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March 11, 2021

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  • Daily Bible Verse
  • Elite schools immerse students in toxic "anti-racism"
  • Biden Gets Two Senate Confirmations
  • The EO Pen Strikes Again
  • Jury Selection Begins For Chauvin Murder Trial
  • Border Official:  Biden "Inherited" This Problem
  • A Reader Writes...
  • America The Beautiful


Mike Huckabee



Elite schools immerse students in toxic "anti-racism"

By Mike Huckabee

We’ve all heard stories about wealthy parents and how important it is for them to get little Elam or Bella into just the “right” private school, even the right pre-school. If their kids are going to get into Harvard or Yale, they reason, they have to create a perfect resume that starts at birth. That isn't new.

But some parents in moneyed areas of California and New York are questioning what the modern incarnation of these schools is doing to their kids. Only they don’t DARE talk about it.

I think a lot of us who’d heard about “cancel culture” might not have realized what a powerful and destructive force it’s become in America until the past week. That’s because it’s gone so far overboard that now it just feels crazy. A line was crossed. It was only a matter of time before this happened, because once canceling things became the mindset, it could never end; there was always something else to cancel. Once they got to Dr. Seuss, Pepe Le Pew and Dumbo, just about everybody was saying, “Hey, wait a minute!”

Among certain social and professional circles, however, the slightest deviation from this way of thinking is not permitted. And that’s what inspired an amazing article about parents who are at a loss for how to deal with their kids’ schooling, particularly the damaging messages constantly being sent about the evils of capitalism and whiteness.

The author, Bari Weiss, was invited to attend a very surreptitious meeting of parents in a West Los Angeles back yard, where they expressed an all-encompassing fear of speaking out against some of the things their kids were being taught. These small get-togethers are so top-secret, participants turn off their cameras and use pseudonyms for their Zoom calls. Their kids all go to the most prestigious school in town, Harvard-Westlake. Tuition: $40,000 a year.

What are their kids getting for that? Plenty...of garbage. It’s not just the highly ironic demonization of capitalism, but constant identity politics, a total focus on becoming an “anti-racist institution.” Here’s the mindset, as stated by the school.

After an analysis conducted by an “outside expert” who did a “school-wide assessment” in 2014, they made changes to their “curriculum, hiring practices, student programs and professional training.” Perceived racial inequity is treated as an “urgent crisis,” with anti-racism required “at the individual, interpersonal, institutional and structural levels...” The steps they’ve taken in the past several years “are far from being enough,” they say. Anti-racism must be “an essential element of our curriculum and culture.”

So how does that translate into the day-to-day experience of students? Well, as you might expect, the kids are being told that America is evil and that they bear collective racial guilt. “They are making my son feel like a racist because of the color of his skin,” one mother says. Parents describe this as an ideological movement that is taking over the schools.

No parents interviewed for this article allowed Weiss to use their names --- not one. They are terrified of being exposed. The school can ask kids to leave for any reason, and once this happens, according to one parent, “you’ll be blacklisted from all the private schools and you’ll be known as a racist, which is worse than being called a murderer.”

One parent who was born in a Communist country said, “I came to this country escaping the very same fear of retaliation that now my own child feels.”

The kids are fearful, too, of the social shaming that goes along with being identified as a racist, or even as a capitalist. “The kids are scared of other kids,” said one of the moms. Another mom said, “My son knew I was talking to you and he begged me not to. He wants to go to a great university, and he told me that one bad statement from me will ruin us. This is the United States of America. Are you freaking kidding me?”

The kids are described as anxious, paranoid, insecure, and closed off even from the kids who would otherwise be their close friends. And it’s much more important that they read WHITE FRAGILITY than to read Shakespeare (whom we’ve seen canceled or censored in some schools). The schools appear to be indoctrinating their students at the behest of the prestigious universities that will presumably be welcoming them. “The colleges want children --- customers --- that are going to be pre-aligned to certain ideologies that originally came out of those colleges,” said one STEM teacher.

This industry sounds like a mill that turns out good little anti-capitalists, race police and political warriors. And the kids know their futures depend on going along.

