Morning Edition - July 3

July 3, 2020 |

MORNING EDITION

July 3, 2020 

By Mike Huckabee

THANK GOODNESS IT IS FRIDAY

We’re taking a brief break from the daily news so that my staff and I can enjoy some time off to celebrate the Fourth of July with our families. But don’t worry, we’ve prepared some newsletter material in advance. And if anything major occurs that cries out for comment, we’ll set down our hot dogs and rush to our laptops! We will return to covering the daily headlines on Tuesday.

THE TAIL IS WAGGING THE DOG

When a lie gets repeated so often that everyone thinks it’s true, it’s called “conventional wisdom” – maybe because it happens so often at political conventions. These days, the conventional wisdom is that Americans are clamoring for European-style, cradle-to-grave Socialism Lite. Don’t buy it.

Throughout the Bush-Obama era, the media kept repeating “failed conservative policies” until even a lot of so-called conservatives believed it. Well, what a difference a few years make. We tried leftist policies. They resulted in a sluggish economy, depressed job growth, rising income inequality, reduced wealth and opportunities for minorities, rising class and racial divisions, and abroad, a decline in US prestige and leadership and the advancement and emboldening of our enemies, including a terrorist “JV team” metastasizing into a worldwide threat.

Polls began to show that most Americans wanted the government to do less and spend less. In France, where an actual Socialist was elected President, his huge tax hikes crashed the economy and made socialism as popular with the French as cheese in a can. The media were shocked when voters turned right in the next election. They should’ve known that nothing turns people off of socialism like actually experiencing it. (See “Venezuela.”) The elites responded by doubling down on the arrogance, condescension and name-calling of those who dared to challenge their divine right to rule. The people were forced to make their point even more clearly by shutting down large sections of the country with massive protests, and demanding their culture and secure national borders back.

It is a shame that we have to keep relearning the hard way that top-down, big-government solutions and leftist utopian fantasies don’t work in reality. Young people can almost be excused for believing in socialism for the same reason they believe in the Tooth Fairy: they are empty vessels who get filled with whatever adults pour into them. We’ve been dangerously remiss in allowing leftists to take over our schools and fill those precious vessels with mental pollution.

But Republicans who promised small government and fiscal responsibility should know better. Instead, too many let deficits skyrocket, stuffed budgets with pork, and became cheerleaders for big government and disdainful toward the very Americans who put them in office. These so-called “conservatives” slammed me in 2007 for not being a “real conservative” because I pointed out problems in the economy that were hurting working people and criticized the lack of oversight of Wall Street’s excesses. Two years later, they wanted to spend $700 billion of our grandkids’ money to save Wall Street from its excesses. They abandoned government’s rightful role as a tough-but-impartial referee and wanted to use its power to pick winners and losers in the market. Is that “real conservatism?”

The truth is that voters didn’t turn their backs on conservatism, Republican politicians did. Democrats didn’t sweep to power in 2008 by claiming to be government-bloating tax-and-spenders, but by swearing they’d changed and were now fiscally responsible. Of course, once they gave Obama, Pelosi, and Reid unlimited power, voters quickly realized their terrible mistake and gave the House back to the GOP in the next election. But too many Republicans had already squandered their credibility, so when Democrats ballooned the deficit, they could deflect criticism by simply pointing at their opponents’ own record.

From Jefferson’s belief that the government closest to the people governs best to Reagan’s faith in free markets, from low taxes to letting markets instead of government make business decisions, conservative ideas work whenever they’re tried. Before China kneecapped our economy by allowing a pandemic to spread worldwide, we were all enjoying the fruits of Trump’s agenda, which mostly consisted of doing the opposite of whatever Obama did.

Obama mocked Trump for saying we could bring back manufacturing jobs and strong GDP growth, saying that Trump didn’t have a “magic wand.” But the only magic needed was a simple disappearing act: getting government out of the way! Before the pandemic, we had record low unemployment in every demographic, very strong job creation, and regularly set new stock market records. And despite the gloom and doomers claiming that the pandemic would launch us into a new Depression that would last years, the economy began rebounding as soon as the heavy foot of government started being lifted and people were allowed to go back to work.

