June 7, 2018

Yesterday, I wrote about the stalling of the IG report in the worst place for it to be languishing; namely, the DOJ/FBI, where the very departments cited for misconduct get to review it and perhaps do some editing and redacting to lessen its impact. It’ll be up to Inspector General Michael Horowitz to keep them from watering down what we’ve heard is a scathing report.

According to Jason Chaffetz, only the IG and his staff have seen the entire final report, along with the attorney general, deputy attorney general and FBI director, who were each given copies. Cooperating witnesses have seen segments that apply to them. Chaffetz also said the IG told him leaks would be inevitable.

And sure enough, a few leaks have happened, but they’re just general remarks on some of the glaring misconduct that we already knew about. I think it’s important to ask why, out of this 400- or 500-word report (depending on who is saying), these tidbits were the ones chosen for the early leaking.

According to a source cited by ABC News, former Director James Comey’s conduct was called “insubordinate”? Get me my smelling salts! Loretta Lynch’s suggestion of the word “matter” instead of “investigation” was questioned? OMG!

Now, class: What are leaks to major news outlets typically designed to do? Let’s say it together: Preserve the Obama legacy and damage Trump. Now, how does the use of the distinctive word “insubordinate” help preserve the Obama legacy? Anyone?

It’s easy. To be “insubordinate” is to violate the orders of those having higher rank. In Comey’s case, that would include Attorney General Loretta Lynch and, more significantly, President Obama. To say Comey’s behavior was insubordination not only communicates that he was wrong, but that President Obama was NOT wrong. It takes the blame off the Obama White House and places it squarely on him. Thus, it’s the perfect thing to leak.

Why should we assume that Comey was acting entirely on his own? It seems much more likely that he was doing exactly what was desired of him to keep Hillary viable as she coasted to her inevitable victory. Yet that word stands out as an attempt to make us go against our instincts and accept the idea of Comey “going rogue.” My intent is not to criticize the report --- we still haven’t seen the report --- but only to consider this particular leak in the context of its likely motivation.

Comments made by Comey while on his book tour make it clear that he considers himself to be an intensely moral man, quite possibly the most virtuous man who has ever trod the earth. (He has said he considers Trump to be morally unfit to be President). And he said he believes in “the chain of command.” Now, class: How does someone who behaves according to his principles and believes in the chain of command commit acts of insubordination? Answer: He doesn’t. Whatever he’s doing has come down from the top.

That’s why I suspect that Comey followed orders that came straight down from Obama, through “the chain of command” to him. Certainly the specific wording in Comey’s statement to protect Hillary from criminal charges in the summer of 2016 was part of that. Even the re-opening of the Hillary email case so close to the election could have been a way to try to minimize the damage to Hillary (or her future Presidency) from her emails found on Anthony Weiner’s laptop, which we now know had come to the FBI’s attention weeks before.

Comey cited the infamous tarmac meeting between Lynch and Bill Clinton as a reason why he had to distance himself form her. Lynch had become a “weak link” in that chain of command. Certainly she should have recused herself from the Hillary investigation after that stunningly inappropriate meeting. If she had, then supervision of Comey would have fallen to her deputy, and Comey might have felt less inclined to act as prosecutor as well as investigator.

While doing TV interviews during his book tour, Comey offered variations of this statement made on “The Late Show” on CBS: “I can be useful by offering people a vision of what ethical leadership looks like.” (With late-night TV starved for good comedy, this was probably the most hilarious line heard in some time.) On the contrary, what we now know, even before the full IG report is made public, is that Trump was absolutely right to fire Comey. It’s easy to see –- even for those of us on the outside looking in –- how thoroughly messed-up and agenda-driven the Hillary investigation was. Somebody sure needed to provide some ethical leadership, and nobody did.


It’s been a couple of days since Tuesday’s flurry of primaries, and a few more interesting races have been settled with some possible trends emerging. We already knew that the Democrats’ hopes of a “blue wave” in California leaving voters with only two choices for Governor (left and lefter) have evaporated. Republican businessman John Cox came in a surprise close second to former San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom, and he’s already making it clear that he won't let Newsom simply surf to victory.

