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Over the weekend, the media continued their “bleep-storm” of outrage over what President Trump allegedly said about some nations from which we accept a lot of immigrants not exactly being paradises on Earth. They immediately twisted that alleged comment into a blatant display of racism, but pushback on that has also started rising. Some of the more interesting comments included pointing out that South Korea and North Korea have the exact same racial makeup, but only one is obviously a…well, you know. Most people understand that that appellation is something created by horrible governments, not by a nation’s people.
Eddie Scarry at the Washington Examiner listed some liberal celebrities who claimed they would leave America if Trump won (none did) and the nations to which they threatened (or promised) to move. They included France, Canada, Australia and Spain. He noted that none said they would move to El Salvador. Guess they must think it’s a…well, you know.
Mike Rowe fires back
By Mike Huckabee
A very intolerant liberal (are we growing any other kind these days?) demanded that the Science Channel fire Mike Rowe as narrator of the long-running show “How The Universe Works” because she doesn’t like his conservative political views. His calm and devastatingly rational response to her has become a Facebook sensation and is a must-read example of how to deal with the current wave of social media lynch mobs.
Incidentally, Mike Rowe also has a great new TV show called “Somebody’s Gotta Do It,” that celebrates people who are inspired to take on unusual jobs. It’s must-see viewing, and it’s also very easy to see. You tune in “Huckabee” on Saturday nights at 7 Central on TBN, then when it’s over, just keep watching TBN and there it is!
Trump lowers black unemployment
By Mike Huckabee
There’s no question that racial divisions have become worse in recent years, but that sad trend started under Obama, not Trump. Also under Obama, black unemployment rates reached new highs while black household wealth plummeted. Yes, Obama inherited the economic crisis, but his policies of high taxes and regulations (especially Obamacare) choked growth and the creation of good fulltime jobs for eight years. For all the accusations of Trump being a racist, he came into office promising to increase opportunity for African-Americans, and under his watch, black unemployment has dropped to 7.5%, the lowest level since records started being kept 47 years ago. Meanwhile, his Education Secretary is fighting liberals and teachers’ unions to try to improve inner city schools and give all parents more control over their kids’ education.
Considering that low-skill black workers are disproportionately harmed by illegal immigration, do they really want to give power back to the party of stagnant wages, low growth, few and part-time jobs, substandard public schools and open borders, just because they keep screaming that the guy who’s making their lives better is a racist?
By Mike Huckabee
By next month, an estimated 90% of workers (according to the Treasury Department) will be enjoying bigger paychecks thanks to the GOP tax cut that Democrats unanimously rejected. Nancy Pelosi is publicly deriding those raises and bonuses as “pathetic” and “crumbs.” Do you think voters won’t remember her utter contempt for their long-delayed, much-needed pay boost, or the fact that if it had been up to her and her party, Washington would still be confiscating their money?
Democrats are darkly touting a prediction that the tax cut will add a trillion dollars to the deficit over 10 years, but do you remember how unconcerned they were about adding $10 trillion to the debt in just eight years? But by all means, if you think your paycheck is too big, then put the Dems back in power. That’s one problem they actually know how to fix.
For years now, Democrats have tried to figure out why Americans “vote against their own interests” by not electing more liberals. If the prediction of them giving power back to Nancy Pelosi comes true, then they will have finally proven that with enough 24/7 media screeching, Americans really can be bullied and bamboozled into voting against their own interests. But if I were her, I’d wait until November before I paid to have my gavel revarnished.
Trump crushes "JV team"
By Mike Huckabee
Remember when ISIS was “the JV team” we didn’t have to worry about, and it was safe to pull our troops out of areas we’d expended so much blood and treasure to liberate from radical Islamists? Remember when you weren’t even allowed to say that we were fighting “radical Islamists?” The result was that ISIS expanded its grip across the Middle East, slaughtering, raping, torturing and enslaving countless people. But hey, there was nothing America could do about that, right? Except that just one year after Trump took office, ISIS has been driven from all its captured territories, its dreams of a caliphate crushed, and reduced to a handful of nuts hiding out in the shadows. But hey, if you want to create a vacuum for them to come rushing back into, the Democrats have a proven plan for that! Put them back in charge!
Hawaii missile message
By Mike Huckabee
We now know that the terrifying but mistaken emergency message sent to Hawaiians who were told an incoming ICBM was headed their way was the result of a state emergency worker pressing the wrong button during a shift change. That doesn’t explain why nearly 40 minutes passed before it was corrected, leaving people to believe that they were about to die. The worker who made the mistake will not be fired, but reassigned to some job that isn’t in the vicinity of the emergency alert buttons. Let that stand as testimony to how difficult it is to fire a government worker.
As horrible as this story was, it can at least serve a purpose as a “teachable moment.” We can learn a lot from observing the reactions to it. First, we learned that we are woefully unprepared for an attack. Most Hawaiians had no idea where to go or what to do to take cover. That’s something you can bet that our enemies observed as well. We need to do something to correct it, both for our own defense and to discourage attackers who might be emboldened by this story.
Another thing this drove home is that we need to stop taking the nuclear threat from rogue states lightly. Over the past 20 years, bad foreign policy has allowed North Korea to become a nuclear state and cleared the way for Iran to be the next one. Wishful thinking and self-satisfaction over your “smart diplomacy” are not a substitute for strong leadership, an intimidating military and a good missile shield.
Finally, we learned that some people will react to any bad news by blaming Donald Trump. At the time, Trump was 5,000 miles away in Florida, but some liberal politicians, pundits and celebrities such as Jamie Lee Curtis immediately blamed him. Funny that they’d just mocked the idea of him having a nuclear button on his Oval Office desk, but they apparently think he carries the Hawaiian State Emergency Alert button in his golf bag.
For the record, this was a mistake by a state worker in a state with a Democratic governor, a 90% Democratic legislature, and a 100% Democratic Senate. It’s Barack Obama’s home state, and it hasn’t elected a Republican to the US Senate since 1970. In other words, Hawaii is so Democratic that it’s to the left of California, and not just on the map. Yet somehow, it was Trump’s fault.
Well, here’s a truth bomb, and it’s not a false alarm: If you were terrified by the thought that North Korea might have fired a nuclear weapon at you, realize that wouldn’t have been possible if it weren’t for bad US and UN policy that allowed them to build and test weapons and missiles for approximately 20 years before Trump even considered running for President.