December 22, 2020

December 22 2020      

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  • 2020 Isn’t Through With Us Yet
  • How Oregon Works
  • News roundup
  • Christmas means a whole lot more
  • It’s not how fancy your tree is

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Mike Huckabee

2020 Isn’t Through With Us Yet

By Mike Huckabee

Please say a prayer for our fellow Americans on Hawaii’s Big Island who are under a shelter-in-place order after the Mount Kilauea volcano began erupting on Sunday.

How Oregon works

By Mike Huckabee

Riot, loot, burn and “occupy” other people’s property in the name of BLM, Antifa or protesting the police, and you’re exercising your constitutional rights and nobody will lay a finger on you. Come to the Capitol to protest endless draconian lockdowns destroying your livelihood and get met with riot cops wielding pepper spray.

That may be how Oregon works, but it’s not the way the Bill of Rights is supposed to work.

News roundup

By Mike Huckabee

(We usually shift to Christmas-only material during Christmas week, but since the news refuses to stop coming this year, here’s a round-up of some of today’s biggest and most interesting stories. After you read them, relax and enjoy some of our great reader Christmas stories.)

Monday, Congress finally came to agreement on a $2.3 trillion spending bill that includes long-overdue coronavirus relief. It’s one of the costliest spending bills ever proposed. However, critics are thrashing the bill as a pork-stuffed Christmas tofurkey, light on virus relief and heavy on disgusting things that shouldn’t be in it at all.

For instance, Americans making $75,000 a year or less will get a one-time $600 stimulus payment (half of the first bill’s relief) and a $300 addition to unemployment benefits.

Meanwhile, the bill also includes $130 million for “invasive species assessment, mitigation and reduction;” $1 million a year through 2025 for “water resources on the Tibetan plateau” plus $675,000 for Tibetan scholarship programs; $30 million a year for a US-India Development Foundation; $8 million a year for the next four years for Tibetan refugees plus $4 million a year for Tibet’s government; $10 million for “gender programs” in Pakistan; $130 million for HIV/AIDS workers stationed abroad to buy cars; and the creation of a committee to regulate performance-enhancing drugs in race horses. Plus, of course, a lot of spending to fight “climate change” and promote “diversity,” both of which are vital to controlling the coronavirus, I’m sure.

Here are even more spending items in the bill that benefit people everywhere but in America.

It isn’t often that I find myself in agreement with Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, but she was right when she fumed that Congress members were handed a 5,500+ page bill and told they’d have to vote on it in two hours, with no time to read it. The problem is, as Republican Rep. Thomas Massie pointed out, that the Democrats all voted to waive the 72-hour waiting period that was created to give members the time to read a bill before voting on it.

However, the real problem is that massive omnibus spending bills like this exist at all. If the coronavirus is an emergency, then a bill should’ve been passed that focuses solely on that. If these other things are worthy of robbing the taxpayers to pay for, then let their sponsors justify the spending in open debate, not hide them behind the camouflage of emergency virus aid.

Here’s more on the bill and a call for President Trump to veto it and force Congress to pass a clean relief bill.

Christmas means a whole lot more

By Mike Huckabee

This story shows us that Dr. Seuss was right: Christmas is not something that comes from a store. Christmas means a whole lot more.

Tina from California wrote that she was a struggling single mom for many years. She managed to keep a roof over her daughter and son's heads. But there was no money for the Christmas extravagances many families enjoy. They had to be creative and "make do."

Instead of buying cards, they'd call relatives and sing carols to them over the phone. And instead of buying fancy Christmas treats, they'd go into the kitchen and make donuts out of Pillsbury biscuit dough, and sweeten and decorate them with cinnamon and sugar. Tina said that for years, Christmas wasn't a good memory for her. All she remembered about those Christmases was being poor.

Then, Tina wrote:

“When my son was 20, he said 'Mom, remember when we used to make donuts and sing to everyone for Christmas?'

Sulking, I replied, ‘Yeah.’

He said, 'That is one of my BEST Christmases. We didn't have a lot of money, but we had a lot of love to give.'

I have since changed my opinion...(Now), it is one of my best Christmas memories also. My heart grew 3 sizes that day!...Ever since, I make it a point to make a homemade gift for the people in my family. Last year, I made everyone throw quilts. Christmas is more than a day... It is a memory!”