They’re even taught how to “speak woke,” as this is a complex and ever-evolving language. One school in Manhattan helpfully offers a 12-page language guide. I’ll bet they have to update it weekly, as we’ve seen once-approved terms such as “sexual preference” suddenly become offensive. (It’s not a “preference” –- last I heard, it’s an “orientation.”) And then there are all the pronouns. As the article says, “Fluency in ‘woke’ is an effective class marker and key for these princelings to retain status in university and beyond.”

Even the black kids who attend these posh schools and who can almost certainly look forward to a glorious professional life are brainwashed into thinking they are “oppressed” because of the color of their skin.

One math teacher in New York City said he felt as though he were in a cult and trying to keep the students from becoming members. He was alarmed at the toll it was taking on his students. “They are being educated in resentment and fear,” he said. “It’s extremely dangerous.”

Yes, even the math and science classes have been permeated by “identity” ideology. For example, in physics class, “they don’t call them Newton’s Laws anymore,” according to one upperclassman. “We call them ‘the three fundamental laws of physics.' They say we need to ‘decenter whiteness,’ and we need to acknowledge that there’s more than just Newton in physics.”

I suspect that if they ever had a statue of Sir Isaac Newton or Shakespeare on campus, it’s long gone.

The paranoid atmosphere at these schools is reminiscent of George Orwell’s 1984 --- isn’t it awful that we keep having to invoke that book these days? --- where everyone is constantly afraid of being “found out,” of not showing sufficient love for Big Brother or not looking hateful enough in the Two Minutes’ Hate. Every word, every expression is scrutinized. Whoever lets his guard down will be made a nonperson. And isn’t that very much like being canceled?

This is not going to change until families get out of their “elite” mindset and choose to get out of such a toxic system. To parents who are reaching the breaking point: you are not a racist just because some twisted prep-school faculty says you are. “Anti-racism” is poison. It IS racism. There are other ways to be well-educated (likely BETTER educated) and successful than to go to an Ivy League school.

Another big way to make change: stop giving these schools money. I notice that they talk a good anti-capitalist game but love money like Scrooge McDuck.

Biden Gets Two Senate Confirmations

By Mike Huckabee

The Senate has confirmed Merrick Garland as Attorney General by 70-30 (GOP leader Mitch McConnell was among 20 Republicans voting to confirm) and Martha Fudge as Secretary of HUD by 66-34.

I generally think that unless there are serious reasons to reject a nominee (like that Xavier Becerra is a vicious leftist partisan with zero qualifications for running Health and Human Services), then Presidents should be allowed to pick the people they want for their team. Elections have consequences, and this is one of them, as unhappy as it might be.

However, in these cases, the Republican confirmation votes are drawing heavy criticism.

Garland was so evasive and acted so clueless when asked about major issues he’ll be dealing with that he was either lying under oath or he hasn’t looked at a newscast in 20 years. Neither bodes well for his job. His refusal to say whether he would kill the Durham investigation or prevent its findings from being made public virtually insures that the only plotters of a genuine coup against the legitimately-elected government in the past five years will get off scot-free.

As for Fudge, as Matt Margolis recounts at the link, she carries more baggage than American Airlines. She has a long history of being a radical race-baiter, viciously insulting Republicans, and spouting insane racial conspiracy theories. And she got the votes of 16 Republicans.

Again, while I generally think Presidents should be allowed to pick their teams, both of these nominations could have been confirmed 51-50. It wouldn’t have prevented them from taking office, but at least it wouldn’t have given Americans the impression that these are acceptable, bipartisan, mainstream choices when they are anything but.

The EO Pen Strikes Again

By Mike Huckabee

In a little-reported executive order, President Biden, having already issued an order championing transgenderism in the military, ordered that the taxpayers will now pay for “medically necessary” gender transition drugs and surgery for military members and veterans.

I assume we’re no longer allowed to question how dangerous elective surgery and hormones that disfigure perfectly healthy bodies could ever be “medically necessary.” No cost estimate of this order was given, but considering the procedures usually range from $100,000 to $200,000 apiece, and a recent study estimated there are about 15,000 current military personnel and 134,000 veterans who identify as transgender, I assume this will end up being one very expensive executive order.

