When I heard the sad news that my friend Herman Cain had lost his fight with coronavirus, it was the same day, Thursday, as Rep. John Lewis’ funeral. Lewis, a strong partisan with whom I disagreed on most issues, had indeed been a brave leader for civil rights since he was a very young man and deserves recognition for that.

President Obama shared many positive words of tribute to the man and his fight for civil rights, and that was all fine. But he somehow...just...couldn’t...resist...getting political. What is it about Democrats and funerals that they just can’t avoid politics long enough to honor the dead person?

Here’s a link to the transcript of his entire speech, but I’d like to call attention to the brazenly political part, which he led into by saying we have to “keep vigilant” for the “darker currents”…

Obama:

"...Bull Connor may be gone, but today, we witnessed with our own eyes police officers kneeling on the necks of black Americans. George Wallace may be gone, but we can witness our federal government sending agents to use tear gas and batons against peaceful demonstrators. We may no longer have to guess the number of jellybeans in the jar in order to cast a ballot, but even as we sit here, there are those in power who will do their darnedest to discourage people from voting by closing polling locations and attacking our voting rights with surgical precision, even undermining our Postal Service in the run-up to an election that’s gonna be dependent on mail-in ballots so people don’t get sick.

"I know this is a celebration of John’s life. There are some who might say we shouldn’t dwell on such things. But that’s why I’m talking about it. John Lewis devoted his time on this earth fighting the very attacks on democracy and what’s best for America that we’re seeing right now.”

ME:

Okay, Mr. Obama, you couldn’t have planned your words to be more divisive. The segregationist BULL CONNOR (a Democrat, by the way) was the city official in Birmingham, Alabama, who in the 1960s directed that fire hoses and attack dogs (!) be turned on civil rights protesters, even children, who were peacefully protesting. To bring up that kind of ugly and truly “systemic” racism of old now in light of what is happening today is as divisive and inflammatory as it gets. You should be ashamed.

By the way, since you mentioned George Wallace, I will add that this old-time segregationist actually helps exemplify the progress we’ve made in our society, in that in his later years, after being paralyzed by an attempted assassin’s bullet, he came to denounce his earlier views. But no, we have to ignore progress and dwell on the ugly past.

We aren’t seeing, as you described it, “police officers” kneeling on the “necks” of black Americans. We saw one very bad cop with his knee on the neck of a black man, and that bad cop, along with others who were complicit, have rightly been charged with MURDER. And our government did not send officers to use tear gas and batons on “peaceful” protesters. This is hardly a “peaceful” protest, and black lives are being destroyed. The neighborhoods being destroyed are largely black neighborhoods. Many of the cops are black, too, and I’m sure the last place they want to be is in the middle of that mess, having to deal not just with the violence but with racist abuse being hurled at THEM just for trying to keep the peace.

But you just had to say those things, didn't you? Thanks, Obama!

Then you went on to talk about “those in power” who will “do their darnedest” to keep people from voting. You didn’t have to get specific; we know and your cheering audience knew you meant my party, Republicans, led by President Trump, trying to stop blacks from voting…”with surgical precision,” as you put it. And in the most laughable comment you made, you said we’re “even undermining our Postal Service” when we warn against problems with mail-in ballots.

Undermining our great Postal Service? The problems with mail-in voting are real and well-documented; thousands of ballots can be “lost” at a time. THIS can be carried out with "surgical precision," as can other types of voter fraud. Imagine this in 2020 on a massive, nationwide scale.

What we want is a clean election. Most of all, we have to be able to trust the results. We want everyone to be able to vote safely --- either with distancing and masks, or with a documented absentee ballot --- and for every vote to count. EVERY vote. That’s it.

Yes, as you said, we are seeing attacks on democracy now. But I see them coming from organizations such as Antifa and Black Lives Matter, largely run and funded by white people on the left. The left, where you reside.

Oh, something else: You said that if making changes to the Voting Rights Act means getting rid of the filibuster, “another Jim Crow relic,” then we should. You also likened this summer’s protests to the ones led by Dr. King. I certainly can’t speak for Dr. King, but it seems to me that he would be sickened by the violence.

As for the filibuster, yes, it was used by senators (mostly southern Democrats) to hold off passage of the 1964 Civil Rights Act. But it has been used many times for many reasons; mostly it’s a tool to keep a bare majority from running roughshod over the minority. But the ends justify the means, right?

How I wish I could ask Herman Cain what he thought about this. On second thought, it would probably just tick him off (along with all the leftists blaming him for his own death), and he's in a much better place now.