Thank you, Tina for that precious memory and a valuable lesson for us all. It’s not the presents you spend money on that stay with your kids for a lifetime, it’s your presence spent with them that they’ll cherish forever.

It’s not how fancy your tree is

By Mike Huckabee

One thing we all learned from “A Charlie Brown Christmas” is that it’s not how fancy your tree is that matters, it’s the love it represents. A radio listener of mine named Vicky from California sent me a beautiful story that illustrated that as well as Charles M. Schulz did.

Vicky recalled a time years before, when her young family was desperately poor and struggling to provide Christmas for their three small children. Her husband brought home a tree, but was so exhausted after working 14 hours, he hadn't noticed it was dead and brown on one side.

A neighbor tried to help by giving them a little 18-inch, lighted tabletop tree. Vickie thought it was so small and ugly, she began to cry at the thought that this shrunken thing would be their family's tree. Just then, her little daughter began to cry, too, and hugged her. But she was crying for a very different reason.

The little girl said in awe, “That is the most beautiful tree I have ever seen. Do we really get to have that as our tree this year?"

Vicki wrote, “I had a permanent attitude change. That night, I couldn't stop thanking our Heavenly Father enough for His blessings.”

Thank you, Vicki. That story puts a new spin on “a little child shall lead them.”



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  • Sheri Co

    12/23/2020 11:51 AM

    May you all have a Merry Christmas and a New Year full of God's hope and blessings.

  • Lisa Coburn

    12/23/2020 08:17 AM

    I love the christmas stories. They put a smile on my face, ?? which has been hard to do with the way 2020 has turned out.
    All I want for Christmas is 4 more years with President Trump ??????
    Thank you

  • Terry Reeves

    12/23/2020 07:44 AM

    Why are no conservative media sources sharing trumps speeck about election fraud fron 12/22

  • Remedios Cruz

    12/23/2020 01:58 AM

    An excellent read Governor. It is di heartwarming for the season !

  • Judy Radley

    12/22/2020 11:08 PM

    Yes, indeed President Trump MUST veto the bill as it is not anything to do with covid relief, it is only Pelosi's pet rock projects (I say pet rock as that seems to be the only thing she can nourish since you don't have to feed nor water a rock ), and with President Trump's veto, if it shuts down the govt. so be it, then they will know how it feels to be shut down too, like small businesses have to deal with. I am still holding out hope and praying that God will intervene and restore America to Americans by re-electing President Trump on Jan. 6 as it is totally within the U.S. Constitution to do so. And so what if there are riots, there will still be riots no matter what since law and order will be out the window if looney toons Biden gets in, and riots will happen then too, so it is better to riot for good reason like keeping America American and not Chinese or Russian, and to use law and order, military and national guard to restore it by arresting all those who go against American foundations founded by U.S. Constitution, Under God, and throw them all in the jails that are closing, as they are still buildings not being used, so use them and put Biden family, Pelosi, Schumer, Cuomo, Newsome, all those who committed Treason against America by allowing fraudulent elections to happen and riots to not be stopped, and also the media giants, they need to be held accountable too for their treasonous acts, esp. the jerks Cobert & all the late night assinine jerks who are disrespecting to everyone who is for Americanism to thrive and not die to be replaced by socialism and communism. All criminals who were let out of jail by the same people noted above, to be rounded up again and put back to where they belong, in jail!!! If they don't like it, send THEM TO CHINA WITH THE REST OF THE BIDEN/HARRIS PELOSI, CUOMO, et al, to make them learn by living in what communism and socialism really is like, then maybe, but doubtful that they would appreciate Americanism, but they are too old and narrow-minded to change, so they won't ever learn. I am praying to God faithfully and daily to have His kingdom come, His will be done on Earth as it is in Heaven..... to rid evil of its grip on America by His plan that He has made.... I pray that will come soon, but God's plan happens in God's time, not man's time.

  • Debbie L. Slaton

    12/22/2020 09:28 PM

    Thank you, Sir Huckabee! I truly enjoyed your newsletter.
    Since UTube kicked me out, (Maybe because I called that fraud "pres. elect" a dottering old puppet donkey's behind? I don't know, but the only thing I miss are your shows and kind-hearted words.
    I just want to say that I truly believe that all will be well, these times are a test of our faith in our Lord, Jesus Christ, and as long as we don't let Satan get between us and our Loving God, we will be seeing real miracles very soon.
    So, thank you again, (you remain my knight of Truth and Justice) ??

