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Today's Commentary --- One woman's view: In praise of First Lady Melania Trump-- Your Monday dose of fake news -- Huck PAC invests in conservatives -- Today's must read -- Good news for the news media: -- The Baltic Experience 2019 -- Women's rights gets moved to the back of the line -- Evening Edition - Daily Verse
“I think it’s very important that we show the world that America cares,” said Melania Trump, speaking while in Africa for last week’s ABC “20/20” profile, “Being Melania: The First Lady.” She continued: “And that this administration cares. And I care. When other people have more opportunities, then the world is more free.” (Well, actually, she said “more freer,” but I cut her some slack, not only because English is her fifth language but also because she was right.)
Melania was treated mostly decently this time, as the object of the show was very obviously to contrast her thoughtfulness and compassion with Trump’s seeming lack of same and, in doing so, make the President look as bad as they possibly could. Still, in general, from the moment Donald Trump announced his candidacy for President, Melania has been treated shabbily by the media, most pointedly by the fashion world. Though I don’t spend much time with “women’s” magazines, I see them at the hair salon often enough to know what’s going on with the fashion industry. At a time when magazines are struggling to stay alive, those publishers insist on trafficking in liberal politics so often that I and approximately half of the potential market can hardly stomach them.
Your Monday Dose of Fake News:
By Mike Huckabee
No, despite the hysterical reporting from numerous media outlets last week, President Trump did not praise Southern Gen. Robert E. Lee as “incredible” and by implication, endorse the Confederacy. He said Lee was a “great general” (which everyone who ever took a real American history course knows is true: Lincoln had wanted him to command the Union forces, but he was loyal to Virginia; and he kept the Union on its heels for a long time with far fewer, poorly-equipped troops). But Trump went on (the part of the video the media cut out) to say that Lincoln had a lot of West Point-trained generals who couldn’t beat him until he found Ulysses S. Grant, who drank too much and had other problems, but was an “incredible” general who knew how to win.
Trump might have been a little fast and loose with historical facts, but the point of his story wasn’t to praise the Confederacy, it was to point out that having an establishment pedigree doesn’t mean you necessary know how to do something. Just like having a journalism degree no longer means that you know what journalism is.
But say, do you know which President really did praise Robert E. Lee as “one of our greatest American gentlemen”?
Huck PAC invests in conservatives
By Mike Huckabee
Thanks to the generosity of tens of thousands of grassroots supporters, Huck PAC has donated $159,800 to conservatives running for elected office this year.
The list of endorsed candidates includes: Marsha Blackburn, Ted Cruz, Kristi Noem, Josh Hawley, Mike Braun and many more.
You can expect another round of endorsements and donations from Huck PAC very soon.
By Mike Huckabee
An article about a certain web giant that’s systemically purging and silencing conservative news outlets. I won’t use their name because I don’t want to get purged myself, but you’ll find it at the link. And remember, just in case I do disappear suddenly one day, you can always find my commentaries at MikeHuckabee.com, my independently-owned website. It’s the way things used to be before social media swallowed up all the bloggers, and I urge all conservatives to return to that model. MIGA: Make the Internet Great Again!
Good news for the news media:
By Mike Huckabee
We’ve finally found somebody more biased than they are. The latest Media Research Center study found that media coverage of President Trump is currently running at 92% negative. But they’re practically bipartisan compared to Hollywood.
A Hollywood Reporter analysis of 2018 political donation records shows that 99.7% of donations from top movie and TV executives and celebrities went to Democrats or liberal groups. As one GOP consultant put it, celebrities are predicable: “They don’t just preach to the choir, they kind of rant to the choir.”
Still, the 0.3% of Hollywood donations to Republicans does include $5000 to Maine Sen. Susan Collins from a surprising donor. I’ll bet the money was given before she stood up for the rule of law and presumption of innocence on behalf of Brett Kavanaugh. I wonder if he'll demand a refund for that apostasy.
The Baltic Experience 2019
I am thrilled to announce an unforgettable trip to the Baltics for the summer of 2019! After many years of the Israel Experiences and our most recent trip the Mediterranean Experience cruise, we are bringing you another phenomenal cruise, the Baltic Experience! This all-inclusive cruise will feature some of the most beautiful places in the Baltic Sea and we will get to travel to and absorb these destinations aboard a luxury cruise ship from the Azamara Cruise line. If you have traveled with us before, you already know that all-inclusive means exactly that and there are no surprises along the way. The Baltic Experience will be no different. And when the weather is often unbearably hot throughout most of the US in August, we will be enjoying the cool and delightful weather that makes travel in the Baltic region perfect. Once again we have the entire ship and will fill our time on board with spectacular entertainment and special guests. In addition to the cruise we have multiple pre and post cruise offerings you can choose from to extend your trip. Our last cruise sold out in record time so we encourage you to get your cabin secured soon. We look forward to traveling with you soon and as always we will work tirelessly and do everything in our control to bring you The Greatest Trip.
See you on the boat,
Women's rights gets moved to the back of the line
By Mike Huckabee
In case women really needed another reminder of this: when you let the identity politics left take over, women’s rights get moved to the end of the line. Latest example:
Meet Rachel McKinnon, a biological male who identifies as a transgender woman and who just won the gold in the 35-39 age bracket in 2018 UCI Masters Track Cycling World Championships in Los Angeles. McKinnon beat Carolien Van Herrikhuyzen of the Netherlands and American cyclist Jennifer Wagner, who are biological women, or as they used to be known, “women.”
As in many other women’s sports, it doesn’t sit too well with women who’ve spent years training to win the gold to be beaten by biological males who are allowed to compete against them because they “identify as women.” I bet there were would be many more who would protest the blatant unfairness of it if they weren’t afraid of being branded as transphobes by the Twitter mobs. (I don’t even care if they get upset when I call them a “mob.”)
McKinnon, however, has no patience with the argument that just because you’re naturally endowed with male strength and stamina, that should keep you from competing against females, because sports isn’t about performance (note: it is 100% about performance), it’s about “human rights.”
McKinnon told USA Today, “We cannot have a woman legally recognized as a trans woman in society and not be recognized that way in sports… Focusing on performance advantage is largely irrelevant because this is a rights issue. We shouldn’t be worried about trans people taking over the Olympics. We should be worried about their fairness and human rights instead.”
McKinnon also compared transgender rights in sports to racial discrimination, an apples-and-oranges argument that’s never gone over too well with African-Americans, but that’s another issue. Let’s concentrate on the claim that blocking biological men who identify as women from competing against women in sports is oppression. If sports are all about "human rights," then why should only men who identify as women be allowed to compete against women? Isn’t that oppression against men who identify as men? If you’re going to blur the gender lines that much, how can you defend segregating the sexes at all?
Let’s make female swimmers, runners and wrestlers compete against men at the Olympics. Female tennis players can play against Roger Federer, and female boxers can get in the ring with male fighters such as Anthony Joshua or Deontay “The Bronze Bomber” Wilder. Sure, it would probably spell the end of women’s sports, and a few women boxers might die in the ring, but isn’t that a small price to pay to keep transgender athletes from feeling oppressed?
Women who vote for this sort of social justice warrior insanity should realize that when they pull that "D" lever in the polls, they are flushing their own rights down the toilet. This denial of reality not only oppresses women, it oppresses common sense.
Incidentally, if you think I’m exaggerating, let me remind you of this:
Evening Edition - October 12
By Mike Huckabee
A wrap-up of all the news you might have missed yesterday!
"We love him, because he first loved us."
- 1 John 4:19
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