July 2, 2018

Mexico's election

One can hardly blame Mexican citizens for being fed up with the way their nation is being run and expressing that displeasure at the polls. But electing a radical leftist who wants less immigration enforcement and to flood the US with illegal immigrants and whose economic policies have drawn comparisons to Venezuela’s Hugo Chavez is definitely like trying to escape the frying pan by leaping headfirst into the fire.



Shapiro v. Maher

Entertaining video: Ben Shapiro debates Bill Maher on the lack of civility in the US, which the left blames on the right, even as they bully Republican families out of restaurants and riot on campuses to shut down conservative speech.


Naturally, I think Ben easily won this debate (it’s hard even for Bill Maher to make a convincing argument that Maxine Waters is less offensive than anybody.) But I would add a note to his observation that leftists need to make up their minds whether Trump is an ignorant doofus or an evil genius because they keep attacking him as both, depending on the topic. Actually, they’ve had plenty of practice: they did the same thing to George W. Bush for eight years. He was either a moronic chimp or a Machiavellian genius, whichever was more convenient for the narrative at the time. I know it’s impossible for both to be true, but you can’t be a “progressive” without believing at least 10 impossible things before breakfast.



Obama's unusual introduction

Memo to DNC Chairman Tom Perez: No, Barack Obama is not the “real President of the United States.” He’s the “former President of the United States.” Donald Trump is the real President. And despite what the media might lead you to believe, there are many millions of Americans who are thrilled about both of those titles.



Democrat hopes for 2020 pinned on...

Democrats who are dreaming of beating President Trump and retaking the White House in 2020 have a fundamental problem: who will they run? A new poll from Harvard CAPS/Harris asked their preferences, and the top names aren’t very inspiring. Three of them have already run for President and lost the nomination. One lost the nomination, then finally got it and lost the election (that’s right: her AGAIN!)


And here’s something the linked article doesn’t go into that says a lot about the self-described party of youth, forward-thinking and new ideas: the top four choices alone, who garnered a total of 76% support, have a combined age of 290. On Wednesday, America itself only turns 242. Two-hundred-ninety years back was 1728, the year Cotton Mather died. In fact, I wouldn’t be surprised if he joined the Democratic race, too, except I doubt he would approve of today’s Democratic Party. Even though he probably votes a straight Democratic ticket in Chicago to this day.


 Keep government limited

I hope you’re having a great 4th of July week, but amid all the fun and fireworks, let’s take just a moment to reflect on what Independence day really means and how it led to the freedoms and blessings we often take for granted today. 


Most historians mark the beginning of America as the signing of the Declaration of Independence on July 4th, 1776.  But in truth, there was still a long road to travel before America as we know it came to be.  First, of course, there was the matter of fighting a bloody revolution against Great Britain, one where victory was far from certain.  That was followed by heated battles over what kind of government we would have. 

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Our Forefathers finally agreed to a blueprint, the Constitution, that wasn’t even introduced until 1789 – over 13 years later.  But today, too many Americans take those hard-won freedoms very lightly.  Many seem willing to trade them away for false promises of security.  Some can’t even name the freedoms guaranteed by the Bill of Rights.  Maybe they’d cherish them more if they knew how close they came to not having them at all.


Did you know that the Constitution very nearly got passed without the Bill of Rights?   Even some of the wisest of our forefathers thought a Bill of Rights was a dangerous idea.  Alexander Hamilton argued that it was risky to list the rights the government couldn’t take away because then, politicians might try to grab any power that wasn’t specifically prohibited to them (apparently, the ability to rap wasn’t the only way Hamilton predicted the current century).  He and many others also felt that a Bill of Rights was unnecessary: since nobody was surrendering their rights by agreeing to the Constitution, there was no need to list them, right?  Hamilton wrote, “Why declare that things shall not be done which there is no power to do?” 


It’s ironic that Hamilton made that argument.  Later on, as the first Treasury Secretary, he cited powers the Constitution merely implied that the government had in order to take on debt, create a federal bank and impose unpopular taxes.  Over a century later, when the federal income tax was passed, some lawmakers wanted to include a 10% limit, but they were voted down.  Opponents scoffed that it was absurd to think the government would ever take 10% of an American’s hard-earned wages.  Flash forward just 30 years, and they were happily taxing away 94%.  So just imagine how few freedoms we’d have today if they’d listened to Hamilton and decided it wasn’t necessary to limit government power. 


