The tail is wagging the dog

July 3, 2020 |

When a lie gets repeated so often that everyone thinks it’s true, it’s called “conventional wisdom” – maybe because it happens so often at political conventions. These days, the conventional wisdom is that Americans are clamoring for European-style, cradle-to-grave Socialism Lite. Don’t buy it.

Throughout the Bush-Obama era, the media kept repeating “failed conservative policies” until even a lot of so-called conservatives believed it. Well, what a difference a few years make. We tried leftist policies. They resulted in a sluggish economy, depressed job growth, rising income inequality, reduced wealth and opportunities for minorities, rising class and racial divisions, and abroad, a decline in US prestige and leadership and the advancement and emboldening of our enemies, including a terrorist “JV team” metastasizing into a worldwide threat.

Polls began to show that most Americans wanted the government to do less and spend less. In France, where an actual Socialist was elected President, his huge tax hikes crashed the economy and made socialism as popular with the French as cheese in a can. The media were shocked when voters turned right in the next election. They should’ve known that nothing turns people off of socialism like actually experiencing it. (See “Venezuela.”) The elites responded by doubling down on the arrogance, condescension and name-calling of those who dared to challenge their divine right to rule. The people were forced to make their point even more clearly by shutting down large sections of the country with massive protests, and demanding their culture and secure national borders back.

It is a shame that we have to keep relearning the hard way that top-down, big government solutions and leftist utopian fantasies don’t work in reality. Young people can almost be excused for believing in socialism for the same reason they believe in the Tooth Fairy: they are empty vessels who get filled with whatever adults pour into them. We’ve been dangerously remiss in allowing leftists to take over our schools and fill those precious vessels with mental pollution.

But Republicans who promised small government and fiscal responsibility should know better. Instead, too many let deficits skyrocket, stuffed budgets with pork, and became cheerleaders for big government and disdainful toward the very Americans who put them in office. These so-called “conservatives” slammed me in 2007 for not being a “real conservative” because I pointed out problems in the economy that were hurting working people and criticized the lack of oversight of Wall Street’s excesses. Two years later, they wanted to spend $700 billion of our grandkids’ money to save Wall Street from its excesses. They abandoned government’s rightful role as a tough-but-impartial referee and wanted to use its power to pick winners and losers in the market. Is that “real conservatism?”

The truth is that voters didn’t turn their backs on conservatism, Republican politicians did. Democrats didn’t sweep to power in 2008 by claiming to be government-bloating tax-and-spenders, but by swearing they’d changed and were now fiscally responsible. Of course, once they gave Obama, Pelosi and Reid unlimited power, voters quickly realized their terrible mistake and gave the House back to the GOP in the next election. But too many Republicans had already squandered their credibility, so when Democrats ballooned the deficit, they could deflect criticism by simply pointing at their opponents’ own record.

From Jefferson’s belief that government closest to the people governs best to Reagan’s faith in free markets, from low taxes to letting markets instead of government make business decisions, conservative ideas work whenever they’re tried. Before China kneecapped our economy by allowing a pandemic to spread worldwide, we were all enjoying the fruits of Trump’s agenda, which mostly consisted of doing the opposite of whatever Obama did.

Obama mocked Trump for saying we could bring back manufacturing jobs and strong GDP growth, saying that Trump didn’t have a “magic wand.” But the only magic needed was a simple disappearing act: getting government out of the way! Before the pandemic, we had record low unemployment in every demographic, very strong job creation and regularly set new stock market records. And despite the gloom and doomers claiming that the pandemic would launch us into a new Depression that would last years, the economy began rebounding as soon as the heavy foot of government started being lifted and people were allowed to go back to work.

