Afternoon Edition for January 18

January 18, 2020

Join me tonight for a great new episode of “Huckabee” on TBN! We’ll talk about this week’s anniversary of Roe v. Wade and the 47th Annual March For Life with two of America’s greatest pro-life champions, Dr. Alveda King and Father Frank Pavone.  Trump economic adviser Peter Navarro will talk about the new trade deals with Canada, Mexico and China, and how they’ll impact your pocketbook. You’ll meet an inspiring couple who are showing others how to take steps to overcome the hardest challenges.  And there’s plenty of fun, too, with the comedy of Rik Roberts, some crazy news “In Case You Missed It,” and a visit and a song from pop music star, Debby Boone.

I’ve got all that and more for you, tonight at 8 and 11 EST, 7 and 10 CST, and the same times on Sunday, on TBN. To find where you can watch TBN, from local cable and broadcast channels to streaming, visit https://www.tbn.org/huckabee and click on the “WATCH” menu at the top. You can also stream previous episodes, highlights and Internet-only “Digital Exclusives,” like extended interviews and extra performances by our musical and comedy guests.  It’s all at https://www.tbn.org/huckabee

 

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Mat Staver of the Liberty Counsel, who has guested on “Huckabee” on TBN, blasted Planned Parenthood as a “despicable organization” on news of its plans to spend $45 million pushing pro-abortion candidates in the 2020 elections. 

Despite Republican promises to defund Planned Parenthood, it still got a record $617 million in taxpayer money last year, a 9% increase over the previous year. Meanwhile, as the total number of abortions in the US fell, PP performed a record number of them: over 345,000 in 2018-19, according to its own annual report. Let’s hope that President Trump’s executive order to block federal funding for clinics that perform abortions cuts that taxpayer support.  But PP and the ACLU brag that they’ve been able to use lawsuits and friendly judges to defeat or delay 70% of the more than 300 state bills to restrict abortion introduced in 2019.

Now, you might be thinking, “How can Planned Parenthood spend $45 million to push pro-abortion candidates? Aside from all their poor-mouthing about not having enough funds to provide 'vital women’s health services' (which they barely do), isn’t PP a 501(c)(3) non-profit?”

Why, yes, it is.  And here’s what the legal advice site NOLO.com has to say about those:

“The federal tax law is very strict on the issue of political campaigning: A 501(c)(3) organization is absolutely forbidden to directly or indirectly participate in any political campaign on behalf of (or in opposition to) any candidate for elective public office. Violation of this prohibition could lead the IRS to completely revoke your organization's tax-exempt status or impose excise taxes on your organization.”

https://www.nolo.com/legal-encyclopedia/limits-political-campaigning-501c3-nonprofits-29982.html

I assume that PP will claim the ad won’t count because it’s “issue advocacy” rather than promoting a specific candidate, although it’s abundantly clear that they are doing it to help elect Democrats who are radically pro-abortion and defeat pro-life Republicans. 

But aren’t they also barred from using tax money to fund political ads?  I assume their response to that would be the same as their response to the ban on using tax money to pay for abortions: Oh, the tax money goes into a separate account and only pays for “women’s health services.” Trust them on this. 

Or you could send a message to let Planned Parenthood and politicians who support abortion right up to (and beyond) the moment of birth by participating in the 47th annual March For Life, this coming week, January 24th, in Washington, DC.  The event gets underway on Wednesday, January 22nd.  If you can’t make it to DC, there are local March For Life events taking place all over America.  To find one near you and see how you can be involved, visit www.marchforlife.org.

 

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A US military official told CNN that 11 US service members were injured in Iran’s retaliatory missile strike last week.  In a statement, the US-led military coalition fighting ISIS in Iraq and Syria said, “While no U.S. service members were killed in the Jan. 8 Iranian attack on Al Asad Air base, several were treated for concussion symptoms from the blast and are still being assessed.  Out of an abundance of caution, service members were transported from Al Asad Air Base, Iraq to Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany for follow-on screening. When deemed fit for duty, the service members are expected to return to Iraq following screening.”

