January 9, 2019

Before getting to the topic at hand, which is not Trump’s address, I just have to say a few things about Trump’s address:

President Trump made his case well on Tuesday night, speaking the truth supported by facts, and his proposals were solid, though I think he could have taken a bit more time with his presentation, just to let it all sink in.  He’s the President, after all, and this was his first time to address the nation from the Oval Office.  He was on and off the national stage so quickly.  It’s not like someone in the wings was going to “get the hook” if he was on a minute or two longer.  But he was effective.

The Democratic response was pathetic –- disturbing, even –- in its utter failure to show genuine concern for border security, which they obviously don’t really care about, or address the human toll of illegal immigration.  The cold stares from Schumer and Pelosi were the stuff of Edgar Allan Poe (“The Tell-Tale Heartless”?), or perhaps of Madame Tussaud’s Wax Museum.  (The parodies of their bizarre side-by-side appearance are hilarious, though.)  It even occurred to me that if Hollywood needs someone to play all the villains Kevin Spacey would be perfect for but can no longer play, they should call Schumer, who showed with this performance that he can be thoroughly unsettling.  It’s too bad for the country that these are the leaders we’re stuck with for a while.  Trump is on the right side of this fight and he must not cave.

The Chuck & Nancy Show was just one more way in which the anti-Trump “resistance” has shown us the dark, uncomfortable side of politics.

With that said, others can hash out the issue for now.  I’ve already had my say (I’m with Chuck Norris!) and there are other things going on in the world.


Helen Smith at Instapundit has an essay that gets me as happy as the thought of a high border wall.  The reason for my joy:  She writes about the demise of women’s magazines.  And she has the same reaction to that as I do; namely, “good riddance!”

She refers to these magazines as “paragons of social justice” that have been brainwashing the women of America.  “Even magazines like LADIES HOME JOURNAL,” she writes, “are infested with left-leaning programming meant more for indoctrination than entertainment.”  So true.

The good news is, these magazines are disappearing, at least the print versions.  TEEN VOGUE is gone from the racks.  SELF is no longer on the shelf.  REDBOOK is going online-only.  SEVENTEEN will publish only “special issues.”  And, to really mark the end of an era, the January issue of GLAMOUR was its last print edition.  Of course, the magazine industry as a whole is struggling, but women’s magazines have been hit especially hard.  I’d like to think it’s the “get woke, go broke” principle coming to fruition.  These magazines are relentless when it comes to the “social justice warrior” take on female empowerment.  Gosh, it gets old.  It’s like being stuck on campus at an Ivy League school, studying for one’s Gender Studies final.  Or maybe --- scary thought --- being stuck inside the mind of the average twenty-year-old.

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Smith leans right/libertarian herself and has a hard time stomaching it, too.  She notes that these magazines offered careers in journalism to women who were, as she puts it, “foot soldiers for the left.”  Putting it another way, they sure wouldn’t want me.  Think VOGUE would hire a right-leaning female writer/editor whose job references included Gov. Mike Huckabee?  Hahahahahahaha.  They wouldn’t hire a conservative Trump supporter even if she were gay, non-white, AND disabled.

On the other hand, that question was purely hypothetical, as no right-leaning female writer/editor whose job references included Gov. Huckabee would ever bother applying for a job at VOGUE.  She wouldn’t waste her time, and, besides, she knows she would never be happy working there among all those SJWs.  She would definitely prefer to work for Gov. Huckabee, and she isn’t just saying that for brownie points, although she will take them.

Anyway, it hasn’t been that long since fashion magazines were mainly about, well, fashion, and general lifestyle.  True, most could probably have been described as center-left.  But they weren’t dominated by fawning interviews with “progressive” darlings like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.  They didn’t repeatedly feature one First Lady on the cover but detest and snub another.  They didn’t assume all young women shared the same far-left opinions.  They didn’t force-feed viewpoints on abortion and toxic masculinity.  They didn’t constantly push androgyny and transgenderism, to the point where it’s just become tiresome.   

