Morning Edition - June 15

June 15, 2020 |

MORNING EDITION

June 15, 2020 

By Mike Huckabee

ENFORCING LAWS

Differences between red-state governance and blue state governance (or lack thereof):

In deep-blue Seattle, both the mayor and the Governor simply refuse to acknowledge that there’s any problem with a group of anarchists taking over six city blocks, expelling police, extorting businesses and declaring themselves an “autonomous” cop-free zone. They don’t merely turn a blind eye to the utter disregard for the law or the legal property owners, they try to sugarcoat it as a “festival” or “summer of love” type atmosphere.

And in deepest blue San Francisco, residents have been told not to even bother calling the police for “non-criminal” calls because they will no longer respond. To reduce “police confrontation calls about “non-violent” issues such as disputes with the homeless, the mentally ill, school discipline problems and neighbor disputes, will be routed to crisis managers instead (a more rational response might be simply to train police to deal better with confrontations, but we’re not talking about rationality, we’re talking about San Francisco.)

Of course, that means someone who is not on the scene will be making an uninformed long-distance decision about whether a problem with a neighbor or a homeless person is a “non-violent” situation, one where you need the police to confront it rather than you. The good news is, if this doesn’t work, you can call 911 back and they’ll still send an ambulance.

By contrast, in the red state of Tennessee, a group of protesters announced that they plan to set up an “autonomous zone” by the Capitol in Nashville, in solidarity with the anarchists in Seattle. Republican Gov. Bill Lee’s response: oh no, you will not. In his words:

"We encourage Tennesseans to exercise their First Amendment rights and have seen many examples of peaceful protests across our state in recent weeks. As demonstrations continue, we will continue to protect Tennesseans' right to peaceful assembly, while also reassuring citizens that lawlessness, autonomous zones, and violence will not be tolerated…Further, Tennessee law expressly prohibits camping on state property not expressly designated as a campground area, and that law will be enforced.”

No wonder leftists call themselves “progressives.” Enforcing laws? What an archaic concept!

REVEALING: DNI JOHN RATCLIFFE DECLASSIFIES KEY DOCUMENT

In the months leading up to the 2020 elections, stories about COVID-19 and escalating civil unrest from the far left –- with race as the catalyst –- will continue to dominate the news. To be sure, the way we address these issues will determine the direction America takes in the next generation and beyond. But as important as these stories are, there is one more big reason for the intensity of the coverage: by focusing exclusively on these issues, the media will not have to give any coverage at all to what would otherwise be the story of the decade: the ongoing declassification of documents that shows we were right all along about the “soft coup” against President Trump in 2016 and afterwards.

Yes, it really did happen. And it is treachery.

At any other time –- especially if it had been the Republicans pulling this against, say, candidate and later President Obama –- the screaming would be heard in a galaxy far, far away, and many people would rightly be arrested and charged and end up under the prison. It took then-acting Director of National Intelligence Ric Grenell and the newly appointed DNI John Ratcliffe to finally get the evidence out after years of stonewalling and CYA by the intel community. The latest revelation concerns the Intelligence Community Assessment (ICA) that concluded the Russians had helped Trump win.

Remember how Democrats and the media (but I repeat myself) pushed the line that “the 17 intel agencies” in our federal government concluded that the Russians had interfered in the 2016 election, specifically to damage Hillary and to help Trump win? (How releasing “Russian disinformation” about Trump cavorting with prostitutes in Moscow was supposed to HELP Trump is never addressed. Seems as though that would help Hillary, but hey, nobody said this had to make sense.) This line has been trumpeted since the ICA was first released, in redacted form, in January of 2017 –- as it happens, right before Trump’s inauguration.

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LITTLE MINDS?

Ralph Waldo Emerson famously observed that “a foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds.” But if, like today’s leftists, you are able to simultaneously believe that…

* The cops should be abolished, but before that, they should be sent to the home of an 11-year-old boy because his teacher saw a BB-gun in the background during an online class…

* …AND that magazines for gun enthusiasts should be banned from Kroger’s store racks if they have pictures of certain guns on the cover…

* …AND that an area of six city blocks seized by anti-police anarchists who are extorting business owners for money, and that is patrolled by a guy who declared himself a “warlord” and who is brandishing an automatic rifle, beating and kicking people for violating rules he just made up, and telling them they’re lucky he doesn’t blow their brains out, reflects a peaceful “festival atmosphere,” a “block party,” or possibly even a new “summer of love”...

…Well, if you can believe all that at the same time, you don’t have a little mind. In fact, you might not have a mind at all.

RE-MARK YOUR CALENDARS

President Trump announced that out of respect for the date conflict with Juneteeth, a holiday celebrating the date in 1865 when word of Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation reached Galveston, Texas, his political rally in Tulsa is being moved from June 19th to June 20th.