Newsom’s camp is acting smug and complacent, signaling they expect to win easily by tying Cox to President Trump, who endorsed him but is very unpopular in California. But is Trump really less popular than the liberal state’s crushing tax burden and cost of living? The earthquake-prone state felt a seismic shift Tuesday when Orange County voters recalled Democratic State Sen. Josh Newman and replaced him with Republican Ling Ling Chang. That one vote shift removed the Democrats’ Senate supermajority that enabled them to ride roughshod over the voices of sanity.

Even more ominous for the Democrats, Newman was recalled due to fury over the state’s crippling gas tax (over 92 cents a gallon), which has sent prices in some places soaring to over $5 a gallon. As I told you recently, Gov. Jerry Brown signed another 12-cent-a-gallon tax hike last year that was supposed to pay for fixing the state’s roads and bridges. Instead, about 28 projects (many of them liberal totems such as electric buses and light rail) that have nothing to do with filling potholes had their pockets filled with money from the gas taxes. While Democrats nationwide run against Republicans by blaming Trump for higher gas prices, Newsom will be trying to tie Cox to Trump even as Cox blasts him for supporting the extremely unpopular gas tax that’s keeping prices higher in California than anywhere else.

As if that’s not enough, Newsom also wants to raise property taxes and income taxes, plus institute single-payer government health care for all, a plan so expensive (over twice the entire state budget) that even the California legislature wasn’t nutty enough to pass it. A poll in May showed that 64% of California adults (no, I don’t know how that’s defined in California) favor the idea of single-payer health care, but that drops to 41% if it means raising taxes. I imagine Cox will trumpet far and wide that it wouldn’t just mean raising taxes, it would mean tripling them.

The high gas tax already cost Democrats their supermajority. Now, they think they’ll ride into power on a blue tidal wave by supporting not only that but even higher taxes on everything else? They must have a lot of faith in the power of anti-Trump RAGE to propel voters to the polls.

Oh, one other ominous sign for Democrats from Tuesday’s vote: while some mail-in ballots are still being counted, it’s estimated that the primary turnout was a surprisingly low 22 percent. Maybe some Californians aren’t so discombobulated by RAGE that they're eager to hand their tax cuts over to Sacramento as we’ve been led to believe.


A Daily Caller investigation discovered what many have long suspected: Facebook, Amazon, Google and Twitter all rely on that famously unbiased organization, the Southern Poverty Law Center, to help them identify “hate groups” that should be banned from their platforms. 


For those unfamiliar with the SPLC, it used to do laudable work combating actual hate groups such as the KKK.  But in recent years, it’s come under fire for morphing into a leftist donation-grubbing factory that smears conservative and religious groups to promote the impression that there is a huge rise in “hate groups” that they need money to fight. 


Some of these smears have been eye-poppingly blatant, like branding award-winning women’s rights activist Ayaan Hirsi Ali as an “anti-Muslim extremist,” or claiming Dr. Ben Carson is a racist and putting him on an “extremist watch list” (after four months of outrage, they finally apologized and removed him.)  Others have resulted in violence against the victims, like the time a mentally-disturbed gunman attacked the offices of the Family Research Center after the SPLC declared it a “hate group.” The SPLC has also given passes to leftist-approved groups that do advocate hate and violence while condemning conservative and Christian groups that simply defend individual liberties.


In fact, if you were compiling a list of actual hate groups that smear and denigrate large groups of people based purely on their religious or political beliefs, the SPLC would surely top the list.  Their transparent hatred and slander of Christians and conservatives has even drawn fire from some liberal media outlets as they’ve regressed beyond bias into the realm of the unhinged.

Another example: the SPLC is supposed to be a legal advocacy group, which I assume means somebody there has a nodding acquaintance with the law and the Constitution.  Yet they’ve also labeled the Alliance Defending Freedom, a nonprofit that provides legal assistance to Christians who are targeted for their religious beliefs, as an anti-gay hate group.  So it’s surprising that the Supreme Court not only allowed the ADF to provide the legal defense for Christian baker Jack Phillips, but ruled in his favor 7-2. 


