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Today's Commentary: A good guy with a gun -- Hillary Clinton update -- Fake news outrage -- Andrew McCabe's pity party -- France terror update -- Additional Mike Huckabee commentaries
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Here is yet another reason why we don’t allow people to serve as lawmakers until they are at least 25 (and one hopes, have taken Logic 101 class).
One of the Parkland, Florida, school shooting survivors who has become a darling of the anti-gun left tried to refute opponents who pointed out that in the recent Maryland school shooting, a massacre was prevented because an armed officer was on the scene and responded in less than a minute. This was her tweet, which went viral among other people whom I assume also have never taken a logic class:
“The Great Mills school resource officer stopped the shooter but a ‘good guy with a gun’ is NOT the answer. Armed citizens rarely successfully intervene to stop an active shooter - an FBI study of 160 incidents found that only 1 was stopped by someone with a valid firearms permit.”
Hillary Clinton update
By Mike Huckabee
Once again, the DNC is unhappy with Hillary Clinton. This time, she’s scheduled a fundraiser for her own organization in New York City at the same time as a speech by DNC Chairman Tom Perez, one at which he no doubt hoped a lot of deep pockets donors would show up so he could put the post-speech bite on them. Insulting the voters is bad enough, but now Hilllary’s blocking them hosing up other people’s money. That’s just about the only sin left that top level Democrats still recognize.
This is especially ironic (and hilarious) considering Hillary’s latest broadside against President Trump, when she told a Dutch TV interviewer that Trump has “disregarded laws, ethical standards” and “undermined the office and used it to enrich himself and his family.” That soft plopping sound you heard was jaws hitting the floor all over the Netherlands.
Trump walked away from his businesses to run for office, donates his salary to the government, makes sure his hotels give any money paid in room rentals by foreign governments to the Treasury (which isn’t even legally necessary), and has seen his brand tarnished by the endless anti-Trump vitriol from leftist nutjob protesters, political opponents and the news media (but I repeat myself in triplicate.) As a result, he has dropped on lists of the world’s richest people.
As Governor of Arkansas, Bill Clinton’s salary was $35,000 a year (trust me, I know.) He claimed that when he left the White House in 2000, he and Hillary were “dead broke.” Today, after all those speeches at up to $250,000 a pop (special rate for Russian banks: $500,000), eight-figure book advances and other such perks, not to mention the billions that have poured into the Clinton Foundation from sometimes shady and opportunistic sources, Bill is estimated to be the wealthiest living ex-President and among the top 10 richest of all time. Quite an accomplishment, considering Hillary’s boast during the Democratic convention that Trump had devoted his life to greed (i.e., running a private business that actually builds things people want) while her life had been devoted to public service. Who knew that selfless public service could be so lucrative?
But hey, I’m not knocking them for being successful! I make money from books and speeches, too. It’s just that when I write a book, I have to get on the Huckabus, go out into America, talk to the people and sell it (maybe if Hillary had done that, she would know that people between New York and L.A. are actually literate.) And if I had an agent who could get me a $500,000 speaking fee, I’d be there. The only problem is, I don’t think I could command a fee like that. Partly because I didn’t make it to the White House. But mostly because the only thing my clients expect me to deliver for the dough is a speech.
Fake news outrage
By Mike Huckabee
And one more reason why relying on random retweets and Facebook posts for news is only slightly less reliable than playing a game of “Telephone” with the entire US population. No, Alabama Rep. Mike Rogers did not mock a Congressional witness for having a Puerto Rican accent. The woman wasn’t even a speaking witness at the hearing. In fact, Rogers was making a lighthearted joke with a friend about the two of them having Southern accents. But that didn’t stop the torrent of outraged tweets and retweets about Rogers’ nonexistent racist comment.
People who keep track of these things have noted that fake news and false accusations tend to be retweeted tens of thousands of times and the retractions and corrections only a fraction as many times. It used to be said that a lie can travel halfway around the world before the truth can get its pants on. Thanks to social media, the lie now circles the Earth about a million times while the truth can’t even get people’s attention. “Accent-gate” will likely become something that dogs Rep. Rogers for years to come, even though, as we Southerners say, it’s just a big pile of crud muffins.
Andrew McCabe's pity party
By Mike Huckabee
Andrew McCabe has written a self-pitying, finger-pointing defense of himself published (natch) by the Washington Post. Monica Showalter at American Thinker does a good job of poking him full of holes like the Pillsbury Dough Boy. The only thing I disagree with her on is her assessment that McCabe's lack of candor and language skills bode ill for his chances of a book deal. Between all the anti-Trumpers who'll buy any nonsense that trashes Trump and the liberal publishing houses owned by big media companies that want to curry favor with DC Democrats, he could land at least a seven-figure advance even if he were still struggling to write "CAT" with a crayon.
France terror update
By Mike Huckabee
The terrorist attack in a supermarket in France is over with the gunman killed, three victims dead and at least a dozen injured. He stormed the store yelling “Allahu Akbar” and claimed to be a soldier of ISIS. ISIS took credit for the attack, but authorities believe they didn’t know about it in advance, and the killer was a lone wolf and petty criminal who became radicalized and took it on himself to launch the assault.
Once again, we learn that authorities had “monitored him” and “believed that he was not radicalized.” Which should serve as a sobering lesson (as if we needed any more, although some people apparently do) that for the citizens of a free society to rely solely on the government for protection from armed nuts bent on violence – even a government that’s watching people more closely than at any time in history, and in a nation with strict gun laws – is like a trapeze artist depending on a safety net with holes four feet wide.