Evening Edition - August 2

August 2, 2020 |

READER COMMENT REPLY FROM THE GOVERNOR

Robert Berger

07/31/2020 03:45 PM

Governor Huckabee, with all due respect, look who's talking. President Trump did not even have the decency to attend the funeral of the late, great John Lewis. Of course, this is typical of him.

And yes, despite what he and his defenders say, Trump IS a vicious racist. And do you have to bring up the irrelevant fact that Bull Connor was a Democrat? Such racist bigots are no longer found in this party. However, the racism of the Republicans is now much more subtle. Republican social and economic policies have done nothing but grievous harm to blacks and other minorities in America for decades; for example, making it extremely difficult for them to vote and suppressing so many of their votes by failing to count them.

Constantly eviscerating and abolishing essential government programs to help the poor.

GOP refusal to raise the minimum wage, thus keeping millions of Americans helplessly mired poverty. Refusing to make health care, college, food, and housing affordable. And so on.

And on top of this, GOP politicians have the sheer unmitigated gall to accuse the struggling poor of being "lazy bums " who want to "sponge off the government " while it allegedly takes hard-earned money form honest Americans who do work.

John Wilson spent his life fighting these destructive GOP policies. Trump is only making them worse.

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Robert, I want to thank you for listing so many false Democratic political narratives in one post. During an election year, we’re going to be hearing all of this repeated ad nauseam, so it’s helpful to be able to shoot them all down in one spot. Everyone, please bookmark this post so you can refer back to it and save me having to repeat myself.

I don’t know who John Wilson is, but I’m going to assume that’s just a typo and you meant John Lewis. Also, I can only imagine the media meltdown if Trump had attended that funeral. He would’ve been accused of hijacking the funeral to score cheap political points (“Cough! Obama! Cough!”) His choice was between “How dare he show up there?!” and “How dare he not show up there?!” All things considered, I think he made the most respectful choice.

As to your other points, I’ll go through and reply to them one-by-one…

1. You say, “Yes, despite what he and his defenders say, Trump IS a vicious racist.” I notice that you immediately moved on without offering a single scrap of proof. This is par for the course. I consider racism to be a grievous sin, and “racist” is one of the worst things you can call someone. That word should never be thrown around lightly, which unfortunately is happening today. The Trump narrative is based on viciously fake news stories, like claiming he called all Mexicans rapists and murderers (he was talking about MS-13 gang members) or that there were "fine people" on the side of white supremacists (he was referring to some people who oppose removing Confederate statues, and he said neo-Nazies and white nationalists "should be condemned totally.")

As we’ve reported here before, a tabloid reporter whose job was to cover Trump before he entered politics said that while he was desperate for any dirt, he never heard any claims of Trump being a racist until the day he announced he was running for President as a Republican, and then he suddenly became the BIGGEST RACIST EVER!! He revealed that he did get a number of stories about Trump performing secret acts of generosity, like paying the bills of unfortunate people he saw in the media. But the tabloids weren’t interested in positive stories, and Trump didn’t publicize them. However, here’s one that made the news.

Note that the same Democrats who tell you Trump is a racist also claimed throughout the 2016 Convention that he had never done anything to help anyone else, another lie that also became Democrat/media conventional “wisdom.”

Here’s a list of awards presented to the pre-political Trump for his support of black, Jewish and youth organizations.

And here’s the Rev. Jesse Jackson praising Trump for his support of the Rainbow Coalition’s project to help minority businesses:  Jackson called Trump a “friend” who embraced “the under-served communities.”

He’s continued to be their friend by signing sentencing reform that Democrats promised for years and never delivered; creating opportunity zones to encourage businesses to bring jobs, goods and services to poor minority communities; and building an economy that resulted in rising wages and record-low minority unemployment, until the Chinese unleashed a virus on the world that Democrats want to blame him for. As I've said before, if he's a racist, he's really bad at it.

2. “And do you have to bring up the irrelevant fact that Bull Connor was a Democrat?” I mentioned that Bull Connor was a Democrat (and not just a Democrat, but a delegate to the 1948 Convention, where he led a walkout of the Alabama delegation over a proposed civil rights plank) because the Democrats would like modern Americans not to know that. It’s for the same reason they demanded everyone stop saying “China virus” or “Wuhan virus” – so that Nancy Pelosi could eventually start calling it the “Trump virus.” It’s a cynical attempt to rewrite history so that the misled can be manipulated for political purposes. We don’t allow that around these parts.

