Evening Edition - December 20

December 20, 2018

 

Gen. James Mattis announced that he is retiring as Secretary of Defense in February.  This will mark a serious loss to the Administration, as he has been one of the best Defense Secretaries in history.  I hope President Trump can find a replacement who has the same level of military experience, candor, character and mutual respect with the troops, but that will be a very tall order.

 

In Mattis’ gracious resignation letter, he urged the President to be "resolute and unambiguous" in approaching countries with strategic differences, citing China and Russia, and said he has “the right to have a Secretary of Defense whose views are better aligned with yours on these and other subjects.”

 

https://www.foxnews.com/politics/defense-secretary-james-mattis-to-retire-at-the-end-of-february-trump-says

 

It’s too early to read too much into his letter in trying to explain Mattis’ motivations for resigning now (staff changeovers are common after two grueling years), but that isn’t stopping the media from doing so.  For instance, much is being made of the timing of the resignation coming one day after the announcement of all 2,000 US troops being withdrawn from Syria, but for all we know, that might be coincidental.  It’s been reported that Mattis was strongly opposed to the pullout as well as the breaking news of many troops being removed from Afghanistan. But I’d rather wait until we hear from Mattis himself, although being the embodiment of a good soldier, he might not tell us. 

 

As for that withdrawal of troops from Syria, the response from other Republicans is mixed.  Senators Lindsay Graham and Marco Rubio called it a major blunder and warned that Trump will regret it because America will have to go back in again when things deteriorate once more.  On the other hand, Sen. Rand Paul, who has long opposed endless foreign troop commitments, praised Trump for keeping one of his major campaign promises.  Meanwhile, Trump tweeted that America can’t be the policeman of the world, and that with ISIS defeated in Syria, it’s up to Syria, Iran, Russia and other local opponents to keep them from coming back.

 

https://www.westernjournal.com/trump-reveals-reason-behind-syria-exit-early-morning-tweets/

Personally, nobody would like to see our troops come home more than I would.  But pulling them out of Syria abruptly is a betrayal of the Kurds, who have sacrificed and shed blood bravely fighting ISIS with us.  It leaves  them and Syrian Christians as sitting ducks for both Syria and Turkey.  I strongly urge President Trump to reconsider this decision. 

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Venezuela is providing a chilling lesson in how wrongheaded is the leftist dismissal of the Second Amendment as a bulwark against tyranny.  They laugh at the very idea that an armed citizenry would be any challenge to a government that falls into the hands of despots.  (I won’t even go into the mental gymnastics it takes to denounce the police as racist murderers while insisting that government agents should be the only Americans allowed to have guns.)

 

Well, Venezuela should be their idea of paradise, since it has both socialism and strict anti-gun laws for the populace.  Can you guess how that’s working out right now?

 

https://www.westernjournal.com/ct/venezuelans-unable-revolt-thanks-progressive-style-gun-ban/

 

Here’s more on what the miracle of socialism has wrought on the people of Venezuela, and the subhead inspired our “Quote of the Day,” from Prof. Glenn Reynolds at Instapundit.

 

Subhead:  “People getting starry eyed about socialism should look to Venezuela for some important warning signs.”

 

Reynolds’ response: “If you’re still getting starry eyed about socialism at this point, you should be looking to your brain scan for warning signs.”

 

http://reason.com/archives/2018/12/18/venezuelan-government-crushes-dissent

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Not The Result Intended: All those leftwing/PC/anti-capitalist protests can really be good for business. Thanks to all the publicity they've generated by getting bent out of shape over a 70-year-old Christmas song, Dean Martin's 1959 version of "Baby, It's Cold Outside" just leaped to #10 on Billboard's Digital Song Download sales chart.

