February 14, 2019


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Today's Commentary ---  Voter ID Laws Under Assault -- Identity politics on campus: How to shut down debate in one easy step  -- "Green New Deal" Update  -- Sen. Menendez brushes off drunk driving as a nothingburger charge --- Here’s how you know you’re getting old -- She takes planes not trains -- Movie Star Chris Pratt Responds -- A Rancher responds to AOC  -- Evening Edition -- Daily Verse


The left’s argument against voter ID laws has always seemed like their argument that Trump won via Russian collusion or because his supporters are all racist Nazis – like a feeble attempt to avoid confronting the reality that a majority of American voters reject failed leftist policies.  For some people, it’s easier and more comforting to blame your own failings on there being something fundamentally wrong with everyone else than to consider that the fault might lie in yourself. 

So when Republicans propose simple measures to insure that elections are legitimate, such as asking voters to show ID (one of many types that are free and easily available), the cry always goes up that they are trying to suppress the minority vote.  This is predicated on the offensively racist premise that minorities are somehow unable to attain an ID.  And it flies in the face of polls showing that large majorities of minority voters also favor voter ID laws.

Mike Huckabee

P.S. Happy Valentine’s Day! And to all you guys thinking of trying to convince your wives and girlfriends to celebrate tomorrow so you can buy flowers, cards and candy at the half-price clearance sales: Good luck with that!

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Identity politics on campus: How to shut down debate in one easy step

By Mike Huckabee

It’s easy to shut down debate --- even a formal debate competition --- on a college or even high school campus: just accuse one side of racism and that’s the end. What happened during this event will chill your bones every bit as much as it chilled the debate. Add this to the ever-growing list of things leftism has ruined.

Good for debater Michael Moreno, a high school senior from Utah, for pressing the issue after being accused by the debate judge of racism for quoting (gasp) Dr. Jordan Peterson and (double gasp) Ben Shapiro and, at the root of it all, for being white and male himself, which seems to be the worst crime against humanity one can commit. (That went for his partner, too, who apparently is also a white male though he has not been identified by name.) The concept of intersectionality, taken as far as it has been, has so “poisoned the well” that anyone –- at least any white male –- arguing AGAINST identity politics and FOR all people to be judged equally regardless of race is actually considered to be racist. The idea of what “racism” is been completely twisted around, but the people who’ve been taught to think that way don’t seem capable of understanding this, as their minds reject any challenge.



"Green New Deal" Update

By Mike Huckabee 

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell can smell blood in the water (well, maybe not blood, but he smells something floating in there), so he plans to give the Democrats exactly what their most strident leftwing base wants: a vote on the so-called “Green New Deal.”

Since so many Democratic Congress members and presidential hopefuls have voiced support for it, he wants to give them the opportunity to go on record as voting for this massive wad of socialist wealth redistribution, crushing debt, government takeover of every aspect of life, scientifically and logistically impossible fantasies, and extermination of flatulent cows.

Is it a dirty trick? Only if you consider it unfair to expect your opponents to actually stand behind their own legislation, the way President Trump fights for the things he promised, like a border wall and new trade deals, despite negative press and political consequences.


Sen. Menendez brushes off drunk driving as a nothingburger charge

By Mike Huckabee

Democratic Sen. Bob Menendez, who has had his own tangles with the law, is assailing President Trump for having the effrontery to refer to certain people as “criminals” simply because they are in the US illegally and have committed crimes such as drunk driving. I assume he thinks illegal entry and DUI are merely “foibles” or “boo-boo’s” and don’t rise to the level of being actual crimes. And judging by his moral code, maybe they don’t.

I’m sure you see the flaws in his argument, but “Huckabee” writer Pat Reeder asked to respond personally to this one. Here are his comments:

I’ll set aside the argument over whether being an “illegal immigrant” is illegal, since that’s both idiotic and self-evident (BTW, you’re not a legitimate “asylum seeker” if you cry “Asylum!” only after you’re apprehended trying to sneak in illegally.) But when Sen. Menendez brushes off drunk driving as a nothingburger charge, he’s leaning hard on my sore spot.


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Here’s how you know you’re getting old

By Mike Huckabee

Here’s how you know you’re getting old: when you remember going from a time when Presidential candidates denied ever smoking pot because dopeheads can’t be trusted with public office, to admitting they did it but “didn’t inhale,” to admitting they did it but claiming they don’t anymore, to bragging that they did it but then getting in trouble because they lied about which rap albums they were listening to when they got high. Someone who’d do that can’t be trusted with public office.   

