BY MIKE HUCKABEE
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Today is the 22nd anniversary of the September 11th, 2001, attacks, the deadliest attacks on America in history. Those of us who were alive then will never forget that morning, when we woke up and felt we must still be asleep and having a nightmare.
First, a passenger jet slammed into the World Trade Center, and there was some thought it might be a horrific aviation disaster. But when it happened again, there was no denying that America was under attack, and in a way that we had never seen before: by an enemy so ruthless and fanatical that they would destroy a skyscraper filled with innocent people, using a plane filled with innocent people as a weapon, and who were such zealots that they would sacrifice their own lives just to kill as many people as possible.
Those of us who were there will never forget the grief, horror and confusion. For months afterward, we felt a tinge of alarm whenever a plane flew overhead at a low altitude.
America learned a very hard lesson that day about the hollowness of the comforting delusion that all cultures were basically like us and held the same peaceful, tolerant values. We also learned hard lessons from some of the wrongheaded reactions to the attack, like the willingness to trade our freedom for a (false) sense of security. To this day, airline travel is still an intrusive, time-wasting ordeal, and has all that TSA groping and probing and throwing away of our shampoo ever stopped a single attempted terrorist hijacking?
Yet we also seem to have forgotten most of the lessons we learned from 9/11 and its aftermath. When COVID struck, many people were more than willing to hand over even more of their Constitutionally-protected freedoms to the government in exchange for false promises of safety.
In the aftermath of 9/11, we put aside our differences and united around our common heritage, humanity and values as Americans. For instance, people in Texas stood in long lines to donate blood to help victims in New York City. There was none of today’s red/blue animosity and division, some of which is organic due to differing beliefs, but much of which is ginned up by politicians, activists and media figures whose own power increases when they can divide us and pit us against each other. This is why Darryl Worley wrote a new version of his 9/11 anthem, “Have You Forgotten?” It’s called “Have We Forgotten?”
Another forgotten lesson: even though it took just 19 hijackers to carry out 9/11 and kill nearly 3,000 people, our President has thrown open our border, allowing millions of unvetted people to come streaming in from all over the world, including many whom we know are on terror watch lists. That same President recently handed Afghanistan back to the same terrorists who gave sanctuary to the plotters of 9/11, and left them a huge trove of our military equipment in the bargain. And word is that his Administration is cutting a deal with the 9/11 architects to save them from the death penalty.
As hard as it is for those of us who lived through 9/11 to fathom how any Americans could tolerate this, we must remember that 9/11 was 22 years ago. That means there’s now an entire generation of young adults who have no personal memories of 9/11. They grew up in a virtual police state that focuses more on infringing on the rights of citizens than fighting terrorists, with schools teaching that America is the source of all evil, and with social media telling them that treasured Western values like privacy rights, free speech and personal freedom are obsolete.
That’s why, as hard as it may be to relive that darkest day in US history, it’s important to teach your children what happened and why, because it will be up to them to make sure it never happens again, and those who fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it. I urge you, if your children are old enough to understand it without being traumatized, that you take them to a 9/11 commemoration or watch one on TV with them. Or visit the 9/11 Memorial in New York, or the new 9/11 Remembered Traveling Memorial. On this weekend’s “Huckabee,” I interviewed its founder, Erick Robertson. You can watch that here, and find a link to the traveling memorial site where you can invite it to visit your town.
On this 9/11 anniversary, let’s remember that time when all Americans put aside our differences and came together to save America. Let’s mourn the dead, remember the heroes and reflect on what we all have in common and what makes America the greatest nation on Earth, the one that is still under relentless attack by the enemies of freedom but is strong, resolute and resilient enough to withstand any blow, come back and win.
By Ken Allard
Because they recall a time of great national unity, Monday’s commemorations of the 911 attacks may seem remote even for Americans who vividly recall those horrific tableaus. The 20-somethings now assuming adult responsibilities were first insulated from those grim realities by youth, then further sequestered by an educational establishment that considers American militarism, materialism and white privilege the only true evils worth opposing.
