April 21, 2018


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Today's Commentary: California moves closer to banning the First Amendment -- A "sanctuary county" for gun-owners -- "Huckabee" preview  -- Survey results -- Government-run health care fails again -- Additional Mike Huckabee commentaries


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California’s state Assembly has overwhelmingly passed a pro-LGBTQ bill that would ban the sale or distribution of materials related to “conversion therapy.” It would make it an unlawful business practice to engage in any “transaction intended to result or that results in the sale or lease of goods or services to any consumer” aimed at “sexual orientation change efforts with an individual.”

Supporters of the bill deny claims that it could lead to the state banning the sale of Bibles, which describe homosexuality as a sin that Christians should abstain from. But opponents say it’s written in such a vague way that it could be stretched to do that. And frankly, claims by California leftists that they would never stretch a pro-gay rights law to deny religious freedom are as hollow as the fake Matterhorn at Disneyland.


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A "sanctuary county" for gun owners

By Mike Huckabee

So-called “Progressives” (I always put that in quotes because it’s not progress to keep believing in policies that have failed miserably everywhere they’ve been tried for over a century) think it’s inevitable that they will just keep dragging America to the left and it will never spring back. But I get the feeling the recoil is about to snap back in their faces like Harry Reid’s exercise band.

We’re already seeing California cities and counties revolt against the “sanctuary state” law that’s releasing dangerous criminal illegal immigrants back onto their streets. Now, another blue state is starting to experience a red uprising. In Illinois, where Chicago elects a lot of liberal legislators who have yanked the state left and imposed gun control on the law-abiding and defiant “sanctuary city” protections for illegal immigrants, Effingham County has become the first county to yank back the other way by declaring itself a “sanctuary county”…for gun owners.

The County Board voted 8-1 to approve a resolution directing its employees not to enforce any new state law that would “unconstitutionally restrict the Second Amendment.” County Board member David Campbell said, “We’re tired of seeing all these new House bills coming through attacking our Second Amendment rights, and we decided it’s time for someone to take a hard stand.” The county state’s attorney said it’s largely symbolic because if a new gun law violates the Constitution, they wouldn’t enforce it anyway. But they wanted to serve notice to state legislators that “there’s going to be blowback from the people of Southern Illinois.” Indeed, a neighboring county already passed a similar resolution, and Effingham County leaders expect more to follow.

If red counties start to defy the liberal state government, that’s going to be a lot of territory in revolt. In 2012, Obama won his home state of Illinois, but took only 23 of Illinois’ 102 counties. Without Cook County (Chicago), Obama would have lost Illinois to Romney by over 100,000 votes. Liberal urban areas like Chicago, L.A., San Francisco and New York City have a disproportionate influence within states that’s causing serious friction and resentment. In order to win back the House in a “blue wave,” that wave will have to wash over a lot of those red areas. It’s not going to happen by having even more liberals turn out in already blue areas and give liberal incumbents an even bigger margin of victory.

If you look at the county map of Presidential election results, in 1976, the nation was fairly evenly split between blue and red. By 2016, it looked like a sea of red with a few small islands of blue in urban areas where the population is extremely dense (no offense). The self-delusion that America is embracing leftism even as blue areas keep shrinking away reminds me of a classic line from “This Is Spinal Tap.” The band’s manager tried to put a good face on their dying career by saying that they weren’t getting less popular: “Their appeal is just becoming more selective.”


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"Huckabee" preview

By Mike Huckabee

Gather ‘round the TV tonight for another brand new “Huckabee” on TBN that's jam-packed with newsmakers and entertainment! Did you hear about the college senior whose graduation picture with her gun blew up the Internet? Her name is Brenna Spencer, and she’ll tell us all about it. Rep. Marsha Blackburn introduced an Internet privacy bill last year that got little support, but now, it’s on the fast track and she’s looking like a prophet. We'll about that and whether conservatives are being censored on social media. I’ll also chat with the Rev. Franklin Graham and the authors of a new book on President Trump’s religious faith, plus bring you a classic tune from country music star David Frizzell. All that and more surprises are coming your way tonight at 8 EST, 7 CST on TBN. To find out where you can watch TBN in your local area, and see clips and complete episodes of past shows, visit https://www.tbn.org/programs/huckabee


Survey results

By Mike Huckabee

QUESTION: Do you support President Trump's decision to launch military strikes against Syria?

With over 16,000 votes cast:

61% YES

31% NO



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Government-run health care fails again

By Mike Huckabee

I haven’t written about this case yet because I was hoping and praying that the judges in the UK would come to their senses and relocate their hearts. Sadly, that hasn’t happened. In a case tragically similar to the death of young Charlie Gard, Great Britain’s government health care system has once again overruled the desperate pleas of parents and condemned a baby boy named Alfie Evans to die.

Alfie went into a coma from a brain condition that the NHS doctors couldn’t diagnose. They ruled that he’ll never get better and his life isn’t worth living, so he should be taken off life support to die. While it is a longshot that he could be saved, the parents want to try alternative treatment, which a Vatican hospital offered to provide. But the doctors refused to let the parents have their own child. They went to court, where the judges sided with the NHS and ruled that Alfie had to die. The parents appealed to the Supreme Court, arguing that they now have three air ambulance services offering to transport him and hospitals in the Vatican, Milan, Genoa, Rome and Munich all willing to treat him. But in what must be the most soul-crushing, Orwellian nightmare imaginable for parents, the Supreme Court dismissed their appeal.

This is why so many Americans reject the idea of government-run health care, and the notion that the British system is something we should emulate. When the state controls decisions over your health, it controls you. And when it controls you, it thinks it owns you. In the UK, it’s now been certified by the courts: parents don’t even control life-or-death medical decisions for their children. The state does, and by extension, it thinks it owns your children. We don’t need that here, and I’m astonished and sickened that the British people would allow it to continue there. Maybe they’re afraid that if they rise up in protest to defend the sanctity of human life, the government will take their medicine away.


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