I expected this because the underlying economy was and is very strong. It took a massive effort and unjustified draconian lockdowns mostly in blue states to throttle it and keep it from roaring back. This is why I can’t quite believe polls showing that Americans are eager to replace Trump with Joe Biden, the “Walking Dead” remnant of the slow-growth Obama years, who has surrounded himself with people who can’t wait to bloat government, raise taxes, spend like drunken sailors, regulate everything that moves, and turn the whole country into a coast-to-coast version of one of the failing cities they’ve run for decades.

Then again, you never know: New Yorkers lived through the nightmare of the Dinkins years, elected Rudy Giuliani, who miraculously saved the city (ignoring Democrats who routinely called him a Nazi and a fascist) and Bloomberg, who continued Rudy’s policies and kept it going – then for some unfathomable reason, decided they were tired of a well-run, successful city that wasn’t knee-deep in garbage, plagued with crime and stinking of urine. So they elected Dinkins’ protégé, Bill DeBlasio. Those cannot remember the past are doomed to repeat it, but unfortunately, they keep voting to force everyone else to repeat the same mistakes with them.

Gandhi once said, "If Christians would really live according to the teachings of Christ, as found in the Bible, all of India would be Christian today." I think if all politicians really followed the principles they espouse to get elected, all of America would be conservative today. Much of it already is. Look at the 2016 county-by-county voting map (a sea of red dotted by small islands of blue, with people streaming from the blue to red areas in U-Hauls every day.) Even among Democratic Party voters, only 19% identify themselves as “very liberal.” Our biggest problem isn’t that most Americans “are socialists now.” It’s that party leaders and the media are wildly out of touch with most Americans, and they are the ones with the 24-hour PR apparatus known as the news media and social media. It amplifies the liberal side and suppresses the conservative side so much that not only is the tail wagging the dog, but it’s like a Chihuahua’s tail wagging a St. Bernard.

What Americans need is fewer politicians who think they can tell us what to do and more who actually do what we sent them to Washington to do once they arrive there.

THE LEADERS WE NEED

We all knew a kid in school who just had to run everything. Remember the classmate who insisted on picking the games you’d all play at recess, where you’d go after school, even who was “in” or “out” of your group? In high school, that kid had a compulsive need to be the leader of every student organization. You just wanted to say, “Hey! You’re not the boss of me!” Whatever happened to those kids? I wouldn’t be surprised if most ended up in government. We certainly have no shortage of people there who think they know how to live your life and spend your paycheck better than you do.

I’m convinced the world is divided into people who just want to live their own lives and those who, for some reason, have an uncontrollable urge to tell everyone else how to live. Unfortunately, to that latter group, government seems like the ideal place to work, and at the moment, they are getting 99.9% of all the attention from the media. As more of them gravitated toward government, Congress abdicated much of its legislating authority to unelected bureaucrats. Their bureaus grew like kudzu, and so did their regulations with the force of law (but no input from the people.) Then one day, we looked up and discovered we had a crushing national debt and were paying huge salaries to an army of people who enforce how big your soda should be and who couldn’t be fired and who is allowed to come into your daughter’s locker room. That’s when sane people realized that government is the LAST place these out-of-control control freaks needed to be.

The temptation for government to overreach is hardly new. In fact, it stretches back to the beginning of recorded history, and I bet even earlier than that. There’s a story in the ninth chapter of the book of Judges in the Old Testament about Gideon’s son Abimelech, who craved leadership and stature - not to serve the people but to control them and make them serve him. He said, “Give me dominion over your lives, and I will simplify your existence.” Wow, does that sound familiar? It’s basically the entire 2020 Democratic platform. Our government has taken us pretty far down that same road, but does your life seem any simpler -- or just a lot less free?

