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August 24, 2020
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MORNING EDITION

August 24, 2020 

By Mike Huckabee

Before we get into the news, let me say “thank you” to all those who sent happy birthday wishes. I also apologize if you went to the bank or post office and found it closed today. Don’t worry, it’s not another coronavirus lockdown; just the government officially observing the holiday of me turning 65 and finally getting to sign up for all that Medicare I’ve been paying for all these years.

REPUBLICAN NATIONAL CONVENTION KICKS OFF

The Republican virtual convention gets underway today. I seriously doubt that anyone who reads my newsletter was actually thinking of watching it on CNN. But just in case, you should know that after a week of gushing over the DNC convention and ignoring the long-debunked lies (“children in cages,” “fine people,” etc.), Brian Stelter is pushing for CNN to censor the RNC convention and interrupt the “disinformation” with “fact-checks.” So, just as with practically any other news that involves Republicans, if you want to get the full, uncensored truth, do NOT watch CNN.

I’m glad to hear that the RNC is going to do what I suggested and emphasize optimism and patriotism, two factors that were deliberately missing from the Democrats’ convention. President Trump said, “Where Joe Biden sees American darkness, I see American greatness,” and that will be the message.

And here's some more good advice for the GOP convention planners:

TLAIB, PELOSI, DEMOCRATS ARE CLEARLY INSANE

I try to be polite and respectful of other people’s political views, but sometimes, it’s difficult. Especially when you’re dealing with political views based on repeatedly debunked lies (“kids in cages,” “very fine people,” etc.) or just outright nonsense that’s dumber than a bag of hammers. Over the weekend, we had two examples of the latter, and one of them would cost taxpayers $25 billion if the Senate were as gullible as the House.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi – who could not be bothered to bring members back to DC to work with Senate Republicans to extend coronavirus relief to people who are going without paychecks thanks to endless lockdowns, mostly in blue states – called them back for an “emergency” session to pass a $25 billion bailout for the US Post Office. The bill also halts any cost-cutting measures by the Post Office until after the election.

To explain why this is suddenly the most important issue in America, here’s “Squad” member Rashida Tlaib: “Let it be clear: This administration is waging an authoritarian campaign to sabotage this election by manipulating the Postal Service to suppress our votes…This is not a conspiracy theory. This is fascism. We will not stand for this."

Now, let me be clear: she is clearly insane. Mailboxes are not being removed to suppress Democratic votes. I assume that even Democratic voters (well, maybe not hers) are smart enough to know that they can always mail their ballots at the post office or just leave them for the mail carrier in their own mailboxes. Mailboxes are removed when they draw fewer than 25 pieces of mail a day, a practice that was going on for years before Trump was elected. The USPS also has NO financial crisis. It’s fully funded through 2021, with $15 billion on hand and access to a $10 billion loan from the Treasury.

Do you know who doesn’t have cash on hand? Americans who are still waiting for Pelosi and the other Democrats to quit chasing moronic conspiracy theories and extend coronavirus relief. Besides, if the Post Office needs help, they can always call on Cher

The other jaw-droppingly stupid story of the weekend concerned the “OUTRAAAAGED!” reaction to photos of First Lady Melania Trump’s revamp of the White House Rose Garden, which hasn’t had a major facelift in many years. Showing that TDS destroys the part of your brain that controls perspective, Trump critics went absolutely ballistic attacking Mrs. Trump. She had destroyed the Rose Garden! She’s ripped out all the flowers (depriving the garden of “color and joy”) and cut down two trees planted by Jackie Kennedy! Just compare the new spare green look to the colorful blooming flowers of the Obama years (actually, a photo of the George W. Bush years.)

Some compared Melania to Marie Antoinette and foamed at the mouth that it looked like a “neo-fascist parade ground,” that the flowers were removed because they’re “symbols of diversity” and the flower beds are now “white only.”

Not only that, but the zigzag patterns of the bushes look like “KKK” if you’re delusional enough.

Probably the most unhinged were those who called the First Lady an “illegal immigrant” and accused her of destroying “our history.”

