When we were in high school, we all read the classic poem “If,” a spot-on description of maturity by Rudyard Kipling. It starts, “If you can keep your head while all about you are losing theirs and blaming it on you...” This line was written in 1895, but we face the same challenge in America in 2018, as the vast majority of those in the mainstream media and popular culture appear to have gone out of their ever-loving minds.

If you’d like to read the entire poem and contemplate the nature of real character, a rare and wonderful thing, here it is. Then come back, and we can resume our discussion. Don’t worry; you will not be tested afterwards.

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Now, back to the media. The press started losing their heads the night Donald Trump was elected President, and as time goes on and the “crimes” they want to see him impeached for are found to have been done TO him, not BY him, and as he stands on the brink of perhaps some of the most stunning accomplishments in decades, they finally have gone completely insane.

We saw the insanity at the White House Correspondents Dinner, which went completely off the rails with the choice of a “comedy” performer who didn’t realize that abortion jokes are a comedy killer and who personally attacked political adversaries with a venom never seen before in that type of show. It was so shameful, they may not even have the dinner next year. Who besides these cold-blooded piranha-fish would attend?


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We saw the insanity in the way news outlets fed on NBC’s untrue story (Fake News!!!) about investigators “wiretapping” Michael Cohen’s office. They went wild at MSNBC and CNN, speculating breathlessly about what might have been taped and what problems this posed for the President, and on and on. (Again, they behaved like the cold-blooded, toothy little piranha-fish they are.) Not surprisingly, NBC was shown to be wrong; Cohen’s phone was apparently not tapped, though investigators did get a record of who called whom and the length of the calls. I’d make the argument that they shouldn’t have had even THAT; it certainly could be useful to investigators trying to set up a perjury trap with a subject –- say, a sitting U.S. President –- who didn’t know they had it and wasn’t prepared for questions about it. But, the point is, in their zeal to find something dangerous to Trump, NBC failed to get the story right.

We saw insanity again at Thursday’s press briefing, the day after new Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani, in an interview with Sean Hannity, made what many in the media interpreted to be a contradiction of the claim that the President had made no payments to Stormy Daniels. (In fact, it’s perfectly plausible that Michael Cohen made the payment to her himself, as he said, and later was reimbursed without Trump knowing the details.) The reporters in the room went completely out of control, unable to stop asking different forms of the same ridiculous question that would have required the press secretary to act, essentially, as Trump’s legal counsel. (Full disclosure: the press secretary is my offspring, but I would be saying exactly the same thing no matter whose offspring was at the podium.) Over and over, they attacked her credibility.

Kipling had a line for that situation, too: “If you can bear to hear the truth you’ve spoken twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools...” It’s a trap Sarah can see a mile away, and they are the fools for even trying. This press secretary has said she prays and reads devotionals before her briefings; I wouldn’t be surprised if this poem were one of them. (The poem ends, “you’ll be a man, my son,” but anyone with half a brain takes the words “man” and “son” to be gender-inclusive.)


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Some good news on the media front: not everyone in that profession is stark raving loony. Here’s a great piece in National Review that acknowledges the craziness of the “resistance” but details how the investigations are falling apart and singles out a few real journalists worthy of the Pulitzer Prize for their reporting on Comey, Clapper, the “dossier” and all that madness. Spoiler alert: contenders include Mollie Hemingway, Tucker Carlson and Mark Penn, three professionals who have all kept their heads so well that I’d guess they remember their Kipling.

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  • Bob Mapes

    05/07/2018 01:24 PM

    Your perspective and comments are appreciated. Keep up the good work. Thank you and God Bless You.

  • Marge Dawson

    05/06/2018 07:47 PM

    I think Sarah is Great and she is a real Lady, putting up with all the reporters shouting over each other, they have no manners. Sunday was really spoiled by every news reader, on every Station repeating the same story re-hashed. They are all like hungry Lions in for the kill, to think they get paid to carry on like that! The news of the volcano was only an afterthought to the reporters, sadly, when people were having to leave everything, my heart goes out for them, love, Marge.

