November 27, 2020

November 27, 2020      

Good morning! Today's newsletter includes:

  • Happy Black Friday, America
  • ICYMI: Something to be thankful for: Mike Flynn pardoned
  • New Podcast Episode
  • ICYMI: Why President Trump needs to keep fighting
  • Remembering family

I will resume commenting on the news again, tomorrow.


Mike Huckabee


Happy Black Friday, America! Although thanks to the Internet and now month-long Black Friday deals, Black Friday is no longer stirring as much controversy as it did when it first started encroaching on Thursday night and pulling people away from their family Thanksgiving celebrations. Black Friday has expanded so much that most of the deals were sold out by Wednesday. But don’t worry, we still have Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday to come. And at that point, the Christmas shopping season really begins.

I’m sure that for many Americans, one of the few good things about having to limit the number of Thanksgiving guests is that it will mean fewer people to ruin dinner with political arguments. But since we’re all still enjoying our warm drowsiness from all the food, I don’t want to spoil that by writing about politics, either. So instead, I’d like to talk about something that doesn't change with the passing headlines. It's the greatest gift that a parent can give to a child: the gift of character.

This is the time of year when people go out shopping for holiday bargains, and it’s easy to let the thrill of the hunt and the lure of saving a few bucks on the latest gadgets override our good manners and consideration for others. But if you have character, that’s not a problem.

Where does character come from? It’s rooted in parents teaching their kids integrity and respect for others. And it may not be politically correct to say so, but kids need to be disciplined according to traditional, agreed-upon standards.

It seems to have become a sad Black Friday tradition to see news stories of people so crazed to get at bargains that they commit violence against each other. In some places, you can’t tell if you’re at a Black Friday sale or an Antifa riot/looting. A few years ago at a Walmart in New York, a worker was actually trampled to death. The crowd even trampled other workers who were trying to help him; and when told the store was being closed because of the death, they shouted curses and just kept shopping.

If you could turn back the clock a decade or two, I'll bet you would find most of those shoppers as kids, running wild, bullying other kids, sassing their other words, having no boundaries and being taught no consideration for others. If you'd said anything to their parents then, they might've replied, "We don't want to stifle their creativity." Or "We don't want to impose our standards on our kids. Let them figure out for themselves what feels right to them." Instead of admitting that their kids’ behavior was objectively wrong, they might've tried to rationalize it as being “free-spirited” or needing a Ritalin prescription. Or most likely, they would've just cursed and punched you for daring to question their parenting.

Children may act as if they resent discipline, but they not only need it, they secretly crave it. They need parents to instill the Golden Rule, and to teach them that there are certain lines we all must stay within, or else society falls apart. That’s a lesson we’re seeing with frightening clarity recently, with the rise of such groups as Antifa, who think that laws don’t apply to them and that the First Amendment somehow gives them the right to bully and intimidate others into silence. They think there are all sorts of boundaries that apply to other people, but none to them. Whatever feels right to them, they just do, even violence and vandalism.

There are thousands of strips of concrete in every city. Imagine what would happen if every airline pilot made a personal decision on land on whatever patch of concrete “feels right” to land on.

We live in a time when mass media and social media cause shifts in standards for language or behavior to spread almost instantly. Suddenly, both living and historic figures are being condemned for not measuring up to some PC behavior rule that didn’t even exist before last Tuesday (are you old enough to remember ‘way back to when it wasn’t considered hateful, bigoted, intolerant transphobia to object to a middle-aged man walking into the ladies’ bathroom when your 13-year-old daughter was in there?)

But we can’t be constantly judging the past by ever-shifting standards of the moment. As British author L.P. Hartley said, “The past is a foreign country. They do things differently there.” The only fair way to judge anyone, past or present, is by an immovable moral standard that’s not subject to the whims of changing fads and opinions. To do that, children have to be taught such standards. Standards such as “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” Take responsibility for your own actions. Try to keep your head even when everyone around you is losing theirs. These are things that were true centuries ago, they’re true today, and they’ll be true centuries from now.

