THE MORNING EDITION By Mike Huckabee
Good morning! Here are some stories from me that I think you will want to read. Topics include:
- Bill of Rights Day
- Tornado Update
- Omicron Update
- Prayer Tree
- And Much More
DAILY BIBLE VERSE
This verse was recommended by Gene R.
5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
And lean not on your own understanding;
6 In all your ways acknowledge Him,
And He shall direct your paths.
Proverbs 3:5-6 NKJV
THE LATEST NEWS
1. "On eve of Bill Of Rights Day: WHAT Bill Of Rights?":
Wednesday is December 15, otherwise known as Bill Of Rights Day as designated by President Franklin D. Roosevelt. The Bill Of Rights is 230 years old and starting to feel some serious wear and tear.
Believe it or not, our nation actually takes one day out of the year to pay homage to the Bill Of Rights, at least officially. The rest of the time, those ten amendments are largely trashed, as “progressives” try to dilute it, creatively misinterpret it, find ways around it, or add to it with new rights that were not intended. Leftists see this enumeration of rights mostly as an inconvenience, the dusty relic of a bygone age, believing that they, the geniuses who are so adept at running things (into the ground), should be able to assume power at will.
We’ve often quipped that today’s elected leaders, lawyers and bureaucrats read the Constitution the way W.C. Fields used to read the Bible –- looking for loopholes. But on Wednesday, it’s time for everyone to pay respect and think about what's at stake. For more about the Bill Of Rights, here’s a helpful website.
“The Bill Of Rights incorporates the basic rights every human being should have,” it says. Well, yes. But these rights are rare and precious indeed, and I don’t need to tell you that they’re gravely endangered even within our own country.
We found some surprising information on this website. For example, did you know that not all the states ratified the Bill Of Rights right away? They had enough votes in 1791, but Massachusetts, Connecticut and Georgia waited until 1939 to ratify it! No explanation given.
The Bill Of Rights, which can be viewed today in the Rotunda of the National Archives Building in Washington DC, was introduced by fourth U.S. President-to-be James Madison. (He originally drafted 19 amendments, but the list was whittled down to 10.) The Anti-Federalists had been hesitating to approve the Constitution as originally written, and it was Thomas Jefferson who suggested to Madison that a Bill Of Rights was what they needed, to guarantee “what the people are entitled to against every government on earth.”
New Jersey wast the first state to ratify it, in 1789, and the country completed this process on December 15, 1791. The bill codified our most fundamental rights: freedom of speech, freedom of religion, freedom of the press, the right to protest, due process, and equal protection under the law. (I already know what you’re thinking --- what has happened to all of these?) We also have the right to bear arms, the right against unreasonable searches and seizures, and more. It’s important to say that the government doesn’t grant us these rights; it recognizes that they belong to us by virtue of God’s grace and natural law. The Bill Of Rights was set up to prevent the government from abridging our liberties. Little did the founders know that 230 years later, the government would morph at will into a cheesy magic act and “poof!” make those rights disappear.
To that point, Jane Hampton Cook has a timely column in American Greatness, asking the question, “Have Americans Surrendered Their Liberties on the Bill Of Rights’ 230th Anniversary?”
She notes that The Bill Of Rights’ 150th anniversary happened to fall 8 days after the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, bringing us into a war in two hemispheres, World War II, with no guarantee of victory. At that time, Americans could feel what an attack on liberty was, because it was sudden and literal, with bombs and guns.
FDR believed that nothing could make Americans surrender their rights. “What we face is nothing more nor less than an attempt to overthrow and to cancel the great upsurge of human liberty of which the American Bill Of Rights is the fundamental document,” he said. If they could, our enemies would once again impose “absolute authority and despotic rule.”
Roosevelt explained that under totalitarianism, “the individual has no right by virtue of his humanity, no right to a soul, a mind, a tongue or a trade of his own or to live where he pleases,” adding that his duty is “one of obedience only to Adolf Hitler.” We see this today in societies such as China, where the CCP demands loyalty and compliance from its people –- not to mention from others even in our country who would do business there, and those in our government who would hope to maintain negotiating privileges. They’re extremely touchy and we wouldn’t want to upset them.
Sadly, as Cook points out, the American people have shown FDR to be wrong by allowing their most basic rights to be trampled. This has happened on a variety of fronts; Cook in her column focuses on the COVID-19 pandemic.
Consider this quote from Dr. Anthony Fauci: “There comes a time when you do have to give up what you consider your original right of making your own decision for the greater good of society.” And who decides what the right decision is for you to make for the greater good of society? Not you, goodness knows. It’s Dr. Fauci, of course.
It’s not my purpose here to get into the efficacy of vaccines and lockdowns, as –- note the irony –- I’d like to be able to make my general point about freedom without being blocked on social media. I’m vaccinated myself. We’re not talking about viruses right now unless you mean the metaphorical kind that are trying to weaken and even kill the Bill Of Rights. For that vital document to survive and mean anything, our love of freedom has to transcend other concerns.
“The rise of censorship, the rise of suppression of religious freedoms, of property rights, closing a million businesses without just compensation or due process...all of these –- and the rise of a kind of track-and-trace surveillance state has been troubling to people, both Democrats and Republicans,” Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., said to Tucker Carlson on FOX News recently.
He has also said this: “All of these rights that the founders of our country died for, sacrificed their properties, their livelihoods, to give us the Bill Of Rights, and all these rights over 20 months [of the pandemic] have been obliterated, taken from the American people.”
“Fear stops us from exercising critical thinking,” he said. “It allows us to believe that if we just do what we’re told, that is the only way to save our lives.”
“We’re lucky that there was a whole generation of Americans in 1776 who said it would be better to die than to not have these rights written down,” he said. “And they gave us that. They gave us the Bill Of Rights.”
