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One thing we’ve learned over the past couple of years is that many in the media cover President Trump by writing some angry, outraged headline about what they think he would say or do, then writing the story to try to make it match the headline. And so, many of them took to the airwaves and social media the second Iran shot down one of our drones to warn that the crazy, belligerent Trump was about to plunge America into war. In fact, House Democrats were already doing what they always do: rushing to find a way to block Trump from doing what he might think he had to do to protect America.
But then, a funny thing happened. With military leaders just minutes away from launching retaliatory strikes, Trump called them off. You might say that he decided to nuke the liberal narrative instead.
By Mike Huckabee
Be sure to join me tonight for a very special, newsmaking episode of “Huckabee” on TBN! I'll have an exclusive interview with White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders (don’t ask how I got it!), the only media interview she will be giving before she leaves her post at the end of this month. Everyone’s speculating on what she plans to do next. Is this where we’ll find out together? Tune in and see!
But that’s only the beginning. You’ll also meet a Huck’s Hero who’s saving pre-born babies by taking a novel route – you might even say, a bus route - to helping pregnant women choose life. Fox News’ Ami Horowitz will drop by with a major announcement. Comedian Chris Wineland will bring the funny, and we’ll have music from multi-talented rock and country star, Aaron Lewis. Of course, I’ll also have news commentary, some crazy news “In Case You Missed It” and more surprises. It's all tonight at 8 and 11 EST, 7 and 10 CST, and the same times on Sunday, only on TBN.
And where can you watch TBN? Well, since tonight is such an important show that everyone needs to see, I’ll go into more detail that usual, inspired by this comment on a story about my daughter Sarah’s appearance. Reader Arlee Beckerdite asked, “Is there a TBN affiliate for Laredo, Texas, on Spectrum Cable? I cannot find it and want to watch Mike each week.”
Thanks, Arlee! Actually, there are many ways to watch TBN. Go to https://www.tbn.org/ and click on the “Watch” menu bar, and you’ll see a variety of choices, from watching live to video on demand.
You can find links to download free apps that let you watch TBN shows on your phone, Amazon Firebox and other devices at https://watch.tbn.tv/
To find a local TBN TV affiliate, just go to https://www.tbn.org/watch/channel-finder and enter your zip code (Arlee, that tells me that Laredo residents with Spectrum-Time Warner Cable can watch TBN on channel 151.)
And of course, you can always catch up with full-length previous episodes of “Huckabee” online at https://www.tbn.org/programs/huckabee
I hope that while you’re on any TBN website, you’ll consider a donation to support TBN. The great folks there are not only creating inspiring, informative and entertaining programs for the whole family, but as you can see, they’re trying to make it available to as many people as possible.
The "Green-Light" Bill
By Mike Huckabee
Speaking of privileges that Democrats inexplicably think illegal immigrants deserve: In New York, the Democratic legislature just passed and Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed the so-called “Green Light Bill,” making an estimated 265,000 illegal immigrants eligible to receive driver’s licenses.
But at least there are some government officials left in New York who still have an understanding of the rudiments of law and the responsibilities of their offices. That’s why county clerks in several counties are refusing to comply with the new state law.
One county clerk said that in the memo of the law, it says it was passed to help illegal immigrants get to work. But it’s against federal law to hire illegal immigrants, so the law specifically states that it was passed to help people violate federal law. If the clerks comply with it, they might be liable as accessories to lawbreaking.
I can’t help but be reminded of Kentucky County Clerk Kim Davis, whose case I took up after she was jailed for refusing to sign off on same-sex marriage licenses. For that stand, she’s been mocked and vilified, sued, voted out of office and hit with ruinous legal bills. But while most of the publicity centered on her Christian religious beliefs, virtually no media outlets reported that Davis had petitioned state officials to change the marriage license forms to reflect the Supreme Court legalizing same-sex marriage. When they failed to do their job, she and other county clerks were expected to alter the state forms personally, which would have made them liable for violating the law.
In both of these cases, county clerks are being pressured to violate the law because virtue-signaling leftists in higher positions wanted to magically remake society and couldn’t be bothered to worry about little details like all the laws that would have to be changed to accommodate it.
You know, looking at the Democratic Presidential contenders, I wondered why people who had only held positions such as mayor of a small city or one-term House Representative thought they were qualified to be promoted to President. But I now think some states would be a lot better off if they replaced their Governors and Senators with their county clerks.
By Mike Huckabee
The legalization of weed is spreading like…well, weeds. Once a couple of states started loosening the laws, it quickly spread. Ten states have already legalized recreational pot, and another 23 allow it under certain circumstances. Hollywood is pushing it as something all young people do for fun. Almost all the major Democratic Presidential candidates embrace legalized pot smoking, and so does just about everyone who’d consider voting for them, or so I'd imagine.
With this rush to tear down any restrictions on pot use has come a flood of “conventional wisdom”: that pot is natural, harmless, non-addictive, and the notion that it’s a “gateway” drug is fuddy-duddy nonsense. Why, it’s no worse than an occasional beer. I’m sure you’ve heard it all. But what if all that conventional wisdom is wrong? What if pot is actually more harmful than we’ve been led to believe, and we’ve been brainwashed into letting young people use a dangerous drug without realizing the consequences?
