July 5, 2020


July 5, 2020 

By Mike Huckabee


Join me for some real fireworks on “Huckabee” on TBN! We’ve put together a very special July 4th weekend show for you. I’ll have some new comments on the holiday and the news, plus we’ll revisit some of the very best, funniest and most patriotic moments from previous shows. I won't spoil the surprises, but I guarantee you'll love it.

It’s all coming your way tonight at 8 and 11 EST, 7 and 10 CST, only on TBN. To find where you can watch TBN, from local cable and broadcast channels to streaming, visit and click on the “WATCH” menu at the top. You can also stream previous episodes, highlights and Internet-only “Digital Exclusives,” like extended interviews and extra performances by our musical and comedy guests. It’s all at


How can we all be so connected, and our government be so disconnected?

One of the benefits of living in the 21st century is that thanks to jet travel and the Internet, I constantly talk to Americans from every state and every walk of life. And believe me, they are not shy about sharing their opinions. It gives me a perspective that I wish more of our politicians and media people inside the Beltway Bubble could experience.

If I had to explain the media’s sub-basement level approval ratings in one word, it would be “disconnection.” I don’t think there’s ever been a time when the people in the media were so out of touch with the people they’re supposed to be serving (you’d think the shock they experienced on Election night 2016 would’ve caused them to think a bit and make some changes, but they’ve only doubled down on the disconnection and demonizing of people they never talk to.) They apparently really believed that when voters asked for “change,” they wanted bigger deficits and a bloated nanny state regulating the size of their sodas. Trust me, based on what they told me, they did not.

If you ask most Americans what they want from government, it’s not to have every aspect of their lives regulated and “transformed,” including those that worked a lot better before the government “improved” them. They don’t want 2,000-page bills nobody’s read, or bureaucrats telling them which doctor they can see or how much money they’re allowed to make. The list of what most Americans say they want from government is actually pretty short: national defense, secure borders, safe streets; smooth highways; health care for veterans, seniors, children, the disabled (all those who genuinely can’t help themselves); good schools, firefighters and (yes) police – now more than ever - and it would be nice if the trash were picked up on time. That’s about it.

Yet somehow, the government finds so many ways to meddle in our lives that federal, state and local government spending combined now equals about 40 percent of America’s entire gross domestic product. And in some big cities, they don’t pick up the garbage at all. They just let people live in it.

In poll after poll, despite claims that socialism is on the rise, most Americans say they want less government and less spending. Even those who say they want government handouts like “Medicare For All” abruptly change their tunes when told what it will do to their tax bills and quality of services. They don’t give a hoot what the talking heads or the endlessly-surprised economists or the “too-big-to-fail” Wall Street failures say: they want government out of their lives, out of their wallets and out of their way.

Sadly, whenever political candidates support that philosophy, their opponents and the media paint them as cold-hearted and uncaring. Compassion has been redefined as the willingness to spend limitless amounts of other people’s money. The media also devote almost no time to examining political philosophies and a lot of time to gotcha games, gaffes, fake news and who’s ahead in the horse race.

But the horse is now out of the barn. For eight years, Americans experienced firsthand the results of so-called “progressive” policies. Government out of control, a health care boondoggle two-thirds of us didn’t want, and the economy still struggling long after it should’ve roared back.

The Election of 2016 was not a surprise to me. I predicted it months in advance because, unlike so many people who claim to represent or report on the American people, I actually talk to – and more importantly, listen to - people. Now, we’re being told that Americans are angry and weary of President Trump because he’s too “combative” (which he has to be when every press conference brings a fresh round of fake scandals and accusatory speeches in place of legitimate questions.) They can’t wait to bring back a guy who was in the backseat during one of the most divisive, economically-stagnant, out of touch eras in modern politics. And to put policies in place on a national level that have led to violence and anarchy on the streets at the local level. I hear the hard sales pitch, but I’m not buying it.

I predict that, despite the media’s best efforts to bamboozle us, politicians who try to sell Americans on socialistic, big-government policies will fail, for the same reason that a used car salesman has a hard time selling a lemon to the same customer twice. I also predict that politicians who were elected on a promise not to “fundamentally transform” America into Venezuela will remain in office only as long as they remember why the American people sent them there.


Yesterday, we celebrated having this exceptional nation and the freedoms it gives us, but we must always remember that we have those things because of all the soldiers who put their lives on the line to secure them for us, from Revolutionary times forward. There’s a story I love to tell that illustrates that for young people.

