Looking back at 2018

December 31, 2018 |

Today is New Year’s Eve, so I wanted to be the first to wish you a Happy and Prosperous New Year!  I thought I’d also use today to catch up with some news from the past week, and to take a look back at 2018.

First of all, let’s dispense with the news you might have missed while enjoying your Christmas break (and no, I will not call it “Winter Break,” as public schools now do – who in their right mind celebrates the coming of winter, other than owners of ski resorts and peddlers of cold remedies?) 

The partial government shutdown continues, and it will be interesting to see how long it will continue past New Year’s Day before anyone notices it.  Democrats who think it will only harm Republicans to keep it dragging on should think about whether they really want Americans pondering why so many government employees are considered non-essential when we have a $21 trillion+ national debt. 

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Of course, the PR arm of the Democratic Party, by which I mean the mainstream media, is running 24/7 negative stories, blaming President Trump for the shutdown and touting polls showing that a majority of Americans want Trump and Congressional Democrats to compromise on funding a border wall -- even though the White House reportedly offered to accept $2.5 billion instead of $5 billion, which is sort of the definition of “compromise.” I wonder how you can possibly compromise with someone like Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, who channeled his inner Taylor Swift in declaring that they will never, ever, ever fund a border wall? 

When Democrats rejected Trump’s $5 billion request, claiming it was too expensive, that was laughable enough, considering that to them, $5 billion in tax money is couch cushion change.  It enters the realm of the absurd when they make the same claim about $2.5 billion, which for them is like the “Take a penny” tray at the 7-11 cash register.  

As I noted last week, the Democrats’ willingness to shut down the government rather than do anything to secure the border and enforce laws on illegal immigration marks a historic milestone for “The Party of Big Government.”  They’ve actually found something more important to them than government: protecting illegal immigration.

That position might be harder to keep defending, considering the news piling up regarding illegal immigration, which includes:

A man who is reportedly an illegal immigrant with gang affiliations and two previous DWI arrests (yet who was still walking around free in California, of course) was arrested for allegedly killing a sheriff’s deputy in Bakersfield who stopped him on suspicion of drunk driving (incidentally, the deputy was a legal immigrant from Fiji)…


…ICE is releasing hundreds of migrants a day in El Paso, where the city is struggling to deal with housing them and giving medical treatment to those carrying diseases…


And yet another caravan of up to 15,000 migrants is forming in Honduras, although it’s possible they might be planning to stay in Mexico. 


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And what would New Year’s Eve be without a look back at some high- (and low-) lights of the previous year?

Sen. Rand Paul released his 2018 edition of “The Waste Report,” his annual round-up of the most egregious wastes of taxpayer money.   They included $10 million to support tourism in Egypt, $50,000 to teach female entrepreneurs in India how to “vlog,” $200,000 to put on plays in Afghanistan; and from the science grants at the NIH, over $2.4 million to study daydreaming, nearly $76,000 to blow leaf blowers at lizards, and $874,503 to study the sex habits of quails on cocaine.  I think the NIH grants are also being handed out by quails on cocaine.





For those with a masochistic bent, News Busters compiled a list of the most hateful media assaults on conservatives.  It was a year of such over-the-top leftist hysteria that a columnist who compared the tax cut to the Fugitive Slave Act of 1850 barely made the top 10.





Blogger David Tomlinson proved Longfellow’s claim that those whom the gods would destroy they first make mad by revisiting a year’s worth of insane “Social Justice Warrior” wokeness from various leftwing media figures, alleged academics and other self-appointed moral superiors.  Let's hope the peak madness on display means the destruction of this trend is very close at hand.





Townhall’s Beth Bauman performed a herculean feat of editing by narrowing down Rep.-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s Top 7 Political Blunders of the Year (this doesn’t even include her suggestion that Joseph, Mary and the Baby Jesus were refugees instead of people being forced to go to ridiculous lengths to comply with the government’s tax laws, which you’d think she’d support.)





Finally, because I know you could use a laugh or two right now, here’s humorist Dave Barry’s year in review column for 2018.  My favorite line: In February, the Chinese space station “plunges back to Earth and, in a worst-case outcome, fails to land on attorney Michael Avenatti, thus enabling him to continue appearing on CNN more often than the Geico gecko.”




Have a happy and safe New Year’s Eve, and I’ll see you in 2019, which I hope will not be a repeat of 2018, which like 2017, was, for way too many people, an endless rehash of 2016!



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  • Doyle Edwards

    01/01/2019 08:25 PM

    Governor Huckabee you mentioned the immigrant peace officer killed by the illegal immigrant was in my hometown of Bakersfield, it was Newman, about 200 miles north. It was an absolute disgrace. Watch you each week. Keep up the good work.