It’s not that fashion magazines never used to get political; they’ve made political statements through the decades.  GLAMOUR magazine was the first to put a black model on its cover, in 1966.  It’s hard for us to imagine now how big a deal that was.  Teen magazines introduced then-controversial topics such as birth control.  Feminist writers Betty Friedan and Gloria Steinem did stints at GOOD HOUSEKEEPING and GLAMOUR, respectively.  Sensitive issues surrounding the workplace and campus life were covered, right along with movies, books and other popular culture, but it seems that only in recent years has the message become so stridently leftist.  After the election of Trump, all the “resistance,” “insistence” and “persistence” exploded, and it became too much to take.

Of course, the online versions of these magazines will be just as far-left as the glossy paper ones.  Perhaps even more so.  But GLAMOUR is gone from the newsstand, at least, and their biggest regret must surely be that they never had the current First Lady on their cover.  I jest.



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  • Sandy Taylor

    01/16/2019 06:13 AM

    For many, many years I was a huge fan of women's magazines, mostly looking for recipes and home decor after I passed the teen years. Now, I subscribe to absolutely none. I noticed that my beloved Better Homes and Gardens had become so thin, and so filled with pages and pages of pharmaceutical ads that I deemed it useless to me. Even my all-time favorite, Southern Living, while still good, couldn't compete with the boards I could create of my own preferences on Pinterest. As for those extreme leftist ones, I ditched them years ago, and I've never looked back. When these companies are so hypocritical that they can't feature our gorgeous and gracious first lady on the cover, I'm even more sure that we have nothing in common and I have no use for them.

  • William C Kesler

    01/11/2019 08:08 AM

    Sad, very sad. I canceled my subscription to Mountain Bike two years back, for this very reason... A bicycle magazine...
    I explained in my letter to them that I wasn't interested in their political views, in the same way I wouldn't look for new trends in cycling in US news and world report. I think all young people should watch the old classic movie, "Mr. Smith goes to Washington". Just replace the character named Taylor, with Soros, and you have exactly what's happening today.

  • Joyce Woodruff

    01/10/2019 08:03 PM

    I agree with you about the magazines EXCEPT for one and that is Better Homes & Gardens. It is the only women's magazine that I care to get as a subscription. I notice they are getting smaller and smaller but I have always enjoyed their magazine and I don't think they fit the kind of magazine you have been talking about! Thank you for all you do. I always enjoy reading your daily e-mails.

  • Amelia Little

    01/10/2019 04:54 PM

    I was going to say I don't recall the last time I looked at a women's magazine--fashion or not. But, alas, I did look at some recipes in one at the dentist office last year. I usually take my own reading material--but I really like the offices that offer Highlights for Children. Now, I'm not sure what all, if anything, is political in a kids' mag, but I like to figure out the puzzles. If the womens' magazines follow the path of the msm--I'm sure those who can't wait for the next issue also watch cnn (and probably drool over acosta--wait? Isn't he a white, a male, all those anti-men things I hear about?) and the like. I wonder how many secretly admire Melania Trump, her personality, her style, her ability to sluff off all the negative tripe thrown not only her way, but her husband's, her pre-teen son's, and her stepchildren's way? Melania Trump is classy and gracious, pretty much the way nearly (emphasis on nearly) all other First Ladies have been through the ages.

  • Robin Durham

    01/10/2019 04:50 PM

    Thank you, Laura Ainsworth! Absolutely good riddance to ladies magazines who began an all-out push for liberalism when I was about 30 (now 72). At some point, abortion was the buzzword and from then on it was downhill, at which point I quit reading them. Haven’t missed a thing!

  • Jean James

    01/10/2019 03:07 PM

    Fashion magaines will continue to tank even Michelle Obama is on the front of all. I haven't bought one since my twenties. No newspaper when they went left. (or always were)

  • Deborah McCallum

    01/10/2019 02:58 PM

    Here's an idea the Dems have not considered for those suffering in south of the border countries: extend more funding to Planned Parenthood to go there to deliver family planning and abortion services. PP has certainly been successful in eliminating millions of minority babies in this Country.

    On another topic, can you address if and how it is possible to impeach a sitting member of Congress since we have no term limits?

    Love your columns and insight and know you are committing hours daily to them. Thank you.