When I was Governor of Arkansas, I got to know an outstanding high school teacher in Little Rock named Martha Cothren. She was one of my original Huck’s Heroines, and I was always telling her it was my goal to make her one of the most famous teachers in America, because she’d be such a great example to all teachers. Here’s just one reason why.

Martha became concerned that many of her kids didn’t fully appreciate their precious American freedoms. So she prepared an unusual lesson for them. On the first day of school, the kids shuffled back into class only to discover that it was completely empty. Not a desk in sight. So they asked, “Miss Cothren, where are the desks?” She replied, “You don’t get your desk until you can tell me how you earn it.”

The kids were stunned, but they started trying to guess how they earned their desks. By getting good grades? No, that’s not the answer. By behaving in class? No, that’s not it. The first period ended with the kids leaning against the walls or sitting on the floor, but they never had figured out how they earn their desks.

Well, in trooped the second-period class. They were greeted with the same empty room and the same question they couldn’t answer. This went on all day, and by lunchtime, word was circulating all over school that Miss Cothren had gone crazy.

Finally, during the last class of the day, she told the students, “Okay, nobody’s figured out how you earn your desks, so I’ll tell you.” She opened the door, and in walked 27 military veterans, each one carrying a desk. As they quietly placed them in neat rows, Martha said, “Kids, you don’t have to earn your desks because these guys earned them for you.” She said you get free desks, free books and a free education, but it wasn’t free to these veterans…or to their friends who never came home from the wars they fought to give us all that freedom. She said, “Whenever you sit in that desk, try to remember who earned it for you.”

After that lesson, Martha was approached by one of those veterans, a news photographer, with tears in his eyes. He told her that when he returned from Vietnam, he was cursed and spat on, and made to feel ashamed of his service. He said, “Today is the first day since I’ve been home that I felt like someone appreciated what I did.”

Unfortunately, there can’t be a Martha Cothren in every school. I certainly wish I could replace every America-hating “history” professor in every university with a clone of her. But other teachers and parents can make sure their kids know who earned their desks for them. And we can all make it a point to say “thank you” to current and former members of the U.S. military. Seems to me, the 4th of July would be a great time to start.



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  • Luanne Hamilton

    10/05/2020 11:11 PM

    Please send me your newsletters. They have stopped Today is Oct. 5. Please put me on the list.

  • Cindy Taylor

    09/11/2020 12:52 PM

    Dear Governor,
    I just watched an amazing video about Reagan dealing with riots and media. It was posted by a group called ACT for America and was titled “Reagan vs Riots and Media. I hope you choose to share or provide a link to this video.
    With respect,
    Cindy Taylor

  • Melinda Long

    07/07/2020 09:59 AM

    loved the story about the teacher Miss Cothren...I thank God everyday and I am proud of our service people...GOD BLESS AMERICA

  • Jerry Korba

    07/06/2020 11:49 AM

    Mike if you are booked on the morning shows on Fox News let me know I will tune in I have mentioned The disappointment I have in the morning and afternoon editions of Fox News the anchors have become pathetic and half of the guest even more so I can not tolerate incompetent ideas being spilled into the nations intellect bye bye Fox I will look for another outlet. I will consider the early show in the morning please book yourself on those segments.

  • Jerry Korba

    07/06/2020 10:28 AM

    Conservatives and Trump supporters have been labeled Racists and other names not are not in realistic truth. I could only watch a little of the propaganda this morning after watch the mayors of all the violence in their cities crying because the policies they have in place are aiding murder riots assaults theft destruction of property and the message is Conservatives are racist. Well the mayors of color and mayors of white heritage all have the same policies maybe we are not Racists maybe we know that your policies have a negative effect on your cities. Conservatives are NOT racist we know you are insane, Anti America, anti Christian, that is called indifferent to your policies Conservatives respect life to start with we don't want to kill each other we help each other no matter who or what people are. American Conservatives love life we don't embrace killing thats why law and order is so powerful for us Mayors defund your police your Sanctuary City will be a Sanctuary for no one only God will help you and you don't believe in God as you illustrate every day closing down worship while allowing mayhem you call us Racists that just insanity and you continue to repeat it year after year decade after decade thats your world keep it if you must be will not allow it in our world. MAGA get rid of Socialist/ Democratic leadership.

