Evening Edition - June 21

June 21, 2019

Thursday, Iran escalated its provocations against America by reportedly shooting down an unmanned US drone over international air space.  There were reports (how reliable, I can’t say) that President Trump planned retaliatory strikes against Iran, but called them off at the last minute. Trump called it a “very big mistake” by Iran, but suggested that it might have been the action of someone “loose and stupid” rather than an official provocation.  The White House reportedly told Congressional leaders that the response will be “measured.”

https://www.foxnews.com/politics/us-called-off-retaliatory-strike-against-iran-in-last-minute-wsj

I’m sure Trump is hearing conflicting advice from all sides, ranging from those who want a full military response against Iran to those who urge negotiations to those who claim these recent attacks are a false flag operation by Israel to make Iran's mullahs look bad (don’t be surprised if that idea gets picked up by certain freshman House Democrats.) 

Trump has some tough decisions to make: he can’t let Iran get away with these provocations because they’ll surely escalate.  But he ran on a promise to avoid getting involved in endless wars in the Middle East, and many people who voted for him are weary of those.  Of course, part of the reason they dragged on was because of the limits placed on our troops, which likely would not apply under Trump.  I know he’d rather concentrate on America than the world, but sometimes, the world comes looking for you. 

This is a fast-evolving story, so keep an eye on the news for breaking developments.

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A couple of weeks ago, Joy Behar of “The View” said she doesn’t understand why Republicans accuse the left of embracing crazy ideas because to her, those ideas are just “common sense.”  I’ve thought of that often over the past couple of weeks as I strain my brain trying to figure out what possible connection there could be between leftist ideas and common sense.  And the more I puzzled over it, the more I realized that there’s seldom even a connection between leftist ideas and reality. 

Only a leftist could look at a detention center for non-citizens who illegally cross our border of their own free will and see a “concentration camp.”  Or look at the catastrophic mess that gave rise to those overflowing centers and call it a “phony” or “manufactured crisis.”  Or look at a sonogram of a baby in the womb with fully-formed organs and limbs, moving and kicking, and claim it’s not a baby, it’s a “clump of tissue” (and it doesn’t have a heartbeat; that’s just “embryonic pulsing.”)  Or look at a muscled-up dude with long hair trouncing all competitors in a girls’ school sports event and think that if s/he claims s/he feels like a girl, then s/he must really be one and it should be illegal to suggest otherwise. Or think that terrorists and a nuclear Iran don’t represent an existential threat, but Donald Trump and cow farts do. Or look at the economic and humanitarian disasters wrought by socialism everywhere it’s been tried and still think it would work just great if we tried it here.  I could go on and on, but you get the picture.  Trying to catalogue the current list of irrational beliefs of the “progressive” left is like watching one of those movies from the 1960s that were made by people on LSD.  

Which brings me to this story: Nancy Pelosi claims she just can’t figure out why pro-lifers don’t support Planned Parenthood.

This delusion (or to be charitable, this whopper) is based on her claim that pro-lifers should love Planned Parenthood because it reduces the number of abortions by providing contraceptives.  So all she can figure is that pro-lifers must simply hate family planning and contraceptives. 

Uh…no.  In fact, one of the few areas of agreement between conservatives such as Ted Cruz and leftist upstarts such as Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is that oral contraceptives should be available over the counter without a prescription. That’s something many Republicans have pushed for a long time, but it’s been blocked by Planned Parenthood and the establishment Democrats in its thrall, such as Nancy Pelosi. 

https://ijr.com/ocasio-cortez-sides-gop-over-counter-birth-control/

To make it easier for her: What pro-lifers don’t like about Planned Parenthood is that it’s America’s largest abortion mill chain, responsible for slaughtering more than 320,000 pre-born children per year.  As the movie “Unplanned” revealed, it views abortion as a profit center and pressures its clinics to perform as many as possible.  PP aborts 118 babies for every adoption referral it makes.   

Click this link to read Pelosi’s full comments, along with an explanation of what Planned Parenthood actually is and what pro-life people actually believe. 

https://www.liveaction.org/news/nancy-pelosi-prolifers-love-planned-parenthood-dont/

Of all the ways in which today’s leftists deny reality, the area of abortion may be the most jaw-dropping.  They can look at what is obviously a baby in the womb and not see a baby.  They argue that giving medical care to a baby that’s already been born somehow tramples on the mother’s right to make choices about her own medical care.  They claim that pro-lifers only care about fetuses and do nothing to help babies once they’re born, when millions of pro-life people donate amazing amounts of time, effort and money to help children and single mothers and support adoption agencies and non-abortion crisis pregnancy centers. 