Incidentally, I will be interviewing the CEO of the ADF about that case on this weekend’s “Huckabee” on TBN.  Tune in and see if he spouts any anti-gay hate speech.  I’m willing to predict that he won’t. 


Facebook (which is already under government scrutiny for its infringements on free speech) is frantically trying to distance itself, insisting that the SPLC is just one of various sources it uses.  But Amazon has allowed the SPLC free rein to revoke the eligibility of nonprofits to participate in the Amazon Smile fundraising program.  That explains why the ADF has been removed from Amazon Smile while the Islamic Center of Jersey City, whose imam called Jews “apes and pigs” and called for Allah’s help in killing them “down to the very last one,” is still allowed to participate. 


I don’t know about you, but I am not smiling.





The media can mock Kim Kardashian West all it wants, but her trip to the White House got results: President Trump has commuted the sentence of 63-year-old mother-of-five and great-grandmother Alice Johnson.  This is not a pardon that clears her record, but she is finally out of prison for the first time in nearly 22 years.


Of course, she was also backed by a number of officials, including the prison warden, who called her a model prisoner who’d accepted responsibility for her crime, as well as an online petition with over 271,000 signatures.  But Mrs. Johnson did thank and credit the reality TV star, writing to her, “Ms. Kardashian, you are literally helping to save my life and restore me to my family,” adding, “I believe that history will record that Kim Kardashian had the courage to take a stand against human warehousing and was a key figure in meaningful criminal justice reform becoming a reality."  She even called Kim an “angel” and compared her to Rosa Parks for taking a stand that was a “defining moment” in history.  I’ll bet you never imagined you’d hear anyone compare Kim Kardashian to an angel or Rosa Parks, but we live in unusual times indeed. 


So what was Mrs. Johnson’s crime and why did so many people support her release?  In 1993, she was convicted of a non-violent drug charge (money laundering and drug conspiracy) and sentenced to life without parole.  Johnson says she never sold drugs or made drug deals, but she agreed to pass notes for some cocaine dealers.  At the time, she’d just been divorced, her son had been killed, she’d lost her job and her home had been foreclosed on, and she was desperate. She now says she realizes what she did was wrong and the worst mistake of her life, although that’s no excuse for her actions.  


I’m sure I’ll get a lot of negative responses for saying that I applauded Kim Kardashian West’s efforts and support Mrs. Johnson’s release, but I come here to tell you what I honestly think, not to grow my collection of thumbs-up emojis.  I’ve long thought that we needed some serious prison reform.  Life without parole is the kind of sentence we should give to murderers, but some of them are out in seven years. “Lock ‘em up” is always an applause line for politicians (even when they’re not talking about Hillary Clinton), and there’s never any political advantage to questioning that.  But in some cases, it’s neither smart nor effective policy.


A year of prison costs taxpayers more than a year of college (including room and board), and 88% of the prisoners in Arkansas were there for drug- or alcohol-related crimes.  Ordering them into treatment would have been far better for them, the budget and society in general.  Instead, they got a prison record that made them unemployable and an education in how to commit far worse crimes.  Guess how that combination works out. 


To be clear: this is in no way an endorsement of being “soft on crime.”  Some criminals deserve harsh penalties.  When I was Governor, I signed more execution orders than any previous Governor – but only after studying each case thoroughly to insure that justice had been served fairly.  I think that if some people who are very pro-death penalty actually had to personally sign the order to execute another human being, it might temper their enthusiasm a bit. But to quote Larry Norris, head of the Arkansas corrections system when I was governor, “We lock people up we’re mad at, rather than the ones we’re afraid of.”  Both the offenders and society in general would be better off if we concentrated on reforming the former and incarcerating the latter.



I’ve long argued that the national debt is so overwhelming, it can never be paid off with tax increases, which would have to be so huge that they would crater the economy and balloon the debt even more.  The only way ever to reduce the debt is to grow the economy so that the percentage taken as taxes gets larger.


