THE MORNING EDITION By Mike Huckabee
Good morning! Here are some stories from me that I think you will want to read. Topics include:
- Liz Cheney's New Role
- "Remain in Mexico"
- Court Decisions
- Prayer Tree
- And Much More
DAILY BIBLE VERSE
This verse was recommended by Lynne N.
I have set the Lord always before me: because he is at my right hand, I shall not be moved.
Psalm 16:8 KJV
THE LATEST NEWS
1.On Pelosi's 'Special Committee,' "Liz Cheney is the new Adam Schiff":
Last night, I appeared with Joe Concha on Sean Hannity’s TV show to talk about disgusting attempts by the administration and the media (same thing) to distort what FOX News personalities texted in real time about the Capitol Hill breach. This happened after Wyoming Rep. Liz Cheney took to the floor of Congress and, like a monster, read aloud private text messages to try to imply something nefarious.
The funniest part of that wall-to-wall media coverage, I thought, was watching someone from CNN talk about all the “lying” on FOX News. As I told Sean, the people on CNN make Jussie Smollett look like Abraham Lincoln when it comes to honesty. There was nothing untoward going on at all. This was just people saying, “Look, this is getting out of hand; it’s gonna hurt the President’s legacy and his reputation.” An honest concern. These were people who cared deeply about the President and the country and about what was happening.
As Byron York said, “The bottom line is there is much less to the texts story than the critics would have you believe. Of course, don’t look for those critics to admit that.”
I’ve been very clear from Day 1 that I strongly condemn what happened that day, and every last conservative I know feels the same way about what those chuckleheads (who were, in fact, unarmed) did. As Joe Concha said on the show, our feelings about this are well-documented.
What we’ve never heard from the other side is any real concern about the fate of the only person who lost her life to violence that day: Ashli Babbitt. This whole thing is just a political game that the Democrats are playing.
Indiana Rep. Jim Banks, current chairman of the Republican Study Committee, and Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan are the two Republican members of Congress nominated by Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy to Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s “Special Committee” who were actually denied a seat. Instead of seating these two as she was supposed to, Pelosi took it upon HERSELF to choose the only two Republicans she allowed on the committee, the aforementioned Liz Cheney and Adam Kinzinger of Illinois. She could have searched the world over and not have found two more vicious political enemies of President Trump than these. And in seating them instead of Banks and Jordan, she violated the terms of the legislation that had been passed to set up the committee in the first place. Also, as we’ve reported, she didn’t even appoint enough total committee members to comply with the law. Her committee is, by all appearances, bogus, a kangaroo court.
Obviously, the fix was in from the beginning, courtesy of Madame Speaker. This “investigation” is a sham, every bit as much as her two sham impeachments were.
Rep. Banks, in another segment of Hannity’s Tuesday show, said, “Today, we had over an hour of debate on the floor, and there was absolutely not a word spoken by Liz Cheney or the Democrats about anything related to protecting the Capitol, the breakdown of security of the Capitol...or what we’re gonna do to make sure another [similar event] doesn’t happen…...they don’t care about that. The only thing they care about is tearing down their political opponents, in this case putting their political opponents in jail. They know that [former Trump chief of staff] Mark Meadows is a good man, because they served with him for seven years.”
Meadows reached across the aisle, Banks said, even working with Liz Cheney to write over 40 bills. “They know he did nothing wrong,” Banks said, “but because he worked with Donald Trump, they want to put him behind bars.” If they could do that to Meadows, he said, imagine what they could do to any Trump supporter.
As Hannity reported Tuesday evening, the ex-Capitol Police chief said his requests for National Guard troops was denied six times by Pelosi, who had the duty of oversight. Finally, days later, his request was granted, but the damage had been done, no doubt to her delight. Significantly, President Trump had made the National Guard available to her, and so had Mark Meadows. If Trump had really wanted to have an “insurrection” on Capitol Hill, why would he have offered the services of the National Guard to thwart it?
And why did YOU, Nancy, refuse the additional security when you were in charge? THIS IS WHAT NEEDS TO BE INVESTIGATED, but she’s preventing that. Even such liberal news outlets as the Daily Beast and Politico have raised questions about the lack of security that day. But Banks told Hannity that the real reason she kept him and Jordan off the committee is that they were daring to ask about that.
“We had the leadership of the United States Capitol Police Union tell us that they weren’t prepared for what happened...they weren’t equipped for it, they weren’t trained for it. Even though there was intelligence weeks before...that something like this could happen, we were asking those questions, and that’s why Pelosi immediately fired us from the committee, because she didn’t want to go there.”
Banks said the Republicans were continuing to conduct interviews and investigate to determine what happened and how to keep the Capitol secure, and also were “telling the American people the truth about this fake, politicized commission that Pelosi and Liz Cheney and others are leading.”
“Liz Cheney is the new Adam Schiff,” he said. “She’s got her hands on emails and texts, she’s leaking them, she’s using them for political purposes and abusing her power...We’re actually digging into the facts...[to] change the bureaucratic mess that allowed that travesty to happen and make sure that something like that never happens again.”