On the plus side, Kamala Harris can always claim she got the albums or the timeline wrong because she was just so wasted at the time.


She takes planes not trains

By Mike Huckabee

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s “Green New Deal” calls for replacing planes and cars with trains.  But an examination of her campaign expense report for the FEC found that she spent seven times as much on airfare as on Amtrak tickets, and there were 534 charges for car services. 

It’s easy to point out the hypocrisy, but believe it or not, I’ll cut her some slack on this. I spend about half my life on planes, and as difficult as it may be, there’s a reason: it’s much better than the alternative.  When you have to get someplace far away in a hurry, a jet is the only way to go, at least until they perfect that “Star Trek” transporter technology.  And she did call for building all those rail lines within 10 years.  Sure, that’s laughably impossible, but at least it’s an admission that they don’t exist now, so you can’t really fault her for taking planes and cars.

Here’s the point that really should be taken from this: why did AOC spend so much more time in planes and cars than on trains?  Because during a campaign, you really need to get somewhere by a certain time.  Planes cover long distances very fast, and cars take you straight to where you need to be.  Unless commuter trains can ever go 500 mph and leave their tracks to drop you off at your destination's doorstep, they will never replace planes and cars.  Even in cities that have decent mass transit, many people prefer to drive because they don’t want to spend two hours getting to and from work. 

Mass transit has its place (in densely populated areas), but it’s just not feasible in much of America, nor does it fit with the lifestyle of most Americans, who want to get where they need to be in a hurry and get to work or play.  I can’t recall who said it, but someone once summed up very well why Americans will always prefer cars to mass transit: because trains take you where they want you to go, but cars take you where YOU want to go. 

Americans will always want to go their own way.  You’d have to force them not to.  That’s why, just like all grand socialist schemes that rely on government power to force people to act against their will, the “Green New Deal” is doomed to be a train wreck.


Movie Star Chris Pratt responds

By Mike Huckabee

Openly Christian movie star Chris Pratt had the perfect response to actress Ellen Page’s accusation that his church is “infamously anti-LGBTQ” people.

Sadly, this is a common tactic on the left: the attempt to attack people of faith by misrepresenting their Biblical views of sin as being hatred and bigotry against the sinner, which is the opposite of what Christianity teaches.  It’s a transparent attempt to redefine traditional morality as “hate” so that religious groups can be slandered as “hate groups” (if you think that’s paranoia, then you need to learn more about the Southern Poverty Law Center and its unscrupulous tactics.) 

Frankly, I’m seeing most of the hate and bigotry these days coming from the left, much of it aimed at Christians (and Jews).  But here’s the good news: we Christians will forgive you for your hated.  But we do expect you to “go and sin no more.”  Or at least to try to.


A Rancher responds to AOC

By Mike Huckabee

Speaking of the “Green New Deal,” one of its many flaws is that it reflects the arrogant elitism of the Ivy League political class, those people who, as the Wizard of Oz put it, have no more brains than anyone else but they have diplomas (remember when Obama said he thought he was a better speechwriter than his speechwriters, knew more about any policy than his policy directors, etc.?  Or when Hillary Clinton locked doctors and insurance actuaries out of her meetings to create her doomed Hillarycare plan?)  These folks come out of the academic hothouses thinking they are brilliant enough to restructure our entire society and couldn’t possibly learn anything from talking to a lowly farmer, rancher, factory worker or coal miner.  If they did, they would risk finding out just how much they don’t know.

For instance, here’s a great story about what a rancher would had said to Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez if she’d bothered to get down off her high horse and talk to him before releasing her grand plan to eliminate the existential threat of gassy cows.

He explains how farmers and ranchers are already using genetics, breeding and changes in feed to reduce livestock methane emissions; and how surplus scrap vegetation is turned into livestock feed, making cattle into recyclers of garbage.  Read it not only to find out what you can learn when you lower yourself to talk to someone who actually knows something about the subject, but to find out exactly why this rancher says, “Seriously, cows are like superheroes.”


Evening Edition - February 13

By Mike Huckabee

A wrap-up of all the news you might have missed yesterday!


Daily Verse (KJV)

"But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed."

– James 1:6

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