Today's Newsletter September 20 Edition

September 20, 2017

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Today's Commentary:  The de-facto leader of the Senate -- Bernie:  Democrats refused to reach independents -- Trump moves to lift ban  --Email reveals dismaying advice to Hillary -- First Amendment woes -- News Bits 

 

Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer was caught on a hot mic telling colleagues that “Trump likes us,” and that he advised Trump that he needs to work with Democrats to get things done. For all the heated words being thrown around by Republicans over the DACA deal and this hot mic slip, I’d suggest that Chuck Schumer is no novice, and I seriously doubt he doesn’t know when his mic is on. This could be calculated for effect, and "Republicans attacking Republicans" is the exact effect he calculated it would create.

In the meantime, I’d also remind them that if Trump is dealing with Democrats to get anything done, it’s because they aren’t giving him much alternative. How much of his agenda have Ryan and McConnell gotten passed? (Many conservatives believe they don’t want to pass it, particularly immigration, where they side with Democrats against their own base. Skeptical conservatives believe that Democrats want to legalize illegal immigrants to inflate their declining voter base while Republicans want to insure cheap labor for their corporate donors, and neither give a flying fig about struggling American workers.)

Sheriff David Clarke made a good observation on Sean Hannity’s show on Fox News: Thanks to ineffective Republican leadership and the Senate refusing to do away with the Democrats’ ability to filibuster everything, Clark said Trump has to deal with Chuck Schumer because he’s now the “de facto leader of the Senate.” If Republicans don’t like that, they have the power to do something about it. Whether they have the will to stop squabbling amongst themselves and do it is an open question.

Sincerely,

Mike Huckabee

 

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Bernie: Democrats failed to reach independents

By Mike Huckabee

Bernie Sanders refuses to take the blame for Hillary Clinton losing. He says Democrats failed to reach out to Independents, his supporters could vote for whomever they wanted, and besides, he “worked as hard as he could” to make her President. And he has a point. There’s a movie called “Fitzcarraldo,” about a man who becomes obsessed with dragging a huge steamship over a mountain to a river in the Peruvian jungle and how it nearly destroys him. Before blasting Bernie for not being able to drag her over the finish line, Hillary should watch that movie and ponder the sheer enormity of the task she expected him to accomplish.

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Trump moves to lift ban

By Mike Huckabee

The Interior Department is changing some 30-year-old regulations that could lift the ban on drilling for oil and gas in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Before Stephen Colbert goes to the trouble of writing a sketch about Donald Trump clubbing a caribou, it should be noted that any drilling would still require Congressional action, it would help local tribes living in poverty, and it would impact only 1% of the total land area. All of that aside, expect to see the sketch of Trump clubbing a caribou anyway.

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Email reveals dismaying advice to Hillary

By Mike Huckabee

Thanks to Judicial Watch’s relentless judicial-watching, still more Hillary Clinton emails have come to light. And we learn that in the back-and-forth between Clinton and top aide Huma Abedin, some dismaying advice came to the then-Secretary of State from a seemingly unlikely corner: Huma Abedin’s mother.

Recall that Saleha Abedin was –- and still is, if my understanding is correct –- editor-in-chief of the Journal of Muslim Minority Affairs, which has published material very much in conflict with our idea of women’s rights and even casting blame on America for 9/ll (Yes, it actually did; an excerpt from that essay was published by the New York Post).

So I suppose it’s not surprising that while preparing for her 2010 speech at a Saudi women’s college, Hillary was advised by Saleha Abedin not to use such words as “democracy/elections/freedom” (I am not kidding) or to say anything about women’s empowerment. “Don’t sound sympathetic to women’s plight,” as the students would be “extremely annoyed.” And whatever, you do, don’t mention the idea of women driving! They don’t want to hear about that.

Clinton did follow her suggestions for the speech; according to an analysis done by FOX News, even the word “freedom” does not appear at any point. It makes one wonder what she had left to talk about during her opportunity to speak with these young college women. The latest designs for headscarves?

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First Amendment woes

By Mike Huckabee

Another way to tell you’re getting old: you can remember when college campuses were specifically designed to encourage free speech and the free exchange of ideas. In a shocking new survey of 1500 US undergraduates by a Brookings Institution senior fellow, fully half of the students (including 62% of Democrats) think it’s perfectly acceptable to shout down “controversial” speakers so they can’t be heard. Worse, one-fifth said it’s acceptable to use physical violence to silence a speaker who makes “offensive and hurtful statements.” Not surprisingly, many are unclear on what the First Amendment even says. Six in 10 think that it requires a speaker of an opposing view to counter any controversial speaker on campus. And 4 in 10 think it doesn’t protect “hate speech.” I wonder how many out of 10 think that “hate speech” means any speech they hate?

Say, here's a crazy idea for college students. Take a break from shouting and swinging bike locks and read the First Amendment. It's only 45 words, so it shouldn't take most of you that long.

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News Bits

The left seems to think we should let celebrities influence our political beliefs. Okay, then what does one of the biggest stars in the world, Ringo Starr of the Beatles, have to say about all the “resistance” to Trump’s election?... Uh, hmm…Well, it turns out maybe the left doesn’t want you to be influenced by this particular celebrity’s opinion. All the more reason to click the link and read it.

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Look, up in the sky! It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s a big load of heavy-handed PC virtue-signaling ruining Superman! Someone should tell DC Comics what happened to Marvel’s sales when they started turning their longtime superheroes into Social Justice Warriors. Hint: they dropped like Thor’s hammer.

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Friday, a federal judge sided with Chicago officials in a lawsuit against the Trump Justice Department, ruling that it can’t withhold federal grant money from “sanctuary cities” that refuse to abide by federal law and cooperate with immigration officials. And where is this federal judge? If you guessed “Chicago,” you win an autographed picture of Mike Ditka!

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