Morning Edition - May 25

May 25, 2020 |

MORNING EDITION

May 25, 2020 

By Mike Huckabee

 

I will be back tomorrow with our regular morning and evening newsletters. In the meantime, I hope you will enjoy these special messages for Memorial Day. And please join me in saying a prayer for a great military veteran and friend, former Congress member and retired US Army Lt. Col. Allen West. He was returning home by motorcycle Saturday from a rally in Austin, Texas, when a car changed lanes near Waco and cut him off, causing him and another unnamed cyclist to collide. Both were hospitalized. Lt. Col. West is reportedly in stable condition with non-life threatening injuries. I hope you will join me in saying a prayer for both victims’ swift and full recoveries.

MEMORIAL DAY

With the lockdowns winding down in most states, many Americans are chomping at the bit to get out of the house and go to beaches or parks to celebrate Memorial Day weekend as the unofficial start of summer. But let’s not forget that Memorial Day means far more than that. It’s a day set aside to remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice to provide for us the unprecedented freedom that we so often take for granted as Americans.

No people in the history of the world have experienced the liberties, opportunities or prosperity that we have enjoyed as citizens of the greatest country on God’s green earth — the United States of America. I don’t say that as a biased American, but as one who has traveled the world and who can scour the pages of human history and say definitively that no nation has ever given its inhabitants the degree of freedom, security, and pursuit of happiness as has this extraordinary experiment in government called the United States.

Our Constitution is a simple, yet profound, blueprint for a government in which the ultimate power rests with the people and not with a king, a tyrant dictator, a military general, or even an elected official. The genius of our nation is that the people have been vested with the highest power, and while we temporarily grant it to those we elect, we don’t give it away (even during a pandemic.)

This great system of self-government with its separation and balance of powers and its accountability to its people has been and continues to be protected against both foreign and domestic threats by those who trade their clothes of choice for a uniform and who trade their personal liberties to accept orders from someone who outranks them.

In the process of providing that protection, in wars and other police actions over more than two centuries, more than one million of those in our military have given their lives for those of us who will enjoy this long weekend. No American should take this for granted nor ignore it. It shouldn’t be left to the Gold Star families alone to take a pause for a somber reminder of the price of our benefits of citizenship. We all owe it to them to show respect in some way for those whose deaths gave us our lives.

This is also a very special year in World War II history. May 8 was the 75th anniversary of VE Day (Victory in Europe) and August 15 will be the 75th anniversary of VJ Day (Victory over Japan.) While most of the commemorative events this month sadly had to be canceled, parents using the Internet to teach kids at home should take this occasion to teach them about VE Day and VJ Day.

For kids who’ve heard derogatory comments about the military, these anniversaries are a golden opportunity to teach them that the rights, freedoms and comforts they enjoy were paid for with the blood of patriots: over a million soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines. To cite just one war alone, many people today unconscionably water down the meaning of the term “Nazi” by hurling it thoughtlessly at political opponents. This Memorial Day, each your children about the real evil of Nazism, the tens of millions who died because of it, and the 16 million Allied military members – over 405,000 of them Americans – who heroically gave their lives to stop it.

FIVE TIPS

Since many of us will have to observe Memorial Day in our own backyards, here are five tips to improve your backyard grilling.

I’ll add a sixth: Do not allow your grill to be desecrated by anything vegan in the shape of meat.

MEMORIAL DAY'S HISTORY IS IMPORTANT

I hate to say it, but some Americans these days are pretty spoiled. Even after China clotheslined us with this pandemic and cratered the best economy in history, throwing millions of Americans out of work, a large contingent of elitists who don’t have to worry about their next paycheck are taking to Twitter to mock those who need to return to work. They can’t understand why some people are so "selfish" as to want to go back to work when they’re just being asked to sit around watching Netflix and eating delivery food. They don’t seem to comprehend that that’s not what most people outside their bubble of privilege are experiencing.

It’s sometimes said that only the wealthy can afford socialism, and we’ve gotten a great example of that over the past couple of months. The far-left celebrities and politicians are the most likely to want to keep the world locked down forever, living off government checks. Meanwhile, the rest of us have seen enough of our “free sample of socialism” to reject it and its proponents like an arsenic sandwich.