I hope you will join me in praying for the swift and full recovery of all our injured service members.

https://myfox8.com/2020/01/16/us-troops-were-injured-in-iran-missile-attack-despite-pentagon-initially-saying-there-were-no-casualties/

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Earlier this week, I compared Arizona Sen. Martha McSally’s response to CNN reporter Manu Raju (“You’re a liberal hack, buddy”) to Rick Gervais’ blistering speaking-truth-to-powerful-liberal-hypocrites monologue at the Golden Globes.  I suggested that this, along with Dave Chappelle’s recent HBO special, might signal a turning point in our current culture, the moment at which the population at large finally reached its limit of patience, stood up and smacked down the pious leftist media hacks/PC social media mobs who think they have the right to tell all the rest of us what we’re allowed to think and say or else. 

Just as Gervais and Chappelle’s comedy earned them scathing reviews from media critics and cheers from millions of fans, McSally’s blunt take on CNN outraged the news media and gave her reelection campaign a huge boost. It’s so popular, her campaign bought the URL www.liberalhack.com to take donations and sell “You’re a liberal hack, buddy” T-shirts. Meanwhile, Wolf Blitzer and other wounded media figures demanded an apology, and McSally told them where they could put that demand, saying that she merely told it like it was.

https://thehill.com/homenews/senate/478744-mcsally-dismisses-calls-to-apologize-to-cnns-raju-for-liberal-hack-comment

Naturally, President Trump praised McSally’s smackdown of his eternal nemesis "fake news CNN" and tweeted his support for her reelection.  In fact, Trump is truly the spiritual grandfather of this movement, having spent the past few years showing Republicans that when you’re unfairly attacked by biased news media figures, you don’t have to just roll over and apologize to them for your unworthiness.  You can fight back.  To those who claim that in doing this, that vulgarian Trump has lowered the level of civility in political discourse, I would remind them of this quote: “If you get hit, we will punch back twice as hard.” That was Obama deputy chief of staff Jim Messina’s advice to Democratic Senators on how to respond to critics of Obamacare. 

Well, Republicans and everyone else who’ve been the victims of the Twitter mobs and the cancel culture have reached the last straw (and if you don’t like that it’s a plastic straw, tough), and they’re now punching back, too.  Not pleasant, is it?  Maybe some better advice would have been, “If you don’t like being punched, don’t throw punches at other people first.”

That’s David Marcus’ advice to CNN at The Federalist, and he makes a good case that they’ve been treating conservatives as punching bags for a long time, and it’s high time one of those bags bounced back and smacked them in the teeth.

https://thefederalist.com/2020/01/17/if-cnn-cant-take-punches-they-shouldnt-be-throwing-them/

 

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President Trump’s standing up to Iran seems to have discombobulated the Mullahs so much that they’re making dumb strategic errors. For instance, to show their contempt for the US and Israel, they’ve started painting American and Israeli flags on the ground all over Iran for people to walk on.  But the video has escaped showing most Iranians refusing to step on those flags and berating anyone who does.  It’s just hammering home to Iranians that the US and Israel aren’t their enemies, their own government is; while simultaneously making Americans and Israelis feel warmly toward the Iranian people and want to find ways to help support the anti-government protesters.

It’s long been commented upon that Trump has a way of getting inside his critics’ heads, both those in politics and media and making them so crazed that they do and say dumb things that undermine their own power and influence.  Wouldn’t it be a delicious irony if, after decades of threats, sanctions, appeasement, and pay-offs, what finally toppled the tyrannical Islamic regime in Iran was the leaders contracting a lethal case of Trump Derangement Syndrome?

https://lidblog.com/trump-effect-iran-regime/

 

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  • Karen Aubertine

    01/20/2020 06:37 AM

    Mike, thank you for keeping us informed the right way... with integrity.
    too bad more people don't want to be informed the right way.
    thank you
    karen