Personally, I like what Dan Bongino said about the committee and Cheney: “This committee’s an embarrassment. It’s an immoral, unethical, unconstitutional disgrace to humanity. What Liz Cheney did last night was disgusting. Liz Cheney should never be welcomed in polite company in the Republican Party again….She decided yesterday to go and read people’s private text messages, pursuant to subpoena power they don’t have in Congress...This is an attempt to silence conservatives like you and I from communicating before the ‘22 election.” It sends the message that it’s open season on Trump supporters.
(Side note: I’d link to the HANNITY segment with Bongino but would rather spare you the nasty argument between him and Geraldo Rivera that always ensues. FOX News might think putting them on together is good for ratings, but it’s not good for television, so please think again. I digress.)
Recall that after his speech on the day of the rally, President Trump said to his supporters, “I know that everyone here will soon be marching over to the Capitol Building, to peacefully and patriotically make your voices heard...” That should be the most important take-away from the story of that day, but it’s being deliberately upstaged by all the shameless political theatre in this hideous third act.
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2. Reeder: RIP Mike Nesmith:
Of all the celebrity obituaries I’ve been called on to write, this may hit the hardest yet. Mike Nesmith, former Monkee and musical visionary, died peacefully today of natural causes at 78.
His career was so long, varied, revolutionary and legendary that I won’t even attempt to summarize it. I strongly urge you to read both of these write-ups, since they each contain different interesting facts about his life and career, pre-, post- and during the Monkees. Examples: In 1966, “The Monkees” won the Emmy for Outstanding Comedy Series and in 1967, their records outsold the Beatles and the Rolling Stones combined. And the Monkees was a flop with test audiences until they edited in the unscripted audition footage of Nesmith and Davy Jones ad-libbing, which should tell you why it really became a phenomenon.
I am a big Monkees fan, but a HUGE Mike Nesmith fan. I have two autographed First National Band albums that are among my treasured possessions. I can sing (badly) songs from memory off of albums most people have never heard of, like “Loose Salute” and “Pretty Much Your Standard Ranch Stash.” I saw him live with the Monkees in 2012 and solo a few years ago at the Kessler Theater in Dallas, where he’s always been a hometown hero. I was thrilled just to be in the same room with him at the Texas Musicians' Museum.
And I was, and still am, furious at a local concert venue that failed to tell us, after waiting through two years of COVID delays, that we had to bring COVID papers to get into his final tour with Mickey Dolenz two months ago. We (and a lot of other furious people, some of whom had driven over 200 miles) were barred from entering and missed our last chance ever to see him.
Since he was the son of a secretary who struck it rich by inventing Liquid Paper, it’s no surprise that Nesmith was incredibly creative. The songs he wrote for the Monkees were always my favorites (I can attest that “Sweet Young Thing” is the most fun to play with a garage band.) He also invented the concepts of MTV with his show “Popclips” and home video with the cassette “Elephant Parts,” was playing country rock before it was a thing, presaged the “unplugged” era with “And the Hits Just Keep On Comin’,” and pioneered many new entertainment, video and concert concepts through his company Pacific Arts. He even produced, scored and co-wrote the cult film “Time Rider.” And you could argue that he invented the rock video by making this:
But he and the Monkees still aren't in the Rock Hall of Fame, while Jay-Z and the Beastie Boys are.
The dirty hippies in the ‘60s, with their misplaced self-righteousness, attacked the Monkees as fakes because they didn’t play their own instruments on their records, unlike all the REAL bands they idolized that also didn’t play their own instruments. Many learned only recently that the same session musicians, the Wrecking Crew, who played for the Monkees also played on nearly all of those albums they thought were “authentic, man!”
That really burned Nesmith, who was a real musician and songwriter with pre-Monkees success under the name Michael Blessing and who had written “Different Drum,” which became one of Linda Ronstadt’s first hits, two years before “The Monkees” debuted. He famously put his fist through a wall in an angry confrontation with a music executive, telling him that wall could’ve been his face, and forced the studio to give the band creative control and let them play (Peter Tork was also an accomplished multi-instrumentalist.) The pop hits might’ve dropped off, but the music got a lot more interesting.
Rest in peace, Papa Nez. You are now truly an Infinite Rider on the Big Dogma. I’m sorry I didn’t get to see your last show, but considering the massive legacy you left behind, and the huge impact you had on the music industry, in your own quiet, brilliant, quirky and visionary way, we should all follow your laidback example and just be grateful for everything we got and not resent the stuff we didn’t get.
This tribute was written by "Huckabee" writer Pat Reeder.
3. A Mixed Bag of Court Decisions:
This week, we’ve seen a mixed bag of court decisions. Monday, the Supreme Court turned down two applications to block New York’s vaccine mandate on health care workers that allows for medical exemptions but not religious exemptions.
Only Justices Thomas, Alito and Gorsuch dissented. Gorsuch’s dissent was especially blistering:
"We do all this even though the State’s executive decree clearly interferes with the free exercise of religion—and does so seemingly based on nothing more than fear and anger at those who harbor unpopular religious beliefs.