  • Robert Simes

    12/22/2020 07:32 PM

    Thank you for the inspiring stories. We could spend all our time bemoaning the fact that there were major issues with the election. But I'd rather read about the joy that comes from that baby born over 2,000 years ago. Life is so much more than what the politicians try to tell us it is.

  • Jerry

    12/22/2020 06:57 PM

    China is our and my concern today and has been for 2 years now with equal concern is our Congress we have members that been clinging to China's purse strings for 30 to 40 years and they are still clinging even more than ever. The China problem is not going away the Iran problem is not going away the Russia and North Korea problems are not going away they are going to get worse. Its payback time the congress's IOU are due and our National enemies are collecting the bills our supreme court is paying the bill the Governors in the 5 states the phony elections have taken place are paying the bill major corporations bills are due and they are supplementing BLM ANTFIA and Anti American organizations to destroy law and order and of course our supplemented china MSM all the IOUS have come due and China has been collecting now since the the beginning of 2020 and members of America helped with the China Virus killing Americans destroying business and religion Do not expect any help from any of these entities for they are being blackmailed and they won't get out of line with Justice the Chinese will expose them or shoot them the North Korean regime just shot a person in public for listening to American Radio I think the MSM should have fear for spreading propaganda and exposing people to lies and misinformation. People the country is under house arrest held hostage by the Congress of the United States and punished by it's DOJ.

  • James Harris

    12/22/2020 05:56 PM

    Agree: President needs to veto the bill. This should be a separate Bill over the other items listed. We need to take care of our citizens not India’s.

  • Carl T Smith

    12/22/2020 05:51 PM

    I would like to wish all a very Merry Christmas! I pray it will not be the last we celebrate as a Constitutional Republic. I hate the thought of having to address my friends as COMRADE!

  • Barb Sabin

    12/22/2020 05:36 PM

    Thank you brother and Governor for these precious reminders of what Christmas really means!!! God is ?? and that cannot and will never be bought in a store!!! The older I get the more I just want a friend, a neighbor, a loved one to hold my hand, put an arm around me and express love to them!!! This is my 76th Christmas and JESUS and HIS WORD is the greatest gift that I ever received!!! ?? Thank you for your faithfulness in truth and justice!!! You are loved and needed more than ever!!!

  • Nancy Klus

    12/22/2020 05:30 PM

    I am so angry, Governeror...and right before Christmas. This Congress of ours is so horrible that it is indefensible. 5000 pages for a relief bill that should have come months ago!!!!!! What in the "h" were they doing this whole time? It had to take months to write something 5000 pages long - I just don't get it. Please help me not to "hate" these people and what makes them tick. When I heard 5000 pages for this bill, I thought there is no one in this whole world who could read that and pass it in one or two days. IMPOSSIBLE! I am so totally disgusted and outraged. They had to have been working on this thing for months! 5000 pages!!! What is with these people. There is no way you can get me to believe they are there for "us". NO WAY.


    12/22/2020 03:58 PM

    I loved your letter on all things except the bill reminds me of a number of years back when it was said by the speaker saying SIGN IT AND READ IT LATER.

  • Andrea Helen Eckert Watters

    12/22/2020 03:53 PM

    I always record your shows on the weekend but rarely get to watch them. Last night I watched the show I had recorded on Sat. eve. I'm a big fan of Matthew McConaughey's, but after watching your show I'm an even bigger fan. This guy is DEEP! We have a great governor in Greg Abbott, but when he retires, I hope Matt runs. I'll vote for him if I'm still alive. [I'm 79 now!] Also, it was great to see Ronnie Milsap [who is almost as old as I am!] and the magician! Great to hear your views on Christmas, too, Governor! Hope you and your family have a great Christmas! We will, too!

  • Pat J Green

    12/22/2020 02:59 PM

    I do pray everybody in this country during these trying times, but I question about locking people down when a volcano is going off, is that not what the folks on Pompeii did?
    This business of giving our Representative just 72 hrs to study this bill, sounds like some one of " you have to vote for it to see what's in it" I just don't understand why the Senate passed it, they must have been held hostage what with the Senate in a tight run off next month.


