July 31, 2020
By Mike Huckabee
MR. OBAMA, WHAT IS IT ABOUT DEMOCRATS, POLITICS AND FUNERALS?
When I heard the sad news that my friend Herman Cain had lost his fight with coronavirus, it was the same day, Thursday, as Rep. John Lewis’ funeral. Lewis, a strong partisan with whom I disagreed on most issues, had indeed been a brave leader for civil rights since he was a very young man and deserves recognition for that.
President Obama shared many positive words of tribute to the man and his fight for civil rights, and that was all fine. But he somehow...just...couldn’t...resist...getting political. What is it about Democrats and funerals that they just can’t avoid politics long enough to honor the dead person?
Here’s a link to the transcript of his entire speech, but I’d like to call attention to the brazenly political part, which he led into by saying we have to “keep vigilant” for the “darker currents”…
"...Bull Connor may be gone, but today, we witnessed with our own eyes police officers kneeling on the necks of black Americans. George Wallace may be gone, but we can witness our federal government sending agents to use tear gas and batons against peaceful demonstrators. We may no longer have to guess the number of jellybeans in the jar in order to cast a ballot, but even as we sit here, there are those in power who will do their darnedest to discourage people from voting by closing polling locations and attacking our voting rights with surgical precision, even undermining our Postal Service in the run-up to an election that’s gonna be dependent on mail-in ballots so people don’t get sick.
"I know this is a celebration of John’s life. There are some who might say we shouldn’t dwell on such things. But that’s why I’m talking about it. John Lewis devoted his time on this earth fighting the very attacks on democracy and what’s best for America that we’re seeing right now.”
Okay, Mr. Obama, you couldn’t have planned your words to be more divisive. The segregationist BULL CONNOR (a Democrat, by the way) was the city official in Birmingham, Alabama, who in the 1960s directed that fire hoses and attack dogs (!) be turned on civil rights protesters, even children, who were peacefully protesting. To bring up that kind of ugly and truly “systemic” racism of old now in light of what is happening today is as divisive and inflammatory as it gets. You should be ashamed.
By the way, since you mentioned George Wallace, I will add that this old-time segregationist actually helps exemplify the progress we’ve made in our society, in that in his later years, after being paralyzed by an attempted assassin’s bullet, he came to denounce his earlier views. But no, we have to ignore progress and dwell on the ugly past.
We aren’t seeing, as you described it, “police officers” kneeling on the “necks” of black Americans. We saw one very bad cop with his knee on the neck of a black man, and that bad cop, along with others who were complicit, have rightly been charged with MURDER. And our government did not send officers to use tear gas and batons on “peaceful” protesters. This is hardly a “peaceful” protest, and black lives are being destroyed. The neighborhoods being destroyed are largely black neighborhoods. Many of the cops are black, too, and I’m sure the last place they want to be is in the middle of that mess, having to deal not just with the violence but with racist abuse being hurled at THEM just for trying to keep the peace.
But you just had to say those things, didn't you? Thanks, Obama!
Then you went on to talk about “those in power” who will “do their darnedest” to keep people from voting. You didn’t have to get specific; we know and your cheering audience knew you meant my party, Republicans, led by President Trump, trying to stop blacks from voting…”with surgical precision,” as you put it. And in the most laughable comment you made, you said we’re “even undermining our Postal Service” when we warn against problems with mail-in ballots.
Undermining our great Postal Service? The problems with mail-in voting are real and well-documented; thousands of ballots can be “lost” at a time. THIS can be carried out with "surgical precision," as can other types of voter fraud. Imagine this in 2020 on a massive, nationwide scale.
What we want is a clean election. Most of all, we have to be able to trust the results. We want everyone to be able to vote safely --- either with distancing and masks, or with a documented absentee ballot --- and for every vote to count. EVERY vote. That’s it.
Yes, as you said, we are seeing attacks on democracy now. But I see them coming from organizations such as Antifa and Black Lives Matter, largely run and funded by white people on the left. The left, where you reside.
Oh, something else: You said that if making changes to the Voting Rights Act means getting rid of the filibuster, “another Jim Crow relic,” then we should. You also likened this summer’s protests to the ones led by Dr. King. I certainly can’t speak for Dr. King, but it seems to me that he would be sickened by the violence.
As for the filibuster, yes, it was used by senators (mostly southern Democrats) to hold off passage of the 1964 Civil Rights Act. But it has been used many times for many reasons; mostly it’s a tool to keep a bare majority from running roughshod over the minority. But the ends justify the means, right?
