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Today's newsletter includes:
- Bible Verse Of The Day
- Backlash intensifies against leftist "cancel culture"
- Comment Of The Day, from Newt Gingrich on Sunday's LIFE, LIBERTY & LEVIN
- Stirring Up Racist Violence
- Old Faithful: Maxine Waters Spews Hot Gas
- Apparently, Trump Is To Blame
- Raul Castro To Step Down
- Bonus Podcast Episode
- A Reader Writes Back...
- America The Beautiful
BIBLE VERSE OF THE DAY
Backlash intensifies against leftist "cancel culture"
By Mike Huckabee
Last week, we talked about the backlash against “cancel culture” that’s starting to happen around the country, as millions of Americans have finally just had enough. Today, I have more good news on that front, concerning the most dangerous manifestation of this poison, in the schools.
First, let’s all bow in homage to Parent Of The Year Andrew Gutmann. Mr. Gutmann is the parent of a 7th grader who until very recently attended an elite private all-girls’ school on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, tuition –- brace yourself –- $54,000 a year. This school, Brearley, is so “woke” that families who send their kids there have to take an “anti-racism” pledge. Bari Weiss on Substack has a great write-up on this story.
Weiss starts with a reference to another story we’ve brought you, about a math teacher from another private Manhattan school, Grace Church High School, who can’t stand by watching his students being indoctrinated with the toxin of “anti-racism” –- Critical Race Theory –- as it’s being taught there. When the teacher, Paul Rossi, brought up his concerns, he was told he had “created dissonance for vulnerable and uninformed thinkers” and “neurological disturbances in students’ beings and systems.” (I swear I am not making this up.) His contract requires him to “participate in restorative practices designed by the Office of Community Engagement” in order to heal his “relationship with the students of color and other students” in his classes. The nature of these “practices” remains unspecified until he agrees to sign.
Rossi also teaches a class called “Art of Persuasion,” and one of his concerns is that students may never challenge any of the premises of CRT. He notes the irony that being an “anti-racist” requires one to treat individuals differently according to their race. In class, students must stick to “a narrow script of acceptable responses.” There are no questions allowed on any of these teachings; the head of the school told him that “the moment we are in, institutionally and culturally, does not lend itself to dispassionate debate.” Rossi said that a recent faculty email chain “received enthusiastic support for recommending that we ‘officially flag students’ who appear ‘resistant’ to the ‘culture we are trying to establish.’”
If I taught a class called “Art of Persuasion” under these conditions, I certainly would be concerned that what the school was practicing was not persuasion, but force-feeding.
“I know,” he says in his letter, “that by attaching my name to this, I’m risking not only my current job but my career as an educator, since most schools, both public and private, are now captive to this backward ideology. But witnessing the harmful impact it has on children, I can’t stay silent.”
And now, we have what might be the greatest and most articulate letter that has ever been written in the history of public education; Bari Weiss publishes it in full here.
“It cannot be stated strongly enough that Brearley’s obsession with race must stop,” Gutmann writes. “It should be abundantly clear to any thinking parent that Brearley has lost its way.”
Much of what he writes about “anti-racism” echoes what we’ve expressed here. We say that to teach white children to feel guilt and shame for the color of their skin and black children to feel hated for the color of their skin is psychological abuse, pure and simple. Schools are committing CHILD ABUSE, poisoning children’s minds.
In Gutmann’s words, “I object to the view that I should be judged by the color of my skin. I cannot tolerate a school that not only judges my daughter by the color of her skin, but encourages and instructs her to prejudge others by theirs. By viewing every element of education, every aspect of history and every facet of society through the lens of skin color and race, we are desecrating the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and utterly violating the movement for which such civil rights leaders believed, fought and died.”
Are you standing on your feet and cheering yet?
It goes on, and is similarly brilliant all the way through. As for Black Lives Matter, he has this to say: “I object to Brearley’s advocacy for groups and movements such as Black Lives Matter, A Marxist, anti-family, heterophobic, anti-Asian, and anti-Semitic organization that neither speaks for the majority of the Black community in this country, nor in any way, shape or form, represents their best interests.” Thank God.
And then there’s this: “I object to the gutting of the history, civics, and classical literature curriculums. I object to the censorship of books that have been taught for generations because they contain dated language potentially offensive to the thin-skinned and hypersensitive.” Hallelujah, amen.
