THE EVENING EDITION By Mike Huckabee
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DAILY BIBLE VERSE
31 but those who hope in the Lord
will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles;
they will run and not grow weary,
they will walk and not be faint.
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THE LATEST NEWS
1. The Leftist Reaction to Joe Manchin:
The leftist reaction to Sen. Joe Manchin putting the kibosh on Biden’s “Build Back Bankruptcy” bill is giving new meaning to the term “Red Diaper Baby.” There were so many televised temper tantrums on Monday, I thought MSNBC was airing a “Bridezillas” marathon.
AOC, Ilhan Omar and the usual cast of empty talking heads have been wailing, stomping and threatening Manchin ever since he refused to buy them their multi-trillion-dollar toy on Sunday. They keep claiming he’s betrayed voters in West Virginia (who oppose this bill by 74% in the latest poll), and he has a lot to answer to them for. One of my favorite responses was a tweet showing West Virginia’s solid red electoral map from 2020 and asking which blue county he should answer to first. West Virginians also told Fox News what they think of Manchin killing the BBB bill. I don’t think he’ll lose any sleep over their comments.
The White House also railed childishly at Manchin’s “betrayal,” with Jen Psaki angrily huffing out of a press conference when questioned about it.
Ironically, it now appears that all this spiteful, immature brattiness might actually have been the last straw that caused Manchin to kill this bill. He revealed that he’d been negotiating in good faith with the Biden White House for months to try to get a bill that he thought wasn’t too expensive, destructive or inflationary, but “my Democratic colleagues in Washington are determined to dramatically reshape our society in a way that leaves our country even more vulnerable to the threats we face. I cannot take that risk.” Still, the reason he may have given up trying may be what he called the “incivility” of the White House staff.
By implying in public statements that Manchin was the reason the bill was stalled, they implicitly encouraged more of the kind of deranged, obnoxious, sometimes criminal, harassment of Manchin and Sen. Kyrsten Sinema by the Democrats’ shock troops of underemployed radical troublemakers.
But the bullying and intimidation didn’t work. Manchin said Biden’s staffers “drove some things, and they put some things out that were absolutely inexcusable. They know what it is, and that’s it. They figured surely to God we can move one person. We surely can badger and beat one person up. Surely, we can get enough protesters to make that person uncomfortable enough that they’ll just say, ‘OK I’ll vote for anything.' Well, guess what? I’m from West Virginia. I’m not from where they’re from and they can just beat the living crap out of people and think they’ll be submissive, period.”
In a sign that brain death is setting in, Party leaders actually seem to be taking advice on strategy from AOC, who is urging a combination of underhanded power-grabbing maneuvers and bullying Manchin even more. This is just one more reason why Newt Gingrich said that when dealing with today’s Democrat leaders, you can’t come at it from a political perspective, you have to bear in mind that you’re dealing with people who have mental problems and are completely divorced from reality.
Think about it: what they’re talking about is the surest way to convince Manchin to switch parties. He barely won his last reelection bid, and his state has moved much further right since, while Democrats are threatening to primary him with a more leftist opponent. It was fun being the most powerful man in the Senate, but now his own Party is determined to attack him constantly, and it would be in his best interests electorally to become a Republican.
If he does, that would throw the Senate majority back to the Republicans, and Chuck Schumer would be back in the minority seat, where he belongs. All because the immature spoiled brats running the Party now would rather throw a tantrum for not getting everything they want for Christmas than grow up and think like adults.
Even as seasoned a political player as Schumer seems to have become dumber from being around AOC and the rest. He now claims he’ll bring the BBB dead horse up for a vote in January and force everyone to go on record. He might even do it again and again.
That’s an idiot move. The bill is dead, so the vote is pointless. It will be opposed by all 50 Republicans plus Manchin, who will just become even more popular in West Virginia for saying “no” on the record. Meanwhile, he’ll be forcing all the other Democrats who just dodged a bullet by not having to support this unpopular bill either to support it and give Republicans another campaign issue to bash them with, or oppose it and make Biden and his agenda look even weaker. To quote that great philosopher Forrest Gump, “Stupid is as stupid does.”
Larry O’Connor has a reminder of how pulling a stupid, counterproductive stunt wouldn’t be the first time for Chuck.
2. Sick story:
Tomorrow, CNN producer John Griffin will be arraigned on charges of sexual abuse of a 9-year-old girl and other repulsive offenses. In a pretrial motion for detention, the prosecutor called Griffin “a wealthy man who will be desperate to avoid facing justice" and who "has tried to deceive, delete, and spend his way out of being held accountable.” This link also has more details of his alleged crimes and deviant behavior, so I’ll warn you before you click that it is sick and disturbing.
3. Seven Investigations:
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy already has seven investigations of the Biden Administration planned if the Republicans take back the House in 2022. And unlike the Democrats’ investigations of Trump, these are about actual issues and scandals, not imaginary things and TDS fever dreams.
