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Today's Commentary: FBI Inspector General keeps going: investigates FISA abuse -- This is what the "blue wave" will mean if it comes... -- Zell Miller RIP -- Census fury -- Know the facts about guns BEFORE you open your mouth -- Additional Mike Huckabee commentaries
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We’ve been waiting interminably for the Inspector General’s report on procedural problems and political bias relating to the FBI’s investigation into Hillary Clinton’s mishandling of classified materials. Just when we think it might be forthcoming, we hear it’s going to take a while longer. According to some reports, it may be out “any day.” Others say it’ll be about a month.
Considering what we already know about the Clintons and their associates, I can’t help thinking that this is taking longer and longer because IG Michael Horowitz just keeps finding more and more. What may have seemed at first like a straightforward look at a self-contained internal problem at the FBI is turning out to have connections possibly leading...everywhere. Horowitz could probably go on pulling threads for years. If at this point it seems to him to be never-ending, he should think about releasing it as a series, like the Harry Potter books. I’d like my first installment tomorrow, please.
This is what the "blue wave" will mean if it comes...
By Mike Huckabee
One of the Parkland, Florida, high school anti-gun activists is taking heat for wearing a Cuban flag patch on her jacket. Critics say it shows her naiveté to preach against the Second Amendment that protects us from tyrannical governments while wearing the flag of a tyrannical government that took away its citizens’ guns. Supporters say she was just proudly displaying her Cuban heritage, which is separate from the Cuban government.
I’d like to point out an angle that hasn’t been covered yet: even the anti-gun group GunPolicy.org claims that Castro didn’t disarm the populace and there are still an estimated 545,000 privately-owned guns in Cuba. While the vast majority of weapons are in the hands of government and police (which naïve youth apparently believes makes people safer and more secure), the Cuban constitution does allow citizens to have arms. Not to protect themselves from the government, Heaven forbid, but so they can fight “anyone who tries to overthrow the political, social and economic order.” In other words, they’re allowed to own a gun to protect their communist oppressors, but not to protect themselves from their communist oppressors.
Therefore, since many protesters at the march were calling for a repeal of the Second Amendment, confiscation of guns and disarming the citizenry completely, that would actually put their position on guns far to the left of Fidel Castro’s. This is what the Democratic Party proudly points to as America’s future under them.
So think long and hard before you decide to surf that “blue wave” next November.
Zell Miller RIP
By Mike Huckabee
Wednesday morning at the Georgia State Capitol, ex-Governors Nathan Deal and Sonny Perdue paid tribute to former Senator and Governor Zell Miller, who died last weekend at 86. The day before, tributes were paid to Miller by former Presidents Clinton, Carter and George W. Bush. It’s telling about the kind of vanishing breed of politician Miller was that the tributes were bipartisan, coming from three Republicans and two Democrats. Let me add mine, along with sympathy and prayers for his family.
Miller began as a fairly progressive (for the time) Democrat, but later said the party no longer had a place for a “conservative Democrat” like him. Ronald Reagan once said he didn’t leave the party, the party left him. Miller lived long enough to see the national Democratic Party leave him far behind as it hightailed it so far to the left that it nosedived into the Pacific Ocean.
But Miller refused to put party loyalty over principle. He introduced Bill Clinton at the 1992 Democratic Convention, then 12 years later spoke at the GOP Convention to endorse Bush over John Kerry. His independent streak earned him the derisive nickname “ZigZag Zell” from liberal critics, but he was just standing for what he thought was right, whether it was the official policy of the Democrats or the Republicans. When you stand firm while the culture lurches left and right around you, it can look like you’re zig-zagging to people with no bearings.
Through all the criticism, Miller maintained a great sense of humor. (Read these two comments that didn’t make it into his obituary.)
He also respected other people’s right to hold an opinion different from his. When former staffer Ed Kilgore panned his book that criticized the Democrats, “A National Party No More” (a prescient title, considering the islands of blue in a sea of red that the party later became) in an article sarcastically titled “Zell Bent,” Miller sent him a surprising response. He wrote: “Your review was fair and honest, and I remain your friend and admirer.” It was signed, “Zell Bent.”
In today’s political world, which seems to be composed of equal parts acrimony and blind partisanship, we could use more people like Zell Miller. Unfortunately, we now have one fewer.
By Mike Huckabee
The Trump Administration’s decision to include a question about being a US citizen in the 2020 Census is being denounced by liberals, especially those from blue states with large numbers of illegal immigrants. Nancy Pelosi, who developed a sudden respect for the Constitution and the separation of powers right around January 20th, 2017 called it “unconstitutional,” while DNC head Tom Perez, with his typical restraint and understatement, dubbed the question “a craven attack on our democracy and a transparent attempt to intimidate immigrant communities.”
Which seems a bit hyperbolic, considering they didn’t raise a peep when Bill Clinton’s Census asked the same question in 2000.
Know the facts about guns BEFORE you open your mouth
By Mike Huckabee
If you’re going to devote your life to a cause, you’d think that at some point, you’d sit down at the computer for half an hour and do a little research to learn the most basic facts about it. It’s astounding to me that so many people who want to be put in charge of writing gun laws (or who spend so much time campaigning to ban guns altogether) don’t seem to know the first thing about them.
At the big anti-gun march last week, there were signs demanding that “automatic weapons” be banned (they’ve been banned for all but a tiny handful of heavily-vetted owners since 1934). They say that AR-15 rifles should only be used in combat (they aren’t: they just scare some people because they look like military rifles.) As this video from Campus Reform shows, they want to ban “assault weapons,” yet can’t even define what they are.