Evening Edition - March 22

March 22, 2019

Programming note: the Mueller investigation officially completed this afternoon after Mike Huckabee finished drafting the Evening Edition, so please stay tuned for extensive commentary and coverage of the Special Counsel's Report at www.MikeHuckabee.com.

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Two stories hit the news Thursday that when viewed side-by-side offer the starkest contrast yet between President Trump and the Peanut Gallery of Democrats seeking to replace him.

Trump declared that after 52 years, it’s important for the United States finally to fully recognize Israel’s control over the Golan Heights.  He called it an area of “critical strategic and security importance to Israel” and stability in the region, which is indisputably true.  I just returned from Israel, where I visited with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who thanked Trump and tweeted, “At a time when Iran seeks to use Syria as a platform to destroy Israel, President Trump boldly recognizes Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights.”  Netanyahu accuses Iran of attempting to set up a terrorist network in the Golan Heights to launch attacks on Israel. 

https://www.westernjournal.com/ap-the-latest-trump-says-israel-sovereign-over-golan-heights/

The many critics of Israel claim the Golan Heights, seized from Syria during the 1967 Six Day War, is “occupied territory.”  Trump will no doubt take a lot of flak for recognizing Israel’s claim to it.  But one  thing his supporters most admire is that he is a fighter.  When he believes something is right, he does it.  If anyone hits him for it, he’ll punch back rather than back down.  It’s true that some of us often wish he’d pick his battles more judiciously, but that’s small potatoes compared to the fact that he has the guts to take a strong stand on the big, important issues like this and face down any brickbats that come his way.   

Compare that to the pathetic troupe vying for the Democratic nomination.

https://www.westernjournal.com/ap-several-2020-democrats-say-they-wont-speak-at-aipac-summit/

Democrats didn’t even have the guts to denounce anti-Semitism in their fuzzy “we oppose hate, generally” resolution, or to call out the anti-Semites in their own party. Now, their Presidential candidates are afraid to show up at next week’s annual policy conference of AIPAC, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee.  Why? The liberal advocacy group MoveOn called on them to skip this year’s conference because AIPAC had employed “anti-Muslim and anti-Arab rhetoric” and opposed the Iran nuke deal (but not nearly forcefully enough for my taste.)  

So compare and contrast:  President Trump stands up for America’s ally Israel, keeps promises other politicians put off for over half a century, and is willing to face down blistering attacks from around the world to do it.  The Democrats roll over, show their bellies like whipped puppies, and abandon Israel out of fear of a bunch of loudmouth leftist cranks with a mailing list. 

Is this seriously what Americans want in their top national leader?  I’ve seen gummy worms with stiffer spines than any of these Democratic candidates are showing. 

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Please remember to keep the people of the upper Midwest areas devastated by floods in your prayers.  With the waters starting to recede in some places, residents are returning to what’s left of their homes, with damage estimated at up to $1.3 billion in Nebraska alone.

https://www.accuweather.com/en/weather-news/flood-damages-exceed-13-billion-in-nebraska-as-floodwaters-begin-to-slowly-recede-across-central-us/70007768

 All those flood waters from melting snow also have forecasters warning Southern cities along rivers to brace for possible record floods this Spring. Those in the pathway should avail themselves of both prayer and preparation.  There’s more info here:  

https://www.westernjournal.com/ap-forecasters-potentially-historic-flooding-threatens-south/

A reminder: one of my favorite charities, Samaritan’s Purse, is already on the scene in Nebraska to help flood victims.  You can read about that effort here, and if you can spare some cash to help your fellow Americans, it’s as easy as clicking the donate button.

https://www.samaritanspurse.org/article/samaritans-purse-on-the-ground-in-wake-of-nebraska-floods/

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A new survey commissioned by the Samuel Hubbard Shoe Company found that while 6 in 10 Americans fear the First Amendment is under threat, the rest of their rights could also be threatened and many wouldn’t even know it.  About half thought that “liberty” and “the pursuit of happiness” were among the five rights listed in the First Amendment. (I guess we're lucky nobody thought it included the right not to pay a lot for a muffler.) Only 26% knew how many Amendments were in the Bill of Rights (spoiler alert: it’s 10), while just one in five was even familiar with the term “Bill of Rights.”

https://www.studyfinds.org/survey-half-americans-dont-know-what-first-amendment-protections/

There’s more at the link.  Along with the growing number of young people who think socialism is just peachy, this ignorance of our Constitutional rights shows the crying need for better civics and history education in American schools.  Music education would help, too.  Then maybe young people would learn the words of the great philosopher Joni Mitchell: “Don’t it always seem to go that you don’t know what you’ve got ‘till it’s gone.” 

