Evening Edition - July 3

July 3, 2018 |

What Americans Don't Want

How can we all be so connected, and our government be so disconnected? 

One of the benefits of living in the 21st century is that thanks to jet travel and the Internet, I constantly talk to Americans from every state and every walk of life.  And believe me, they are not shy about sharing their opinions.  It gives me a perspective that I wish more of our politicians and media people inside the Beltway Bubble could experience. 

If I had to explain their low approval ratings in one word, it would be “disconnection.”  I don’t think there’s ever been a time when the people in government and the media were so out of touch with the people they’re supposed to be serving (as many of them learned to their shock on Election night, 2016.) They apparently really believed that when voters asked for “change,” they wanted bigger deficits and a bloated nanny state regulating the size of their sodas.  Trust me, based on what they told me, they did not.



 If you ask most Americans what they want from government, it’s not to have every aspect of their lives “transformed,” including those that worked a lot better before the government “improved” them.  They don’t want 2,000-page bills nobody’s read, or bureaucrats telling them which doctor they can see or how much money they’re allowed to make.  The list of what most Americans say they want is actually pretty short:  national defense, secure borders, safe streets; smooth highways; care for veterans, seniors, children and the disabled; good schools, police and firefighters, and oh yeah, it would be nice if the trash were picked up on time.  That’s about it. 

Yet somehow, the government finds so many ways to meddle in our lives that federal, state and local government spending combined now equals about 40 percent of America’s entire gross domestic product.  And in some places, they still don’t pick up the garbage on time! 

In poll after poll, Americans say loud and clear: they want less government and less spending.  They don’t care what the talking heads or the endlessly-surprised economists or the “too-big-to-fail” Wall Street failures say: they want government out of their lives, out of their wallets and out of their way.  Sadly, whenever political candidates support that philosophy, their opponents and the media paint them as cold-hearted and uncaring.  Compassion has been redefined as the willingness to spend limitless amounts of other people’s money.  The media also devote almost no time to examining political philosophies and a lot of time to gotcha games, gaffes, and who’s ahead in the horse race.  

 But the horse is now out of the barn.  Americans have experienced firsthand the results of so-called “progressive” policies.  Government out of control, the debt at record levels, a health care boondoggle two-thirds of us didn’t want, and the economy still struggling long after it should’ve roared back.

The Election of 2016 was not a surprise to me. I predicted it months in advance because, unlike so many people who claim to represent or report on the American people, I actually talk to – and more importantly, listen to - the American people.  Now, even though the economy has roared back, I’ll make another prediction about the upcoming election:

I predict that politicians who try to sell Americans on a return to policies that they saw didn’t work will fail, for the same reason that a used car salesman has a hard time selling a lemon to the same customer twice.  I also predict that politicians who were elected on a promise to change those policies will stay in office only as long as they remember why the American people sent them there. 


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More Leaders who resemble trees

We all knew a kid in school who just had to run everything.  Remember the classmate who insisted on picking the games you’d all play at recess, where you’d go after school, even who was “in” or “out” of your group?  In high school, that kid had a compulsive need to be president of every organization.  You just wanted to say, “Hey!  You’re not the boss of me!”  Whatever happened to those kids?  I wouldn’t be surprised if most of them ended up in government.

 I’m convinced the world is divided into people who just want to live their own lives and those who, for some reason, need to tell everyone else how to live.  Unfortunately, to that latter group, government seems like the ideal place to work.  As more of them gravitated toward it and government grew bigger and bigger, one day we looked up and discovered we had a crushing national debt and were paying huge salaries to people who enforce how big your soda should be. That’s when sane people realize that government is the LAST place control freaks need to be.

 The temptation for government to overreach is hardly new.  In fact, it stretches back to the beginning of recorded history, and I bet even earlier than that.  There’s a story in the ninth chapter of the book of Judges in the Old Testament about Gideon’s son Abimelech, who craved leadership and stature - not to serve the people but to control them and make them serve him.  He said, “Give me dominion over your lives, and I will simplify your existence.”  Wow, does that sound familiar?  I think it’s the 2018 Democratic platform.  Our government has taken us pretty far down that same road, but does your life seem any simpler -- or just a lot less free?