Luckily for us all, Thomas Jefferson won the argument, and the Bill of Rights was added.  They even included the 9th amendment, which I’ll bet most people can’t even describe.  Here’s what it says:


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“The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.”


It means that just because some God-given rights aren’t specifically listed, that doesn’t mean the people cede them to the government. Maybe because so many of the framers were also farmers, they understood that like weeds, government tends to grow and grow, choking out the productive crops -- and like a bull, it will trample you if you don’t corral it. 


So if we want to preserve our freedoms, and keep government limited, maybe we should send more farmers to Washington -- and fewer lawyers.  


Moral Standards are necessary

We hear often these days that society shouldn’t have any absolute moral standards.  Imposing standards is oppressive, judgmental and outdated. Like Linus and the Great Pumpkin, it doesn’t matter what we choose to believe, as long as we’re really sincere in believing it.  Well, pardon me for pointing it out, but that’s…well, stupid (sorry, Linus!) 


There are all sorts of absolute standards to which we adhere.  A rock band might be filled with nonconformists, but they can’t each play in whatever key they feel like.  You might concede Hannibal Lecter’s sincere belief in cannibalism, but you wouldn’t go to his house for dinner.  It seems counter-intuitive, but freedom can’t work unless we all agree to abide by certain basic standards of right and wrong.  When we step outside those boundaries, chaos ensues.  That can leave a bad taste in your mouth, and I’m not still referring to Hannibal Lecter.  I like to illustrate the concept with a story from the days when my own kids were young.

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When my son John Mark was only 12, he decided one day to bake a cake.  My wife Janet and I returned home and were greeted by our son, proudly offering ol’ dad the first taste.  Well, it looked good, and I was already preparing some fatherly praise as I took that first bite.  But what came out of my mouth wasn’t words.  It was the cake.  It was so awful, I had to spit it out.  My first thought was that my son was trying to kill me for the insurance.


As soon as my tongue overcame its shock, I asked John Mark if he’d used a recipe.  He said he had, and he’d followed it to the letter.  Well, except that he didn’t know what a “dash” of salt meant, so he decided a cup of salt should be enough. 


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Now, my son worked hard on that cake…he had the best of intentions…and he sincerely believed he’d done a good job.  But hard work, good intentions and sincere beliefs meant nothing once he decided he could make up his own measurement standards.  That’s literally a recipe for disaster.


Freedom can’t exist in a moral vacuum.  It makes some people uncomfortable to hear this, but without clear boundaries of right and wrong, the very concept of liberty breaks down.  A person might argue that he should be free to look at pictures others find offensive.  But if it’s a photo of a child who’s being exploited, then there’s more at stake than just the liberty of the viewer.  We’re currently having a big media controversy over whether to separate children from parents who cross the border illegally, but very few people bring up the fact that the parents chose to bring their children along as they knowingly violated federal immigration law.  

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Self-government can’t mean each of us lives by our own unique set of rules.  If that’s how you define liberty, then you’re just going to get less of it.  When people live outside the boundaries of a principled and agreed-upon moral code, it always leads to government that’s bigger and more intrusive, just to force people to do the right thing.  Not to mention creating an avalanche of lawsuits. 


If you think more lawyers and bigger government actually improve society, then I have a delicious cake recipe I’d like to sell you.  Then again, no…taking your money for that cake recipe would definitely be morally wrong. 


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  • Kimberly Dankha

    07/04/2018 06:48 PM

    Thank you for a great article and especially explaining it very clearly why we do need high moral standards to balance out our constituional rights.

  • Estes Roy

    07/03/2018 08:10 PM

    Enjoy your articles. However, a very important area needs every conservative’s attention. Because of all of the leftist professors generate leftist teachers and generations of leftist students even children from conservative parents by indoctrination and discouragement of non confirming thoughts.

  • michael murphy

    07/03/2018 12:28 PM

    Here's a thought Michael, let's start playing the race card, after all, Pres. Trump is white and all the hate being directed at him just has to be race based. The Leftists stumble and stammer when their tactics are used against them. We can simply state, " You just hate Trump because he's white, you're a racist!". It worked extremely well for Obama's minions. They ignored the reality that he was elected because he is black (ostensibly) and then closed their eyes to the fact he was useless as a CINC. They also have shown they are pretty weak in the "vetting" dept. Keep 'em coming Michael.