    12/22/2020 02:54 PM


  • David E. Miller

    12/22/2020 02:25 PM

    Is there a petition I can sign that urges President Trump to veto, or leave unsigned, the bill? "Stop the Steal" has been used in reference to the 2020 presidential election. But I'm using it to refer to the stimulus bill, which steals from the taxpayers to fund irrelevant domestic programs and programs overseas that don't benefit any of us.

  • Vaslav Nijinsky

    12/22/2020 02:24 PM

    Re Big Island volcanic eruption: K?lauea is an active shield volcano. Because it lacks topographic prominence it is not yet considered a "mountain." Maybe in a few thousand years. ;-))

  • Tim & Janice Hebert

    12/22/2020 02:14 PM


    Just wanted to tell you how much we love you, Sarah, and the whole Huckabee family. We would still love to see you in the Whitehouse! Meanwhile, let us continue to be faithful to Our Lord in all that He has commanded us, and with a grateful heart.

    God bless you, Mike. :>)

  • Gary Mountain

    12/22/2020 02:00 PM

    Talking about only affording a Charlie Brown type tree, I remember years ago when money was tight and not being able to afford a tree. That year we we to Tree Lot and gathered up some small branches and took them home. We fastened them behind our Nativity Set and added some lights and a few decorations. We named it a Nativi-Tree! Simple but it kept everything in perspective.

  • Ruth Spiering

    12/22/2020 01:50 PM

    These have a habit of making me cry. Oh how lovely is the love of a clean-minded child. And what lessons we often-jaded adults have to learn. Praise the Lord for HIS mercies, for they "endure forever"! His "love never faitheth." We may have to endure suffering for Him, even in this country. But oh, the glory and wonder when we see Him face to face!

  • Kay DeWitt

    12/22/2020 01:36 PM

    In response to the summation statement of your article, "HOW OREGON WORKS"
    .... "That may be how Oregon works, but it’s not the way the Bill of Rights is supposed to work." .....I would like to add....and, more importantly, the Bill of Rights is not supposed to work that way because GOD does not work "that way" because "that way" is the way of sin...that is authored by the he who is in the world!

    For all those Christians who said "Amen" to Trump's evangelical supporters who claimed that God DIVINELY INTERVENED to get Trump elected, in 2016, I wonder how many OF those Christians have wondered why, so far, God did NOT Divinely Intervene in THIS election to insure Trump's re-election? IN ADDITION...

    Since our Man of Sorrows weeps over every unborn baby that the Democratic Party slaughters, why would He ALLOW that Democratic Party TO win this election?....If this Man of Sorrows...this Christians is supposed to be greater THAN the he in the world, how come the he in the world is, so far, the one who WON the election....and, BECAUSE he did, MORE of Christ's unborn babies will BE slaughtered?

    I believe those Christians who understand the difference between knowing ABOUT Christ, and KNOWING Christ...His heart...can answer that question..and I pray that, if at the nth hour, our Lord DOES, one more time, DIVINELY Intervene, to turn this election around that Christians will care more about BEING church (the body of Christ) TO our sin-sick country than they do about GOING TO church
    ....and, rather than FIGHT FOR their "rights" they will DIE TO their rights so that they, IN dying to themselves, and their "rights" , can BE "a Jesus with skin on TO" our dying BORN kids as well AS our dying UNBORN kids!

  • Linda Wolfe

    12/22/2020 01:12 PM


  • Sharon Faulkner

    12/22/2020 01:09 PM

    Mike I am sick and tired of the Establishment GOP talking down to us MAGA Folks.
    We are not "babies" who don't like that Trump didn't win (he probably did) but because there was rampant fraud and even in GOP controlled States nothing was done or will be.
    And it is NOT because of "cowardice" but because since he announced he was running the snotty GOP Establishment has had their knives out for him the Renegade.
    They have done nothing for him and we will do nothing for them.
    Nuts to Georgia.
    When Trump steps down (probably) on January 20th at Noon I am going to my county courthouse and cancelling my voter registration until Trump runs again maybe as a new Party.
    And don't tell me that is what "they" want me to do -- it is what they Leaderless snot faced GOP Establishment have set up.
    They are Blue Reichers as much as they jellyfish corrupt DNC.
    But GOD Bless You and Yours.

  • Wendy L West

    12/22/2020 01:03 PM

    Is there a book that has the constitution and bill rights available that is not edited or doctored in some way ?