I expected this because the underlying economy was and is very strong. It took a massive effort and unjustified draconian lockdowns mostly in blue states to throttle it and keep it from roaring back. This is why I can’t quite believe polls showing that Americans are eager to replace Trump with Joe Biden, the “Walking Dead” remnant of the slow-growth Obama years, who has surrounded himself with people who can’t wait to bloat government, raise taxes, spend like drunken sailors, regulate everything that moves, and turn the whole country into a coast-to-coast version of one of the failing cities they’ve run for decades

Then again, you never know: New Yorkers lived through the nightmare of the Dinkins years, elected Rudy Giuliani, who miraculously saved the city (ignoring Democrats who routinely called him a Nazi and a fascist) and Bloomberg, who continued Rudy’s policies and kept it going – then for some unfathomable reason, decided they were tired of a well-run, successful city that wasn’t knee-deep in garbage, plagued with crime and stinking of urine. So they elected Dinkins’ protégé, Bill DeBlasio. Those cannot remember the past are doomed to repeat it, but unfortunately, they keep voting to force everyone else to repeat the same mistakes with them.

Gandhi once said, "If Christians would really live according to the teachings of Christ, as found in the Bible, all of India would be Christian today." I think if all politicians really followed the principles they espouse to get elected, all of America would be conservative today. Much of it already is. Look at the 2016 county-by-county voting map (a sea of red dotted by small islands of blue, with people streaming from the blue to red areas in U-Hauls every day.) Even among Democratic Party voters, only 19% identify themselves as “very liberal.” Our biggest problem isn’t that most Americans “are socialists now.” It’s that party leaders and the media are wildly out of touch with most Americans, and they are the ones with the 24-hour PR apparatus known as the news media and social media. It amplifies the liberal side and suppresses the conservative side so much that not only is the tail wagging the dog, but it’s like a Chihuahua’s tail wagging a St. Bernard.

What Americans need is fewer politicians who think they can tell us what to do and more who actually do what we sent them to Washington to do once they arrive there.

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  • Stephanie Spradley

    08/02/2020 01:26 PM

    How can the citizens get people like Palosi removed from gov. Would it have an impact if the US citizens started a petition stating we wanted her (and a few others) out of our government would that have any kind of impact?

  • fran stumpf

    07/30/2020 06:29 PM

    Mike please explain to me where Faucci has the right to force us to wear masks, and now wear goggles. ? Yep. what real authority does this person have. Who gives him the right to start taking the right of the people away with his opinion only ? Is he just a puppet for the WHO determined to cause disruption to the American people ? This has to stop but I don't see anyone stepping in to knock him off his pedestal. There is so very much confusion on what is what and by who. It is some one or Group..(Dems) taking our freedom away for their own power and control of this great country of America. Trying to keep us out of communication and keep us home in fear so that the polls can be manipulated with mail in ballots. Why are we not hearing more from Pro-Americans to defend out Constitution ? Judicial Watch is doing so very much but the low life's controlling the House , FBI and CIA are skipping out. No one is being held accountable. WHY?
    Every day I PRAY that someone or somehow all the lies and dishonesty blows up in their faces.
    Some of us cannot go to our Governor because they are promoting there own agenda and disregarding equality for all. Yes I live in a blue state and he's destroying it.
    I know I speak for others with frustration on the issues. Other than Jesus and God coming down, we have to help ourselves with his help. WE THE PEOPLE need a way to stop the Dems however it is almost impossible with the corrupt mail in ballot process.
    I would like your input on my and others frustrations. What else is there ?

    Thank you so very much for allowing me to vent.

  • MarySue Nance

    07/14/2020 06:02 AM

    Thank you Governor Huckabee! You are a breath of fresh air, and a common sense voice in the overwhelming noise of leftist media! God Bless You, Sir!

