October 29, 2018

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I could go on at length about how disgusting it is for those in media who have been a bottomless well of negativity about Donald Trump and Republicans to blame him for the killing of Jews in Pittsburgh by an anti-Semitic nutjob who hates Trump nearly as much as he hates Jews. But as foul as that politicizing of a shocking tragedy is, some liberal Jewish leaders are making it even worse by trying to blame the killings on fellow Jews simply because they voted for Trump, and arguing that they should be banned from synagogues for holding non-leftist political views.  How many of these same people have offered sympathy and excuses for Palestinians who relentlessly target innocent Jews for deadly attacks in Israel?

I would dismantle their offensively wrongheaded arguments, but it’s already been done with great authority by a fellow liberal rabbi, David Wolpe, in Tablet magazine. He is a Trump critic, but he is first and foremost a decent, loving human being and a real spiritual leader. Trust me, this is a must-read:

From the “I Told You So” Desk:  

Justin Fox is a writer for Bloomberg News in New York City.  He recently had to go to San Francisco, so in hopes of finding column topics, he drove both ways.  He took two different routes, crossing a number of states to the north on the way and to the south coming back.  And he discovered something surprising that he could have learned a lot faster and easier by reading my book, “God, Guns, Grits and Gravy”: the people living in the media centers of New York, California and DC are completely out-of-touch with the rest of America.


Fox found that outside the hyper-partisan liberal bubbles on either end of his trip (his office in San Francisco was playing the Kavanaugh hearings in the bathrooms!), people are not obsessed with national politics. They weren’t gnashing their teeth and shaking their fists at the clouds because Trump is President, nor were they physically assaulting each other for holding differing views.  They had other things to think and talk about. TVs in most bars and restaurants weren’t tuned to cable news, but to sports or other non-political entertainment.  There was talk radio, but you can always listen to music or audiobooks in the car instead, and Fox did.


As a result of not living on a constant diet of partisan political “OUTRAGE!!!”, Americans outside the media centers seemed happy and united in their common goodness. Fox wrote that away from all that constant media negativity, “this country can actually feel like a pretty calm, friendly, well-functioning place.  Maybe it is!”  Yeah, maybe so! Imagine that!


This began to affect Fox’s mood.  He found himself feeling a strange and unusual “sense of calm, remove and, yes, optimism.”  But then, he arrived back in New York and plugged back into his usual media outlets and social and work circles.  That sense of calm and optimism quickly started to fade.


Fox writes, “Maybe this just means I’m returning to the real world after an escapist journey. But I also wonder if it’s an indication that my normal media diet — even though it’s mostly free of such known toxins as Facebook and cable TV news, and heavy on old books — is driving me a little nuts.”


Let me answer that for you: it’s your normal media diet, which is making your stomach churn up ulcers as surely as a diet of rotten food and rotgut whiskey would. 


Naturally, being a Manhattan-dwelling Bloomberg writer, Fox couldn’t break through to self-awareness completely and recognize which was the real America and which was the hysteria-created fantasy.  And of course, he couldn’t end his piece without trying to find a way to blame President Trump, “who seems intuitively to understand this new media landscape better than anyone” and “has chosen to use it mainly to foment further division and anger.”


Really?  All that anger and division in the media is Trump's fault? Checking out the publication date on my book about how the coastal and DC media people live in bitter and angry leftist echo chambers and don’t have a clue about what people in “flyover country” are really thinking or hold to be important, I find that it was published on January 20, 2015 – almost six months to the day before Trump even announced he was running for President. 


I genuinely commend Mr. Fox for doing what virtually no other liberal media writer would try – venturing out of his bubble for a while - and recommend you read his column at the link.  And believe me, I feel for him, losing that sense of blessed calm. I only look at the more outrageous stuff myself so I that can write about it for you with a little humor and calm detachment.  My motto is, “I read the 'news' so you won’t have to.”  And those quotations marks around the word "news" are quite deliberate. 


But to answer his other question: No, he definitely didn’t “return to the real world” when he dived back into a 24/7 stream of vitriolic and obsessive liberal politics in Manhattan.  Actually, he left the real world and returned to the left world.      



Former President Barack Obama has discovered that politicians sometimes lie, which never occurred to him to try.  On an unrelated topic, what did you buy with the $2500 a year that he said Obamacare would save you?