Anyway, back to Abimelech.  He had a very smart younger brother, Jotham, who came up with a clever tale about three trees: an olive tree, a fig tree, and a vine tree.   All three were fine trees that produced lots of fruit.  All were offered the exalted position of “King Of All Trees,” but all three turned it down.  The plant that wanted to be “King Of All Trees” was the bramble bush, a weak plant that produces no fruit at all.  Jotham’s point was that only the weak and nonproductive have the desire to rule everyone else.

 So when anyone aspires to a position of power, take a hard look.  If that person seemingly crawled out of the cradle with an ambition to be President, then beware!  Anytime someone talks about “running the country,” alarm bells should sound.  No one – not the President, not Congress, no one person – “runs the country.”  That’s why the Founders took such pains to divide and limit federal power, and why we need to reinstate those limits that have been blurred in recent years, whether by Presidents ruling via executive order or out-of-control judges legislating from the bench or unelected bureaucrats trying to influence the results of elections.  If we allow any one person or entity to ignore those limits and assume the power to run everything, we won’t be able to stop them when they run America into the ground.

We should pick leaders who resemble the trees in the Bible story that don’t need or crave power but that have shown they bear good fruit.  As it is said, by their fruits ye shall know them. Government has more than enough nuts already. 


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A P.S.

A P.S. on my primary election roundup: I mentioned that voters in the Bronx and Queens would face a choice of forcing themselves to side with sanity and elect a Republican or send an aggressive, outspoken socialist to Congress to challenge Nancy Pelosi and Maxine Waters as the face of the Democratic Party in Republican campaign ads.  But there is a third alternative: Party leaders could decline to back her, while the longtime incumbent, Rep. Joe Crowley, could run as an Independent (and if it’s too late to get onto the ballot, as a write-in candidate).  With his name recognition and tons of money to back him, he could win among general election voters who, one hopes, are not quite as enamored with the wonders of socialism as Democratic primary voters.  Then he could caucus with the Democrats or just change his party affiliation back to Democrat.  It would be a sneaky end-run, but hardly unprecedented. 

But it would create one big problem for Democrats, as it would underscore the charge that the party establishment will do anything to thwart the far-left Bernie Sanders types who are the rising tide of their constituents.  They’re facing a Hobson’s choice of trying to hold down the openly crazy socialist wave and risk losing their votes, or embracing them and risk alienating the vast majority of voters who prefer living in America to living in Venezuela.

 

By the way, I know the Bernie types prefer that we not mention the rapidly swirling toilet bowl (sans toilet paper) that Venezuela has become under socialism.  They prefer to point to the Nordic “socialist lite” utopias such as Sweden, where the government tax bite of GDP is about twice what it is here, but they have cradle-to-grave “social services.”  Well, I hate to shatter their illusions, but even Swedes are getting fed up with sky-high-and-rising taxes, open borders and deteriorating social services.  Turns out “socialism lite” just means that your country swirls down the toilet a little slower and it takes a few more flushes, like one of those Al Gore low-flow eco-toilets. 

 

https://www.bloombergquint.com/politics/2018/06/26/now-even-swedes-are-questioning-the-welfare-state

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Gun control

In Atlanta, in one of those common instances gun control advocates refuse to admit exist, a good guy with a gun stopped three armed attackers who were assaulting a pregnant pizza delivery woman and trying to steal her car.  If there hadn’t been an armed citizen on hand, I wonder if the cops would have shown up in 30 minutes or less?  And if they don't, is your funeral free?

 

https://www.westernjournal.com/ct/punks-attack-pregnant-woman-then-bystander-shouts-drop-the-gun-or-ill-drop-you/

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 When rhetoric goes too far...

Laurence Wayne Key of Stuart, Florida, apparently got fired up on “get in their face” rhetoric from…oh, who knows?...allegedly called the office of Rep. Brian Mast and told an intern who answered, “I’m going to find the Congressman’s kids and kill them. If you’re going to separate kids at the border, I’m going to kill his kids. Don’t try to find me because you won’t.”  Surprise: the FBI did find him.  He’s now in jail.  More surprises: his social media pages reveal that he’s a volunteer for both the Democratic Party and Planned Parenthood.  Well, now we know where he learned his respect for the lives of children.

