Evening Edition - April 28

April 28, 2019

You’ve probably heard the term “identity politics” but let’s talk about exactly what that means and how it could affect you.  Identity politics is basically the notion that a candidate’s credibility has more to do with various attributes or identifiable descriptions than the person’s actual qualifications, experience, personal ethics, or policy positions.  In the new world order of the increasingly far left, what you have successfully done, how well you’ve done it, or what you propose to do is of less importance than is your gender, race, religion, ethnicity, sexual orientation, or level of disability.  In other words, it’s the opposite of an America as designed where all of us were created equal, endowed by our Creator with certain unalienable rights, among these life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.  It’s also the opposite of the kind of nation that Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr dreamed of when he longed for the day in which his children would be judged by the content of their character rather than the color of their skin.

 

Listen to many of the candidates for President from the left, and they focus on being a woman, a gay, being either non-religious or non-traditional in whatever their faith is, or being a black or Hispanic rather than in expressing their qualifications in terms of what experience they bring to the office, how they have achieved their life-goals so far, and what specifically they plan to do to create a “more perfect union.”  Some express a greater desire to make sure that law-abiding citizens are prohibited from owning firearms than stopping law-breakers from entering the country illegally.  And the latest is proposing that we go well beyond allowing people to earn back their rights following the successful rehabilitation from prison to demanding that those currently serving in prison for crimes even of murder, rape, or child molestation have the right to vote.  Let that sink in a minute.  Do we really think that the Boston Marathon bomber should vote?  Bernie Sanders and some of his colleagues running for President think so.  I certainly am open to the notion that when a person adjudicated of a non-violent crime has completed his or her sentence and demonstrates a life of reform, we should consider restoring certain rights of citizenship that were lost during the criminal sentence.  But the idea that someone still incarcerated for murder, armed robbery, selling drugs, or rape should vote while in prison seems ludicrous.  If we restore voting rights, what other rights must we restore?  Free speech so the inmate can make speeches in the prison yard advocating overthrow of the guards?  Do we restore 2nd amendment gun rights and allow current inmates to be armed?  Of course that’s absurd and extreme, but any notion of people voting from their prison cell is absurd and extreme. 

 

We are one of the few places on earth where we get to choose our leaders by voting.  Hopefully we would choose our leaders prayerfully and carefully—not because we are the same color, same gender, same religion, same ethnicity, or same hair color, but because we share common Biblical values, have the same hopes for coming generations, and desire similar improvements in our society.  You’ve figured out that I don’t like identity politics.  I think it cheapens our freedom and makes us slaves to external characteristics rather than internal character.  Voting for someone because she’s a woman is sexist as much as voting for someone just because he’s a man.  I want a government that actually works for the diverse people rather than one that’s only about having diverse people hold the offices. I don’t care so much if a candidate is male or female, white or black, Christian or Jew, or even straight or gay.  I care that they tell me what qualifies them for office, what they’ve done to give me confidence they can lead, and some proposals that will make us a better nation.

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Roger L. Simon on Joe Biden's dilemma: he'd normally agree with Trump on a lot of things, but he has to go NeverTrump because his party has gone insane.

https://pjmedia.com/rogerlsimon/joe-biden-decides-to-go-nevertrump/

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Some of the herd of Democratic Presidential candidates are being questioned about their qualifications for the most important office in the land (indeed, in the world), when their backgrounds include running South Bend, Indiana, or a coffee house chain.  Do they really believe their accomplishments are greater than those who have served in the House and Senate?  But that only holds if you consider showing up in the House or Senate and warming a chair for years to be an “accomplishment.”  

In this eye-opening article, Max Diamond at the National Sentinel looked into the legislative "accomplishments" of the Congressional Democrats seeking the Oval Office.  They are thinner than a fashion model on an ice cube diet. 

https://thenationalsentinel.com/2019/04/26/losers-dem-candidates-who-seek-2020-presidency-have-virtually-no-legislative-accomplishments/

In what I frankly take as good news, these world-shakers are vowing to wave their arms and remake America into a liberal utopia, yet after years in the House or Senate, they’ve barely managed to pass any bills at all. The greatest records of success belong to Sen. Amy Klobuchar, who has sponsored 365 bills since 2007 and 14 became law (a 3.8% success rate) and Joe Biden, who in 36 years in the Senate sponsored 351 bills and 20 became law.  That’s a 5.7% success rate, or in baseball terms, a lifetime batting average of less than 0.06. 