 

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Today’s major media outlets such as the New York Times or the Washington Post are no longer the professional sources of journalism that they were 50 years ago.  Their open opposition to Donald Trump, the editorializing on the front pages and reporters’ self-descriptions of being part of “the resistance” show that Trump is not mistaken when he views them as being biased against him and not being real reporters of objective facts. 

Oh, I’m sorry, did you think that I was saying all that?  Nope, that was venerable ABC news man Ted Koppel.

https://www.westernjournal.com/ct/news-legend-ted-koppel-takes-huge-stand-anti-trump-nyt-lib-reporters/

 

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This is a useful recap of major Democrats embracing such radical notions as stacking the Supreme Court and eliminating the Electoral College.

https://www.westernjournal.com/ct/dem-bigwigs-launching-coordinated-strike-supreme-court-electoral-college-constitution/

It also sparked this thought about eliminating the Electoral College: The EC is designed to insure that Presidents must have broad-based support and not be elected only by a handful of densely-populated cities, where the residents have no understanding of the lives of people in other states.  (Imagine having a President picked by the same astute voters who elected the people who run New York City, Chicago, L.A., Seattle, San Francisco and Detroit.)

Since states are the laboratories for ideas the federal government might consider, what is happening in states such as Colorado and California where people in rural counties feel that the urban liberals who dominate their state governments are riding roughshod over their rights, destroying their livelihoods and showing no respect for their beliefs and traditions?  Those states are seeing secessionist movements that call for splitting the state apart.

In short, eliminating the Electoral College and putting all states under the thumb of far-left urban leaders chosen by New York and California is a recipe for another civil war.  That makes it the dumbest leftist idea since socialism. 

Oh, and if anyone on the left wants to dispute that, I would remind them of what happened shortly after they realized that Trump would be their President for at least the next four years and they couldn't live under someone they didn't support: a movement sprung up among California leftists to secede from the union. 

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Hilarious Video:  If the crowd of Democratic Presidential candidates and their weird, quirky, awkward behaviors seem vaguely familiar, maybe it’s because you saw the boss, Michael Scott, demonstrate them all on “The Office.” 

https://www.westernjournal.com/ct/2020-dems-michael-scott-quotes-best-video-see-day/

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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez was apparently not correct when she claimed her high school thought she needed remedial education just because she was bilingual. I imagine most of us assumed immediately that that’s not why they thought she needed remedial education.

https://www.westernjournal.com/ct/prof-busts-aocs-cocky-claim-extremely-high-test-score-high-school/

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As I listen to the rapidly-growing crowd of Democratic Presidential candidates outlining their proven-failure plans, it astounds me that they and their supporters actually want to return to Democratic rule. In a time of record-low unemployment, they talk about how they’re going to create jobs by imposing the same high tax/heavy regulation policies that strangled job growth for eight years.  Do they really have such short memories that they don’t remember just a few years ago, when all their policies were in effect and none of them worked? 

For instance, under Barack Obama and (for his first two years at least) a solidly Democratic Congress, we got a health care plan whose effect on hiring was nearly as big a disaster as the plan’s website.  The Democrats turned what should have been a two-year recession at most into eight years of slow-growth stagnation.  All Trump had to do was completely reverse Obama’s policies, and it was like cutting the anchor on a speed boat.  In just two years, we have record job creation, GDP growth we had been assured was no longer possible, and manufacturing jobs returning to America that we’d been told by “experts” were never coming back. 