 

https://www.foxnews.com/entertainment/baby-its-cold-outside-cover-by-dean-martin-soars-to-no-10-amid-controversy

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Turnabout Is Fair Play Dept:  “Democratic” Socialist Rep.-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez complained about poorly-sourced fake gossip about her masquerading as news. Donald Trump Jr. fired back the perfect response:

 

https://www.westernjournal.com/donald-trump-jr-reacts-ocasio-cortezs-complaint-gossip-masquerading-reporting/

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Someone in Washington needs to sniff Judge Emmett Sullivan’s egg nog, to see if it’s been spiked.  One day after he suggested in court that Gen. Michael Flynn might have committed treason or acted as an unregistered agent of Turkey while on the White House staff – two accusations that are not only false, but that he wasn’t even charged with – Sullivan joined the roster of federal judges who now think they’re President. 

 

In ruling against President Trump’s recent changes in immigration policies, he didn’t just allow asylum seeks to pursue their lawsuits, he took the unprecedented step of ordering the Administration to return deportees back to the US. So taxpayers are not only expected to welcome and support illegal residents, we’re now supposed to pay to bring them back after they’ve been deported.

 

The ACLU brought the case, claiming that the plaintiffs are asylum seekers who face danger if they are returned to their native countries.  But the Justice Department argues that “under the laws passed by Congress” (gee, remember when judges actually read those?), “asylum is only for those who have a legitimate fear of persecution on the basis of their race, nationality, religion, political opinion, or membership in a particular social group,” not for those who would generally be safer here than in wherever they came from.

 

If the current broad, extra-legal definition of “asylum” is allowed to stand, virtually anyone who claims that it’s more dangerous in his or her native land than in the US would be allowed to come here --- which means we’d be obligated to take in the entire populations of dozens of countries.  That would spell the end of America.  Since that’s what Judge Sullivan’s ruling, taken to its logical extent, would result in, I feel I have to ask: Wouldn’t that be…treason?

 

https://www.foxnews.com/politics/judge-orders-deported-asylum-seekers-to-be-returned-to-us-in-trump-administration-rebuke

    

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The Trump Administration has banned “bump stocks,” the devices that allow a shooter to fire a semi-automatic weapon continuously with one pull of the trigger.  It was one gun law that even some gun rights advocates were okay with (although others said it would likely be ruled unconstitutional). But the NRA plans to fight it in court due to the fact that there’s no allowance made for people who already own them.  The new policy requires current owners to hand in or destroy their bump stocks.  Some see that as setting a precedent for gun confiscation or the government seizing private property that was legal to own when purchased. 

 

Considering that anyone with a little mechanical know-how could easily build a bump stock, this seems like a lot of legal effort and money expended on something that will likely make no difference to any determined mass shooter, but I guess it’s easier to focus on the hardware than deal with the real problems, such as lax enforcement of existing laws and a society that mocks morality and degrades the sanctity of life.  So prepare for a long legal battle over bump stocks.

 

https://www.westernjournal.com/nra-fires-back-trump-admin-issues-bump-stock-ban/

 

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  • Richard De Cora

    12/22/2018 10:15 AM

    If socialism is so great why didn't the caravan go to Venezuela?

  • Ann Bouchard

    12/22/2018 12:47 AM

    According to UN policies unless the country that is being occupied by a foreign power has been invited into their country that foreign power in question is occupying illegally the country In question. Therefore neither Syria nor Aphganistan had invited the United States to occupy their country. The US is breaking the international law of understanding.

  • Sharon Brown

    12/21/2018 10:12 PM

    Sir, how can it get out that Obummer fired General Mattis . Check it out. Plus six other generals. But ppl don’t know this. Please tweet it out cuz I don’t know how plus you have millions of followers.

  • Elaine Romanias

    12/21/2018 09:38 PM

    Did you see the Veteran who has started a GO FUND ME page to build THE WALL?!?!?!?
    $13 million raised so far!!!! Americans want THE WALL.

  • Robert Taylor

    12/21/2018 02:44 PM

    Mike I have supported the President on all he has done UNTIL NOW! I believe he is wrong on pulling the troops out of Syria and Afganistan at this time! I truly believe that he will be opening the door to us having to go back in just like Obama did plus it will give Iran the boost they want for their terrorist activities! I also believe we should have kept the money that our citizens were awarded for their attacks on our people which they have refused to pay!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • B. J. Pearson

    12/21/2018 12:03 PM

    President Trump started out great and had the chance of becoming one of the best Presidents in history, but his giant ego has got in the way, and now, because that fact, I now feel he should consider resigning before, as I now believe, he will be impeached. This is sad, really sad.