But probably the most telling of all the denials of reality is their need to misrepresent the pro-life viewpoint.  We simply want to protect what we believe is obviously a separate, innocent human life.  They can’t plausibly dispute that, so they create a straw man and claim we just want to control women’s bodies.  Hint: a sonogram is not a picture of a woman’s body.  It’s a picture of a child inside a woman’s body.  If you can’t even concede that basic reality without your entire argument falling apart, maybe it’s time to rethink the wisdom of your position. 

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Wednesday, former top Trump White House advisor Hope Hicks gave lengthy testimony to Rep. Jerry Nadler’s House Fishing Committee…sorry, “House Judiciary Committee.”  If the purpose was to entrap her and embarrass Trump, then it backfired, since it was her inquisitors who should be embarrassed by that sorry spectacle.

https://www.foxnews.com/politics/hope-hicks-house-judiciary-steele-dossier-white-house-blocked

During the questioning, Hicks reminded them of the bogusness of the Steele dossier that sparked the “chaos” created by the Mueller witch hunt, and responded to one dumb question by reminding Committee Democrats that “we have this thing called Google now.”  She told them that to her knowledge, Trump never asked anyone on his campaign to lie, and when she said she’d told “white lies” in the course of her job – a statement the Democrats have literally tried to make a federal case out of – she just meant things like “The President is too busy to see you now,” not anything of substance. 

Personally, I think the American people should be ashamed that we even have a House Judiciary Committee chaired by the embarrassing likes of Jerry Nadler.  Let’s hope they correct that grievous mistake in 2020.  

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  • Bob Ossewaarde

    07/04/2019 09:21 PM

    I was getting these sent to my email but for some reason they quit coming. I would like to be added to the list again.

    Thank you.

  • carole a braden

    06/23/2019 08:51 PM

    how many more idiotic investigations costing millions most americans want debt reduction -immigration reform cant they get to work on this??grrr

  • Clay C Cole

    06/23/2019 06:03 PM

    Mike, I Believe the reason why people like Nancy Pelosi and Joy Behar say the Most Outlandish and Illogical things is because they do not have the LOVE OF JESUS IN THEIR HEARTS!!!
    Sincerely, Clay Cole

  • William Schlumpf

    06/23/2019 05:26 PM

    Correction to my previous post: The word deny should onlyappear once . No I am not confused as to which sex has the y chromosome. Sorry I made it appear I was saying the opposite of what I intended.

  • Nancy Pointer

    06/23/2019 02:31 PM

    Hello Mr Huckabee :
    I have had occasion to tweet with Martina Navratilova -the tennis great-from time to time in the past. I invited her to lunch when I knew she would be in my area -Palm Springs-for a tennis tournament. Her reply was that she had “ perused my tweets & did not think there was any point in a meeting . We have quite the opposite beliefs & philosophy “. My reply was that was exactly why I asked her so she might educate & help me understand opposing beliefs. I received no answer . She was polite and I understand I am a nobody and an old nobody at that but I have found that attitude is common among the Left. I don’t get it -why don’t they want to ....just talk to us? If we never sit down together and discuss , how can we ever agree or even agree to disagree for that matter? How do we reach the Left ?

  • Jerry Korba

    06/22/2019 08:02 PM

    Oh Yes I got the picture Behar Nadler and the rest of the Lefts Numbskulls are just bad entertainment I am amazed that anyone listens or watch's any of what they have to say. The absurd remarks are without sense so unrealistic and deceptive the goal is to ruin America backed by communist and socialist regimes People please ignore them they will go away if you don't give them your time what reasonable person would give them time let them talk to each other they will be sickened by each other sooner than later and fade away.

  • Michael Hutch

    06/22/2019 06:55 PM

    Impeachment. If there is one, it should be for Nadler and his crew. Proud of Hope Hicks.

  • Helen Sustachek

    06/22/2019 02:57 PM

    I can't understand why the sports people can't just make a separate category for transgenders to compete among themselves and leave the women alone. What is so difficult about that?

