October 1, 2020
By Mike Huckabee
A "MIXED" RATING
I couldn’t believe during the debate that Joe Biden once again gave his dramatic recitation about the white supremacists with neck veins bulging at Charlottesville and how President Trump called them “very fine people” (he’s claimed that hearing that was the catalyst for him deciding to run for President), and Chris Wallace didn’t inform him that he couldn't possibly have heard it because it's fake news. It's a lie so glaring that even liberal news outlets have debunked it (For about the 100th time: Trump said there were probably fine people on both sides of the argument about removing Confederate monuments, but that the white nationalists should be “condemned totally.”)
Frankly, at this point, I can see only two reasons why Biden would keep telling this long-exposed lie. Either he’s an idiot who doesn’t know it’s been debunked out the wazoo. Or he’s willing to keep repeating a known slanderous falsehood in an attempt to deceive black voters into thinking their President is a racist who hates them, which is a vile, cynical and incredibly corrosive thing to do, as well as being transparently dishonest. I will give Biden the respect to assume that he is not an idiot.
Biden’s willingness to retail such a horrible lie to gin up racial suspicion and division should have been the big story, since it ought to disqualify him as President. But as expected, almost all of the post-debate media coverage focused on how “outrageous” it was that Trump refused to condemn white supremacists.
Here's a headline from the “paper of record” (quotation marks well-earned), the New York Times: “Trump Refuses to Denounce White Supremacy…”
And from NPR (your tax dollars at work): “Trump Declines to Denounce White Supremacy.”
But as a post-debate rewatch of the tape showed (the only harder job was having to write the transcript!), Trump did agree to denounce white supremacists, it just got buried in all the loud crosstalk.
If you don’t believe a conservative outlet, even the reliably liberal “fact-check” site Snopes.com could only give the claim a “mixed” rating, which in the case of any Trump accusation usually means “We tried every way possible to keep from admitting it's false, but we just couldn't.”
Incidentally, how many times is Trump expected to do this? He’s never courted these vile people, and they in no way represent his supporters. It's based on a straw man accusation from the left about Trump's supporters whom they just can't believe would have legitimate reasons to vote against them (is the media saying that nearly 63 million Trump voters are all white supremacists?) While Biden never condemns BLM or Antifa rioters, Trump's had to condemn and disavow these racist jerks on multiple occasions, including David Duke, the KKK and the thugs in Charlottesville in the very comment that Biden keeps misquoting.
And speaking of the KKK, if Trump supports white supremacists, how come just last week, he vowed to designate both Antifa and the KKK as terrorist organizations? You can’t condemn anyone harder than that.
A NEW BIDEN AD
If Joe Biden and his campaign are going to continue going around falsely accusing people of being “white supremacists,” they’d better stick to slandering public figures because otherwise, it might cost them dearly. The campaign is currently running an ad that not only falsely accuses Trump of refusing to denounce white supremacists, but cites as an example Kyle Rittenhouse, the teenager who shot protesters in Kenosha, Wisconsin. (The ad incorrectly says it happened in Portland, but getting facts right obviously isn’t their #1 concern.)
As you can see at the link, Rittenhouse’s attorney Lin Wood says he has a strong case that Rittenhouse acted in self-defense, and that he was never associated with any white supremacist groups. He says that Biden’s ad not only libels his client but is tainting the jury pool, and that he plans to sue both Biden and the Harris/Biden (sorry: "Biden/Harris") campaign and looks forward to ripping Biden to shreds during deposition.
If you think that’s an empty threat about going after big names who defame the little guy, Wood’s previous clients include Richard Jewell and Nick Sandmann. The Biden campaign might want to hold a few million in reserve; they might need it.
EXPLAINING THE PROUD BOYS
All the media’s ginned-up controversy over Trump “dogwhistling” to white supremacist groups is centered on a quote from the debate in which he told the Proud Boys to “step back and stand by.” But Trump said he doesn’t even know who the Proud Boys are (Wallace actually mentioned them first when Trump asked who Wallace wanted him to condemn.)
I can find that believable since I don’t know much about them either, other than seeing them mentioned occasionally in the news (I don’t keep up with every fringe group, just the ones burning down cities, and I don’t believe the Democrats’ claim that those are all right-wingers in junior commie costumes getting an early start on Halloween.) I assume most of you know nothing about them either because, despite what the media think, conservatives aren’t a radical fringe group.
