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”…

Obama:

"...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.”

ME:

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.

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  • Glenda Lagerstedt

    08/05/2020 01:08 PM

    Thank you for telling it straight, as you always do. I watched in disbelief and disgust as obama delivered his nauseating political garbage at a funeral for a respected man. I doubt it brought about any admiration for him or for his message or for his people. What the world needs is more Dr. Ben Carsons.

  • Carolyn Fansler

    08/03/2020 02:44 PM

    Thank you sincerely for all you are allowing GOD to do thru you. We LOVE you,& PRAY for HIS CONTINUING guidance, wisdom,strength, & courage in your future.

  • David Altopp

    08/02/2020 09:30 PM

    Mr. Obama is, without question, the most divisive person in America today. I say that because he is a former President and he should know better. I just couldn't believe that he would use a funeral to give such an unbelievably distasteful and utterly disgusting speech.

  • Johnny Davis

    08/02/2020 04:47 PM

    Obama would make the perfect Antichrist, he's actually anti-christian in his doctrinal views.

  • Ann Ault

    08/01/2020 06:15 PM

    In an era of "unmasking" ... Obama certainly did that in terms of his truly hypocritical, unAmerican, inappropriate, hateful, liberal comments self. He did a great job "unmasking" himself!

  • Crystal Koch

    08/01/2020 04:39 PM

    I wish Obama would just go away! All he does is make trouble for his own people! He lives in Martha's Vineyard, while Black Americans are suffering in poverty and violence in his own home town! People wake up! This guy is using you!
    I cried when I heard about Herman Cain! Loved that man and his strong stand for Justice! He will be greatly missed! We will see him again in Heaven! Well done, Herman, you are a good and faithful servant!

  • Vic Gerber

    08/01/2020 11:23 AM

    Thanks Mike, I do have the gift you have to respond as you do, all I can do is support your efforts to keep the truth out there.

  • Deborah I Dreczko

    08/01/2020 11:15 AM

    The swamp needs to be drained! Starting with Hilary and Obama!

  • Ann Davidson

    08/01/2020 01:16 AM

    Obama reminds me of someone who had an opportunity of a lifetime he was President and he cannot be thankful to all of the American people who gave him that chance. I think he blew it. He failed miserably and he is jealous of the success Donald Trump is having in the White House. He is doing more for all Americans and for our military. In my opinion Obama Hillary Clinton and all the Democrats are double-minded they don't know what they're doing and how they are hurting our country until God comes back and he will show them all. One day President Obama will stand before the Lord and have to answer for his ways and his comments.


  • NORMA JEAN CARICO

    07/31/2020 10:17 PM

    Thank you, Governor Huckabee. Your laser-like clarity is so needed in these muddled times.

  • Ann E Isom

    07/31/2020 09:47 PM

    Obama's supposed eulogy was a predicted display of divisive rhetoric that we have endured since he "graced" us with his public presence. It sickened me yesterday as it does every time I hear him speak because it only further divides our nation. Herman Cain would/could have been a black President that would have worked tirelessly to bring our nation together.

    I wish Obama and Hillary would just go for a long walk in the woods and get lost forever!

    P.S., YOU would also make a great President...i still have Hope!

    Sincerely,
    Ann Isom

  • Aaron Woien

    07/31/2020 09:32 PM

    Obama reminds me of the serpent in the Book of Genesis. He tempted so many voters, especially unmarried Female Caucasians, who voted for him in big numbers because they thought he was so debonair, and the results were disastrous for the USA. Unfortunately, McCain and Romney would have been no better, so that is on the GOP.

  • William Paul McKane

    07/31/2020 08:45 PM

    As usual, your analysis of Obama's politicizing a funeral address is fair and incisive. As a minister (priest) who has celebrated many funerals, I never brought in politics, nor would I allow any speaker at a wake to do so. I would "get the hook," as I put it, if someone dishonored the deceased by using the occasion for some other purpose. Gov Mike, I highly respect you, and have no doubt that we are brothers in Christ, and in the ministry over the years. In Christ, Paul (Wm. Paul McKane, OSB, Montana)

  • Edith Peters

    07/31/2020 08:31 PM

    I appreciate your insight and comments.

  • sally E akin

    07/31/2020 07:58 PM

    Please keep your post going w the truth. Thanks - forever!!!!!!

