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Today's Commentary --- Trump was falsely accused, so where are the apologies? -- Border News -- Journalists not investigators --- 9th Circuit rules against Kate Steinle's parents -- Obamacare back in the news -- Laura Ainsworth: The FBI's long, proud history of political spying -- "Green New Deal" put to a vote -- Pulitzer prizes? -- Evening Edition -- Daily Verse
Our esteemed intelligence community got it spectacularly wrong. So it appears that we have one of two possible explanations:
1) The top people at the DOJ (Loretta Lynch), CIA (John Brennan) and FBI (Andrew McCabe, James Comey and that crowd) were unwitting dupes, easily “played” by Hillary’s henchmen at Fusion GPS because they hated Trump so much. They truly believed that Donald Trump was selling America down the river for Vladimir Putin.
2) The top people at the DOJ (Lynch), CIA (Brennan) and FBI (that crowd) were willing accomplices, knowingly “playing along” with Hillary’s henchmen at Fusion GPS because they hated Trump so much? They deliberately pushed the false narrative that Donald Trump was selling America down the river for Vladimir Putin.
It’s one or the other, and neither is good. Stunningly incompetent or thoroughly corrupt.
By Mike Huckabee
“Denial ain’t just a river on the Texas border” Dept. Down on the border, where we all know there is no “crisis” or “emergency,” Mexican drug gangs are now attacking each other with military grenade launchers…
And in video that I swear is not a clip from the old “Benny Hill Show,” police in Encino, Texas, stopped a pickup truck for a routine traffic stop and 22 illegals came pouring out of it in 11 seconds flat. Add your own soundtrack of "Yakety Sax."
Journalists not investigators
By Mike Huckabee
CNN president Jeff Zucker still refuses to admit that to most of the public, CNN’s motto is no longer “This...is CNN” but “What...is fact-checking?” The network that gave us a ‘round-the-clock hysteria fest over “Russian collusion” (not to mention trying to turn Michael Avenatti into a TV star) apparently thinks it had no obligation to find out if any of the outrageous things they were saying about the President of the United States being a Russian mole were true.
Zucker wrote in an email, “We are not investigators. We are journalists, and our role is to report the facts as we know them, which is exactly what we did.”
I hate to break this to him, but the first job of a journalist is to investigate, so that they may find out what the facts are before reporting them. Simply repeating whatever rumors some unnamed source tells you doesn’t make you a “journalist,” it makes you the town gossip with a TV studio.
And what good are “the facts as we know them,” if the “facts” that you know are false, which means they aren’t facts at all? That’s like the currently-popular nonsense phrase, “You must share your truth.” If it’s actually the truth, then it’s not just “your” truth, it’s THE truth. If it’s only true to you, then it’s not the truth, it’s just your opinion.
Hey, I freely admit that I write and voice my opinions every day. But I don’t claim to be a news network or a journalist. I am a commentator. Still, I try to base my opinions on real facts that are actually true. In that sense, maybe I am more of a journalist or a news network than CNN is these days.
In the meantime, the White House took the offensive by sending to the media a list of some of the outrageous and outrageously wrong things various “experts” said on their outlets and questioning whether they think these people deserve to be booked again, given their record. But to be fair, they are called “talking heads,” not “talking brains.”
Even if the news networks stubbornly refuse to acknowledge their madness, that doesn’t mean the rest of us can’t have some fun with it by filling out our “March Madness” news source brackets. See how you would rank which news outlet went the most bat-poop mad over the Mueller investigation and the Russian collusion delusion. The winner gets a trophy and a year's supply of Prozac.
9th Circuit rules against Kate Steinle's parents
By Mike Huckabee
A three-judge panel of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco unanimously ruled that the parents of the late Kate Steinle can’t sue the city for negligence over the death of their daughter at the hands of an illegal immigrant who was released from jail by the sheriff’s department in defiance of ICE’s request that he be held for them to pick up for deportation for the sixth time.
One of the judges was nominated by President Trump, and he was sympathetic to the family, but he said that unfortunately, under the existing law, the sheriff was within his authority to order his office not to cooperate with federal authorities. In short, California has legalized criminal negligence by authorities that results in the death of US citizens. He said that can be changed only by California’s state and municipal political branches of government, “or perhaps by Congress.”
Well, we know it won’t be changed by the California (sanctuary) state government, and certainly not by San Francisco’s (sanctuary) city government. That leaves it to Congress, where the House is now run by Democrats, who would rather abolish ICE than deport violent criminal illegal aliens. So if you want to see justice for the Steinle family and restore safety and sanity to our immigration policies and criminal law enforcement, then I’d urge you to vote Republican in 2020 as if your life and the lives of your family depended on it.
Obamacare back in the news
By Mike Huckabee
Obamacare is suddenly back in the news, and Democrats who can’t wipe the egg off their faces over the Mueller report are gladly seizing on it to change the subject.
After a long period of inaction on the subject, the Trump Justice Department has sided with a Texas district judge who ruled the entire Affordable Care Act unconstitutional. The Supreme Court ruled that Congress had the power to enact it if it were classified as a tax (citing the mandate requiring people to buy insurance or pay a fee to the IRS.) But the Texas judge agreed with the states challenging the ACA that when the Republican Congress partially repealed Obamacare by eliminating the individual mandate, that rendered the entire bill unconstitutional.