Well, at least we know where all the fertilizer came from. For the record: Jackie's trees weren’t cut down, they were transplanted, and the flower beds were made slightly smaller, because they had to make room for limestone paths to make it handicapped accessible (why do Democrats hate immigrants and the disabled?) And the spring flowers aren’t blooming because it’s late August. I know liberal city slickers like Mike Bloomberg know zero about farming, but with all their smug superiority about their high culture, do they not at least know from Gilbert & Sullivan about the “flowers that bloom in the spring, tra-la-la-la-la”?

As for their attacks on Mrs. Trump for being an immigrant and allegedly tearing up our history, I’ll remind them that they’re the people who are setting up “sanctuary” cities and states to protect actual illegal immigrant criminals as well as defending “peaceful protesters” who are vandalizing, toppling and setting on fire our statues and national monuments. I’ve seen what a park looks like when leftists are finished with it. I’ll take Mrs. Trump’s beautiful new Rose Garden any day.

HUNTING FOR SUBSTANCE IN BIDEN'S SPEECH, I DIDN'T FIND ANY

There’s an aphorism attributed to Abraham Lincoln, that when you see a dog walking on its hind legs, you don’t criticize its posture; the miracle is that the thing is accomplished at all. Joe Biden’s convention acceptance speech had something of that aspect to it. So many people were watching on the edge of their seats just to see if he got all the way through it that when he finally did, there was a collective sigh of relief and from the left, a whoop of celebration, none of which had anything to do with the speech’s contents. In fact, there was so much concentration on Joe’s triumph in talking coherently for 20 whole minutes that hardly anyone has commented on the substance of what he said, or rather, the almost complete lack of any substance.

Charles Lipson at Spectator USA is one of the few who examined Joe’s words rather than his presentation and found them to be as empty as the Christmas gift boxes in a Macy’s holiday window display.

I don’t expect a lot of policy details (one of the biggest time wasters at debates are the arguments over petty details of economic plans that will never be passed by Congress anyway.) But I thought the almost complete lack of any concrete proposals deserved more attention, so I went through a transcript of Biden’s speech, hunting for substance with a microscope (and that’s what it took.) Please note that for this piece, I’m not going to focus on the blatant falsehoods and misrepresentations (the “fine people” lie again), the glaring omissions (nothing about China or all the riots and shootings in Democrat-run cities) or the new charge of even more plagiarism, which at least suggests that Joe really did have a hand in writing his speech…

I’m not even going to ask how he can say, “I will be an ally of the light not of the darkness” when he plans to kill off fossil fuel energy and leave the whole country in the dark, like California.

Instead, I’m just going to focus on how, as Dorothy Parker said of Los Angeles, there’s no “there” there (see, when I borrow a line, I give credit.) Here are the issues and what Joe promised to do about them...

1. Social Security and Medicare: They are a “sacred obligation,” and they will be protected from going bankrupt. How? “You have my word.”

2. Injustice in the world: Joe will stand up for “human rights and dignity. And I will work in common purpose for a more secure, peaceful, and prosperous world.” Which nations will he stand up to (China? Iran? He hasn’t got much of a track record of doing that) and how will this be implemented? No further explanation.

3. Racism: Joe will lead this generation to “finally wipe the stain of racism from our national character.” How? “As a united America. United in our pursuit of a more perfect Union. United in our dreams of a better future for us and for our children. United in our determination to make the coming years bright. Are we ready? I believe we are.” Well, that should do it.

4. School shootings: Joe will end “the daily fear of being gunned down in school…” How? He picked a running mate who’s tough on “the gun lobby.”

5. The pandemic: For this, he offered the most policy details of any issue. Joe will “develop and deploy rapid tests with results available immediately” (we already have those)…“make the medical supplies and protective equipment our country needs” in America (Trump already launched a private-public partnership that prevented predicted shortages of ventilators and other supplies) “so we will never again be at the mercy of China…” (Trump stood up to China, Joe criticized him as a xenophobe and has a long record of kowtowing to China)…“we'll make sure our schools have the resources they need to be open, safe, and effective” (they already do; they’re not opening because teachers’ unions are blocking it)…“we’ll put the politics aside and take the muzzle off our experts so the public gets the information they need and deserve. The honest, unvarnished truth.” (Dr. Fauci: "The President has listened to what I have said...When I've made recommendations he's taken them. He's never countered or overridden me.") And he will impose a “national mandate to wear a mask” (legal experts say the President has no Constitutional power to do that.)

