May 3, 2020
By Mike Huckabee
TRUST THE LORD AND TELL THE PEOPLE
(My show monologue)
Welcome to the Huckabee Show coming to you from all over the country instead of from our theater in Nashville. But this won’t last forever—and in the meantime, we’re making the best of it including inviting you to our Virtual Theater by getting Virtual Tickets so you can “Meet Me at the Couch.” Each week those with virtual tickets are put in random drawing for some cool swag from our show. Register for your virtual tickets at huckabee.tv
How’s the social distancing thing going? Don’t you sometimes just want to get in your car, go somewhere—anywhere—and just go up and hug someone; even a total stranger? For those of us who haven’t left our homes in 7 weeks, we are rapidly approaching the fight or flight moment. And in many states, things are starting to open up, albeit in spurts and small steps.
One thing we know—the models and predictions for how bad it was going to be were all wrong. For those who had an acute case of Wuhan Virus, it was awful. For those who’ve had a family member die from it, there are no words adequate to offer condolences and compassion. But I hope we feel the same way when an acquaintance dies of cancer or heart disease or from an accident.
AINSWORTH: SOME PERSPECTIVE ON HYDROXYCHLOROQUINE
By Laura Ainsworth, Staff writer
Hydroxychloroquine has been shown to protect against malaria –- I took it myself on a trip to India several years ago –- and it has been around for, oh, about 70 years. It’s considered by doctors to be quite a safe drug, though patients should be monitored by their health practitioner “just in case” because it has been associated with heart arrhythmia. Many people who have lupus, rheumatoid arthritis and other autoimmune problems have been on this drug for years, even decades, at a time, and some of these patients really need it to get along, as we're discovering now that they're having trouble obtaining it.
But to hear the media, this drug has terrible, life-threatening side effects. Never mind the stories of dramatic reversals and recoveries; this drug will KILL YOU, even if you're on it for a week or less. President Trump has been irresponsible for suggesting this drug might be helpful in keeping coronavirus patients out of the hospital and off ventilators.
Some states are starting to open up, but at “Huckabee” on TBN, we never shut down! And we have another great new show for you tonight! My guests will include Acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf, actor Dennis Quaid, best-selling author and pastor Ruth Graham, and Katherine Schwarzenegger Pratt, who will tell us about her new book on the gift of forgiveness. His previous scheduled appearance had to be postponed, but now, magician Reza of “Penn & Teller: Fool Us” will magically appear with an astounding illusion. And we'll top it off with a visit and music from country superstar Lee Brice!
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THE BLUE-STATE DEFINITION OF "PUBLIC SAFETY"
Threaten citizens with jail for surfing on empty beaches, walking in parks or attending drive-in church services, but let dangerous criminals out of jail because they might catch the coronavirus in there. How dangerous? How about the Green River Killer, suspected of 71 murders, convicted of 49 and sentenced to over 500 years in prison? He came within one vote of being released by the Washington State Supreme Court.
Okay, Washington: California will see your Green River Killer and raise you seven high-risk sex offenders.
And let’s not forget: to stop the spread of the virus, we must also shut down the gun stores so law-abiding citizens can’t defend themselves from all the violent criminals who are being released. Well, it wouldn’t matter anyway: people would be arrested before they could get to the gun store just for leaving their houses. In really liberal states, dangerous criminals are the only people who aren’t confined indefinitely.
ICYMI: THE FIRST FOUR MONTHS OF 2020
When the coronavirus first mugged the world (with China’s government acting as accomplice to the crime), we knew almost nothing about it, even whether it could be transmitted from human to human. That was back in January (although it could have been spreading even earlier – see, we keep finding out new stuff all the time!) We’ve now been dealing with it for four months, and we’ve learned a lot since then, and not just about the virus itself. We’ve also learned a lot about our political and media classes, and frankly, they haven’t distinguished themselves as being much better than the virus.