Probably the least impressive record is Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, who’s sponsored 302 bills and just one became law – a bill to name a post office.  In fairness, though, that’s a common thread among several would-be Presidents: “Beto” O’Rourke sponsored 65 bills in six years in the House, and one became law: renaming a post office.  But for sheer longevity of ineffectiveness, nobody can touch Bernie Sanders.  He’s been in the Senate since 2007, sponsored 214 bills, and two became law.  One of them was - can you guess? - to rename a post office. 

As Diamond notes, there are extenuating circumstances for failure to pass bills, such as the opposing party having the majority.  Also, in this toxic partisan atmosphere, a candidate who actually works across the aisle to pass laws might be attacked by his own party for insufficient purity, that being far more important than effectiveness. 

I keep hearing from the left about how unqualified Donald Trump was to be the chief executive, despite decades of experience as a chief executive.  Now, I understand what they mean.  I’ll bet that guy has never renamed a post office in his life.

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Former Gov. Scott Walker, R-Wis., recently became the national face of the state-led movement to propose a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution. In his role as national honorary chairman of the Center for State-led National Debt Solutions, Walker will champion an issue that first came to nationwide prominence when then-President Ronald Reagan recognized that “We don’t have a trillion-dollar debt because we haven’t taxed enough; we have a trillion-dollar debt because we spend too much.”

Ultimately, Reagan’s leadership led to the crafting of a balanced budget amendment proposal, which passed the Senate in 1982 but failed in the Democratic-controlled House. In 1996, House Speaker Newt Gingrich led a similar effort, which passed in the House but failed in the Senate by a single vote.

As Walker takes up the challenge advanced by his predecessors, he will be facing an entirely different fiscal landscape. The $1 trillion in federal debt that prompted the Senate to take action in 1982 is roughly equivalent to the amount Congress now borrows every year to fund its deficits. The national debt has soared past $22 trillion, or $180,000 per taxpayer, and the interest alone is soon projected to surpass spending on national defense.

So why hasn’t Congress fixed this problem? The Gramm-Rudman-Hollings balanced budget act, the debt ceiling, and pay-as-you-go were all designed to control government spending. Yet none of these instruments interrupted the steady acceleration of debt. As legislative restrictions became uncomfortable, Congress simply softened their language or replaced them with new, more accommodating budgetary policies.

This abuse of congressional power is exactly the kind of scenario our Founders tried to protect against in the intricate system of checks and balances they designed in the Constitution. Among those balances was their design for constitutional amendment. Under Article V, either a majority vote in both chambers of Congress may advance a proposal, or, on the application of two-thirds of the states, a convention for proposing amendments may be convened. Whether passed by Congress or by state-led convention, any proposed amendment must be ratified by a three-fourths majority of the states.

The effort Walker is now leading will encourage the use of the state-initiated method for the proposal of a balanced budget amendment. Though the high threshold of consensus required to trigger such a convention has never been achieved, the debt crisis may become its inspiration. According to Congressional Budget Office projections, unprecedented debt to GDP levels will lead to lower productivity and wages, higher interest rates, and increasing fiscal instability.

Almost 40 years ago, America passed on an opportunity to prevent the dangerous debt vulnerabilities we now face. Walker realizes that, on its current path, this nation doesn’t have 40 more years of stability to make up its mind. Whether proposed by Congress or the states, timing has now become critical for constitutionally mandated fiscal reform.

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  • Rodney Salisbury

    05/06/2019 02:45 AM

    Dear Gov,
    A simple question; if (according to Democrats) the POTUS allegedly expressing a desire for Muller’s resignation or firing can be con-screwed as OBSTRUCTION, then what is threatening the AG after he announces the investigation of potential Abuse of Power in the FISA Courts and with in our special Agencies to unseat a duly elected president? Each of the culprits needs to be held accountable under the audition act and possibly for treason as well!

