Today's Newsletter July 5 Edition

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July 5, 2019 |

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Our Top story ---  The type of leaders we need

Featured Stories: Pat Reeder’s 4th of July Jukebox: “Ask Not Waltz” – President John F. Kennedy -- Happy Independence Day -- Pat Reeder’s 4th of July Jukebox: “Bumper of My SUV” – Chely Wright

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Our Daily Verse...


We all knew a kid in school who just had to run everything. Remember the classmate who insisted on picking the games you’d all play at recess, where you’d go after school, even who was “in” or “out” of your group? In high school, that kid had a compulsive need to be the leader of every student organization. You just wanted to say, “Hey! You’re not the boss of me!” Whatever happened to those kids? I wouldn’t be surprised if most ended up in government. And as the recent Democratic “debates” proved, a pretty large percentage of them are currently running for President.

I’m convinced the world is divided into people who just want to live their own lives and those who, for some reason, have an uncontrollable urge to tell everyone else how to live. Unfortunately, to that latter group, government seems like the ideal place to work.


With gratitude,

Mike Huckabee

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Pat Reeder’s 4th of July Jukebox: “Ask Not Waltz” – President John F. Kennedy

By Pat Reeder

(Pat Reeder is a writer for “Huckabee” and our resident pop culture historian. Read more at )

My writing partner and fellow musicologist George Gimarc and I were very pleased to be able to haul this record out of the mothballs of obscurity for both our celebrity records book “Hollywood Hi-Fi” and its companion CD on Brunswick. This record was historic on a number of levels. 

Not only does it set one of the most inspiring and iconic speeches in American history to a tune you can really skate to, but it was also one of the earliest examples of what later became mainstays of pop music: sampling and rapping.  The idea was hatched by “Bullwinkle” writer George Atkins and Nashville producer Hank Levine as they were sitting by the pool, trying to come up with an idea for a JFK comedy record. Levine told us that in those pre-digital days, setting JFK’s actual words to music required a massive, painstaking tape editing job. 

The album (“Sing Along With JFK”) was released in summer, 1963, but radio resisted because it was disrespectful to the President (can you imagine such a thing?!)  But college stations started playing it and it was climbing the charts until November when JFK jokes suddenly became verboten. Don’t feel guilty about enjoying it, though, because Kennedy family insider Peter Lawford said it was the only JFK comedy record that JFK actually liked.


Happy Independence Day

By Mike Huckabee

Happy Independence Day, America, and happy 243rd anniversary to history’s greatest experiment in freedom!
Today is when Americans celebrate our freedoms.  But sadly, too many of us seem willing to trade away our freedoms in exchange for hollow promises of comfort and security.  As the great philosopher Joni Mitchell once said, “You don’t know what you’ve got ‘till it’s gone.”  That’s why the Founding Fathers took such care to lock our most important rights safely within the First Amendment to the Constitution. There are more freedoms guaranteed in that one short sentence than people in most nations can even dream of.  That’s why for centuries now, people from around the world have risked their lives to come to America.  The Founders understood that freedom really is that precious.   
When the framers of the Constitution first met in 1787, many feared that if they created a strong federal government, it would trample the rights of the people, just like the British king they’d fought to break free of.  So to make sure the people’s rights would always be protected, they added 10 amendments - although George Mason thought they were so important, they should come first, as the Preface.  
Now, in case you’ve never heard it or have just forgotten (as too many federal judges have), here is the First Amendment, in its entirety.  Don’t worry, this won’t take long:  
“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”   
Yep, that’s it.  This was before government needed a 2,000-page bill just to ruin your health insurance.  Only 45 simple words were needed to protect our right to speak freely without fear of government retribution...Our right to publish those words so that other Americans can read and debate them…Our right to band together with like-thinking Americans and protest peacefully without fear of arrest…Our right to petition our leaders to change their policies…And our right to be free from having an official state religion forced on us, but also from government interference with the free expression of our personal religious beliefs.  A lot of people celebrate the first half of that religious right but pretend the second half doesn’t exist.  The Supreme Court even seems to be reticent lately to make clear that it means what it says, even though it takes only six words to say it: “…or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.” 
These are the rights that together create the free American culture we celebrate today.  The Founders thought they were all so important that somehow, they found a way to list every single one of them first.  
Then, just to be certain that no future government ever tried to take those rights away, they made the very next amendment the right to bear arms.  And they emphasized that these rights are given by God, not government. So trying to scratch some of them off of the parchment won’t make a lick of difference.    


Pat Reeder’s 4th of July Jukebox: “Bumper of My SUV” – Chely Wright

By Pat Reeder

(Pat Reeder is a writer for “Huckabee” and our resident pop culture historian. Read more at )

This song written and performed by country singer Chely Wright is about a snotty person's rude reaction to the Marines sticker she put on her SUV in honor of her brother who was serving in the Middle East.  It was extremely personal to her, but it was universally embraced by the troops when she performed it during a series of shows in Iraq. This brings home how some people are intensely ungrateful for the safe, comfortable lives that they owe to the US military, as well as their freedom to be obnoxious, ungrateful jerks.  I’m linking to a live clip where she tells the story of how the song came about before singing it. Any US Marine vets will especially appreciate this.



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Around the Fourth of July, we hear a lot of songs about all the great things about America: “God Bless America,” “God Bless The USA,” “America the Beautiful.” All week long, our resident musicologist Pat Reeder has been reminding us that there are many more we seldom hear. But before them all, even before “The Star-Spangled Banner,” there was the original American patriotic anthem, “Yankee Doodle.” But it didn’t start out as a celebration of Americans, but as a mockery of them.

Since 1776, the song “Yankee Doodle” has been as much a symbol of America as the flag. Every child learns it from the cradle. But many of us grew up without ever knowing what it really means. Like, why did he call his cap macaroni? Did he use cheese for hair mousse? Well, I’ll finally give you the answers to those questions and more.




Here’s a legal expert’s opinion on this organized leftist violence and governments that turn a partisan blind eye to it, and what can be done about it.  Or as I’d put it, “what should have been done a long time ago about it.”



How did Nike choose to celebrate the Fourth of July?  By prioritizing Colin Kaepernick’s triggered feelings over the flag made by Betsy Ross that was carried by the Revolutionaries who created this great nation where a whining, unpatriotic ingrate can become a millionaire.  And a salute to Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey for taking a stand, and for pointing out what a show of disrespect this is to the contributions of one of the most important women in American history.

Want more news from Mike Huckabee?  Read the Evening Edition from July 4

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


Our Daily Verse (NIV)

"But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well."

– Matt 6:33

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  • Karen Cornelius

    07/06/2019 07:13 PM

    I notice a LACK of activity by groups such as Antifa in states where Right to Carry is a not only a tradition but a practice.

  • Sid McClelland

    07/05/2019 10:04 AM

    Governor, you are so right! Remember those time well - strange people they were.

  • Elaine Romanias

    07/05/2019 10:02 AM

    We used to be able to sit on our porch with our neighbors and have a civil discussion. Sometimes we would learn from each other and change our point of view. Sometimes we wouldn't. However, it would always be a civil discussion. Yesterday's celebration for American's birthday was one step closer to encouraging the lemonade days again!!!