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May 26, 2021
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Good morning!

Blessings on you and your family, and from all the Huckabee staff! 

Today's newsletter includes:

  • Bible Verse Of The Day
  • "Anti-racism" update with Brearley School dad
  • A Remarkable Man
  • Inspiring story
  • Great Covid News
  • Another surprising, unanimous decision
  • Biden makes another wild claim
  • A Reader Writes Back...

Sincerely,

Mike Huckabee


BIBLE VERSE OF THE DAY 

Who knoweth not in all these that the hand of the Lord hath wrought this?

Job 12:9 KJV

 


"Anti-racism" update with Brearley School dad

By Mike Huckabee

About a month ago, a concerned father named Andrew Gutmann was dismayed at the indoctrination his daughter, a student at the prestigious Brearley School in New York City for the past seven years, was receiving in “antiracism,” which is, of course, racism. (Just as Orwell said that Ignorance Is Strength and War Is Peace, so Racism Is Antiracism.) Gutmann wrote a remarkable letter to the administrators, which, if you didn’t see it then, is available on Substack and linked to here, in a column by Bari Weiss.

https://bariweiss.substack.com/p/you-have-to-read-this-letter

A lot has happened since Gutmann sent the letter. It went viral. We wrote about it. Fortunately, it has played a huge role in bringing attention to the problem of toxic “Critical Race Theory” as it is being taught in schools --- not just in New York, either, but across the country.

Parents pay $54,000 a year to send one child to Brearley. And before their child may be considered for enrollment, parents must take an “anti-racism pledge.” Now, one might think there’s nothing wrong with this; who's for racism, right? But “anti-racism” means something else entirely, which is to say it is the most racist doctrine that’s been seen in America since the Jim Crow days. The difference is that the racism is turned on white people --- even white children, who are taught that they are “privileged” and that they should be ashamed of their “whiteness.” As for children "of color," they're taught that white people are racist and, deep down, hate them. There is hardly anything more damaging one can say to any child. It is straight-up child abuse, to both black and white kids.

Mr. Gutmann let the administrators have it: “If Brearley’s administration was truly concerned about so-called “equity” [equality of outcomes, as opposed to equality of opportunity], it would be discussing the cessation of admissions preferences for legacies, siblings, and those families with especially deep pockets. If the administration was truly concerned about “diversity,” it would not insist on the indoctrination of its students and their families to a single mindset, most reminiscent of the Chinese Cultural Revolution.”

Of himself and his wife, he said that “we no longer have confidence that our daughter will receive the quality of education necessary to further her development into a critically thinking, responsible, enlightened and civic minded adult.” Needless to say, he was pulling his daughter out of the school. Father of the year!

“...Brearley’s obsession with race must stop,” he wrote. “It should be abundantly clear to any thinking parent that Brearley has completely lost its way.” He went on to craft what might be the most spot-on indictment of Critical Race Theory that has ever been written. Again, if you haven’t seen this, it’s an absolute must-read.

And now, a month later, Gutmann has followed up his explosion into the media spotlight with another letter, intended to “dispel several common misperceptions pertaining to this movement [CRT].”

https://thehill.com/opinion/civil-rights/555194-one-fathers-stand-against-critical-race-theory-were-indoctrinating-our?rl=1

He says the perception that opposition to CRT comes just from the political right is incorrect. (This should be welcome news to us on the right.) “...I have received several thousand supportive emails and messages from people throughout the country,” he says, “including many from self-described Democrats and liberals. The tone of most of the messages is not at all political in nature; instead, the tenor is one of desperation and powerlessness.”

Parents and grandparents can’t stand to see their kids being taught “to feel guilty solely because of the color of their skin” and “being brainwashed to turn against their own families.” Even teachers, he says, have written to him to say they have tears in their eyes “because they are required, day after day, to teach fundamentally divisive, racist doctrines and being forced to demonize their own students.”

He relates letters --- the ones he considers the most frightening of all --- from people who came here from the former Soviet Union or from formerly Communist countries in Eastern Europe. (He doesn’t specifically mention Communist China, but that would apply as well.) These first-generation immigrants tell him they have “seen this movie before.” The chill we get when we see our children being indoctrinated in school, or when we’re censored by social media for daring to deviate from approved “facts,” or when we hear about people’s careers being “canceled” over something as innocuous as a tweet from a decade or two ago, is uncomfortably similar to what these immigrants experienced in the land of the not-free.

“Simply put,” Gutmann writes, “they cannot believe this is happening here.”