It seems as if a policy change that radical with a price tag that high would be something that Congress would be expected to investigate and debate, but the man who assailed Trump for being a dictator who ruled by executive order decided to take it upon himself. Sounds like he’s transitioned to being exactly what he campaigned against.

Jury Selection Begins For Chauvin Murder Trial

By Mike Huckabee

Monday, jury selection began in the trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin for the killing of George Floyd, and it’s a job that’s about as popular as being sheriff of Dodge City.

Floyd’s death already sparked rioting, arson and looting that caused over $2 billion in damage and 19 shootings (or as the Democrats call that, “mostly peaceful protests”), and potential jurors are understandably terrified of being targeted if they vote to acquit. The state has done everything it can to prevent that, bringing the full force of prosecutorial power against Chauvin; but courts are supposed to be run on evidence, not the wishes of violent mobs or what politicians want in order to prevent mob violence.

And if the jurors go solely by the evidence, there is a chance that Chauvin will be acquitted. Roger Kimbell at the Spectator lays out the case, including extenuating evidence that prosecutors kept hidden until well after the riots. You might be surprised at how much of it conflicts with the well-known media narrative. As horrifying as the “I can’t breathe” video of Floyd was, like many viral video clips, it didn’t tell the whole story, by a long shot.

However, even as Minneapolis businesses board up their windows in preparation for what they assume will be more post-trial riots, Kimbell argues that the trial should be moved elsewhere. He believes there's no way Minneapolis jurors won’t feel intimidated to vote guilty even if they don’t believe it, which will make this nothing more than leftwing political theater.

It is indeed ironic that the same “progressives” who claim they’re fighting racism and America’s racist history did it first by bringing back segregation and judging people by their skin color, and now by reviving jury intimidation and the lynch mob mentality. Sorry, but this doesn’t seem like “progress” to me.

Border Official: Biden "Inherited" This Problem

By Mike Huckabee

Watch President Biden’s southern border coordinator Roberta Jacobson try to deflect his responsibility for the rising crisis at the border and inadvertently admit it’s his fault.

A few other choice quotes: “President Biden has made clear from day one that he wants to change our immigration system. Doing so means truly building back better because we can’t just undo four years of the previous administration’s actions overnight.”

Oh, but you can! Biden’s executive orders undid four years’ worth of Trump’s actions to secure the border, and almost overnight, we have a rising humanitarian and security crisis.

“We’ve seen surges before. Surges tend to respond to hope, and there was a significant hope for a more humane policy after four years of pent-up demand.”

So that’s what’s causing those massive new waves of illegal border crossings by migrants and drug gangs: too much hope. And is it really America’s responsibility to comply with the “demand” of people to enter our nation illegally?

Probably the most jaw-dropping moment came when she claimed Biden “inherited” this problem. No, Joe: you inherited a border wall that was nearing completion. The sudden illegal immigration crisis you created all by yourself.

A Reader Writes Back...

Hi Mike - your newsletter is the only one I subscribe to, and I agree with 99.9% of everything you say and appreciate the viewpoint you come from. I actually just went back and watched some of the 2016 Primary debate with you in them and realized that you are exactly what we need as a President. Oh, if only! Definitely need to put Jesus first if we're ever to return to greatness.

One point I'd like to bring up: I feel as if we've allowed the left to control language and I think it's time we push back. When conservatives walk through the halls of congress, they're insurrectionists and when leftists burn down cities and do billions of dollars of damage, they're 'mostly peaceful protesters'. Conservatives seem to use the language that is fed to us by the left wing media and it would be nice if we could just stop repeating them. It's not as though anything they say is the truth anyways, right?

Love you, Mike. Keep up the good work. We need more like you!

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  • Kathleen Kemmer

    03/12/2021 03:36 PM

    Mike, you are an American Hero in my book. You try to save real journalism with a free, fair, and balanced point of view with humor. You are my first read in the am, and my last read in the evening. But most of all, I think your readers are incredibility astute with the state of the country. Most of your readers present creative insight and wonderful humor also! We need more of you and your column. I am on your podcast, and watch your show. Your writers are great, and your shows are super!