Before the pandemic, I kept hearing that the current young generation wanted socialism because they thought their lives were so hard nobody in history ever had such bleak prospects for the future. They’ve now gotten a glimpse of what real problems are. Maybe they’re learning that socialism is actually a sure-fire formula for creating hard times and bleak prospects and making them even worse.

Let us pray that these current troubles pass quickly, and that they leave behind less damage than we fear and more hard-learned wisdom. That young people who thought their lives were awful will realize that they actually had it better than any generation that’s ever walked the Earth. They’d grown up sheltered from hard realities by helicopter parents, knowing only unprecedented peace, health, prosperity and safety. Even those from families of modest means could take for granted luxuries that kings of previous centuries could only dream of. They had to invent hypothetical threats to live in fear of. Suddenly, that all seems so 2019.

Once this passes, will they still use their iPads and smart phones to go on social media sites while eating Burger King food delivered by Grub Hub and complain that capitalism never did anything for them? Or have they finally gotten just a taste of sacrifice, the kind that pales into insignificance compared to the sacrifices previous generations made for them?

Once a year, on the last Monday in May, we set aside a day to honor our fellow Americans who made the greatest of all sacrifices so that the rest of us could continue to enjoy the blessings of liberty and security.

Memorial Day was born after the Civil War, when families would take a day to tend and decorate the graves of Confederate soldiers. It soon spread to the North, and became known as Decoration Day. Eventually, it became a national holiday to honor all American military veterans who gave up their homes, their families, their very lives -- everything they had, or ever dreamed of having – all in sacrifice for their country. And just how many have made that ultimate sacrifice? Brace yourself:

From the Revolutionary War to the War of 1812, the Civil War and Spanish American war, World Wars I and II, Korea, Vietnam, Iraq, Afghanistan, and all the other wars, police actions and rescue missions since 1776, over one million, three hundred and eight thousand Americans have died in uniform.

Imagine if all those soldiers, sailors, Marines and airmen could come back to life for a Memorial Day parade. Picture them marching past in rows of ten, each row taking just 10 seconds to pass. That parade would stretch on and on, row after row, 360 rows per hour, for hour after hour, 24 hours a day, for over 15 straight days. That is the enormity of the military casualties America has experienced since 1776. That doesn’t even include the millions more who sacrificed their limbs, their sight, their peace of mind, and the best years of their lives, all for us.

Today's military members, like those before them, risk their lives to protect the cherished American principles of freedom, liberty, equality, democracy, fighting tyranny and defending the weak. Previous generations guarded these bedrock principles so that they could be passed down to us. It is now our sacred duty to preserve them for future generations.

Every year, the American Legion sells poppy pins to support veterans and their families. May 22nd was National Poppy Day this year (https://www.legion.org/poppyday). I hope you bought one and are wearing it proudly. The poppy became the symbol of Memorial Day, thanks to the famous poem, “In Flanders’ Fields,” by Canadian Lt. Col. John McCrae. He wrote it in memory of his friend Alexis Helmer, whom he watched die in battle in World War I.

The poem starts, “In Flanders’ fields, the poppies blow,

Between the crosses, row on row…”

This year, there are fewer group activities available where we can gather to show our support for veterans and our gratitude to those who gave their lives to protect our freedom. But we can all proudly fly our American flags. And we can offer support to some of the many great veterans’ support organizations, such as the VFW and the American Legion.

Another great new organization with an especially timely mission is Code Of Vets, founded by Air Force Veteran, Gretchen Smith. She and supporter Charlie Daniels appeared on “Huckabee” on TBN this weekend, to talk about the group’s efforts to provide support to veterans struggling through the pandemic. You can learn more and donate at http://www.codeofvets.com. It’s tax-deductible, and with their 1% operating costs, you can rest easy knowing that 99 cents of every dollar given goes directly to help veterans in need.

And of course, one more thing we can all do from wherever we are is stop for a moment and think of all the rows and rows of crosses in veterans’ cemeteries…say a prayer of thanks to them…and remember that each and every cross represents a genuine American hero who made the ultimate sacrifice for all of us.

