ money questioning Deep State bureaucrats who admitted having no firsthand knowledge of anything shady, on Friday alone, Trump unveiled new rules requiring hospitals to reveal their costs for most procedures upfront to end “shock billing”…

https://thehill.com/policy/healthcare/470620-white-house-unveils-rules-requiring-online-disclosure-of-hospital-prices

And after weeks of setting new records, the Dow gained over 200 points to close above 28,000 for the first time ever.  It’s gained over a thousand points in just four months.  The S&P 500 and Nasdaq also reached record highs, boosted by White House adviser Larry Kudlow saying that the White House is close to reaching a trade deal with China.

https://www.cnbc.com/2019/11/15/dow-futures-fed-reserve-financial-stability-report.html

So, here’s a painful what-if to ponder: if Trump has done that well despite all the constant attacks and efforts to block and undermine him, imagine that scenario I outlined before, the one where Democrats worked with Trump for the good of all Americans instead of praying for a recession.  Imagine if the Chinese thought we were united behind our President instead of thinking that maybe if they just stuck it out a little longer, he’d be impeached and we’d cave. 

Just imagine how much higher the markets might be, how much progress we might have made on rebuilding our infrastructure and securing our borders, how much greater we all could have made America together by now...if only Democrats and the media hadn’t gone insane. 

 

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  • Darlene Lilienkamp

    11/18/2019 03:45 PM

    In spite of all the turmoil and trouble in D.C., when I read your commentaries, I have a fresh breath of hope--you say it so well!! Thank you for your commentaries!

  • Kevin J Cook

    11/18/2019 05:27 AM

    Meanwhile the unconstitutional democrat coup attempt is unconstitutionally being run by the intelligence committee. I use intelligence loosely. This is putting our country at great risk because the democrat clowns don’t care about our national security. Their lust for power is demonic

  • Patrick Tebo

    11/17/2019 11:14 PM

    When asked, in reference to President Trump’s defensive tweet about her removal from her ambassadorial post, how she felt about that...I wish she’d stood on her hind legs and said something like ‘I feel like you’ve just doubled down on taking advantage of me by broadcasting to millions an embarrassing tweet that have otherwise gone largely unnoticed.’

  • Thaddeus Mazur

    11/17/2019 06:44 PM

    Right to the point and bang on target. In order to get to the truth of any matter one needs to hear both sides. A whole plethora of observations are available from doing so and logical unbiased conclusions can be reached. Your point of leftist Social Liberals listening only to the deafening roar of the Fake News outlets but unwilling to even peek at what the other side is saying was especially well put.
    I put my trust in Horowitz and Barr with the outcome of their unbiased criminal investigation and the will of the majority of Americans such as yourself to search out the truth in spite of the avalanche of orchestrated lies spurred on by a complacent and agreeable corrupt Main Stream Media.
    I have everyone of your posts on my Facebook. The truth is getting out thanks to you and your honest, straight forward words.
    Thank you.

  • Timothy Eshelman

    11/17/2019 04:17 PM

    Mike,

    You nailed it. I am wondering if it is true that Nancy Pelosi diverted social security or Medicare funds to help pay for this impeachment disaster. It is all over the internet but I am not sure it is true. Could you comment?

  • Linda Olds

    11/17/2019 03:56 PM

    I have been saying this for years. They may even have made up the narrative that they were working with Trump and Congress to save the country from Trump. They could have made themselves look like the adults in the room.
    I've read that they fear the Barr and Durham and IG investigations even more than they hate Trump; these investigations would not have happened if the left had worked FOR America instead of AGAINST Trump.

  • Kay DeWitt

    11/17/2019 11:26 AM

    While, to quote your opening statement, "in Liberal Land, Friday's impeachment hearings were a devastating day for President Trump," Thursday's California school shooting was yet another devastating day for our Man of Sorrows! In an article ABOUT this shooting, it stated, "As students were led off the grounds, one asked a question surely on the minds of many others, 'what kind of world is this?'".

    And the answer TO that question was seen on the live coverage of the impeachment hearings! AND, also on the same day of that school shooting, you have Democratic senator, Richard Blumenthal, saying, "Gun deaths are rising. This trend is alarming, and appalling, demanding our attention and action and if we fail to act we are complicit IN these deaths! Our 'action' is a moral imperative!"

    However , while I agree WITH him that action IS a moral imperative, I do not agree with him that the action needed is a gun control bill!  In response, I ask, where are the Christians making the cry to take action to stop these school shootings?  Where are the Christians indicting the Democrats for being a part of the hatred that is destroying our kids? 

    And where are the Republicans making an indictment against ANY member of Congress...regardless of their political affiliation...who utters a less than kind, loving word to one another! ........And the fact that they do NOT is the real tragedy because they are...despite their political differences...supposed to be united in a mission (to make America truly "one nation under God") that is bigger THAN their differences, but they are NOT so united and make a mockery of why we chose to define America as the"UNITED States of America!"