I once had the importance of such solid guideposts brought to my attention in a way I will never forget. In 1997, Arkansas was struck by a devastating tornado. As Governor, I was visiting one of the worst-hit towns when State Rep. Martha Shoffner said she had to show me something. She took me to a courthouse whose roof was completely gone. Inside was a museum in which everything had been blown away or destroyed…except for one thing. Still hanging on the wall was my official Governor's photo. It hadn’t broken or fallen off. It wasn't even askew. I took it as a sobering reminder that no matter what disaster might befall our state, it was the Governor’s responsibility to remain steady as a rock and see everyone through.

The thought occurred to me then that we can't keep storms out of our kids' lives, and we can't teach them to hide from storms. We also can’t let them go on believing that if they scream loudly enough, the storms will give in and go away. All we can do is give them a strong enough foundation so that when life’s storms inevitably come, they'll be prepared to ride them out with a level head and a steady hand.

Here’s wishing you a safe and courteous shopping season and a happy Thanksgiving weekend!


Here’s something for Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn --- and all of us --- to be extra-thankful for right now: Flynn's seemingly endless legal battle with the FBI is finally over. It took a pardon from President Trump for that to happen.

Late Wednesday afternoon, Trump tweeted: “It is my Great Honor to announce that General Michael T. Flynn has been granted a Full Pardon. Congratulations to Gen. Flynn and his wonderful family, I know you will now have a truly fantastic Thanksgiving!”

His attorney, Sidney Powell, has made a statement that reads in part, “The FBI and the DOJ have been a national embarrassment for more than 15 years. It was my fervent hope to make our judicial system work to exonerate an innocent man --- as all the Left would want if he were anyone but Trump or Michael Flynn, but enough is enough. This is sick. It’s painfully obvious Judge Sullivan is playing an evil political game with a good man’s life and family.”

Trump’s adversaries are screaming, of course, even though this man did nothing wrong and has been subject to abusive treatment by the judge in his case. We’ve followed the Flynn case from the beginning, but if you haven’t kept up or would like to review the argument for his complete innocence, Dan Bongino’s Wednesday podcast, which was recorded before the pardon came through, easily shows that Flynn was set up and that he did not lie to the FBI about discussing sanctions with the Russian ambassador. According to the agents' own notes, they never even ASKED him about sanctions during their ambush interview. And as the incoming national security adviser during an official presidential transition, Flynn was just serving in his job capacity when he talked to him.

Thank you, President Trump.


The double standards must end! How can the government keep casinos and strip clubs open, but keep us from going to church? Listen to The People's Podcast during your holiday travels and get our Election Special before it ends!

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"We want to disqualify 675,000 votes so that 74 million people are not disenfranchised.”

–- Rudy Giuliani, referring to the number of people who voted for Trump, at Wednesday’s hearing of the Pennsylvania Senate Republican Policy Committee


Also, this commentary by Michael Walsh at THE EPOCH TIMES says it well. In his words, the stakes are not just Trump’s political survival, “but the survival of the Republic itself under a Constitution the left increasingly and openly despises.”

Walsh says Trump should go on national television, in sort of a “Thanksgiving fireside chat,” to explain this, and then let the evidence come out and “the judgments –- political and historical” be made. Sounds right to me.


Thanksgiving is not only a time when we give thanks for our many blessings as Americans (this year, I am particularly thankful for the “mute” button on the TV remote), it’s also a time when we normally gather together as families and get reacquainted with relatives we don’t see any other time of year. The coronavirus has made that difficult if not impossible for many of us. I hope that if you can’t host your older relatives, you will be sure to call or Skype or Zoom or use whatever technology they can figure out so that you can visit and they’ll know you’re thinking of them.

Every Thanksgiving, I find myself thinking back on beloved family members who are no longer with us. There’s one who meant so much to me that sharing my memories of him has become sort of a holiday tradition. So I hope you’ll indulge me as I share the story of a very special relative from my childhood. I usually saw him only once a year, but he taught me a lesson that helped make me what I am today and for which I still give thanks.