McCrae’s poem ends, “To you, from failing hands, we throw the torch. Be yours, to hold it high. If ye break faith with us who die, we shall not sleep, though poppies grow in Flanders’ fields.” If you really want to memorialize these greatest of American heroes, then take up the torch they passed to us. Hold it high. And NEVER let it drop.

HAPPY ANNIVERSARY JANET

For me personally, today brings another occasion worth commemorating. May 25th marks 46 years of marriage to my wife Janet, mother of our three children, Ya-ya to our grandchildren, and a pretty amazing woman who has endured virtual poverty with me in our early days, and battled cancer in her spine 45 years ago that doctors predicted would take her life. When she fought and won that battle, she was told the surgery and radiation would render her unable to have children. While she lost one, she gave birth to three. It’s ironic that as I write this, she is again recuperating, this time from surgery to repair a broken ankle caused by tripping over a grandchild’s toy. I have no doubt that she will once again make a full recovery and be up and around sooner than the doctors imagine.

She dropped out of college to work as a dental assistant to help me finish, then went with me on the 46-year journey of a career in broadcasting and advertising, almost twelve years as a pastor, and then the past few decades in the tumultuous and vicious world of politics and government. She has endured some of the vilest and most hate-filled criticism, not just directed at me but at her and even her children. She chose to be a stay-at-home mom when our kids were small, which meant less money but more memories, and when her beloved mother was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease, she walked that road with her mother until the end.

Forty-six years is a long time to put up with me, so for that she’s a saint. And I’m proud to have shared life and love with her. One of her favorite songs is Kenny Rogers’ classic, “Through the Years.” And now that there have been 46 of them, she’s entitled to say she has endured “Through the Years.” Happy Anniversary, Janet—I love you! And I hope we have a lot more.

Bible Verse of the Day (KJV)

Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.

Proverbs 4:23 (KJV)

 



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  • Kathy Meador Decker

    05/27/2020 07:51 PM

    Thank you so much Mike for all you do! Thank you for being an awesome representative of Jesus Christ and His love for others and this country! Happy Anniversary to you and Janet!!! God bless you both and all your family!!!

  • Jerry Korba

    05/26/2020 10:45 AM

    Today i witness on TV a Guy named Moe challenge why President Trump had questioned Jewish people's reasons why they support Socialist/Democrat policies. I also wonder what the reasons are when Obama and Biden denounced Israel and sent billions of dollars of American cash to Iran that wants the country of Israel and the United States to drop dead what are the American Jewish thinking? Do the Jewish voters want both countries destroyed ? How does this guy Moe think is he anti Israel and the Untied States or pro China we fought to allow his thinking but it is destructive to say the least.

  • Jerry Korba

    05/26/2020 07:27 AM

    Why does Memorial Day and most days mean so little to the Left. Why does the Left seek to stop Worship openly in our churches, why does the Left want to abolish Capitalism the reason is those are just a few of the traits of America that makes the United States a great nation. To have freedom to make your decisions that fit each of our talents and ambitions takes power from Socialism thats why the left is trying to take the rights away from the citizen. The Left have no morals of value left in its system the Left has taken the ideas of the CCP Islamic Malcontents, all out Anti Civilization conditions and wanting the to repel our Constitution and Bill of Rights. To rid citizens of those rights no longer makes America the land of the Free it makes it the land of Zombies. So called Democrats, you are not on the side of America you are on the side of hate, restrictions, and wealth redistribution only poor people you will stay poor and the wealthy will also be poor. Democrats you will not hurt me I am a Veteran of a Foreign War without many years left I will fight you for my Children and grandchildren I have too much to lose America's future.

  • Ron Ciccone

    05/26/2020 06:41 AM

    Mike,

    I want to suggest we adopt "Illegal Smile" by John Prine as the theme song of the great unmasking of America ... or shall I call it the unmuzzling?

    I know you are a John Prine fan, but if you haven't heard it recently, listen to this song and I think you will agree.