As the week begins, Americans once again find ourselves mourning the deaths of innocent victims of a mass shooting, this time of Jewish worshipers at a Pittsburgh synagogue by a sick, hate-filled Nazi lunatic.  At this writing, it’s been reported that 11 people are dead. President Trump denounced the crime and said the killer deserves the death penalty.  We should all be saying prayers for the dead and their families, and that such hate and violence should never happen again.


Sadly, this being election season, we were already in the midst of an attempt to score political points over mail bombs sent to prominent Democrats by what turned out (allegedly) to be a lone nut with a long history of arrests in Florida.  Now, efforts to blame the synagogue shooting on Trump began almost immediately, even though the shooter reportedly hated him nearly as much as he hated Jews because he’s too good a friend to Israel. 


Today’s Washington Post actually has two headlines: “Jews are not safe in Trump’s America” and “How much responsibility does Trump bear for the synagogue shooting in Pittsburgh?”  Shameful and disgusting.  This, about a President who has not only been a strong supporter of Israel but whose daughter and grandchildren are Jewish. Columnist John Podhoretz, who is both Jewish and a harsh Trump critic, wrote that Trump can only be blamed for this crime “by people who are so consumed by hatred of him that there is nothing they won’t blame him for.”


Enough.  Enough with blaming political opponents and the First Amendment and the Second Amendment for the unconscionable actions of criminals and madmen.  Enough with trying to advance a political agenda on the backs of innocent victims.  Enough with trying to claim the hatred is all on one side or directed against one group (in recent years, we’ve seen worshipers attacked in a Baptist Church in Texas, an African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, a Sikh temple in Wisconsin and a mosque in Canada.)


The people responsible for such acts are the people responsible for such acts.  They are sick, twisted people who take it upon themselves to do horrific, evil things.  Yes, people on both sides of the political aisle should remember that there are such people out there and, as allegedly responsible adults, temper their rhetoric to avoid fueling their passions. But I have argued for years that you can’t blame one person’s horrible acts on another’s speech.  We all have free will to act or not.  Other people’s words didn’t pull the triggers on their guns.   


If you try to stamp out violence by taking away people's rights, you’ll just get more violence. If you blame President Trump for the actions of a vicious Nazi who hated Trump nearly as much as he hated Jews, then do you blame Bernie Sanders because someone who supported him tried to kill Rep. Steve Scalise and every Republican near him?  

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The first thing to do in cases such as this is show respect for the victims by mourning them and comforting their families, not trying to exploit them for political advantage for either side.  And yes, let's have a return to civility in all quarters. Then, we can talk about preventing future attacks, but don’t trot out the same tired arguments that haven’t worked.  And don’t pretend that the solution to dealing with people who commit unconscionable atrocities is to blame or take away the rights of people who had nothing to do with it. 


Kim Hirsch at the Victory Girls blog also has some thoughts on how the many acts of evil we are seeing are due to a combination of evil and social collapse due to relentless attacks on the traditional moral foundations of society.



While it may be impossible ever to make all spaces safe, there are some things you can do to protect yourself.  It’s terrible that any place of worship should have to think about being attacked, but it’s better than being caught unprepared. At the link is an article by Dr. Jeff Sanders, who is both a pastor and a self-defense instructor, listing four steps you can take right now to make your church a harder target for such attacks:


As for individuals, Dr. Sanders also has some advice if you are ever caught in an “active shooter” situation, and there are no police or armed guards nearby.  Having a concealed carry permit would be the most effective, but even if you are unarmed, you can improve your chances of survival.  However, it may require you doing the opposite of what many self-styled experts keep advising us all to do.  For instance, you don’t have to hunker down like a sitting duck.  You might be able to escape or disarm the shooter, even if you are not armed.    


As John Wayne said in “The Shootist” when his old gunfighter was asked how he survived so many people shooting at him, “It isn’t always being fast or even accurate that counts.  It’s being willing.” Read this and it will help you be ready, willing and able to survive, if the worst happens.



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  • Tommie Houser

    10/30/2018 03:38 PM

    Shepard Smith , Heraldo, And many other including on today’s FOXNews a young female. Illegals Student seemed certain that the right thing to do is be compassionate and let them just flood into the U.S. My question is will they give up their So I’ll Security, Their Places of Resident including Their Savity And Country.
    Open borders has not worked well in Greece, England or in England & it might be suggested from facts of recent past ; all Politicians, from Mayor Up Might we’ll be from any faith and culture! Who is Mayor of London?
    With over Twenty Trillion in Debt ask the college students if they’re prepared to
    live a much lesser standard bc when our Nation implodes from within ,the Vacumn created will never be filled by another Nation.
    Gods Intervention to America’s destruction is Donald J Trump , President of The United States Of America ! May God Bless America !
    We have a choice between Darkness, Evil , Solicialism or America and the Principals upon which our Nations Founders Fathers Intended !

