June 27, 2020


June 27, 2020 

By Mike Huckabee


A lot of people are talking about (and I don’t know why) a Yahoo music editor’s article calling for replacing “The Star-Spangled Banner” as America’s National Anthem, possibly with “Imagine” by John Lennon. The excuse is that Francis Scott Key was a slaveholder (he also represented slaves trying to win their freedom in court, pro bono), and that the third verse that is never sung is “blatantly racist” (although his use of the term "slave" has been hotly debated and might mean people pressed into service by the British Navy, oh and by the way, did I mention that it’s NEVER SUNG?)

This is hardly the first time anyone’s wanted to replace “The Star-Spangled Banner,” although until now, it’s usually been because it’s so hard to sing (the tune was taken from a drinking song with a high note you practically have to be drunk to attempt to hit.) The choice to replace it was usually Irving Berlin’s “God Bless America,” but we can’t have that now! Referring to God is almost as un-PC as honoring a slaveholder.

But what about “Imagine”? Look, I love the Beatles, but that has to be the most over-praised song of the past century. Even Lennon admitted that it’s basically the Communist Manifesto set to music. Radical leftists love it because it paints a picture of a utopian world without national borders, private property or religion, and Lennon often found himself having to correct their interpretations and reminding them that he wasn’t advocating for those things, he was just suggesting “imagining” that we didn’t have all those differences so we could work together globally.

But people DO have differences, and as experience has taught us, leftist prescriptions, like taking away religious freedom and property rights, do nothing but make them angrier and more likely for those differences to flare into war. Besides, imposing that "utopia" requires an ironfisted oppressive government, which isn’t likely in a world without borders. If the song has a dreamlike quality, that’s because it is a dream. A pipe dream.

Besides, if we had to do away with every song because the writer wasn’t a saint, we wouldn’t have much music left, and that includes John Lennon music. Wonder what the cancel culture would do if they realized John wrote a song intended as a feminist anthem that was called “Woman is the (N-word) of the World”?

As with all art, we have to learn to separate the creation from the creator. Francis Scott Key was a flawed human being, as are all human beings, but he gave us a great song that represents a great nation, and it stands for all our people. Some of the most inspiring renditions of it were performed by black entertainers, from Mahalia Jackson to Jimi Hendrix to Whitney Houston.

If the statue-smashing radicals really want to learn from the wisdom of John Lennon, I’d recommend instead a far better song: “Revolution.”

“You say you want a revolution, well, you know, we all want to change the world...

But when you talk about destruction, don’t you know that you can count me out…

You say you got a real solution, well, you know, we'd all love to see the plan.

You ask me for a contribution, well, you know, we're all doing what we can.

But if you want money for people with minds that hate, all I can tell is brother you have to wait…

You say you'll change the Constitution, well, you know, we all want to change your head.

You tell me it's the institution, well, you know, you better free your mind instead.

But if you go carrying pictures of Chairman Mao, you ain't gonna make it with anyone anyhow…”


I recently linked to an article about how very different life is in rural and small-town America than it is in the deep blue cities filled with riots and “occupied zones” and cancel culture and attacks on police. The writer seemed unconcerned about all those things because they were in those horribly-run cities and wouldn’t touch the rest of the country. I argued that while he was certainly right about life being better and people getting along a lot better outside of leftist-run cities, he was wrong to think that “it can’t happen here.”

In fact, it already is happening. The woke mobs are starting to target smaller towns with the same smear tactics and organizational techniques they’ve perfected in cities to get sympathetic leftists elected to office where they release criminals and make cops stand down and kneel before rioters and monument smashers. Here are some examples of small towns where conservative mayors, school board members and other officials have been intimidated into resigning amid nonsense accusations of being “white supremacists.”

How does this happen? It happens when you’re not paying attention (that’s how AOC got into Congress via a low-turnout primary, the same method radical leftists are using to get local DA’s elected who “reform criminal justice” by refusing to prosecute or jail criminals.) It happens when officials knuckle under, apologize and resign instead of standing up for themselves. And it happens when citizens are too scared to fight back and say “No” to the mob’s demands. Yes, there is a silent majority, but we are quickly reaching the time when the majority can’t stay silent any longer, or it will find itself being oppressed by a very vocal, very leftist and very, very stupid minority.