  • Susan walker

    07/12/2020 10:31 AM

    Mike the real problem is twofold. 1) the republicans made abortions and gay marriage their capstone pieces of their agenda. This has ostracized many voters and caused numerous people to decide the Republican Party is not for them. God loves everyone including gay people and he accepts people as they are then changes them from within in his own way and time. This was a major issue and still continues. You lose more people every year. 2). You all continue to support trump unequivocally even when he is an absolute ninny. Call him out. Let someone run against him. Be honest about his shortcomings. I believe conservative politics is better but trumps version of how he treats people has not made him much of a poster child. Many people are having a hard time with the lack of transparency in republicans not that the democrats do any better. But when they have media power they can often make themselves look better. But republicans can be much better. I wish you or someone else people could respect a bit more than trump would run. Skyline who is willing to work with both sides and bring healing. Even if they ran now they would win.

  • gail and mike murphy

    07/12/2020 03:55 AM

    There is blame on both sides.....but what is going on today.....I never thought this country would see the rise in Communism....destruction of our way of life, getting rid of our police, obliterate our government, Constitution......and who is behind this.....the Democrats.....they are doing everything they can to get control and power.....and if they do.....this country will be no better than Venezuela

  • Julie Pope

    07/11/2020 05:26 PM

    This is the most sensible article about our current situation I've read in a long while. Thanks!

  • Marie T Luisi

    07/11/2020 04:31 PM

    Governor it’s so refreshing to read common sense for a change. Quite frankly the left and the socialist Dem party have miscalculated the mood of the American people. We were made prisoners for almost four months because of misinformation Fauci and Birx gave to Trump and he had to close the country. Now because Trump is battling back they pull riots and protests. Now people are angry. The Dem party will go down in defeat on Nov 3 I’m totally convinced. The American people don’t want Commhnism and they do not like the govt meddling in their lives. I see Trump taking 48 states easily.

  • David Hamilton

    07/08/2020 09:34 PM

    stop the insanity!!!

  • Rob Pollock

    07/06/2020 09:07 PM

    You're commentary is right on the money. The trick is to connect with voters directly, going around all media outlets. If Trump does so & can connect on traditional American values he will win - the recovery will happen by year end.

  • Judy Ledford

    07/06/2020 02:47 PM

    Thanks to Mike Huckabee for keeping us updated on what's the truth"!

  • Sorina Suma Christian

    07/06/2020 02:37 PM

    Perfect. Really brilliant. Well done, you.

  • Noelle

    07/06/2020 08:48 AM

    Trump needs to win in 2020

  • Teresa Holder

    07/06/2020 07:25 AM

    Thank you Mike for this article and spreading truth. Every never Trumper Republican needs to be voted out of office and get people with a backbone to stand up and support our constitution and all it stands for!

  • Michael D Nivens

    07/05/2020 08:05 AM

    Gandhi was a Communist tool

  • Virginia Cobb

    07/04/2020 01:57 PM

    I support Trump all the way

  • Thomas Forbes

    07/04/2020 11:32 AM

    Trump 2020

  • Armand B Arce

    07/04/2020 11:12 AM

    Thank you Mike Huckabee for telling the truth and spreading the good news that the silent majority need to spread.

  • Donna Schroeder

    07/03/2020 08:42 PM

    Great article-right on the mark

  • Alys Chew

    07/03/2020 06:54 PM

    So true!

  • james randolph

    07/03/2020 06:32 PM

    Hey Mike -
    How about CLASS ACTION CIVIL LAWSUITS for BREACH OF OATH?
    Violate the oath - face lawsuits determined to shame and punish ...

    Oath of Office (Senate, House is similar)
    I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter: So help me God.

  • Eileen A Weber

    07/03/2020 06:27 PM

    Thank you, Mike Huckabee for this post.

  • Maria Garza

    07/03/2020 06:06 PM

    Dont be surprised if deep south Texas (the blue) goes red.

  • Wayne E Clark

    07/03/2020 05:57 PM

    I believe this to be absolutely right. Politicians, no matter what party, change once they are exposed to the water inside the belt way. it's a perfect example of why we need term limits.

  • Carl Hultgren

    07/03/2020 05:17 PM

    Amen ????

  • Barbara Roth

    07/03/2020 04:03 PM

    You're right on, Gov. Huckabee! Keep speaking out!!!