He goes on to warn that this indoctrination isn’t happening just in schools, but in major corporations and organizations across America. We’ve talked about some of the examples he cites: the anti-racist training forced on employees by Coca-Cola and the Walt Disney Company, the hiring quotas for pilots at United Airlines, the American Medical Association’s roadmap to “social justice” (displaying an obsession with anti-racist jargon that would likely drive the most dedicated members of the medical profession to madness), and even the push within our own Defense Department.

One reason this concerned dad decided to write again, he says, was to clarify that his original letter wasn’t primarily about race. His first concern was that the school wasn’t even willing to talk to parents or engage in any debate about their “anti-racism” initiatives. That “touches the heart of democracy itself,” he writes. Democracy won’t work unless we can debate freely the most difficult issues of our time. “We have allowed a very small but vocal minority, amplified by the power of social media, to shut down nearly all debate on the topic of race and critical race theory,” he writes. “The simple cry of ‘racist’ or the threat of that cry will nearly always do so. This cannot be allowed to continue.”

I would add that race isn’t the only topic being mishandled in this way, to deliberately shut down debate. And though Mr. Gutmann stresses that the issue of Critical Race Theory transcends politics, the people shutting down debate on this and other issues are doing it for political reasons. Any question of global warming gospel or the safety of new vaccines makes one a “science denier.” Any question of the election results or the origin story of COVID-19 makes one a “conspiracy theorist.” Never mind that right now, even the “fact”-checkers who tried to censor any mention of the Wuhan virology lab are scrambling to deal with what is very likely the truth about that.

Gutmann writes, “We must begin to have a national conversation about the story we want to tell our children and about the future we want for our country.” That is true, but for much too long, the conversation has been one way, and we can’t permit that any longer. While some are working overtime to extinguish America’s founding principles and make skin color our defining feature, we have to push back against this evil, at the ballot box (from President down to school board) and in every area of life, to reaffirm our principles of individual freedom and make sure they apply to all Americans.


A Remarkable Man

By Mike Huckabee

For anyone who doesn’t believe that America is a land of opportunity, read the obituary of this remarkable man who was born poor and black in a small Texas town in 1940, quit school in the 10th grade, worked as a janitor, and through hard work and determination, rose to staggering success. At his funeral, his body was carried in a horse-drawn carriage as his favorite song was sung: Frank Sinatra’s “I Did It My Way”…and wow, did he ever!

https://www.mariposagazette.com/articles/edward-campbell-sr/


Inspiring story

By Mike Huckabee

There are precious few stories coming out of professional sports these days that actually make you feel good, but this is one of them. Check out the inspiring story of the Indian immigrant car salesman who just became the first fan ever inducted into the NBA Hall of Fame.

https://twitchy.com/samj-3930/2021/05/25/im-not-crying-youre-crying-thread-on-former-car-salesman-whos-never-played-basketball-getting-inducted-to-nba-hall-of-fame-best-thing-youll-read-today/

Great Covid News

By Mike Huckabee

A study by the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis suggests that people who had even a mild case of COVID-19 may have long-lasting, possibly even lifelong, antibody protection against reinfection.

https://redstate.com/smoosieq/2021/05/26/fantastic-news-out-of-washington-university-school-of-medicine-re-long-term-covid-immunity-n386499

Not-So-Great COVID News: With people finally being allowed to question the possible origins of the coronavirus and whether it came out of a Chinese lab, reports emerged that a couple of months ago, the Biden State Department shut down a Trump-era inquiry into that very question.

https://redstate.com/nick-arama/2021/05/25/biden-officials-shut-down-state-department-investigation-into-wuhan-lab-leak-theory-n386447


Another surprising, unanimous decision

By Mike Huckabee

The Supreme Court issued another surprising unanimous decision this week. The SCOTUS overturned the notoriously liberal 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, ruling that a criminal illegal alien from Mexico had no right to challenge his SECOND deportation following a DUI conviction. His lawyer claimed DUI wasn’t sufficient grounds to deport him, even though it’s considered an aggravated felony.

https://www.westernjournal.com/scotus-unanimously-rules-criminal-illegal-alien/?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=empowerconservatives

Read the article for all the full legal reasoning on why he failed to make his case, which, interestingly, was written by liberal Justice Sonya Sotomayor. Then ask yourself how in the world we got to the point where it takes the Supreme Court to decide whether DUI is a serious enough crime to warrant deporting an illegal alien who was already deported once before and sneaked back into the US illegally again. I must be getting old, but I remember when that alone would’ve been sufficient grounds for deporting somebody.


