THE EVENING EDITION By Mike Huckabee
Good evening! Here are some stories I think you will find interesting.
1. DAILY BIBLE VERSE
This verse was recommended by Terry A.
The Lord foils the plans of the nations;
he thwarts the purposes of the peoples.
But the plans of the Lord stand firm forever,
the purposes of his heart through all generations.
Psalm 33:10-11 NIV
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Word came Friday that beloved TV comedy icon Betty White has passed away at home of natural causes, just three weeks shy of her 100th birthday. While it's very sad news, I like to think of her finally reunited with her late husband, "Password" host Allen Ludden, as she always expressed faith that she would be.
Our pop culture guru Pat Reeder will have a full write-up on Betty White's amazing, multi-record-setting TV career in tomorrow's edition.
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2. Happy New Year's Eve:
My staff and I want to wish all of you a happy and safe New Year’s Eve. In some parts of the world, the New Year has already arrived. Here’s a page that updates with photos of the various celebrations. They’ve already celebrated in Australia, although I assume people just watched it on TV, since I hear it’s illegal to leave your house.
I don’t like to think of this as the end of another year, but as being one day closer to the November elections. Here are a couple of stories that explain why. They’re about what I consider to be the two major stories of 2021: how Democrats “helped” black Americans by instituting policies that got a lot more of them killed…
And how Democrats have brought back blatant racism in the name of fighting racism:
Personally, I have no stomach for looking back at 2021, but here are a few articles about the New Year that are interesting and entertaining…
We certainly want all the luck we can get in 2022, so here’s a list of foods that are considered lucky to eat on New Year’s Eve in different places. I’m surprised they didn’t include black-eyed peas, but I guess they’re an ingredient in the Hoppin’ John. Eat them all and you’ll be lucky not to get a stomach ache.
3. Colorado Fires:
I hope you’ll join me in praying for the victims of the wildfires that have destroyed about 600 homes and forced the evacuation of 30,000 people near Denver. The fires are being fueled by extremely dry conditions and high winds.
There’s not much firefighters can do to stop them until that changes, so all we can do is pray. And donate or volunteer to www.samaritanspurse.org, which I’m sure will be there to help the victims as soon as possible.
4. Polls suggest Hispanic voters are turning their backs on the Democrat Party:
Democratic strategists are reacting with shock to recent polls showing that a rising number of Hispanics are turning their backs on the party and leaning Republican. This completely shatters their long-held belief that demography is destiny and all they have to do is wait for the US to become a majority-minority nation and they’ll be cemented into power forever. That’s because they believe that if you are black or Hispanic, your vote belongs to them for some reason. It’s why the only arrow left in their quiver is to claim that no matter how much better minorities had it under Trump, “you can’t vote for Republicans because they’re RAAAACISTS!”
Well, it turns out minorities aren’t so dumb as Democrat leaders seem to think they are. They’re starting to see through that scam. And while the Dems are shocked, it’s no surprise to me. I’ve been pointing out for years that as the national Democratic Party moved further and further left, becoming ever more hostile to basic American values like religious freedom, free speech, hard work, capitalism, strong families and respect for life, they were also moving away from blacks and Hispanics who value those things. In fact, those groups are now more likely than whites to be faithful Christians and churchgoers.
Byron York reports on a new Wall Street Journal poll that shows Hispanics are abandoning the Democrats in droves as they’re repelled by its “progressive,” anti-American radicalism.
Many Hispanics hail from nations that were plagued by communism and socialism, and they came here because they longed for the American Dream that “progressives” sneer at. The WSJ poll found that a majority of Hispanics said they’d rather be citizens of the USA than any other nation on Earth, and they’re proud of how American democracy works by a 35% margin. They are 80% working class and don’t support reparations or defunding the police. And while they voted for Biden by more than 25% in 2020, if that election were rerun today, it would be a virtual tie.
A Dallas Morning News poll also punctured the Dems’ dreams of taking Texas, showing that Biden’s approval rating among Hispanic Texans is a dismal 35%, with his disapproval at 54%. They especially disapprove of his handling of the border, which, ironically, I believe was really intended to boost the Hispanic vote for Democrats.
I also know from previous polls and personal acquaintances that Hispanics care about jobs and the economy, and having followed the rules to become US citizens, many strongly oppose open borders and amnesty for illegal immigrants who undercut their wages. Many are also devout Catholics, which (news flash to the White House) means they don’t support unfettered abortion. I know many black Americans also harbor similar belief systems.
Republicans have the policies that really work for all Americans. Having now proven that in back-to-back-to-back laboratory tests over the last three Administrations, they just need to become more effective at making their case to minority voters, and pointing out the absurdity of a party thinking it has ownership rights to the votes of blacks and Hispanics because they’re the only ones who aren’t racists.
5. 10 Downplayed Stories:
Fox News reminds us of 10 major stories that the liberal media ignored or downplayed in 2021.
6. 5 Outrageous Comments:
Tuesday, the US set a new single-day record for COVID-19 cases with 441,278. That’s nearly 150,000 more than the single-day record of 294,015 under Trump. If I wanted to be a political hatchet man, I could accuse Joe Biden of being personally responsible for all those cases (which is what he said about Trump.) But I know that no President can stop a virus, and that the leap in case numbers is due to the more transmissible Omicron variant. Fortunately, it’s milder, so we’re not seeing a similar jump in hospitalizations and deaths.
All that said, it’s interesting to compare the biased spin from the media in their reporting of these two record-setting days under different Presidents:
Related: Wait, so you mean that firing thousands of essential workers during a surge in COVID cases wasn’t smart policy? Whoever could have predicted this?!
7. Funny Recap:
Here’s humorist Dave Barry’s very funny annual recap of the previous year (warning: Trump supporters might want to skip over his write-up of the January Capitol riot):
8. I Just Wanted To Say:
Thank you for reading.
9. Prayer Tree:
We are stronger together.
Our hope is that our newsletter readers and social media followers will consider these prayer requests each day. To submit your own prayer request, go to my website here.
HEALTH AND HEALING
"I pastor in So Cal, 2021 started w/ losing our aunt, shortly after, we lost a dear friend & treasurer of church to cancer, in my home his last few days. December 14, I lost my mother to complications from knee surgery, a week later, a father in our church died from covid. Prior to losing mom, my family got the virus, keeping myself down for two weeks, & sent our Autistic daughter to hospital w/ pneumonia, coming home 6 days before grandma passed, & the day after, our daughter had a reaction to the steroids, that caused mental disturbance w/ her, it lasted 10 days. My wife hasn't had much rest since our daughter got sick. My brother, 45, has cancer & he's not expected to make it to March. The gov pandemic hit our church hard, keeping many home, & affecting finances & ministry w/ discouragement. Our great God knows, & has comfort & strength for us to get by one day at a time. He still wants to hear from His children daily. We ask you to remember Highland Baptist Temple & their pastor."
"My daughter, L. Health and depression issues. Wisdom in relationship issues as well."
"Special need. My husband and I are both on disability and we are going to be needing to move out of our apartment come late summer 2022. Pray for not only the financial need to do so, a place to go, but also we will need movers. God bless you all."
"Our friend Ralph has been in the hospital since 11/13/21 with Covid. He is dying. A prayer vigil was held at bedside tonite. Please pray for his life and health. God bless."
"My children who are at war with each other over taking care of what needs to be done since their father’s death…..they can’t seem to get on the same page."