4. The Left's Dictatorial Thinking:
Because radical left college professors always think they’re smarter than America’s Founders were, the University of Miami’s Mary Anne Franks (author of “The Cult of the Constitution: Our Deadly Devotion to Guns and Free Speech,” which I’m sure is on your bookshelf) is calling for a redo of the “deeply flawed” First and Second Amendments.
And how are two of the greatest advances in civil rights in history “flawed”? You’ll have to wade through a lot of four-dollar words, but in a nutshell (emphasis on “nut”): people are harming “vulnerable groups” by asserting their individual rights, so those need to be reined in to protect “equality and the collective good.”
Bottom line: you’re not allowed to contradict what the government deems good or defend yourself from it, which is pretty much the kind of dictatorial thinking that caused the Founders to write the First and Second Amendments in the first place.
No, thanks. I like the Bill of Rights just fine the way it is. It doesn’t need to be rewritten any more than does George Orwell, who predicted this story perfectly in 1945 when he wrote, “One has to belong to the intelligentsia to believe things like that: no ordinary man could be such a fool.”
5. Leftists destroy everything they touch:
You already know that leftists destroy everything they touch. But this story really takes the cake, and not just because these people have the munchies: With their patented combination of high taxes, overregulation and refusal to deal with crime, the liberal government of California is somehow managing to drive even the legalized marijuana industry out of business.
That's right: Their leadership is so bad for business, you can't even make a living anymore selling marijuana! In California!
6. Amazon bows to China:
And the latest American corporate giant to bow down and kiss the shoes of the Chinese Communist Party is…Amazon.com, which reportedly agreed to censor any less-than-five star reviews of Chinese President Xi Jinping’s book.
See, this is one of the many reasons why I don’t want to “redo” the First Amendment to make sure people aren’t going around saying and writing things the government doesn’t think they should.
7. Congrats again:
Once again, congratulations to newsletter and “Huckabee” TV writer Laura Ainsworth, who is also an award-winning retro jazz vocalist. Last week, this rave review of her Japanese best-of CD “Top Shelf” broke this music site’s record by remaining the #1 most-viewed review for a seventh straight week.
Laura passes along her thanks to all of you for reading and sharing that link. And if you’d like to know why her album got such a flat-out rave, pick up a copy at her merch site, the only easy way to get it outside of Japan. You'll find all her CDs and a best-of vinyl LP there, too:
8. Get In The Mood:
To help get you into the Christmas week mood, here’s a perennially popular post from blogger Mark Evanier about a magical random incident involving the great crooner Mel Torme and the classic song he co-wrote, “The Christmas Song” (“Chestnuts roasting on an open fire…”)
9. A Simple Christmas:
Back in 2011, inspired by my book “A Simple Christmas,” I asked listeners of my radio show “The Huckabee Report” to share their own favorite family Christmas memories. Some are heartwarming, and some are hilarious, but all of them are inspiring and wonderful.
In recent years, as the news slows down around the holidays (and let us pray that it does this year!), my staffers and I have taken a break around Christmas and New Year’s week to share some of these stories from the archives so we can spend a little time with our families. We’ll be starting tomorrow. I hope you find as much entertainment, joy and meaning in these stories as we do. And rest assured, if anything major happens that we feel we have to pass along, we’ll do that. So please keep reading every day!
With continuing or renewed lockdowns in some places, the ongoing supply chain crisis and spiraling inflation, many people may find it hard to be with their families or they might have fewer gifts under the tree (if they can find one) or some traditional dishes missing from the table. Many are also dealing with the heartbreak of an empty place at the table due to COVID taking a loved one. But even though many of us have to scale down our celebrations, I refuse to let the ongoing problems “cancel” Christmas. As the Grinch learned, Christmas is not something that comes from a store, Christmas means a whole lot more.
While many young people find it hard to believe, Americans have lived through worse times than these, from the Civil War, to World War I and the Spanish flu, to the Depression and World War II to 9/11. We have always survived, come together and overcome the most difficult problems. I’m hopeful that Americans are finally seeing through the lies and propaganda and now know what the real cause of our current miseries is, and they’re getting ready to remove it. We will “build back better” the way we always have: by doing it ourselves, together, not relying on the government to do it for us.
Previous bad times caused us to have far humbler Christmas celebrations than we do now, but that doesn’t affect the meaning of Christmas. It just reminds us all the more of the extremely humble surroundings at the birth of Jesus, and that Christmas is about the joy of knowing that hope and renewal are always within our grasp when we discover that “God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth on him should not perish, but have eternal life.” (John 3:16)
These wonderful stories and memories are a perfect reminder of what Christmas means and how important it is, especially in hard times, when memories are created that last a lifetime. I hope that some of them will also remind you that even if you’re feeling down because this year’s celebration is sparser than usual, most of us are still incredibly blessed. When we stop dwelling on our own problems and share with those who have even less, that’s the best way to become filled with the joy of the true meaning of Christmas.
I hope you enjoy these stories, and from all of us at the newsletter, my TBN show and MikeHuckabee.com, have a Merry Christmas and a safe and happy New Year!
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