    01/10/2019 12:57 PM

    Governor Huckabee,
    After reading your latest newsletter, my blood started to boil over poor Jack Phillips and his bakery. Why would anyone "demand" he bake something special if they are gay or trans! Demanding a private person to do something against their will is absurd let alone going to far. The trans person and any LGBTQ person's rights end at Jack's nose. I really hope he wins this case.
    Now did you hear where Judge Beryl Howell gave Mueller 6 more months to keep his witch hunt going? He spent $3.2 million in the first 4 months of his hunting for something that isn't there, now he gets 6 more months, do the math, I could be broke (SSI) while he is on a fishing expedition! All this money could pay for "the wall", and I sent President Trump a note on it, hope he pays attention. Let's see, 6 more months, wow that brings us to the 2020 elections, do you think this Obama appointed judge was put up to it by ?????
    Thank you for listening
    Carmen Price

  • Joan Paup

    01/10/2019 11:14 AM

    Mike, when I read your email each morning, I get such a "lift" knowing the truth is being broadcast to all of us who "care" about our country and want to keep God's presence alive in its citizens' lives! The latest info on Fact Check is really "enlightening! Guess we have been "gullible" in believing it really was TRUE facts they used in their judgment on issues. THANKS!!

  • Betty Franklin

    01/10/2019 10:41 AM

    Look at all the entertainment options that have been ruined by the "woke" activists: Late night TV, awards shows, movies, TV shows, now print magazines. I even make sure I have something with me when going to the doctor's office so I don't have to read the magazines lying about. It's just amazing to me that this group of people would rather watch entire industries go down the tube than pull back to a more moderate approach in an attempt to get supporters back. I hate to say it as an avid reader, but there even are long-time favorite authors whose books I've stopped reading because their leftist stance is being woven into their fiction. We have to be prepared to replace all of these vanishing institutions with something better for the future.

  • John Niles

    01/10/2019 06:11 AM

    It is not just women's magazines. I cancelled "Success" when the Kardashians were the cover.
    Mens Health isn't being renewed. Seems like the trend is to the weird and extreme.

  • John niles

    01/10/2019 06:05 AM

    Waiting for the day soft-porn Cosmo goes belly up

  • Pam Wirtanen

    01/09/2019 08:24 PM

    I remember a time when I enjoyed women’s magazines, but I probably haven’t bought one in 10 years. It’s too bad that they couldn’t have stuck to fashion, recipes, and good fiction, and stayed away from sex advise and politics. I used to really rely upon Good Housekeeping’s surveys of products. Things in our world are changing so fast, and not for the better in most cases. Sad.

  • Patti V Draper

    01/09/2019 07:37 PM

    Interesting, good column. To the point. I think the premise of "get woke, go broke" is correct. It is almost as if the editors were writing and publishing their own little magazines, with articles THEY would like to read, rather than publish anything informative that an intelligent person might want to read.

  • Cathy Cornforth

    01/09/2019 05:00 PM

    Regarding woman's magazines.

    I canc'd my 2 yr. Good Housekeeping subscription yesterday. ( I had re'cd it appx 10 yrs)
    2 nd month in a row Michelle Obama was the cover. Lots of articles in the past w/liberal woman, none
    w/our classy 1st Lady or the wonderfully strong woman of the WH. The Woman we want our daughters, and young woman to aspire too.
    Our newspaper The Oklahoman recently sold. Took them 2 weeks to undo everything Mr. Gaylord established.
    Canc'd that too. Love your program! Thank you, Cathy

  • Jo Vondollen

    01/09/2019 04:50 PM

    I agree I quit buying my one of my favorite magazines. Good Housekeeping because of the left biased crap. They can't put on an honest article about a decent lady and I'm tired of all of it.
    So I don't buy any of them I don't read any of them and won't, even if they were free. We don't watch any movies or shows that liberals from the crazy hollywood phonies are in. They are like the political liberals in government. That have no idea of how the middle class AMERICANS live or think. God Bless America ????????????????????. Proud to be a patriotic deplorable and a loved child of GOD

  • Cheryl Sipila

    01/09/2019 02:22 PM

    I think you may be forgetting that Trump had to rush his presentation because they didn't even want to give him air time and he promised them a very short period. He was concise and factual and I praise him for doing such an excellent job.