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Today's Commentary --- "Unplanned" scores big returns -- Understanding socialism -- Consistently wrong --- Three cheers for Chris Rock -- The negative effects of marijuana use -- Schiff: bereft of humor and intelligence -- Quotes from American History -- Revealing fossils found -- Hallmarks of Leftists -- Evening Edition -- Daily Verse
Over the weekend, the powerful movie “Unplanned,” based on the true story of former Planned Parenthood clinic manager Abby Johnson, made it to #5 on the top box office list, with an estimated $6.2 million gross. That’s more than double the most optimistic estimate, and more than the entire production budget. Even though it’s on only 1,059 screens nationwide, it made $5770 per screen, more than “Captain Marvel.” It also grossed over a million dollars more than the new animated movie “Wonder Park,” which is on over three times as many screens. The producers announced that they will add another 600 screens next weekend.
And congratulations, too, to lead actress Ashley Bratcher for a riveting performance that should earn her awards consideration, but will most likely get her blacklisted in Hollywood instead. (Hollywood only hates blacklists of leftists from the ‘50s; blacklists of conservatives and pro-lifers today are fine.)
By Mike Huckabee
One of the many fatal flaws of socialism is that people who are sold on it have no idea what it actually is. For instance, one popular defense of socialism on social media is that if you are in favor of fire departments, highways, Social Security, etc., then you love socialism. Except those things are NOT “socialism.” Every government has certain things it does in the public interest and pays for through taxes. That is not government control of the means of production.
And Social Security was designed as an insurance program to which people contributed throughout their lives and got their own money back in retirement. It was perverted through the years by government spending the money on other things and replacing it with IOUs, which turned it by default into an entitlement program that it was never meant to be. Now, one generation pays in and the money goes to generations that joined earlier. That’s not exactly socialism, either, that’s a “Ponzi scheme.” If you ran a system like that in the private sector, you’d end up in prison with Bernie Madoff. But socialism and Ponzi schemes are similar in that they both take money from one person and give it to another, and they both eventually collapse.
Another fatal flaw of socialism is that it fails to take into account human nature: you can’t give control over that much power and money to a few bureaucrats and not expect them to be corrupted by it. I recently saw a video in which someone who’d quit one of the radical millennial “progressive” groups was quoted as saying that the people he’d worked with knew they were promoting dictatorship but thought it was okay because they would be “benevolent dictators.” They were so incorruptibly noble, good and well-intentioned that nothing could go wrong, like in Cuba or Venezuela. That’s the same self-deluded line socialists have peddled everywhere it’s been tried, including Cuba and Venezuela. When it fails, there’s always the same excuse: “Socialism works, but the right people haven’t been in charge of it yet!”
People duped by socialism are also always convinced that all that free stuff from the government is going to be paid for by someone else, i.e., “the rich.” By the time they figure out that even the rich don’t have enough money to pay for all that free stuff and now, they are classified as “the rich” and getting the bill, it’s too late.
A recent poll by Business Insider found that 48% of millennial Democrats identify as “socialists” or “Democratic socialists,” but I’d bet few of them even know what socialism really is, having not been taught that in school. So Campus Reform took its camera to Florida International University and gave some socialism-friendly students an example of how it works that they could understand. Turns out socialism drops in popularity pretty fast when young people discover how much of their particular form of wealth “sharing the wealth” would cost them.
By Mike Huckabee
CNN and MSNBC have dined high on the hog for the past two years by pushing the fake narrative that the President of the United States was in cahoots with foreign operatives who had the goal of undermining American interests. Ironically, by doing so, they were serving the interests of Russia by undermining faith in the American President and electoral system. And now that that hog carcass has been picked clean, they apparently feel it’s time to move on to giving airtime to operatives of yet another foreign government who are trying to serve that nation’s interests by undermining America’s President and policies.
I’ll say this for these media outlets: they’re consistent. Consistently wrong, but consistent.
Three cheers for Chris Rock
By Mike Huckabee
Three cheers for Chris Rock, who is under fire from the left for doing to Jussie Smollett what comedians are supposed to do: tell the truth and point out hypocrisy in humorous terms. He didn’t get the memo that comedians today are supposed to be one-sided mouthpieces for a particular political agenda. Or maybe he did get it and ripped it up. Let’s hope more comedians rediscover their spines and start doing that. I’m sick of comics who are supposed to be fearless satirists giving us cowardly PC lectures and calling them “comedy specials.”
The negative effects of marijuana use
By Mike Huckabee
Liberals who keep telling us that they are on the side of science don’t seem too interested in looking at what science is discovering about the negative physical and mental effects of marijuana use. They’d also like us to ignore the results of those state-level lab experiments in legalizing marijuana in states such as Colorado, where eliminating black market pot was supposed to reduce violent crime (in fact, it's up by 19 percent, compared to 3.7 percent nationwide.) Property crimes are up 8 percent, while they’re down by 13.6 percent nationally. And legalized pot was supposed to result in a tax bonanza, but Coloradans are actually paying $4.50 to mitigate the effects of pot legalization for every dollar in revenue it brings in.
