July 4, 2017


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Today's Commentary:  Fourth of July weekend -- NYT Retracts-- Another CNN video -- Charlie Gard -- China cuts off the pump


Happy Independence Day! That’s the official name of the Fourth of July holiday, although you don’t hear it too often in these days of people wishing for more dependence on government. Today is when we celebrate America, hold picnics and watch fireworks. But most importantly, it’s a day when Americans celebrate our freedoms.

Sadly, too many today think it’s smart and sophisticated to give up freedom in exchange for government promises of security. As the great philosopher Joni Mitchell once said, “You don’t know what you’ve got ‘till it’s gone.” That’s why the Founding Fathers took such care to lock our most important rights safely within the First Amendment to the Constitution. There are more freedoms guaranteed in that one short sentence than people in most nations can even dream of. That’s why for centuries now, so many people around the world have risked their lives to come to America. The Founders understood that freedom really is that precious.

When the framers of the Constitution first met in 1787, many were afraid that if they created a strong federal government, it would soon be trampling the rights of the people, just like the British king they’d recently fought to break free of. So to make sure the people’s rights would always be protected, they added 10 amendments …although George Mason thought they were so important, they should come first, as the preface to the Constitution. And now, in case, you’ve never heard it, or maybe just forgotten, here is the First Amendment in its entirety:

“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”

And that’s it. This was back before government needed 2,000 pages just to screw up health care. Just 45 simple words protect your freedom to speak freely without fear of government retribution. Your freedom to publish those words so that other Americans can read and debate them (even on college campuses). Your freedom to band together with like-thinking Americans, and protest peacefully without fear of arrest. Your freedom to petition your leaders to complain about their policies, and your right to be free from having an official state religion forced on you, but also from government interference with the expression of your personal religious beliefs. A lot of people celebrate the first half of that last right and pretend the second half doesn’t exist.

The First Amendment is almost like a gift bag crammed full of rights that together make up the foundation of what it means to be an American. The Founders thought those rights were all so important that they found a way to list every single one of them first.

And then, they made sure the right to bear arms was listed second, just in case anyone ever tried to steal the First Amendment.


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NYT Retracts

By Mike Huckabee

And another hallowed anti-Trump media narrative bites the dust: the New York Times has retracted an editorial that scolded President Trump for refusing to acknowledge the “basic fact agreed upon by 17 American intelligence agencies” that Russia orchestrated the 2016 election cyberattacks and did it to help Trump and prevent Hillary Clinton from being elected. That was a claim that Hillary made in her second debate with Trump, and it became a constant talking point on the left during her post-election “Feeble Excuse Tour.” One problem: it isn’t true.

As the New York Times was at long last forced to admit, only three of the 17 intelligence agencies (CIA, FBI and NSA) have looked into this; four, if you count the office of Former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, who released their report.

Now, I’d like the remaining dozen or so intelligence agencies to explain why Russia would want to elect the candidate who was promising to rebuild US military might and world leadership over the one who exposed our classified information to Russia and sold them a fifth of our uranium. Although it shouldn’t take that much intelligence to figure out which one Putin would’ve preferred.


Another CNN video

By Mike Huckabee

And after a week of frenzy over President Trump’s tweets, CNN is back on the hot seat. James O’Keefe’s Project Veritas just released its third video. This one allegedly shows Jimmy Carr, associate producer of CNN’s morning show “New Day,” calling Trump crazy, unqualified and a clown and claiming he doesn’t really believe in any of the issues he ran on, but voters believed him because the voters are “stupid as (bleep).” In case you think that’s just his opinion, he makes it clear that 90% of the CNN insiders he works with feel the same way. And as long as Trump is being accused of sexism for talking about a woman’s face, let’s toss in that Carr calls Kellyann Conway “an awful woman” who looks like someone hit her in the face with a shovel.

CNN: The Classy News Network!


Charlie Gard

By Mike Huckabee

This heartbreaking and infuriating story from Britain hasn’t gotten much coverage in America, but it should be shown on every media outlet to those who think the US needs government-run health care. It shows what happens when heartless, faceless bureaucrats take decisions away from parents and loved ones. It involves Charlie Gard, a 10-month-old boy who has a rare genetic condition. Doctors at his UK hospital decided he couldn’t be saved and declared that they would turn off his life support and let him die. But his parents didn’t want that. They raised donations to fly him to America for an experimental treatment. They begged the hospital to let them try to save their son’s life, arguing that there was nothing to lose if the hospital was going to let him die anyway. But the health officials refused. They decided the baby had to die. They wouldn’t even let his parents take him home to die.

After battling in court, and even appealing to the European Court of Human Rights (which turned them away), the parents spent their last night with little Charlie before the government “health service” turned off his life support over their pleas and objections. Still want to argue that government health care doesn’t lead to “death panels?”