This political scandal is like Bill Hader’s “Stefon” character on “SNL,” who would gush about a hot new nightclub that “has everything: puppets practicing karate, human 8-balls, a bulldog that looks like Wilfred Brimley,” etc. etc. This story about a massive federal bribery and racketeering case involving Los Angeles city council member Jose Huizar truly has everything: a Chinese billionaire, a hotel/casino, shady real estate deals, a sexual harassment lawsuit, stacks of cash hidden in a closet inside red envelopes with Chinese writing on them…

In fact, the only thing NBC left out of the story is Huizar’s political party affiliation. Wonder why?


The latest example of caving to the woke mob: the country group The Dixie Chicks announced that they are dropping the word “Dixie” from their names and will henceforth be known simply as “The Chicks.” I predict that feminists will protest that they are offended and triggered by the word “Chicks” and the group will announce that henceforth, they will simply be called “The.”


If you’re getting demoralized by all the polls showing Joe Biden winning in a landslide, don’t be. That’s the whole point of them. I’ll remind you that at this point in 2016, Hillary was supposedly ahead by 13 points, and I got plenty of eye rolls when I predicted that Trump would win. But if you wonder whether the majority of your fellow Americans have really gone crazy, then this might cheer you up a little.

Reporter Brian Cates reminds us of a number of important factors that the poll takers fail to take into account, such as state organization, ground game and campaign war chests. But the most important one of all is this:

“The Democratic party has openly turned into a party of stark raving lunatics.”

To be fair, I don’t know if the Party leaders are lunatics, or if they’re just pandering to lunatics, but neither one is a very convincing argument for giving them power over your life, your job, your business, your home and your family.

An interesting observation from liberal law professor Jonathan Turley: Michael Flynn’s judge would obviously love nothing better than to railroad him into prison, but it was a blunder the judge himself made that made it possible for Flynn’s attorneys to finally turn the tables on the prosecutors and get the charges dropped.


Tonight, to celebrate welcoming our studio audience back to “Huckabee” on TBN, we have an extra special show for them and for you! To discuss the week’s news, I’ll visit with HUD Secretary Dr. Ben Carson. You’ll meet an incredibly inspiring young girl, Grace Anna Rogers, and learn how to keep joy in your life from “joyologist” Dawn Barton. I won’t spoil the surprise, but the Sandou Trio will present one of the most amazing acts you will ever see. And we’ll cap it all off with the music of country/gospel star and winner of NBC’s “The Voice,” Todd Tilghman.

We’ve got all that and more, coming your way tonight at 8 and 11 EST, 7 and 10 CST, and the same times on Sunday, only on TBN. To find where you can watch TBN, from local cable and broadcast channels to streaming, visit 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



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  • Mike Horst

    06/29/2020 03:02 PM

    Mike, I would be part of that majority that has been fed-up for quite awhile with the Leftists, The Democrats, and I particularly dislike Black Lives Matters because I see them as a very small sampling of people who really don't represent African American positions. We do not have systemic racism as they purport today in the modern US. Most African Americans would like BLM to shut their "pie holes". They are trying to stir up a lot of discontent among Americans that is just them trying to overthrow the government. I personally judge people by the person I get to know and not because they are blue, green, pink, brown, black, purple or white. This is the lefts typical attempt every 2 & 4 years to start this identity politics and every other word they utter is "Racist". Would they please learn a new word! A two year old has a larger vocabulary than them.

  • William Schlumpf

    06/28/2020 10:59 AM

    I was thinking about the same song, "Revolution" meeself but never thought to tweek the lyrics. Thanks. As for the radicals, programmed by a failed education system, funny thing happens... life... many of them grow up. The education system has jettisoned everything that worked and no longer teaches skills but politicizes the young'ns in goebbelian agitprop. In my grandparents' day (early 1900s) real mathematics and real history and real grammar- real skills - were taught. My grandparents could perform addition,multipication, division,, square roots rapidly, effortlessly and faster than a calculator and without utilizing their fingers. These rioters are just plain ignorant, thanks to our failed education system. We used to have the best education system in the world. Thanks to the lefties and socialistas, one can look upon the streets of our cities and see the rotten fruits their labors.