As a public service, I must also warn you to mark down that the coronavirus that could be spread if you rallied against government lockdowns, then that wouldn’t be spread if you rallied against racism and the police, will once again spread if you attend a pro-Trump rally. This is harder to keep up with than whether or not you’re supposed to wear a mask!

THE LEFT HAS OVERPLAYED ITS HAND

I wrote earlier that I think the left has so overplayed its hand with all the rioting, looting, vandalism, smashing of monuments, occupying of other people’s property, scrubbing of history and pop culture, and “canceling” anyone who dares speak a word of disagreement with their extreme positions that the backlash is going to be like the world’s biggest slingshot snapping back in their faces. And as further proof that they’ve waaay overplayed it, here’s liberal Rolling Stone political reporter Matt Taibbi describing in detail how “the American left has lost its mind. It’s become a cowardly mob of upper-class social media addicts, Twitter Robespierres who move from discipline to discipline torching reputations and jobs with breathtaking casualness.”

Warning: you’ll have to wade through or skip over the obligatory opening paragraph trashing President Trump (and Taibbi undercut his own credibility by quoting fake news: Trump did NOT say that George Floyd was looking down approvingly on the promising jobs numbers; that was a phony story ginned up by deceptive video editing). But the rest is well worth reading. If this is what one of the top people at ultra-left Rolling Stone thinks, imagine what’s going through the minds of moderate swing voters.

Special notice for the story I haven’t mentioned yet: a Philadelphia Inquirer editor fired for running a story opposing vandalism under the headline, “Buildings matter, too.” Whether you think the headline distasteful or not, a Morning Consult poll found that 89% of Americans agree that protecting property from violent protesters is important, and that includes 64% of African-Americans. So the editor was fired for running an article that expressed the opinion of nearly 9 out of 10 Americans, across the racial spectrum. Talk about the tail wagging the dog.

Also, bonus points to Taibbi for the “Robbespierre” French Revolution reference. I would’ve also accepted a reference to the Spanish Inquisition or the Salem Witch Trials.

BIBLE VERSE OF THE DAY (KJV)

"That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man; That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love."

Ephesians 3:16-17 (KJV)

 



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  • Inseong J Kim

    06/17/2020 10:17 PM

    Thank you for staying strong and continue having healthy conservative view! We need more leaders like you! www.inseongkim.org

  • Becky Mundt

    06/17/2020 11:40 AM

    Now we have to get rid of Aunt Jamieca(spelling) syrup..What's next..flags,statues,names,the list gets very very stupid

  • Cheryl Henderson

    06/15/2020 04:41 PM

    You know Mike I try very hard to not be anxious or worried about all of what’s going on, because I know GOD is in control of everything. The only thing I read or listen to is my Pastor Jack Hibbs, Jay Sekulow You and TBN when I pay attention to the time. But it is hard when we don’t know what next week or month will bring. Thank you for you????????

  • Dave RUSSELL

    06/15/2020 03:44 PM

    I know you're always looking for positive news. I just became aware of a program you may already have highlighted on your program. It's called Operation Song. www.operationsong.org. The mission is helping Veterans and families deal with their tragedy and loss by setting their stories to music. It's hard to get through one of the songs without some tears. I challenge you to listen to Chattanooga Rain without tearing up.

    dave russell

  • Jerry korba

    06/15/2020 03:07 PM

    I would like to know what Wendy’s employees will do without a building to work in. Why did the restaurant burn?

  • Susan Hanley

    06/15/2020 03:03 PM

    I am so happy to read your email Mike as you are one of my hero’s. I feel that I am informed with truth about our nation through you....you are honest. I also like the prayer and we need so many now. Stay well.

  • Lisa Calkins-wright

    06/15/2020 02:55 PM

    Such a breath of fresh air! Thank you Gov!

  • Firewagon

    06/15/2020 02:39 PM

    Governor, I have to 'nitpick' one small mistake, in your update concerning that Seattle Zone mess. My only caveat is I am NOT defending that 'warlord' in any way. Unless you have information outside of everyone's view of that warlord's rifle by stating, "....is brandishing an automatic rifle....," you have landed in the anti-gun crowd's description for any of those dastardly, scary, black automatic 'assault' rifles. The point of fact being, without him providing proof of a license to own, much less carry, an 'automatic' rifle, that weapon is most probably a 'semi-automatic' rifle!

    No matter what weaponry these 'goon squads' manning that 'occupied zone' have, it is to America's shame and disgrace that ANY such blatant disregard for the 'Rule of Law' is allowed! Possibly worse, it has been condoned by some 'wordsmithing' exercise by the people that are supposed to be in charge!