When I was a boy in Hope, Arkansas, one thing about the holidays I most looked forward to was the annual visit from my Uncle Garvin. Garvin Elder was my mother’s half-brother from her dad’s first marriage, and so much older than her, he was like a grandpa to my sister and me. He was an accountant and a lifelong bachelor from Houston, and he cut quite an impressive figure whenever he arrived by bus in Hope.

He owned stocks (I could hardly imagine such a thing!) and carried a real leather suitcase with travel tags, not like the cardboard suitcase we owned but never used. And he wore a suit, tie and starched white shirt -- every day! In our town, if you saw a man in a suit, it could mean only one of two things: either it was Sunday, or he was going to or coming from a funeral.

Over the holidays, while my parents were at work, Uncle Garvin was the only adult in the house. So when he wasn’t taking his daily unbreakable appointment with the “Perry Mason” rerun, I would constantly pester him to play checkers with me. Now you must understand, this was in the days before self-esteem classes and helicopter parents. Uncle Garvin didn’t realize how impolite, damaging, even psychologically traumatic and triggering it was to beat the daylights out of a sensitive young boy at checkers. No, he played to win. And he relished beating me…which he did, over and over and over.

Of course, I hated losing to him. But that just made me want to challenge him again. Over time, I gradually got better until I actually beat him occasionally

Looking back now, I realize what a huge favor Uncle Garvin did for me by developing my competitive spirit. These days, we’ve built a society of handwringers so afraid of hurting a child’s self-esteem that everyone gets a trophy just for showing up, no matter how poorly they perform. We’ve taken away their incentive to work hard and get better.

This is the same mindset that’s given us incompetent CEOs who crash companies, then run to the government for a bailout because they’re “too big to fail.” And idiots in government who bail them out with money they confiscate from hardworking taxpayers, because it’s “not fair” that some succeed when others don’t. And who also think that "fairness" means taking money away from people who earn it and giving it to people who don't work but do vote.

Call me crazy, but I believe there’s something to be said for competition and for rewarding hard work, talent and intelligence. And there’s a lot to be said for the lessons learned and the character built through trying your best, failing and trying again.

So every Thanksgiving, when I’m giving thanks to God for my countless blessings, I include a little prayer of thanks for my Uncle Garvin…and for all those long-ago checker games that were so painful to lose at the time.

And of course, I’m thankful for all the folks who help me create my newsletters and website and my show on TBN, and all of you who read and watch. I hope to be giving thanks for that for many Thanksgivings to come!



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  • Jane Rininger

    12/26/2020 09:56 AM

    What channel is TBN and when are you on? I live in California.

  • Jerry Korba

    11/28/2020 09:33 AM

    If America allow a Harris Biden Administration the country will survive until all the good work Trump has done to put the country on top, in communities that have ties to America. NY Calif. Oregon Washington major cities have cut ties with the United States and are operating with a CCP approach. When Biden severe's all the good policies that is when the country will start it decline only a bit quicker than Obama's policies did. Biden is a master in the world of Corruption 47 years of corrupt dealings around the world has left him with a reputation of greed and willingness to sell out the United States in many categories. With his memory loss Biden will be reminded how he had dealt with allies and enemies the assets of the America are on the block to all comers all at the taxpayers expense no matter what effect will have. One of the worries will be with the energy sector giving up our freedom of oil independence to enemies that will exploit the US probably worse than the Obama years. People the Dark Winter may last for a least 4 years I am hopeful Health care will not disappear while taking care of all the new illegal immigration that will start to explode if Biden wins the fraudulent election. One year with Biden 3 years with Harris and Pelosi and this nation will be no more.

  • Clara Herrin

    11/28/2020 05:26 AM

    Just curious: what does ICYMI mean? Please let me know. I've seen it many times, however, I have no clue what it means. Thanks,Governor.

