Evening Edition - June 11

June 11, 2018

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The President of the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights was not too impressed with all the preaching about tolerance and inclusion at the Tony Awards from people who have a long history of bullying and threatening Catholics, Christians and Republicans.




I’ve had commenters who haven’t kept up with what I’ve been writing or saying for the past 10 years or so accuse me of having a “double standard” in commenting on Presidents Trump and Obama.  Unfortunately for them, I have a file of the scripts of my radio shows and podcasts going back to the very beginning of the Obama Administration.  It proves that I gave Obama the same benefit of the doubt as Trump and showed respect for his office from the minute he was elected.  I disagreed with many of his policies, which I predicted would be disastrous (and they were).  I also predicted that by avoiding working with Congress and trying to impose laws and treaties by executive order, he was setting himself up for a future President undoing his entire legacy with the stroke of a pen (Ta-da!) 


But from the second Obama was inaugurated, I made sure every first reference to him was written as “President Obama.”  That is the respect due to anyone who holds that office.  I praised him as a good example as a father and husband, welcomed the First Lady onto my Fox News TV show, and when I thought he was doing a good job, I said so. My criticisms were always on policy grounds, not personal; and when he was abroad, I would try to hold any criticism until he was back on US soil. 


By the same token, when Trump has done something that made me cringe personally or that I found indefensible, I’ve said so.  Many times, I have defended his policies while questioning his way of presenting them.  But as I’ve noted, the vocabulary of a New York construction boss will never be mistaken for that of a former Southern Baptist minister from Arkansas.  After all, some New Yorkers simply have no concept of what is appropriate to say in a public forum.  Other New Yorkers may even applaud foul-mouthed, Tourette’s-like outbursts, as long as they’re aimed at someone they don’t like.  I guess it’s just a New York thing.




(Incidentally, why is it that every time I’ve seen Robert DeNiro cursing and threatening the President in public lately, I’ve been reminded of this?)




If I’ve sometimes defended Trump by saying the attacks on him were unfair or groundless, it’s because they were.  I’ve seen how the left twists his words in way he plainly never intended, imparting only the worst motives (targeting dangerous, illegal alien MS-13 gang members means he “hates immigrants,” etc.), and then flailed that straw man they created as if they were trying to beat out a mattress fire with a stick.  I’ve also heard him assailed for his blunt attacks on others with no mention that he was viciously attacked first. I saw this from personal experience. 


During the 2016 campaign, I observed Reagan’s 11th Commandment and didn’t attack my fellow Republican candidates.  I didn’t call Trump any of those nasty names my competitors did.  And you might have noticed, Trump has always been friendly and respectful to me.  Maybe he just doesn’t like being called “con man” or “Nazi” and fights back when he is.  Wouldn’t you?  People aren’t used to a Republican who punches back.  We’re supposed to be punching bags, and not the kind that pop back up and bust you in the nose when you slug us.


One thing that makes me particularly sad (and to be honest, a little furious) is the way the hostility toward Trump among celebrities, politicians and the news media manifests itself in a wish for the country to do badly so it will harm him.  Sometimes this is indirect, such as Nancy Pelosi trying to undermine consumer confidence by dismissing all the great economic news as meaningless.  Other times, it’s overt, such as Bill Maher’s comment that he's wising for an economic collapse.  That’s easy to say when you have Bill’s bank account, but Americans who need a regular paycheck to put food on their family’s table might find that rather selfish.  These people need to remember the words of the Rev. Martin Luther King, who said, “We may have all come on different ships, but we’re all in the same boat now.” 




Looking back through my files, I found that upon Obama’s win in 2008, even though I worked hard for McCain and was very concerned about Obama’s lack of experience and far-left ideas, I congratulated him and said we should all pray for his success because he was the President of all of us now and his successes or failures would be those of our entire nation.  On his Inauguration day in 2009, I wrote this:


“Our new President faces a staggering array of problems, from the economy to the terrorist threat.  For all the cheering supporters and platoons of advisors, the ultimate decisions and their consequences will fall to him alone.  My hope is that the loyal opposition on the Republican side will work with Obama on areas of agreement and show him the respect a President is due, even when they disagree and vigorously oppose.  After eight years of relentless and often personal attacks on President Bush, Americans could use a good example not only of how to cooperate, but of how to disagree without demonizing.” 