  • John Snell

    03/12/2021 12:30 PM

    Note that at the end of 1984 book Winston finally accepts Big Brother.

  • William Fuhrer

    03/12/2021 11:17 AM

    Alan Dershowitz had interesting pre game analysis of theChauvin Murder Trial

  • LeeMar Zarr

    03/12/2021 09:44 AM

    Totally ignorantly asking this question..."Why can't any US Citizen file a class action law suit against those severely jeopardizing the safety, security and sovereignty of our nation?"

  • Stephen Russell

    03/12/2021 09:23 AM

    Border issue:
    Biden made the problem worse where Pres Trump tried to Reduce border issues with Wall
    Fire this guy USBP or send FT into Mexico for dealing with illegals

  • Stephen Russell

    03/12/2021 09:22 AM

    Speech last night:
    No action
    No plans
    Read from script
    Narrow focus: Covid & vaccine
    Honoring his handlers

  • Stephen Russell

    03/12/2021 09:20 AM

    Read on another site: the Tax Code is Racist.
    Wonder what Dems will do about that.

  • Karen Neal

    03/12/2021 06:48 AM

    After we read your article about the Elite Schools my husband commented to me:
    “You’ve heard the old saying ‘you can’t teach an old dog new tricks’,” He then added “so you start with the pups”.

  • Pat Hubly

    03/12/2021 12:55 AM

    Republicans talk about retaking the Senate and maybe the House in 2022. How can that happen if HB 1 passes? What's to keep it from passing? What can we do as citizens when we no longer can count on legitimate elections? Where are all the moderate Democrats? Are they allowed to have their own thoughts and express them? Guess that's a silly thing to expect since the rest of us aren't allowed to.
    ... As we use to hear on HeeHaw, "gloom, despair and agony..." the mantra of the left.
    Thank you for a newsletter that gives me information in a clear and honest manner and a hope that things can and will get better. Bless you, Mr. Huckabee.

  • Paula Tammaro

    03/11/2021 11:55 PM

    Can you explain two sentences from President Biden’s March 11, 2021 speech...
    “The first lady and second gentleman also got vaccinated.”
    “In the coming weeks and months I’ll be traveling along with the first lady, the vice president, the second gentleman and members of my cabinet to speak directly to you to tell you the truth about how the American rescue plan meets the moment, and if it fails, I will acknowledge that it failed but it will not.” Who is the second gentleman?

  • Paul Kern

    03/11/2021 09:41 PM

    It is sad seeing the Republic being dismembered.
    We Christians can only blame ourselves.
    Far too many ministers preach another god now while insuring the nation is undergoing a civil war initiated by the left.
    The left never truly surrendered at the end of the Civil War.
    The carpetbagger Republicans enacted vengeance and thet have surrendered to Soros and the CCP
    Now our kids are being stunted to become thr new Neanderthals
    I gave a "come to Jesus" talk when he told me we Vietnam veterans lost the war. I told him the real truth. We won the war but leftists like Jane Fonda undermined all. Then the Democrats gave South Vietnam to the truth and made the domino theory come true.

  • Nancy Martin

    03/11/2021 09:41 PM

    Who is the voice of the handler that we hear when they let Biden out saying "let's go, people! Let's go" ? Is this Jill Biden or someone else who has been appointed?

  • James Drury Jr

    03/11/2021 07:40 PM

    Thanks Mike & Staff!

  • Maralyn Grimoskas

    03/11/2021 07:38 PM

    Mike: You are such a beacon of sanity in this crazy world we find ourselves living in. I compare it to the TV show the "Twilight Zone." When is this episode ending?