  • Stephen Lentz

    11/17/2019 10:11 AM

    "I think that’s because conservatives have to live in a world in which they hear the leftist viewpoint constantly. It blares at them 24/7 from every direction. But the left can happily live in a bubble in which they never hear the other side's viewpoint unless they actively seek it out"

    And the left lives happily because the "right" ALLOW THEM TO GET AWAY WITH IT!!! If the rinos would only grow a set and go up against the left, they wouldn't be so bold. But the right is just as guilty as the left for the downfall of America because they are allowing it to happen!!!!

  • Carol Fraser

    11/17/2019 09:02 AM

    Nice commentary on, The Tale of Two Countries.” The guest on Fox this AM said the hearings are “scripted.” If it’s true that His Highness Schiff is a failed scriptwriter from LA area, we can only be thankful that Hollywood rejected him. However, this country should have done better than to elect such a man.

  • Clara Herrin

    11/17/2019 07:38 AM

    The current situation regarding the Dems is called 'transference'. My doctor son explained it me. Transference occurs when one side accuses the other side of actions of which they themselves are guilty. They need to do this in order to assuage the guilt they feel in their own minds and hearts. My ex- used to say, "The best defense is an offence." And that's exactly what the Dems are doing to our country now. They think if they can make normal people seem like traitors, they can feel better about themselves. This type of thinking has become so ingrained in their minds, that it has become an actual mental disease. It's a real problem now because I don't think there are enough psychiatrists/psychologists extant to heal the damage.

  • Patricia F.Adams

    11/17/2019 07:09 AM

    What are we going to do about it?!

  • Sarah Faith Snyder Buntin

    11/16/2019 08:20 PM

    The only reason the Democrats haven't worked with President Trump is because of their Socialist movement. They don't want to undo anything that Soros Through Obama has put into place. If they work on any of the things they need to be fixed, it would put America back to where it was before Obama. In their minds, they won't have to do that much work, to move forward as a socialist society. When Hillary gets elected in the next election. They are angry at trump because he is throwing a wrench in their agenda. And I Praise God For That! Maybe they should listen to Kim Clements Prophecies. Kim says, they will yell impeach, impeach, impeach. But it won't happen. He also, says Trump will win the next term 2020 and that they will try everything they can to get the jezebel and witch elected. who ate off your dead babies from the womb, But that won't happen either (says the Lord). Sometimes I just have to listen to the Kim Clement prophecies to get centered, because of the sinful world and the people in it with their negativity. Then I am Back on my knees Praising The Lord. Because he knows all and is still in control. Thank You Jesus!

  • Carl Smith

    11/16/2019 07:27 PM

    Great Minds Think alike. Thank you for having the ability to put everything in perspective. In 1963 when Prayer was outlawed in Schools I had just survived an operation in Submarines now labeled the Cuban Missile Crisis and thought HOW is this going to affect my pre school children and like many other 'changes in society' I dismissed it as just Progress! I went on to work, raising my family and doing a lot of work in what is now the center of the Islamic debacle in the mid-east. It took time for me to figure out the 'Drivers' were actually my Body Guards and were tasked with getting me safely to work but more importantly Out of the hands of what I now know is referred to as one of the many factions vying for power. The Poverty and complete disregard for human life shook me to the core. How could a human being be so indoctrinated to disregard the basic fundamentals that are the root of civility? The limited platform I had to spread the word usually got me dismissed as a conspiracy theorist so I confirmed to the Group Think crowd until a Billionaire named Donald Trump decided to run for the Presidency and the first thought that ran thru my mind was "This is what America Need's -A Bomb Thrower" and went about my merry way earning a living thinking to myself --This Clown doesn't stand a snowballs chance in hell of even getting the nomination, much less actually getting elected. The Snowball survived and the Septic Tank that is Washington D.C. and the other Major metropolitan Group Think areas went into shock and the media has still not recovered. Now three years onto his Presidency and IN SPITE of the Deep State ( bureaucracy ) and the medias best effort America is in better shape than I can recall in my 81+ years on this Big Blue Marble. I feel most of America is SEEING the results of his single handed efforts but I worry about the Soros of the world pouring Billions of $$ and a media, RUN by 5 conglomerates fighting with every trick that even Stalin would find abhorrent to sideline the Patriots that Believe in this Grand Experiment that our Founders 'Gifted' us with. I have tried and cannot conceive how supposedly educated people in the media can Miss/Overlook what the destruction of this Republic will mean to them and their vocation if this race to Socialism succeeds. This kind of HATE will consume the hater.