Yes, but they were acting as the conduit; ultimately it was God who gave us the Bill Of Rights. Our rights have to be considered THAT SACRED. We certainly can’t let 21st Century control freaks take them away 230 years later.
2. Tornado News Update:
Rescuers are still searching for victims of the tornadoes that ravaged the Midwest over the weekend. Kentucky was hardest hit. The death toll there is now 74, but that’s expected to rise. President Biden granted requests for a state of emergency to be declared in Tennessee and Illinois to open up federal disaster relief and coordination.
This link from Fox News is continually updated with the latest developments:
Even in the midst of such terrible tragedy, stories of heroes always arise. Here’s one from a woman who was trapped in a candle factory in Kentucky that collapsed. Her boyfriend was killed, and she might have died as well. But she says an unidentified “Superman” lifted a concrete wall right off of her and three other women, allowing them to escape.
I hope in this season of giving, you will give to help the victims by donating or volunteering at www.samaritanspurse.org. They are already on the scene to help survivors. And please join me in praying for those who were killed, injured or still missing, and their families.
3. Omicron Update:
Despite the Omicron variant of COVID having spread to at least 63 nations, there had been zero deaths up until one was reported in Great Britain. But now, people are pointing out that the initial headlines said this person died OF Omicron, but the text said the patient died WITH Omicron, and there were no other details.
So did Omicron kill this patient, or did the person just happen to pick up this highly contagious disease while in the hospital for something else that killed them? That would be helpful to know, if health authorities in some countries are going to use that one death as an excuse to bring back devastating lockdowns over a disease that’s so far proven mild and may be creating more natural immunity than hospitalizations.
When this first appeared, I believed it should’ve been called the “Xi” variant, because that was the next letter in the Greek alphabet, but it was skipped over to avoid offending the President of China. Now, I’m not so sure. Maybe it shouldn’t be named after the head of the Chinese Communist Party because it doesn’t seem to be killing a lot of people.
4. Good news:
A doctor has finally confirmed that President Biden is fit for office, and that any suggestion that he is not (one poll found that 48% of Americans believe he’s not) is “ridiculous.”
The bad news: that doctor is Dr. Jill Biden, his wife whose doctorate is in education. And yet, CBS had no follow-up questions…
5. Listen to Denzel:
There aren’t many A-list Hollywood actors who would give an interview like the one Denzel Washington gave while promoting his upcoming movie, “The Tragedy of Macbeth,” and there aren’t many such interviews that I would recommend my readers read.
But you – and certainly, a lot of his fellow Hollywood actors – should definitely hear what he has to say about why he picked this Shakespearean-based role, the impact his mother and his Pentecostal minister father had on his life, the emptiness and selfishness of modern culture, and why he’s more focused on helping others, matters of faith and getting into “the short line” in Heaven.
Here’s a brief excerpt from Mr. Washington:
“The Bible says in the last days — I don’t know if it’s the last days, it’s not my place to know — but it says we’ll be lovers of ourselves. The No. 1 photograph today is a selfie, ‘Oh, me at the protest.’ ‘Me with the fire.’ ‘Follow me.’ ‘Listen to me.’
“We’re living in a time where people are willing to do anything to get followed. What is the long- or short-term effect of too much information? It’s going fast and it can be manipulated obviously in a myriad of ways. And people are led like sheep to slaughter.”
See? Not your typical Hollywood star interview!
AMERICA THE BEAUTIFUL
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6. Not Satire: Blumenthal admires Communist Party
Now that I see how much Connecticut Democrat Sen. Richard Blumenthal admires the Communist Party, it makes me all the more baffled by why he attempted to take credit he didn’t deserve for fighting communists in Vietnam.
Just to be clear: no, that’s not a Babylon Bee satire. It’s an actual news article about Blumenthal showing up at the Communist Party of Connecticut’s 102nd anniversary and awards dinner (you can tell they’re American communists because they have food.) Blumenthal said, “I am really excited and honored to be with you today and share in this remarkable occasion.” He then went on to praise the Connecticut communists for their activism and promoted the “Build Back Better” bill, the Democrats’ legalize vote fraud bill, and killing the filibuster, and of course, denounced the real enemies of America, Republicans.
Emcee Ben McManus said, “We invite you to join the Communist Party in this epic time as we make good trouble to uproot systemic racism, retool the war economy, tax the rich, address climate change, secure voting rights and create a new socialist system that puts people, peace and planet before profits.” So if you were wondering where the communists went after the fall of the Soviet Union, now you know.
PS – In case you weren’t aware of Sen. Blumenthal’s history of claiming to have fought communists when he didn’t, here’s a good account of it:
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HARK! THE HERALD ANGELS SING
Today's Christmas carol is recommended by Anne M.
1 Hark! the herald angels sing,
"Glory to the newborn King:
peace on earth, and mercy mild,
God and sinners reconciled!"
Joyful, all ye nations, rise,
join the triumph of the skies;
with th'angelic hosts proclaim,
"Christ is born in Bethlehem!"
Hark! the herald angels sing,
"Glory to the newborn King"
2 Christ, by highest heaven adored,
Christ, the everlasting Lord,
late in time behold him come,
offspring of the Virgin's womb:
veiled in flesh the Godhead see;
hail th'incarnate Deity,
pleased with us in flesh to dwell,
Jesus, our Immanuel. [Refrain]
3 Hail the heaven-born Prince of Peace!
Hail the Sun of Righteousness!
Light and life to all he brings,
risen with healing in his wings.
Mild he lays his glory by,
born that we no more may die,
born to raise us from the earth,
born to give us second birth. [Refrain]
Written by: Charles Wesley/George Whitefield
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