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Today's Commentary --- The Gov. replies to reader comment on Nunes and equal justice -- Repent Hillary -- National Emergency Update --- Laura Ainsworth: Miss Mannerly's column for today -- Laura Ainsworth: Brandon Straka of #WalkAway in a MUST-SEE interview -- FOCUS ON WILLIAM BARR: time for fact-finding and accountability! -- Ocasio-Cortez -- Evening Edition -- Daily Verse
It’s always great to receive letters from readers who have real-world experience to share, even when it means my commentary has put me in the “hot seat.” In this case, my comments about ranking Republican on the House Intelligence Committee Devin Nunes sparked a reply by someone with a background in law enforcement, specifically, obtaining search warrants.
I totally disagree with you and Nunes. There are existing laws that were blatantly broken by personnel in the FBI and the Justice Department. Why don't we enforce existing laws instead of creating new laws that obviously will not be enforced?
I am a retired law enforcement officer who was involved with the creation of numerous search warrants. If I did not disclose all the information that would be relevant to the search warrant, and the information had to be properly vetted, once the judge and my department learned of my deception, I would be terminated and charged with violating someone’s constitutional rights. Nunes, why are these people not in prison? I would be!
By Mike Huckabee
Hillary Clinton actually declared on camera for the first time that “I’m not running” for President in 2020. Of course, that will depend on what the meaning of “not” is.
It’s just as well for the Democrats if she isn’t running in 2020, since she obviously hasn’t learned a thing from her loss in 2016. In that interview, she also said this:
"I want to be sure that people understand I'm going to keep speaking out. I'm not going anywhere. What's at stake in our country, the kind of things that are happening right now are deeply troubling to me. And I'm also thinking hard about how do we start talking and listening to each other again? We've just gotten so polarized. We've gotten into really opposing camps unlike anything I've ever seen in my adult life."
Hmmm… Hillary, if you could indulge me, would you please stop and think back to the last campaign? Was there anything you might have said to contribute to this polarized society of “really opposing camps”? Maybe something like, say, that half of Trump’s supporters were a basket of irredeemable racist, sexist, homophobic, Islamophobic, xenophobic deplorables? You know, the kind of dehumanizing language that makes people think it’s okay to physically assault a teenage kid or an 81-year-old man just for wearing a “Make America Great Again” cap?
If you want to be a force for moral good, start with repentance. Instead of just lecturing other people about their failings, acknowledge the role you played in creating this viciously partisan divide and do something to heal it. Try taking a deplorable to lunch. And if the liberal restaurant owners refuse service because they disagree with you tablemate’s viewpoint, lecture them. When we see that, we’ll know you’re serious.
National Emergency Update
By Mike Huckabee
It looks as if the GOP Senate will vote for a Democratic House bill to block President Trump’s use of an emergency declaration to shift funds around and build a border wall (all it takes is a simple majority of over 50.) This is purely an academic stand since Trump will issue his first-ever veto to kill the bill, and there aren’t enough votes to override him.
The reason some Republicans are giving for opposing Trump is that they think it’s unconstitutional for a President to change how money allocated by Congress is spent (although Presidents have wide discretion on how some funds are spent.) Sen. Rand Paul, for instance, backs border security but voted against Trump, tweeting that every Republican he knows opposed Obama’s attempts to legislate through executive order, so he has to be consistent.
But mostly, the argument is that if Republicans allow Trump to do this, it will establish a precedent that a future Democratic President will exploit to declare his or her pet issue (health care, climate change, etc.) as a national emergency and move funds from other areas to pay for it, which would amount to Congress relinquishing its budget powers to the President.
That would be a convincing argument if we hadn’t just lived through eight years of Obama using executive orders to do end runs around Congress, and Congress not saying “boo” about it. Besides, does anyone seriously believe that if any of the current Democratic presidential hopefuls came to power, that they would require a precedent before doing whatever they jolly well wanted to “transform” America without the slightest regard for what Congress had to say about it? If so, then they haven’t been paying very close attention.