    Thanks for reading,

    Ron

  • Sharon Faulkner

    05/25/2020 07:23 PM

    Happy Anniversary Mike and Janet..:-) two folks I am proud to call fellow Christians and Republicans :-)

  • Darlene F. Donston

    05/25/2020 04:17 PM

    Well, how sweet is that! She does sound like a wonderful Lady and has gone through a lot. So thankful that she has survived all that she has, but then of course she had you, too! Hope you have a wonderful day celebrating Memorial Day and your 46th Wedding Anniversary! Hope it is a beautiful day there as it has been here in E. TN today, although we just had a few sprinkles, but the sun is coming back out it looks like! Howard and I have had 56 years as of last Jan. 1st and hopefully we will have a few more, too! God Bless you and Janet!

  • Linda Elliott

    05/25/2020 04:14 PM

    Thank you Gov. Mike Huckabee - I read all of your columns and I always bring something away with me. May God continue to bless your family and all of us who are proud Americans. I loved the field of flowers. It was so beautiful.

  • Cheryl Henderson

    05/25/2020 03:42 PM

    Happy Anniversary to you and your wife. May God give you many more. I love your news letters Mike.
    Thank you for the Truth

  • Sallie Farris

    05/25/2020 03:03 PM

    HAPPY ANNIVERSARY
    TO YOU & JANET
    GOD BLESS YOU

  • Betty Harbour

    05/25/2020 02:47 PM

    Happy Anniversary to you both and many more. God bless you Both.

  • Arthur and Marion Windsor

    05/25/2020 02:37 PM

    "May 25th marks 46 years of marriage to my wife Janet" Wow Governor - she is truly an amazing woman! 46 years! If we`d known sooner we could have sent her a sympathy card ;)--- all kidding aside, my wife and I wish you both a Blessed, Amazing Anniversary and many more. We love your TV show, especially the "tell it like it is" monologues, and your news letters. I see more truth in one of your news letters than a year of all the mainstream, fake news, media put together!
    Our Saturday TV is: Gaither`s Home Coming, Dr. Stanley and Huckabee! Outside of that and Dr. Jeremiah, Ankerberg, and Dr. Jeffress on Sunday,they can pretty much keep TV programming.

  • Ruth D. Spiering

    05/25/2020 02:03 PM

    Yes, brother Mike. I'm praying for Allen West. But I don't "say prayers." They hit the ceiling and fall to the floor. Realize you have to word things for mainstream Christendom, but it makes me cringe. Praying for you and your big family together now and mostly for your poor wife.

  • Carol Uscilowski

    05/25/2020 02:00 PM

    Happy Anniversay Mike and Janet, may you enjoy many more years together!

  • Floyd A Unger

    05/25/2020 01:47 PM

    ?? yup and thank you from a [email protected]??River

  • Carey Stegall

    05/25/2020 01:20 PM

    Happy Anniversary, Mike and Janet!
    We love you!
    Your Destin DWC friends, Carey and Rhonda

  • Helen Sustachek

    05/25/2020 01:10 PM

    Happy Anniversary, Gov Mike. My husband and I were married that long. He passed away three years ago. May you have many more years together.

  • Irmtraut J Langer

    05/25/2020 12:57 PM

    What a most beautiful tribute to your wife. I am sitting here with tears in my eyes, what she has endured and overcome. But it takes TWO to make a happy and fulfilling marriage. Happy Anniversary. (I have been widowed twice, 33 1/2 years and 3 1/2 years.) I am 88 now.
    I have been a subscriber to your emails for a long time. I only wish ALL Christians would read and heed your comments.

  • Gladys Hizer

    05/25/2020 12:47 PM

    Your tribute to your wife brought tears to my eyes. I have lots of good memories of Memorial Day weekends with late husband who was a veteran as well and need to visit the grave of him and our son. Hoping there is a flag but will put something on if not. Many more blessed years with Janet and all the family. Nothing is more important than family

  • Lisa Ford

    05/25/2020 12:32 PM

    Happy Anniversary! Wow 46 years!

  • Fran Million

    05/25/2020 12:23 PM

    Happy Anniversary to both of you! I had my lifetime sweetheart for 58 years until he went to Heaven 11 plus years ago. We had 7 beautiful children - 4 sons, 3 daughters. I know he's up there waiting for me. God bless you!!!