BY MIKE HUCKABEE
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Happy Thanksgiving, America! This is a uniquely American holiday that dates back to the earliest American settlements. It was first declared by President George Washington in 1789, "as a day of public thanksgiving and prayer, to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many and signal favours of Almighty God." It was set on the last Thursday in November by Abraham Lincoln.
I hope you’re enjoying this Thanksgiving as best you can. Thanks to inflation (and not the Macy's parade balloon kind), it’s the second-most expensive Thanksgiving dinner on record, down by about $3 from last year, but still 25% higher than in 2019. And thanks to the Biden Administration’s war on gas appliances and reliable energy, I hope you’re able to heat your oven – and your house. But we still have much to be thankful for, like that we no longer have Dr. Fauci hectoring us not to spend Thanksgiving with our families or to try to eat stuffing through a facemask. Remember how the COVID-19 virus was a registered Democrat, so it would spread at traditional family Thanksgiving dinners, but not at BLM protests, Obama’s birthday soirees or fancy French restaurants frequented by liberal politicians?
Lately, Thanksgiving has been under assault on numerous fronts. As if high prices and shortages weren’t hitting us hard enough, we were told to cancel Thanksgiving due to the coronavirus, then lectured by wokescolds that the Pilgrims were genocidal racists (these tunnel-visioned nags make me very thankful for the “Off” button on my TV remote.) Last year, we had the Washington Post nagging us about how much each dish in the traditional meal allegedly contributes to “climate change.” These people are more efficient than a Dyson vacuum at sucking the joy out of every aspect of life.
But all these things are, in the long view of history, passing annoyances. The greatest danger to Thanksgiving is the government’s constant push to take away the God-given rights we give thanks for, especially our First Amendment rights to assemble, speak freely and express our religious faith, which are the foundation of Thanksgiving. Our Pilgrim ancestors took a dangerous ocean journey to an unknown and unsettled land seeking those very freedoms and were willing to risk their lives to attain them. So this is a great time to reflect on those days and take inspiration from them that things really can get better, if we all get together and do something about it, even if it means taking some risks. And I assure you the Pilgrims faced much worse risks than being badmouthed on Twitter.
This is also the time to reflect on the deeper meaning of Thanksgiving. It’s not just about turkey and stuffing, football on TV and early Christmas shopping. It even means more than a big family get-together, although that’s a very important part of it that we’re especially grateful for after all the lockdowns and quarantines.
Thanksgiving is about giving thanks to God for our blessings, many of which we only enjoy because we are fortunate enough to be Americans - a fact lost on many of today’s young Americans, who slander America using the very rights they wouldn’t have if they weren’t Americans. We inherited hard-won rights and liberties that were revolutionary in the early days of this nation. Many of them had their genesis in the arrival of the Pilgrims.
Four-centuries-and-three-years ago, the Pilgrims landed at Plymouth Rock. They had set out on a dangerous journey across the Atlantic in a small ship, the Mayflower, to a hostile wilderness where survival was far from certain. Indeed, half the settlers died during that first harsh winter. If not for the help of the indigenous people who joined them at the first Thanksgiving, they all might have died. But they were willing to risk everything for the right to be free to worship God in their own way, without the government telling them what they were and weren’t allowed to say, do or believe (is this starting to sound surprisingly relevant to today?)
Arkansas Sen. Tom Cotton wrote an excellent rebuttal to the negative revisionist historians on the 400th anniversary of the Pilgrims’ arrival, and I think it should be read every year by every American as a new Thanksgiving tradition:
Sen. Cotton talks about not just the history and importance of the Pilgrims’ arrival and the first Thanksgiving, but an even more important legacy they bequeathed to us. It was the way they organized their settlement, codified in the Mayflower Compact, the first example of the principle of “government by the consent of the governed.” Its ideas would still reverberate more than a century-and-a-half later when it became a huge influence on the writing of the US Constitution (although today’s leaders definitely need a sharp reminder that they are in power only thanks to the “consent of the governed.” Let’s pray the 2024 elections provide it.)
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’ and the ‘general good of the colony.’ Immediately after signing the compact, the signatories conducted a democratic election to choose their first governor.”