6. Rampant violence, crime, looting, rioting, arson, shootings and attacks on police in Democrat-run cities where leaders are defunding the police: No mention.

7. Everything else under the sun: we will rebuild America better, “with modern roads, bridges, highways, broadband, ports and airports…pipes that transport clean water to every community… 5 million new manufacturing and technology jobs…a health care system that lowers premiums, deductibles, and drug prices…an education system that trains our people for the best jobs of the 21st century, where cost doesn't prevent young people from going to college, and student debt doesn't crush them when they get out…child care and elder care…and deal with climate change.” How? “...We can pay for these investments by ending loopholes and the president's $1.3 trillion tax giveaway to the wealthiest 1 percent and the biggest, most profitable corporations…”

Wouldn’t that require a massive, confiscatory tax increase that would drive rich people and their job-creating capital out of the US? “I'm not looking to punish anyone. Far from it. But it's long past time the wealthiest people and the biggest corporations in this country paid their fair share.” Note: The wealthiest 1% of Americans own 35% of the nation’s wealth and pay 37.3% of all individual income taxes. The bottom 90% pay 30.5% of taxes. How does Joe define “fair share?” No further comment.

It seems suddenly appropriate that Joe Biden’s most talked-about issue is the mandatory wearing of masks, since Joe himself has become the smiling, “empathetic” mask that the Democrats are forced to wear to hide their ruinously leftist, anti-American policies.

AINSWORTH: WAS BIDEN LIVE OR MEMOREX, AND DOES IT MATTER?

America set the bar so low for Joe Biden’s speech Thursday night at the Democratic National Convention, he ended up getting raves simply for standing on his mark and reading off a prompter for a mere 20 minutes. For Democrats, he also got raves for not being Trump, which is the greatest accomplishment of all.

As author James Lileks put it, Biden benefited from “the soft bigotry of Joe expectations.”

Since there was only one noteworthy flub –- he skipped over the word “not,” but everybody knew what he meant –- the conversation inevitably turned to whether or not Biden was actually speaking live. On Friday, even Rush Limbaugh discussed this, including whether or not the speech could have been edited, given that Biden was essentially motionless throughout, and Rush said he knew of a number of people “looking at it.”

Before getting into that discussion, let me say that just the fact we’re even speculating about it should tell us what’s “off” about this crazy year and the Biden ticket in particular. When Trump hits it out of the park (as he will, guaranteed) this week at the Republican Convention --- in the middle of a no-doubt grueling schedule --- no one is going to wonder if HE spoke live and in the moment, not for one second. Because that’s just him; what you see is what you get. His party is not going to be deceiving you about that. That is so refreshing in the world of politics. Anyway...

Though my background is not in computers –- far from it! –- I know technology exists to “fix” much of what might have needed to be fixed, but probably not in such a way that it wouldn’t be detected by experts who know what to look for. (Aside: we’re not far away from the horrifying day when this CAN be done undetectably.) So it’s very unlikely that this was done. No, if Biden’s campaign didn’t have total confidence in his ability to do the speech live, the best way around that would have been much simpler.

I do have a background in writing speeches for corporate executives and even coaching them on delivery and how to appear on camera. What they would have done: get Biden rested and ready, and then run through the whole speech a comfortable number of times with Biden in rehearsal, hitting “Record” on all the run-throughs. (Don’t tire him; at some point, the law of diminishing returns will apply.) Typically in a rehearsal, you'd record the run-throughs anyway, to be able to review the performance and give the “talent” (I use the term loosely) some notes before doing another take. Once you have a full take you like --- especially if you sense he’s getting tired --- just stop. Don’t wait for perfection; a minor flub or two makes this more believable, and in this case, that’s the most important thing. Use the take that best conveys the personal qualities you want to get across, as Democrats think the election turns on this.

After that, as long as you’re down to a TINY group of people who can be implicitly trusted not to leak, it’s only a matter of hitting the right button at the right time to send out the recording instead of going live. Then, while the video played, Biden and Jill would just be “bidin’” their time in that room until it was time to walk out with Kamala and her husband to wave at the cheering crowd. Or, Biden could even do it "for real," unaware that the speech going out was really a take from earlier in the day.