We could still use that, now more than ever.  And may I say (with apologies for using such blue language in a public forum):  “Double standard, my foot!”


To Maxine Waters, Stephen Colbert, Samantha Bee, April Ryan, Robert DeNiro, Don Lemon, Joy Behar and all the other foaming-at-the-mouth NeverTrumpers: Americans are beyond fed up with the relentless, sneering disrespect of our duly-elected President and his family, and the downgrading and dismissal of his accomplishments.  It’s coming across as childish, selfish and disrespectful to tens of millions of Americans as well.  If you have a disagreement with Trump’s policies, then explain it intelligently and respectfully – you know, like an adult.  Otherwise, we’ll continue to pay you as much attention as we would a toddler who’s been throwing the same tantrum for 18 months. 





Tomorrow could go down in the history books, as President Trump meets in Singapore with Kim Jong-Un (yes, it’s still on as of this writing), becoming the first US President ever to meet a North Korean leader.  While the main priority is denuclearizing North Korea, the meeting holds the potential for many historic outcomes, such as finally ending the Korean War, the possible reunification of Korea, or bringing North Korea out of its self-created Dark Age and into the 21st century.  Most astounding of all, the meeting is so important, it might even get CNN and MSNBC to go an entire day without talking to a porn star’s lawyer.  Although that’s probably the least likely scenario.


Here are some more last-minute details about how it will go down, including how Trump expects to find out within the first minute whether Kim is serious or not.




One odd sidelight of the meeting is the news that Kim is so paranoid of being poisoned that he’s reportedly bringing his own food from North Korea rather than eat the food at a five-star luxury resort.  It seems more likely that if he were going to be poisoned, it would be someone in North Korea who would do it.  Let’s hope that one of the fortuitous outcomes of this meeting is that someday, when we hear someone brought food from North Korea, we won’t have to wonder if that left the rest of the nation without any.    







Over the weekend, there was a lot of jawboning and hand-wringing over President Trump’s contentious meeting with other G7 leaders -- frankly, more than it warranted.  Despite all the posturing and bloviating about how outraged they are that Trump is putting America’s interests first for a change, these other nations aren’t going to stop trading with the US.  They're not going to stop buying our innovative products or taking our money.  In the meantime, here are a few basic truths to bear in mind when you're being bombarded with hysterical media coverage:


1.  Despite all their utopian talk about globalism and multi-nationalism, all those leaders are there to represent their own interests, too.


2.  Becoming huffy and indignant when you’re accused of something (like levying heavy tariffs on American goods) is not a refutation nor even a denial.


3.  Nobody in his right mind should take lessons in how to run a nation from Angela Merkel.   


4.  Don’t try to put any fake news over on my daughter.






If you have a little time to spend on a very enlightening piece, then check out this article by Columbia University sociology fellow Musa al-Gharbi (stay with me) titled “Race, Gender and Trump: Everything You Think You Know is Wrong” (see?)


The author examines all the oft-repeated claims of Hillary Clinton, the Democratic Party and the media for why Trump won and Hillary lost (racism, sexism, misogyny, “threatened masculinity,” a “whitelash,” fear of a powerful, outspoken woman, etc.) and debunks them in turn, by comparing them to vote totals and trends in previous elections.  The conclusion: there was really nothing all that extraordinary about the 2016 election beyond the fact that it was a “lesser of two evils” race in which both candidates were more unpopular than usual.  Hillary lost not because of sexism or any of the other myriad failings of the voters that she’s cited, but because of herself: her message, platform and character repelled both women and men. 


