Blessings on you and your family, and from all the Huckabee staff!
Today's newsletter includes:
- Bible Verse Of The Day
- North Carolina Shooting
- One Great Political Cartoon Is Worth 1,000 Words
- Stacey Abrams Grilled By Congress
- Two Companies Push Back Against The Woke Left
- Dershowitz intends "to look at those [voting] machines"
- A Reader Writes Back...
- America The Beautiful
BIBLE VERSE OF THE DAY
But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.
Matthew 6:33 KJV
North Carolina Shooting
By Mike Huckabee
Wednesday in Elizabeth City, North Carolina, a black man named Andrew Brown Jr. was shot and killed by police as they were attempting to serve a warrant. It’s a tragic story; but as of this writing, virtually no details are known about what happened, and the bodycam footage has yet to be released. Maybe racist police officers gunned him down for no reason, or maybe he pulled out an AR-15 and opened fire on them, or it could be anything in between. As of this moment, nobody knows. Yet it’s already being treated as if it’s that first scenario: another senseless police shooting of an unarmed black man.
I am going to do something revolutionary here and not give a lot of unfounded opinions based on assumptions without facts. Lebron James just gave us a great example of what happens when you do that.
James tweeted out a photo of the officer who shot a black teenage girl in Columbus with the words “YOU’RE NEXT” on it. It’s unclear whether he meant prosecution a la Derek Chauvin or an implicit threat of violence of the type you should be responsible enough not to send out when you’re a prominent figure and role model who has millions of followers, some of whom might not be all that stable.
When James received blowback over the fact that the officer actually stopped that girl who was charging at another black girl with a knife in her upraised hand, and that he likely saved the other girl’s life, he deleted the tweet. When he discovered it had been saved and circulated, he accused his critics of using his tweet to create more hate and racism, adding the hashtag, “#ACCOUNTABILITY.”
I’m with him; I’d like to see people take more accountability for not thinking before they click that “Tweet” button.
It would also be nice to see the media take some accountability for pushing false and misleading narratives that inflame violence and racial divisions. Looking at you, NBC News.
One Great Political Cartoon Is Worth 1,000 Words
Stacey Abrams Grilled By Congress
By Mike Huckabee
You likely missed Stacey Abrams, the Democrats’ standard bearer for fighting election security laws, being grilled by Senate Republicans, but here’s how that went.
And for the record, here’s what my friend and new Utah Rep. Burgess Owens had to say about Abrams’ insinuation that black Americans are somehow incapable of obtaining an ID.
Two Companies Push Back Against The Woke Left
By Mike Huckabee
I like the trend I’ve been seeing recently of companies that were intimidated into kneeling to pressure from the “woke” left suddenly developing spines after the majority of their customers started speaking up in opposition (so keep it up, it’s working!)
Two heartening examples today:
1. Simon & Schuster CEO Jonathan Karp was asked by some employees not to publish an upcoming book by former Vice President Mike Pence. Unlike some other noodle-spined publishers I could name, he refused. Instead, he wrote a letter to them, reminding them of what the job of publishing entails:
“Our role is to find those authors and works that can shed light on our world. Regardless of where those authors sit on the ideological spectrum, or if they hold views that run counter to the belief systems held by some of us, we apply a rigorous standard to assure that in acquiring books, we will be bringing into the world works that provide new information or perspectives on events to which we otherwise might not have access.” The company will “therefore, proceed in our publishing agreement with Vice President Mike Pence.”
And what horrible price will he pay for saying “no” to his wokester staffers? I predict none, other than having to worry about what to do with all the money he’ll make from selling a lot of books. As for the employees who complained, they can always find jobs elsewhere. I’m sure there’s a long line of unemployed English majors waiting to fill their places if their politics are more important to them than their paychecks.
2. The back-pedaling of “Woke-a-Cola” is picking up speed, with Coke now announcing the “resignation” of their General Counsel who was aggressively pushing “diversity” measures, such as threatening to yank Coke’s business from law firms that didn’t have at least 15% black attorneys. He was replaced by a veteran Coke executive and moved to an “outside consulting” position that is non-exclusive and expires in one year. I wonder if Coke will renew that deal?
By Mike Huckabee
No matter how hard he may pander to the left, President Biden is learning what Harry Truman said: If you want a friend in Washington, get a dog. A dog wouldn’t turn and bite him, like BLM just did…
And it would probably leave less poop on the lawn than the green radicals just did.
I wonder if they realize what a perfect metaphor for the doomsday environmental movement they created by spreading a big load of manure on Earth Day?