Biden makes another wild claim

By Mike Huckabee

Remember that time when Joe Biden went off the rails and told a black audience that Republicans “want to put y’all back in chains”? (Fun fact: The Republican Party was founded to end slavery, and it was Democrats who fought a war to preserve it.) Well, Joe is back to slandering Republicans again, only this time, the lie is even easier to debunk. You don’t have to look up what happened in the 1860s, you just have to be able to remember back as far as last year, which maybe Biden can’t.

https://www.westernjournal.com/insanity-biden-cooks-false-claim-trump-campaigned-idea-black-folks-taking-job/?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=empowerconservatives

Among many unmoored-from-reality statements Biden made in an interview with the Atlantic magazine was the stunning claim that Trump ran for reelection by telling voters, “The reason you lost your job is because of an immigrant; the reason you lost that job is because those black folks are taking your job.”

Wow, where to begin untangling that ball of fantasy? First of all, Trump ran on the fact that his policies created jobs, sparking the lowest unemployment numbers ever in nearly all demographics (at least until a virus from China and endless lockdowns in blue states cratered the economy.) Trump actively campaigned to minority voters on how he had created jobs and rising wages for them for the first time in decades, and boasted of achieving the lowest poverty rate ever for African-Americans. They rewarded him with larger shares of the black and Hispanic vote than he or other recent Republican candidates had received before.

Biden also commits the common Democrat fallacy of using the term “immigrant” when what he’s really talking about is illegal immigrants. Illegal immigration does depress wages for low-skill American workers. That’s something that even union icon Cesar Chavez understood. Trump’s border security measures were part of the reason why those US workers’ wages were finally rising until Biden came in and opened up the cheap labor floodgates again.

Is it really any wonder why, under Biden, the black unemployment rate is rising even as the pandemic is ending? Telling lies about Trump isn’t going to create jobs for anyone, but reversing all of Trump’s policies is proving very effective at destroying jobs. Once again, he’s proving that today’s Democrats have only one arrow in their quiver: When their policies inevitably fail, accuse the Party with the successful policies of being racists. It's a shopworn lie that minorities are starting to see through. The Atlantic magazine interviewer didn’t challenge him on any of his wild claims, but I pray that the voters will be smarter than that.


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  • Vivian Hartsoe

    05/28/2021 11:31 PM

    I think it would be marvelous if Trump returned to office and held the fabulous 4th of July celebration like last year!
    Appreciate you so much!!

  • Renee Kendrick

    05/27/2021 09:59 PM

    At my funeral, I prefer a song that gives praise to God, not myself. MY WAY gives praise to man. That is why I don't care for the song, not even Elvis' rendition. Just call me old-fashioned! My steps are ordered by the Lord. HIS ways...and thoughts...are higher than mine. Isaiah 55:9

  • Renee Kendrick

    05/27/2021 09:44 PM

    SCOTUS' unanimous decisions - could the first two be the start of many more during the next four years in order to buck the Biden administration? I certainly hope so!!!

    I just LOVE The Court's message thus far: You want to pack us with radical lefters to gain total control (or even try to force one of us to retire), then we will pack ourselves completely against you! Never underestimate those justices!

  • John Nagelkirk

    05/27/2021 04:51 AM

    Andrew Gutman's letter brings to mind a question for those who believe in "equality of outcome" vice "equality of opportunity": Do you really want to have been selected for a role or position -- be it student, employment or other -- because you worked hard to get there and it's the culmination of your efforts, or because you are fulfilling a need to "check off a box" in the name of diversity and inclusion? I for one do not want a leader who got there because of what he is, but rather for what he has done -- he has earned the right to be there.

  • Kathleen Binni

    05/26/2021 10:54 PM

    Hello Governor. I recently posted the following on Facebook and would love to hear your take on it: "Seeking mental health without building mental strength is a fool's errand. Without mental strength, every criticism is a personal attack that erodes any gains made in mental health. Our society has been saturated with the importance of the former while abandoning the latter. Of course so many of our young people flounder ... we've allowed them to be taught that their feelings matter more than their ability to manage them."
    Love and prayers for you and your family,
    Kathy Binni

  • Judi Duffy

    05/26/2021 09:45 PM

    Gov. Mike, I lost a long-time friend over this "woke" stuff: specifically she called you a "lying pastor "spewing the Trump lies". It broke my heart to unfriend her after so many years; she was a civil engineer, highly educated and extremely intelligent. I guess that stuff happens alot these days, and I pray for her and her family often. i pray also for you and your wonderful daughter.