  • Alice Claar

    05/06/2018 08:49 AM

    God has given you and your daughter great wisdom. Thank you Jesus, Father God and Holy Spirit.

  • Joyann

    05/06/2018 04:39 AM

    Thank you Mike for sharing the inspiring poem! "If" all of us were to be more like Jesus as this poem seems to reference, what a wonderful and different world we would be living in today! We are TREMENDOUSLY blessed by the amazing, difficult and courageous work you and Sarah do every day for our Country!!! God bless you and your beautiful family! :)

  • J Michelle Douthit

    05/05/2018 05:01 PM

    Thank you for your post regarding the "If" by Kipling. I found it so meaningful I order a copy to frame for my son and daughter-in-law. They have an 18month old son. I am going to frame it for them to put in his room on a wall. I think it is still a wonderful poem and very apropos for today's society. Love your e-mails.

  • Miriam E Wert

    05/05/2018 02:57 PM

    Thank you, Mike, for sending real news to us so that we know true facts instead of garbage spewed out by the lowly media. As the widow of a WW2 veteran, it has been heart-breaking to see our President so viciously and unfairly attacked -- not only by the media but by ordinary citizens. HOW has such hatred grown in our beloved USA?? I was 100% for Donald Trump from the very first of the debates and still 100

    Thank you, Mike, for your furnishing us with REAL news when all we get are lies from the media. I was 100% for Donald Trump from the very first debate and am still 100% for him as he works incessantly for the betterment of our country and the safety of our citizens. I am a 93-year-old widow of a WW2 veteran and am sure he would have loved our President also because he is a man of action who is not brought down by the venom and gossip spewed out by people who believe lies about him. Trump for 2020!


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  • Deborah Lemons

    05/05/2018 12:31 PM

    Great analogy, "IF". Also largest word in the English language.

  • Bettye Reynolds

    05/05/2018 11:01 AM

    Most of the media are loony, true statement. I like your articles know when I read them I get the truth. Know you are proud of Sarah, she is do good at her job. If I were I would answer the question one (1) time and nest time it was ask say "I have answered that question" then move on.
    God Bless you and your family
    Bettye

  • Dennis Dingler

    05/05/2018 09:22 AM

    Governor, I was forced to memorize this entire poem in 1976. During my college years, quite by accident, I came upon a framed copy of it in a 5 & dime store. Aside from the word of God, this is the best words of encouragement. I keep it next to my rocking chair to remind me to "fill every minute with 60 seconds of distance run".
    Praying for you to "Hold on" Governor and Sara. You both are great examples to be admired .
    PS. You have the best talk show on tv since Ralph Emery & I voted for you in 2016.

  • Patricia G Hartzog

    05/05/2018 07:45 AM

    Hello Mike,
    As a Christian, am pleased by your comments, as well as our Sarah's. Yes, she has endeared the hearts of many & should serve as a true example of one who follows Christ.
    God bless & keep you, all,
    Patricia ??

  • Lisa G Jump

    05/04/2018 09:00 PM

    Thank you for that. Thank you for raising such a wonderful, Godly, gracious, intelligent woman. I hope your daughter knows how,many of us out here in America adore her and support her.
    God Bless,
    Lisa

  • Laurie Buhler

    05/04/2018 08:02 PM

    Great poem application to our time!

  • Rita Gayle Sherrill

    05/04/2018 07:18 PM

    I have to say how much I admire your daughter and her strong faith. I read a very unfair, untruthful attack on her Christian beliefs by John Pavlovitz which was put on Facebook. I looked up information about his untruthful journey, and it explained everything. It is so very sad that some people take things at face value without doing their homework. My heart hurts for my Country and for all who do not know the loving, Lord Jesus Christ that you, Sarah and I share each day. If our Country does not return to Him, there is no return!

  • Denise A Wright

    05/04/2018 06:57 PM

    I sure am glad that I get your newsletters Govenor Huckabee! I have stopped watching all news on television with the exception of CBN News which I know will be truthful, honest, and unbiased plus faith based. Hm? Just like your newsletters! Keep up the great work. God bless you and your entire family.