  • Cal Fluckey

    05/01/2019 03:54 PM

    Dear Mike,
    Just wanted to make a remark about a comment you made in a recent newsletter I just read (Was there an attempt to infiltrate the Trump transition team?). I would have to disagree with you on one of the statements that you made: "One of the differences between human beings and animals is that we’re supposed to be smart enough to be able to learn from other people’s mistakes and not have to make them ourselves. " I believe that there are many cases in which animals learn from past mistakes of other animals, either directly or indirectly. To name a couple right off hand are coyotes, ravens, crows, etc. seem to learn very quickly situations that are either related to food or danger. That being said, I would venture to say that those people aren't as smart as most animals. I say that in jest of course, but many may agree. : )

    On 04/29/19 09:52, Mike Huckabee wrote:
    > One of the differences between human beings and animals is that we’re supposed to be smart enough to be able to learn from other people’s mistakes and not have to make them ourselves.

  • Elaine Knudsen

    04/29/2019 05:28 PM

    Your daughter is the best Press Secretary ever! Enjoy her very much! Also, we do need to get this debt under control . . . fast!!!! My Dad passed away in 2008, at 78 years old. I remember him always voicing his concern about politicians bankrupting our country & acting like they had an open checkbook! It truly has been & continues to be a legitimate, major concern! Indeed handouts need to be trimmed immensly & correlate with those receiving, having to prove working toward self sufficiency, in given time frames, to get off support completely. And Social Security is not a hand out, we paid into it all of our working lives.

  • Carol Cordier

    04/29/2019 11:49 AM

    Love your commentary. Read it every day and wonder why everyone is not on your page. Still trying to convince my Democratic neighbor to vote Republican. She has such shallow arguments but I will keep trying!!

  • Lawrence Rinaldo

    04/29/2019 11:12 AM

    Love this article. It would be nice to get this every place. The Dallas Morning News is completely filled with Democrat articles. On the first page, Sunday, "Points", is voting is a right, OK. The second page is how bad we are for shooting the messenger in "fake news." This is bull, in that these are "fake news," them included. Keep up the good work.

  • Rev. Charles D. Pollak

    04/29/2019 09:30 AM

    Governor, I usually agree completely with your comments, but am troubled by your statement that you could consider the idea of restoring voting rights to (only) non-violent offenders after they are released from prison.
    I am a retired Navy captain and commanded a nuclear powered missile submarine for 4 years. I was, and am, a rule of law type of guy. Today I am an Anglican priest and a retired SC prison chaplain. My thinking on some matters has changed profoundly. In the past 15-20 years I have seen many men, including those convicted of murder and other heinous crimes, change completely when they have come to know and love Jesus Christ. And you know, much better than most, that Moses, King David, and St. Paul all did mighty works for God after they repented of the murders they had committed.
    Today I am the Chairman of the SC Prison Reform Alliance, Inc., a group of people who know the prison shortcomings and are trying to help produce genuine prison reform. What we need is a genuine focus on rehabilitation. A key element must be the hope of reconciliation for inmates and ex-inmates. I have come to believe that, depending upon the type and degree of the crime, all ex-inmates should have the hope of a full restoration of rights and privileges after a specified number of years during which they have not committed any additional crimes. Without hope that society will accept that their past is indeed past, many former inmates will remain forever embittered and angry. And remember, we shall be forgiven by our Father just as we have forgiven others who have sinned against us.
    Remember, kind sir, with God all things are indeed possible.
    Fr. Chuck

  • Richard Geldhof

    04/29/2019 09:01 AM

    Those running as Democratic candidates for President 2020 are just "wannabees." They talk big expounding everything that is wrong with President Trump, but have never done much to warrant being President. They are running the Obama "charismatic cheer" to the White House. Obama knew how to make the people believe he was the right choice and the media bias supported him even though as a Senator and lawyer he had nothing to show - he did squat. He did lots of harm to America - tearing it down brick by brick - the moral in America plummeted. He became the leader of fools not worth spam. He taught children that nothing is wrong until proven in court. Shame.

  • Rita Downey

    04/29/2019 08:01 AM

    Many thanks to Mike for clarification on national debt. That issue needs to be, and should be, the #1 priority for those in office and those seeking office. Nothing concerns me more!!! Will this nation EVER get out of debt? At 88 years old, that is not something I want my daughter, granddaughter and especially my great granddaughter to have to deal with! There is NO EXCUSE for spending more than you have in the bank! What happens if this country goes into bankruptcy??? As to the voting issue, are the Dems so afraid of losing the election, they are grasping any straw (like illegals, the criminal segment of society, etc.), In order to find more voters who just MIGHT vote for them???