China cuts off the pump

By Mike Huckabee

President Trump pressured China to do something to rein in North Korea’s aggression, and they hit Kim Jong Un with an unpleasant wake-up call: they just cut off exports of gasoline and diesel fuel. It’s not clear whether China did it to mollify Trump, avoid violating sanctions or just because North Korea is spending what little money it has on nukes to threaten its neighbors, leaving it without enough money to pay its gas bills. But whatever the reason, maybe it will help Kim think about his transgressions while he freezes in the dark every night. At least then, he’d know how his people feel.

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  • James Barnett

    07/05/2017 07:43 AM

    Everything written in this news letter is true, except that Congress has already violated the First Amendment, by making Secular Humanism the State Religion of the USA! And as stated by the First Amendment, Congress and the Federal Government are the only ones forbidden to do so! Yet it is Congress that forces Evolution and Relativism in all our Educational Institutions and it is Congress that funds all our Museums, Zoos and Libraries pushing only one viewpoint, that of Secular Humanism! Thus Congress gave the SCOTUS the unmitigated Gaul, to declare Secular Humanism, Not Christianity the State Religion of the USA, despite all the evidence in our Founding Documents! So it is Congress that has violated the Establishment Clause, as no other State, Local or Church Government can, at least according to the First Amendment!!!

  • Marcia Standifer

    07/04/2017 07:49 PM

    Hi, Mike- I believe you are mistaken about Charlie Gard being taken off life support. Last news I can find says he got a reprieve to give family more time together.
    Praying for this little guy and his family; genuinely a sad, terrifying and frustrating situation. As a health care professional, I have grave concerns about the implications of single-payer care efforts in the U.S. Hope Charlie can get here and find some improvement with experimental treatments.

  • Michael Batchelor

    07/04/2017 05:40 PM

    I can tell you why Russia would prefer Trump. Because Putin knows full well that whoever is in the American Presidency has a full-time job that doesn't include worrying that much about Russia. I am not saying that Putin has become a Jeffersonian Democrat and wants to greet us wit open arms. But for the most part, we can stop thinking today's Russia is yesterday's Soviet Union. The Cold War is over. Putin has moved along. Russia has moved along.

    Now, to be sure to God Russia is a global competitor and quite a fierce one at that. And their interests are exactly aligned with our interests.

    But keep in mind that the way you beat a competitor is to outperform them, not sabotage them. And THAT is what Putin and Russia are up to.

    Should we worry about Russia? You bet. Should we worry about Russia trying to install a mole as POTUS? Get real.

    CNN, NYT, et. al are completely out to lunch. And none of them deserve our viewership or readership.

  • Terry Stephan

    07/04/2017 02:30 PM

    Unfortunately, during the last 50 years or so, the Supreme Court and the leftists have somehow become blind to words 11-16; "...or prohibiting the free exercise thereof...". Thus; kids can't pray in schools without teachers reprimanding them, nativity scenes and posting the 10 Commandments are targets for protesting, and wearing clothing with religious markings in colleges has become a form of "hate" speech.....of course this only applies to Christians...

  • Jean Glass Meuser

    07/04/2017 11:03 AM

    I just wanted to Thank you, Governor. ("Our Gov.") I often say I'm in Huckabee country. I wanted to share my thoughts for this important day; Never to forget. This day takes my thoughts to the beginning and the amazing patriots who were inspired by God first, and then from that center received their gift, of being American and Patriots. Patrick Henry believed so much in freedom from "The King" He utter these words to never forget: " I know not what others may choose but as for me, give me liberty or give me death." Isn't that a familiar tone of determination similar to this? "But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord." It reflects on the status of our founders. Josh. 24:15 Events through our country's history maintain that determination. Events in our country's history maintaining. that we were really the United States of America . Civil War After a long fought war "Our" president then maintained that it was about a government "Of the People, By the People, and for the people that shall not perish from the earth. " Then we go to another battle of WW II " A day that will live in infamy,"Claimed by "our" president then on December 8, 1941. My uncle still remains on the USS ARIZONA. Then the most recent tragedy of September 11, 2001, often compared to "the Pearl." Todd Beamer on flight 93. "Let's roll." He was ready to save other people and boldly know he would be the one to sacrifice. People!! That is America. That is WE the people. Let's roll to believing that a country divided cannot stand. Let's roll to prayer and believing in how and why our country is. Let's roll and return back to believing instead of the selfish hate that exists now. I don't have to be specific.Let's roll and take action, and believe the the spoken words of our pledge, especially in believing that we ARE "One Nation, Under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all. HAPPY BIRTHDAY AMERICA.

  • David Abercrombie

    07/04/2017 10:59 AM

    Your right about a lot of things Mike and in this one as far as it goes. But never forget that that none of the Bill of Rights are "gifts". It was the Founders acknowledgement that the limited government they were forming was not and could not take away those rights which were given to us by almighty God!

    Happy Independence Day.

  • Dick McMains

    07/04/2017 08:52 AM

    As important as the First Amendment is, Mr. Obama in his plan to destroy the United States (evidenced by the results of his policies), the single factor which prevented this destruction is the Second Amendment. Had he been able to take the guns away...history would be been repeated and We the People would have been subjects and no longer free individuals.