  • Douglas Attema

    05/04/2018 06:50 PM

    Great article. I am so thankful and you must be so proud to have Sarah in her current position. We both would feel more of the same to have her instead be the first female President of the United States.

  • Grant Carpenter

    05/04/2018 04:35 PM

    Sarah has done wonderfully well in a very difficult position. Some insists she lies. The Lord says she doesn't. As for m & my house, we believe the Lord. Good work, Sarah!
    Grant Carpenter
    Cedar Rapids IA

  • Barbara McNeely

    05/04/2018 04:09 PM

    "If" was my mother's favorite poem. She passed away on 2005, but thank you for bringing this back to me. She was a fervent Christian.

  • Michael Egbert

    05/04/2018 03:58 PM

    The media really is going nutso...just look at all the publicity they're giving that idiot lawyer of Stormy Daniels and his ridiculous claims of how he (Michael Avenatti) is going to bring down the Trump Presidency. He is even on the talk show circuit ranting about how Trump is 'going down' and the media is eating it up - even though his claims/accusations will never gel into anything...he is nothing but a publicity hound taking advantage of his client...

  • Jeanne Rossow

    05/04/2018 02:31 PM

    I say "Amen" to all above, and am so thankful Trump has the Press Secretary he has.

  • Kim Honeycutt

    05/04/2018 01:54 PM

    I look forward to your emails. The help keep perspective for me. I think that your daughter is such a classy, smart lady. She is someone who serves as a role model to my daughter. Thank you!

  • Jacqueline Johnson

    05/04/2018 01:54 PM

    I do not envy your daughter for the job that she has. How she stays so calm and cool is amazing, I would have lost it on these fools long ago.

  • David Bevil

    05/04/2018 01:40 PM

    I love Kipling and others but no one teaches anything similar anymore. Ms. Sanders reminds me of Dennis Miller with her droll yet right on answers to the leeches in the news conferences I do not know how she keeps her composure and often wish she would not. As a parent of two high school age daughters I know for a fact that the so called education that they are receiving is only preparing them to follow the lead cow not think for themselves. Point of fact; recently my senior daughter who is taking all college level classes this semester came home from her day at school and said that she was told in Aquatic Science that there are more tigers that there are great white sharks in the world. I asked her to look that one up for herself. That is the one thing I find myself doing the most, asking the two girls to "look it up for yourself" before you believe those so called "facts". Unfortunately the fake news has us outnumbered,

  • Chris Calabria

    05/04/2018 01:38 PM

    “If you can keep your head while all about you are losing theirs and blaming it on you...” Mike, read Romans 1:28, I'm sure you have; knowing these words are the only reason some can keep our head.... PS: Love your daughter; she's a keeper!

  • Judy Levin

    05/04/2018 01:20 PM

    Excellent article, Governor Huckabee.
    Again, Sarah is a smart, beautiful woman...a real role model. Michelle, not at all.
    I would love to see the correspondents' dinner canceled until it can be cleaned up.
    Keep up your excellent work, Gov. Huckabee and Sarah Huckabee Sanders.
    Judy

  • Linda Olds

    05/04/2018 12:54 PM

    I agree with you, and support Sarah Huckabee Sanders. She is so smart and funny!
    I am frustrated and angered by the obstruction and venom coming from the left. I understand that Democratic politicians and Department of Justice are trying to cover up their own misdeeds and change the results of the election. This would ruin our country.
    It's harder to understand the media.

  • F. Donald Parsons

    05/04/2018 12:44 PM

    Remember that poem, from my school days. Wonder if they ever teach such things today? And it surely ought to be observed as "gender neutral".

  • Ann Bruce de Pineda

    05/04/2018 12:35 PM

    I also introduced my son to that poem and he learned it well. Please pray he will learn his Bible as well. I see no candidate eligible for the Presidency in 2014 at this moment who could do as well as your daughter. She looked beautiful, as many of us have repeated in different ways on her FB support group; and she certainly did "keep her head when all about her were losing theirs and blaming it on..." her. She has a gorgeous profile and should show it off more. This was a gift provided to her, along with the chance to shine for her grit, at the WHCD. God can take the worst that people throw at us and turn it into rewards.