When Donald Trump was elected President, the left assured us that it was impossible to restore growth and job creation to ‘80s levels and that America, and even the world, would soon be plunged into an economic Dark Age from which it would never recover.  Trump had some fun making them eat their words with a video he just posted to Twitter:


But with all the thoroughly predictable benefits of ending liberal economic policies that liberals never saw coming, this may be the one that really sends them to the fainting couch with a bottle of smelling salts and a bag of medicinal pot brownies.  Thanks to the booming economy, over the past two months, the national debt has actually declined a bit.  Or sure, it wasn’t by much, but it was enough…get your smelling salts ready, liberals…to pay to build the border wall.


Commentary continues below advertisement



If you thought that Nancy Drew was a safe haven from social justice warrior proselytizing of children, not anymore.  Brace yourself for “Nancy Drew and the Case of the Aggressive LGBTQ Agenda.”




It’s not just the publishers of Nancy Drew who are reminding us that the era of innocent, non-politicized children’s entertainment is over.  The last surviving Munchkin from “The Wizard of Oz,” Jerry Maren, has died at 98.




I don’t know whether to file this under “Ever Thought You’d Live to See The Day?” or “What Could Possibly Go Wrong?”



Having apparently used up all the current fake news, CNN is now reduced to making up fake news from 1814. In truth, the only thing “problematic” about “The Star-Spangled Banner” is hitting the high note.


Leave a Comment

Note: Fields marked with an * are required.

Your Information
Your Comment
BBML accepted!

More Stories

Comments 1-17 of 17

  • Ann Weigler

    06/08/2018 06:37 PM

    Mike, I so appreciate your thoughts on the things going on in our country. You are honest, God-fearing, and I don't have to filter out all you have to say. Also I admire your daughter Sarah, she is doing a terrific job of holding off the lies and fake news in the newsroom. I certainly admire her courage too. Thank you for your work -


    06/08/2018 12:04 PM


  • Cynthia Thorpe

    06/08/2018 11:56 AM

    I am constantly amazed there are some people willing to take a phrase out of context and twist it to suit their purpose; and, the fact that so many people are willing to believe it! A little research goes a long way. Or, maybe we should just have the singers of the national anthem sing ALL the verses.

    Sarah is doing such a fantastic job at the White House! And, I love how she handles the leftist media! Give her my regards and tell her not to let them get her down.

    I voted for you in the Presidential election and would vote for you again if you decide to run.

    Cynthia Thorpe

  • Carol Layne

    06/08/2018 11:39 AM

    Thanks Mike, I applaud Kim K. For going to Trump, she did a humanitarian deed and I believe God will bless her. I read your 6-7 post in entirety, the one just prior about black hole in DOJ, I'm sure it's been there for a hundred years, DOJ is as crooked as. Clinton's, I would stand up and shout if Trump would just fire egotistical Mueller and Rosenstein, Sessions may or not be doing something to make him look good, disappointed in Gowdy and Ryan, McConnell needs to go as McCain. We are in End Times and I sense the calling out of church, how about you?

  • Bernice C Buch

    06/08/2018 09:55 AM

    I don't like your new set-up for reading your insights. You make us click on read this article and then it's necessary when we get the that step to once again click to get to what you have to say. I cringe every single time I have to do that. Once is enough. Please go back to just displaying your comments when I open our email. I just know that this irritating enough I'll just begin deleting your email all together. Whos got tome for all those shenanigans.

    Again, I respect you. I'd invite you to dinner at my house.

  • Stephen Russell

    06/08/2018 09:23 AM

    Cant we defund SPLC IE grants alone to reduce impact??
    Lets nail this Organz down really low & down ,No Money=No action

  • Betty S Mayes

    06/08/2018 07:50 AM

    Governor Huckabee;
    I read your newsletter twice daily,always great to read unbiased news,with a common sense,Pro-American viewpoint.Thank you every day !
    Also thank you and Janet for raising articulate and courageous Sarah;you have to be so proud of her;she is the best example for young (in fact,all)women for modeling loyalty,strength,and poise.God surely stands with her in daily confrontations with truly ugly-acting reporters.
    Thank you for writing newsletter,and standing for our freedom of speech and
    traditional America and Americans.