If you’re tired of how the leftist excuses about the 2016 election are now repeated as if they’re “settled science, then read this article.  And if you’re Hillary Clinton, read it twice.






In case you missed my appearance over the weekend on Judge Jeanine Pirro’s show, here’s a link to a video clip.  The topic was how a once semi-respected news network can rush to the ramparts to defend the honor and integrity (and noble, admirable profession) of a porn star while savaging women who work in the Trump White House, or are the President’s family members, and slandering them as “dead inside.”  My theory of how their “thinking” works can be summed up in two words:  “liberal lobotomy.”






You’ve heard of “too big to fail”?  How about “too big to go on strike”? 


UPS employees are threatening to go on strike if a deal isn’t reached on their Teamsters labor contract that expires August 1.  Because of the rise of Internet commerce and so many people being dependent on having everything delivered, UPS drivers now work six days a week and deliver about 19 million packages a day, accounting for 6% of our GDP.   So a UPS strike could seriously harm the economy, in addition to forcing a lot of poor, suffering Americans to actually have to go to the mall. 


UPS drivers already make about $75,000 a year, but having moved from working five to six days a week, they realize it won’t be long before deliveries will be seven days a week.  God rested on the Sabbath, but UPS drivers can’t or else people might have to wait more than 24 hours for their Snuggies and Magic Bullets to arrive. Let's all hope this catastrophe can be averted. 





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Broadway gets one annual 3-hour commercial to sell tickets to tourists. This morning, nothing about the winning shows, only about DeNiro cursing Trump and insulting all the tourists who voted for him. That’s some costly raging bull.






Wild theory floating around the Internet: Trump is slamming Canada to signal toughness to N. Korea; make Kim think, “If he’d do this to America’s closest neighbor, imagine what he’d do to us!”






The Supreme Court adjourns in late June and won’t be back in session until October.  That means we’re looking at a tsunami of major decisions (25 cases) all within the next couple of weeks.  Here’s a round-up of some of the biggest ones to watch for.  Let’s hope that unlike the case of the Colorado baker, the SCOTUS issues clear, definitive rulings that reinforce the Constitution, the Bill of Rights and the separation of powers and doesn’t just muddy the waters even more.






Billionaire George Soros is discovering that despite pouring many millions into American elections, voters are not falling for his attempts to fundamentally transform America into a European socialist state with open borders.  Even the Europeans are rebelling against that.  Soros is so despondent at the Trump-led backlash against his globalist machinations (his ill-gotten cash couldn’t even drag a handful of Soros-approved leftists over the primary finish line in California!) that he lamented to the Washington Post, “Apparently, I was living in my own bubble.”  Oh, if only he were, instead of coming out to meddle all around the world.


Soros claims to be horrified that Trump might cause disruptions in the financial system (this from a man who made over $1 billion profit off the 1992 UK financial crisis, becoming known as “the man who broke the Bank of England;” and who has been slammed by no less than Paul Krugman for not only profiting off of currency crises but doing his best to trigger them.)  


Soros is so demoralized that in an interview with the Washington Post, he declared, “Everything that could go wrong has gone wrong.”  Personally, I can’t think of better news to start off the week than hearing that everything that could possibly go wrong in George Soros' estimation has.  That’s good news for virtually everyone else. 






Just in time for summer, let’s give three cheers to Country Time Lemonade for standing up for the great American past time of kids learning entrepreneurism and good work habits by opening lemonade stands.  In recent years, overbearing bureaucrats and stuffy neighbors have tried to shut the stands down by demanding that police rigidly enforce zoning and licensing laws on children. 


Well, Country Time Lemonade is launching an initiative called “Legal-Ade.” They’re offering a crack legal team to help kids fill out paperwork and fight fines.  Under certain conditions, they’ll even reimburse any fines up to $300.  There are more details at the link, along with some great stories and photos about local cops who took the side of the enterprising kids. 