  • Paula Conley

    06/22/2019 02:55 PM

    THANK GOD FOR THE BLESSING OF PRO LIFE IN OUR COUNTRY. AND- THANK YOU!!

  • Janet S. Stevens

    06/22/2019 12:29 PM

    Your message implies there are more reasons why Sarah is leaving Trump. I am unable to pull up that article. I was sorry she was attacked at the news reports. I will sorely miss her.

  • Richard Roberts

    06/22/2019 11:50 AM

    In Nazi Germany,the Jewish people were looked at as something sub-human,at best.They were tortured,raped,and murdered without restraint or consideration for their feelings or the feelings of their families. They murdered those of all ages without remorse.It sounds like Nazi Germany has taken on a new name--Planned Parenthood. I can just see it now.Germany is sitting back and laughing at us and shaking a finger of condemnation at us,for all the lives that were lost in that war,and now look at the heartless morality that we have allowed to creep into our society.

  • Billy Hudson

    06/22/2019 11:36 AM

    Gov. Huckabee,
    The farther the news media and leftist Democratic Party take us down the rabbit hole of fantasy the more I can't understand why anyone would vote for a Democrat in the upcoming election. Not that I think the Republican Party is so virtuous and without problems. But once again the American people are left with a choice between the lesser of two evils, so to speak. The left seems to have no desire to negotiate with the opposition in establishing new laws or replacing outdated ones. Their track toward socialism and making the State their god and savior flies totally in the face of everything that is American and the intent of our founding Fathers. All men were created equal under God not under the State. The State quickly becomes the will and wishes of a few highly placed individuals who will rule to their own self interests. To say that it would be any different in America than in Russia, Venezuela or any other socialist nation you can mention in history is totally naive and discounts the sinful nature of man. All of the name calling by the left is only a smoke screen to cloud the intent which they have to enrich themselves. The socialistic programs instituted by the Government in the USA have been marginally successful and often result in continuing to keep people in poverty instead of bring them out of poverty. The reason for that is they tend to be a "handout" instead of a "hand up". Those who say that these programs are Biblical are not reading the Bible very well. I will not expand on this but I can give many examples. Our Government programs should be "Workfare" not "Welfare". And yes there are a few in the society who cannot work and we should help them accordingly but not the vast number that are currently being doled out free goods and services. People need to have the feeling of worth and accomplishment. Free programs do not accomplish that. The free programs are simply a way for those purporting them to keep themselves in power by making the recipients indebted to their positions so they can continue on the free bandwagon. It is like a parent who indulges a child beyond reasonable years at some point they need to kick them out of the house or they will be living in the basement until they are 32 and be a leach on their aging parents. Oh, did I describe some young socialist democrats? Enough said.

  • Darlene F. Donston

    06/22/2019 11:14 AM

    As I have said often enough.....I really don't think that the used to be Democrats can think for themselves and therefore they don't have any Common Sense or Brains! Take the Farmer's for instance.......I grew up in Illinois about 24 miles from Effingham in the farm country, I lived there until I was in my 20's. Those Farmer's always thought that the Dems had their best interest, but us that lived in Town were mostly Republican's. To this day, I think they still believe in the Dem way! So what does that say? They have not changed! WHY? I know some of them have, but how many? I have Cousins that still believe in the Dem way and also a younger Sister, but she is still in CA. After all of these years it is still so very hard to think why anyone would vote for a Democrat or what we are calling a Socialist. Personally I think Bernie has crossed the line into being a Communist and maybe a few others that are running on that ticket! lol VOTE FOR TRUMP and like he says a vote any other way is a vote to take this Country down into Socialism and a 3rd World Country!

  • albert behrens

    06/22/2019 11:00 AM

    To strengthen the spiritual in America,individual sovereignty and the fallacy of socialism, I suggest you read my book - This Picture doesn't hang straight" - author: Adrian Vogt, my twin relative. I function as his agent.

    You can see it on amazon books.

    Thank you in advance,

    Albert Behrens

    P.S. am available to sit down with you and President Trump.