You have to ask people who thought wide-open access to pot would be an unmitigated positive development, “What were you smoking?”
Schiff: bereft of humor and intelligence
By Mike Huckabee
This past week, all the Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee called on chairman Adam Schiff to step down, saying they had no faith in his leadership and he had discredited the committee by continuing to promote a “demonstrably false narrative” that President Trump colluded with Russia in the 2016 election. That includes claiming on numerous media outlets that he has evidence to back those accusations, yet never providing any.
After the revolt, Schiff went on a rant and doubled-down, listing all the ways in which Trump or his associates allegedly engaged in illegal or suspicious behavior. But once again, he provided no evidence, and the things he mentioned that are now in the public sphere he got wrong in easily-refuted ways, as you can read at this link.
One that I’m particularly tired of is the worn-out hooey that Trump, as Schiff put it, “called on Russia to hack his opponent’s emails if they were listening.” As I noted at the time and have reminded people ever since, Trump was making a joke, and a pretty funny one at that.
Trump didn’t call on Russia to hack his opponent, he suggested sarcastically that if the FBI, as it claimed, couldn’t “find” or recover over 30,000 of Hillary Clinton’s emails after she’d erased her unsecured email server, scrubbed it with Bleach Bit software and had it pounded with a hammer, they should ask Russia for them. Does Schiff seriously believe Trump was calling on the Russians to hack her off-line, scrubbed, smashed server? How?!
Since Rep. Schiff is as bereft of humor as he is intelligence (he should never be allowed on either an intelligence committee or a humor committee), I’ll try to explain the joke to him: it was funny because everyone assumed at the time that Russia had long ago obtained all of Hillary’s emails due to her cavalier (and illegal) lack of concern for keeping her classified communications secure.
Trump could just as easily have made the same joke about China or North Korea. It would've been just as funny and made the same point. But then, we would’ve had to listen to Adam Schiff yammering on for two years about Chinese collusion or North Korean collusion. Maybe I’d better stop before I give him any more stupid ideas.
Quotes from American History
"No man is good enough to govern another man without his consent."
- Abraham Lincoln
Revealing fossils found
By Mike Huckabee
Paleontologists digging in North Dakota have found what’s being hailed as the most important discovery of the new century: a “time capsule of the end of the world.”
It’s the perfectly-preserved fossilized remains of a group of fish, insects, mammals and one dinosaur, all jumbled together, that apparently all died at the same moment 66 million years ago, when a tsunami-like wave and a shower of rocks, sand and molten glass buried them alive. It's believed to have happened just minutes after a huge asteroid smashed into the Earth near Mexico, ending the era of the dinosaurs. They even found charred trees and dinosaur footprints from just before the blast.
Aside from the scientific value, there are two other aspects of this story that should be of interest to us today:
1. It shows the importance of continuing NASA’s research on diverting asteroids away from Earth.
2. We can see that the fossilized faces of the creatures who suddenly realized their world was ending have identical expressions to those of Rachel Maddow and Chris Matthews when the Mueller report findings were announced.
Hallmarks of Leftists
By Mike Huckabee
If you’ve been paying attention for the past hundred years or so, you might’ve noticed that there are two hallmarks of leftists:
1. Nothing they believe in works.
2. That’s always someone else’s fault.
For instance, Venezuela recently blamed its socialist death-rattle blackouts on President Trump and capitalists. But then, Trump is to blame for everything, from the New Zealand shooting to the anti-Semitism in the Democratic Party to the Boeing plane crash to Barbra Streisand’s weight gain and Barbara Bush’s heart attack.
And while most people point to the notoriously corrupt “Chicago way” to explain the dropping of 16 felony charges against Jussie Smollett for allegedly faking a hate crime that smeared Trump supporters, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel knows who’s really to blame: Donald Trump.
You see, it was the “toxic” and “hate-filled” racist environment created by Trump that made Smollett think he could get away with faking a hate crime, not that he thought he could pull strings with the Chicago prosecutors, which is how he actually got away with it. Oddly, Emanuel also called Chicago a “Trump-free zone.” If Smollett was relying on an environment created by Trump to get away with a hoax, why would he pull it in a “Trump-free zone”? Did he think he could get away with it because…Trump runs the Cook County prosecutors’ office? And why have there been so many documented hoax hate crimes intended to smear Trump and his supporters, going back almost to the moment he announced his candidacy?
Also worth noting: racial divisiveness has been worsening in America since the Obama Administration. And since long before Trump came on the political scene, Chicago has suffered some of the nation’s highest levels of shootings and other gang-related crimes that disproportionately harm African-Americans, while the city hasn’t had a Republican mayor since 1931.
So tell me again, Rahm: which Party is to blame for creating a “toxic” environment in Chicago?
Evening Edition - March 29
By Mike Huckabee
A wrap-up of all the news you might have missed yesterday!
Daily Verse (KJV)
"Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and show thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not."
– Jeremiah 33:3
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