  • Joyce Kanlan

    05/26/2021 09:36 PM

    Biden’s wild claims. Replay facts, rerun, repeat for all Americans to see, hear & understand. America, God gave each one of us a brain, ability& talents. Each One! It’s up to you to engage it, oil it up& USE it! Find first gear & get moving educating yourself! READ facts& truth for yourself! Look at stats from 8 MISERABLE democrat obama,Biden years to 4 years of President Trump. It’s NOT rocket science, that I assure you. Learn to make INFORMED DECISIONS. Stand on truth, not swayed by capricious left wing rhetoric.

  • Joyce Kanlan

    05/26/2021 09:29 PM

    Surprising Decision. America, God IS still in Control, He still sits on the Throne, and He still answers Prayer!???????? Continue daily to pray without ceasing for our One Nation Under God, our leaders& our legal American citizens!! Keep the Faith!????????+????.

  • Joyce Kanlan

    05/26/2021 09:25 PM

    Great covid news. Biden’s administration shut down President Trump inquiry. NO SURPRISE. Their cover up, hiding, concealing, turning a blind eye, ignoring it, pretend it didn’t happen, call it a conspiracy is WHAT democrats DO constantly. Just like Hillary called Republicans conspiracy on Husband Bills sexual relations with Monica Lewinsky UNTIL light shined, exposed the truth&gave the lying ??following minions no choice but to mumble ‘sorry’(they got caught)&move on to the next man made crisis.

  • Joyce Kanlan

    05/26/2021 09:17 PM

    A remarkable man. First let me say thank you for sharing Good News! America NEEDS to hear&see Good News among the ????left wing MSM lapdogs pour out day in, day out! Get conservative stations, radio & TV, pod casts to SHARE good news! Replay, repeat, rerun allowing America to hear & celebrate good news! Thank you again for the upbeat, good news!

  • Joyce Kanlan

    05/26/2021 09:11 PM

    Update with school dad. In a nut shell America ????, GET UP off your couch, put down the remote, get dressed & head off to your child’s school. SEE& HEAR what is being indoctrinated, I mean taught. SEE&HEAR what the school board is doing. Get INVOLVED with,( they still have?) PTA? Get in there with all parents of the class& TALK, share concerns, ideas& SOLUTIONS! These ARE YOUR KIDS for crying out loud! You “protect” them from stranger danger, HOW ABOUT communism &socialism, hate, intolerance intimidation bullying&violence?

  • joe Reynolds

    05/26/2021 08:25 PM

    With ALL this talk about race, is calling some one "Orange Man" racist?????

  • Sharon Faulkner

    05/26/2021 05:40 PM

    Didn't get the Vaccine (and won't) aint wearing a mask.

  • Nancy Martin

    05/26/2021 04:42 PM

    Loved the article on Edward Campbell. What a great example for everyone on what one can achieve with hard work and determination. I especially like that Frank Sinatra’s “I did it my way” was played at his funeral. I cry whenever I hear that song. It was also played at my Mom’s funeral.

  • JC Holland

    05/26/2021 04:20 PM

    Governor:
    Just curious if you are aware of how woke Sports Illustrated has become?
    This year Swimsuit issue will feature a gender fluid model.
    I canceled them.

  • Jo Cluck

    05/26/2021 04:15 PM

    Just finished reading Scalia Speaks. Tremendous book!! Magnificent quote from Webster's 1790 essay that he gave at one of his son's graduation that struck me to be something all present day schools would be worthy to read and follow. Also recommend if you have not read this...it is one you don't want to miss. God bless.

  • Sharon Faulkner

    05/26/2021 03:56 PM

    One last thing :
    to the old woman whining that her "Liberal" (brainless) family blame Trump for the "attacks" on Chinese or Asians (if any) WHY did she not point out that it never happened under Trump?
    It was when Chinese and Asians expressed opposition to Communism. You know, Mao and the mass murder of millions in the Cultural Revolution?
    So WHO is doing this attacking? Antifa? BLM?
    Hmmm?

  • Margie Nichols

    05/26/2021 03:25 PM

    Regarding the research about those who have had Covid and recovered and have the antibodies - which is probably better than the vaccine. My husband and I both had Covid in November 2020 and since have given blood in February 2021 and May 2021. Since they are testing for the antibodies, our blood has tested positive for antibodies both times we gave. This is a testament for those who still think they should get the vaccine even though they have had Covid. We feel we are covered!

  • Floyd A Unger

    05/26/2021 02:20 PM

    Thank you. Hmmmm ?? terrible and very scary times.