    Betty Mayes

  • Jim sharpe

    06/08/2018 04:39 AM

    Mike! Check your link to Trumps twitter video--it leads to a pack of foul mouthed ANIMALS who are not in tune with anything above progressive shoe soles! Don't trust links--even yours now!

  • Amelia Little

    06/08/2018 04:02 AM

    I don't know who the brilliant (and I use that term sarcastically) so-called reporter is who was proclaiming a Democratic senate seat win in some state in Tuesday's election. Uhmm...yes, if there were Democrats running, a Democrat did win AN election to be the person to run against the Republican winner for the senate seat in the general election. I think whatever network employees her, should probably give her a bit of a remedial election course. OTOH, perhaps she won't cover the general election results as she seems think the elections are over for this year--at least for that state.

  • Michael Shaw

    06/07/2018 11:21 PM

    Travis Allen for California Governor was the one who needed Trumps endorsement. Instead, Trump endorsed RINO/Flip Flopper Cox. RINO Cox didn't't even vote for Trump. He is so easy to beat. No wonder Newsom (that scum) wanted to run against Cox.

  • Patsy L Weaver

    06/07/2018 11:09 PM

    Governor Huckabee, you may wish that you hadn't offered a space for comments when I finish writing or run out of room. I'm a 72 year old widow from North Carolina, and I seem to have a problem, but I don't think I have one. I was born and raised in NC and was extremely blessed to be born the last of four to the most wonderful parents ever. My Daddy was a Southern Baptist minister and my Mother was a homemaker full time plus she was the Pastor's wife. Neither of my parents ever mentioned the word Nigger to me or anyone else that I'm aware of. Therefore, I was raised loving everybody even though I wasn't around any people of color so I had no problem being around them, but for many years, they all seemed to have a problem being around me. Being from the South, I call everyone Honey, Baby, Sweetie, Sweetheart, and other names of endearment. As I grew older, I came to realize that there's really no difference if you truly love the Lord. In my opinion, I hate the word Nigger, and do not allow it to be used in my presence. The way to figure out what one is after talking to a person for a very short time that person will tell you with their words what they are, because the way people talk and what they say tells you everything about them regardless what color the person talking is. A human being is a human being until they open their mouths and tell you just what they are. I love everybody, and I want everybody to love me, but they don't. I just don't understand why we can't see people for the way they talk and treat others. I could explain this so much better if we were talking face to face, but that's impossible. Maybe I should send you a letter. I'm definitely not as crazy it senile as I seem while trying to write this note. I'm really sorry. I just wanted to try to tell you that I pray every day that God will help us stop looking at people and look into other people. If you've read this far, bless your little heart. I'm so sorry for taking up your precious time.

  • Elaine Liming

    06/07/2018 10:55 PM

    I enjoy reading your commentaries. I live in Orange County---California and yes I voted. I am delighted with the recall and John Cox victory.
    I felt the voter turn out was low and we have more work to do. The Republican Party in California is the under dog party SO I hope they will get barking and instead of phone calling, get busy setting up town meetings where the voters can vent and from those meetings set their agenda for November victory. The people in California don't want higher taxes, they want someone who can manage money and bring in businesses. Our public schools are poor, good teachers are leaving our state, parents are upset over the new transgender curriculum. The list goes on. We need politicians who listen to the voters, are problem solvers, and will do the job to make our state great again and not just" the land of fruits and nuts" that I keep hearing from my Eastern friends. I hope our silent majority here wakes up and becomes informed and votes in November. Please everyone pray for Ca. Washington and Oregon.