As a retired Army officer with a highly improbable second career as an on-air military analyst with NBC News, I was directly involved in the immediate reporting and aftermath of 911. After I rushed headlong into our northwest Washington studios, bureau chief Tim Russert briefly sat me down to stress repeatedly that our reporting needed to be limited to hard facts, however grim they might be. “Colonel, most of our audience has never seen a war, much less one hitting their own neighborhoods. So let’s try to help them get through this.”
That was good advice but, in the days and weeks that followed, my most serious error came when I relied on my own experience instead of reporting Tim Russert’s cold, hard facts. Quickly glossing over the last half-century, I confidently assured the national audience that attacking our homeland and producing over three thousand deaths would surely result in our first formal declaration of war since Pearl Harbor. It didn’t happen of course, a point on which the extensive memoirs of George W. Bush, Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld and Condoleezza Rice conclusively agree.
In fact, the most remarkable thing about such a fundamental point of national strategy was that the high-level councils of Bush ’43 never seem to have considered how they might mobilize the American people for what quickly became the War on Terror. Instead, ordinary citizens were asked to pray for peace while being dispatched to the shopping malls, favored vacation hideaways, university paper mills and, most tellingly, the airports (where newly-recruited TSA agents harassed ever-growing lines of long-suffering passengers.)
But rather than sending our precious offspring into combat, the wars of 911 would be fought principally by Other People’s Kids, i.e., the volunteer Army and the Reserves. Sadly, the tyranny of the numbers often meant deploying our grunts to those hellholes on multiple combat tours. Perhaps overcome by his own eloquence while promising retaliation at Ground Zero, the younger President Bush seemed to ignore one of the principal lessons of Vietnam and most strategy primers: that you don’t send in the troops before the Nation is firmly committed to war. But two of his principal advisors, Vice President Dick Cheney and Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, had helped to create the all-volunteer force back during the Ford administration. Surely our superbly trained and equipped professional military could now meet the challenges of 911? Even if those wars endured for over 20 years while the children of the elites stayed home?
However, it wasn’t supposed to be that way. I witnessed that now forgotten bit of history while working directly for the Army senior leadership as the Berlin Wall fell and we trussed up the resulting “peace dividend” like a Thanksgiving turkey. We had won the Cold War with a standing Army of just over 780,000 active-duty soldiers; it would now be reduced to under 500,000 while the Reserves stood by as a cadre force and hedge against future wars. But since history had stopped, only peace was expected. Pointedly ignored was an ancient Roman axiom, “Si vis pacem, para Bellum,” (“If you would have peace, then prepare for war.”)
What no one noticed back then was that the legislation which in 1972 created the All-Volunteer Force was effectively coupled in 1973 with the momentous change in national policy that became infamous as Roe versus Wade. In just over 12 months: military service had been downgraded from the long-standing obligation of citizenship to just another career choice. Similarly, the Holocaust of the Unborn guaranteed that our future manpower requirements would inevitably be dwarfed and overrun by our most likely adversaries.
No wonder that our all-volunteer force has fallen on hard times, due to the scarcity of qualified volunteers capable of meeting recruiting standards already in permanent and precipitous decline. Today, fewer than half of one percent of Americans ever deign to wear their country’s uniform and who can blame them? We have effectively created a sealed and segregated military establishment that marches to the dubious rhythms of political correctness and the uncertain trumpets that systematically trash our most sacred values.
Colonel (Ret.) Ken Allard is a former West Point professor, Dean of the National War College and NBC News on-air military analyst.
The “Freedom to Breathe” bill
Republican Sen. J.D. Vance proposed a bill banning the return of mask mandates. It’s called, appropriately enough, the “Freedom to Breathe” bill. But the Democrats blocked it, with uber-liberal Sen. Ed Markey hilariously arguing that it would infringe on the right of states and cities to decide what’s best for their local communities.
As that linked story reminds us, Markey introduced his own mask bill in 2020, except it would have forced a mask mandate on every American, regardless of what their local governments thought was best. It seems that respect for local governments can be switched on and office, depending on the issue.
Personally, I think the most telling thing about this story is that the Democrats actually blocked a bill that would protect our freedom to breathe. Why am I not surprised?