  • Marietta Fahl

    10/30/2018 10:34 AM

    Dear Mike, Can you even imagine what the world will look like when the Holy Spirit is withdrawn? I shudder even as I do now. Even so, come Lord Jesus! Thanks for your essays here. I read them every day and watch your show. Grateful that you are a voice in the wilderness these days when insanity abounds. M

  • Charles Sexton

    10/30/2018 10:16 AM

    I hope you also take action on some of them too. Would you promote and encourage Judge Kavanaugh to take action against Ford and charge her with defamation of character? If she was lying, which I believe she was, she should not be able to get by with doing this terrible thing. Perhaps she was molested, even though she didn't prove that she was, she definately didn't prove that Kavanaugh was that person. Now, if she is given a pass on this, what is to prevent any woman from claiming that she was molested when she was not, from doing this at any time someone would feel like doing it for whatever gain might be available to them? This issue deserves much deeper investigation!

  • Cletas

    10/30/2018 09:47 AM

    Mr. Obama spun a big one when he provided the “benefits” of Obamacare. My company was forced by the IRS to leave the insurance carrier we had for seventeen years because we did not meet the requirements of Obamacare. Our premiums sky rocketed and benefits were reduced. We now have switched insurance plans three times trying to find a plan that best serves our employees. What we have now is a high deductible plan with premiums that are at least twenty percent higher than before. One of the issues we faced in pricing coverage was the “age banding” requirement contained within the Obamacare plans which automatically increase every year based on your age. This resulted in older employees paying significantly higher premiums compared to younger employees. So much for keeping your plan, your doctor, your hospital and saving $2500 a year. Our premiums increased
    and we have higher out of pocket costs and less benefit than we had prior to Obamacare. I would definitely agree with Mr. Obama’s statement that politicians lie!

  • Vickie Fiorentino

    10/30/2018 06:25 AM

    I agree with Kim Hirsch; Years ago, at family gatherings, here in the south, one just didn't talk about politics or religion; Now, most don't go to family gatherings. Plugged into the media what "what others think" instead of think for ourselves.
    On the subject of ObamaCare, I tried looking up, again, what my premiums would be and was surprised to find them FREE, but the catch is there was a $12,000.00 deductible. So, there continues to be NO FREE healthcare. (I do go the a clinic here where all the doctors donate their time a well as the nurses and those in training!)

  • Hank barr

    10/30/2018 02:51 AM

    Dear Mr.Huckabee,
    First, let me compliment you on your posts...they are accurate and funny and I love the Comic Relief you leave behind. I love it! But the reason I write is to share somethings I learned while working in Broadcast Network Television ...and why I think Mr Trump won the presidency. In the early to mid 70s, I was a writer in the on-air promotions department of NBC West Coast ( I was headquartered in Beautiful Downtown Burbank!). What greeted me every morning were the over-nights...the ratings of every program broadcast the night before by each network...ABC CBS and NBC. Each network was split into 3 separate geographical areas. The two coasts, East and West, and the Mid West. I can't speak for ABC or CBS, but what I found interesting was NBC's highest ratings ALWAYS seemed to be the Mid-West fact, it was the Mid-West (Chicago) that determined what we broadcast on Prime Time! In the late 70s and early 80s, I was location production manager for the hit NBC program REAL PEOPLE. We would visit with ordinary folks who were really extraordinary in their jobs and other activities. The first thing I learned about "these people," were that they were highly intelligent and had horse sense. I was impressed with how very smart the American citizen was...and Not stupid at all. In contrast, whenever I worked locations in New York City, Los Angeles, or Washington DC...after filming with in these areas with 'professionals'...I came away with the feeling that these people had NO idea of what was going on with the rest of the country, our common, everyday, hardworking American citizen...These Left and Right coast high-falootin' folks are totally out of touch. Something else Mike, I was able to observe the news media...the fourth estate; charged with guarding us against a corrupt government: Turn into yellow journalism. For close to 30 years, I worked on a prime time Law Enforcement documentary program where I saw such abuse of power. I couldn't believe the lies being told the next day in broadcast news or print media about scenes I had been witness to the night before. President Trump won the election because he touched the hearts of the lost Americans and he listened to them. As long as the establishment remains prideful, and arrogant, they will remain in a bubble and blind to the needs of their fellow American citizens. May God Bless our Nation. Thank you for your service Gov. Mike Huckabee. HankB

