Just about the time my recent commentary on “Mayor Pete” Buttigieg was appearing (“Pete Buttigieg: Lecturing America one Christian at a time”), a very interesting thing happened. Buttigieg’s brother-in-law, an evangelical Christian pastor, also spoke out, even calling on the presidential candidate and mayor of South Bend, Indiana, to “repent” for trying to use the Bible to justify late-term abortion.
Rhyan Glezman, the older brother of the man to whom Buttigieg is married, Chasten Glezman, felt that he just couldn’t stand by and watch as Buttigieg gave credence to the idea that, according to the Bible, life starts with the first breath. “I feel a sense of responsibility to my faith to stand up and say something, to say, ‘No that’s not true,’” he said Friday morning on the radio show THE BREAKFAST CLUB. “God places a very high value on all human life. Everyone is created fearfully and wonderfully in the image of God, with intrinsic value. That doesn’t start with the first breath; it starts when we enter our mother’s womb.”
Sharpie-gate receives well-deserved backlash
By Mike Huckabee
When I wrote recently that anyone in the media (and there were many) who obsessed over bashing President Trump with the so-called “Sharpie-gate” story instead of focusing on the people killed or displaced in the Bahamas by Hurricane Dorian had “empty, shallow lives” and I had “ZERO patience” left for their idiotic political sideshow, I didn’t know if some readers might think I was being too harsh. Yes, I try to be a nice guy, but even I have my limits, and anyone who has such appallingly misplaced priorities deserves a hard rhetorical slap and a forceful “GET OVER IT!!” But I was glad to see over the weekend that I was not alone. There seems to be a well-deserved backlash across the political spectrum.
When Rahm Emanuel, Rich Lowry and Chris Christie are all in agreement that the media made themselves look like idiots by focusing on President Trump’s weather map as it were the Zapruder film instead of on the suffering of the hurricane victims, then I think it’s obvious the media malpractice is glaring.
One commentator on Fox News made a good observation that this happened because the media were already prepared in advance to push a narrative about President Trump’s bungled, incompetent response to the hurricane (and never mind that the Administration was remarkably well-prepared.) But when the hurricane failed to cooperate by not coming ashore on the mainland US as expected, they had to find some way to preserve the negative Trump narrative, and so “Sharpie-gate” was born. The media were so desperate to paint Trump as an incompetent failure that they made themselves look like incompetent failures, and heartless, partisan hacks to boot.
For future reference: one reason the audience for the mainstream news outlets is shrinking and Americans don’t trust the media is the whole concept of creating “narratives” to shape the news. The news should just tell us what happened, not the media’s interpretation of certain cherry-picked events. And the #1 rule is that you don’t decide what the story will be in advance and shape the story to fit the narrative. You wait until after something’s happened and then tell us the facts so we can make up our own minds what to think about it. Judging from current reportage, I assume that the “wait until news actually happens before reporting it” rule is not taught in journalism school anymore.
Trump calls off talks
By Mike Huckabee
It was revealed that President Trump had planned secret talks at Camp David between the US and the leaders of Afghanistan and the Taliban, but Trump canceled the talks after the Taliban took credit for a bombing in Kabul last week that killed a US soldier. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the Taliban thought they’d improve their negotiating stance by using terror. But attacking US soldiers is the exact opposite method to use if you want to get Trump to come to the table.
The Taliban attacked Trump for canceling the meeting, claiming it “damaged his credibility.” As if the Taliban know anything about credibility in peace talks. In fact, all it proved is something that everyone already knows about the Taliban: their inability to keep from bombing people even on the brink of peace talks proves that they are the living embodiment of the old fable about the scorpion that gave a deadly sting to a frog that was giving it a ride across the river. The frog asked why it would do that when it doomed them both to die. The scorpion replied, “It’s in my nature.”
This story is true
By Mike Huckabee
There’s a story going around the Internet (indeed, a friend forwarded it to me.) It states that retired Navy Cmdr. John Wells, executive director of the Military Veterans Advocacy based in Louisiana, was chosen by the New Orleans Saints to receive their People’s Health Champion Award for highlighting the “health and well-being of our military, veterans and their families.” Commander Wells expressed his appreciation but declined the award because of NFL players kneeling during the National Anthem.
He told the New Orleans Times-Picayune, “Although I am touched and honored to be selected for such an award, the ongoing controversy with NFL players’ disrespect for the national flag forces me to decline to participate in the presentation. Since this award is tainted with the dishonorable actions of the NFL and its players, I cannot accept it. To do so would be hypocritical.”
Many people have asked if this story is true, so I asked my research staff to look into it. They forwarded this link to share:
In short: the story actually dates back to November 2017, but it is true. And award or not, Commander John Wells is truly a hero.
I wanted to make sure you also read these comments:
The official death toll from Hurricane Dorian in the Bahamas reached 44 Sunday, but locals fear it will rise much higher. Meanwhile, thousands of people have lost everything and will need tremendous amounts of aid for an indeterminate amount of time. I would urge you to join me in making a generous donation to Samaritan’s Purse, which is already on the scene, providing needed supplies and medical care through a quickly assembled field hospital. And join me in praying for the victims and the volunteers who are working so hard to help.
Please consider helping today at http://www.samaritanspurse.org This is an organization I believe in. They have a four-star rating from CharityNavigator.org, and they do great work providing for both the physical and spiritual needs of disaster victims. And while most charities average about 70 cents per dollar to helping their causes, with Samaritan's Purse, about 90 cents of every dollar goes directly to help those in need. Your donation goes further and really makes a difference.
My daughter Sarah Huckabee Sanders made her debut as a commentator Friday on “Fox & Friends,” defending President Trump’s trade war with China. If you didn’t see it – or if you’ve missed seeing her tell reporters what’s what (although in this case, they weren’t rabidly nasty reporters), then you can see the video at this link:
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"He has showed you, O man, what is good. And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God."
- Mic 6:8
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