  • Jerry

    06/28/2020 08:32 AM

    Defunding police ignorant defund prison upkeep what does it cost to house Imamates cut that cost and add it to the police payroll have black lives matter push that agenda

  • Willem Van Aswegen

    06/28/2020 06:30 AM

    Hi there,

    Thanks I enjoy your newsletter and youtube video's. It keep us well informed.

    Reason why I write this email is because people abroad receive misinformation. here is a good example from the guardian

    I have read through them, but cannot find any lie, cheat or amusement of power. Please address these accusations will help us the views to be better prepared against Fake News.

    Here are the 25 points:
    "Donald Trump will do anything to be re-elected. His opponents are limited because they believe in democracy. Trump has no limits because he doesn’t.
    Here’s Trump’s re-election playbook, in 25 simple steps:
    1) Declare yourself above the law.
    2) Use racist fearmongering. Demand “law and order” and describe protesters as “thugs”, “lowlife” and “rioters and looters”. Describe Covid-19 as “kung-flu”. Retweet posts from white supremacists. In your campaign ads, use a symbol associated with Nazis.
    3) Appoint an attorney general more loyal to you than to America, and politicize the Department of Justice so it’s lenient on your loyalists and comes down hard on your enemies. Have it lighten the sentence of a crony convicted of lying under oath. Order investigations of industries you dislike.
    4) Fire US attorneys who are investigating you.
    5) Fire independent inspectors general who are looking into what you’ve done. Crush any whistleblowers you find.
    6) Demean and ignore the intelligence community. Appoint a director of national intelligence more loyal to you than to America. Demand that the head of the FBI pledge loyalty to you.
    7) Pack the federal courts with judges and justices more loyal to you than to the constitution.
    8) Politicize the Department of Defense so generals will back whatever you order. Refer to them as “my generals”. Have them help clear out protesters. Order the military to surveil protesters. Tell governors you’ll bring in the military to stop protesters.
    9) Purge your party of anyone disloyal to you and turn it into a mindless, brainless, spineless cult.
    10) Get rid of accumulated experience and expertise in government. Demean career public servants. Hollow out the state department, the Departments of Justice, Health and Human Services, and public health.
    11) Reward donors and cronies with bailouts, tax breaks, subsidies, government contracts, regulatory rollbacks and plum jobs. Put their lobbyists in charge of your agencies. Distribute $500bn in pandemic assistance to corporations in secret, without any oversight.
    12) Coddle dictators. Don’t criticize their human rights abuses. Refuse to work with the leaders of other democracies. Withdraw from international treaties.
    13) Create scapegoats. Demonize migrants and lock up asylum seekers at the border, even if they’re children. Put a white nationalist in charge of immigration policy. Blame Muslims, Mexicans and Chinese.
    14) Denigrate and ridicule all critics. Describe opponents as “human scum”. Attack the mainstream media as purveyors of “fake news” and “enemies of the people”.
    15) Conjure up conspiracies supposedly led by your predecessor and your opponent in the last election. Without any evidence, accuse your predecessor of “treason”. Fabricate a “deep state” out to get you.
    16) Downplay real threats to the nation, such as a rapidly spreading pandemic. Lie about your utter failure to contain it. Muzzle public health experts. Urge people to go back to work even as the pandemic worsens in parts of the country.
    17) Encourage armed supporters to “liberate” states from elected officials who disagree with you.
    18) Bribe other nations to investigate your electoral opponent and flood social media with lies about him.
    19) Use rightwing propaganda machines like Fox News and conspiracy-theory-peddling One America News to inundate the country with your lies. Ensure that the morally bankrupt chief executive of Facebook allows you to spread your lies on the biggest media machine in the world.
    20) Suppress the votes of people likely to vote against you. Intimidate voters of color. Encourage Republican governors to purge voter rolls, demand voter ID and close polling places.
    21) Seek to prevent mail-in ballots during the pandemic. Claim they will cause voter fraud, without evidence. Threaten to close the US postal service.
    22) Get Vladimir Putin to hack into US election machines, as he did in 2016 but can now do with more experience and deftness. Promise him that in return you’ll further destabilize America as well as Nato. Let him even place a bounty on killing US troops in Afghanistan.
    23) If it still looks like you’ll be voted out, try to postpone the election.
    24) If you’re voted out of office notwithstanding all this, refuse to leave. Contest the election, claim massive fraud, say it’s a conspiracy, get your cult of a political party to support your lies, get your propaganda machine to repeat them, get your justice department to back you, get your judges and justices to affirm you, get your generals to suppress any subsequent rebellion.
    25) Declare victory."