As he notes, it’s no wonder John Adams called the Pilgrims’ arrival “the birth-day of your nation.” These are the principles America was founded upon, and they arrived 403 years ago, in 1620. America was not founded upon slavery, which supposedly arrived in 1619 (even though some Native American tribes had long practiced forms of it, a fact I doubt is taught in current “history” classes), and which Christian abolitionists, Republicans and many of the Founders strongly opposed and we fought a bloody Civil War to end. (Another shocker for today’s “history” students: The Republican Party was specifically founded to end slavery, and it was the Democrats who fought to preserve it.)
To counter the left’s assault on America and its history, The Federalist launched “The 1620 Project.” At this link is an excerpt about the Pilgrims’ and the Puritans’ experiences and what they contributed that helped make America such an exceptional nation and a “shining city on the hill.” It’s another piece that should become a Thanksgiving tradition.
This year, while we’re thanking God for all our blessings, let’s ignore the America-hating historical revisionists and give even bigger thanks than usual for the brave men and women who ventured to the New World, seeking religious freedom. Let’s also give thanks for the blessings of liberty and self-government that they secured for themselves and their posterity (that’s us.) Let’s honor their legacy by making sure that we protect and defend those rights and liberties for all so that we can hand them down intact to future generations.
And let us also get to work right now on cleaning out the infection from our “education” system to ensure that our schools and universities teach real history and civics and stop brainwashing future generations into hating their own nation, admiring monsters like Hamas and Bin Laden, demonizing those who sacrificed so much to give them the rights and freedoms they take for granted, and giving away those rights for a mess of pottage (no, that's not a Thanksgiving dinner side dish) or a phony promise of absolution for the alleged sins of their great-great-great-great-grandparents.
Thanksgiving: A time For Family
Thanksgiving is not only a time when we give thanks for our many blessings as Americans, it’s also a time when we gather together as families and get reacquainted with relatives we don’t see any other time of year. One of the things I’m most thankful for is that once again, Americans’ older relatives will be welcomed into their families’ homes and not seen only on Zoom.
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 a holiday tradition here. So I hope you’ll indulge me as I again 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 hand-wringers 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!
IF you aren’t in the mood for politics today, stop reading here. If you don’t mind, continue on…
Here is today’s link to Fox News’ continually-updated news on the war in Israel…
The big story is that Israel has agreed to a temporary ceasefire in Gaza that involves the release of 50 Hamas hostages, three of them Americans. It will officially begin at 3 p.m. Eastern Time today. While this is certainly news worth giving thanks for, it must be remembered and repeated often that Hamas is still holding many hostages (they released only women and children), and this act of desperation to make Israel stop killing them and smashing their terrorist infrastructure doesn’t in any way mean that they are acting in good faith or are victims of some sort.
They are still terrorist murderers who are still holding hostages, and who still deserve to be hunted down. The ceasefire is to get some humanitarian aid to the Palestinians whom they are still using as human shields. In short, for those with serious comprehension problems:
Israel is NOT the villain here. And for the umpteenth time, if these pro-Palestinian anti-Israel protesters really cared about preventing civilian casualties, they wouldn’t be celebrating Hamas, they’d be demanding Hamas release all hostages, stop hiding behind civilians, and surrender.
Here’s my appearance this week on Eric Bolling’s show on Newsmax, where we talked about Vivek Ramaswamy, what makes him such an intriguing candidate, and the frankly racist attack on him by DNC chair Donna Brazile.
Happy Thanksgiving with the Bidens, discussing the latest news
It sure would be interesting to be a fly on the wall in the White House residence as the whole Biden family sits down to their lavish Thanksgiving dinner.
This must be the weirdest time ever for the Bidens --- and, boy, that family has been through some weird times. The next Thanksgiving they spend at the White House, assuming this President can even stay in office that long, will take place soon after the ‘24 election. Who knows if Joe will have even been on the ballot, let alone re-elected? Both those possibilities seem increasingly remote, as Joe’s poll numbers are so dismal that we may safely assume most Democrats hope he won’t be their candidate. Some of them would probably rather run the turkey he pardoned.
