Evening Edition - April 1

April 1, 2019

Over the weekend, the powerful movie “Unplanned,” based on the true story of former Planned Parenthood clinic manager Abby Johnson, made it to #5 on the top box office list, with an estimated $6.2 million gross.  That’s more than double the most optimistic estimate, and more than the entire production budget.  Even though it’s on only 1,059 screens nationwide, it made $5770 per screen, more than “Captain Marvel.” It also grossed over a million dollars more than the new animated movie “Wonder Park,” which is on over three times as many screens.  The producers announced that they will add another 600 screens next weekend. 

And congratulations, too, to lead actress Ashley Bratcher for a riveting performance that should earn her awards consideration, but will most likely get her blacklisted in Hollywood instead.  (Hollywood only hates blacklists of leftists from the ‘50s; blacklists of conservatives and pro-lifers today are fine.)

If you haven't seen "Unplanned" yet, you can find out more, locate a screening near you and buy tickets at this link:

https://www.westernjournal.com/unplanned-movie/


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The fact that it did so well is something of a miracle, considering how desperately Hollywood and liberal media and social media outlets worked to keep Americans from knowing it existed and to discourage them from seeing it. This is a movie that could change hearts and minds about abortion by ripping off the fuzzy, fell-good euphemisms like “reproductive choice” and showing the truth about what it really is, and that terrifies the pro-abortion movement. So they struck back on multiple fronts:

The MPAA slapped it with an unjustified “R” rating (so a 13-year-old girl can get an abortion without her parents even knowing, but she can’t see a movie showing what abortion really is without being accompanied by an adult until she’s 17?) 

A number of TV networks refused to sell commercial time to the filmmakers.  They air grisly commercials for horror films, so that’s not it.  They claim they refused because it’s “political,” but some have had no problem with airing pro-Planned Parenthood programming. 

https://www.westernjournal.com/ct/tv-networks-launch-disturbing-attack-pro-life-film-attempt-stop-viewers-watching/

Note that at the movie site Rotten Tomatoes, it has only a 53% positive rating from critics, but a 94% positive rating from viewers (some critics, like Owen Gleiberman at Variety, seemed to be more interested in writing pro-abortion op-eds than reviewing the movie – a fact that didn’t go unnoticed in the comments.)  I’m curious: have any of the movie critics smugly telling us this is a biased and inaccurate view of what happens inside a Planned Parenthood clinic spent years running a PP clinic, the way former PP “Employee of the Year” Abby Johnson did?

And then there was Twitter, which blocked the movie just before it opened, then kept mysteriously blocking people from following its site, or removing 99,000 followers who had already signed up. 

https://pjmedia.com/trending/pro-life-movie-unplanned-mysteriously-loses-99k-twitter-followers-despite-box-office-win/

Naturally, when called on it, Twitter had an excuse that had nothing to do with bias; it was just one of those pesky algorithms that purely by coincidence always seem to block conservative content and never liberal content.

https://www.westernjournal.com/ct/twitters-brief-suspension-pro-life-movie-unplanned-seriously-backfires/


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Just ignore the biased reviews and social media assaults.  They’re part of a frantic attempt to keep you from learning the truth about abortion (in that regard, both Planned Parenthood and its media defenders are exactly the same.)  Here are my two simple words of advice:  “See it.”

I also have two words for Twitter:  “Public utility.” 

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CNN and MSNBC have dined high on the hog for the past two years by pushing the fake narrative that the President of the United States was in cahoots with foreign operatives who had the goal of undermining American interests.  Ironically, by doing so, they were serving the interests of Russia by undermining faith in the American President and electoral system.  And now that that hog carcass has been picked clean, they apparently feel it’s time to move on to giving airtime to operatives of yet another foreign government who are trying to serve that nation’s interests by undermining America’s President and policies. 