  • Jerry korba

    07/05/2020 11:38 PM

    Thanks for call check Roberts that little weasel failed to honor the constitution again a disgrace to the bench Roberts is laughing at Americans and will ride into the sunset carrying loads of taxpayers dollars and large amounts of lobby money just like the weasel George bush did totally incompetent people and so corrupt

  • Firewagon

    07/05/2020 09:58 PM

    Mike me man, hope your 4th was 'special!' ???? ?? Since we are 'reliving our past' with the current "police hate," I thought you might like a more 'positive' take from my days of yesteryear that you might share with your readers. I thought some could use a reminder of what it takes to be a policeman. When I would stay with my grandparents, we NEVER missed "Lucy," "Gunsmoke," or 'Joe Friday' a.k.a. Jack Webb in "Dragnet." He delivered this very speech in a letter to our Senate at the time: It is as relevant today as it was then. Also, years ago, I never missed Paul Harvey's daily radio presentation. This should provide any 'real' perspective needed about what a policeman is: - I doubt any of your 'readers' need these reminders, but those watching you on TV might? BTW, round up the movie 'DI' (1957) with Jack Webb, it is a "cleaner," but not as realistic, version as the 'R. Lee Ermey Full Metal Jacket' one.??How would 'I' know, his 'platoon' 194 at Parris Island was filmed in the very wooden, WWII barracks I did my time in Platoon 161 at PI in '61! R. Lee Ermey's later version of a DI in 'Full Metal Jacket' was filmed in those 'new barracks constructions' we referred to as Disneyland East in 2nd and 3d Battalions. Ermey, of course, was an actual former DI playing one, while ole Jack Webb had only 'actor's ability' and the "movie restrictions" of those '57 years to come anywhere close to the Marine vernacular! ;)

  • Jerry Korba

    07/05/2020 04:28 PM

    Every body should get a look at Martha's teaching skills I am sure most of today's teachers would be shocked or embarrassed to allow students to actually understand the protection Military and police do in this country. They are busy teaching hating America for all its excellence. Under decent leadership this country is excellent. The MSM and education and the Socialist party gives students the illusion that hate is everywhere along with the racism hoax. This country is loaded with intelligence and LOVE that the mentioned above wants it deposed of. The threat of hate and racism may stop all of us from learning from each other. So much that can be offered by all our decent citizens. Although the hate is spotlighted on all tv stations every day it is amazing we are still strong, for a little over half of the population knows Love and Intelligence are the UNITED STATES strongest Assets, thats why MSM is is trying to destroy it.

  • Connie West

    07/05/2020 02:28 PM

    Bravo!!!! Right ON!

  • David E. Miller

    07/05/2020 12:43 PM

    In today's schools, Martha Cothren would be fired for "militarizing" her classroom. This is a great story. Thanks for sharing it!

  • Johnathan L Pilkington

    07/05/2020 12:41 PM

    It is hard to feel like there is any hope for America. I'm a Texan who is terrified by the decisions being made for me by our Governor. Decisions that seem to be based on lies told by the media. Counties are requiring us to wear masks that don't protect us from Covid-19. Charging us heavy fines for not wearing masks. People are looting local businesses and burning police stations. They are tearing down our history and killing each other and then they tell us to turn our backs on everything we hold dear; family, churches, police. Where does it stop?

  • Dave Newbry

    07/05/2020 12:41 PM

    We Vietnam Vets still welcome each other home.

  • Floyd A Unger

    07/05/2020 12:21 PM

    Thank you for the wonderful story. I hope that we can get back to normal and learn from what is going on now.

  • Elizabeth Crouse

    07/05/2020 12:15 PM

    I loved your show last night and have told so many to watch it tonight. Thank you. I even told the minister at our Lakeside Worship this morning. God bless you.

  • Robin Rebhan

    07/05/2020 12:15 PM

    Remember " Valley Forge ".
    And I " Remember Benghazi ".

  • Lawrence E. Foster

    07/05/2020 12:07 PM

    Governor Mike,

    Your comments on the disconnection of the media are right on. I think there will be another November surprise, and once again we will be treated to scenes of on-camera 'anchors" (they have no idea how accurate that title is) crying because Trump won.

    I know Trump is not perfect. As my now departed Arkansas momma used to say, "the only perfect man who ever walked this earth was offered earthly power and turned it down. Ever since, we've been stuck with imperfect politicians, the best of whom are the ones who let God work through them." (She also used to say "sometimes you have to hold your nose and choose the lesser of two weasels.")

  • Tom Godbold

    07/05/2020 10:00 AM

    Huck, I’ve heard you tell this story before, but it never fails to get to me. Thanks for telling it again. A great lesson.