3. “Such racist bigots are no longer found in the Party.” The modern Democratic Party is all about dividing and judging people by skin color, a complete repudiation of the Rev. Martin Luther King’s dream. And I don’t just mean reverse racism against white people. Watch some of the videos online of those white “peaceful protesters” supported by Democrat Mayors, screaming disgusting racist insults into the faces of black police officers and any black people who dare to express different opinions, and even physically assaulting them. Take a look at what this black Marine vet encountered in Portland and tell me how it differs from the angry bigots civil rights activists dealt with in the ‘60s.

4. “Republican social and economic policies have done nothing but grievous harm to blacks and other minorities in America for decades.” Odd, I thought that cities where the black and minority communities were suffering from crime, gangs, filthy and decaying neighborhoods and terrible schools, like Chicago, Detroit and Baltimore, have been run entirely by Democrats for decades. Chicago hasn’t had a Republican Mayor since 1931. In Minneapolis, where George Floyd’s death kicked off all the protests, both the city and state are solidly Democrat. There’s not a single Republican even on the city council.

5. “…making it extremely difficult for them to vote and suppressing so many of their votes by failing to count them.” Again, an assertion with no proof. Republicans believe in voter ID because we want all elections to be honest and trustworthy. I’m all for everyone voting who is legally eligible. But every fake vote cast isn’t just a score in a political game. It cancels out a legitimate vote, denying that voter his or her most fundamental right to have a say in determining our government. When I see stories like this

…I don’t care what party the miscreants represent, I want the book thrown at them.

For the record, surveys show majorities of all demographics back voter ID laws (a 2016 Gallup poll found 80% support overall, including 77% of non-whites and even 63% of Democrats.) Where such laws have been instituted, measures have been taken to make it as easy as possible to comply, including offering free state IDs. The argument that black people are somehow incapable of obtaining a simple ID is one of the most condescendingly racist narratives in circulation today.

As for voter suppression, that’s a convenient excuse for barring even the most rudimentary efforts to insure a clean election, from voter to ID to purging dead people off the voting rolls. The queen of the narrative is Stacey Abrams, who’s claimed for the past two years that she’s the rightful Governor of Georgia, deprived of office by voter suppression. Yet 1.3 million more Georgians voted in that midterm election than in the previous midterm election. If Republicans suppressed the vote, they sure did a lousy job of it.

6. “Constantly eviscerating and abolishing essential government programs to help the poor.” Like what? As Ronald Reagan said, there’s nothing so permanent as a temporary government program. Democrats love to accuse Republicans of slashing one program or another (Social Security the prime example), yet spending always increases. Merely suggesting a reduction in the rate of increase gets you accused of “slashing” the budget, even if it would still rise more than the rate of inflation.

If you mean things like requiring able-bodied people with no family obligations to work in exchange for welfare, then “guilty.” The government shouldn’t make it easier and more lucrative to be on the dole than to work. Even the Scandinavian nations Bernie Sanders wants to emulate began cutting their cushy safety nets after they realized people had started feeling entitled, using them as hammocks and losing their work ethic.

7. “GOP refusal to raise the minimum wage, this keeping millions of Americans helplessly mired (in) poverty.” As someone who grew up poor, if I thought simply raising the minimum wage would end poverty, I’d be on the front lines demanding it. But it’s the sort of simplistic idea that comes from people who have never run a business, just studied “economics” from a liberal professor (Here’s how well that works: https://youtu.be/uSLscJ2cY04 ).

Simply ordering businesses that pay the minimum wage to raise or even double it violates the most basic law of supply and demand: forcibly pricing labor at more than it’s worth. Many of these employers are small businesses with tiny profit margins whose owners might put in 60 or 70 hours a week and make less than minimum wage themselves. If they raise prices enough to cover the new labor costs, they drive away their customers. Their only choice is to cut staff (thanks, Democrats!), and those who do keep their jobs soon discover the raise doesn’t help because prices go up all over to cover the new labor costs. Many businesses don’t survive at all.

After San Francisco voted to double the minimum wage, there was a story about a longtime liberal bookstore that went out of business. The patrons were shocked to learn there was a connection between their vote to raise the minimum wage and losing their favorite hangout. Liberal Seattle restaurant critics were baffled at why all the little bistros they loved were closing down. In New York, the place where AOC used to bartend went out of business because of the minimum wage hike she advocated and all her former co-workers lost their jobs. Too bad, I was hoping she’d return to work there soon.