  • Sharon Faulkner

    05/26/2021 02:05 PM

    Mike
    There is something I must say whether it ever gets published or not :
    First of all I am sick and tired of hearing people whine about being afraid of losing family, jobs ect for standing up for Trump and Freedom -- after all he and his family endured to Make America Great Again (and did) you don't have the decency to do likewise?
    And he is STILL being persecuted by these Traitors, Crooks and Corrupts.
    Cowards.
    and Fools. Because first of all sooner or later if the BLUE REICH gets entrenched you will submit or lose all.
    And as Christians remember what Jesus said about IF YOU LOVE ANYBODY OR ANYTHING MORE THAN ME? Hmmm? and that included family.
    And Jews should remember Joshua PICK NOW WHO YOU WILL SERVE.
    Second, for those who whine about Jan 6th -- grow a pair.
    I am PROUD of it ( as are Millions of MAGA) as it might be the last stand of those who dared to stand up to the Reich and Rinos. From now on I intend to fly my flag on Jan 6th with PRIDE. Ms Babbitt will be remembered in the future as a true Patriot and heroine.
    And Jan 6th IS the gift that keeps on giving -- to Patriots. Everytime the Reich allows its Antifa KKK and BLM Brownshirts to committ violence the DNC Fascists show their true ugly faces.
    There is in the marriage vow (or used to be) a Phrase : Speak now or forever hold you peace.
    Think about it.
    Sharon Faulkner


  • Carmen Price

    05/26/2021 01:49 PM

    Governor Huckabee:
    Your story of the father, Mr. Gutmann is amazing and as I was reading I thought just pull your daughter out of the school, they won't miss the $54,000, but might get their attention and as I read further he did just that.
    I don't know why in the last several years that "race" has reared it's ugly head again and is making headway in our schools, businesses, etc. We lived through the 40's, 50's and 60's when there was segregation and now they want to bring it back but in a different form meaning whites are the problem!
    I am a senior and have lived through every administration since FDR and will not bow down to "woke" PC or any of the nonsense the left is creating today.
    All people are equal under the Constitution and that is the way is should be. And I am appalled at the present administration for trying to split America with race and all the LBGT stuff that we do not need in our society! For many years during the Trump administration all was great, now they are tearing it down quicker then you can say Joe Biden!
    Please keep up your work in spreading the good words we need to live by again.
    Regards,
    Carmen Price
    Reno, NV

  • Anne Turner

    05/26/2021 01:33 PM

    The CRT is indeed a horrible thing to be teaching children. Of course , for the sake of all colors, we need to acknowledge several things related to this: we had slavery, a terrible institution, as well as segregation we were abusive to the Native American population, and we treated the Chinese railway workers abysmally. Let’s not forget the Irish, white as the driven snow. How about the interment of the Japanese Americans? That should be part if studying our history, alongside what was done to remedy these situations. Guess what, I am 80 and learned those things in school. But alongside that we need to teach the remedial actions that we have taken and all of the amazing things we have done to make this country great and charitable. It is fine to bring up treating each other with kindness and respect, and to admire and accept cultural differences. But this can be done in a very positive way making all cultures feel good about themselves. No country that I know of has tried so hard to atone for mistakes. Look at how successful the Chinese, Irish, and Japanese in the country have been over the years. Many Black people have been very successful and this was really starting to take hold during the Trump times.

    PS: Do you think knowingly bringing in children destined for the sex trade is and impeachable offense? Just asking. Don’t tell me, Libs, that no one knew!
    There surely must be something that can be charged against Biden to impeach him. How about all that money used against Israel, or lying about Covid. When you look at the charges that were brought against Trump, there are all sorts of .Biden bad decisions and lies. No, I really am not for impeachment yet, just trying to show how ridiculous the war on Trump really was snd is.

  • David E. Miller

    05/26/2021 12:41 PM

    "...Black Lives Matter, a Marxist, anti family, heterophobic, anti-Asian and anti-Semitic organization that neither speaks for the majority of the Black community in this country, nor in any way, shape or form, represents their best interests." (Andrew Gutmann) That's a great definition of an organization whose flag will fly atop embassy flagpoles thanks to Biden kowtowing to the Radical Left.

  • Lawrence Foster

    05/26/2021 11:59 AM

    Ref Biden's "Al Goreisms". Back when Sleazy Joe still had some of his marbles, his relationship with truth was never more than a nodding acquaintanceship. Now that he has permanently moved to Alice's wonderland, his ability to tell the truth has not gotten any better. (For those not familiar with "Al Goreisms versus algorithms, an algorithm is a mathematical formula, an Al Goreism is a whopper told for political purposes).