Personally, I think anyone who would try to abuse the power of government to shut down a child’s lemonade stand should go suck a lemon.  Then again, these days, forcing a kid to deal with frivolous legal complaints and crushing regulations and permit mandates would probably teach them more about what it’s like to be in business than running the lemonade stand would.  It might also create a whole new generation of Republicans.






And I thought my wife packed too much unnecessary stuff when we flew somewhere!






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I’ve been spending some time catching up on reader comments --- you know, I do read them --- and wanted to respond to a few of the overall impressions I’ve been getting.


These stood out particularly well on the day my satirical “Black Hole at the DOJ” piece ran, along with the one about Trump’s pardoning of Alice Johnson.  It’s always especially interesting to see responses to pieces like “Black Hole” that use humor to make a point.


Thanks to all who express gratitude for my sense of humor.  Many of you wrote to say you appreciate my wit in times such as these; perhaps the note that made my head swell up the most was from Suzanne:  “I am in awe of your intelligence and your amazing sense of humor.”  (Keep those letters coming, folks!)  But the ones that bring me back down to earth are the many that say, essentially, “You know, this would be really hilarious if it weren’t so sad.”


Still, if that’s the feeling you came away with, then I count it as successful satire.  Good comedy is based on truth (something the late-night “comics” need to learn), and I don’t have to distort facts to make the point that the DOJ really DOES seem like a Black Hole.  The problem is so serious, my tongue-in-cheek hypothesis of an irresistible gravitational pull might as well be real.  And something has to be done.


One letter did warn me to be careful when using satire, referencing the joke Sean Hannity made about destroying emails and phones that the media willfully didn’t “get” and actually took seriously.  Getting the point of that joke would have implied an awareness that Hillary destroyed evidence, so they had to point a finger at Hannity himself.  You know, I’ve wondered if they really are so dumb they didn’t recognize that as a joke, or if they did know it was but thought their AUDIENCE was so dumb, IT wouldn’t know.  Hard to say; there’s so much dumbness on parade.


As for the Alice Johnson pardon, there were numerous comments agreeing with me  --- people who understood that this lady has done her time and that the length of her incarceration was wildly inconsistent with that of many hardened criminals.  But then I got to one particular letter, and the tone abruptly changed.


The writer prefaced his remarks by expressing doubt that I actually read my letters (again, I do), and then he said, “I would be fascinated to know what you would have written had President Obama commuted Mrs. Johnson’s sentence.  Think you would have been so supportive?  Or would he have been just another liberal (of course) who is ‘soft on crime’?  I think I know the answer, just pointing out that some of us who read your ramblings see the utter hypocrisy of your words.”  He goes on to accuse my audience of the same hypocrisy and adds, “I have been making these points about hypocrisy and the conservatives for years.”


Well, I imagine he has.  And here, he accuses me of hypocrisy by assuming I have a viewpoint that I have not expressed.  On the contrary, my view on Alice Johnson’s pardon is absolutely consistent with my overall opinion of the criminal justice system.  If Obama had pardoned this woman, I would have commended him (though likely using one of my favorite sayings:  “Even a broken clock is right twice a day”).


But Obama didn’t pardon Alice Johnson.  I’ve linked below to a list of people he DID pardon or grant commutations to on his way out the White House door.  Yikes.


We could make a list of President Obama’s actions during eight years in office and President Trump’s after just one year, and I would tell you item-by-item, with very few exceptions, just where Obama damaged this country with his politics and where Trump is trying to fix it.  That’s looking just at the actions themselves, not the individuals or political parties who took them.


In an age where partisan double standards have reached an almost incomprehensible level, the person who wrote this comment needs to look closely at those within his own party (is it too presumptive to think he votes Democrat?).  He’ll see the kind of hypocrisy that makes liberals excuse Hillary Clinton for flagrantly destroying evidence –- and much more illegality –- while applauding a special counsel for looking as deep as necessary for as long as it takes to turn up something, anything, on President Trump.