I’ll say this for these media outlets:  they’re consistent.  Consistently wrong, but consistent.

https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2019/mar/28/railing-against-islamophobia-and-anti-trump-too/

 

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One of the many fatal flaws of socialism is that people who are sold on it have no idea what it actually is.  For instance, one popular defense of socialism on social media is that if you are in favor of fire departments, highways, Social Security, etc., then you love socialism.  Except those things are NOT “socialism.”  Every government has certain things it does in the public interest and pays for through taxes.  That is not government control of the means of production. 

And Social Security was designed as an insurance program to which people contributed throughout their lives and got their own money back in retirement.  It was perverted through the years by government spending the money on other things and replacing it with IOUs, which turned it by default into an entitlement program that it was never meant to be. Now, one generation pays in and the money goes to generations that joined earlier.  That’s not exactly socialism, either, that’s a “Ponzi scheme.”  If you ran a system like that in the private sector, you’d end up in prison with Bernie Madoff.  But socialism and Ponzi schemes are similar in that they both take money from one person and give it to another, and they both eventually collapse.   

Another fatal flaw of socialism is that it fails to take into account human nature: you can’t give control over that much power and money to a few bureaucrats and not expect them to be corrupted by it.  I recently saw a video in which someone who’d quit one of the radical millennial “progressive” groups was quoted as saying that the people he’d worked with knew they were promoting dictatorship but thought it was okay because they would be “benevolent dictators.”  They were so incorruptibly noble, good and well-intentioned that nothing could go wrong, like in Cuba or Venezuela.  That’s the same self-deluded line socialists have peddled everywhere it’s been tried, including Cuba and Venezuela.  When it fails, there’s always the same excuse: “Socialism works, but the right people haven’t been in charge of it yet!”

People duped by socialism are also always convinced that all that free stuff from the government is going to be paid for by someone else, i.e., “the rich.” By the time they figure out that even the rich don’t have enough money to pay for all that free stuff and now, they are classified as “the rich” and getting the bill, it’s too late. 

A recent poll by Business Insider found that 48% of millennial Democrats identify as “socialists” or “Democratic socialists,” but I’d bet few of them even know what socialism really is, having not been taught that in school.  So Campus Reform took its camera to Florida International University and gave some socialism-friendly students an example of how it works that they could understand.  Turns out socialism drops in popularity pretty fast when young people discover how much of their particular form of wealth “sharing the wealth” would cost them.

https://www.westernjournal.com/ct/watch-students-love-socialism-asked-share-gpa/

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Like a time-share condo they swear someone else will pay for, the media keep giving us a hard sell on Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.  This week, her face graces the cover of Time magazine (Remember Time? Remember magazines?)  The caption in large font reads: “The Phenom.”  Well, they’ve been remarkably successfully at making her into a media phenomenon, but if the point was to pitch her socialist policies, most Americans are saying, “No sale.”

Recent polls show that the more Americans learn about AOC and her far-left policies, the less they like them.  Now, even some of her own constituents may be starting to feel a little buyer’s remorse at having elected a socialist media star with global ambitions instead of a Representative of the Bronx.  

https://www.westernjournal.com/fed-constituents-beginning-turn-aoc-not-princess/

I honestly try not to write about her that often, but she makes it difficult by being a never-ending fountain of outrageous comments.  It’s earned her the description in some quarters of being “seldom right but always certain.”  I actually admire the way she fights back when challenged (I wish more Republicans would stand up and fight for their principles like that when attacked), but if you punch back when you’ve said something demonstrably incorrect, it just comes across as combative and arrogant. That happens way too often.

Latest example: during a town hall on MSNBC, AOC claimed that Republicans passed the 22nd Amendment restricting a President to two terms “to make sure Roosevelt did not get reelected.” 

https://www.foxnews.com/politics/alexandria-ocasio-cortez-falsely-claims-republicans-amended-constitution-to-kick-fdr-out-of-office

As most of us used to learn in junior high, FDR was reelected three times. He died during his fourth term, and the 22nd Amendment passed two years later.  It would have prevented his reelection only if he planned to run again after he died.  I thought Democrats only vote after they die, not run for President.   