Minimum wage jobs aren’t meant to support a family, they’re for young people just starting out who need experience more than pay or people who need a little extra part time income, or a starting job you’ll soon be promoted out of. If an experienced adult can’t find anything other than a minimum wage job, that’s a symptom of bad anti-business, low-growth policies, like high taxes, overregulation and illegal immigrant labor undercutting wages. The kind of Obama policies that Trump reversed, leading to record low unemployment and naturally rising wages for the first time in years. Biden wants to take us back to the days when the government thought it was helping you by destroying your job with a mandatory minimum wage hike. Again to quote Reagan, the nine scariest words in the English language are “I’m from the government and I’m here to help.”

8. “Refusing to make health care, college, food and housing affordable.” The major reason most of those things cost what they do is government subsidies, mandates, taxes, regulations and interference in the marketplace, all Democratic hallmarks. Do you have any idea how much complying with Medicare costs doctors and how much time they spend dealing with paperwork instead of seeing patients? Before all the government, insurance and Medicare involvement, doctors never charged $50 for a Band-Aid.

The more money the government is willing to spend to subsidize college costs, (surprise!) the higher those costs go. And try comparing the prices of food, housing or fuel in California or New York to those in Texas or Florida. Liberal policies make everything more expensive, and then the politicians raise taxes to help people pay for the things they made more expensive that will now get even more expensive because of the high taxes and on and on in a never-ending vicious circle.

9. “GOP politicians have the sheer unmitigated gall to accuse the struggling poor of being ‘lazy bums’ who want to ‘sponge off the government.’” I don’t do that, and I don’t know anyone who does, but if anyone actually does, they’re wrong. I’ve been the “struggling poor,” and I know better. That sounds like the kind of creaky, old fake stereotype of Republicans you get from only watching liberal media outlets or reruns of "All In The Family." I suggest you broaden your news sources. I do believe, though, because I actually read and watch liberal news sources, that this sort of canard is repeated because the left hopes to fool the poor into voting against policies that would help lift them out of poverty and in favor of policies that will keep them struggling and dependent on government.

I might as well make it a hat trick and finish this off with a third Reagan quote: Republicans don’t measure compassion by how many people are getting a government handout. We measure it by how many people no longer need a government handout.

THE TRUTH ABOUT GOP SWAMP GATORS

There’s this small little gang of people who once made lots of money in DC as Republican political consultants, pollsters, party insiders and commentators who really hate President Trump. They have always been tied to the establishment of DC, or the swamp as some like to call it. They once were the toast of the town because they were joined at the hip with the well-established elites who really didn’t have deep convictions about issues, but rather just enjoyed playing for the Republican team because the pay was good and they got invited to all the cool parties in Georgetown, Manhattan and Hollywood. They were also the reason nothing ever changed or was even challenged in Washington. They worked for candidates and elected officials who pretended to care about issues like the sanctity of life, our alliance with Israel, the middle class, jobs leaving the US for China or Mexico, and health care. In reality, neither they nor the candidates or elected officials they worked for really cared at all. We voted for them, because our alternatives were candidates with far-left positions that threatened free enterprise, the lives of unborn babies, small businesses, factory jobs, important court appointments and more. But the election of Donald Trump messed up their legalized looting of the political donor class. Donald Trump didn’t become President because he was bought and owned by the political class. He mostly used his own money to become President and hasn’t had to do the bidding of the typical political hacks and they aren’t happy! In fact, he’s called on very few of them for anything and they aren’t going away quietly. They don’t hate him because he failed to do what he said-they hate him because he did exactly what he said he would do. The so-called Lincoln Project is about as true to Abraham Lincoln as I am to Weight Watchers. They loved the power and money and when Donald Trump became President, they just didn’t matter that much.

I do have friends who claim to be conservative but say they will vote for Joe Biden because they think President Trump is vain and vulgar. The same Joe Biden caught on a hot microphone uttering a truly vulgar term when talking to President Obama about signing Obamacare and who has cursed at the very people who attended his lightly attended events? But are elections even about a candidate’s tone, Tweets, or temperance? Sure, I’d love for all the people I vote for to be near perfect in personality, piety, and personal manners. But I care even more about whether the performance matches the promises on issues that really matter.

