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Today's Commentary: Fourth of July weekend -- NYT Retracts-- Another CNN video -- Charlie Gard -- China cuts off the pump
Happy Independence Day! That’s the official name of the Fourth of July holiday, although you don’t hear it too often in these days of people wishing for more dependence on government. Today is when we celebrate America, hold picnics and watch fireworks. But most importantly, it’s a day when Americans celebrate our freedoms.
Sadly, too many today think it’s smart and sophisticated to give up freedom in exchange for government promises of security. As the great philosopher Joni Mitchell once said, “You don’t know what you’ve got ‘till it’s gone.” That’s why the Founding Fathers took such care to lock our most important rights safely within the First Amendment to the Constitution. There are more freedoms guaranteed in that one short sentence than people in most nations can even dream of. That’s why for centuries now, so many people around the world have risked their lives to come to America. The Founders understood that freedom really is that precious.
When the framers of the Constitution first met in 1787, many were afraid that if they created a strong federal government, it would soon be trampling the rights of the people, just like the British king they’d recently fought to break free of. So to make sure the people’s rights would always be protected, they added 10 amendments …although George Mason thought they were so important, they should come first, as the preface to the Constitution. And now, in case, you’ve never heard it, or maybe just forgotten, here is the First Amendment in its entirety:
“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”
And that’s it. This was back before government needed 2,000 pages just to screw up health care. Just 45 simple words protect your freedom to speak freely without fear of government retribution. Your freedom to publish those words so that other Americans can read and debate them (even on college campuses). Your freedom to band together with like-thinking Americans, and protest peacefully without fear of arrest. Your freedom to petition your leaders to complain about their policies, and your right to be free from having an official state religion forced on you, but also from government interference with the expression of your personal religious beliefs. A lot of people celebrate the first half of that last right and pretend the second half doesn’t exist.
The First Amendment is almost like a gift bag crammed full of rights that together make up the foundation of what it means to be an American. The Founders thought those rights were all so important that they found a way to list every single one of them first.
And then, they made sure the right to bear arms was listed second, just in case anyone ever tried to steal the First Amendment.
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By Mike Huckabee
And another hallowed anti-Trump media narrative bites the dust: the New York Times has retracted an editorial that scolded President Trump for refusing to acknowledge the “basic fact agreed upon by 17 American intelligence agencies” that Russia orchestrated the 2016 election cyberattacks and did it to help Trump and prevent Hillary Clinton from being elected. That was a claim that Hillary made in her second debate with Trump, and it became a constant talking point on the left during her post-election “Feeble Excuse Tour.” One problem: it isn’t true.
As the New York Times was at long last forced to admit, only three of the 17 intelligence agencies (CIA, FBI and NSA) have looked into this; four, if you count the office of Former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, who released their report.
Now, I’d like the remaining dozen or so intelligence agencies to explain why Russia would want to elect the candidate who was promising to rebuild US military might and world leadership over the one who exposed our classified information to Russia and sold them a fifth of our uranium. Although it shouldn’t take that much intelligence to figure out which one Putin would’ve preferred.
Another CNN video
By Mike Huckabee
And after a week of frenzy over President Trump’s tweets, CNN is back on the hot seat. James O’Keefe’s Project Veritas just released its third video. This one allegedly shows Jimmy Carr, associate producer of CNN’s morning show “New Day,” calling Trump crazy, unqualified and a clown and claiming he doesn’t really believe in any of the issues he ran on, but voters believed him because the voters are “stupid as (bleep).” In case you think that’s just his opinion, he makes it clear that 90% of the CNN insiders he works with feel the same way. And as long as Trump is being accused of sexism for talking about a woman’s face, let’s toss in that Carr calls Kellyann Conway “an awful woman” who looks like someone hit her in the face with a shovel.
CNN: The Classy News Network!
By Mike Huckabee
This heartbreaking and infuriating story from Britain hasn’t gotten much coverage in America, but it should be shown on every media outlet to those who think the US needs government-run health care. It shows what happens when heartless, faceless bureaucrats take decisions away from parents and loved ones. It involves Charlie Gard, a 10-month-old boy who has a rare genetic condition. Doctors at his UK hospital decided he couldn’t be saved and declared that they would turn off his life support and let him die. But his parents didn’t want that. They raised donations to fly him to America for an experimental treatment. They begged the hospital to let them try to save their son’s life, arguing that there was nothing to lose if the hospital was going to let him die anyway. But the health officials refused. They decided the baby had to die. They wouldn’t even let his parents take him home to die.
After battling in court, and even appealing to the European Court of Human Rights (which turned them away), the parents spent their last night with little Charlie before the government “health service” turned off his life support over their pleas and objections. Still want to argue that government health care doesn’t lead to “death panels?”
China cuts off the pump
By Mike Huckabee
President Trump pressured China to do something to rein in North Korea’s aggression, and they hit Kim Jong Un with an unpleasant wake-up call: they just cut off exports of gasoline and diesel fuel. It’s not clear whether China did it to mollify Trump, avoid violating sanctions or just because North Korea is spending what little money it has on nukes to threaten its neighbors, leaving it without enough money to pay its gas bills. But whatever the reason, maybe it will help Kim think about his transgressions while he freezes in the dark every night. At least then, he’d know how his people feel.
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