On FOX NEWS SUNDAY with Maria Bartiromo, Candace Owens and Charlie Kirk praised the letter and talked about what adults need to do to protect kids’ rights. Bartiromo also spoke with a brave Minnesota parent who faced intimidation after started a Turning Point USA chapter at the local high school.
Anyway, these are great examples of pushback, one from a teacher and the others from parents. This will help weaken the intimidation that has kept a lot of other teachers and parents from rebelling. The threat of being labeled a racist when you are nothing of the kind and being canceled from your entire social and professional life is frightening indeed. It’s even worse when you see that your child might be similarly penalized for what you say. But it just takes a few brave souls to get things rolling. That is happening.
Now, look at this: another comedian has had enough of “cancel culture.” When comedian Chad Prather was booked into a venue near Austin, Texas, he rebuffed attempts to censor his opening act.
Prather is a conservative who appears on Blaze TV and FOX NEWS, so one might imagine the Austin crowd would consider itself much too “woke” for his brand of comedy. Why, they'd be offended. Sure enough, before his second show, he was told “We don’t want your opener to tell some of the jokes he told last night.”
Prather refused. “I said, ‘You can’t tell a comic what to say onstage….You can’t ask for a guy to change what he does. Lenny Bruce, George Carlin –- they went to jail for comedy. We’ve not going back to those days when when we tell somebody what they can and cannot do.’”
He went on to explain that mocking and ridicule are the job description. I would add that leftists can't allow ridicule because their views won't stand up to it. Just about any answer Jen Pskai gives the press corps can be blasted into subatomic particles with one satirical headline in THE BABYLON BEE. And we’d like to think we do our part as well!
In an ironic twist, Prather is known for his hilarious song parody about...censorship, called I’ve Got Friends In Safe Spaces.” Don’t miss this!
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Comment Of The Day, from Newt Gingrich on Sunday's LIFE, LIBERTY & LEVIN
By Mike Huckabee
“You have the large internet giants trying to turn a man who got 75 million votes into a nonperson. That’s something worthy of the Soviet Union or worthy of Communist China. And it’s a very deliberate, very serious effort on their part.”
Stirring Up Racist Violence
By Mike Huckabee
Sometimes news stories seem to come in waves, and one of today’s themes is “People who ought to know better stirring up racist violence.”
First up is alleged journalist Chris Cuomo of CNN, who did a little skit with himself about recent high profile police shootings of non-white suspects in Minnesota and Chicago that showed how out of touch he is with how average Americans really think. Then he declared that police shootings and gun control laws will only come “when white people’s kids start getting killed.”
Aside from how horrifying it is that someone on a major news network would actually say such a thing, it’s also factually incorrect on virtually every level, as Jack Davis points out at the link. For instance, in 2020, there were nearly twice as many whites shot by police as blacks, you just didn’t hear about it on CNN. And Republican Sen. Tim Scott introduced a bipartisan police reform bill last June, but Senate Democrats blocked it from coming to a vote, most likely because police shootings were more useful as a campaign issue than actually passing police reform would’ve been.
Old Faithful: Maxine Waters Spews Hot Gas
By Mike Huckabee
Next, like Old Faithful dependably spewing hot gas at regular intervals, came Rep. Maxine Waters. With violent rioters burning America’s cities, looting businesses and threatening police and citizens, Waters decided the time was right to pour some more gasoline on the wildfire. Minneapolis authorities are urging calm before the Derek Chauvin verdict comes in, but Waters egged the mob on, declaring, “We’ve got to stay on the street and we’ve got to get more active, we’ve got to get more confrontational. We’ve got to make sure that they know that we mean business.”
FYI: This is the oath of office Waters took as a member of Congress: “I, ___, do solemnly swear that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion, and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter. So help me God.” Out of curiosity, how does inciting mobs to violence in place of respecting due process rights and the rule of law jibe with defending the Constitution?
Of course, this is hardly new for Mad Maxine. During the Trump Administration, and even after the near-murder of Rep. Steve Scalise, she was still urging leftist lunatics to confront Trump officials and drive them from public places. My own daughter Sarah and her family had to leave a restaurant because of this kind of vicious partisan nuttery.
Even as her words were being widely reported, news came that someone opened fire on a Minnesota National Guard security team. Two Guard members were struck; fortunately, their injuries are minor, but that’s no thanks to Maxine and her malignant mouth.