Laura Ainsworth: Miss Mannerly's column for today
By Laura Ainsworth
Dear Miss Mannerly:
I have always been a very outspoken person, and this has served me well in the area where I am from, with a community of people whom I believe must share my political views. I almost always “say it with a smile,” and use a little womanly “charm offensive” to help me get away with saying what is on my mind. Until now, this has really propelled me in my professional life, and I have recently been rewarded with an influential new job. I even received a plum committee assignment that matches my interest perfectly (foreign affairs). How exciting, like being at the United Nations!
Laura Ainsworth: Brandon Straka of #WalkAway in a MUST-SEE interview
By Laura Ainsworth, Staff Writer
Just a few months ago, I wrote about “coming out” as a conservative/constitutionalist Republican after years of writing in anonymity. As I’m also a musician, I’d had professional reasons for keeping quiet about my politics; namely, not wanting to alienate those who were left of center, especially fans (and potential fans), other musicians, record buyers (an endangered species as it is) and others who might unfriend/blacklist me. Believe me, I see enough rabidly anti-Trump posts on Facebook and elsewhere to know that this could very well happen. But during the Kavanaugh hearings, something snapped, and I realized the future of the Republic was too important for me to keep my views “in the closet.”
So I wrote about politics under my own name for the first time, here on the Mike Huckabee website. And in the hope of inspiring some of my left-of-center friends to think for themselves, I bought a #WalkAway t-shirt, which I’ve worn a few times but plan to wear a lot more now that warm weather is on its way. Brandon Straka (rhymes with “walk,” as the last “a” isn’t pronounced), founder of the #WalkAway Campaign, is my hero.
FOCUS ON WILLIAM BARR: time for fact-finding and accountability!
By Mike Huckabee
New Attorney General William Barr already has an enormous amount on his plate, with many observers demanding to see accountability and the blindfold tied back over Lady Liberty’s eyes but others highly doubtful of any reform.
In the wake of Michael Cohen’s disastrous (for him) testimony last week, and in anticipation of still more closed-door “classified” testimony –- which is just weird, since Cohen doesn’t even have a security clearance –- ranking Republican on the House Intelligence Committee Devin Nunes appeared on FOX News’ Maria Bartiromo’s Sunday show to talk about what actually NEEDS to happen in order to get the real “Russia” story.
President Trump's CPAC speech
By Mike Huckabee
Saturday afternoon, President Trump gave a speech for the record books, talking to a CPAC crowd for two hours and two minutes. He often went “off-script” - that's when we get the comments that make Trump supporters cheer and his critics’ heads explode. Like the moment when the crowd roared with laughter as he mocked the “Green New Deal” replacing oil and gas with sources like wind energy: “Darling, is the wind blowing today? I'd like to watch television, darling.”
“Saturday Night Live” made fun of Trump’s speech, but the truth is, he was much funnier ad libbing than “SNL” has been in years. Incidentally, does anyone else think it’s odd that liberals believe claims that Trump is so dumb or Alzheimer’s-ridden that he can’t even form a coherent sentence in a White House meeting, yet he can stand in front of thousands of people and ad-lib a two-hour speech?
By Mike Huckabee
I try not to fall for the trap of commenting on every jaw-dropping statement by “Democratic” socialist media darling Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez because there are other stories to cover and, frankly, I’d just be doing that all day. But there are two AOC-related stories today that cry out for public exposure. One is funny but revealing. The other, potentially monumental.
Funny one first: Everything AOC knows about economics she must’ve learned from Boston University professors, because her mom obviously knows a lot more about the real world than she does. In an interview with the Daily Mail, her mother, who likes to be known as “BOC” (for Blanca Ocasio-Cortez, not Blue Oyster Cult) freely admitted that she fled New York for Florida to escape the high taxes in the deep blue state.
While her daughter thinks taxes should be even higher, her mom said, “I was paying $10,000 a year in real estate taxes up north. I’m paying $600 a year in Florida. It’s stress-free down here.”
Evening Edition - March 5
By Mike Huckabee
A wrap-up of all the news you might have missed yesterday!
Daily Verse (KJV)
"For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart."
– Hebrews 4:12
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