  • Mary Fortuna

    11/16/2019 07:14 PM

    Happy to see Trump working for us, despite all this nonsense. You are correct. Just think what a wonderful trade deal we could get with China if Rocket Man saw us as united.

  • Samuel Smith

    11/16/2019 06:33 PM

    When you said you keep up with others outlets like CNN, MSNBC etc. etc., you reminded me of what i dad told me one time. When we lived in Cal. he would every Sunday buy the L.A. times, and said that it was a communist paper (this back in the early 70"s). I asked him if it is a communist paper then why buy it, he said so he could keep up with what his enemy is doing. Look at the impeachment circus this way the lefties are playing a game of Russian rule let, and one of these times that loaded chamber will come around.

  • Shirley Scarbrough

    11/16/2019 06:15 PM

    I saw it and it made me sick. Shiff didn't want any of the Republicans to talk. They were actually telling her what to say. I just love Jim Jordan and some of the other Republicans but he don't back down. I believe he scares shifty Shiff. I was a Democrat But I have changed my party to Republican. My mom was a Democrat when I was growing up and I don't remember them acting like these Democrats act today. They act like a bunch of spoiled brats. They need to clean their own house before they start with someone else's because I believe they could find a lot wrong with theirs.

  • Lester Hanneman

    11/16/2019 06:14 PM

    We must right the ship of state in the 2020 elections and show these do nothing “progressive democrats” that this country has lawfully chosen, and will again chose a no nonsense President to lead this country to GREATNESS!
    If the democrats don’t get on board, the future of the Democratic Party will be in jepardy.

  • Helen Corey

    11/16/2019 05:53 PM

    Why is Schiff so unknowledgeable about name of leaker he is basing his case for impeachment of President Trump. Name is all over internet. Is Schiff computer illiterate? Any grade schooler could find name on internet if Schiff would ask them.

  • Pat J Green

    11/16/2019 05:44 PM

    Here is something else President has done this week in which hardly anybody is talking about He has pardon three of or best The Best of the best. After a 24 year military service I am telling my three Grandsons who are in the military or soon to be, is to stay away from special forces not so much for the danger from combat ( we train very, very good) but from the danger of our own elected

  • Deanna R. Dasmann

    11/16/2019 05:39 PM

    I know this comment is totally "off topic" for this newsletter...however, another e-mail I received today has me really upset! This one suggested that Mike Pence may not be Trump's running partner in 2020. I CANNOT agree with such a move. Apparently, some think (because of her book) that N. Haley would get more women's votes for Trump. Wrong, wrong! I would be very upset about such a change. Thank you for listening.

  • Carol Mulshine

    11/16/2019 05:32 PM

    Dear Gov. Huckabee,

    I totally agree with you today.
    These hearings by the Democrats are Unconstitutional.
    President Trump did nothing wrong. He doesn't deserve this.
    God bless him & God bless America and you!

  • Carol Wadley

    11/16/2019 04:53 PM

    Mike, I hope you don’t mind my calling you Mike but you and Sarah are like family. A friend recently asked me if I knew about “The Hammer,” and I had never heard of it. So I started researching it, and I was extremely shocked that this has not been brought up by Fox News or anyone else that I’ve seen. For those who don’t know, The Hammer is surveillance tool that was designed after 9/11 to protect Americans from foreign terrorism. It was hijacked by Brennan, Clapper, and backed by Mueller. They used it to spy on over 200 judges, Trump, certain journalists, and other Americans in Trump's organization. Extremely eye opening. You can find all the info on The American Report and by search.

    Why is this not Public knowledge? While we are at it, why has Uranium One been swept under the rug as well?

    Thank you for your response.

    Carol

  • Mary Britton

    11/16/2019 04:49 PM

    As usual, you have cut through the murky waters of liberalism and nailed the issue on the head. Liberals all have TDS and it’s ALL they can think about. Question is, what can the average conservative do about this mess beyond just voting? I personally don’t have any really effective amount of funds to help President Trump. I’m sitting here watching these loony lefties destroy our constitution and seemingly get away with it. From Obama to Hillary to Pelosi to Schiffty, etc, etc. How can we stop these idiots that are being voted in by pockets of libs????

  • Dot Whitley

    11/16/2019 04:41 PM

    God bless you for hanging in there. What a boring job you are sacrificing your valuable time for. May the Lord bless you with even more knowledge, understanding, and wisdom in order to prepare you for a higher job in the future.
    Very sincerely,
    Dot Whitley

  • Thaila Robertson

    11/16/2019 04:33 PM

    I wish someone with lots of money would put up huge billboards EVERYWHERE which have info that the left will not know about otherwise. Maybe electronic with the message of no more than 10 words being changed periodically depended on the location. Example: regularly travelled by commuters would have a daily change of message; interstates most often travelled by vacationers would have a weekly or monthly message. And one in every metro station and subway and several in large shopping areas.