  • Rocco J Dalessandris

    12/21/2018 12:02 PM

    My Congressmen voted no on the border wall, I sent him the following note.
    Dear Congressman LoBiondo:
    I’m writing to you in reference to your vote against the wall because of your disdain for this president. I know he is far from perfect but he is the only president in decades to attempt to do something about the border. How long can we go on with this illegal entry and do nothing about it. You and the swamp had decades to do something to stop this illegal entrance into this country and haven’t solved the problem. I am an eighty one year old veteran and witnessed my grandfather send eight boys into World War11 and not to see them all return home safely, I don’t want this country destroyed as others in history. We finally have a president who wants to do something to correct the problem and you drop the ball, I consider you part of the swamp the president wants to drain. It’s time for these illegal immigrants to enter this country legally, so we know where and who they are and if they simulate and become citizens, if not send they back. It’s time to do something, build the wall, the wall will work. Everyone claims the wall will not work but have done nothing to correct this problem and your part of it.

    Rocco Dalessandris

  • william fuhrer

    12/21/2018 11:08 AM

    What was the logic in President Trump stating that President Trump saying that MEXICO would pay for the wall? Did he realize that drug dealers were competitor against the lucrative Mexican tequila and beer industry or that a civilized country does not want its judges and law enforcement personel killed by the drug trade

  • Deb Ostberg

    12/21/2018 10:14 AM

    If we can remember that God is and always will be Sovereign King of the World, it makes the news out of Washington what it is...news. Everything works for His glory and Will. That brings me peace during these tumultuous times.

  • Elizabeth Crouse

    12/21/2018 09:52 AM

    As a military wife that thought we should go to Vietnam and help the women and children. My husband spent two tours there and he and many others were never the same. Are we suppose to support the world while our own is falling apart? We need to pray about our military too

  • Cynthia D Pandolfo

    12/21/2018 07:22 AM

    I read them. Everyrday.

  • SUSIE JOHNSON and Denyse Martin

    12/21/2018 05:33 AM

    Mr. President, Sir:

    Keep your word.
    BUILD THE WALL !
    We, the people are behind you, and have your back.

    It is time for the Democrats to recognize your authority.
    Nancy, Chuck, and Barry were for it before you were elected.
    It is time to end the nonsense. Please do it.
    God bless you. Merry Christmas. we pray for you every day.

    Susie & Denyse

  • Flora Lee Rauch

    12/21/2018 02:20 AM

    God blesss all you take on! We need your thoughtful take on issues! Thanks!

  • Carl Smith

    12/21/2018 12:16 AM

    Just when I thought the left could not show more Insanity they Instantly prove me wrong. Do these intellectual Idiots not realize EVERYTHING is now videoed? Changing your opinion is called being open minded when evidence shows your POV is flawed. When flipping because you lose an election is showing severe mental problems in need of evaluation. The enabling socialist media's credibility is dropping faster than a rock dropped from 30,000 ft. and they are too stupid to see reality? Then when over half the country still relies on the once funny late night shows for political reality we should really be concerned! Are our Citizens really that Stupid? I fear the answer is Yep!!

  • John Parker

    12/20/2018 11:18 PM

    Coincidental that Mattis resigned right after trump tweeted the troop withdrawal from Syria? You don't believe that you religious shyster! And then after you make excuses for trump's erratic dangerous foreign policy you politely urge him to reconsider. May the blood of Syrian Christians be on your hands and all those who enable this disgrace of a president. Shame! REPENT!

