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Today's Commentary: Remembering International Holocaust Day -- Micah's Law -- Changing the channel -- Steve Wynn -- IKEA's Founder dies -- Democrats AWOL -- Additional Mike Huckabee commentaries
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Saturday was International Holocaust Remembrance Day, the 71st anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz in 1945 (it’s marked on different dates in different nations, for instance, Holocaust Memorial Day in Israel is in April). At the link, you’ll find a round-up, with photos and video, of how the day was commemorated around the world. I’ve visited the Nazi death camps and stood in the doorway of the ovens at Auschwitz on three separate occasions. Once you have felt the evil and horror and tragedy all around you, you can never forget it.
By Mike Huckabee
Today, the Senate will vote on Micah’s Law, a bill that would ban abortion after 20 weeks, which is the point at which scientists now say a baby can feel pain. It’s named after an Ohio boy who was born at 22 weeks when he was still incredibly tiny, yet today, he’s a healthy five-year-old.
Any Democrats planning to fight the law should note that a recent Marist poll found that banning abortion after 20 weeks is supported by 74% of pro-lifers, 56% of pro-choicers, 57% of Hispanics, 70% of African-Americans and 78% of Millennials. But because of the filibuster rule, it has to have 60 votes in the Senate to pass, and that’s not a sure thing.
To those who think that allowing late term abortions somehow makes America a more civilized or compassionate nation, know this: we are currently one of only seven nations that allow it, and our fellows in that shameful fraternity include such bastions of civilized compassion as China and North Korea.
Changing the channel
By Mike Huckabee
I confess, I did not watch the Grammy Awards last night (according to the dismal ratings, neither did most people). But judging from the news, the clips I’ve seen and the heated messages in my mailbox, I assume it was the usual 50/50 mix of Autotuned music and far-left political messages. I did think I heard the sound of TV remotes switching channels all over America around the time that host James Corden did a bit involving music stars reading aloud that book of unsourced hogwash about the Trump White House, ending with a cameo by Hillary Clinton. The huge Grammy crowd ovation was rather confusing, considering it followed a very strong segment with Kesha about never again tolerating sexual predators or the people who cover up for them.
By Mike Huckabee
The latest sexual misconduct scandal involves Las Vegas casino mogul and RNC Finance Chair Steve Wynn. Wynn claims they’re false allegations made his ex-wife to force a bigger divorce settlement. We’ll see how that shakes out. Meanwhile, some people are making a big deal out of President Trump “liking” the story on social media, which I think shows that they don’t understand what “like” means in that context (it might just mean you found a story interesting or want to call attention to it.) A spokeswoman for the DNC naturally used the story to accuse Republicans of being soft on sexual predators and their enablers, not long after they tried to rig an election to send the Clintons back to the White House. See, I don’t “like” that hypocrisy, but I wanted to call attention to it.
How about if we agree that sexual harassment is vile and unacceptable, no matter which party the accused belongs to; that neither party has cornered the market on virtue; and the guilty should be punished but that anyone accused has a due process right to defend him/herself before being pronounced guilty (yes, some of the accused are women)? Can I get a “Like” for that? Anybody?
IKEA's founder dies
By Mike Huckabee
We pay our final respects today to Ingvar Kamprad, the founder of IKEA furniture, who died in Sweden Saturday at 91. He had struggled in business until he got the idea for selling assemble-it-yourself furniture in flat boxes when he had to unscrew the legs of a table to make it fit in his car trunk.
Kamprad’s fortune is estimated at around $72 billion, yet he was notoriously frugal, claiming he wanted to set a good example for others. He traveled on discount airlines, drove a 15-year-old Volvo (or took the bus), bought his clothes at flea markets, and lived in a modest home that was – naturally – filled with IKEA furniture that he put together himself. And if that’s not frugal enough for you, he was once asked to cut the ribbon on a statue of himself. Instead, he untied the ribbon and put it in his pocket, saying he could use it again. With habits like that, I’m surprised he was only the fourth-richest man in the world.
By Mike Huckabee
A number of Democrats will be AWOL from President Trump’s State of the Union Address tomorrow night, which will save them the bother and the rest of the audience the annoyance of them sticking their fingers in their ears and going, “La, la, la, I can’t HEAR you” for an hour.
Much is being made of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg’s planned absence after attending every Obama SOTU, but Justices are under no obligation to attend. Several conservative Justices avoided Obama’s Addresses after he used his first to attack them to their faces when they couldn’t respond. And Justice Antonin Scalia avoided the events entirely after 1998, saying, “You just sit there, looking stupid. I resent being called upon to give it dignity.”
But some liberal Congress members do plan to boycott the speech rather than sit there and look stupid, including Maxine “Impeach now and think of a reason later” Waters. I’m sure Trump will be devastated by her absence, but will soldier gamely on. Other Democrats will wear black to show their solidarity with the victims of sexual harassers, which I don’t seem to recall them doing when they were giving Bill Clinton standing ovations, but better 20 years late than never.
After Trump’s speech, the Democrats will show that they are the party of fresh blood, diversity and solidarity with working Americans via a response given by Massachusetts Rep. Joe Kennedy III, a grandson of the Kennedy dynasty. No offense, I’m sure he’s a nice fellow, and unlike most of the Party’s other current leaders, he’s too young to qualify for Social Security. And maybe he does know how working Americans feel because Nancy Pelosi probably thinks the Kennedy family fortune amounts to pathetic crumbs, too.