  • Anita Mae Barker

    01/01/2019 05:25 AM

    Thanks for the laughs from the news AND A Happy New Year to you!

  • Marida Binsted

    12/31/2018 05:51 PM

    I pray for you and that wonderful daughter you and your wife have raised. She is strong but it can't be easy. I lost my husband in September after 891/2 wonderful years with him. The Minister turned to my guests after he pronounced us husband and wife and told the congregation that "this one is going to last." Happy New Year and let us pray that the ugliness goes away. I told my Pastor that I di not want him to talk about me at my funeral but to give a sermon on love--not just between couples, but the universe in all its glory.

    Happy New Year to you and youe family.


    Marida Binsted

  • Joyce C

    12/31/2018 05:01 PM

    Mike - the WH needs to fight back way more effectively. They need to run continuous ads on TV etc showing Obama, pelosi, Clinton, Schumer pushing for a southern barrier in 2006, 2013. Call them out ! Show the hypocracy of John Kerrys French wall, walls around obama house. Walls around prisons, fort Knox etc. We need the wall. Sadly the GOP are losing at every turn. Clinton and Obama, Brennon etc are getting away with incredible wrong doing. It's disheartening.

  • Joseph

    12/31/2018 04:46 PM

    If one group is at fault with how our society has turned out it would be the Democrats with all their failed policies with the help from Republicans who have sat on their hands and done nothing to try and stop them. They all have taken a toll on the morals and laws of this country so they could create a Society of unicorns and feel good safe spaces. The old adage of " If it ain't broke don't fix it" is probably the only saying that stays true forever in time. The Democrats can't seem to let the natural order of things happen and believe they are all knowing in every way , even in how to change the Climate of the planet. Now that is a laugh being they can't even run a state without screwing it up and bankrupting it and how about the whole racial thing, when it was almost a non problem and they have re-opened all the old wounds and created a whole new Racial problem in our society today. They have also done away with excellence in every field and made mediocre the norm of the day. Through indoctrination they have succeeded in creating generations of non-thing children and young adults who just accept everything and question nothing , who expect life to be full of free stuff and can't emotionally handle the word no.

  • Rosalie Gilliland

    12/31/2018 03:12 PM

    Hilarious commentary Governor! Thank you for the spoonful of sugar to help us keep down all the garbage we are constantly being fed. But your jovial musings remind us that we have a God who answers prayer, and He has blessed us with a believing President. That is a miracle in itself. All in all, we Americans still have much to be thankful for, and every reason to be optimistic about 2019. Plus, no matter how bad it gets, we can always look forward to your literary acrobatics to inform and delight us, and keep our spirits up. Thank you. Blessings to you and yours.

  • Sarah E Miller

    12/31/2018 02:42 PM

    Who in their right mind celebrates the coming of winter? Kids who get a break from school and can head outside to play in the snow.

    I mean, I've always lived in the south and never really had much snow to play in at all, so it was always a special thing when it snowed, period.

  • Anne turner

    12/31/2018 02:26 PM

    You should have read what .i sent to my internet provider COMCAST. Believe me if I had another decent choice I would dump them. I told the they had no morals or character,etc. etc. I’ll bet they get a lot of pushback.

  • tom jeffs

    12/31/2018 02:04 PM

    FED CHAIR HERMAN CAIN - - - - - - -

    WE NEED HIM - - - - - - -

    NOW ! ! ! ! ! ! !

  • W.F. Sledjeski

    12/31/2018 01:18 PM

    As a Christian, I often ask "What would Jesus do ?" And you say "do unto others..." in your Christmas message, yet you support a person far removed from any form of Christianity which I am familiar, spewing falsehoods and demeaning rivals. I would much rather feed the hungry and clothe the poor, than build barriers to unfortunate souls. Christ was born with no political tags. How can you and your followers follow such a crooked path? Either be a right wing politician or a Christian preacher, you can't be both. How ill you respond at the pearly gates Mr. Huckabee.

  • David R Angeles

    12/31/2018 01:14 PM

    That was Newman Ca .... where the Sherrif was shot.... The suspect was caught in Bakersfield Ca....

    At least 5 others have been arrested for aiding ....including his brother and girlfriend ??

    Let’s see what their immigration status will be??

  • Stephen Russell

    12/31/2018 10:53 AM

    Govt shutdown: Time for some Vegas bets on time: 30, 60, 80 days??
    & See the Dems take heat from Red voters.
    The Schumer Shutdown, all the way & his voters own suffer