  • Michael K. Garrett

    01/19/2020 05:42 PM

    The only way to beat a liberal on their own playing field is to play tit for tat and label them, dumb, dumber and dumbest of the dumb. The average IQ of today's liberal has almost reached sub-human levels. They are now stupid enough to think that all of us conservatives just don't get it by not agreeing with all their proposals and policies. They are the ones living in La-La land in actually believing their march-to-their drummer beliefs are America's majority opinions. Boy, are they going to be in for a rude awakening this November. Their worst nightmares will be realized for at least the next four or more years.
    Michael Garrett
    Trinidad, Colo., 81082

  • Anita Ward

    01/19/2020 04:01 PM

    Maybe the reason Joe Biden is unable to string a complete sentence together is because he is infected with "Trump Derangement Syndrome". LOL!!! It seems as tho' Nancy also has a mild case of the same or perhaps she's had too much wine. I dunno.
    Obviously the democrat 'representatives' are unable to get President Trump out of their heads and take some action that is positive for the citizens who pay their salaries!
    I honestly do pray for President Trump! He is the best president we have had in my adult lifetime and I am almost 80 years old.

  • Floyd Hale

    01/19/2020 02:44 PM

    Keep talking Gov.!!! Hope is eternal !!!!!!

  • marshall goldman

    01/19/2020 12:37 PM

    I'm not for abortions, per se,but I am OK with Fed Gov't taking away their funding. I feel there may be compelling reasons for abortions and that there should be a "rethink time" imposed. Potential parents who are drug users, have mental problems serious medical issues themselves, financially unable to pay for giving a"decent life" to said child, would be candidates for abortions. No Gov't. funding, private only, is fine.

  • Mona Kramer

    01/19/2020 07:11 AM

    Keep going - don't listen to the left - they are filling their pockets with our tax money. They are afraid you are actually going to clean the political swamp. Promote term limits and stop those who are not elected from making policy. We the people decide our fate, not fake news or the fourth illegitimate arm of government (appointed positions).

  • Kay DeWitt

    01/19/2020 05:42 AM

    As I read this newsletter, and was reminded of the horror of the sin of killing GOD'S unborn children, my spontaneous thought was: Can you imagine THE judge of all creation looking down upon the Democrats...who support this abominable sin of MURDER....wanting to indict the person HE chose to be the President of the United States for the sin of violating a man-made law of the Constitution!!!!

    UPON that BEING my thought, I then remembered how someone who is a very devoted Christian criticizing me, last night when I was on the phone with her, for my not separating God's law from the "legal" Constitutional law (or, as has been said, separating "religion" from "politics"..." church " from "state") in what is my defense of President Trump not being impeached even IF more evidence should prove him to be "guilty" of NOT adhering to Constitutional law!..This same Christian criticized me for my refute to Christianity Today's indictment of Christians FOR not wanting to impeach President Trump!

    It was against this "backdrop of thought" that I read your statement : "That’s
    David Marcus’ advice to CNN at The Federalist, and he makes a good case that they’ve been treating conservatives as punching bags for a long time, and it’s high time one of those bags bounced back and smacked them in the teeth." ...AND..

    AT THE RISK OF NEGATING MY CREDIBILITY.. .I AM GOING TO TELL YOU THAT..
    My spontaneous response was "what IS a 'conservative'?" ...I can more easily define what a "liberal" is than what a "conservative " is....BECAUSE....of a liberal, who supports abortion and same sex marriage, I can say that this one is NOT a Christian....is not one who believes that the Bible IS God's law to us!....BUT...

    I cannot say of a "conservative" that he IS a Christian because he does NOT BELIEVE IN....or GIVE MENTAL ASSENT TO....either abortion, or same sex marriage ......THEREFORE..... the "conservative" does not "AGREE WITH" the liberal on this and, in a world now where people cannot disagree with one another WITHOUT answering the hatred OF disagreement with hatred ( that authors gun violence) is why I cannot talk about HOW a conservative should FIGHT BACK...I can only talk about how a Christian should FIGHT BACK.....against the sin of everything unrighteous that is not OF God!.....AND YES.....It IS now time for Christians TO FIGHT BACK.....and take a STAND AGAINST the sin that is the REASON that we can no longer claim that we live in the UNITED States of America, but, rather, we live in the DIVIDED States of America.....and this is true BECAUSE Christians did NOT take a stand against the SIN that God so hates because they did not have the passionate fire of His love for righteousness burning in their bones like the prophets of old had.....BECAUSE.....one can only hate unrighteousness to the degree that he loves righteousness!