In fact, Biden is such a poor candidate that the Democrats’ strategy of choice, at least for as long as he IS the candidate, is to keep him under wraps as much as possible and voice ridiculous, over-the-top accusations against Trump, such as the shameless New York Rep. Daniel Goldman saying, “It is just unquestionable at this point that that...man...cannot seek public office again. He is not only unfit, he is destructive to our democracy, and he has to be, uh, he has to be eliminated.”
ELIMINATED. What did he mean? (And where’s the Secret Service??) I guess that after seeing the polls, Democrats figure “eliminating” Trump is the only way Biden CAN beat him. Who’s being destructive to our democracy here?
Or how about this wacko diatribe from Illinois Democrat Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi, who blames the recent spike in anti-Semitism (almost exclusively among leftists, I might add) on – you guessed it! – Donald Trump. You know, the President who finally kept the promise of moving our Embassy to Jerusalem, gave us the Abraham Accords, and who has Jewish grandchildren.
MSNBC had this from Joe Scarborough: “If you’re going to be fair, then you will frame this as Joe Biden being the candidate that supports American democracy, and Donald Trump a candidate who supports a new form of government here that’s authoritarian. He will get away with, he will imprison, he will execute whoever he’s allowed to imprison, execute, uh-uh-uh drive from the country. Just look at his past…”
Sure, we all can look back and remember all the people Donald Trump...executed?? These people are insane. Are they just spouting this out of desperation, or do they actually believe it? It’s probably a combination, like the “doublethink” of Orwell’s 1984. And who’s been doing the rampant “imprisoning”?
From the time of Biden’s 2020 campaign and arguably before, Obama holdovers at the DOJ and FBI have had his back, but this year the GOP-led Congress took up their deliberate slack and is piecing together the full story of the Biden Family Business.
And now, just as Joe’s birthday cake was overwhelmed by the bonfire of 81 candles, the whole country (and maybe the world) seems to be in flames. Crime and unrest are heating up. The government burns through money without bothering to count it first, and the Constitution is being torched as well, especially when it comes to the Bill of Rights and equal justice for political opponents.
Yes, Biden just celebrated his 81st birthday as the oldest sitting President in history. (Emphasis on “sitting,” as opposed to climbing stairs.) Most Americans have caught on to the outrageously partisan character of the DOJ, to the point where the “Justice” Department is increasingly seen as justice-free. The release of all the previously-withheld January 6 video supports that view.
Congressional committee chairs Jim Jordan of Ohio (Judiciary), James Comer of Kentucky (Oversight), and Jason Smith of Missouri (Ways and Means) have been doing a masterful job of exposing the Biden Family Business. Sunlight is the best disinfectant, and if you think elections don’t matter, remember that if the Democrats controlled Congress, all of this would still be hidden away, likely forever.
In the most recent development, Rep. Jordan issued a subpoena on Tuesday to Delaware Assistant U.S. Attorney Lesley Wolf, who works under David Weiss, the U.S. attorney whom Attorney General Merrick Garland recently upgraded to special counsel for the Hunter Biden case. Recall that IRS whistleblowers Gary Shapley and Joseph Ziegler both testified that Wolf put up roadblocks to their investigation into first son Hunter’s taxes. These agents testified that they were forbidden to pursue certain lines of inquiry, such as anything that might lead to Joe Biden. And, as you know, Hunter’s defense team was tipped off to agents’ attempts to interview Hunter and to search a storage unit.
Fellow committee chair Comer thinks Jordan is on the right track. “All roads lead to Lesley Wolf,” he said later on Tuesday.
Subpoenaing Wolf was necessary because the DOJ had refused to make her available for a voluntary interview. Their predictable excuse: they don’t comment on “an ongoing investigation.” According to Jordan, that argument “rests on no constitutional privilege or case law authority.” His cover letter to Wolf makes great reading...
"Based on the Committee’s investigation to date, it is clear that you possess specialized and unique information that is unavailable to the Committee through other sources and without which the Committee’s inquiry would be incomplete,” Jordan wrote to Wolf. “Witness testimony and public reporting indicates that as an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Delaware, you were directly involved in that office’s investigation of Hunter Biden, which deviated from standard investigative procedures."
“Deviated from standard investigative procedures”? To put it mildly.