Anyway, back to Abimelech. He had a very smart younger brother, Jotham, who came up with a clever tale about three trees: an olive tree, a fig tree, and a vine tree. All three were fine trees that produced lots of fruit. All were offered the exalted position of “King Of All Trees,” but all three turned it down. The plant that wanted to be “King Of All Trees” was the bramble bush, a weak plant that produces no fruit at all. Jotham’s point was that only the weak and nonproductive have the desire to rule everyone else. Does that lesson not resonate like a gong right now?

When anyone aspires to a position of power, take a long, hard look. If that person seemingly crawled out of the cradle with an ambition to be President, then beware! Anytime someone talks about “running the country,” alarm bells should sound. No one – not the President, not Congress, no one person – “runs the country” or should aspire to. That’s why the Founders took such pains to divide and limit federal power, and why we need to reinstate those limits that have been blurred in recent years, whether by Presidents ruling via executive order or out-of-control judges legislating from the bench or unelected bureaucrats abusing their power to try to influence the results of elections. If we allow any one person or entity to ignore those limits and assume the power to run everything, we won’t be able to stop them when they run America into the ground.

We should pick leaders who resemble the trees in the Bible story that don’t need or crave power but that have shown they bear good fruit. As it is said, by their fruits ye shall know them. The government has more than enough nuts already.

BIBLE VERSE OF THE DAY (KJV)

 



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  • Firewagon

    07/04/2020 03:16 PM

    "Kudzu" LOL! Just had a synapse flash pointing out that 'Kudzu' should be the new name for this DemonRAT party. 'Kudzu:' Something 'thought' to be beneficial brought into the country as a solution only to reveal its true intentions, TAKE OVER THE WORLD! What might be called "Unintended Consequences" resulting from the poor investigation preceding the order?

  • William Schlumpf

    07/03/2020 10:55 PM

    yep, the greatest book ever written nails the bramble bush lefties. But experience has shown me these characters consistently exhibit low Q (as in IQ) traits. With low Q, they see the world in the simplest of terms with easy solutions, which of course never work, because these are the people who are incapable of achieving anything. They are greatest of talkers, however, and their sociopathic tendencies lead them to manipulate others, but work? Forget it.
    Happy Fourth and may God bless America.

  • Georgia Haridopolos

    07/03/2020 07:42 PM

    I grew up with the expression "tail wagging the dog" and have been using it a lot myself lately when listening to the clamor out there. Good articles. Happy 4th. I will share this news letter with my friends. 99% if the time I do so!!!

  • Jerry

    07/03/2020 05:41 PM

    I am fed up with the left style of government if LA wants to defund the police let em follow the money hopefully someone steals the money and gets caught People get what they voted for no police no corporations no tax payers turn la into a federal national park after the sanctuary cities have nothing left have conservatives rebuild the city the right way take California government officials assets And trade them for legal immigrants maybe California can get a better citizen with better citizens comes better officials to govern

  • Patricia Linszky

    07/03/2020 04:46 PM

    The youth today that are demanding so much of the rest of us are the same spoiled brats that were catered to by their upwardly mobile parents, that gave them what they wanted to avoid being hated by them. How did that work out for you? They not only hate you but everyone else that will NOT cater to them now, "Welcome to REALITY". Now this will be their REAL awakening, because the rest of us will not be frightened into submission like their parents were.

  • Debi Hughson

    07/03/2020 04:17 PM

    Wishing you a Happy 4th and many thanks for succinct, truthful articles. God Bless you all and God Bless America!!!!

  • Stephen Russell

    07/03/2020 03:34 PM

    Issues unresolved:
    No Uniform mask policy
    No Uniform Virus issue IE when virus does X we do Y etc from baseline.
    Elites dont wear masks
    why should we masks when elites & protestors dont.
    Media manipluates virus data thus eternal doubt
    No set policy per state on Open up
    CDC & WHO lie on data.

    Im ticked, Joe Voter./
    Pres Not moving fast on issues IE removing monuments save Federal BUT setting example.
    Not hard on Fauci.
    NOT replacing Fauci
    Same ol Task Force & no new blood

  • D Smitherman

    07/03/2020 03:23 PM

    Happy Independence Day Gov. Huckabee. I hope you and your families
    celebrations will be blessed beyond measure! :)

  • Ronda Wells

    07/03/2020 03:18 PM

    Wow! Governor, you really nailed it with that comparison. Had forgotten about Abimelech and Jotham. Shame on me!