 

https://www.wptv.com/news/region-martin-county/stuart/stuart-man-arrested-for-threatening-congressman-brian-masts-children

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With the Fourth of July nearly upon us, I’d like to remind you to say thanks to America’s veterans for making our freedoms possible by including them in your patriotic holiday celebration.  There’s a great group called “Pizzas 4 Patriots” that sponsors pizza parties at veterans hospitals across America and delivers a taste of home to our soldiers around the world as a reminder that we’re thinking of them and are grateful for all they do for us.  Your donation of just $20 can supply pizza and sodas for up to four disabled veterans or active duty military members.  To learn more and help out, please visit https://www.sgtpizza.org/

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  • Wanda Pickens

    07/05/2018 11:17 AM

    Mike, I don't know who is sending out your emails but would you please tell them how to spell your name! They are spelling it Huckaber. Is it a liberal?

    Wanda Pickens

  • Keet Parakeet

    07/04/2018 05:41 PM

    HI!
    Yes, I know about Sybil. It turned up in Early American Life magazine my mother subscribed to. Most of it was housey fixy kind of stuff without mechanical how to specs which didn't interest me, but sister Sybil did. Revere (at the time noted as he was a mechanic & tradesman instead of a higher class college educated, landowner or preacher) & the other folks back then didn't assume that one person was enough. They believed in sending lots of folks & hoping enough would make it throughto get the word out. Some things, practical tactics in particular, don't change. :) Happy Independence day! Got to cut it short & go serve the Dog with a little walk in the hot humid nonPhiladelphia! At least he will make it brief & yes he will get some dog icecream as a treat.

  • DENNIS RATHBOURN

    07/04/2018 04:19 PM

    Harry Truman, a President elected on the day I was born (Nov.6, 1948) once said that if you were having the person over for dinner that was the loudest one saying "amen" in church and always making a spectacle of himself for the pastors benefit, that before he came over you should always "lock up the corn crib!"

  • Tommy Miller

    07/04/2018 04:05 PM

    I signed up for your evening mail but still do not get it. I really enjoy it!

    Thank You! Tommy

  • james peace

    07/04/2018 11:26 AM

    Mike, Remember just two things and it will keep your focus squarely on "what's happening now". For the most part, leaders of any consequence in the Democratic Party are focused on a one world socialist totalitarian government. The rest are the poor victims of brain washing. They actually believe in a "Brave New World" utopia, free drugs, free love, no spouse, no children, no work other than to serve the state - woopee.
    Jim

  • Darrell Johnson

    07/04/2018 10:17 AM

    Thank you so much for your wonderful commentaries! Even though I am thrilled and so thankful that Donald Trump is our president I have to tell you when the Primary's first started you were my first choice to take the Oath of office for the White House! Thank you so very much for running for the Office not once but twice and then still using those skills and abilities to make our beloved country a better place not only for the now but also for the future!! With being blessed with a dozen grandchildren the future of this country is of utmost importance to me!! God's Richest Blessings to you and yours including your wonderful daughter and her family!!

  • B J Edwards

    07/04/2018 03:14 AM

    Let's start a new tradition this July 4th and salute the real reason for our nation's success, that being the family. I pledge allegiance to the family of the United States of America and to the church for which it stands, one family, one church and one nation under God, providing liberty and justice for all.

  • Amelia Little

    07/04/2018 01:43 AM

    You are right on about so many of the politicians--mostly career politicians who have been in Washington what seems to be a hundred years each. Did they ever have real lives before they became politicians? Did they ever think like real people? Or, perhaps, too many of them are the bramble bush. Many need to re-read the Constitution (maybe a remedial class?) And be brought back to earth. But, since they have been re-elected over and over, perhaps they really do think that, although they have no idea what the life of a real person is like, let alone what the real people need/want, that they certainly know what we need, even if not what we want. I must say, I do know of several young people (25-30) who, if they were actually going to get out and vote, would have voted for Bernie Sanders (had he made it that far.) They think we should have free education, health care, pretty much everything cradle to grave. There is no discussing them that they would be paying a high price--and even if their free education got them wonderful paying jobs, they would not see much take-home pay after taxes are taken out. oh, yeah, free health care--but you can bet services will be limited, not every thing will be covered--even if they think it should be--someone is going to decide for them.