  • Rita Downey

    06/22/2019 09:11 AM

    Mike, am expressing once again appreciation for your newsletters that keep us up to date on goings on in DC that are written in such sensible words! As an almost 89 year old, I am very concerned about the future of our nation. I am very concerned about the effects of the Democratic Party is having on too many citizens. Their actions and their rhetoric is so "off the wall", it is downright frightening! I am not concerned for myself as I won't be around many more years so any weird accomplishments they are successful in establishing (God forbid!) will not affect me that much. But I am concerned for my family. I will never understand why it has to be so costly for someone running for an electIve office. Seems to me the media, hotels/motels, newspapers & magazines, etc., are the winners during election years. Millions probably billions, are spent trying to be elected to office when that money could be used to help the poor, contribute to the infrastructure, so many worthwhile causes. Instead it is wasted on elections. Something is out of balance with that! In fact, Washington D.C. Is out of balance!! My biggest fear is that there is no way to regain a much needed balance because things are so out of control. It is frustrating, it is frightening, and it is extremely sad!

  • Amelia Little

    06/22/2019 09:08 AM

    On pp--isn't that a change-up? I guess, since it's been exposed (for those who pay attention and watch other than msm "news") that mammograms are not a huge part of what pp "does" for women's health--but that they make referrals for them. Soooo, hey, they offer birth control!!! Which of course, one can get through the county health--and cost depends on ability to pay.

    And, there is no all-out war with Iran because of the drone incident. If the missile strike had occurred--the left would have been screaming their head off (as they did when the planned strike was known.) But, since the missiles were called off (because Iran agreed to talks) and there is no war---they are outraged. See!!! Another LIE!!! He said there will be a strike, and he backed down!!! President Trump is never going to do right, no matter what he does. They even turn down his agreeing to THEIR demands such as DACA--give them even more than they demanded--nope, not gonna do it, and we're going to blame President Trump (or at least attempt to) that the demands weren't met.
    Keep America Great 2020!!

  • Daniel Page

    06/22/2019 07:52 AM

    Mr Huckabee,
    I believe you would have been a very good president. You should try again in 2024.
    Would love to see your daughter become governor.

  • William Schlumpf

    06/22/2019 05:32 AM

    .....or deny that the baby in the womb has its own DNA distinct from its mother's, or deny the guy pretending to be a girl has two x chromosomes or the girl pretending to be boy has a y-chromosome, or the guy or gal pretending to be a basset hound has basset hound chromosomes.
    DNA deniers, I say.

  • Rebecca Holstine

    06/22/2019 01:02 AM

    If women are want control over their bodies, and want no one to stop them from killing their own child...I would suggest they take control of their body before they get pregnant. In this day and age, there is really no excuse for an unwanted pregnancy. And while we are on the subject, I hate for people to refer to abortion as health care. Killing a child for convenience sake will never be health care.

  • DELFIN J BELTRAN MD

    06/21/2019 11:15 PM

    I found an article on the Internet that stated the 1919 Socialist reorganization determined that World Socialism would never happen until the US Constitution existed. Their initial move was to invade Teacher Education to change the concept that the 'individual' was the core unit of man's society and ' GROUP ' should replace replace individual as the critical unit. This was adopted by the Democrat Party led by FDR initiated their Socialist agenda that has now become a major form of political thought among " the Educated "

  • Jenny Osterlund

    06/21/2019 11:04 PM

    I really enjoy your “Evening Editions”and “The Huckabee Show on TBN” You have a wonderful sense of humor, an amazingly wise and beautiful daughter. ( she’ll be missed as Press Secretary) I just want to say ‘“Thanks” for all you and your family do to honor God and Country! Love , hugs and prayers????

  • Catherine Jones

    06/21/2019 10:22 PM

    Every time I read about the infanticide I feel so sick and helpless. The only hope I have, is that those that can stop this are trying to stop the killing of our innocent babies. Where is their choice? Pray God places someone to reach the conscience of these people that are killing babies!

  • Adrian Rehak

    06/21/2019 09:42 PM

    No abortion! The question that remains for me is: Do contraceptive pills stop development of an egg in the woman or do they stop implantation of a fertilized egg in the uterus? The first would truly be contraception. The second would truly be early abortion. Obviously those manufacturing and selling the pills will claim the first whether or not that is true. Many sources say contraceptive pills cause abortion. I would like to know, not guess. Also, Day After pills are definitely abortion pills and need to be stopped along with ALL forms of abortion/murder!