  • Jerry Korba

    07/03/2020 03:06 PM

    I am a guy that is disillusioned as to what has happened in the last 3 months how a bunch of lunatics got America so messed up. I feel like the Twilight zone is where I am living. Morons burning down their own habitat stealing from neighbors overrunning the police the same people that would pull them out of the fire they set. The mob that behaves like that are victims of horrible breeding process people breeding while on powerful drugs brought to you by China South America and from all over the world. It is time to surround these people with walls and still bars.

  • PATRICK LLOYD

    07/03/2020 03:03 PM

    How very well said and informative of the History that makes America Great! Information for the Educated to be Misinformed, Those without History who at best can only Present Half their IQ to the World because of it! Those who ask what makes America Great when they live in the Results of it every Day! America was Settled, Fought and Died for it's Independence from Government Tyranny! The First Government by the People for the People through Majority Rule of the People! The First Country to Abolish Slavery! The First Country to enforce Laws of Equality for every Citizen! The First Country to establish a Justice System every Citizen can use to seek Justice in any Matter! The First Country with Laws to Protect Freedom of Religion! The First Country to Arm its Citizens against Foreign and Domestic Enemies and Government Tyranny! The First Country to adopt a Bill of Rights for it's Citizens into Law! The First Country Create Government Grants and Ways even the Poor who Academically Qualify can get Higher Education to Advance in Economic Class! The First Country to Establish SSN to Provide for it's Citizens when they Retire or Become Disabled! The First Country where Citizens can own Property with Rights over that Property! The First Country with a Complete set of Laws to Protect each Citizens Freedom and Rights from all Others! The First to Establish Laws to Protect and Enforce Fair and Free Trade! The First where Citizens Chose their Leaders through Fair Elections Protected and Enforced by Laws! The First with Laws to Protect Total Freedom of Speech and The Harm of Personal Slander! The First where Citizens are Innocent till Proven Guilty to Protect Them from The Corruption of Law! The First with a Constitution that is High Law of the Land Created to Protect all these Rights of Citizens! This is what makes America Great and why People from all over the World want to Live Here where they are Safe by Law! This is also why our Enemies, Tyrants, Criminal Organizations, and the Criminal Fascist Democrat Deep State who all Exist to Exploit, Control, Oppress, Harm and Control us Work to Corrupt and Destroy our System of Freedom and Rights in every way they can! They want to Steal our Money and the Quality of our Lives for their own!

  • Rick & Beth Clark

    07/03/2020 02:52 PM

    Happy 4th to you and family....praying all stays CALM across our great U.S.

  • Andrea Hayes

    07/03/2020 02:33 PM

    This is a wonderful article with indisputable facts! I always enjoy your insights and your firm faith in God.
    I was wondering if President Trump is going to let BLM implode or declare it a terrorist group based on their threats? I know he is very intelligent and well informed and I trust he will do what's best for America. I often joke around that if he doesn't win the election, will he start his own country because that's where I'll want to live! Also how can we educate people on the true beliefs and motives of BLM? I think a lot of people don't know the truth about the group and it's leaders.

  • linda

    07/03/2020 02:31 PM

    I am so worried about our country and what is happening with all this uproar. I can only say one thing every life matters ..I was born in late 1940's and I have seen things change. To destroy peoples homes and businesses and no one does anything to stop it,,WHY???
    The spike in the virus is from the protesters and news says nothing???
    I pray for our leaders to put an end to this. Slavery was way before anyone living now and would not have it today..What do they want? We have black colleges but we do not have all white colleges. WHY? What is the difference.. ALL LIVES MATTER+++++++

  • Glenda Mills

    07/03/2020 01:27 PM

    Mike I love your newsletters and I especially like the Bible Verses with the beautiful graphics you've recently started sharing. I would love to be able to use them on fb. Do I have your permission to do so?