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Today's Commentary --- Fake news in America -- Medicare for all -- The Democrat Response to President Trump's State of the Union Speech -- Ainsworth: The Roger Stone raid --- is this really America? -- An A-B comparison of our political parties -- Blast from the past -- Survey results -- RNC stands behind Trump -- Evening Edition -- Daily Verse
Back when computers first began taking over record-keeping, wags used to joke that they were a miracle of science: they could make mistakes ten times faster than any human could.
Little did we realize that eventually would come the Internet, social media and people who build their lives around finding things to get outraged and offended over. Those innovations combined with the latest computer technology have allowed fake news to be disseminated with a speed and scale that makes first-generation embarrassing computer errors look like nothing. Meanwhile, computer users now leap to conclusions faster than Superman can leap a tall building.
We’re still cleaning up the mess from last week’s media frenzies over the fake news from Buzzfeed about Michael Cohen and from all over about the Covington Catholic school kids. Then we got hit with two more leftist media meltdowns, both over stories that seemed to be very different on closer examination they were when they came vomiting out of our Twitter feeds.
Medicare for all
By Mike Huckabee
Just as socialism is incredibly popular with people who are unable to define what it is, so “Medicare For All” is currently a popular cry for the umpteen Democrats already running for President and their followers, none of whom understand how much it would cost or how it would work. Its boosters proudly point to one poll showing that 71% of Americans back “Medicare For All” when told it will “guarantee health insurance as a right for all Americans.” They also like it when they’re told it would eliminate premiums and lower out-of-pocket costs. Problem is, that’s all they’re being told.
A brand new survey by the nonpartisan Kaiser Family Foundation puts support for “Medicare For All” at 56%. Still a frighteningly large number. But when respondents were told that government-run health care would also lead to higher taxes (they didn't realize that someone has to pay for all that “free” health care?), support dropped to 37%. And when told it could lead to delays in treatment, support dwindled to 26%.
The Democrat Response to President Trump's State of the Union Speech
By Mike Huckabee and Pat Reeder
With the State of the Union Address back on, Trump economic adviser Larry Kudlow offered suggestions for what Trump should say to tout his many economic victories.
Ainsworth: The Roger Stone raid --- is this really America?
By Laura Ainsworth
We’ve had almost a week now to try to digest the FBI’s raid on the home of Roger Stone, and it’s sitting even heavier on the stomach than it did right after the initial shock of it. You know how it is when you feel a little sick, and just have to sit quietly and take shallow breaths? It’s that kind of feeling. Unsettling.
Thanks to CNN --- and I sincerely mean that; it’s important that we have a record of this --- we got a good look at what our government has become in 2019, and future generations will see it, too. If the purpose of having cameras there was to intimidate possible targets and witnesses, it appears to have backfired and succeeded in turning a lot of people into concerned civil libertarians. Not enough of them, though.
The bad news is, there are also a lot of Americans applauding this: the ones seething with Trump-rage, the people who hate him so much that they don’t even care what has to happen to take him down. That’s really the scariest part, because their approval is providing the necessary political cover for an out-of control special counsel, DOJ and FBI. Joy Behar spoke for them all when she said they were just desperate to get rid of Trump. These people (media included) need to try using their tragically inadequate little pea-brains for just a moment and consider what else they might be getting rid of in this gasoline fire they’ve started, such as the possibility of civil discourse and, especially, the integrity of our institutions of law and justice. They’re burning it all down. Maybe they’ll get rid of Trump and maybe they won’t, but we have to ask what will be left when they’re through.
An A-B comparison of our political parties
By Mike Huckabee
For those who claim there’s no difference between the two major political parties, an A-B comparison...
This op-ed argues that the first priority for Republicans post-shutdown should be to continue their push to advance religious freedom rights:
And for Democrats, their first priority post-shutdown was to propose removing all “gender-specific” language from the witness oath for the House Committee on Natural Resources and to strike any mention of “God” by removing the phrase, “so help me God.”
So do you really think the two parties' priorities are interchangeable?
Blast from the past
By Mike Huckabee
As long as we’re doing a multiple-choice version of Fake News Wednesday, here’s a blast from the past: Remember the Russian model and alleged escort who was in jail in Thailand on sex-related charges during the 2016 election? She claimed to have information about a Russian oligarch working with Trump’s campaign to interfere in the US election. That set off a US media frenzy that got her sprung from jail and returned to Russia.
Well, after all this time, she’s finally admitted that she made the whole story up to play the American media for suckers. She figured that to them, claiming to know something about Trump colluding with Russia would be like waving a steak at a pack of hungry dogs, and it worked. She told CNN (ironically), “I think it saved my life, how can I regret it? If journalists had not come at that time and that story had not come to the newspapers, maybe I would die [be dead by] now.”
She has a point. At least, the only thing that’s dead now is the media’s reputation for journalistic integrity, and they’d already snuffed that out anyway without her help.
By Mike Huckabee
With the shutting down of all non-Trump Congressional investigations, do you think the new attorney general should appoint a special counsel/special ethics committee to investigate Hillary and her 2016 campaign?
14,971 YES VOTES
138 NO VOTES
130 UNDECIDED VOTES
RNC stands behind Trump
By Mike Huckabee
As expected, the Republican National Committee unanimously passed a resolution confirming that it stands behind President Trump. The RNC said in light of the constant media attacks on Trump and other things (I assume they mean the mule-headed “resistance” of Democrats to working with him, the good of the country be hanged), they felt it was necessary to stand up on behalf of his grassroots supporters.
Unlike the 2016 Democratic Primaries, where Hillary’s campaign practically used the DNC as a hand puppet, the RNC resolution doesn’t change the primary rules in Trump’s favor or discourage other Republicans from challenging him. But rivals might be discouraged by knowing that the RNC unanimously supports Trump and rejects the anti-Trump media hype.
Also, a recent Zogby poll for 2020 showed that Trump has the support of 64 percent of Republicans, with his closest potential rival being Mitt Romey at only 9 percent. Fellow pebble-in-Trump’s-loafer Jeff Flake brings up the rear with 1% support. I wouldn’t be surprised if he took that as a sign to jump into the race. Although it’s worth noting that the poll has a margin of error of plus or minus 5.6%, so it’s possible that Flake has the support of a negative 4.6% of Republicans. Sounds about right.
Evening Edition - January 29
By Mike Huckabee
A wrap-up of all the news you might have missed yesterday!
Daily Verse (KJV)
"For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end."
– Jeremiah 29:11
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