If you want to get picky, Republicans couldn’t have passed a Constitutional Amendment alone (this is stuff we learned on “Schoolhouse Rock.”) The 22nd passed the House with 47 Democratic votes, and the Senate 59–23, with 16 Democrats supporting it.  It then went to the states, where 36 of the then-48 states ratified it. 

Politicians on both sides of the aisle have called for repealing it, including Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton, Barney Frank and Mitch McConnell. It’s been called an infringement on the right of the people to choose their leader.  Fair enough, but while the Founders didn’t include term limits in the Constitution, it’s hard to imagine they would have approved of keeping that much power in one person’s hands for an unlimited period after fighting a revolution to free themselves from a monarch.    

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Personally, rather than repealing the term limit on the Presidency, I’d like to see term limits imposed on the House and Senate.  Sure, there are always elections as the ultimate term limits; but the benefits of incumbency (influential donors and supporters, PAC money, party support, pork, gerrymandering, etc.) make it very difficult to oust someone once they’re in office.

I suspect the Founders might have included term limits if they’d imagined we’d see the rise of politics as a lucrative lifelong profession.  They envisioned a government run by citizen legislators who distinguished themselves at home enough to represent their districts in Washington for a while, then go home and live under the laws they passed.  They didn’t think we’d have people somehow growing rich while in public service, passing laws from which they exempted themselves, and staying in office until the day they died – or, as I suspect in some cases, until several months beyond that.                                                                                     

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If you’ve been paying attention for the past hundred years or so, you might’ve noticed that there are two hallmarks of leftists:

1.  Nothing they believe in works.

2.  That’s always someone else’s fault.

For instance, Venezuela recently blamed its socialist death-rattle blackouts on President Trump and capitalists.  But then, Trump is to blame for everything, from the New Zealand shooting to the anti-Semitism in the Democratic Party to the Boeing plane crash to Barbra Streisand’s weight gain and Barbara Bush’s heart attack.

https://www.bostonherald.com/2019/03/30/fault-line-trump-is-blamed-for-everything/

And while most people point to the notoriously corrupt “Chicago way” to explain the dropping of 16 felony charges against Jussie Smollett for allegedly faking a hate crime that smeared Trump supporters, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel knows who’s really to blame: Donald Trump.  

https://www.foxnews.com/us/chicago-mayor-urges-trump-to-sit-on-the-sidelines-in-the-smollett-case

You see, it was the “toxic” and “hate-filled” racist environment created by Trump that made Smollett think he could get away with faking a hate crime, not that he thought he could pull strings with the Chicago prosecutors, which is how he actually got away with it.  Oddly, Emanuel also called Chicago a “Trump-free zone.”  If Smollett was relying on an environment created by Trump to get away with a hoax, why would he pull it in a “Trump-free zone”?  Did he think he could get away with it because…Trump runs the Cook County prosecutors’ office?  And why have there been so many documented hoax hate crimes intended to smear Trump and his supporters, going back almost to the moment he announced his candidacy?

Also worth noting: racial divisiveness has been worsening in America since the Obama Administration.  And since long before Trump came on the political scene, Chicago has suffered some of the nation’s highest levels of shootings and other gang-related crimes that disproportionately harm African-Americans, while the city hasn’t had a Republican mayor since 1931.

So tell me again, Rahm: which Party is to blame for creating a “toxic” environment in Chicago?

 

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Three cheers for Chris Rock, who is under fire from the left for doing to Jussie Smollett what comedians are supposed to do: tell the truth and point out hypocrisy in humorous terms.  He didn’t get the memo that comedians today are supposed to be one-sided mouthpieces for a particular political agenda. Or maybe he did get it and ripped it up.  Let’s hope more comedians rediscover their spines and start doing that.  I’m sick of comics who are supposed to be fearless satirists giving us cowardly PC lectures and calling them “comedy specials.” 

https://www.westernjournal.com/ct/told-chris-rock-no-jussie-smollett-jokes-walked-stage-demolished/

 

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Joe Biden might want to reconsider whether he really wants to get into the Presidential campaign Cuisinart in 2020 at this stage of his life.  I’ve often said that running for President has become the equivalent of a colonoscopy, but for an older, white male candidate with his “Crazy Uncle Joe” reputation in the current Democratic Party, it’s going to be like a colonoscopy conducted with a Weedeater.