  • Diane Shane

    07/03/2018 09:09 AM

    Thank You Mr. Huckabee! I've been saying the same thing about the illegal immigrant parents who knowingly break our laws & put their kids at risk of being separated!! They know this & STILL do it risking harm & more to their kids before they even get close to our border!
    I don't have a problem with anyone coming to our country the right way but starting off as a criminal is NOT OK by me!
    I've also said I don't understand Americans who are ok with wanting illegal immigrants to just cross our borders when we have homeless families right here at home! Plus we have children being separated from their families too when the parents commit crimes! Where's the outcry over those little American kids? And our homeless vets who SERVED our Country? Do they care about them? NO!
    I say if they want illegal immigrants to come into our country then each one should take responsibility for a family or a person... House them... Feed them & be responsible for their life period! If they break the law... then THEY are held responsible & them & the illegal immigrant goes to jail!!
    I wonder if they would think twice about holding their signs up & protesting to let them come into our country!!
    I call them DUMOCRAPS, because they don't seem to be smart enough & use common sense for ANYTHING & when they holler their point it sounds like a bunch of crap! ??
    Rant over ??

  • Anita Mae Barker

    07/03/2018 05:09 AM

    Happy 4th of July. Bless you and your family.

  • Amelia Little

    07/03/2018 02:15 AM

    I was listening to continued calls for harassing female cabinet members (such class!--NOT!!!) When this first started with Kirstjen Nielsen then Sarah Sanders and then Pam Bondi (what the heck--she isn't even a part of the Trump administration!) my thought about what the goal was. Several, IMO. One, especially after the confrontation with Pam Bondi and an apparent attempt for her bf to take a swing, is to instigate a fight. Which, of course, would be the fault of the harassee. Another goal would seem, because they are picking on FEMALES, they think these women can be easily "convinced" to leave the Trump administration. Then, of course, the msm and democrat version would be--Trump chased them out!!! smh. They aren't taking into consideration how strong and independent these women are. And, if there is actual threat of physical harm to whomever they are harassing, and security steps in and a harasser may end up with an injury--there will be all the cries about how the harasser is the victim.

  • Bob Janovick

    07/03/2018 01:09 AM

    Let me also encourage your use of the biggest dictionary that you can find. Do you know the difference between "freedom" and "liberty"? They are often used interchangeably. So, why are there two words if one will do? Both have lengthy definitions. Freedom relates to the will, actions and other personal conditions. Liberty relates to restraint, compulsion and privilege (actually uses freedom in its listings).

    Freedom comes from God, liberty from governance. Everybody in the world was born with free will but their government may make them regret the use of it - - if they don't have the Liberty.

  • Donna Ferreri

    07/03/2018 12:31 AM

    I liked your messages, all food for thought!

  • Larry keyes

    07/03/2018 12:10 AM

    I,love your commentaries every day as I like your perspective on what is happening this this world.
    I am a Christian man from/with a Christian family. It is so sad and scary to see Satan at work in our Country/ World.
    Until we get term limits and have our elected officials actually represent the people that elected them, they will continue to build their power centers and spend a lot of their time and money on getting re-elected.
    Let them have the same health care that we have and put them in the Soc. System and take away the Federal pensions and benefits. They are elected officials, not Federal Employees.
    Keep,praying! ??

  • Mary Blood

    07/02/2018 11:22 PM

    Thank you, Gov. Huckabee, for that wonderful note about Cotton Mather. It caught me totally off guard. I could not help myself. I guffawed! Loudly! I love your little hidden gems. They make my day. I also love your daily Scripture. Keep them coming!

  • Paula Evans

    07/02/2018 10:39 PM

    Thanking God for your wisdom and courage in speaking out. Also, please know that my family prays from Sarah each day. I am so proud of her--she is gracious, calm (way calmer than I would be!), and always seems to be in a space of perfect poise. You and Ms Janet did a wonderful job raising her. I love to watch her every day! Praying for your continued wisdom and discernment; for Sarah's peace and protection, for her steady demeanor, and for her to know how much we appreciate her work. God bless you all. PEvans

  • Kathy Eger

    07/02/2018 10:34 PM

    "We’re currently having a big media controversy over whether to separate children from parents who cross the border illegally, but very few people bring up the fact that the parents chose to bring their children along as they knowingly violated federal immigration law. "

    Well said, Mike!!