  • Firewagon

    05/04/2018 12:28 PM

    My grandmother gave me a BD card, somewhere around my 16th, with that poem. My favorite part was that "If you can keep your head when all about you are losing theirs....!" I can not claim to have always been able to do so, though, in less than life and death situations, it is much easier because you may have "time" to recall the admonition/advice, and react more calmly. When that "fight or flight" adrenaline dump happens, remaining "more calm" is much more based on how well you are prepared, as in training, for such emergencies! That former F-18 fighter pilot's performance, delivering her single engine, formerly two engine, passenger airplane safely back to earth, an example!

  • Mark Mittelstaedt

    05/04/2018 12:26 PM

    While I had to read and memorize Schiller and Goethe, "IF" has become my favorite poem. "If you can fill the unforgiving minute with 60 seconds worth of distance run, yours is the earth and everything that's in it, and what is more, you are a man, my son."

  • Noemi Garza

    05/04/2018 12:20 PM

    I was frankly angry and appalled by the vicious attack against Sarah Huckabee at the Correspondents' Dinner by that comedian. Sarah exhibited so much grace and class in the face of all that evil. She is definitely a "rock star" in my book! And because she is going to the "Source" for wisdom and understanding before she stands behind that podium, she will ALWAYS prevail! Personally I think she should run for President :)

  • Darla Faulks

    05/04/2018 12:01 PM

    Mr. Huckabee--I just don't understand why the wheels of justice take so long. I know the obstructions but can't someone with a level head that has some authority intervene and get the injustices brought to light and indictments made? It seems a lot of people are getting away with not only a lot of money, but breaking all kinds of laws and smearing their opponents in the process. So sick of it all! We need to CLEAN HOUSE! Thanx, Darla Faulks

  • Lysle Mockler

    05/04/2018 11:57 AM

    Sarah Huckabee Sanders gracefully works through the rabid reporters. She has our total compassion with the rude reporters. Their behavior give the conservatives strength in the next election.

  • Susan M Mueller

    05/04/2018 11:56 AM

    Below is the letter to the Editor I submitted and was printed in the Tehachapi News in Tehachapi, CA. Keep up your good work and God bless your daughter. Her response of praying for them was wonderful.

    What has happened to our country? An annual White House Correspondent Association’s annual fundraiser dinner turns into a hateful bullying session with the target person present. Can you imagine the hurt inflicted? I thought bullying wasn’t allowed in our schools, but it is OK once you are an adult? Did you see the look on Sarah Huckabee Sanders’ face? Did you read the hurt in her eyes?
    Growing up, I was told by my parents that if I couldn’t say something nice about someone, not to say anything at all. As a retired school teacher, this wouldn’t have been allowed in my classroom. As a mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, this wasn’t and isn’t allowed in the home. Have we totally stepped away from our Judeo-Christian values? Are we now a hate spewing despicable people?
    Years ago I was given a profound statement: “the tongue is the only sword that never needs sharpening.” And we want gun control?
    We need to remember Jesus’ second great commandment; “love thy neighbor as thyself.”

  • Craig Bolton Crocker

    05/04/2018 11:55 AM

    As you stated, the liberal horde has indeed been losing their collective minds. This has been happening for so long that I wonder when they'll transform into the stalkers know as The Living Dead.

  • Mark Mittelstaedt

    05/04/2018 11:30 AM

    I had that poem, written out in longhand, over my bedroom door in college. I read it every morning before I went out for a run, then started my day. I like the " treat those two impostors just the same " line ;-} When is Trump gonna start firing people ? He's had plenty of practice ;-}

  • Sharon Hawkins

    05/04/2018 10:50 AM

    You said it very, very well!!
    Thank you for being another voice of wisdom in this crazy world!!

  • Jerry D. Woods

    05/04/2018 09:28 AM

    It's getting to be a very dangerous world when Truth is spoken by the Main Stream Media by reversing the guilty and innocent parties, yet they have a believing audience in half America !