July 1, 2020
By Mike Huckabee
SUPREME COURT GIVES SCHOOL CHOICE ADVOCATES A SIGNIFICANT VICTORY
Monday, the Supreme Court finally issued one-and-a-half rulings that made it seem as if they were actually a conservative majority court. In a 5-4 ruling (Chief Justice Roberts being on the right side for a change), the SCOTUS struck down a Montana ban on letting religious schools have money from a state scholarship fund that allows a $150 tax credit for donations. The Court ruled that states don’t have to subsidize private educational institutions, but if they do, they can’t discriminate against otherwise qualified religious schools. President Trump hailed it as a significant victory for school choice.
And in the “glass half full” ruling, the SCOTUS did not strike down the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) as unconstitutional, but it did rule that its head can be fired by the President at any time for any reason. While it sounded like a good idea in the wake of the 2008 mortgage meltdown to have an agency that protects consumers from shady practices of big banks and mortgage companies, the way it was structured in effect made it a fourth branch of government unaccountable to the other three. The head of the agency could be appointed by one President and continue serving under the next, with the new President unable to replace him or her. Details at the link:
The “glass half empty” part of this ruling was that in allowing the CFPB to stand with one alteration, the Court reinforced the Roberts philosophy that something that’s unconstitutional doesn’t have to be thrown out in its entirety, but can be tinkered with to prune away the unconstitutional parts and still stand. That’s a bad omen for states seeking to overturn Obamacare, a program for which Roberts has already invented novel and self-contradictory reasons to preserve it.
Even more ominous, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, the architect of the CFPB, gloated that “the CFPB is here to stay.” Why am I reminded of Ronald Reagan’s warning that “nothing lasts longer than a temporary government program”?
PROMINENT ENVIRONMENTALIST APOLOGIZES
A prominent environmentalist has a message for the entire world:
Remember all those apocalyptic environmental stories we told you? Like how we were all going to run out of food and die from global warming, and how climate change is making natural disasters worse, and fossil fuels will kill us, and pollution and CO2 emissions are getting exponentially worse, and a lot more? Well, those were all lies. We were just trying to scare you. Sorry about that!
It’s interesting to note that we owe a debt of gratitude to AOC because as much hooey as this person was willing to promote when he heard her say we had to pass the Green New Deal or we’d all die in 12 years, that was too much even for him.
At this point, you really don’t need another reason to quit Twitter and join Parler.com instead, but here’s one anyway…
TUESDAY'S PRIMARY RECAP
There were some primary elections Tuesday in Colorado, Oklahoma and Utah. Congratulations to former NFL star Burgess Owens for winning Tuesday’s GOP nomination for Utah’s 4th Congressional District.
A few months ago, Burgess Owens was my guest on “Huckabee” on TBN. Here’s that interview, if you’d like to see what kind of Representative he would be (I’d say a pretty great one).
There was an interesting upset victory in Colorado, where five-term Republican incumbent Rep. Scott Tipton was defeated for the nomination by pro-gun rights businesswoman Lauren Boebert. Boebert owns Shooters Grill in Rifle, Colorado. She first came to national attention when she showed up, “Glock on her hip,” at a Beto O’Rourke appearance to inform him that “Hell, no, you’re not going to take our guns.”
I wish her the best of luck in her race, and I cannot wait to see the reaction when she gets to Congress.
ST. LOUIS LEGAL SHOWDOWN IS COMING
Mark McCloskey, the St. Louis homeowner who used a rifle to hold back a mob that he says was threatening to kill him and his wife (who was holding a pistol) and burn down their house, is being threatened with arrest by local prosecutor Kimberly Gardner, who claims she was alarmed that "peaceful protesters were met by guns and a violent assault," and “make no mistake: we will not tolerate the use of force against those exercising their First Amendment rights, and will use the full power of Missouri law to hold people accountable."
Gardner is a liberal activist prosecutor who prosecutes only about 1 out of 5 people arrested for actual crimes, and she seems to love the First Amendment but is less enamored of the Second. Under Missouri law, it’s not a crime to brandish a gun to protect your home. If the McCloskeys are charged, good luck getting an impartial jury with the local media smearing them as racists, even though most of the protesters were white, and both McCloskeys are defense attorneys who say they support the protesters. Maybe they’ll change their tune, due to the “a conservative is a liberal who got mugged” rule. While we’re waiting to see how this shakes out, here’s an interview McCloskey gave to Tucker Carlson (see, they’re already on Fox News.)
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