    A good example OF this is that, when their was a scathing....UNJUST...article written about Mark Harris, in our local paper, The Charlotte Observer, not one Christian wrote a refute TO it and Mark pastored a 3000 member church for 12 years! When I recently wrote to every staff member AT the church Mark used to pastor....on behalf OF Mark....the responses I got, save one....were "scandalous" becaus I know.that their indifference....to my cry FOR Mark.... Iwas due to the fact that particular " egos " were intimidated BY the name Mark Harris because he WAS such a wonderful pastor that DREW a crowd OF 3000 people!

    Yesterday I got up at 2am and worked, non-stop, until 2pm, to put material together that I am going to use for MY fight against the unrighteousness that this city inflicted ON Mark! I got up TODAY, at 2:30am (it is now after 5am) because I am planning on attending the Sunday service AT Mark's old church to see if I can PERSONALLY meet the ONE staff member that, when I sent HIM an email expressing my cry for Mark, he thanked me FOR caring ABOUT Mark..and I personally want TO meet this particular staff member because I want to GIVE him the material I put together, yesterday.....I enclosed this material in two separate manila folders because I put material in one folder for HIM, and I put material in another folder for Mark...which means I will be asking him if he can get this material TO Mark!... AND.....

    If I DON'T get a.chance to speak with this particular staff member, I will ask different people in the pews if they happen to know what Mark is doing these days....AND I SAID ALL THIS TO SAY THAT.. ..this is MY endeavor to, as they say, "put my money where my mouth is", when it comes to MY taking a stand for righteousness via taking a stand against UNrighteousness!

  • Toni DeFronzo

    01/18/2020 09:57 PM

    This was an excellent read. I so appreciate your commentary. Mostly, because I never have to wonder if it is the truth! I never waste my time watching any of the MSM, because between the negativity and wondering what may be true, why bother.

  • Jay H Mohler

    01/18/2020 08:44 PM

    It was refreshing to see the Iranians avoid stomping on our flag!!

  • Ed Williar

    01/18/2020 08:38 PM

    Love it!
    Thanks again, Governor!

  • Gaye Harris

    01/18/2020 08:07 PM

    I'm glad you play your programs later on on your newsletters, because tbn won't let me watch unless I pay! I haven't ever paid before! BOOOOOO TO TBN!

  • Laura Hoffman

    01/18/2020 06:55 PM

    How is it that the mega churches out there (i.e. those like Joel Osteen) are allowed to operate as non profits, take in billions but not have to pay any taxes? That just seems grossly unfair especially when you see the mansions these people live in. Please answer Mike.

  • cathy cornforth

    01/18/2020 06:38 PM

    Hi Mike,
    If Debbie sings "You light up my life", I'm turning the channel.
    Just saying. ;)
    We love your show!

  • Tim Zahn

    01/18/2020 05:56 PM

    If Nancy Pelosi is such a devout Catholic, why is she receiving the Eucharist from the Catholic church which disavows abortion. Politics over faith. She will be JUDGED by a much HIGHER AUTHORITY.

  • Richard Simpson

    01/18/2020 05:46 PM

    Thank you Mike! What a great addition tonight! I love your perspectives so much!

  • Kathleen Wunrow

    01/18/2020 05:41 PM

    have you heard how Iran is becoming more of a Christian nation?

  • philippe yaconelli

    01/18/2020 05:38 PM

    About a week ago I sent in a suggestion to use paragraphs and split up your emails. Today is the first day I see you have not only done that but you enlarged the print at least on this email.

    I have no idea if that is a result of my suggestion which is immaterial but congratulations on this format. Much Much easier to read.

    As to McSally's comment - good for her and her stand. No #$%^&$%^&U* apologies necessary.