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  • Dot Whitley

    07/31/2020 03:46 PM

    This is a very good commentary, although you are much nicer than I could ever be. I love men like Herman Cain, and I sure wish there were more of them, and after the Lord gets through with us we might see a lot more good men of every color. That would be answer to prayer. As for the majority
    of what we have now they mean nothing to me at all. Heaven will surely be worth it all when this wicked world will be over.

  • Robert Berger

    07/31/2020 03:45 PM

    Governor Huckabee, with all due respect, look who's talking . President Trump did not even have the decency to attend the funeral of the late, great John Lewis . Of course, this is typical of him .
    And yes, despite what he and his defenders say, Trump IS a vicious racist . And do you have to bring up the irrelevant fact that Bull Connor was a Democrat ? Such racist bigots are no longer found in this party . However, the racism of the Republicans is now much more subtle . Republican social and economic policies have done nothing but grievous harm to blacks and other minorities in America for decades ; for example, making it extremely difficult for them to vote and suppressing so many of their votes by failing to count them .
    Constantly eviscerating and abolishing essential government programs to help the poor .
    GOP refusal to raise the minimum wage, this keeping millions of Americans helplessly mired poverty . Refusing to make health care , college, food and housing affordable. And so on .
    And on top of this, GOP politicians have the sheer unmitigated gall to accuse the struggling poor of being "lazy bums " who want to "sponge off the government " while it allegedly takes hard earned money form honest Americans who do work .
    John Wilson spent his life fighting these destructive GOP policies . Trump is only making them worse .

  • Kathy Simmons

    07/31/2020 03:43 PM

    Dear Mr. Huckabee, I can’t tell you enough how I appreciate you and your newsletters. I agree with each of your points. It helps to know you feel the same way I do. Thank you for always keeping us informed. Blessings!

  • Sharon M Eriksen

    07/31/2020 03:35 PM

    Thank you for your comments, you are right on. I found comments by Alveda King and Leo Terrell also interesting. A liberal friend posted on FB: "Today one suggested postponing an election.
    One reminded us what a democracy is in a powerful heart felt eulogy."
    How did the left get so far off track from reality?

  • Andrea Diradourian

    07/31/2020 03:35 PM

    I was so upset by his political diatribe that I wrote him a letter telling him he disrespected John Lewis by making a political speech instead of sticking to eulogising him for his lifelong commitment to civil rights ... it was an arrogant gesture on Obama's part.

  • alicia Cervera

    07/31/2020 03:02 PM

    So Right Gov. Huckabee. This man is such a disgusting unscrupulous and disrespectful vicious man. Not the time not the place to make his little political speech! But marxists dont waste a moment to put forth their divisive rhetoric and disinform the American public.

  • alicia Cervera

    07/31/2020 03:01 PM

    So Right Gov. Huckabee. This man is such a disgusting unscrupulous and disrespectful vicious man. Not the time not the place to make his little political speech! But marxists dont waste a moment to put forth their divisive rhetoric and disinform the American public.

  • Clay Skinner

    07/31/2020 02:58 PM

    Obama's comments disgraceful and disgusting at funeral!

  • Shirley Galloway

    07/31/2020 02:46 PM

    You are spot on Mr Huckabee. But you forgot, Obama is the one that started the ball rolling to "fundamentally transform America" into a third world country, so of course he would be against anything American. Except the money for himself, of course.
    I hope you will repeat some of what you said on your TV show so that even more can hear the truth!
    Thank you for standing for the American people!

  • Julianne Eisele

    07/31/2020 02:44 PM

    Oh Reverend Huckabee, I am so thankful for your wise words. I am thankful that there are people like you fighting the good fight of bringing light into this very dark situation. I am always amazed at how many people swallow the left narrative. What is in them that makes this so? Why can they not see what this country has to offer?

  • Kevin Cook

    07/31/2020 02:34 PM

    I had not forgotten how much Hussein disgusts me.
    Hussein was unable to raise his voice above his low principles until this Ebonics rant at this political fund raising funeral.
    DemocRats never see life as it really is. All they can ever see is their reflection of life - distorted by their own morally perverted and juvenile perceptions

  • Martha Black

    07/31/2020 02:22 PM

    I watched the video of the "peaceful demonstrations" and they screamed that someone with deep pockets and a big agenda was behind it. I've never been to a big city where rocks and bricks were laying around for easy throwing and where do the average Joes get gas masks at night or in the daytime, for that matter."

  • Floyd A Unger

    07/31/2020 02:15 PM

    Obama acted like a sideline fan at a game swelling with victory pride before the game is over.

  • Rose Marie

    07/31/2020 02:12 PM

    Gov. Huckabee. I wish your two most current writings could reach every American. You are spot on with all your comments and I so wish more people could read your morning and night columns. Thank you so much for telling it like it really is.