And I know this isn’t as big a story as Trump’s latest OUTRAGEOUS Tweet, but did anyone in the media notice that as of Wednesday, ISIS lost its last stronghold in the Middle East when Baghouz, Syria, was liberated?  The terror group’s leaders fled, and it’s expected that they’ll try to blend in with the population and launch insurgent attacks, so they’ll remain a threat that the US will still need to deal with.  But their dreams of a Caliphate stretching across the Middle East and around the world have been crushed in just two years, after eight years of expansion (and murder, rape and slavery of innocents) under Obama.  Once again, all it took was for Trump to reverse Obama’s "lead from behind" and suicidal rules of engagement and turn our military loose to do its job, and the job got done. 

https://www.westernjournal.com/breaking-isis-caliphate-officially-fallen-last-stronghold-liberated-report/

When I see so many people calling for, longing for and expressing absolute confidence in the return to power of liberals even further left that the last batch of incompetents, espousing the same policies that have failed every time they've been tried for over a century, I can’t help thinking of an old “Little Moron” joke:

Why did the Little Moron keep hitting himself on the head with a hammer?  Because it felt so good when he stopped. 

 

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  • Ingrid Forsberg

    03/27/2019 12:15 AM

    Kill Christians- the media is silent. Kill non-Christians & its front page stuff.
    Thought you might want to see this: http://www.prophecynewswatch.com/article.cfm?recent_news_id=3051
    My voice is heard by few. Your voice is heard by many. And I pray it will be heard by many more.

  • Jack macdonald

    03/24/2019 11:18 PM

    Other than hinder a president's ability to accomplish goals the people elected him to do and the waste of millions of taxpayer dollars that could have been applied to the border wall or the national debt , what was accomplished?

  • Robert Carter

    03/24/2019 07:36 PM

    I just read a terrific editorial letter I couldn’t improve on; it regards effectiveness in Congress:
    "Since the Democratic politicians are determined to spend time and money on hating Trump, may I, as an American citizen who pays your salary, ask you to please refuse your salary while you go after Trump instead of doing your job.
    Do without your dollars until you realize how stupid you look and sound.
    Such a waste of valuable time and money. Get some group therapy on your dime, not mine. " --- Ms J.W., Redondo Beach, CA (published in the Daily breeze 032419)

  • Bob Janovick

    03/23/2019 10:43 PM

    RE; the paragraph starting; "Since states are the laboratories ..."
    In '64, there was a SCOTUS decision in Reynolds v Sims. States have since had to have their senates make up based upon equal numbers of voters across their districts. The result is that more and more of the representation is for urban areas. Candidates can make contact with a large number of voters, within high population areas, quite easily. (I believe that some of Wisconsin senators could campaign by bicycle while others have their contact limited by travel time between events - - not to mention the smaller number present. OK, I mentioned it.) Not only do they 'feel' that they are being roughshod ridden over their rights, beliefs, and traditions; they ARE. I'm sure it will get worse.
    I also know that the SCOTUS is loath to reverse their predecessors. They come by this naturally since they are supposed to be 'the final word'. But it has happened.
    Under the concept of checks and balances, congress could author a bill that would address a solution to the vast depopulation of rural areas.
    Chief Justice Warren missed the boat when he said, "Legislators represent people, not trees or acres. Legislators are elected by voters, not farms or cities or economic interests." Legislators must represent them all.

  • J. Curtis coombs

    03/23/2019 07:57 PM

    Earlier, you reported that the Wall Street Journal and one other newspaper reported Finland prime minister and cabinet had resigned because of the cost of universal health care costs. I have seen no other comments any where. Can you somehow give this more publicity?

  • Nelda White

    03/23/2019 05:00 PM

    I don't know about all schools but I know some schools that made history an elective, so they don't have to take it if they don't want to. I see a lot of things on the history channel and TCM that should be mandatory for students to watch. They will learn the truth about socialism, communism, fascism, marxism and nazism. Can't help but wonder if the reason they don't allow such shows anymore is because the democratic controlled congress wanted to keep them ignorant.