  • Carl T Smith

    11/27/2020 09:21 PM

    Your Uncle Gavin in the Town of HOPE AK. brings back memories probably before you were even born. My Dad had returned from Guam in 1945 and was lucky to have a Job held for him by Houston Natural Gas Co.( Now Centerpoint) and Dad wanted to go to Hartford AK to visit his Dad. We had a 1942 Plymouth with "MAYPOP" tires and traveled thru 'HOPE' and dad remarked that if AK. would use smaller rocks on their roads we might make it before another tire POPPED and before he finished the sentence we were fixing a flat tire in front of the HOPE AK Postoffice. I remember it not being much bigger than the Privies we had in TX, but without the Crescent Moon in the Door.

  • ruth egan

    11/27/2020 04:41 PM

    I am so thankful for your integrity and faithfulness You glorify God.

  • James Evart

    11/27/2020 04:38 PM

    Our President is a LION! He deserves the vindication and honor and praise of a man who has suffered much for his country and has always kept on keeping on serving the people who put him in office and who have voted him in again, if we can expose the election fraud on the part of the Left who is trying to steal this election through deceit and fraud.
    Pray constantly for our President, his family, his administration and out country as a whole. Pray without ceasing. Pray for wisdom, strength, power, protection and justice that the American people's will be done in this election and that God's will be done, whatever the outcome.

  • Paula Herold

    11/27/2020 03:56 PM

    I loved the story about Uncle Garvin and the moral behind the Black Friday commentary. Both are so important and the responsibility we have as parents to our children. ae: our daughter is a teacher. During this awful teaching on line, her students cannot "fail". So therefore, most of them are not doing the work, the parents a disengaged. She is frustrated. I could go on, but the building blocks are not there....

  • Floyd Unger

    11/27/2020 02:43 PM

    Thank you

  • Jerry Korba

    11/27/2020 01:56 PM

    Our President Trump, And pray will be for another 4 years needs to become more Like Trump and a good start is to demand manners to a crude MSM while not demanding it led too crude and uneducated thugs taking abuse and hostile action to our police. I would advocate law enforcement leave California New York Detroit and all the miserable leftist communities and work in communities that allow law enforcement to work. Mlps is looking for help from outlining communities just say no and bulk up the communities outside of Mlps. with nothing left to steal the thugs will be heading your way and abundant staff of law enforcement that are allowed to enforce the law along with the 2nd amendment owners, will slow down thugs, thieves in communities throughout this country, need to step up along side of the police to protect the community. Democratic Governors and mayors are supported by enemies of the United States and these officials are obligated to to what they are told even disobeying to uphold the Constitution these officials are compromised and can not protect the citizens or the communities the officials have to much to lose their employment, the kickbacks and they may find harm if they don't obey their donors. Police and people need to join each other in this fight for law and order.

  • Connie Hamrah

    11/27/2020 01:43 PM

    I loved all of today’s writings. Everything is so relevant and meaningful especially teaching values and personal responsibility. God Bless President Trump for his fighting spirit and live of our great Country.

  • Elizabeth Crouse

    11/27/2020 01:01 PM

    I am so thankful for my parents who taught us values, helping others and we didn’t get everything we wanted. Depression and money was scarce but family and friends were plentiful. My grandson wants to know how I have money, well I don’t spend. I have what I need and try to help others and I am so blessed.

  • Tom Buttram

    11/27/2020 12:11 PM

    I am wondering, isn't it racist to call this Black Friday?

  • Ann atwell

    11/27/2020 11:35 AM

    Happy Thanksgiving Mile Huckabee and your entire family. I am reading your daughters book and enjoying it very much. I really miss seeing her as President Trumps press secretary. God Bless.

  • William Fuhrer

    11/27/2020 10:41 AM

    ALL IN THE FAMILY and THE JEFFERSONS was all about not judging at first sight but no Democrat gave President a chance from day 1. Democrats once upon a time in America was job creation centered FAMILY centered RELIGION centered. For a comedian who played in ALL IN THE FAMILY not to give President Trump a chance to do his thing. Bill Maher is seeing that President Trump is not the EVIL GENIUS of some comedians. LIFE IS SACRED and comedy used to think so. EVERYBODYS LIVES SHOULD MATTER


    11/27/2020 10:39 AM

    Look at all the sales associated with Black Friday ,the reason it is not such a hit is due to the blue states the possibility of those who have been unemployed or under employed are looking at possible eviction and other financial problems looming the near future.