A “public health emergency” in New Mexico
We’ve been hearing for some time from Democrats about proclaiming shootings to be a “health emergency” as an excuse to suspend the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding citizens, when most shootings are actually the results of Democratic policies and are very seldom committed by legal, permitted gun owners. Well, now we have the first attempt at this novel work-around of the Constitution.
New Mexico’s Democrat Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham declared shootings in Albuquerque to be a “public health emergency” and suspended the open and permitted carrying of concealed firearms there for 30 days.
Grisham said she expects there will be legal challenges, and I think that’s a no-brainer. The head of a state gun control group praised the order, saying, “If it saves one life, then it’s worth doing." And what if it costs lives by letting criminals know they’re the only ones who will be armed?
If you look at the shootings cited as justification, they include such incidents as four teenagers in two stolen cars who opened fire on a mobile home, and a 14-year-old boy who shot a 13-year-old girl with his father’s gun. How would those shootings have been prevented by taking away the right to self-defense from law-abiding, permitted, adult gun owners? If you think this is the solution to stopping shootings by young people who are being raised with no respect for the law or the sanctity of life, then I think you might have a mental health emergency.
Another hurricane has formed in the Atlantic, and Hurricane Lee has intensified into a monster. It’s still hundreds of miles out at sea, and it’s impossible to predict yet where, when or if it will impact the US, but if you live on the east coast, keep a close watch on the weather news this week.
Not really news, but nice to read
This is being presented as news, but I’ve been hearing it for so long, it’s more like news only to people who get their news from “mainstream” news sources. But it’s nice to see it finally being confirmed out loud: a California scientist admitted that he left out the full truth from an article on climate change, blaming it primarily on human causes, because that was the only way to get published in a prestigious journal like Science or Nature.
He said he distorted the findings of his studies, focusing narrowly on the human influences on wildfires instead of other “obviously relevant factors” because “the editors of these journals have made it abundantly clear, both by what they publish and what they reject, that they want climate papers that support certain pre-approved narratives—even when those narratives come at the expense of broader knowledge for society."
I’ve long said that anyone who tells you “there’s now a consensus” or “the science is settled” is actually telling you, “I don’t know what science is.” The surest way to stop the growth of knowledge on any subject is to censor people who challenge the prevailing dogma or present different views and contrary evidence. That process of challenging and testing IS science. If you don’t allow it, then you shouldn’t call your publication “Science.”
As for the idea that if a majority of scientists agree on something, that means it’s correct and can’t be challenged, then I’d point out that at various times in history, the majority of scientists agreed on all sorts of ridiculous things, like the Sun revolving around the Earth or dark skin meaning you’re not fully human. It’s a good thing we didn’t declare that the “science is settled” then. But somehow, we now know precisely where to draw the line and say, “Okay, we know everything on this topic! No more conflicting evidence!”
A Taste of Texas’ plight
This week, parents, students and teachers in New York City schools got a taste of what their counterparts in states like Texas have to deal with after Biden opened up our border, and they’re calling it a “nightmare.”
All I can say is, “Hey, you elected Joe ‘Open Borders’ Biden, and all those New York City liberals who declared the Big Apple a ‘sanctuary city.’” The painful results should be no more of a surprise than if you dropped an anvil on your foot.
The Who even warned us about this in their rock opera “Tommy,” way back in 1969. The false prophet urged everyone in the world to “come into this house, be one of us.” So they did, until there were “more at the more, there’s more at the door, there’s more…” until they were overwhelmed. And it all ended with his furious followers overthrowing him as they sang a song called “We’re Not Gonna Take It.”
Let’s hope that happens to New York voters so they “Won’t Get Fooled Again.”
Least Surprising News Of The Day!
In a survey by the real estate site Home Bay, users ranked Washington, DC, as the least desirable place to live in America. Yet somehow, the people who live in it think they should be dictating the way you run your city.
New York City was ranked as the most overrated city, which I can see, certainly in recent years. But I have to question the wisdom of the respondents for ranking Seattle as both the most desirable and most underrated city. Do they just mean “compared to Portland?”