No, I’m not claiming that “Reefer Madness” is a documentary, or that we should lock people up in San Quentln for smoking a joint. But there have been several articles recently by medical experts in such liberal outlets as the New York Times and the Washington Post, warning that regular pot use may be more harmful than we’ve been led to believe, with side effects ranging from permanently lowered IQ to misuse of nicotine and even opioids. This article at the Spectator has more details.
It may be impossible to get this escaped horse back into the barn, especially with two-thirds of Americans now supporting legalization, and that includes many Republicans. But we can at least set an example for our kids by rejecting pot culture and we can make sure the drug’s dangers are no longer hidden and kids know the truth.
Far too many people are going through life without using enough brain cells. It’s crazy to burn out even more brain cells just for recreation.
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Time to get mad at Mueller's "scorched-earth" tactics
By Mike Huckabee
On the radio show I used to do, a stunningly deep-voiced announcer would occasionally bring us out of a commercial break by intoning: “He’s conservative...but he’s not mad at anybody about it.” And it’s true, I took a good-natured approach to politics and the topics of the day, without the seething vitriol and intolerance that we get blasted with all too often and just don’t need.
But I think it’s time to get mad. And it’s time to junk the special counsel law and find other ways to investigate REAL wrongdoing. I say this because now that you can stick a fork in the Mueller report because it’s done, people whose lives were ripped inside out by Robert Mueller’s special counsel are coming forward and talking about what they went through. These aren’t just the major players; some of them were way out on the periphery of the story, just normal people living their lives (or trying to), victims of what can only be called a (yes) witch hunt, a fishing expedition, a search-and-destroy mission.
Or, as Paul Sperry described the process earlier this month in a piece for RealClearPolitics, scorched-earth tactics.
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Once again, House Judiciary Committee chairman Jerry Nadler launched a partisan show hearing that was intended to make President Trump look bad and only succeeded in beclowning himself. In the case of his disgusting treatment of former White House aide Hope Hicks, he came across as a sleazy, sexist clown. You know it went badly when an anti-Trump hearing is slammed across the political spectrum from the Washington Examiner to CNN.
Of course, some of the leftist outlets are desperately trying to avoid talking about it at all, but that’s also a clue as to how badly it went. If it had succeeded in harming Trump, it would have been the lead story all night.
Reminder: The newspaper cited in this story is the same self-appointed arbiter of truth that recently accused President Trump of telling “10,000 lies.”
Once again, History 101 lesson for the media: Those segregationist Senators mentioned by Joe Biden were Democrats. The Confederate slave states were Democrat. The Republican Party was founded to abolish slavery, and Lincoln (remember, he freed the slaves?) was the first Republican President. The KKK was founded by Democrats. Democratic politicians gave us Jim Crow laws and used state troops to block black students from desegregating white schools until President Eisenhower (a Republican) sent federal troops to stop them. Bull Connor, the infamous Birmingham official who attacked civil rights activists with dogs and fire hoses, was a Democratic state Representative and Democratic National Committeeman for Alabama.
And since this is bound to come up again: when someone brings up how Joe Biden once told a black audience that Republicans want to “put y’all back in chains,” instead of dumbly nodding in agreement, ask why Biden thinks Republicans would want to bring back a Democratic institution that so many of them fought and died to end.
The 847 or so Democratic Presidential candidates are trying to stand out from the horde by competing to make the most outlandish statement. Today’s “Five Minutes of Attention” award goes to largely overlooked former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper (aka "Mr. Cellophane"), who declared that all of the estimated 11 million illegal immigrants in America should immediately be given 10-year US visas plus a pathway to citizenship, and if it takes longer, then give them visa extensions. Because who’s done more to earn all those privileges than people who defied our laws to come here, am I right?
Hickenlooper declared that “everyone deserves a pathway to citizenship.” "Everyone?" All I can say is that it’s going to be awfully crowded when the USA has a population of 7.5 billion people.
Just for clarification, does the suggestion that all illegal immigrants deserve a pathway to citizenship include this guy? How about the others like him that we're not supposed to talk about?
I told you recently that Congressional Republicans had been trying to pass a $4.5 billion aid package to deal with the humanitarian crisis on the border, but Democrats who claimed it was a “manufactured crisis” had blocked the bill over a dozen times. Well, it appears that Senate Democrats, at least, have suddenly changed their minds and are working with Republicans to finalize the bill for passage.
What caused the sudden flip-flop? Maybe it was all the bad publicity from the border, or that the Democrats’ dire description of the situation (“concentration camps”) didn’t match their blithe dismissal of the idea that there was a problem at all (even they can deny glaring realities for only so long.) Or maybe they just decided that the crisis has now been fully manufactured. Whatever the reason, at least they’re finally taking action to spend $4.5 billion dealing with all the people who’ve streamed in. Now how about spending $5 billion on a wall so people no long stream in and manufacture a humanitarian crisis in the first place?
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"Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things."
– Phil 4:8
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