https://www.westernjournal.com/joe-biden-defends-his-behavior-will-listen-respectfully-to-accusers/

 

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Add another name to the list of those who agree with President Trump that there is a crisis on our Southern border – and this name is Jeh Johnson, Barack Obama’s former Director of Homeland Security.

https://www.westernjournal.com/ct/former-obama-dhs-explodes-dems-border-wall-argument/

 

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Liberals who keep telling us that they are on the side of science don’t seem too interested in looking at what science is discovering about the negative physical and mental effects of marijuana use.  They’d also like us to ignore the results of those state-level lab experiments in legalizing marijuana in states such as Colorado, where eliminating black market pot was supposed to reduce violent crime (in fact, it's up by 19 percent, compared to 3.7 percent nationwide.)  Property crimes are up 8 percent, while they’re down by 13.6 percent nationally. And legalized pot was supposed to result in a tax bonanza, but Coloradans are actually paying $4.50 to mitigate the effects of pot legalization for every dollar in revenue it brings in. 

You have to ask people who thought wide-open access to pot would be an unmitigated positive development, “What were you smoking?”

https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/opinion/editorials/look-at-the-science-and-stop-the-march-toward-legalized-marijuana

 

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  • Amelia Little

    04/06/2019 07:41 PM

    For anyone wanting to rescind the 22nd amendment--can you imagine the opposition if it was brought up today--so that Donald Trump could continue to be President for some years to come? I wouldn't have a problem with it, but I can hear good ol' maxine, and bernie and chuck and nancy and the democrat wanna-be-the-next-democrat candidate. It might be funny to watch, actually! I'm actually pretty surprised there wasn't a big push (spearheaded by obama) to lift Presidential term limits starting right after the 2012 elections. He and some others made noises about how it would be great if his "good work" wasn't going to be cut short by the 2016 election. Of course, they were expecting for hil to be carrying on with the script provided to obama so their "good work" would go on.

  • Nelda White

    04/02/2019 11:53 AM

    One of the reasons that socialism is so appealing is that the democrats were able to erase the truth about it from our schools, maybe some republicans were involved, I don't know. But the horrors of socialism should be taught, starting in the 3rd grade through the 12th grade. Documentaries of the leaders of communism, Marxism, fascism and Nazism should be shown in middle school and to the 12th grade. Most of these leaders started out as socialist and progressed (progressives) to the really nasty stuff. If they have a solid background with the truth before they get to college, then no liberal nitwit will be able to brainwash them with socialist garbage.

  • Michael Oliver

    04/02/2019 11:36 AM

    Way to go Mike.Fresh air is healing.For such a time as this.God bless you and your gift of a daughter.For such a time as this!

  • Susan Jaunsen

    04/02/2019 08:16 AM

    Re: Jussie, I believe I "smellet" a rat! Amazing how some people get away with actions that would have put most of us under the jail.

  • Norma Holmes

    04/02/2019 07:57 AM

    Did you write “Why DId Jesus Die?” Which I found in your newsletter? It was a detailed account of Jesus life, ministery, his death, crucifiction, reserection, and why God let it happen. Reteading your neesletter it is nowhere now . I read it believing you wrote this rxtrsordinary account. Did you?

  • April Allison-Garlow

    04/02/2019 12:14 AM

    In case you missed it NY Democrat, governor Cuomo just became the highest paid governor in the country. While the mass exodus continues and our infrastructure crumbles he takes a raise--contrast that with our Republican President. Can you believe it?

  • CARMEN PRICE

    04/01/2019 11:17 PM

    Governor Huckabee
    Regarding "Unplanned", one comment from the movie that scared me, "we are one of the most powerful organizations on the planet"
    I want to know why and why have they not been defunded by President Trump? Selling baby parts, killing babies which is murder, and
    other egregious things, this company needs to go.
    Carmen Price
    Reno, NV

  • Steve Mattie

    04/01/2019 11:09 PM

    "Colonoscopy with a weedeater" - I can't stop laughing! If weird Uncle Joe actually chooses to run, there will undoubtedly be more reports of his shenanigans. That weedeater will be more like a brush hog.