That’s what Lt. Columbo would suspect. Do NOT call me a conspiracy theorist; I am not saying they did this. I’m saying this is how it could have been done if they had serious concerns about Biden "going live." It’s tempting to think of this as their “insurance policy”; we know Democrats are fond of those.

Biden probably just read it live, as it wouldn’t take much for that, given that he had the words right in front of him. But, again, the fact that we’re even speculating tells us all we need to know about what is wrong with the 2020 Democratic ticket. Given the high stakes, we have no doubt that if they were sure they could get away with this without anyone being the wiser, they'd do it.

So the bigger issue is whether the speech itself met expectations. To preface that discussion, I’d say that even without the questions concerning his mind, much of Biden’s past political life would do much to set the bar for content just as low (unless, of course, it were to be plagiarized from other sources). This opinion piece from JUST THE NEWS offers a quick background.

https://justthenews.com/politics-policy/elections/biden-has-history-controversies-involving-plagiarism-fabricated-stories

Gov. Huckabee has a commentary of his own today on the glaring lack of any specificity in Biden’s speech. He’s right --- this was vapid campaign talk, nothing but typical election-year platitudes. I have little to add, except that it occurs to me his speechwriter might have taken inspiration from a commercial currently being run in America by Italian coffee company Lavazza (which calls their ad a “global communication campaign”), featuring the voice of Charlie Chaplin from 1940.

The visuals are impossibly artistic and edgy, showing humanity at its most open, loving and --- importantly for leftists --- stylish. The words laud a borderless planet in which everyone gets along (as in the insipid John Lennon song “Imagine”). There's no word on how we’re going to create this beautiful world, except to “Unite!” Leftists just love flowery, uplifting speeches about mankind with no specifics.

The words Lavazza used are from Charlie Chaplin's 1940 film THE GREAT DICTATOR, a movie that rightfully savages Adolf Hitler and the Nazis.

To his credit, Biden at least didn't plagiarize this.

It would be fun to create new visuals for the Lavazza ad that included shot after shot of leftist violence in Seattle, Portland and other American cities (which Biden never mentioned, incidentally). You know the images I mean: buildings burning and people being kicked in the head by radical leftist thugs demanding "justice." Oh, the humanity.

Now, I am a huge fan of Chaplin’s movies, but it should be noted that he was a far-leftist --- he grew up in dire, horrific poverty in England --- who became fabulously wealthy in capitalist America and eventually exited the U.S. to live in Switzerland. He claimed not to be a Communist, but here's an interesting piece on his Stalinist leanings.

We mustn’t forget that Russian Communist ruler Stalin was quite the dictator and mass-murderer himself. Clearly, one would have to be a dictator to have anywhere near the level of control it takes to remake society. Prospective Democrat voters might want to consider that.

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    08/27/2020 01:46 PM

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  • Dan Klaffke

    08/24/2020 08:55 PM

    Private for Mike (but it is OK if others see it)...
    Happy Birthday Mike!!!
    You share the same birthday as my wife. Unfortunately she was not celebrating her 67th birthday today. We instead had a burial service for her. She passed away on April 29th and her younger sister, because of all the COVID 19 restrictions, suggested we wait until there were less restrictions. We had a wonderful service for her on Saturday and then the burial today. She was not ill from Chinese COVID 19, however the restrictions may have contributed to the related difficulties. She is now rejoicing in a better place.
    God Bless you Mike!

  • Carmine Fea

    08/24/2020 08:02 PM

    Dear Governor Huckabee: Hearing Nancy Pelosi today call President Trump and his administration "enemies of the state" left me aghast and fearful of their out of control craziness. As the polls turn to favor President Trump over Biden, Pelosi and the democrats will become even crazier. And, as is obvious, the democrats will say and do "anything" to stop the reelection of President Trump.

  • Michelle Mitchell

    08/24/2020 07:24 PM

    Hello again,

    My Dad once again said 13 more republicans are voting democrat...

    Can you please assist ....

    Thanks!