  • Rose Howell

    07/04/2018 01:22 AM

    Hi Mike,
    I think that the midterms will be landslide Conservative. If our President figures out a way to get the gas prices lowered significantly the landslide will be even bigger :)

    When Reagan was in Office one thing he did I remember was introduce something called "All Saver Certificates". They yielded 10% in one year! Think he was trying to get people to take their cash out from under the mattress and back in the Economy. We were young but we managed to come up with $500 and put it in the bank and made $50 in a year :) Do you remember those? Trump might want to consider something similar.

    Once again I suggest that Newt Ginrich be Speaker again - ASAP!! No need for Paul Ryan to be Speaker till the end of his term.

    Regards,
    Rose Howell

  • richard van bueren

    07/04/2018 12:21 AM

    thank you gov. huckabee..thanks so much for keeping us informed in a lighthearted not in your face style. have a wonderful fourth to you and your family. richard & karen van bueren..two very grateful seniors/

  • Anna Maria

    07/04/2018 12:19 AM

    As always, your statements are as interesting as they are humorous. They’re delightful to read! I totally agree with all you have said/written. On another note. I want to share a tremendous outpouring of faith that I experienced yesterday. It is the second time this has happened. I went to Panera yesterday afternoon. While I was there waiting for my daughter and granddaughter to return 2 women who were seated close to me noticed the Cross I was wearing. Then they noticed my knee and ankle brace. They asked what happened so I told them. Then they asked me if they could pray for me. As they proceeded to hold my knee as they prayed. I held their hands as well. As I thought about what had just happened I felt very special and blessed. It affirmed for me that Jesus still walks among us. He is in our midst. It felt so special. In the midst of the political chaos He still takes time to remind us what is truly important.

  • Peter Charles Rodi

    07/03/2018 11:32 PM

    Great article, but, I may be wrong, Governor, but I think it should be the Democrats and the Democrat Party, not the Democratic Party (which is a true misnomer).

  • Christine D. Gay

    07/03/2018 11:28 PM

    This was my first issue of your Evening email. Thanks, Gov. Huckabee, for making me aware of Pizza 4 Patriots. What a terrific idea. I learned of Wounded Warriors through watching Bill O'Reilly and have been donating ever since.

  • Jeannie Rice

    07/03/2018 11:17 PM

    To Governor Mike from Jeannie, I have read internet that your lovely daughter Sarah is one of the most admired ladies in America & yes, she certainly is, Good for her! how she manages to keep her cool in that press room is beyond me, if it where me!!! I would be in prison for life & then you & Sarah could bring me a gorgeous cake with a long file in it ( that would only be used for emergencies only) it on no uncertain terms to file away the iron bars for Auntie Max & her cell mate, Guess Who? a clue! white water for starters!! well Governor Mike as I have just read evening edition, it is time to take out the Trash! but not the iron bars they stay, trash that goes with it stays to! Happy 4th

  • Warren Earhart

    07/03/2018 11:11 PM

    Love your insights and comments. Wish you were a policy maker!

  • Boggs Howard

    07/03/2018 11:01 PM

    If the Establishment wanted our opinions, they could certainly know what is. They don’t. So it is up to us to speak with our feet. Vote! At least then, they would know what we think, like it or not.

  • David Bevil

    07/03/2018 10:27 PM

    I still believe that WE (sane folks ) shold just secede snd have a separation of states: Realistic people in some, the nuts who want no law, no order, and socialism in others. It's the only we will peace. See how they on their own

  • Bill Taylor

    07/03/2018 09:48 PM

    Mike,
    I can appreciate the need to reduce government spending. I also think we need to be informed about it i.e. A big chunk of our deficit spending has been for 'unfunded wars'. Other big chunks came from 'unfunded tax cuts' e.g no reduction in spending. Other big chunks have come from 'out of control medical costs and other 'boomer' security. 'Welfare' gets the blame for our debt but, I think, it's far from the major or only problem. What do you think we can do?

  • Shirley J Peterson

    07/03/2018 09:36 PM

    You go get 'em, Mike!! I pray that you might consider a run for President in 2024!! Would be a great follow on to President Trump!! And BTW, I think your daughter, Sarah, is amazing!!! Chip off the good old block!!! :) Be blessed!!