  • Susan E. Egan

    04/01/2019 10:03 PM

    I look forward every day to reading your newsletter. One of my biggest regrets is that I wish you had run for President that year you decided not to. That was the year that I wrote and told you about how all the people at the Chic-fil-a s were talking about you, Governor, not Obama and Romney. Anyway, I can still look forward to Sarah being first woman President. Hope to see your new show live when vacationing. We had a wonderful time when we attended the New York show years ago. I study and support as many of your Huck-Pac people that I can. Thank you for all your informative pieces--- and for our book collection.

  • Wolf Lake

    04/01/2019 10:02 PM

    Pictures speak volumes to people, Moreso than saying 100,000 illegal foreigners coming this month the size of ....“X” town.
    Show the SUPERBowl stadium attendance and explain “this is the number of illegals coming in each month “....to take jobs from you at 50% less pay, flood the hospital ER’s for free medical and overwhelm the public education classrooms to overflowing...and not paying.

    The Flood of Illegals crossing our border needs to be shown in a Big Photo of the actual number crushing our country each month.

    Dramatic and realistic ...big photo of actual number might help Americans truly see the out of control problem.

  • Bunny Douglas

    04/01/2019 09:49 PM

    What's going on with Judge Ruth B. Ginsberg? Is she still alive or is her staff just carrying on until after the 2020 election praying for some liberal to unseat Trump?

  • Anita Mule'

    04/01/2019 09:20 PM

    This is not in response to anything you have written. I just want to complain. I watch the show, "Whiskey Cavalier" and enjoy it. However, the episode I started to watch tonight had a scene about fascists, who were, of course, right-wing. They said very sarcastically that these people had convinced Italy that immigration was their real problem. I wonder who they were insinuating about. I just deleted it in disgust.

  • Keethlyn Fletcher

    04/01/2019 08:58 PM

    Close the border until we gain some control and respect. It won't take long for the southern countries to get on board with Trump and negotiate.
    Kick Ilhan Omar out of Congress. She has not demonstrated American allegiance and has not assimilated to American ways.
    Deal with all who tried to run a coup against our President and this country.
    SHUT Pelosi and Schumer UP.
    Fire Schiff.
    Bring some honor back into this country.

  • Lawrence E. Foster

    04/01/2019 08:16 PM

    In Aldous Huxley's novel Brave New World the masses are kept from getting restive by doses of government approved drugs, and endless entertainment spectacles. With legalized pot and endless sports weasons, we have reached our own brave new world. Democrats love legal pot because it fuzzes people's memories, so that by 2020, none of the Cannabis generation will remember how badly the democrats screwed up the economy the last time they had total control of congress in 2006. (Took ten years to get past it, and only because we elected Trump). I grew up in Colorado, so I know what it was like with normal people. I went back twice in 2016 and 2017. While there, I met the new "fun-couple", Peter and Patty Pothead. Actually, I did not meet them in the normal way, Patty tried to run me down in a cross-walk inside a mall, and when I yelled at her Peter gave me the finger. Friends tell me that is what passes for social interaction with the Cannabis Coloradans of 2019. We need to get back to criminalizing pot selling, possessing or using.

  • Don Plunkett

    04/01/2019 07:59 PM

    Tell our Arkansas voters about the problems with pot legalization before attempts are made to legalize recreational use.

  • Linda Furlong

    04/01/2019 07:50 PM

    So sad that the life of an unborn child has no value to some. There is always adoption. Satan lives amongst us.

  • J. Harold Mohler

    04/01/2019 07:43 PM

    We need to keep fighting for two things, Term Limits and a Balanced Budget and start to pay down on the national debt!!

  • Dawn Staton

    04/01/2019 07:32 PM

    Touche' the truth in your Evening Edition makes me want to cry, and your delivery makes want to laugh.
    Well done!