  • Mary Venckus

    03/23/2019 03:51 PM

    Governor Huckabee,
    There is a dangerous bill to religious freedom in Congress called H.R. 5. I wrote to my Representative, Angie Craig and she unfortunately wrote back that she is a co-founder of this bill and will make sure that it passes.
    The church that I am a member of is evangelical and is a Bible based church. I am worried about the impact of this bill on my church if it passes.
    Any thoughts or opinions about this bill will be appreciated.
    Thank you for your time in reading this.

  • Harold Harper

    03/23/2019 03:33 PM

    Could you please alert your audience about the harmful effects of the new "Equality Act". It will force the LGBT agenda into every aspect of our lives, whether we agree or not with their lifestyle.

  • James Huffman

    03/23/2019 10:41 AM

    So happy that you and your staff remained confidant and true when discussing the President...I used to work in the fitness arena as a person who did all the jobs that no else wanted to do because I was old and fit..I just wanted to remain useful..This was in Az and around Thanksgiving I had a discussion with one of our regulars from Canada which went downhill and his parting shot to me that day was are you getting all your news from Fox. I told him that most of it was from them and he said I needed to branch out with my news I was getting. I just smiled and went on..We

  • Vickie Fiorentino

    03/23/2019 10:16 AM

    Let CA succeed from the nation...we can spend out tax $$$ elsewhere; Take down their wall that we the people paid for and then Sell them to China to wipe out our national debt.

  • Susan Follette

    03/23/2019 01:23 AM

    Thank you for writing about the disaster that has hit the midwest. As a resident of Nebraska it was greatly appreciated, as is the help pouring in from other states to help our farmers and ranchers with hay and feed for their livestock. It is heartwarming to see the help that is so willing given from this country during times of distress.

  • Michael Gregory

    03/23/2019 01:21 AM

    I find it ironic that in South Carolina they want to require a 3 credit course on the founding documents including the Declaration of Independence, Constitution and Federalist papers yet South Carolina democrats are against the idea

  • Joe Jones

    03/22/2019 11:11 PM

    I read them all. And I agree with your line of reasoned thought. God bless you.

  • Bob Janovick

    03/22/2019 10:58 PM

    RE; the paragraph starting; "Since states are the laboratories ..."
    In '64, there was a SCOTUS decision in Reynolds v Sims. States have since had to have their senates make up based upon equal numbers of voters across their districts. The result is that more and more of the representation is for urban areas. Candidates can make contact with a large number of voters, within high population areas, quite easily. (I believe that some of Wisconsin senators could campaign by bicycle while others have their contact limited by travel time between events - - not to mention the smaller number present. OK, I mentioned it.) Not only do they 'feel' that they are being roughshod ridden over their rights, beliefs, and traditions; they ARE. I'm sure it will get worse.
    I also know that the SCOTUS is loath to reverse their predecessors. They come by this naturally since they are supposed to be 'the final word'. But it has happened.
    Under the concept of checks and balances, congress could author a bill that would address a solution to the vast depopulation of rural areas.
    Chief Justice Warren missed the boat when he said, "Legislators represent people, not trees or acres. Legislators are elected by voters, not farms or cities or economic interests." Legislators must represent them all.

  • David Berry

    03/22/2019 10:37 PM

    Love your comments. But is it me or did you make typos when you wrote New York Post and Washington Times today instead of New York Times and Washington Post.

  • Richard Hertel

    03/22/2019 10:30 PM

    Mike, I so much love your sense of humor and insight into the issues of today. Please continue and hope to see you on Fox News again some day soon.

  • Marcia Duncan

    03/22/2019 09:39 PM

    Thakyou so much for your comments which resemble a tasty steak dinner liberally salted with humor, insight and quotable quotes. Oh, and the steak is just the truth itself! Keep on keeping on!

  • Lawrence E. Foster

    03/22/2019 08:57 PM

    I did an analysis of the nonvoters in 2016 from states where a vote for a Republican is wasted, and states where a democrat vote is wasted.
    Using an estimate that 75% of the nonvoters would come out if they thought their vote counted, I estimate democrats would gain 3.9 million in the popular total, while Republocans would gain 13.5 million. That does not consider the number of illegal/dead/multiple times democrat voters, but with some diligence, ending the electoral college would work in favor of Republicans, not democrats. But democrats have never been good at looking at potential unintended consequences, and they would blame republicans for losing the popular vote. I think Shakespeare said it best in Julius Ceasar, when Ceasar told Brutus "the fault is not in our stars, but in ourselves".