We allow the State to insist on the dismissal of thousands of medical workers—the very same individuals New York has depended on and praised for their service on the pandemic’s front lines over the last 21 months. To add insult to injury, we allow the State to deny these individuals unemployment benefits too. One can only hope today’s ruling will not be the final chapter in this grim story."
By that, he meant that challenges to vaccine mandates are still making their way through lower courts, but this is not a good sign that the SCOTUS will side with religious freedom rights over unprecedented expansion of government power under the guise of a “health emergency.”
On the other hand, by the time this makes it to the Supreme Court, the virus may have petered out and the deadly effects of the mandates may have already forced their repeal. In some places, that’s already happening. Like on Joe Biden’s favorite form of transportation, Amtrak, where executives realized that trains don’t run themselves.
4. "Remain in Mexico" Policy Update
In a more positive court ruling, the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals not only refused to block another court’s order that the Biden Administration reinstate Trump’s “Remain in Mexico” policy for illegal migrants, it metaphorically cut a hickory switch and took them out back of the woodshed.
After enumerating the many ways in which Biden ignored law and court precedent to rule by decree, the Court read him the riot act, thusly:
“The Government says it has unreviewable and unilateral discretion to create and to eliminate entire components of the federal bureaucracy that affect countless people, tax dollars, and sovereign States. The Government also says it has unreviewable and unilateral discretion to ignore statutory limits imposed by Congress and to remake entire titles of the United States Code to suit the preferences of the executive branch. And the Government says it can do all of this by typing up a new ‘memo’ and posting it on the internet.
“If the Government were correct, it would supplant the rule of law with the rule of say-so. We hold the Government is wrong. The Government’s motion to vacate the judgment and remand for further proceedings is DENIED. The judgment of the district court is AFFIRMED.”
Those ALL-CAPS were a nice touch. Maybe they’ll hammer home the message that Biden’s executive order pen isn’t a magic wand.
Ironically, part of the grounds for issuing this blistering decision is the precedent established by the Democrats’ going to court to prevent Trump from undoing the unconstitutional DACA program that was created by Obama. In typical fashion, they got what they wanted, but without regard for the long term consequences that could come back and bite them in the rump when power changed hands.
All the Democrats who are pushing to do away with the Senate filibuster and strip the minority of any and all power might want to think twice about that, considering they could be looking at a long stretch at the kids’ table after next November.
5. Biden Administration begins to discharge members of the military over COVID vaccinations:
Today is the deadline for active duty military personnel to get vaccinated for COVID, and the Biden Administration has already begun to discharge service members who refuse to comply. Some Senate Republicans warned President Biden (whom, it should be noted, has never served in the military) that he is making a grave and unjust mistake, and one that would weaken US military preparedness.
While the vaccination rate is as high as 95%, some military members say if their comrades are given dishonorable discharges and lose their benefits for disagreeing with his mandate or having religious objections, they will resign, too. We could lose tens of thousands of military members over this.
I will keep you informed if Biden listens to the Republicans or changes his policy before it creates a disaster, but then I would have to because either one of those things would be headline news.
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6. More on the Moron January 6th “Investigative” Committee:
Western Journal explains why the alleged “smoking gun” text messages read by Rep. Liz Cheney actually blow up the Democrats’ entire narrative of a Trump-planned “insurrection” and expose this committee’s mission as a complete sham.
Side note: I’ve seen a number of liberal commentators lamenting that for all the histrionics about the “attempted insurrection” on January 6th, Congressional Democrats just can’t seem to get most Americans too worked up over it. They had hoped it would be a motivating campaign issue, but the public is mostly responding with boredom, annoyance, and the message, “Move on, already!” And they can’t figure out why.
Maybe it’s because since January 20th, when Biden took office, they’ve had a whole slew of problems of their own to deal with, from galloping inflation to empty store shelves to skyrocketing crime rates. Or maybe it’s because for a year prior to January 6th, they were the victims of violent rioters who burned their neighborhoods, looted their stores, assaulted them and their families, killed their police officers, and even staged assaults on federal buildings, trying to set them on fire with people inside. And through all of that, the same Democrats who now rend their garments over January 6th defended, excused, bailed out and held up as heroes those violent rioters. It was only when a mob got near them that it suddenly became the most horrible crime in history.
As bad as January 6th was, it’s understandable why so many Americans who had just suffered through the Democrats’ “Summer of Love 2020” would hear their self-serving lamentations and respond, “Cry me a Potomac River.”
8. I Just Wanted To Say:
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Today's Christmas carol is recommended by Mary.
thou little tiny child,
by by, lully lullay.
1 O sisters too,
how may we do
for to preserve this day
this poor youngling,
for whom we do sing
by by, lully lullay?
2 Herod the king,
in his raging,
charged he hath this day
his men of might,
in his own sight,
all young children to slay.
3 That woe is me,
poor child for thee!
and ever morn and day,
for thy parting
neither say nor sing
by by, lully lullay! [Refrain]
Written by: Robert Croo
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