Gmail Spellcheck Convicts Trump
By “Huckabee” pop culture guru Pat Reeder (http://www.hollywoodhifi.com)
While proofreading a story yesterday in Gmail, I made a startling discovery. The email program’s spellcheck underlined the word “indicted” in this sentence:
"It was also reported that the same Georgia grand jury that indicted Trump and 18 other people..."
I knew the spelling was correct, so I clicked on “indicted” to see what alternative Gmail suggested. It suggested changing it to “convicted.”
Well, that’s an entirely different thing, and grand juries don’t convict people, so it made no sense. As an experiment, I deleted the name “Trump” and replaced it with my last name. What do you know? The spell check underline on “indicted” disappeared and no alternative was suggested!
I tried this on two computers and three browsers (Chrome, Opera and Firefox) and it worked on every one. Try it yourself and see if it works on yours. I'm curious to know.
I wonder if the Gmail algorithm has just been taught to assume that Trump is already convicted, or if the well-connected Silicon Valley Democrat donors behind Google know something about these trials that the rest of us don’t?
Last Week’s Monologue
My monologue on my TBN show “Huckabee” last week got a LOT of attention from the loony left who missed the obvious point of my message, which is not surprising. For people who often have Ivy League degrees, they aren’t that smart, and they typically see things from their myopic lens of elitist snobbery. In this case, they totally failed to comprehend that under the Biden regime, America is becoming a police state where the “powers” of “justice” are used to destroy dissent and to influence and possibly steal elections.
Here is the monologue in full so you can hear it for yourself. (Trigger warning! Some from the left screamed that I was using “threatening language!” I have to wonder if those saying such gibberish actually watched it or just took someone’s mischaracterization and served their whine without the cheese?
The obvious point is that if the current government continues to abuse power by arresting and criminalizing those who disagree or oppose the banana republic dictator-like tactics of Biden’s police state, that same government will only grow worse in its abuse of power until it won’t even pretend to have honest elections and will just perpetuate power at gunpoint. It’s how dictatorships operate.
If a sitting President can defeat or worse prevent his opponent from running by corrupt police powers, then those who refuse to bow their knee to the Baal of big government and tyranny will be disenfranchised from voting and told what to do from the barrel of a gun. It’s already happening. A pro-life Dad in Nashville taken at gunpoint and handcuffed in front of his children by gun-toting SWAT team because he protested at an abortion clinic. A man in NW Arkansas was arrested at gunpoint at his home 2 ½ years AFTER he merely attended the January 6 Capitol protest and even had his personal Liberty safe opened by the FBI with cooperation with Liberty Safe company despite the fact that he did not break into any offices, assault anyone, or vandalize anything. White House Economic Advisor Peter Navarro was arrested at gunpoint and put in handcuffs and leg shackles as he was boarding an airplane to travel to Nashville to be a guest on my TV show. He just this week was “convicted” of “contempt of Congress” and threated with prison time. (Remember when then Attorney General Eric “Wingman for Obama” Holder was charged with contempt of Congress? NOTHING happened to him. NOTHING.)
Fortunately, not every journalist is brain-dead and saw my message accurately, like Michael Knowles of the Daily Wire:
Don’t be naïve. Half of America is under assault for believing that we should have secure borders, safe cities and streets, protection of innocent human life, penalties for violent criminals, laws that treat Hunter and Hillary the same as any other criminals, and that we SHOULD put America first. If you believe there are only 2 genders and that parents and not governments should have authority over your child, you are a threat to this regime. If you believe we should worship the Creator instead of the Created by bowing to the “climate czars” like John Kerry and Al Gore, you have a target on your back.
I stand by every word I said. And I really do fear for the future of my beloved America.
9/11 Stories Worth Reading…
Here’s the video of this morning’s 9/11 memorial ceremony in New York City…
Breitbart News compiled a visual history of 9/11 images. Warning: these include disturbing photos and videos that will bring back very painful memories.
Navy SEAL and best-selling author Jack Carr reflects on all the people who didn’t see 9/11 coming and who’ve spent the past 20 years “failing upward” into positions of power and influence where they also failed to plan for the withdrawal from Afghanistan.
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