June 6, 2020
By Mike Huckabee
FOOD FOR THOUGHT
Retired Army officer and blogger Donald Sensing poses some questions that are getting overlooked in the midst of all the protests, rioting and name-calling sparked by the killing of George Floyd by a Minneapolis police officer.
Questions like, if this is because of “systematic racism,” why was the system so racist? Democrats are trying to blame President Trump and Republicans, but there are zero Republicans in power in Minneapolis and hardly any in-state offices. Indeed, Minneapolis is one of the most liberal cities in America and has been for nearly half a century. So why is their justice system allegedly so racist? Given the Democrats' promises and positions, and their decades of total control, shouldn’t it have the least racist system in America?
Another question definitely worth asking: Why did Officer Chauvin think that he could literally get away with murder, even in these hyper-sensitive times? The likely answer is not one that Democrats will want to hear, and it doesn’t involve Donald Trump.
Here’s a hint from TheDailyGouge.com:
“…Urban police unions who block accountability for bad cops contribute to Dimocratic politicians running cities who haven’t elected Republicans in 50 years…yet somehow the cause of the problem is thrown at the feet of a President who’s only been in office 3-1/2 years?!?”
YOUR WEEKEND FAKE NEWS
No, President Trump did NOT say that George Floyd was looking down and thinking it was a great day for America because of Friday’s positive jobs report. He said that hopefully, Floyd would think it was great for America that so many people were demanding equal justice under the law. That comment was dishonestly spliced into his announcement about the jobs report and used by a number of media outlets and OUTRAGED commentators to make him appear to be, in “journalist” S.E. Cupp’s furious words, “sick in the head and in the heart.”
What really makes you sick in the head and in the heart is a rampaging case of Trump Derangement Syndrome.
Bonus cluelessness points to Joe Biden for tweeting, “For the president to try to put any other words in the mouth of George Floyd I frankly think is despicable," as he was repeating words that were falsely put into the mouth of the President. Despicable, indeed.
LIST OF DAMAGES
If you’d like to comprehend just how insane it is for leftist city officials to be cutting and eliminating police during the current civil unrest, take a look at this disturbing list of damages after just a week of “mostly peaceful protests.” It includes injuries, killings (including black victims), massive property damage, and destruction of hundreds of businesses, many of them small businesses with black owners that served black neighborhoods.
These communities might want to tell the protesters what Oliver Hardy used to tell Stan Laurel: “Stop trying to HELP me!”
GOOD NEWS FOR A CHANGE
Say, remember way back last week, when Democratic Governors thought that people who defied orders to shelter at home should be arrested? Well, now that they’ve abruptly reversed course, Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer should be thrilled to learn that the Michigan State Supreme Court just ruled unanimously against her and in favor of Karl Manke, the 77-year-old barber who had his license revoked for daring to cut hair again before he lost his business.
Politically, the Court is split 4-3 conservative/liberal, but 7 out of 7 judges agree that Whitmer abused her power. Isn’t it nice to find something that we can all come together in agreement on?
Attention, blue state Mayors and Governors who are responding to rioters and looters by letting them riot and loot…and who responded to the coronavirus by arresting people who tried to go to work: Take a look at Gov. Kristi Noem in South Dakota and learn how you got those two things exactly backward.
This is an excellent article from the Dallas Morning News by journalism professor Tracy Dahlby, about the unfunny state of humor in these politically divisive times.
He examines how the late-night comedy shows have become leftist political diatribes, with “jokes” that don’t even attempt to be funny anymore, they just attack those on the other side. Yes, there are conservatives who do that, too, but they aren’t the dominant voice in the culture, and you’ll get a thousand times more laughs from the Babylon Bee than from Samantha Bee.
Prof. Dahlby reports that some comics and comedy writers, both left and right, have had enough of the venomous spirit that’s so far from the “poke fun at both sides” attitude of a Johnny Carson or Jay Leno. As one comedy writer put it, these jokes are “cruel and lack punchlines…We seem to have forgotten that comedy can play an important role in deflecting from the stressors of life and bringing us together.”
If you want to see how much the smug, one-sided Comedy Central style of “The Daily Show” or John Oliver has infected all of late-night, watch an old episode of SNL’s “Weekend Update” with Dennis Miller or Norm MacDonald, then watch a recent episode. The older episodes featured quick set-up/punchline jokes on a variety of news stories, and most are still laugh-out-loud funny. Today, you get a sit-down liberal lecture, telling you what to think about some topic, with a few snarky metaphors or insults thrown in to let you know that it’s supposed to be a comedy.
I hate criticizing comedians because I love to laugh, and nobody appreciates good comedy more than I do. I wish there were more of it, because we really need it now (it doesn’t help that comedians are scared to death to tell a joke for fear they’ll offend some hothead on Twitter and ruin their careers.)
But there is one ray of hope, and ironically, we owe it to the coronavirus. As Prof. Dahlby notes, people stuck at home for long periods started to relieve stress by making their own funny videos. Nobody was in the mood for nasty, vicious "humor," so many of these are clever, wonderfully silly videos, parody songs, and sight gags, with warm, whimsical humor that harkens back to Laurel and Hardy. They’re going viral because people need to laugh, and they’re tired of comedians who think the only way to write a joke is to slash and burn somebody.
Let’s hope that even as the lockdowns end, the trend toward gentle, funny, non-venomous humor continues growing. I’m trying to do my bit with “In Case You Missed It” (so don’t miss it!) I wonder if some network would be able to lure Jay Leno away from his classic car collection and back to late night?
BIBLE VERSE OF THE DAY (KJV)
And Jesus looking upon them saith, With men it is impossible, but not with God: for with God all things are possible.
Mark 10:27 (KJV)