  • Marshall Suttles

    08/24/2020 05:58 PM

    I am amazed at the DNC and their effort to deceive! To think that they can get away with using a worn out, elderly politician with early dementia, (Or is it also a ploy?) The onset of this Covid 19 virus has fallen right into their deceit and given them a way to hide Bumbling Biden in the basement, out of reach of public scrutiny. Also played right into their hands to hide in the basement their plans to destroy America as we have known it! They know that if what they represent and want to do to our country, as stated in their platform, get's widely published, they will be sunk! What a dastardly plan these brilliant "Fools" have pieced together! God help us if we fall for this bag of dirty tricks! Must Pray and speak up NOW!!!!

  • Firewagon

    08/24/2020 04:28 PM

    As with you Mike, I'm no conspiracy theory believer, but I am quite the pessimist, as my wife would verify. I only saw a few segments of Biden's talk in review; however, many other viewers of the "talk" find it hard to believe that for an entire 20 minutes the "gaff King" did not have at least one 'err ah or uh' in that time, even just reading something for that long! I like your 'theory,' Mike, that the whole presentation was a recorded event.

    As you say on your 'Huckabee' program, "we watch this stuff so you don't have to." I'm older than you, Mike, so perhaps much more jaded regarding many of the people that pretend to lead this country. I can not watch or listen when these do nothing pols are running their chops. I already know exactly what every response will be, no Nostradamus qualities required!

    I fear for the country, Mike, not for myself, but for my grandchildren and theirs! Far too many people claim to be "undecided" about whom they intend to vote for in this presidential election. There is a book published years ago with the title "The Death of Common Sense." If those undecided or confused folk know not TODAY which America they favor, they are definitely bereft of 'common sense!' My personal, pessimistic, belief is that, sadly, 'Common Sense' has long been dead in America.

  • Stephen Russell

    08/24/2020 04:03 PM

    Info:
    Check out Common Sense Party website
    RedPillProject.com
    Fwd & share.

    CSP NOT like prior 3rd parties BUT different.

  • Sam Rhodes

    08/24/2020 04:00 PM

    During the speech Joe had a flag pin on his lapel, no watch and three points on the handkerchief in his pocket. When he greets Kamela at the end he has a watch, no flag pin and the handkerchief has one large point. Looks kind of fishy to me unless the online stills I've seen were messed with.

  • Suzanne Ryan

    08/24/2020 03:57 PM

    Happy birthday Mike! I was standing with you on a bridge on Hwy 67 in the early 2000's east of Texarkana. You were promoting the extension of Hwy 67. I was on the front page of the Texarkana newspaper the next day holding up my sign. How time flies!

  • Linda Wolfe

    08/24/2020 03:38 PM

    Mike,
    Governor you are much too nice about Nancy being "insane", Honestly, I believe she as well as the rest of the donkeys are DEMON POSSESSED !
    Remember , Jesus cast Legion out of the man. They went into hogs. The hogs drown . The demons, being eternal evil spirits may have gone into donkeys . (ha,ha)

  • Elizabeth Crouse

    08/24/2020 03:25 PM

    Why isn’t Mark Levine’s interview with doctor who says Hydrochloriquin works in the media. My Dr had, took it and back at work. Does somebody have stock in higher price one that is expensive?

  • Amelia Little

    08/24/2020 03:00 PM

    When I read what ol' joe says he will do for America--I also noticed that he was rattling (and I do mean that literally) off a list campaign promises made AND KEPT by Donald Trump during his time in office. It's a hoot that joe will "bring jobs back to America"--although not only did that not happen when he and obama were in office--Donald Trump was told by obama it couldn't be done. IMO, good ol' joe would spend his short (just how short will it be before he is "replaced" or displaced?) time undoing all those things President Trump has done for the American citizens. I notice both good ol' joe and obama are trying to take credit for the Middle East agreement of 2020--by golly, THEY provided the ground work. Pretty sure they would also claim it would have been ready to go the minute good ol' hil was elected! This coming from an administration who--IN 8 YEARS--did not even attempt to accomplish an agreement that would be favorable in any way to Israel.

    I read about former senators who the media is trying to say REPUBLICAN former senators when, in truth, they are plain and simple former Republicans--RINO's to be exact. They were as liberal as they come while in office, and should have declared as democrats from the get-go. All I can say is--good thing they are former senators, period.