Wolf was present at nearly all the prosecution team meetings, according to the whistleblowers, and the committee has information suggesting that she, either directly or by giving instructions, is “responsible for many of the decisions to deviate from standard investigative protocol.” She’s also “uniquely situated to shed light on whether President Biden played any role in the Department’s investigation and whether he attempted, in any way, to directly or indirectly obstruct either that investigation or our investigation.” Wolf is to report for her deposition at 10 a.m. on December 7 with authorized committee members and staff.
So, the Bidens might not be talking much about THAT around the Thanksgiving table this year. But, as Jill carves the turkey --- no sharp implements for Joe --- we can just see them laughing at the silly story Hunter could tell about his crazy dinner in Mexico with a Mexican business magnate.
It happened while his dad was VP, after Hunter had set up several meetings with him as a favor to the magnate, Miguel Aleman Magnani, former CEO of Mexican airline Interjet and grandson of a Mexican presidente. (We found that as of July 2021, Magnani was residing in France while fighting an arrest warrant for tax fraud in his native country.) After receiving this favor, Magnani had apparently been ignoring Hunter, as Hunter had emailed him to complain about this. (“I haven’t heard from you since I got a mtg for Carlos and your Dad...I have brought every single person you have ever asked me to bring to the [bleep]-ing White House...I’ve delivered on every single thing you’ve ever asked.”) Soon after Hunter’s email rant, they dined at a restaurant in Mexico, perhaps to mend fences, but Hunter continued berating Magnani, who had failed to pick up Hunter and business partner Jeff Cooper at the airport, where they had arrived on Air Force Two. Hunter berated him so severely at the restaurant that Magnani excused himself, went to the little caballeros’ room and...never came back! Did he climb out through the window? That part we don’t know!
Gosh, you’d think Magnani would’ve shown more gratitude after he and his father got to meet for lunch with then-VP Biden at the White House, as Hunter and Cooper had arranged.
Hunter’s business prospects with Magnani fell apart, apparently because of Hunter’s erratic behavior. Ah, but even so, those must have been heady times for the Bidens, as they were raking in money from around the world. That’s something they can muse about as they sit around the holiday table at the White House for what is almost certainly their next-to-last, or possibly even last, Thanksgiving there.
Remembering President Kennedy
Published on November 22, 2023
There are certain events that are seared into the memories of those who lived through them in our youth, and they will always seem as if they happened just yesterday. In addition to joyous occasions like the astronauts walking on the moon, there were also the sudden tragedies that left us reeling in shock. For an earlier generation, there was Pearl Harbor. For baby boomers like me, it was the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, which happened 60 years ago, on November 22, 1963.
It's been said many times that everyone alive that day remembers where he was when it happened. A US President hadn’t been assassinated since William McKinley in 1901, and this was the first time it had happened in the age of mass media and instant, nationwide television coverage. Many people couldn’t believe that a lowly, communist schlub like Lee Harvey Oswald could have done something that so monumentally affected the entire world and changed the course of history. That, plus the various discrepancies and unanswered questions, gave rise to a JFK conspiracy industry that’s generated many films and TV shows and over 1500 books. Lately, there’s been even more suspicion, thanks not only to the 60th anniversary but to the fact that we’ve recently learned just how much perfidy the DC Deep State is capable of.
I hope this solemn day won’t be completely taken over by conjecture and conspiracy theories, as interesting as they may be. Instead, let’s remember the tragic loss of a President and the way all Americans came together in a shared feeling of shock and grief, regardless of political affiliations. Let’s remember what this tragedy was like and react with the proper disgust when some chowderhead on social media calls for assassinating someone whose politics he/she disagrees with.
For those who were not alive then, rather than listening to wild theories and secondhand revisionism, read what those who were actually there at the time have to say…
And here’s something you might never have heard: a firsthand account by someone who knew Lee and Marina Oswald and was questioned by the Warren Commission. He personally saw some very disturbing things in their home and describes the Lee Harvey Oswald he knew as “persistent, scheming and manipulative;” an “avowed communist” who thought he was destined to be in the history books; and a “convincing liar” who had attempted another assassination before this, but barely missed. He can’t say whether we know the full true story of the JFK assassination. But when he asks himself if Oswald could have committed such a horrific act by himself, his honest answer is…yes.
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