  • David Nielsen

    11/27/2020 10:36 AM

    Thank you Brother Mike in discussing the loss of integrity in our society. We are seeing the FBI, CIA, DOJ, and many members of Congress who totally lack integrity.
    As one person recently said, "Republicans play by the rules, Democrats try to change the rules in the middle of the game."
    That is so true. Why isn't William Barr inforcing the existing rules that are based on the Constitution? Why was John Durham so interested in forcing a city in Connecticut but not interested in looking into Obama's actions to try to destroy the Presidency of President Trump?
    These characters lack integrity.
    However, one day their actions will be judged and judged harshly.

  • Jerry Korba

    11/27/2020 10:19 AM

    A couple of years ago watching Huckabee on TBM would not have been an option for me today I have changed my viewing and watch your show often having to go to man cave to do so. I had watched you during your run for President and mentioned time after time the common sense and the way you presented it I wanted to see more air time for you, water over the dam, the stage was to full. Today i listened to you while making my wife's breakfast and confirmed the reason I respect you I know you are a Leader with so many qualities most people can only hope to have. It is with regret Trump didn't have you in positions where people with less quality of being an America First Human Being in place so many disappointments the Generals the Globalists in positions they didn't belong imagine if Flynn with his knowledge could have survived to protect the President maybe he would have been a turn coat like Mad Dog and the other nut jobs if Obama wanted him out you know he would have been good for the United States. Before Trump Americans knew DC has poisonous creatures today Americans know just how dangerous the Deep State swamp is and more species will be exposed Americans need to be the predator and the swamp creators need to be the prey and place no limits of the number of prey destroyed. Re elect our President

  • Gladys Hizer

    11/27/2020 10:09 AM

    Thank you for your special words of wisdom today as I tearfully respond. I had a talk with my 19 year old great grandson last night who is living with me temporarily, about respect. He is a good kid but not raised with the love he deserved and moved out of his home when he graduated from high school. He didn't answer a text which caused me to spend Thanksgiving by myself. I hope my talk was a lesson and not a hurtful or resentful thing however, and your words today give me hope that I might have been right. The picture of the governor that survived devastation reminded me of a fire in a portable library that burned everything completely except for a Bible. I saw the miracle of the Bible with a few singed edges and shivers ran up and down my spine. Thank you for your daily inspirational Bible Verses and words of wisdom.

  • Kay DeWitt

    11/27/2020 10:06 AM

    Mike, I read this newsletter only seconds after I submitted a comment in response to your yesterday's evening edition and because what you stated in this newsletter about what kids NEED, I am going to copy, and paste, below the comment I just submitted TO your last night's newsletter because I feel your message, about what kids need, CONFIRMS what I just wrote about what kids need......SO HERE IS WHAT I JUST WROTE and YOU DECIDE IF YOUR MESSAGE RE-ECHOES MINE...especially since BEING a Jesus with skin on necessitates disciplining a kid since His love is defined as "the desire for the loved one's ultimate best" and HE disciplines us FOR our ultimate best...I WROTE:

    MIKe, one more time, I want to comment on your statements: Sen. Cotton writes, "in this covenant, the ship’s passengers agreed to form a ‘civil body politic’ of ‘just and equal laws’ based on the consent of the governed and DEDICATED TO the ‘GLORY OF GOD'...... These are the principles America was founded upon.....

    And, dear Mike, we are facing this nightmare in America because America is no longer founded ON these principles! And Americans, as a whole, are too self-centered....too dedicated to bringing glory to themselves be DEDICATED TO the 'GLORY OF GOD ' via being GOD-centered rather THAN self-centered! this present time....not only is America not bringing glory TO God, it is making a mockery OF God because the God America was founded on was a God of LOVE.....and America, as a whole, is giving more of a witness to HATRED than she is to LOVE!.....because the Democrats certainly didn't care that their hatred for America's President was NOT bringing glory to the God America was founded on!......AND.....