It is beyond me not only how someone in a position of such high responsibility can continue to speak and act so dangerously and irresponsibly, or how her colleagues can sit silently by and when called on their silence, actually try to defend the indefensible. I am a Trump supporter, but when I thought his rhetoric went too far, I called him out on it. And as far as I know, he’s never called for violence in the streets. If he had, it would be 24/7 news. Democrats blamed him for the Capitol riot just for telling his supporters to protest peacefully. Imagine if he’d said what Waters said.
There are calls from House Republicans for Waters to be expelled, but I don’t expect the same Democrats who impeached Trump on a false charge of inciting a riot to hold her to account for actually doing it.
Apparently, Trump Is To Blame
By Mike Huckabee
Meanwhile, Ed Driscoll at Instapundit collected a series of tweets to show how unserious the Democrats have become about quelling their violent rhetoric.
New York State Sen. Diane Savino called on Twitter to ban an anti-Cuomo account for tweeting that if you see anyone from the Cuomo Administration, confront them, create a crowd, push back on them and “tell them they’re not welcome anywhere anymore.” Savino called that “beyond outrageous.”
When it was pointed out to Savino that it was actually a quote from Maxine Waters, only with the name “Trump” replaced with “Cuomo,” she immediately fell back on blaming Trump. She tweeted, “I see what they did, but that was then and this is now, and 4 years of Trump has led to words becoming weapons. We can’t just ignore them anymore, people take them as a call to violent actions.”
So Trump was to blame when Maxine publicly called for violence against people who worked for Trump. And when she’s still calling for violence even after Trump has left office, it’s still Trump’s fault.
Well, I agree with her on one thing: we can’t ignore this anymore. Some of us realized that it shouldn’t be ignored at the time. But as late to the party as she is, I welcome her joining me in condemning Maxine Waters for her incredibly irresponsible exhortations to violence.
I assume that’s what she meant, right?
Raul Castro To Step Down
By Mike Huckabee
Saturday, 89-year-old Raul Castro announced that he’ll be stepping down as leader of Cuba’s communist party. Between Raul and his late brother Fidel, the Castros have been oppressing Cubans for over six decades, ever since Fidel seized power in a revolution in 1959. Raul Castro reportedly wants his handpicked successor President Miguel Diaz-Cane to replace him. As usual, I doubt the Cuban people will have any say over that.
Sen. Ted Cruz did have the perfect suggestion for a new career for Raul Castro.
Bonus Podcast Episode
On this bonus episode of "The People's Podcast," Governor Huckabee welcomes Ken Starr, whose extensive resume is almost too long to cover: distinguished law professor, former Baylor president, U.S. circuit judge, 39th solicitor general of the United States, leading investigator of the Clinton administration during the 1990's, and author of multiple books, including his most recent one, "Religious Liberty in Crisis."
A Reader Writes Back...
Personally speaking, I enjoy reading your newsletters every morning and every evening. I like to hear the truth and I still do not understand why there are people who do not believe that the 2020 election was full of fraud!!! There are bundles of proof and yet people do not want to accept the facts. As a senior citizen of our dear country, I am worried about the state of our Republic. Do we have any hope to restore our Republic?
America The Beautiful
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04/23/2021 11:40 AM
Waters gives the MAXINE comic strip a bad wrap. She should have to legally change her name due to the disgrace she has brought to culture!
04/20/2021 08:45 AM
Kate Steinle was murdered by an illegal immigrant who had been deported several times. He was not convicted or had his conviction overturned. I strongly disapprove but I do not go out and riot and destroy San Francisco. Then again, no need, as the city is effectively being destroyed by liberal leadership and policies.
04/19/2021 07:51 PM
Gingrich is a wise man the people that riot are not so wise in while the West was developing disagreements led to killing burning theft the people being victims look to law enforcement to protect their interest. The law enforcement did its job until corporations got into the pockets of judges town councils mayors State Governors District Attorneys and some law enforcement. The people finally got protection in doing so a horse thief got hanged law enforcement were ambushed resisting arrest involved gun play and more killing was the result people ended up protecting their property and hung weapons on their side they carried rifles because the people surrounding them could not be trusted. Its seems this country turned the clock back 160 years the problem got less and less with more police the nature of the human today is honesty is not the best policy and with Cuomo Newsom Lightfoot Biden Harris Pelosi Schumer Shitff Durbin Waters Soros Gates Kerry Obama the list is so long they are making honesty unlawful. So the beats goes on until these hate filled beings have no voice or power of an elected office. Our nation will be dangerous place like North Korea. Only a few will rule most
04/19/2021 06:54 PM
Maxine Waters IS inciting violence. She should be arrested and held accountable, PERIOD! But OF COURSE, if she is held accountable, she will play the race card 1st and the gender card 2nd. You see all these so-called 'anti-racist' celebrities only want trial by media, the fraudulent way, and NOT trial by jury, the legal way. They love anything fraudulent that lets them cheat into power.