  • Jerry Korba

    03/22/2019 08:24 PM

    Its been a long cold winter here in Minnesota the snowy blizzards the freezing and bitter cold, road closures just the difficulty going from point A and getting back home was like a summer breeze compared to listening to those horrific people from the left and all I thought Zombies could do was walk and groan. Then I watched Tucker Carlson show tape of John Brennan. Bluemental ect, these people of Congress and agency leaders have been lying for over 2 years, please do not forget CNN the Creep show all they did was lie do not allow apologies for this massive dishonorable action convict this criminal activity we must. The Zombies need to be taken down not soon, NOW!!!!!

  • Stephen Russell

    03/22/2019 08:16 PM

    dealing with ISIS: drop some more MOABs on them some, to really rid Caliphate system big time.
    Under training mission, planes fly from Italy.
    & or refuel in Israel.
    May help some.

  • Verneta Stebbins

    03/22/2019 08:13 PM

    How can anyone not know the Constitution, or the Bill of Rights, or what's in the First Amendment!!?? That's horrible! No wonder AOC and her cohorts are getting away with the things they do!! I carry a copy of the U.S. Constitution everywhere I go...!

  • Carl fontain

    03/22/2019 07:43 PM

    When will DoJ do it’s job and indite Obama and his scandalous administration especially Hillary Loretta Lynch and the rest

  • Sharon Wangsness

    03/22/2019 07:40 PM

    Heres some headlines for you from the Mercury New on Sunday March 17th, Front Page: " Feeling too blue? Some make a red getaway. " 64,300 between 2015 and 2018 . because of taxes , high housing cost and politics. On the Editorial Page, "Is state feeling a bite of a downturn Again?" "Betty Yee , State controller reported that 2/3 way through 2018-2019 that revenue is running several billion dollars under assumptions because of lower than expected income tax payments. " hmmm guess what they will do next? The budget office advises lawmakers in a recent budget overview that building more reserves would be prudent but Newsom's fellow Democrast in the Legislature would like to save less and spend more particularly on expensive entitlements such as health care and early childhood education. Next headline " Pelosi is trying to protect Democrats from the lunatic left." This is why she said she is not for impeachment. On Gov. Newsomes repeal of death penalty during his term. "Repeal California's death penalty but not Newsoms's way." During his campaign he said he would respect the voters opinion when they rejected the ballot measure to repeal the death penalty in 2016 by 53%. He said "It would be an affront for a governor to say, Here's what I am going to do by fiat" but once in office, thats exactly what he did. This all tells you why conservatives keep vanishing from this state. When my son, daughter in law with my only granddaughter find jobs in other states that are lower in taxes and more red politically so we have a say, we will leave too. Eventually, only the liberals will live here and they can tax themselves into oblivion or until all the big tech companies also move to states that have lower corporate taxes.

  • Dusty

    03/22/2019 07:38 PM

    Pray for what this Mueller report comes forward with and that there is nothing on any real collusion per the President or his family. Now we all wait to see and move on for the next election and those who set this whole mess up will face a time they are found to have set up a lying scam per Hillary and how many others. Tired now of those who they went after per their business dealings. Even Cohen most of his problems were his own business dealings that were not legal. Great to see this President be able to do many of the things he promised and next AFFORDABLE health care he promised and it can be done. Not Obamacare that was a rip off. Thank you, Gov. for being out here and giving us the story

  • Brenda Eddy

    03/22/2019 06:59 PM

    Hi Mike! I enjoy your posts.
    Yes, Trump has many tough tweets..but this is about the only way for him to directly connect with his constituents. Btw, I am also a follower of Q.
    Trump usually hits back ONLY AFTER HE has been targeted. I don't blame him!! That being said, he also shown a very kind heart towards sooo many Americans!!! Go POTUS to and beyond 2020!