    As it has been said OF love....that love BEGETS love....the same thing can be said of hatred....that hatred BEGETS hatred.....which is WHY, according to an article that I read recently, we have seen, here in the United States,THE greatest number of violent crimes this year than any other year!

    And, Mike, what about "the church" in general much glory has IT brought to God with all its scandals?...BUT praise the Lord Christians will fight for their right to GO TO church because it "feels good" to go to church and worship God DOESN'T feel so good to BE church to our dying world and her kids! I mean that takes a dying to self....and a willingness to get dirty for Christ...and, in addition, ya hav ta share our Lord's tears if ya REALLY want to give God glory and, well, who wants ta do that when ya can go to church and get a high from singing songs and get some Holy Ghost goose bumps while worshipping God......BUT THE TRUTH IS THAT.....

    THE greatest way a Christian CAN worship Christ is NOT by going TO church, but by BEING being a Jesus with skin on our dying world...and kids. Here in Charlotte, North Carolina, we not only have some of the most well-known churches in America, but we also have a church on practically every street corner and yet the tragic reality is that, save perhaps Chicago, we have had the most shootings of any city in America! And there is practically never a night that I don't have to hear, on the news, how another kid has died as a result of being shot by another kid!!!!!.........

    AND MY CRY TO CHURCH....AFTER CHURCH....AFTER CHURCH...TO HELP ME REACH OUT TO AT RISK KIDS HAS FALLEN ON DEAF EARS and I hope if this comment is posted....and a reader is offended BY what I have stated ABOUT "going to" church , as opposed to "being church" , that said reader will have compassion on the never-ending grief that is mine knowing of all the kids who would not have gone to an early grave had his killer FOUND Christ by a Christian who WAS a "Jesus with skin on" because he WAS dedicated to bringing glory to God....and worshipping THE greatest way he being willing to lay down his life to bring HIS life TO the least of His brethren!

  • Robert Arvanitis

    11/27/2020 10:04 AM

    And thank you, Governor!

  • Mary Houser

    11/27/2020 10:03 AM

    Beautiful Thanksgiving story! I too wish for the "good old days" even tho living through some of them were trying at the time. Most of my memories, I am 71 years old, are of the good times, family times, simpler times. But I also remember my great grandma saying the same thing! Life goes on, God is good always and thank you for your daily newsletter... Merry Christmas to you and yours. I can say that now the Thanksgiving is over! :)

  • Thomas Brenkus

    11/27/2020 09:40 AM

    Gov. Huckabee: Being a lifelong Independent Conservative, I do enjoy reading your daily comments. Today, Friday after Thanksgiving is especially entertaining as, I equally share your exact thoughts.
    I'm sure my Father and Mother would have said the same thing in their day but, I am glad I am in the Autumn of my life seeing what is becoming of our country and the people who are "trying " to run it.
    I feel for my Grands who will have to face what will happen when they are grown.
    Keep up the good work, as you give many people like myself hope that there are good things happening among all the chaos.

  • Stephen K Lentz

    11/27/2020 09:12 AM

    It is getting so sickening that you rinos have been whining, like a 5 year old who was told to eat his vegetables FOR YEARS but NEVER DO ANYTHING ABOUT IT!! "IF" voter fraud is happening and has been going on for years and "IF" it is illegal, WHY do you rinos allow it to go on election after election? "IF" the"dominion" voting machines are corrupt and have been used in Venezuela for corrupt elections YEARS AGO and you have know about it for years YOU RINOS are the problem for letting it go on and on!! The jackasses are like children who constantly steal candy from a candy jar and the parents do nothing about it. They will keep stealing and do it more and more until they are stopped and punished. WHY don't you rinos understand THAT??!!

  • Patricia Hamilton

    11/27/2020 08:55 AM

    Thanks for sharing..

  • Michael Kamrath

    11/26/2020 08:27 PM

    I thought Michael Flynn was innocent. It is a shame he has to accept a pardon for something he did not even do, kinda adds insult to injury, don't you think?