  • Jerry Korba

    07/31/2020 07:29 PM

    Obama is just not a product of one parent family he had people like Wright influencing him thru what ever church he had Sharpton also advised Obama about what a discarded manners person looks like how about Farrachann the guy that hates Jewish people do you think he rubbed off on Obama how can we forget the Black Muslim group oh Obama had so many mentors that are filled with hate anti american traits how else could one possibly wonder why he would turn a political hate filled sermon at a funeral.

  • Michael

    07/31/2020 06:15 PM

    That narcistic fraud Obama always dividing to satisfy his leftist agenda. And though John Lewis was indeed part of a dark time period in our history, he too was decisive. Seems like a distinct pattern with Democrats, always full of hate, dislike, divisiveness always blaming Republicans, particularly President Trump. Obama like so many others just want to smear the United States with their twisting of facts (tell lies) to those too blind and ignorant to research history for themselves and listen to the propaganda arm of the Democrat party- the Lamesteam Media that lie every day to the American people. VOTE TRUMP in 2020!!

  • Jerry Price

    07/31/2020 06:09 PM

    Thanks for bringing Obama's comment to the forefront of his speech.Let's face ,He had the stage and the microphone and he wasn't going to blow the opportunity to take a few shots.

  • Robert Cochran

    07/31/2020 05:47 PM

    Mike, it doesn't matter what you say or how many ways you say it, it will never reach the heart of the liberal. They close their ears while crying out loudly 'na, na, na, na, na, to override your message. They respond to opposition with annoying avoidance. However, on the good side of this, you have the ear of the faithful conservative.

  • A Schmidt

    07/31/2020 05:31 PM

    Well said, Mike. You always state the facts much better than I could and I totally agree with you.

  • Jerry Korba

    07/31/2020 05:22 PM

    BLM Organization is manipulating the black population and some of the population is starting to catch on. Thats good to understand BLM does not really care about black life it is using the black population to help overthrow the government by using Racism by white people going back to the 1700. I ask BLM if small business owners today have shanty shacks full of slaves making them work behind the counters selling its goods stacking its shelves driving their trucks cooking serving meals bussing tables running forklifts selling insurance operating computers making appointment working the hospitals does BLM go the shanties and wake the slaves up and put them to work? Hell No they go and work as a free person BLM people have been free for a few 100 years now drop the dumb ass act you are a terrorist organization using Black people the black people should sue BLM for misuse and misreprestation of the race.

  • Judy Stellato

    07/31/2020 04:57 PM

    Mr. Obama was the most corrupt, do nothing President that we’ve EVER had! He should be ashamed of himself using John Lewis’ funeral to make a political “speech”. He and Hillary are behind all the rioting going on right now. They and Hillary’s pal Soros! Donald Trump was picked by God to clean the swamp, and the Dems are fighting mad that he’s actually doing what he promised! He WILL be re-elected because God loves America and has put Donald J. Trump in the White House to clean up the mess the Democrats have made. People, if you love America and want to preserve our freedoms, vote for President Donald J. Trump!!

  • Deborah Myers

    07/31/2020 04:55 PM

    Dear Governor Huckabee
    I would like to get a message to President Trump but don’t know how to get to him. I don’t know if he is going to speak at Herman Cain’s funeral, but if he does this is a great opportunity to show what class he has. He should take this opportunity to expand on Herman Cain as a person and his vision for this wonderful country. There should be nothing political in his comments. The left has politicized the last few services and it has really showed that they did not care about the person being eulogized. I feel Obama’s eulogy of John Lewis was very disrespectful to Congressman Lewis and to his family.
    I feel this is the perfect opportunity to show the voters, on the edge, who they would rather have serving their country. President Trump has done so much good for this country and he should be getting those things out to the public and not concentrating on the petty stuff. He has a wonderful record and should run on that.
    I am so concerned at the direction our country is heading that the left has in store for us. I have a seventeen-year-old grandson and want him to grow up in the wonderful country his mother and I did. The left is trying to destroy our country with their evil and hateful agenda. Please do not let that happen.
    My family love and support you a hundred percent and pray for you every day.
    God bless you. your family and administration.
    Deborah Myers

  • Moi Tayler

    07/31/2020 04:51 PM

    Obama is as classless as they come - shows me you can put a swine in a suit- and it's still a swine.

  • Brenda Robinson

    07/31/2020 03:54 PM

    I listened/observed Obama closely during his ranting. My assessment of him are:
    He wants his power and control back. He hates our country. He’s a professional liar.
    The Bible says the anti -Christ will be raised in the Middle East, and be attractive and a good orator. I’ve often wondered about that. I wouldn’t be surprised. But Obama is evil.