    Kind regards,

    Willem Van Aswegen
    Australia for Trump 2020!!

  • Brian Jacobs

    06/27/2020 09:57 PM

    I think welcome to the jungle by guns and roses would be an appropriate anthem replacement for all these lunatics. Some of the lyrics are vulgar but it gets the point across. Just about everything these fools are doing is vulgar And disgusting.

  • Pamela Hayhurst

    06/27/2020 06:54 PM

    Love your show.
    The Covid pandemic is scary, but the current pandemic of idiocy is terrifying! You don't destroy history. We are supposed to learn from it.

    Keep up the good work. Thank you for your insightful comments.

  • Carol clark

    06/27/2020 06:29 PM

    John Lennon said he/Beatles more popular than Jesus. I have no respect for a person with that kind of narcissistic agenda and he kept it going with “Imagine”. If that’s the best the libs have.....

  • Robin Rebhan

    06/27/2020 05:39 PM

    Replace the Star Spangled Banner....that's just crazy talk. What else are *&#@ unamerican/socialists going to protest at Football games by taking a knee??
    When they take a knee, the socialists reveal themselves.
    When they stand, true Patriots stand for the flag that represents the hopes, dreams and freedom for all Americans!.

  • Karen Croswell

    06/27/2020 04:14 PM

    Thoroughly enjoyed your newsletter on The Star Spangled Banner and totally agree with you! I honestly don’t think any of this destruction of monuments and property and violence has ANYTHING to do with racism or recent horrific events in Minneapolis and Atlanta. I believe you might agree? In my opinion, these banners are being used as a springboard for destroying the very fiber of the United States for their Marxist agenda. I love The Star Spangled Banner and I wouldn’t want it messed with in any way, EVER! When I read all those words you quoted to ‘Revolution’ by the Beatles I was amazed at how appropriate they are for right now. Thanks for all the inspiration you give us all. God Bless you and God Bless the USA ??????

  • Deborah McClure

    06/27/2020 03:48 PM

    Tearing down statutes, replacing the National Anthem? What's next? Possibly removing the Civil War battlefields and then Arlington National Cemetery and the other veterans cemeteries. This destruction has to stop and it has to stop now or else we won't be able to stop it. Vote for people that will stop the destruction and bring law and order back to our country.

  • Denise A Wright

    06/27/2020 03:21 PM

    Hello Governor Huckabee.
    As always enjoying your newsletters each and every one!
    I just had a comment that I've wanted to send for some time.
    In your newsletters when you tell us what's coming on your excellent Huckabee program, (which I NEVER miss!) you mention the times that it is shown on TBN.
    I don't know if this is just my area (Indiana) or there is a mistake in the times that your show is aired on TBN.
    You mentioned in this newsletter Morning Edition June 27 that your show will be aired Saturday at 8 Central 9 Eastern p.m. and again 10 p.m. Central
    11 Eastern p.m.
    And again the same times for Sunday.
    For the last several months on TBN for SUNDAY it is ONLY shown at 8 Central 9 Eastern and not repeated at 10/11 on my cable system.
    Just wanted to let you know if case there was a error in the times in regards to the Sunday airing.
    Thank you. God bless you and yours!

  • Cheryl Henderson

    06/27/2020 03:18 PM

    To better understand the voting process does it really make a difference how much money is put towards a campaign? I mean those crazy leftists are bragging on how much money is going towards sleepy Joe. Please explain

  • Margie Babik

    06/27/2020 02:22 PM

    Where are the Republicans??? Why are they letting the left/liberals run the country??? Where are our conservative leaders voices??? Who is going to lead the march to sanity and why aren't the liberal mayors and governors of those states that are letting their cities burn to the ground not being brought up on charges of treason??? And last but not least, will the military troops be brought in before any other burning and looting of cities begin??? I love our President and I know he is in a very awful position with all the hatred geared toward him. But if there is anything he can do to stop these groups from taking over our country, then I pray to God that He gives him the strength and help that he needs.