  • Patricia Ford de la Tejera

    07/03/2018 09:11 PM

    Would it be legal to start a popular subscription type of fund to build the border wall ? I could donate 10 dollars every month. The Border patrol would have the last say as to the most needed location to build the beginning segments. I think the will is there

  • LORI ANN REGO

    07/03/2018 08:02 PM

    GOV. HUCKABEE YOU ARE VERY BLESSED THAT YOU GET TO HEAR ALL THE VIEWS OF PEOPLE ALL AROUND THE COUNTRY. THIS WAY YOU CAN SPEAK FOR ALL OF US. MY DAD USED TO SAY THE LESS THE GOVERNMENT HAS IT'S HANDS IN YOUR BUSINESS THE BETTER. THROUGH MY EXPERIENCES I HAVE FOUND HE WAS SO RIGHT. ENJOY YOUR 4TH WITH YOUR FAMILY. GOV. ALSO I'M A LOW VISION IMPAIRED PERSON IS IT POSSIBLE TO HAVE THE PICTURE IN THE I'M NOT A ROBOT BIGGER TO SEE? THANKS FOR YOUR TIME.

  • Art Schefler

    07/03/2018 06:57 PM

    BEWARE OF FALSE PATRIOTS. I WORKED FOR A COMPANY IN THE SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA FOR 13 YEARS. I REMEMBER THE PRESIDENT/OWNER OF THE COMPANY WHO TOLD THE STORY THAT AS A CHILD, HE WOULD GO THROUGH APPLICATIONS FOR EMPLOYMENT WITH THE COMPANY ALONG SIDE HIS FATHER. HE WAS TOLD TO SELECT THE RETIRED MILITARY BECAUSE THEY WERE SUCH DEPENDABLE PEOPLE. AS I GREW WITH THE COMPANY, I CAME TO REALIZE THAT HIS FATHER WANTED RETIRED MILITARY BECAUSE THEIR SALARY WAS SUBSIDIZED BY THE GOVERNMENT. THEY RECEIVED A RETIREMENT CHECK FROM THE SERVICE. THEREFORE THE COMPANY DIDN'T HAVE TO PAY WHAT THE RETIREE WAS WORTH. WHEN MY BOSS GAVE ME RAISES TO ALMOST EQUAL TO THE JOB I WAS DOING, I WAS DEMOTED. I REALIZED THAT THEY WERE RIDDING THEMSELVES OF THOSE WHO HAD RISEN TO THE TOP SALARIES.

  • Marian Ferrell

    07/03/2018 06:35 PM

    Great comments, Mike. Intelligent, compassionate, and well-written with a sense of humor.

  • Joe Lyddon

    07/03/2018 06:05 PM

    Hi Mike... I wish & yours a great Fourth!

    This is something I have thought about a long time...

    A person get convicted of a Felony and loses his Right to Vote because of his crime...

    I contend that ANYONE that wants to hold ANY OFFICE / Job working for Congress, our Government, including in the White House, should have to SIGN a Waiver:

    I .......... hereby give up my Right to use the 5th Amendment to protect me from things I may done wrong while working for the USA. That means that I will ALWAYS TELL THE TRUTH before Congress or Grand Jury or any other Judicial person. If I fail to do that, I also hereby relinquish any and ALL Retirement and Benefits as a result of being FIRED. I also promise to uphold The Constitution and never fight against it.

    I think this would save us a lot of grief... It would CLEAN UP all off this hanky panky BS and allow SWAMPLand corruption to be Cleaned up in WEEKS instead of maybe never.

    What do you think.

    We can dream can't we?

    Again, have a great Fourth with your family... be safe.

    Thank you,
    Joe Lyddon
    909-989-3673

    If everyone in our government

  • Stephen Russell

    07/03/2018 05:51 PM

    Less Govt ideas: fwd & share:
    Privitze Govt Food Services
    Privitize USPS.
    " FHA.
    " Archieves Services & digitalize.
    " KSC base for Manned Space.
    " Fannie & Sallie Mae.
    NASA, NOAA, NSF?
    OPM?
    Cong Services.
    alone can save 90-100B a year.
    Let competition reign in Govt services.
    Host Year round auctions to clear out equip, acerage,bldgs, alone IE surplus Hummvees from 90s in USNG use.
    For $$$$$$