  • David A Turner

    06/07/2018 10:39 PM

    Open Letter to the RNC,

    I think it is time for the Republican Conference to ask Paul Ryan to step down, now! His lame duck attitude no longer serves the Republican Party, nor the people. He is will be hurting the Republican Party in the upcoming election if he continues his RINO ways. I think it is time for the RNC leadership to do everything possible to make him and all RiINOS in office to step down and back off. Let the real conservatives lawmakers take control. This Country is hurting thanks to the antics and deplorable actions of the Democrat Party, the Obama Administration, Republican Rinos, and corrupt self-gratifying bureaucracy in Washington. Please do what is right for this Nation and its citizens. We need truth, honesty, and transparency. If this Country is destined to fail, let it be for fighting the bad guys, not for just handing over our freedoms and wealth to a global elitist society. The founding fathers had established a good form of government with the moral and ethics of the Judah Christian values. It should be solid, never changing way of life and liberty. It is hard to believe that the left global elitist socialist have snuck its ugly head into our news media, education, entertainment, and government offices of today. If we do not stop this movement this year, I fear that our kids and grandkids will never have the freedoms and wealth that most of us have had or given the opportunity of have. You people have to see what is going on, or are you culpable in it as well? If not, please act like you care and stop this attack on our Country. Get rid of Ryan now. Start to back true conservative candidates. Back the Trump agenda. Get that border wall up. Fix our immigration system. Fix our health system. Fix our tax system. Cut our debt by stopping all unnecessary government spending. It is time to tighten our belts, get strong and prosperous again, and then we can help those who are in need. In other words live within your means. Get education back into the hands of local governments. Stop brainwashing & manipulating the youth, instead start educating and teach history, practical science, math & honest history. Bring God back into the equation, for we need to get back to a solid moral foundation and strong family values. Give the citizens some pride and a desire to improve their lifestyle in order help societies overall needs and growth. What is happening today is depressing, dividing, discouraging, and reducing our society to a helpless, poor, indignant, and lawless sad society.

  • Dave Turner

    06/07/2018 10:30 PM

    Watching Fox News tonight was infuriating when it came to the coverage of our troubled southern border. This whole immigration problem hangs strictly on the heads of the morons in DC. Over thirty years of incompetence & stupidity. Why do we re-elect these idiots? Why do we pay these idiots? It is sad, tragic and discussing that these people in DC lack the imagination, conscience, & integrity to do what is best for this country and its people. They ignore the humanity of those who want to come to this Country. Thousand have died trying to make it in. Thousands who make it in (illegally) fine themselves being abused, belittled, and victimized. It is a sad state of affairs when our so-called political leadership care more about the illegals rights over those of legal citizens, everyone loses. I am sick of what is going on. We need that wall built, yesterday. We need a good managed immigration policy. I suggest a lockdown of the whole damn City of DC. No one is permitted in or out until they fix this problem. No politician or bureaucrat gets paid until this problem is solved. Until they do what is best for all concerned (keeping America first) stop all immigration coming into this Country. Give the World notice that the U. S. is closed for business. This is radical, probably there will be injunctions to stop it, but dam it, you people in DC have been screwing everyone for over thirty years and it is time to be accountable for the lack of duty to your constituents, to the World, and to the good of the USA. You politicians and bureaucrats in DC are living in a bubble. It is time to get real with real people and real problems and find some real solutions. No more backroom deals with a few idiotic, unpatriotic and egotistic whores. Get the whole congress involved and get it done. NOW!!!!!

  • Pius Arinze Has

    06/07/2018 09:41 PM

    I love your amazing newsletters. Especially the evening edition.
    You might be interested in reading my a year old opinion piece. I wish everyone can read it.

  • Dorene Hirst

    06/07/2018 09:23 PM

    Thank you! I really enjoy reading your Commentary. You keep us updated on everything important that's going on! Appreciate you so much! Also wanted to say, your daughter is amazing! She does her job well!

  • Janice Brink

    06/07/2018 08:59 PM

    Mike , you are awesome. I check your eve news and I have the whole ball of wax(very old expression). If it is something I have to know ,you got it.
    Keep up the good work. God Bless you dearly!