Blessings on you and your family, and from all the Huckabee staff!
Tonight's newsletter includes:
- Other People’s Kids: An American Tragedy by Col. Kenneth Allard
- Report: Biden’s Education Dept is planning to withhold food from poor children until school districts accept transgender policies
- And more…
1. DAILY BIBLE VERSE
I have set the Lord always before me;
Because He is at my right hand I shall not be moved.
Psalm 16:8 NKJV
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Report: Biden’s Education Dept is planning to withhold food from poor children until school districts accept transgender policies
The Federalist reports (and I’ll bet many news outlets won’t) that the Biden Department of Education plans to announce in June that schools that don’t allow biological males into girls’ private spaces such as bathrooms and locker rooms will not be able to obtain federal funds for school breakfasts, lunches and snacks. That’s right, they’re going to blackmail schools by threatening to withhold food from poor children unless they also let them shove radical transgender policies down their throats.
And yet, they’re baffled about why so many parents are yelling at school board meetings and pulling their kids out of public schools.
It’s not just “Dreamers” pouring across our open Southern border. Forbes reviewed some unsealed FBI documents that suggest our immigration system is rife with asylum claim fraud. The documents revealed that an alleged ISIS operative who claimed to have helped murder Americans in Iraq in 2003-2006 had been living in Columbus, Ohio, since 2020 while his asylum application was pending.
He also allegedly boasted of smuggling two Hezbollah terrorists into the US for $100,000, and he told an FBI informant that he was planning to smuggle four Iraqi nationals across our porous Southern border in a plot to murder former President George W. Bush.
As noted at the link, this is hardly the only concern arising from this Administration's incompetence/indifference about national security. During the botched Afghanistan pullout, the Biden Administration left many Afghans who had helped America to the clutches of the Taliban, but they flew dozens of Afghans to the US without vetting them. Some were deemed “significant security concerns,” but they’ve since disappeared. I have a bad feeling that they will eventually turn up.
See, this is why every other country on Earth secures its borders.
Not a good sign
I can’t imagine that it’s a good sign for how well Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is going that Russian lawmakers just passed a bill eliminating the maximum age limit of 40 for serving in the Russian military.
MSNBC’s promotional welcome campaign for Jen Psaki confirms what we’ve all long suspected: they have no idea what the word “trusted” means.
Jacob Sullum at Townhall.com has an interesting op-ed on why most of the gun law changes Democrats call for after mass shootings would’ve had no impact on preventing the shootings, they would just inconvenience and infringe on the rights of innocent people.
And, Rick Moran at PJ Media seconds the uselessness of the proposed gun law changes for actually stopping any recent mass shooting.
Other People’s Kids: An American Tragedy
By Colonel Kenneth Allard
This Memorial Day may be a good time for Americans to ask ourselves: Do we still deserve our freedom? I’m not talking about our slumping economy nor even descrying our media’s unblinking distortion of issues from our porous southern border to the perfidy of Hillary Clinton. But today we are seeing the tumultuous confluence of two basic decisions reached nearly 50 years ago: the “right” of abortion decided by Roe v Wade in 1973; and the adoption of the All-Volunteer Force (AVF) in 1974. While each choice was made separately, their protagonists could hardly have imagined how those separate choices would evolve to create twin challenges to our way of life.
Barely a year apart, two fundamental norms of American life had changed. The right of an unborn infant to live was now outweighed by the right of the mother to choose life or death for her baby. The historical obligation of the American citizen for wartime service had also changed, now becoming a career choice like pursuing orthodontics or agri-business. The rationales were correspondingly different. Abortion, whether or not guaranteed by the Constitution, needed to be safe and legal; the Vietnam-era draft simply needed to end. Fifty years later, we have an expensive, professional military in which less than half of one (>0.5) percent of Americans defend the other 99%. The death toll since Roe v Wade: at least 60 million infants although no one knows for sure.
As one of the last draftees, my reprieve came too late. But ten years into the AVF experiment, I served on the West Point faculty, once moderating a campus-wide debate on the role of women, The contending advocates: conservative doyenne Phyllis Schlafly versus Sarah Weddington, victorious counsel in Roe V. Wade. Even in West Point’s disciplined environment, the debate was a raucous affair; but at least our cadets witnessed the emotions and intricacies of the constitutional process they would soon defend.
But for me that argument was settled forever the next year, when our newly adopted 4-day-old daughter wrapped her entire hand around my little finger. I was thankful beyond words that her birth mother, finding herself “in trouble,” decided to protect this new life, choosing to set aside every lesser consideration. Thirty years later, a father’s emotions still run strong looking into her eyes and each of my three grand-sons!
Meanwhile, the Army kept getting smaller, post-Cold War reductions leaving the active force with a half-million soldiers. But then came the shock of 9/11. The voluminous memoirs of President George W. Bush, his vice-president, and his secretaries of State and Defense reveal a stunning omission: None of them apparently asked whether the AVF could sustain a long conflict. Rather than mobilizing the nation for war, the National Guard and Reserves were dragooned for extended overseas tours. Ordinary Americans were encouraged to return to the shopping malls or college campuses. “So your kid goes to Kandahar while mine goes to Yale. So what’s your point?”
With the War on Terror dragging on for almost 20 years, manpower became even more scarce and expensive. Meeting combat requirements meant sending the troops back for multiple combat tours to various hell-holes. Not only were our soldiers running exponential risks of PTSD, but they were also becoming increasingly isolated from American society as a segregated warrior caste. And what happened when these Other People’s Kids returned home as veterans? Although the Veterans Administration is unsure of the exact numbers, they estimate that 17-20 veterans commit suicide each day.·
As you may have noticed, the United States is now involved in two separate Cold Wars but is seriously outmanned in each. (Air Force pilots describe this condition as “discovering you’re out of airspeed, altitude and ideas.”) Making matters even worse are our internal contradictions, voices from the left made even more strident by the prospect that Roe v Wade may be reversed. Listening to them, one ponders our national responsibility for the Holocaust of the Unborn, those Other People’s Kids now being aborted.
As I write these words, my friends and neighbors in Uvalde Texas are grief-stricken by the senseless slaughter of 19 elementary school students and 2 teachers by a gun-toting monster quickly dispatched by local law enforcement. Might this latest outrage finally move our secular, prodigal nation to lower our voices, bow our heads and pray for God’s forgiveness?
- · EG: See Cole Lyle, “17 veterans die every day,” Austin American Stateman, April 7, 2022. But the most comprehensive review has been the 2021 research completed by Operation Deep Dive and the American Warriors Partnership. That research suggests that the horrendous suicide tallies reported by the VA mat be seriously underestimated.