    I think it's great that Melania Trump is redoing the gardens. I know little mikey bloomberg probably isn't aware, and evidently the cry babies who can't find anything else to cry about, but pretty sure most other people, regardless of political persuasion knows that you have to re-do, replenish, refresh all the lawns, the flower beds, the gardens, etc at intervals, otherwise, they all just kind of wither away and become eyesores. Not that the gardens were to that point--but why wait until they are?

  • Ann Eble

    08/24/2020 03:00 PM

    Birthday blessings from Southeast Tenn. We saw the show this weekend
    with your surprise birthday present.

  • Paul Kern

    08/24/2020 02:53 PM

    It is crazy when I read these and see there is nothing the left will not do to destroy us.
    It is a combination of Brave New World, 1984, Alice in Wonderland, the Holocaust, and Kristallnacht rolled into one.
    I live near Portland, Oregon and see this enacted out daily.
    I will also add the French Revolution's Reign of Terror

  • Kathy Wilson

    08/24/2020 02:48 PM

    I was wondering if the "interview" of Biden and Harris by David Muir and Rain Roberts had questions given to Joe ahead of time and if a teleprompter was in use since Joe seemed to be able to get through Muir's first question smoothly? It was just a clip that I saw. I wouldn't waste my time watching the full interview. But maybe someone should look into that too.

  • George Edwards

    08/24/2020 02:29 PM

    I am sitting here with tears in my eyes after reading this. What the hell is wrong with America today? Oh yeah the Marxists started infiltrating our educational system decades ago. I'm 71 and really don't give much of a "F" any more but it really makes me sad thinking about what my 40 year old son and my 15 year old grandson maybe facing in the near future. I could say much more but it would be very controversial so I'll leave it at that.
    George

  • SANDRA HILL

    08/24/2020 02:22 PM

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY GOVERNOR HUCKABEE!
    Your newsletters are very relevant and at times humorous which is sorely needed right now.
    Please continue informing us of what's really happening in our country.

  • Sarah Menne

    08/24/2020 02:16 PM

    Happy Belated Birthday. Welcome to Medicare, Mike! Personally, I find it rather troubling that after paying for Medicare all of my working life, I still have to pay a monthly Medicare fee for my healthcare that equals to about 8% of my Social Security check. That pretty much sucks big time. :) People receiving unemployment benefits right now are financially better off than seniors on Social Security! I am happy however that with my Medicare Advantage Plan I haven't had to pay anything for my Primary Care Physician (or for any generic meds this year). And I just found out last week that there is no fee for therapy sessions due to COVID until December 31, 2020. That was a pleasant surprise and a real blessing. So stay safe and stay healthy! AND - we all love you and your wit and your Huckabee shows.

  • Floyd A Unger

    08/24/2020 02:02 PM

    Thank you...you’re doing great work....please keep it up.??

  • Jimmy Humphrey

    08/24/2020 01:57 PM

    WHAT'S WITH THESE FEW REPUBLICAN MEMBERS ,TURNCOATS, TRAITORS, PLOTTING AGAINST OUR PRESIDENT??

  • david clark

    08/24/2020 01:36 PM

    It appears to me that the Left is manufacturing issues such as the mailbox controversy where no problems really exist so that when Biden gets into office he can appear to be "fixing" problems when he plucks the low-hanging fruit. Then the newspapers will treat him like a statesman. It's a Mutual Admiration Society.

  • Harold Levi

    08/24/2020 01:35 PM

    Gov.,

    Sir, Social Security and Medicare is not FREE-STUFF when you paid for it. The Marxist-Democrats seem to not understand this point. If I paid for it, then it is NOT an Entitlement - I bought it - albeit at gunpoint.

    Happy Birthday, since I missed the announcement.

    Deo Vindice!!

  • Larry Woods

    08/24/2020 01:26 PM

    Happy Birthday

  • Helen Sustachek

    08/24/2020 01:11 PM

    Sorry, I missed your birthday, Gov. Mike. Happy Belated Birthday.
    After watching Joe Biden's speech a Nutcracker came to my mind. Wooden arm movements and facial expressions.