Patricia L SMITH
04/19/2021 06:35 PM
I rely on the newsletter almost exclusively for my political information. Thank you for this wonderful service. I do have a problem receiving the newsletters, I get the Bible verse only in the morning and do not receive the morning edition until late (around 6 PM). The evening edition shows up at various times during the day. Can you help?
04/19/2021 06:28 PM
Governor, your beautiful caption of the national park in Minnesota is a sign of God's handiwork, unfortunately, a 75 year old white man with a Texas license plate better stay with your captions. SAD this dark world has come to this. You keep on, keeping on, PLEASE!!
04/19/2021 06:24 PM
People that live in our urban centers are the people that seem to have the most trouble with race and they live with a majority of their own race. The urban Public schools have a lower rate of success why because of racist police? Not sure about that not all people go or live in the urban community. People live in suburbs, rural areas, where the farming communities consumes miles of miles without a huge
colored human population or much contact with people of color are they considered racist as the Government and MSM claim they are Most people just don't have that much to do with MS 13 gangs, BLM,Most people are busy making a living, the interaction with people of color is what they see from the Media movies news and lets face the facts the news is not the best foot forward. I am a senior my interactions with people of color is what is shown on TV I do not live with them I do understand problems with single parents without men in the kids life is a big problem and the leaders in the black race turned their backs on Martin Luther King and looked to people like Al Sharpen, Maxine Waters, K. Harris< Omar, Tlaib, so many people promoting violence how are people going to act when the President of the US tells people of color the country is against them President is stacking the deck against people of color just remember he takes your race away from you if you don't vote for Biden you have become nothing no color your nothing I find that disturbing Biden is getting what he wants a divided Nation. The people I know have so much good to offer however ALL the people I don't know I take time to access their character. This country has so much greatness in our Human Beings the people full of hate need to take a year off and build yourself back up this country has a lot to offer work for it don't steal it. The country has gone thru isolation people need to come together only a few are ruining the country for all and its starts with the OVAL Office Not the regular people working for a living all people trying to make ends meet need to stick together. Rioters you are hurting your friends and community business no one but bad actors will shop your stores and they don't use a credit card or cash.
04/19/2021 04:15 PM
Interesting events. Now that the falsely elected dying president in charge the Russians recently sent a warship to Cuba. The CCP now owns the Grand Canyon! Signs in Chinese all over the place.
The evil left is still gaslighting the people m
I spoke to a man in Argentina that is steal trying to survive the same things that are bringing our nation down
If you want to see racism on steroids visit the Pacific Northwest. Settled by Confederate soldiers and racists they have continued the racist tactics of the civil war democrats.
I grew up when JFK and MLK were still alive and saw the death of civil rights when Johnson took control and King was assassinated
I am starting to believe when I hear of an upcoming civil war. Will the left them call for the CCP and UN and Moscow to save them?
04/19/2021 03:34 PM
Christians should do a CLIFF NOTES version of the BIBLE about how God want Christians to treat ALL persons and go on the offense against those who want to defame
04/19/2021 02:57 PM
"It is beyond me not only how someone in a position of such high responsibility can continue to speak and act so dangerously and irresponsibly, or how her colleagues can sit silently by and when called on their silence, actually try to defend the indefensible"
And you rinos do NOTHING to stop it and allow it to happen!!!!
Floyd A Unger
04/19/2021 02:50 PM
Thank you.....what’s going to happen to our country
04/19/2021 01:06 PM
I voted against all of the directors for Wokacola to their annual meeting.
04/19/2021 12:51 PM
The only thing about the rioting that is helpful is the concentration of the primitive criminals are in one place the bad thing is they cover for other criminals to get out and do more criminal activities. The state of Minnesota still has some useless land where prisons and holding pens can be constructed to house these misguided by our media and congress members when the prisons fill up build more until these misfits get the message don’t mess with the police obey the laws the misfits are wasting our time and our peace. enforcement of the misfits deeds need to be increased to keep the reward of crime a minimum.
04/19/2021 12:05 PM
Maxine mouth: been wanting violence since 2016 speech made to harrass Trump voters then
Hey Minn give Maxine mouth a"sample" of violence OK