Believing in the intrinsic worth and value of every human life from conception is sacred to me. A candidate right about everything else and wrong in respecting the God-given worth of every human life is a candidate I can’t support. No candidate—not even Ronald Reagan, has taken the number of bold concrete steps to protect innocent human life as has President Trump. Donald Trump has done more for preserving religious liberty than ANY President in my lifetime. I believe strongly in the 1st amendment and with it, untouchable religious liberty. Other Presidents have claimed to be champions for churches, synagogues, and mosques to be free from government control, but President Trump has delivered. Most all Presidents promise to create jobs, and preserve middle class jobs, but until the shut-down of the economy because of the Chinese Virus, President Trump had delivered, marking record jobs for blacks, Hispanics, women and youth with record pay increases. And while the previous administration said our manufacturing jobs would never return, they actually have come back under President Trump. He has unflinchingly stood for the 2nd amendment. He’s insisted that America stop being the chump for China and its cheating. He’s stood for our border security while his opponent believes in open borders. Instead of folding like a cheap ten in a windstorm in the face of violent riots and mass looting, he’s called for protection of private and public property and the arrests of anarchists who have turned streets of major cities into war zones. And he has cut 7 regulations from the backs of Americans for every new one enacted.

So I understand why the ruling class of elitist snobs who run the DC Swamp would vote for Biden to restore their control. But it means the not-so-connected American being abandoned, so I don’t understand those who call themselves conservatives or even moderates voting for Biden, a candidate 180 degrees from what they claim they believe, and 100% a return to a government for the elites and the swells. Donald Trump went to Washington to shake things up. His problem wasn’t that he failed at that. It was that he succeeded.

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  • Kathy Simmons

    08/13/2020 11:38 AM

    I just love all the information you share. Thank you!!

  • Joan M Jensen

    08/09/2020 07:47 PM

    once again, this says it all clearly, as very few people can do these days other than Mike Huckabee.
    He is logical, enlightened, knows his history (recent and not so recent), knows the current scene and can rebut lies and myths better than most I've ever seen. And a good person, to boot! Thanks, Mike.

  • Lori Cripe

    08/05/2020 06:38 PM

    Excellent rebuttal with extremely well-written responses, Governor Huckabee. Both you and your daughter Sarah have amazing communication skills! Thank you for sharing.

  • Donald Wise

    08/05/2020 11:33 AM

    Great post. I could not agree more.

  • Gladys J Edakattil

    08/04/2020 09:02 PM

    Thank you, Governor. Appreciate your sense of humor, apt answers and accurate information. Hope Mrs. Huckabee's ankles are on the full mend. An excellent appropriately targeted refutation to the false accusations, allegations, misinformation, disinformation, misconstructions, negative propaganda and character assassination of our President Trump. President must not pay attention to any of the negative criticisms and discouraging remarks from people even from those closest to him at work. He must keep your eyes upon Jesus Christ and what He has to say! He has a very difficult job to do, especially in this political, moral and social climate we’re experiencing in our country, with people who do not understand or know the true meaning of “freedom,” and “responsibility”!! He is doing a greater job than any other previous Presidents have done or would have done! I’m sorry for all those who don’t appreciate his achievements and can’t see beyond their noses!! He my full support and prayers even though lack in other contributions. Gladys E

  • Lynette Peavey

    08/04/2020 06:38 PM

    Another great Huckabee blog. This one though, should be be a campaign add for President Trump! Well Done!

  • David Colonna

    08/04/2020 05:34 PM

    Thank you for your truthful answers to the person praising John Lewis so much, yes he was a very nice man I hear, but his support of abortion and all the immoral behaviors Obama praised and opened up every door too, just do not match a Christian Preacher. Did John Lewis truly live by God's laws and holy word, did he truly help the people in his district, did John Lewis not cry like a little baby on the House floor trying to get his way. We love John Lewis, but did he truly live a Godly life, this I think he disappointed all of us in.

  • Terry D. Going

    08/04/2020 02:33 PM

    Excellent material, and so true!

  • Steven J Fuller

    08/04/2020 01:46 PM

    All I can say Gov. Huckabee is Amen, brother, Amen!

  • L Diane Melton

    08/04/2020 11:41 AM

    Thank you, Mike! Thank you, Thank you, Thank you! You are such a BLESSING!