  • Heidi Petrick

    06/27/2020 02:10 PM

    Hey Governor, good morning. This is the first time I have heard that someone wanted to change the Star Spangled Banner but then there was a lot going on in my life. I remember reading several years ago about a country, which will remain nameless, that every time a bad spot in their history came up they responded by saying that their past history ended right there and their new history would begin. I hope These sorry souls don’t continue to think that “ if I don’t like it, I’ll just close my eyes and make it go away, and shame, and threaten, and bully anyone who reminds us. If the left and their band of tongue-wagging follows do succeed in changing the National Anthem, the rest of us can sing Tell Your Heart To Beat Again by Danny Gokey, because we know the truth. Thanks for the information, Governor. God bless you and yours. Heidi

  • Carol Galvin

    06/27/2020 01:38 PM

    I love your unique sense of humor!! We need a bit of a laugh every day just to move forward in this ... whatever it is. I am at a loss for words lately as the spin gets more and more strange and outlandish! Thank you for your faithfulness and bringing us a sense that everything is going to be alright!! god bless you!! Revolution is from my day and I don't think I ever "heard" the words until today!!

  • William Fuhrer

    06/27/2020 01:02 PM

    NO GOOD can come out of recommendations by MARXISTS. Before the next elections of Mayors physical examinations should be give to see if they have HEARTS and SPINES

  • Kevin J. Cook

    06/27/2020 12:52 PM

    Defund the PC Police

  • William Rohman

    06/27/2020 12:47 PM

    As a youngster during WWII, I watched our country pull TOGETHER and not only defeat our enemy's, but pull our nation out of a post depression slump and build the wealthiest most powerful nation ever. Then, we helped rebuild the enemy's who attempted to destroy us into two wealthy democratic allies and friends. Also, we did not hesitate on calling for God's help during this time. In school we proudly sang God Bless America and did not worry about some unhappy individual calling on a black robed dictator/judge to shut us down because of hurt feelings.
    Now that we've turned our back on God and the principles that made us great, look around and what do you see??? Enough said....

  • Don Crumbley

    06/27/2020 12:39 PM

    Gov. Enough is enough! Where does it all stop? No way, should the Star Spangled Banner be removed as our national anthem, just as none of the 13 stripes on our flag should be removed, although the Southern States are within the 13 States that fought for and helped establish the USA. We became united then and we will not be destroyed from within now. All of our history is what has made the USA the most preferred place on earth to search for Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. May God Bless America!

  • Floyd A Unger

    06/27/2020 12:31 PM

    Boy we sure are having quite a wild ride...BUT......we are gonna WIN!

  • Linda Wolfe

    06/27/2020 12:19 PM

    The only UN-flawed person to walk the face of the earth was none other than JESUS CHRIST. People need some common sense. Amazing Grace was written by a former slave trader. When JESUS came into his heart there was a change in him. God used David (a man after God's own heart) who had a man killed to get his wife, to be King David. How about Paul the murderer who wrote a big portion of the New Testament ? God also used an 'ass' to speak and warn someone, no it was not a democrat.


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  • Bob Reid

    06/27/2020 12:11 PM

    Your words are solace during a very difficult time. Every thing is being questioned, rewritten, revised. Keep the faith is the mantra. Your words are an oasis in this drought. Thank you.


    06/27/2020 11:57 AM

    With all these Mushheaded people wanting to "DEFUND THE POLICE", you know the Firefighters and Emergency Personnel both with the city and contracted workers will most likely joining them.

    Can you see those people call the 911 Operator and it says please listen closely as our options have changed: . Press 1 for On Duty Social Worker, Press 2 to if you if you have fire and tell them the location of the fire so the
    On-Duty Volunteer Fire Department can dispatch the correct equipment and manpower. Press 3: To be put in contact with the On-Duty Volunteer Emergency unit in your location. Press 4: For the On-Duty Chaplain and tell
    them location you need them to come and offers prayer. Press 5: If you need to have the dead body removed from your location. Press 6: To be put in contact with the assigned neighborhood watch coordinator to come and investigate your emergency. If none of the above pertains to you Press 0 to leave a message for the Mayor and City Council to vent your complaints. Thank you and Good bye.

  • Jane McNeely

    06/27/2020 11:56 AM

    God save America!