How I wish I could ask Herman Cain what he thought about this. On second thought, it would probably just tick him off (along with all the leftists blaming him for his own death), and he's in a much better place now.
CONFEDERACY OF DUNCES
The owners of a bed and breakfast in Saint Johns, Michigan, removed the flag of their heritage that flew on their home after getting hate mail accusing them of being bigots and Confederate sympathizers. It was a Norwegian flag. I'm sure you remember the famous Confederate General, Stonewall Johansen.
THE "FLEE FEE"
I can’t say for certain, but I believe that years ago on my radio show “The Huckabee Report,” we might have invented the idea of measuring a city’s success or failure based on how much more it costs to rent a U-Haul to move out of it than to move into it. We started by comparing Dallas-to-Los Angeles vs. Los Angeles-to-Dallas (about twice as much.) The company had so few people moving to L.A. that they subsidized you just to get some of their trucks back there.
I bring this up because it’s now a common and popular measurement, and despite all the balloon juice about the protests being “mostly peaceful” and most residents being behind them, it turns out it will cost you six to eight times more to move from Seattle or Portland to Boise than to move in the other direction. Think of it as the “flee fee.”
FROM THE "NOT EVEN NEWS" DESK
Jesse Jackson compared President Trump to Hitler. I’m sure he’s much more like Hitler than George W. Bush, Jeb Bush, the crafters of the GOP “Contract with America,” or anyone else Jackson has ever compared to Hitler or the Nazis.
PRAYERS AND WELL WISHES
Prayers and get well wishes to Texas Rep. Louis Gohmert, who is being treated for the coronavirus. He plans to immediately begin treatment with zinc, erythromycin, and hydroxychloroquine. My gosh, doesn’t he trust the New York Times?!
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: TV VIEWING TIPS FROM 1968
By Pat Reeder, “Huckabee” pop culture guru (http://www.facebook.com/hollywoodhifibook)
I’ve heard it said that 2020 is 1968, only with much worse music. True, but I also think it has worse TV, so I’ve been taking a break from all the “peaceful protester” gaslighting by watching one of my late dad’s favorite shows, “Dragnet,” featuring my favorite TV cop of all time, Sgt. Joe Friday.
While the black and white ‘50s episodes are cooler, the really amazing watch is the mid-‘60s revival, featuring Harry Morgan as Friday’s partner, Bill Gannon. For years, these shows were the to-go example of a laughably outdated pop artifact, with their blue-faced LSD addicts and dirty hippies badmouthing the Establishment, man. But stunningly, in the space of only a few months, the ‘60s “Dragnet” has become the timeliest show on TV (i.e., YouTube.)
I already recommended this episode, in which Friday and Gannon had to investigate a police brutality complaint against a cop who was so stressed from being called a fascist pig and having bricks and other things thrown at him that when a jerk started yelling in his face and tried to rip his badge off, he snapped and backhanded him…
And then I discovered this, the season opener from 1968, which is even more like today’s news.
In this episode, Friday and Gannon appear on a controversial TV talk show with the topic, “The Police: Who Needs Them?” The opposing guests are a pompous liberal professor who sees cops as his intellectual inferiors and a yippie “journalist” who accuses the police of being fascist goons who just want to beat blacks and Hispanics and defend the property rights of their bosses, the rich (I told you it was timely.) The yippie is played by “Don Sturdy,” but yes, your eyes and ears don’t deceive you, that was a stage name used by Howard Hesseman (Dr. Johnny Fever from “WKRP in Cincinnati.”) I assume the leftwing studio audience that hoots and claps for all the anti-cop comments is the same studio audience as “The View,” which has spent the past five decades homeless aside from living in TV studios.
Despite the older reviews at IMDB carping about how outdated this episode is, you’ll be amazed at how many of the arguments for doing away with the police are the same palaver we’re suddenly started hearing now, only couched in Summer of Love garb and slang…and how the rebuttals from Friday and Gannon are the same responses you’d hear now. Even 52 years later, the left’s arguments haven’t changed, nor has their utter disinterest in facts and evidence. It’s just taken them this long to think of actually declaring reason and the scientific method to be “white supremacy.”
One interesting side light: an audience member incongruously argues for the right to bear arms, and Friday and Gannon practically sound like modern gun control advocates in response. Gannon argues that the gun would endanger the man's children, and the two or three minutes it takes him to fetch it from where it’s locked up could be used to get to the phone and call the police. Yes, but at that point, you’d either have your gun in your hand, or be waiting unarmed for 10 or 15 minutes for the police to arrive. I’m a native Texan, so you can guess which option I’d prefer.
BIBLE VERSE OF THE DAY (KJV)