  • Jerry

    03/11/2021 07:33 PM

    I didn't think it was possible Biden has found people as incoherent as he is to be in his cabinet. Stupid is stupid does. I am alarmed by the medical staff in the White House not able to see the decline in bidders alertness and that Garland could use a checkup himself. These people are less than 30 days of becoming zombies. I suppose the rest of the world is watching our leader decline in his mental awareness. The list of our enemies leaders are planning now how they are going to divide this country up. They may be waiting for the other two women to take charge Harris and Pelosi while Harris puts her makeup on with a dry wall spakling blade the East coast will be gone while Pelosi sucks her false teeth off her gums the rest of the country will be gone . Did someone say Americans are not dumb how did we elect these half wits.

  • Gregory George Keller

    03/11/2021 07:00 PM

    I'm so thankful for your news letter and letting America now what is taking place . Even though it can be dishartning to hear at times. But I do see this great country heading toward civil war by what is happening the left keeps pushing and it will push one too many times . When you back a bagger Inna corner it will come out fighting. Wow to pelosi be careful for what you wish for.

  • Barbara Stolp

    03/11/2021 06:59 PM

    Your newsletter is the bridge between my despair of what things have become and the hope you provide.

  • Maggie Rodriguez

    03/11/2021 06:21 PM

    I always look forward to your newsletter! Each day I know I can count on being informed with truth. The Bible verse and America the Beautiful sections are also very enjoyable! Thank you for everything you do!

  • Dwight E Engle

    03/11/2021 06:17 PM

    I'm a retired military officer and am totally against the order that the taxpayers will now pay for “medically necessary” gender transition drugs and surgery for military members and veterans that have decided they want to be the other sex as opposed to what they were born as. During my career, I have encountered the cost of providing what is required not only in terms of actual dollars, but the wasted manhours psychologically, administratively (involvement by commanders, chaplains, supervisors, counselors, doctors, etc.) as well as resources (separate bathrooms, living quarters, uniforms, etc.) and resentment by fellow members that are required to take up the slack at work during pre and post conversion surgery recovery time. I also highly doubt the 15,000 current military personnel and 134,000 veterans numbers sited as well as the estimated cost of $100 to $200 thousand per operation. The cost sited most assuredly is short for the medical costs alone and does not account for the other cost listed above. I've also witnessed and received feedback and concern from both men and women in that they didn't want the person undergoing conversion to use their restrooms and had to make accommodations to meet all demands. I would also suggest that some individuals are willing to join the military to obtain the surgery and when complete, would not continue in the military as a career.
    God Bless you Mike for all you do!

  • Floyd A Unger

    03/11/2021 06:10 PM

    Absolutely incredible

  • Keet Parakeet

    03/11/2021 06:02 PM

    In Re the attorney general & voting Garland in. 1. Anybody the Biden bunch wants to plunk into that job is going to light-handed at best about keeping the oath of office. Ergo, anybody they put up is going to be a jerk, barring human error in the selection process or a road to Damascus moment. 2. The nominee was on the federal bench in a lifetime position doing long term damage by not keeping the same basic oath, creating precedents that will long outlive him. Ugh! 3. I can see voting him out of a permanent, damaging position into a temporary one. It's not to say I like or approve of his legal views and oath breaking. However, getting him off that bench Permanently is probably the better option among the bad ones. Consequently, I probably would have voted to confirm were I in an office to do so. I don't say the Senators all voted for that reason (or would admit it if they did). Just a thought.

  • Charles E. Toner

    03/11/2021 06:01 PM

    After observing the push on our southern border, it appears this operation has been in the planning stage for some time. I have yet to see any illegals with shabby shoes. They all appear to be wearing new shoes. Their clothing appears fresh with a nice jacket tied around the waste, and none seem to have been too far away from food in the recent past. Also, their wait at the border is in relatively neat, new tents. The drug cartels, in consort with Mexican and U.S. politicians have put together and amazing parade.

  • Bob Ernst

    03/11/2021 05:54 PM

    "Sexual preference" has become "sexual orientation". In other words, the kids are being oriented (taught) to be what their teacher wants them to be. This societal garbage has become a flood, and the only way to stop a flood is to stop adding water to it. Pull your kids out of those hate factories and send them to lesser-known, better-than schools that teach the 4 R's--reading, 'riting, 'rithmetic and religion!