  • Rev. Austin Miles

    04/28/2019 11:58 PM

    Governor, your interview with your wonderful daughter on TBN tonight "Conversations" was absolutely OUTSTANDING. I have always admired your daughter and join others who believe that she is the greatest press secretary ever.
    Blessings,
    Rev. Austin Miles

  • Carl Smith

    04/28/2019 09:52 PM

    Thank You for putting into words what I have been attempting to convey for the last 15 years. With your permission I will send to our local weekly news paper for publication under "Letters to the Editor"
    We have LOST Academia! We have Lost the Media! We have lost our way and your correct America doesn't have 40 years to turn this Ship of State around and at 81 I have less than that.

  • Bernadette Dillon

    04/28/2019 09:46 PM

    Governor Newsome got elected by people who do not do a proper check on who they are electing! Newsome is going to bankrupt California. Sanders admits his Universal health care is going to raise our taxes. california pays some of the highest taxes. We are going from the 5th largest economy in the world to the first state to go BK! Democrats have destroyed our economy by putting illegal immigrants ahead of Californians.

  • Philip G. Dixon,

    04/28/2019 08:57 PM

    Governor,
    An unmentioned reason for prisoners not being able to vote while in prison is that in an effort to curry favor with their guards they would vote the way their guards told them. It could be said that a principled person would not act that way; however, if they were a principled person they probably would not be in prison charged with a felony!

  • Janis Tobin

    04/28/2019 08:55 PM

    I have been most concerned over the $22 trillion national debt. It is a crisis and no one in congress seems to be addressing this. I hope Scott Walker is successful in this endeavor. We need both the Senate and House wins in 2020...however, if there are too many RINOS and DEMS unwilling to balance the budget, we are on a downhill economic spiral.

  • Anne Turner

    04/28/2019 08:37 PM

    Balanced budget

    Not going To happen. It would require huge amounts or cutting entitlements and lots of government. Heaven for forbid Plannnd Parenthood or that liberal NPR. Didn’t get funded. Probably both would be required. No raises for Congress, oh my. Raising taxes enough would cause economic problems and there is no wayttheeyy will tighten the belt on entitlments. In fact everything they want to do would require ncreasing the deficet hugely. There are not enough wealthy people taxed at 100% to cope. That’s is the Dems answer to everything.

  • Jerry Korba

    04/28/2019 07:44 PM

    A while back I asked the question what have people of congress done for the American society although I thought the answer would be what you have found and I remarked at the time these people are taking our hard earn cash returning nothing with exception of post office naming, is beyond expression. .06 is a percentage of success is so feeble. That % is less than what we get in interest on a simple saving account which by the way is no bargain that is how America looks at you Congress, without shame you have no conscience. Thanks Mike for seeking out how weak these people are. I think if you put Schiff, Nadler ,Harris, Waters, Booker ,,Pelosi, Schummer ,Bluemethal , Coons and the rest of unfit Congress the stat would be lower. I challenge these nitwits to discredit that thought and even if they could 1.8 success % would would not be in their reach. History will show what a stain this group has put on America we can't shout them out for now, we sure as hell should vote them out. They are trying to make this country just a plain old stained rag.

  • Phyllis Warren

    04/28/2019 07:39 PM

    Is it true Obama qualified for tuition assistance as a foreign student?

  • Mac Moody

    04/28/2019 06:50 PM

    Please clarify the the statement that the debt of $180,000 per taxpayer. Does that meant that the debt is divided by only by those that pay taxes? If I understand correctly then those almost 50% that pay no taxes (many get the earned tax credit) are not in this calculation at all. Is this correct?

    I do believe that we should REDUCE the welfare payments and put the welfare receivers to work doing "what they do not WANT to do" to be able to eat and sleep. We have to many with their hand out and not enough people with any self respect. Self respect is earned by working not by mooching.

  • Sharon Wangsness

    04/28/2019 06:28 PM

    These statistics on debt need to be hammered home as does the accomplishments of every person running for President. They need to be part injected into any discussion, debate or campaign of every conservative running. They need to be hammered home so even the least educated can understand that the only other option is going to be that their taxes and new taxes are going to be the ONLY alternative that will directly affect their lives if they vote for these left candidates.

  • Stephen Russell

    04/28/2019 05:52 PM

    Dem candidates: Same message, MO, No Vision save Free XYZ, Quiet Joe Biden & rambunctious Bernie make affair Fun.
    Lock step on socialisim vs Bernie & Biden.
    Fun race ahead., Dems purge selves