  • Don Riley, M.D.

    07/31/2020 02:08 PM

    Mike,

    Another timely on-point article. And the comment re General Stonewall Johansen is one of the best lines I've read lately.

    However, I take issue with the assertion that murder was rightly charged in the Floyd case. The kneeling on neck restraint technique and having the subject held prone are both by the book and supported by good science. If you've not read the full autopsy report, you should. It reveals zero evidence of airway injury or evidence of any significant trauma to Floyd. What it does show is a well above lethal level of fentanyl, along with other illegal drugs of abuse, in a man with severe coronary artery disease. Fentanyl kills by fatally depressing breathing. Floyd killed himself.

    I'll grant that viewing the video is inflammatory and easily leads the uninformed to conclude police brutality, especially given that Floyd died while being so restrained, but a more dispassionate consideration would view the events in their entirety, including the inconvenient fact that Floyd was complaining of being unable to breathe before he was restrained, not to mention the fact that he was a large, strong man violently resisting officers trying to arrest him without undue force. He died of an overdose of a common cause of fatal ODs, not from police actions, and certainly not murder.

    To so unfairly impute murder to any of the officers, no matter their prior records, is a disservice not only to the officer(s), but at least as importantly to our society and system of justice, neither of which is aided by such unjustified statements, both of which are in sore need of your more usual level-headed assessments.

  • John Woodrow King

    07/31/2020 02:06 PM

    I agree with you, Mr. Huckabee. It's just too bad Mr. Obama will ignore your comments, if he even see's them.

  • Hubert Davis

    07/31/2020 02:05 PM

    I am all for Obama going to jail after this speech. The DOJ can get plenty to put him in jail over all he did against Trump in last election. Guess doj should wait until after the election. I was against this until after the speech he made, he is just a trouble maker, american hater.

  • Tim Payne

    07/31/2020 02:00 PM

    Great article but crappy subject or subject speaker. The King is still a disgrace and criminal. A fraud on the American people for 8 years and a continued fraud today. The divider and liar in Ex Chief is what he is and he refuses to go away just like Hillary so lets finish the investigations and put them all in Prison. Sounds like the best plan for the Traitor.

  • steve citron

    07/31/2020 01:53 PM

    WHEN is this CLOWN going to realize he is NOT OUR PRESIDENT, and stop butting into things he has no business getting into. He is like all the rest of us, nothing more. His Socialistic, and arrogant, Narcissism, has many of us boiling angry. He keeps throwing gas on the fire, and BOTH he and his "Wife", should slink back to the hole they crawled from. A NEW DAY IS COMING, and we AMERICANS are fed up with the destruction and violence being allowed by certain governmental jack asses. BEWARE of poking the BEARS !

  • Rosemarie Kaupp

    07/31/2020 01:51 PM

    Every time Obama opens his mouth he lies and is divisive. We had 8 years of this and now more of the same. It wasn't a funeral eulogy, but a campaign speech. Obama was the most divisive, inept and corrupt president ever. He continually divided America along racial, economic, class, gender, religious, ethnic, educational and just about anything. Worst president ever! He is joined at the hip to George Soros. Both of them are thoroughly evil men. I can't understand how people don't see through Obama. If Biden wins, Obama and Soros will be pulling a lot of strings in the White House.

  • Wanda Magdalen

    07/31/2020 01:22 PM

    WOW! Beautifully said Mike! Obama was a total disgrace to that funeral and his family!
    The loss of Herman Cain is a great loss for us all! Such a sweet soul! He definitely would have been appalled at Obama as well! Blessings Mike! ??????

  • Rhonda Fulghum

    07/31/2020 01:14 PM

    Obama is truly a rotten to the core person. No other way to describe him. Not all who follow his "teachings" are rotten, they have just fallen into his hypnotic web. So sorry for them.

  • Jerry Nelson

    07/31/2020 01:00 PM

    Governor,
    Herman should have been the 1st black PODUS (IF we couldn't get Thomas Sowell).
    The smear JOB they did on him was horrific!
    Have George Floyd's autopsy results been released?
    Attached go to:https://www.chattanoogan.com/2020/7/30/412797/Roy-Exum-I-ll-sign-This-Letter.aspx

  • Ron Besse

    07/31/2020 12:59 PM

    The great 'Divider' spoke for 40 minutes, at a funeral, no less, while passing along his take on a false narrative of the peaceful protests. He must watch the same MSM biased reporting as the rest of the democrats.

  • Tillie Agnick

    07/31/2020 12:54 PM

    I knew from day one that Obama was a divider.He said he would change our nation as we know it and he did! I pray he realizes the damage he has helped to bring. My heart is broken for the US I knew!????