So here’s one of the actual members of that group explaining what the Proud Boys are. I am not telling you to believe what he says, since I’d take any comment from any fringe political group with a pillar of salt. All I will say is "Look at him." I have a hard time believing this guy is a white supremacist, unless we’re all living in an old Dave Chappelle sketch.
This is a great reminder of two very important truths about America that are getting lost:
One is that America is based not on race or gender or social class but on a set of ideas that bind us all together, and those ideas are under attack because that’s the best way to tear America apart.
The other is that the handful of haters, extremists and in-your-face poison spewers that get so much media attention are not America. Think instead of all those strangers around you every day who look nothing like you but who smile at you, wait on you, wave to you, hold the door for you and say “please” and “thank you” to you, and you show the same courtesy, friendliness and respect back to them. That’s America.
RIP HELEN REDDY & MAC DAVIS, AND A “MAYBERRY" DEBATE NOTE
By Pat Reeder
We’re sad to report the deaths of two major music stars of the 1970s on Tuesday, both at age 78. No cause of death was announced for pop singer Helen Reddy, but she suffered from Addison’s disease and was diagnosed with dementia in 2015.
During her heyday, Reddy had her own variety show, appeared on countless other TV shows, acted in movies such as Disney’s “Pete’s Dragon” and on Broadway and London’s West End, and 15 top 40 Billboard singles, including six top 10’s and three #1 hits. They include “I Don’t Know How to Love Him,” “Delta Dawn,” “You and Me Against the World,” “Ain’t No Way to Treat a Lady” and “Angie Baby.”
Her biggest hit, though, and the one that cemented her forever as a feminist icon, was 1972’s “I Am Woman,” for which she wrote the lyrics and Ray Burton wrote the music. It went to #1 and won her the Grammy for Best Female Pop Vocal. She said it was inspired by the strong women in her family who survived the Depression, world wars and abusive, alcoholic husbands, and by the sexism she’d had to battle in show business. (Ironically, some feminists were upset over the line, “But I’m still an embryo,” since they didn’t want to associate the women’s lib movement with a pregnancy – or maybe they didn’t want to associate an embryo with a human being.)
Ironically, the massive success of “I Am Woman” helped end Reddy’s career. When she learned it was mentioned in a friend’s daughter’s history book, she decided she’d made her mark and could never outdo it, so she retired in 2002 to her native Australia. Aside from a few occasional live performances, she mostly devoted herself to her family and a new career as a clinical hypnotherapist. Ironically, just this month, a new movie about her life debuted. It’s called “I Am Woman.”
Also on Tuesday, pop/country singer/songwriter/actor Mac Davis passed away in Nashville after heart surgery. Davis recorded a number of hits, including “Stop and Smell the Roses,” “Baby, Don’t Get Hooked on Me” and “It’s Hard to Be Humble.” He also wrote many hits for other artists, including Kenny Rogers’ “Something’s Burning,” Gallery’s “I Believe In Music,” the Elvis classics “In The Ghetto,” “Memories” and “A Little Less Conversation,” and even co-wrote the recent Bruno Mars hit, “Young Girls.”
Like Reddy, Davis also hosted his own NBC variety series and acted in movies (“North Dallas Forty,” “The Sting II”) and on stage (“The Will Rogers Follies.”) He was so versatile, he is both a member of the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame and has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
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A personal post-debate note…
Last night, to cure my post-debate headache, I put on Amazon Prime to watch “The Andy Griffith Show.” By sheer dumb luck (the same force that kept my wife Laura from dying when she caught swine flu under Obama/Biden), the next episode up in my rotation was “Politics Begins at Home” (Season 7, Ep. 8.)
In it, Aunt Bea decides to run for city council, not knowing that Andy has already endorsed county clerk Howard Sprague for the seat. She accuses Andy of being a sexist and doesn’t believe his pleas that he just thinks Howard is better qualified for the position. After making his life miserable for a while, she goes to a debate with Howard. When people ask about issues of local importance, like whether to build a new bridge or sewer system, she has the same answer:
If the people want a bridge (or sewer system or whatever), then they shall have a bridge! The people’s will shall always be supreme and lead us through the dark night of politics (or something like that.) Naturally, it gets a lot of applause.
Then Howard keeps explaining, with facts and figures, why those projects would be wastes of taxpayer money and how the same thing could be accomplished much cheaper.
Eventually, Aunt Bea stands up and urges everyone to vote for Howard because he’s obviously the most qualified and she doesn’t know why anyone would vote for her.
If only last night’s debate had gone like that, with Uncle Joe in the role of Aunt Bea.
BIBLE VERSE OF THE DAY (KJV)