  • Bill Wright

    10/30/2018 02:20 AM

    I typically do not write to people who post their opinions, but I am writing you from Africa where I minister to village pastors. People here know what's going on in my country, and I am often embarrassed to admit to someone what they are reading and hearing in the news. When they ask me "how is America?" I have changed my answer from "fine" to "in need of a spiritual revival." That is not hyper emotional religious talk, that is a reality that I see daily in our country. It breaks my heart to see people who claim to be Christians who join such immoral and hateful reactions to what is going on in our country. As far as Trump is concerned, I voted for him, because I could not vote for Hillary who holds to everything opposed to scriptural truth. I pray for him as the Bible says we should. My prayer is that he will be wise enough to know he is not wise enough to lead our nation without a personal relationship to Jesus Christ. Wow! sorry, got carried away. Needed to get this off my chest I guess. Thanks for being a moral voice of sanity in an insane world!

  • Keet Parakeet

    10/30/2018 12:59 AM

    You were right. the Rabbi's article was good. I read something somewhere else, news organizations being what they are today, I can't say if it was true. The article said that the massacre occurred in Mr. Roger's Neighborhood. That Mr. Rogers. That the church he preached at was about 3 blocks away. So very sad and considering the event, perhaps appropriate. Faith reaches out to try to make this imperfect world a better, kinder place because it needs to become a better, kinder place.

  • Robert Dimlich

    10/29/2018 10:48 PM

    When God is taken out of the picture, the world does not think correctly, nor does it act correctly. It will do whatever advances its agenda. As you read and study the Bible, you find out that is true beginning in Genesis 3, when Adam and Eve sinned against God by eating of the forbidden fruit. It says in Genesis 6: "And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. And the LORD said, I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth … But Noah found grace in the eyes of the LORD. What happened back then is happening now.

  • Doug Sanchez

    10/29/2018 10:29 PM

    Mike, I saw your show over the weekend with your guest Brian Koleage. I made a $100 contribution to his GoFundMe account and let him know I did so because I saw him on your show. Thanks for bringing this to my attention. I'm like you when you said normally you're not a fan of lawsuits, but in this case I hope he wins a bundle so we can let Facebook and Google know they are on their way to becoming utilities.

    These companies should not have unchecked control over what people see with their contempt for conservative people and opinions. I've switched to DuckDuckGo for my search engine to give Google a message. Take Care and God Bless.


  • Brenda

    10/29/2018 09:31 PM

    I read them! Appreciate you very much!

  • Carl Smith

    10/29/2018 09:20 PM

    As usual way too much information to digest much less make sense of in a few words. America is at a Crossroads that I never imagined I would ever see in my lifetime. But then when I was in my 30's I used to speculate what this world would look like at the "turn of the century" never believing I would ever live to see it and here I am 50 years later witness to a nation I no longer recognize. We are saddled with a multitude of problems that I attribute to; Too much education (read Indoctrination), too much media (read Script Readers being Political Experts and way too many people looking down instead of out{phones}), too large a population ( all living in Group Think areas) , and too many factions attempting to CHANGE history to a narrative that suits an IDEOLOGY, and a population that cannot admit that Evil exists and lives among us. I have forever been an optimist and now I am thankful I live in a time protected by a Constitution that allows me to
    'Protect and Defend' me and mine since Article IV , Section 4 is no longer a part of the Constitution? My reading is No Amendment has been added to repeal this section and Posse Comitatus is a vehicle the local sheriffs can utilize to mobilize 'all able bodied men over age 15' to preserve the peace. The so called law to prohibit protection of our borders only prohibits the Army from being involved in DOMESTIC Disputes and a force several thousand strong is NOT a domestic disturbance.

  • rodney black

    10/29/2018 09:18 PM

    Its a harsh world today

  • David Marchant

    10/29/2018 09:03 PM

    Right on so keep on writing on. Enjoy your well thought out comments!!!

  • Twila Flowers

    10/29/2018 08:12 PM

    I very much appreciate your comments about what is happening and has taken place. I would wish for you to get the November issue of Smithsonian magazine and read the article on Symphony in the Flint Hills as it is a terrific description of the peace that can be found in this "fly over country". Several great full page pictures accompany the article. I am so grateful I do not live in the midst of this chaos but I assure you I WILL VOTE! God bless you abundantly.