  • Jim aharpe

    07/02/2018 09:40 PM

    I wish i could get one edition of your newsletter instead of one edition then the very same newsletter as an evening edition? Yes, your commentary is great but once is good!

  • Sandra Blake

    07/02/2018 08:57 PM

    your articles are informative, intelligent, and thought provoking.

  • Elizabeth Honaker

    07/02/2018 08:30 PM

    In this current climate, many Americans "sincerely believe" that they can do anything they want to do, because it's a "free country." I teach English composition to college students, and they often react to my red-pen corrections with something like: "Well, I MEANT to say that," or "I knew what I was saying; what's the big deal?" I remind them that the "big deal" is that their words are directed to other people in an effort to communicate. Without communication of its ideas and hopes, a society stagnates and dies. The Founding Fathers knew the difference between LIBERTY and LICENTIOUSNESS. The former brings life; the latter brings death.

  • Mary Jo McCauley

    07/02/2018 07:51 PM

    I look forward to your newsletter. Speaking of lawyers...even with a degree, I had to take office jobs. I worked for 2 attorneys at different times. One was in the business of collections and he had associates in offices who did general law work. One of these men gave me a script to type, and I edited his document. He got super mad!!! I left there because child care was eating my lunch. A short time later, I found another job with an attorney for 3/4 time. I was an average typist but was good with a computer. This lawyer had political ambitions but no sense of humor. In his conference room on the wall were photos of him with famous Democrats. I called the wall the Democratic Hall of Fame only to myself. His last secretary had been a law student. Sometimes, he and the partner ran out of money, and the attorney I worked for was a poor communicator. I got in big trouble for a few things--some were my fault and some were not. I got fired. He gave me severance pay and fought my filing for unemployment. He outsmarted himself because of giving me severance pay met that I could draw unemployment. I found another job and did draw unemployment. I found a job teaching social studies which I loved. Later, this attorney ran for Congress twice and lost. He later became a judge, and a Methodist minister.

  • Joan Chambers

    07/02/2018 07:51 PM

    Dear Governor Huckabee,
    I am so glad that we have you and Sarah.
    I thank God ever minute.
    Take care and God Bless,
    Happy 4th of July - Independence Day.

  • M. Pedersen

    07/02/2018 07:25 PM

    Regarding your article: Obama's unusual introduction.... Memo to DNC Chairman Tom Perez: No, Barack Obama is not the “real President of the United States.” - - - Could the Democrats run former President Obama again in 2020?

  • Thomas Houser

    07/02/2018 07:24 PM

    Would you please relay to your daughter, she is a class act and the best press secretary in my memory. I think you deserve some credit for her up bringing. Kudus to you both.

  • Patricia G Hartzog

    07/02/2018 07:18 PM

    Hi Mike!
    I enjoy your writings & the story/example of the cake was especially entertaining. Of course I had to share it & I hope others will come to enjoy for themselves.
    Much appreciation,
    NW Fla
    LA, just above you, a bit ??

  • Peggy S Nelson

    07/02/2018 07:10 PM

    Thank you Governor Huckabee for the history lesson. It is my belief that schools are not doing the job of teaching history that students need to know. I guess Mexico will find out the kind of person they voted for although they must have known. I loved the illustration of your son baking the cake. Happy 4th of July.

  • Daniel Penney

    07/02/2018 06:30 PM

    Hi Mike.
    Being a farmer and knowing the trials we are pitted against with "weed vs seed". I really appreciated your acknowledgement of all us ag Americans who till the soil. Regardless of the newer technology, we still have to put in the sweat and the long hours to get it done.
    Like to chat with you longer, but as you know, we get up early zero dark nothing (if you're a pilot you'll get it)............ especially when it's Hot!!
    Broadacres Farm
    Randolph, NH

  • Floyd D. Rine

    07/02/2018 06:20 PM

    I say "Amen" to sending more farmers to Washington. I think they have3 more common sense.

  • Sharon Fernandez, MS

    07/02/2018 06:05 PM

    Mike, i'd appreciate more attention to the political advancement of Muslims in Federal and State positions. Yuck!
    Especially the young man being groomed to run for President. They are quietly increasing their numbers and what will they be doing to attract our young people into their voting block...
    Love this newsletter! Thanks,

  • pat maddin

    07/02/2018 05:48 PM

    I looked forward to reading your tweets so joined your newsletter. You are always such a gentleman yet get your point across very concisely and fairly. Thank you.