  • Jim Montgomery

    08/04/2020 10:33 AM

    Great article. As usual, right on the money. These know-nothing haters need to see and feel the truth now and then. You the sunlight that scatters the roaches.
    I'll look for John Wilson on the Dem. ticket this fall.;-)

  • njs

    08/04/2020 09:42 AM

    A men. Thank You - Grover Cleveland once said: He who takes an oath today to preserve, protect, and defend the constitution of the United States only assumes the solemn obligation which every patriotic citizen on the farm, in the workshop, in the busy marts of trade, and the everywhere should share with him. Thank you for telling the truth to people who only hear what they want too.

  • John Dews

    08/04/2020 09:31 AM

    Governor, President Trump normalized the term “The Swamp” as a reference to the dirty, entangled self-interests that is DC.

    I have personally substituted ‘Sewer’ for Swamp in my personal conversation, as it more clearly describes what DC has actually become, and preserves Swamp to describe an actually healthy bio system that supports life, albeit in an environment not so inviting to human occupation.

    I respectfully ask that you consider the same. It’s like the old expression “spending money like drunken sailors”, also often used to describe politicians. At least the the sailors are spending their own money!

    All the best,
    John Dews
    Hot Springs

  • Michaela Hadlow

    08/03/2020 11:08 PM

    Gov. Huckabee, please listen to Joe Biden's video to the Muslim people. Please look into this. It is so dangerous for our country, in my opinion. ANYTHING for the vote - PATHETIC!!! He is being USED!! Thank you!

  • Renee Kendrick

    08/03/2020 07:11 PM

    Give 'em hell, Governor! Give 'em hell!

    Maybe the president should have weekly round table discussions about the radical left with you, Sean Hannity, and Dan Bongino then bring in other well-informed reporters and politicians as needed. Broadcast it every week on Fox News primetime. Bring the truth to the forefront every week. The election is 3 months away! Time is of the essence!!!

  • Collette Ellenberger

    08/03/2020 06:37 PM

    Greetings Mike! I continue to thank you, every time I fill out this comment section. I honestly don't know what I'd do, if you ever discontinued your Morning and Evening Editions, knowing
    what I read is honest, well-thought out and with explanations all citizens can understand. Keep on, keeping on and God Bless You, Mike. Ciao! Coco (Collette Ellenberger)

  • Joan Logan

    08/03/2020 05:50 PM

    Of course President Trump would be called out when he didn’t attend John Lewis’s funeral. And if he had gone, they wouldn’t have liked that either. Trump did right. Thanks for all your wise words.

  • Rose Marie

    08/03/2020 05:31 PM

    Excellently said, Governor. You are the best at explaining things that must be said. Wish everyone would subscribe to your e-mails. Rebuplicans and Democrates.

  • Betty Harbour

    08/03/2020 03:50 PM

    Thank you Governor for standing up to this person for us. God bless you.

  • Carolyn Abbott

    08/03/2020 03:20 PM

    Governor, I think this may be your best commentary yet -- I'm planning to post and repost it on my FB timeline. You really nailed everything.

  • David L

    08/03/2020 02:45 PM

    Excellent edition Gov. I hope this guy really wants the truth cause he just got it, it will probably hurt as it usually does. Keep up the good work and God Bless.

  • Jack G Narvel

    08/03/2020 02:43 PM

    Right on, Mike! You have addressed all these issues with truth and historical accuracy. I so appreciate your daily column, Thanks!

  • Lynn Anderson

    08/03/2020 01:58 PM

    If we could get your message to every liberal, then the Marxist would not have a chance. Please continue to support this country and our president. Thank you.

  • Daniel Craft

    08/03/2020 01:52 PM

    Governor Huckabee,
    I keep every Evening Edition that I get in a file, not as a literary junkie or Huckabee troll, but to re-read and/or use as reference. Of all the ones I have (not sure the number), this is by far the most intimate and thorough expository of facts versus fiction. Thank you for replying to this obviously ignorant person in a civil manner with integrity and honor. Ironically, Mr. Berger's statements sounded much like the rantings of Jerry 'The Jackal' Nadler, or 'Nefarious' Nancy Pelosi. In short, very well put.
    Blessings and PeaceDaniel C.
    p.s. thanks for the added history lesson

  • Brian B. Forslund

    08/03/2020 12:50 PM

    Thank you Governor for so perfectly discrediting the Democratic narrative. I will bookmark this article and refer it to the two liberals in my family!

    TRUMP 2020!