There are other conflicting rulings, and this will end up back in the Supreme Court again. Knowing the SCOTUS’ history of bending over backwards to find any way to justify protecting the ACA, it’s unlikely they’ll uphold the Texas judge.
But with the Trump DOJ arguing that he’s correct, Democrats immediately played the “Republicans don’t care about people” card, claiming that they want to scrape the ACA’s protections for Americans with preexisting conditions. This would be easier to counter if the GOP Congress had done what it promised and passed a full “repeal and replace” bill rather than cutting away at it in bits and pieces. Americans are justifiably concerned with rising health care costs and how to cover people who need medical care they can’t afford.
Nobody wants anyone to go without needed treatment, and finding market-based ways to cover those who can’t afford coverage while bringing down costs for those who can should have been the focus from day one. That’s what I was advocating ten years ago, but back then, Nancy Pelosi and the Democrats were in charge and they locked out the opposition and forced their plan onto everyone (déjà vu!) We got a Trojan horse bill designed more to destroy private insurance and lead us into single-payer government health care than provide the best coverage for the lowest cost.
What we should do now is finally have that discussion about how to cover those who need help while providing choice, quality and affordability to everyone else. But with Nancy Pelosi and the Democrats back in charge, a presidential election season looming, and the Trump DOJ arguing for the entire ACA to be tossed out, what we’re likely to get instead is at least two more years of hearing that Republicans want sick people to suffer and die, while Democrats refuse to work with them to prevent that from happening.
And some people really think the government should be in charge of ALL their health care?
Laura Ainsworth: The FBI's long, proud history of political spying
By Laura Ainsworth
Even when I was a kid, I knew the FBI had done some bad things. My parents told me.
We lived in Texas, in an area that was then bright blue, although I think that was before “blue” and “red” were even used to designate Democrats and Republicans. Mine was one of the few Republican families in our school district, and my parents were very well-informed. (Even though my dad was a cool jazz musician, the first date he ever took my mom on was to a meeting of the Young Republicans. Isn’t that just the best?) Thanks to my dad, I got to read a lot about government and politics at an early age, and my favorite book was George Orwell’s masterpiece “1984.” I still think it is genius –- and when I see where technology is going and how easy it is to control minds, it scares the hell out of me.
"Green New Deal" put to a vote
By Mike Huckabee
True to his word, yesterday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell scheduled a vote on the “Green New Deal” plan put up by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the one which, depending on who you listen to, will either result in a CO2-free America that stops climate change, or cost $93 trillion, destroy the economy, return us to the 18th century and transform America into a socialist wasteland. Since several Democrats running for President and many in Congress have mouthed support for it, assuming there will be no repercussions because it will never pass, McConnell decided to let them put $93 trillion of other people’s money where their mouths are and go on the record as officially voting to endorse it.
The final vote was a crushing 57-0 against. All the Republicans and four Senators who vote with the Democrats (Joe Manchin of West Virginia, Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona, Doug Jones of Alabama and independent Angus King of Maine) voted no. Forty-three Democrats and Independents who vote with them voted “Present” to avoid going on the record either way. Nobody voted for it.
Democrats griped that the vote was a “political stunt,” but McConnell said, “If you’re going to sign on to nonsense, you ought to have to vote for nonsense.” AOC herself was particularly incensed, sending out a number of tweets slamming the Republicans for unconscionably scheduling a vote on a bill she proposed (I’m not certain she’s figured out yet how this whole “lawmaking” thing works.) If nothing else, the vote provided an opportunity for Republican Sen. Mike Lee to argue against it using some hilarious graphics that you can see at the link.
AOC seemed to take the mockery personally, and sent out a flurry of angry tweets, including one attacking Lee that read, “If this guy can be Senator, you can do anything.”
Her friends should advise her NEVER to try to insult another Congress member by questioning how somebody like that ever got elected to Congress. It will only result in awkward, uncomfortable glances between everyone around her.
By Mike Huckabee
Did Milli Vanilli keep their Grammy Award? Did Lance Armstrong keep his Tour de France trophies? So why should the New York Times and Washington Post get to keep their Pulitzer Prizes for their “deeply sourced” and “relentlessly reported coverage” of Trump/Russia “collusion?” That’s like giving Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez a MacArthur Genius Grant.
There were some great suggestions that the Times’ and Post’s Pulitzers be taken away and given to reporters such as Sara Carter and Catherine Herridge, or Judicial Watch head Tom Fitton, or I might add Greg Jarrett and John Solomon. You know, people who have performed real journalism, kept digging despite countless obstacles and stonewalling, and uncovered the truth that powerful people didn’t want the public to know. Unfortunately, the Pulitzer Committee doesn’t necessary reward that. They’d rather reward people who spread lies about the “right” people than the truth about the “wrong” (or “left”) people.
Keep this up and a Pulitzer Prize is going to be considered as meaningless as a Nobel Peace Prize.
Evening Edition - March 26
By Mike Huckabee
A wrap-up of all the news you might have missed yesterday!
Daily Verse (KJV)
"But Jesus said, Suffer little children, and forbid them not, to come unto me: for of such is the kingdom of heaven."
– Matthew 19:14
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