  • Robin Rebhan

    06/15/2020 01:54 PM

    PARENTS; Regards to teacher calling police on video conference
    I suggest blocking video on conference/class and whatever!!, I do this for myself too!
    Video can be intercepted by unwanted persons such as pedophiles. Recorded, photo shopped and or altered in ways that you may really really not like!
    No kidding. I was just on a political conference online meeting and one of the participants apparently thought she wasn't online yet or was off line, while in the process of getting dressed. I wasn't sure how to respond or not. Best I could do as a gentleman was turn off my monitor for awhile and hope for the best.

  • David Colonna

    06/15/2020 11:53 AM

    Thank God for the United States have more Republican run states than Democratic states. The Liberal Democrats have lost their minds and senses, all Liberals need to be kicked out of office. I truly liked your interview with Dinesh D'Souza and Mike I will right Socialism to the end of my life here on earth. In no way will I allow Socialism to rule our country!!

  • JC Holland

    06/15/2020 10:51 AM

    Mike: Why is it so difficult to track down who is funding all the food, porta John's, etc. to the idiots in Seattle?

    Why is it so difficult to track down who is funding Antifa?

    Could it be, because it is Obama's Organizing America non profit? Or Soros? Or the Clinton Foundation?

    It can't be that difficult to track the money. Is the GOP, or Federal Law Enforcement that afraid of these people? Are they threatening violence against them and their families? Do they have pictures to use as blackmail?

    Come on! Something sinister is going on here. It's not that difficult to follow the money.

    Since all talk of the congressional slush fund investigation to protect them against sexual abuse charges has disappeared, it may be that someone has pictures on both parties.

  • Tim Morrison

    06/15/2020 10:49 AM

    Comment on Re-Mark Your Calendars
    Your comments on politically correct (no doubt considered an archaic term now) reminded me of "The Hokey-Pokey". This has been applied to social distancing and to the wearing of masks so many times now, I'm dizzy! Needless to say, I refrained from including the right foot and right arm, since they are so obviously associated with evil. Inclusion can only go so far!

    The Hokey-Pokey

    Left foot
    You put your left foot in
    You put your left foot out
    You put your left foot in
    And you shake it all about

    Left arm
    You put your left arm in
    You put your left arm out
    You put your left arm in
    And then you shake it all about

  • Jerry Korba

    06/15/2020 10:25 AM

    I have railed against the MSM called them a tool of the CCP and so on I have called to try and ignore the propaganda it throws out to dismantle the country. The infiltration of George Soros and Mike Bloomberg and the rest of the Billionaires that have nothing better to do than destroy what is good for the world. As these people in the United States are working for a better life the Hateful Billionaires feel they are the only ones to have a the luxurious life style. People should not have a patio to entertain or take time and enjoy nature a yard that creates pleasure for kids a home that is safe and comfortable the Billionaires believe those features are reserved for them only. Billionaires want hundreds of people living in a building with no yard no patio nothing but a run down parking lot and dependent on government assistance that the billionaires pay very little for. It gives them pleasure to see, Soros is an evil person and wants misery for everyone. He funds misery that is what makes him happy. I doubt people like him give to St. Judes, Tunnels to Towers ect. this is where unrest comes from emotional instability on the part of Anti America groups and an attempt of a CCP takeover they are working together as China wants to be the Ruler of Earth.

  • Stephen Russell

    06/15/2020 10:15 AM

    Police Reform ideas:

    Wear bodycams on shift.
    Defund Traffic patrols, no mickey mouse tickets.
    Combine courts?
    Local Indie Citizens Board for Internal Services
    Ph#, website to report bad cops by cops.
    Transparent Police Ops.
    Improve training: martial arts, pressure points etc.
    Reach out to public & hire more ethnics.
    Do survey by city on PD, SD reforms
    Survey ex PD SD on reforms.
    Use Force as Last measure IF warranted
    Issue multi use batons: flashlight, shoots tear gas, Taser, etc.
    Streamline report writing.
    Improve dashcams.
    Nationwide

    Urge National Police Reform Board for ideas ( temp) Idea sharing base for cities
    Non Federal.
    Then we can see changes

  • Stephen Russell

    06/15/2020 09:52 AM

    CHAZ copies: other cities are NOT Oking CHAZ copies IE TN etc.
    CHAZ takedown:
    ID sentries, scan are by drones, overhead cameras.
    Take out sentries
    Move IN, armored trucks with dozer blades.
    Unless other means allows to take back CHAZ.

    Atlanta shooting: OK shooting:
    Suspect took cops Taser, dont mess with cops equipment or meet force.
    Role model for cop action nationwide