  • Helen L. Harris

    10/29/2018 08:01 PM

    Love these daily newsletters! Love your daughter! Love your program on TBN! Love our Lord and Savior more! Personal I voted by Absentee Ballot did my daughter Kathy and son-in-law John. At the post office the postal worker said it took 3 stamps as the envelope was a wee bit too large for 2 stamps. Luckily he was at the counter with a live postal person taking care of him today. What would have happened if we had waited until a few days before 11/6 and all 3 ballots would have been returned. We would have missed out on having out votes counted. How many others in Ohio will be surprised when they receive theirs ballots returned for more postage???? Just saying... I enjoy your sense of humor and look forward to reading your reports every evening. Sincerely, Helen L. Harris (I am an 84 year old widow) in case you are wondering.

  • Sid Levin

    10/29/2018 07:48 PM

    Mike, the hate speech is ALWAYS Trump, Trump Trump! What about Mad Maxine Waters? How about Farrakhan? Maybe I need to contact a lawyer and sue him for Defemation of Character for calling me (and my fellow Jews) “Termites”! I for one am sick and tired of these communist deamoncrap pigs saying things about me and MY religion! He has been spouting off anti-Jewish hatred for many years, and he gets away with his hate-filled stupid moslem rhetoric! What say YOU?

  • Marlene Glidden

    10/29/2018 07:27 PM

    I did not write down the mans name that is suing Facebook and his address Wasn't he wanting help ? Believe he was a vet

  • Elizabeth Crouse

    10/29/2018 06:52 PM

    I am reading the Bible through in a year and just started Lamentations. It could be America and I wonder how many people realize what could happen to America.

  • donald lee williams

    10/29/2018 06:50 PM

    love your about making a suggestion for all of the Korean, Vietnam vets too go too our borders and stop the 6-8 thousands freeloades. we fought, froze, kill, starve, some died for some other country...I am a Korean was vet 1950-1951 86 years old and I am still able and prepared too defend my country with my life. I know the way things is now is VOTE seems worthless.

  • Lisa Ford

    10/29/2018 06:21 PM

    Back in the 60's & 70's, I was raised in a "John Birch Society" home. I remember trips to Washington DC from NJ to protest. This was also, during the black vs white riots. I thought that was a very scarey time. I was a child then, but I remember bits & pieces well. Looking back, even though I personally am not a society member. The gift my Dad passed on was, speak up! Don't have a yellow stripe down your back. My Dad left us for Heaven back in 1993. I know he'd be really angry at the state of things now. It is way worse. The media has managed to brain wash generations on bad liberal thinking. But let's all make sure we don't have a yellow stripe down our backs. Get out & vote! Speak up! Spread truth. And a big truth to be known & easily proven. The democrats are the biggest fans of segregation. If people of color, I think that is the proper way to say it. If these folks knew the truth, who gave them their burden of oppression, they'd be ticked at being used & abused. Give history lessons on who set up the housing projects. Democrats! They'd didn't want them in their very well trimmed neighborhoods. Just think about it. Republicans don't give out much, but tax cuts. Everyone has equal opportunity to make a living & be proud to support their own. We don't need a village to raise our kids. They are ours & stay out of my business under my roof & I'll stay outta yours. Democrats want to give it all away, no matter how much those votes cost us financially & emotionally being stuck in these crime ridden hoods, they created. Hard working folks hoods are different than the project hoods. That in a nutshell is the difference of the two platforms.

    So everyone, please vote & stop this horrible nightmare of the Democrats!

  • Joan Chambers

    10/29/2018 06:05 PM

    Dear Mike,
    I really love your Huckabee show on Saturday night and because of your show I purchased 5 of Eric Metaxes' books "Donald Drain the Swamp" for Christmas presents and I hope that my dem family enjoy it as much as I know I will.
    I also donated to - Brian Kolfage.
    I already donate to Hillsdale College and another college is College of the Ozarks which you should look into for support for your show..
    Thank you so much and God Bless you.
    Take care,

  • Gloria M. Dale

    10/29/2018 05:57 PM

    I was very impressed with your daughter today in the way she handled the news media. I agree with her 100%. She did a fantastic job.

  • Stephen Russell

    10/29/2018 05:49 PM

    Time for churches & Jewish temples to Secure:
    Visible security
    CCTV array
    Armed congregation
    Hire ex vets for security.
    Have rep in PD & SD.
    Form organz for church safety.
    End the shootings.
    Once services start: Shut downs unless security opens for Kin, member. IE Photo ID.
    Photo ID on tablets for security.
    Services done behind Secure Doors.
    Guests can view outside from windows or CCTV array.