|December 17, 2020|
Good evening! Today's Evening Edition includes:
- Things That Make You Go “Hmmm…”
- New vote
- Media gets it wrong again...do they care?!?
- The Devolving Party
- Fourteen say no more
Things That Make You Go “Hmmm…”
By Mike Huckabee
Florida has more people than New York, more elderly residents (many of them former New Yorkers, I’m sure) and it’s been open for business for months. Meanwhile, New York keeps shutting everyone down and banishing people to their homes. Yet New York's COVID-19 death total is about 35,000, compared to around 20,000 in Florida.
If that contrast intrigues you, read the rest of this article by Christopher Bedford in the Federalist, which contrasts the vastly different policies of various states that seem to have little relation to the spread of the coronavirus. Bedford’s conclusion after visiting 23 states: draconian policies by leftwing leaders aren’t about controlling the virus, they’re about controlling the people. I think the people are finally starting to realize that. Let's hope they also finally realize the connection between their current lack of freedom and Constitutional rights and the way they keep voting the people behind it back into office over and over.
By Mike Huckabee
There’s more evidence that despite the strenuous efforts of the news media and censorious social media, the public’s suspicion that the Presidential election was tainted by vote fraud is not lessening.
A previous Pew poll claimed it was mostly Trump voters who didn’t trust the election results, but a new McLaughlin Associates poll found that among all voters, more believe there was fraud than don’t, by a margin of 46-45%, with 9% not sure. Surprisingly, this is among a poll sample that voted for Biden over Trump by 51-47%.
This link has a chart showing the breakdown along a variety of demographics, and substantial percentages of nearly every group believe there was election or vote fraud. For example, that includes 29% of liberals, 41% of Independents and 74% of conservatives; 50% of Hispanics; 55% of men; and 40% of urban dwellers.
So obviously, channeling Damon Runyon (“’Shut up,’ he explained”) is not doing the job of allaying public suspicions that Biden was legitimately elected. This is a very bad situation because America's unique tradition of the peaceful transfer of power is dependent on a shared trust in the integrity of the vote. When Democrats began trying to game the system by loosening election laws, abolishing ID requirements, pushing universal ballots by mail to everyone on the voter rolls while fighting any efforts to police those rolls; etc., they were playing with fire. Now, they’ve incinerated the public’s trust.
Once lost, public trust is a hard thing to earn back. So if they really believe there was no fraud and Biden’s election was legitimate, then he should do what I got slammed by liberals for suggesting right after the election: join in calling for a transparent, bipartisan audit of the vote, with no more locking Republicans outside of counting rooms, wiping of voting machine records or fighting in court to have challenges dismissed on technicalities before the evidence is presented.
And please stop insulting our intelligence by claiming that any questions about the election are an un-American assault on democracy. We’ve had to listen for four years as you screamed “Russian collusion,” “Trump is illegitimate” and “Not MY President!” The alternative to agreeing to a transparent investigation now would be having the other side to do to you what you did to them. That wouldn’t be pleasant, would it?
Or if you like, we could just do to Biden exactly what you did to Trump: give his worst enemies in Washington $30 million and an unlimited mandate to investigate, interrogate, spy on and subpoena anyone they want for a couple of years.
Hey, it ended up proving that Trump and his people were innocent all along. Maybe it’ll work out just as well for Biden! Want to take that chance?
Media gets it wrong again...do they care?!?
By Mike Huckabee
First the mainstream media hailed Joe Biden for naming the first all-female White House press team, overlooking the fact that President Trump already has one. Now, they’re claiming that Biden’s choice of Pete Buttigieg would be historic as the first openly gay Cabinet member in history. Except that Trump already appointed openly-gay Richard Grennell as acting Director of National Intelligence.
I can only assume that we’ve found yet another symptom of Trump Derangement Syndrome: loss of longterm memory. Or maybe, as many of us have suspected for four years, they never pay any attention to what Trump actually does, they just report that he's wrong-wrong-wrong about whatever it is.
The Devolving Party
By Mike Huckabee
Now that Democrats think they’re coming into power, the fun is about to begin for anyone who misses “Game of Thrones,” and that’s watching the vicious in-fighting for power between the old guard trying to hold on like King Lear and the young radicals itching to stab them in the backs and seize the crown. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is a perfect example of someone who’s hungrier for power than she is skilled at the game of obtaining it, or she wouldn’t be going around giving the game away in public while the dinosaurs are still on the throne.
I do have one quibble with this story: it says that AOC thinks having elderly leaders like Pelosi and Schumer holding down the young socialist firebrands “hampers the party’s ability to evolve.” When a party goes from John F. Kennedy, Fritz Hollings and Daniel Patrick Moynihan to John Kerry, Joe Biden, Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer, and then to AOC, Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlbaib, it’s not evolving, it’s devolving. At this rate, the next generation of Democrat leaders will be communist cave people.
Fourteen say no
By Mike Huckabee
Fourteen House Republicans are calling on President Trump to keep his vow not to sign any more giant “omnibus” spending bills by vetoing the $1.4 trillion bill now moving through Congress. Their letter to him brands it as “swamp politics” and a "massive take-it-or-leave-it bill, negotiated behind closed doors, that expands government, spends at record levels well above 2011 base cap levels, and funds unnecessary or even harmful federal programs." They say it showers money on everything from Planned Parenthood to schools teaching children anti-Americanism to bail-outs for badly-run states with broken election systems. You can read more about it and see their full letter at the link.
There is talk of piling the $900 billion coronavirus relief bill into this bill, making a gargantuan $2.3 trillion spending bill, but that seems unlikely because of the timing.
As usual, Trump will be under pressure to sign this because of Congress’ habit of waiting until the last minute to deal with budget matters, then throwing everything including a federally-subsidized kitchen sink into a bill too big for anyone to have time to read. Sprinkled in will be all their favored funding items, buried like old World War II landmines just waiting to go off and blow up the budget and the Constitution. I wish there were some way to amend the Constitution to ban Congress from doing this. Anything that spends money taken out of taxpayers’ paychecks should be debated and passed in the clear light of day.
Unfortunately, I don’t hold much hope of a veto, but I don’t blame Trump for it. When he made the vow in 2018 that he would never sign another giant omnibus spending bill, it was while he was signing one that he felt he’d been left no other choice than to sign.
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