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    07/14/2018 05:54 PM

    Dear Mr. Huckabee, I enjoy reading your Evening Editions and other commentaries. Here is one subject that I don't think has been investigated or addressed by anyone in a position to do so. I, and others working with me, have been trying for years to get the attention of those that can do something about this issue but nothing seems to get accomplished. The problem, issue or subject is, that Our Troops and their dependents have a lack of CHOICE in how they deal with their Health Care. By Troops I mean all Military Personnel from the time they join the Military Services throughout their military career no matter where they are in the world, on land or on the sea. We really need your help and hope and pray that you will help us and others working on this problem to get this accomplished. What is needed is an autonomous Chiropractic Corps that is equal to the Medical Corps and not in the Medical Service Corps which is an umbrella of the Medical Corps made up of limited health care professionals who basically work under the Medical Corps. If you would like to help us I can send you the update needed to change the FY 92 law that inadvertently placed the Chiropractic profession in the Medical Service Corps. Fortunately this law was never implemented. So all that needs to be done is get sufficient sponsors to get this update put into the present FY military budget and passed as is. Then our troops and their dependents will have a CHOICE in their health care. Thank you so much for helping us get this accomplished for our Military. Wallace R. Cole, D.C. et al

  • Robert J. Burtis

    06/19/2018 04:41 PM

    I don't have any problem with President Trump pardoning Alice Johnson if he saw fit. To be honest, Mike, my main problem as a loyal and (initiated) "deplorable" or in plain English, loyal Trump supporter I am starting to have a problem with my rebuttal to the Trump-haters that I run across. Mainly because many of those conversations, from the "left wingers", turn into a comparison between Trump and Obama, and if I don't get out of that conversation soon enough that same conversation can go as far as slavery, the kkk, and what some call Trump's involvement in whipping the slaves. But, for me, the worse part is that I know very little about Obama's legacy, I mean, what did he accomplish in 8 years. President Trump has accomplished much more in 1/2 of 1 term. I wish someone would explain it all to me...

  • Robert J. Burtis

    06/19/2018 04:39 PM

    I don't have any problem with President Trump pardoning Alice Johnson if he saw fit. To be honest, Mike, my main problem as a loyal and (initiated) "deplorable" or in plain English, loyal Trump supporter I am starting to have a problem with my rebuttal to the Trump-haters that I run across. Mainly because many of those conversations, from the "left wingers", turn into a comparison between Trump and Obama, and if I don't get out of that conversation soon enough that same conversation can go as far as slavery, the kkk, and what some call Trump's involvement in whipping the slaves. But, for me, the worse part is that I know very little about Obama's legasy, I mean, what did he accomplish in 8 years. President Trump has accomplished much more in 1/2 of 1 term. I wish someone would explain it all to me...

  • Robert J. Burtis

    06/18/2018 05:17 PM

    There aren't many opinions I enjoy reading more than yours Mike. For instance, as a U.S. Navy Veteran, I cannot remember a President who took more interest in our military, in fact one of President Trump's sayings, at a "USA-USA" "lock her up" LOCK HER UP" rally was "These veterans are men and women that came through for our country, when is our country going to come through for them?" And guess what? this country is acquiring a liking for our veterans, very unlike what the "Hippie" generation gave us during "NAM" and even after. I guess all that "sex, drugs, and rock & roll" Hippie, Bleading heart liberal, Hanoi Jane delusion is slowly turning into a love for the very people that gave a blank check to this beautiful country, payable, even by DEATH, for those in this country, to whom guys like myself, fight to the death, and no Mike the nightmares never ended, but, that's what it means to a Christian to give, never mind the consequences later for what I choose to do today. But also I believe society all across this country is changing their view of Veterans, but I also feel that the biggest part of their "compassion" has more to do with sending their kids to Berkley, coupled with the realization that if Veterans like myself didn't fight for their freedom to hate us Veterans there wouldn't be anything for "ole Berkley" to teach their kids, I guess similar to now... President Trump came through for Veterans and for this country. Promises made, promises kept! thank you Mike, keep up the good work, Bob Burtis ( U.S.N. en3 A-GANG)