Dershowitz intends "to look at those [voting] machines"
By Mike Huckabee
As we reported Wednesday, Alan Dershowitz is working with Mike Lindell, CEO of MyPillow, as a legal advisor to him and his team in his fight against Dominion Voting Systems. Dominion had sued him for $1.3 billion for defamation. MyPillow is fighting back with a $1.6 billion lawsuit against Dominion, claiming that as “an agent of the government” (working under contract to the government to tabulate elections), Dominion is infringing on Lindell’s First Amendment rights when it tries to shut him up. “This may be one of the most critical First Amendment cases in the history of the United States,” Lindell said Monday.
That day, in a marathon interview on Lindell’s new channel at FrankSpeech.com (“The Voice Of Free Speech”), Dershowitz described the importance of this suit to First Amendment freedoms. “For the purposes of the lawsuit, Dominion is the nation,” he explained, as the government is using their devices to count our votes. The government, through Dominion’s actions, is not respecting Lindell’s freedom of speech.
“Our position is that Dominion IS the government, for the purposes of the First Amendment,” he said. “The government delegated to them the most important governmental function, namely counting votes in a presidential election, and they are therefore subject to criticism in the exact same ways that the government would be subject to criticism in that situation, and criticism of how a government conducted a presidential election is the highest bar protecting the First Amendment right to criticize such action.”
Dershowitz compared Dominion's attempt to shut down speech about the election to the attempts by President John Adams to shut down newspapers that supported Thomas Jefferson in the election of 1800 –- even the paper that belonged to Benjamin Franklin’s nephew –- with laws called the Alien and Sedition Acts. “With a few exceptions,” he said, “we have had true freedom of speech since that time. The era in which we now live, however, is one of the most severe attacks on free expression...” He was talking about “cancel culture.”
It’s hard to believe our country passed something like the Sedition Act, but I agree with Dershowitz that our current government’s liaison with Big Tech seems to be creating the same sort of environment. (We don’t get jailed, at least so far, but we do get canceled.) According to History.com, the Sedition Act outlawed any “false, scandalous and malicious writing” against Congress or the President, and made it illegal to conspire “to oppose any measure or measures of the government.”
History buffs will enjoy reading about the Sedition Act here.
This key point emerges from Dershowitz's argument: Dominion is trying to keep anyone from suggesting that their machines were compromised and involved in election fraud while also preventing anyone from seeing their source code, which would show whether or not those claims are valid. This litigation involves access to the all-important source code. They intend to seek access, and Dershowitz said he believes they’ll be able to look at it.
“I believe we’ll be able to look at those machines, he said.
As Dershowitz explained, “It’s as if MyPillow were accused of having a secret poison in its formula that you couldn’t tell by looking at the pillow, and then MyPillow said, ‘We’re not going to give you our formula; we’re going to keep it hidden from you.’ That’s just what they’re attempting. They’re attempting to conceal their behavior while also attempting to discourage you from entering the marketplace of ideas.”
In other words, Dominion is trying to have it both ways. They’re using “lawfare” to inhibit anyone from discussing their machines and the possible role they played in election fraud, and at the same time preventing anyone from having access to the source code and doing a forensic analysis that would tell the tale.
Dershowitz said that “you don’t have to be a conservative” to see that what Dominion is doing in threatening the media with litigation –- they’re also suing FOX NEWS –- is incorrect. He said that Dominion, as “a government actor” is “misusing the power provided to them by the government to censor free speech.”
“They’re trying to shut you out of being able to sell you products in stores,” he told Lindell. “They’re trying to silence you, and they’re doing it as the government of the United States. That’s why I’m in this case.”
According to THE NATIONAL LAW JOURNAL (a subscription service), Dershowitz is teaming up with another “storied First Amendment attorney,” Nathan Lewin, as well as attorneys from a Minnesota law firm that has previously worked with the firm Clare Locke –- which is representing Dominion in this litigation. This is the team that filed the motion on Monday to dismiss Dominion’s lawsuit against Lindell. The Minnesota team also filed the countersuit against Dominion in Minnesota federal court, “alleging the voting company is harassing MyPillow in a McCarthy-esque effort.”
Lewin, 85, goes back to the days of Robert Kennedy’s Justice Department, where he helped prosecute Jimmy Hoffa. He also represented Jody Foster, former attorney general Ed Meese, President Richard Nixon and John Lennon, and I’ll bet you’ve never seen those names together in one sentence before.
A Reader Writes Back...
God Bless you Mike Huckabee. My first Newsletter. I know what I am reading will be the truth and nothing but the truth because of you. I want this country to go back to the great place it was prior to the last election. I want that for my family. Support our police. Support our veterans. Support our citizens who really need help. And those who do not like it here in the US or my state, go somewhere else that will make you happy.
America The Beautiful
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