  • Belinda K Parker

    12/20/2018 10:41 PM

    In FB today I received several posts including one from the President for a fundme.com for the wall at the boarder. It has raised 1M + so far. They are asking for at least a $75. donation. My question is how do we know that the amount collected will go to the cause. The owner of FB is a liberal and chastises conservatives individually by counting how many likes, loves, laughs, wows etc. and then locks us out. Is it possible that someone we can trust, being you Mr. Huckabee collect the wall $ and get them to Pres. Trump instead of the emptiness found on FB. I hope You understand where I'm coming from. I want the wall as much as the next one. But something just isn't right with this fundme.com posts. The main one comes from California for Trump....go figure. This could turn out to be disastrous for Pres. Trump. Please advise. I will give you more specific contacts if you are interested. I do not know where to go with this concern. YOU I trust and always have. Huckabee surely I am not alone in this. My prayers are with you. BP

    BTW This happened after the announcement that the State gave 10B to South America/Mexico, and we only need 5B for the wall.....

  • ed Jones

    12/20/2018 10:10 PM

    AS usual, you have hit the nail squarely on the head. Thank you for you levelheaded insights. I want to wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas, and a Happy New Year!

  • Gregory Matelich

    12/20/2018 09:58 PM

    A correction : Assad was known to be one of the few Muslim rulers who actually protected Christians, Turkey however has become a persecutor of Christianity and President Trump IS making a mistake by arming Turkey, those weapons will be used against the Kurds and possibly the other non muslim neighbor, Erdogan sees himself as the next great muslim leader. Getting OUT of syria is a good move, the whole Chem weapons justification was an obama plan to allow bringing millions of islamic refugees to the US WITHOUT any kind of vetting. Very much enjoy your commentary each day/night.

  • Robert Dimlich

    12/20/2018 09:50 PM

    I am in agreement with President Trump. We cannot be the world's policemen. Since the end of World War 2, the United States has in involved in one war after another. When we enter a war, we should enter with full intension to win. We have not done that. 17 years in Afghanistan! I pray that the Lord give President Trump wisdom in the decisions he must make.

  • Dusty Hickey

    12/20/2018 09:26 PM

    Hope if what I just saw is true on the Border Wall wish you Merry Christmas Mr.President and time to enjoy the holidays. Hope you have one of the military groups near you in Fla to come by . Or you go to the base. Hope for the New Year we can find a Congress that will try to work for us the working people in this country. Yes, if we need some of the immigrants to work set up a legal program and only allow when jobs are filled by the citizens and not only used to benefit the big companies in profits. Gov and your family also Happy Holidays!

  • Don Chenault

    12/20/2018 09:19 PM

    I hope Gen Matttis does not write an Anti-Trump book and become a regular on cnn tearing down the Pres. brennan, clapper and comey are enough for now

  • Bernadette Dillon

    12/20/2018 08:43 PM

    Merry Christmas Governor Huckabee! God bless you and your family. Give Sarah a big hug and tell her she is doing a great job.
    From the Dillon family to yours.

  • James Hyde

    12/20/2018 08:41 PM

    Governor, You know this bumpstock issue, isn’t really an issue. There are many who might remember that the belt loop in a pair of jeans will do the same thing. I have no need to rapid fire a weapon, wastes expensive ammo and is not accurate. I saw it in a u tube video a number of years ago. Perhaps we should outlaw blue jeans, or belt loops as well. Perhaps there is a course we might take regarding the safe use of jeans.

  • Robert Triplett

    12/20/2018 08:03 PM

    I understand the reasoning behind the bump stock ban, but the fact is, the device was ruled a legal item by the ATF a long time ago. Here we have another case of the illegal actions of one maniac causing problems for tens of thousands of law abiding citizens. I've been supportive of every decision this administration has made, but this one is pure overreach and a second amendment violation. SCOTUS will surely knock this one down.

  • Vernon R Freeck

    12/20/2018 07:59 PM

    I love your letters, I feel that pulling troops is iffy, but on the other hand this could be a ploy. I would like to know when we cut back funding to the countries and removing some, why isn't this money used to pay back our debit ?
    I loved Pat Robertson's remark, put buses at the border with ration and load up the people that want in and send them to Nancy Pelosi house for the party.