We can now look back over the first four months of 2020 with 20/20 hindsight and see things clearly that were difficult for most people to grasp in the heat of the moment. For instance, we were told repeatedly that President Trump was poorly prepared, in denial, that every decision he made was ill-informed, too late and wrong-wrong-wrong, even that he is personally responsible for over 50,000 Americans dying of the disease (with experts now predicting a US death toll of over 70,000.) We’ve heard his critics claim repeatedly that if only they’d been in charge, the right decisions would have been made, “science” would have ruled the day, and they would have done everything right and much sooner.
Okay, it’s nearly May, so let’s look back and assess if any of that is true. First of all, the “experts” now predicting 70,000 deaths started out by predicting 2.2 million deaths, so what exactly are they “experts” in? Plus, while I don’t want to downplay the extraordinary danger of this particular disease, the death toll of the flu in 2017-’18 was about 80,000.
Trump banned travel from China in late January, a move that likely saved countless lives. His critics at the time accused him of racism and xenophobia. As recently as late February, prominent Democrats such as Nancy Pelosi and Bill DeBlasio were urging people to ignore the scare stories and turn out for big public events. They later accused Trump of not acting soon enough to ban travel or take the threat seriously. Trump even warned about it in his State of the Union speech that Nancy Pelosi made a big show of tearing up.
They also claim that Trump should have shut down the economy sooner. Yet while he was setting up his virus task force, they were completely obsessed with trying to impeach him. Even the WHO, whom they defend because Trump called them out for parroting Chinese lies, tried to downplay the danger early on. What do you think they would’ve said about Trump if he’d used executive orders to shut down the economy then?
They’ve also made a national hero out of Dr. Anthony Fauci (see last week’s “SNL” sketch where he was played by Brad Pitt and depicted as the rational savior protecting us from the dangerous idiot man-child Trump.) But Trump has taken Fauci’s advice on almost every issue, and despite fake news rumors, never fired him. If Fauci is always right, and Trump has done what he recommended, then how can Trump have always been wrong?
This relentless drumbeat of “Trump wrong! Trump wrong!” has apparently convinced some people, since a new NPR/Marist poll of “adults” claims that Americans believe Joe Biden could handle the virus better than Trump by 15 points. Yes, Joe “That travel ban is xenophobic/What day is it again?” Biden. I can’t help wondering if this was actually a poll of adults committed to mental institutions.
We now know a lot more about the virus, but at a time when we should be making decisions based on those facts, we’re still getting a steady diet of panic, politics and partisan narratives that the media cling to like an Iowa tourist clutches her purse in Times Square. Making Trump look wrong about everything is still Job 1, even if it requires ignoring basic math.
Sen. Ted Cruz has released a video looking back to remind us of who was really taking this threat seriously and who was downplaying it.
With four months of hard-won knowledge behind us, Americans are assessing the facts on their own, and they’ve started demanding that we move past the panic and lockdowns and get on with life. But some politicians are imposing even more absurd rules. They seem to want to prolong the misery of their own constituents, preferably until after the election.
Some Democratic Governors are even banning people from going to beaches and parks and forcing them to stay indoors, even as new research suggests that lack of Vitamin D (which you get from exposure to the sun) increases your chances of dying from the coronavirus.
Will these people win in November by not only “denying science” but rewriting history? Or are voters already spending their virus relief checks on tar and feathers? I would remind them of the words of a great Democrat from back when there were Democrats who put country ahead of party. As Daniel Patrick Moynihan put it, “Everyone is entitled to his own opinion, but not his own facts.”
For more on this subject, I recommend Kurt Schichter’s latest column at Townhall.com. In his usual hilariously brutal fashion, Schlichter lists a series of tough but fair and necessary questions that our media class would be asking Democrats if they were actually journalists instead of unpaid DNC PR agents.
Finally, the line of the day, from an anonymous wag on Facebook: The White House Press Corps are a group of people with faces filled with Botox who pretend to be shocked and appalled at the idea of injecting a dangerous substance into your body.
Bible Verse of the Day (KJV)
He that followeth after righteousness and mercy findeth life, righteousness, and honour.
Proverbs 21:21 (KJV)