  • krystyna orlean

    04/01/2019 07:30 PM

    You said Mr. Huckabee :'You see, it was the “toxic” and “hate-filled” racist environment created by Trump that made Smollett think he could get away with faking a hate crime, not that he thought he could pull strings with the Chicago prosecutors, which is how he actually got away with it. Oddly, Emanuel also called Chicago a “Trump-free zone.”
    We experience SAD facts again and two Justices in US. Is that Smollett thought what consequences his action could bring to the public ? It could bring more hate and blood on the streets.
    How much he must hate white people to create such scenario with big preparation in advance and paying somebody money for it. But he was close friend with Obamas. That's explains everything !

    Why nobody ever mentioned that actually Obama, his wife and Holder are most guilty who divided our country ?? During his Presidency were developed slogans ' Black life matter' and 'Dead to all Policeman' when Police was afraid to go to the street and control crime. Thanks to him many cups are still die from shooting for no reason.
    Previous President loved so much Muslims that he forgot about own citizens.
    They are ones who brought corruption in highest level and all toxic hate-filled racist environment to US.
    Not Trump.
    We never heard anything negative about anyone in President's Trump speeches, expect he criticized Dems for their furious attack on legitimated chosen President. They were going nuts and still are !
    His crime was only one - he won !
    He defends himself if anybody attacks him, he could be sarcastic and full of sense of humor but never hates anyone.
    Now He is doing everything to cure the country after loser and clean the mess. That's all.
    God Bless Him for that !

    We agree with President in 100% to close the borders if necessary. We trust our President and he is the fixer in US .
    But situation on the South border must be fixed. We should keep the whole border closed until wall will be build or Congress change Immigration Law.
    Not one, but a few companies should build the wall pretty quick, because we would be covered by illegals which spread all kind of medical problems to our society. Why we must take care of everybody from around the world who is poor and needs help. Where is UN action here ? Why they don't help us in such crisis ?

    Dems doesn't agree NOW with building the wall, because, according them, we should help South America countries first to rebuild them, so nobody will rush and escape.
    It is the most stupid things what we ever heard. They want to do it now in one week or month?
    Such policies should be done decade ago ! What Obama did with that ? Why nobody ask them such question?

    We are really upset what we see now, but thanks God we have our President who is our only hope now.
    Thank you Mr.Huckabee for your wonderful articles ! God Bless you too and your Family !

  • Bettye Carnahan

    04/01/2019 07:19 PM

    I absolutely loved this newsletter. There is something about your writing that hits the spot. Thank you so much. Bettye Carnahan

  • Nancy Geurtz

    04/01/2019 07:12 PM

    Regarding the film "Unplanned" : will this film be on a DVD so we can purchase one for our family so we can introduce the film to members of our family under age 17? It is, after all, a parental decision. If there will be a DVD: will we know where to purchase them?
    Thank you.
    Nancy G.

  • Donald L Bertke

    04/01/2019 07:06 PM

    I believe all individuals in the House and Senate and the individuals working in any State or Federal employees should only work 7 years total then they would have take a private sector job for 7 years before they can go back to a government job.

  • Tina Chick

    04/01/2019 07:02 PM

    I really want to see Unplanned, but because I live on the north Oregon coast (where progressives are under every log on the ocean and behind every cedar tree) no showing is available nearby. The closest theater showing it is more than 50 miles away.
    Guess I will just have to be content being one of the silent majority and vote.

  • George Morlan

    04/01/2019 06:54 PM

    The investment of the Social Security fund in US Treasury securities is in fact a very conservative way to deal with those funds. If a private pension plan did that it would be considered very conservative.

    The problem is that the Treasury that issues those securities doesn’t have any plan for redeeming them, unlike a private firm that has to have a plan for money it borrows that will cover the interest, repayment of principal, and (hopefully) have something left over for profit.

  • Gladys Hizer

    04/01/2019 06:46 PM

    Heard on Rush today that AOC made a reference to cows eating from troughs. He said he knew that she had a degree in economics but doesn't seem to know much about economics or cows.