August 19, 2020
By Mike Huckabee
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PUTTING THE BIBLE BACK IN CONTEXT
One of the more popular erroneous narratives these days to try to convince Christians to vote for socialism is that Jesus and the early members of the church were socialists because they gave to the needy and “held everything in common,” among other reasons. At the link is a very good video examining what the Bible says, how it’s being taken out of context, and how the full context and quotes show conclusively that neither Jesus nor His followers were socialists (a concept that didn’t even exist at the time.)
PRESIDENT TRUMP PARDONS SUSAN B. ANTHONY
The surprise pardon that President Trump teased turned out to be for pioneering suffragist Susan B. Anthony. To mark the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment giving women the right to vote, Trump pardoned Anthony for her conviction and $100 fine for voting in 1872, when the law allowed only men to vote. She cited the 14th Amendment as justification for her right to vote and refused to pay the fine, but the judge declined to jail her, which prevented her from appealing to the Supreme Court and left the conviction standing. The New Yorker once called this “the greatest judicial outrage history has ever recorded” (I tend to think that was Jesus being sentenced to crucifixion, but what do I know?)
Naturally, the New York Times sniped that Trump was only pardoning Anthony to distract from the Democratic Convention because he trails Biden with women voters. Okay, if we’re going to play that game:
Why did the Democrats schedule their convention on the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment and then not do anything to commemorate it? Also, there have been 10 Democratic Presidents since 1872. How come none of them ever pardoned Susan B. Anthony? Sounds like Democrats like women voting for them, but aren’t too interested in honoring the woman who helped make that possible.
PS FOR DAY 1 DNC COVERAGE
PS to the DNC Convention coverage: It was getting long, so I didn’t mention that this is actually how it ended. I’m sure that anyone who was still watching at that point must’ve thought they’d fallen asleep and were having a bad dream after eating too many bowls of Sugar Frosted Corn Pops.
FACT-CHECKING MICHELLE OBAMA'S SPEECH
We give a lot of grief to “fact-checkers” around here (and deservedly so), but hats off to the A.P. “fact-checkers” for actually calling out Michelle Obama for slamming Trump by saying that Americans “watch in horror as children are torn from their families and thrown into cages.” They admit she was describing both a policy and facilities that existed under her husband’s Administration. In fact, the pictures of those so-called “cages” that fired up the anti-Trump Twitter mobs were actually taken in 2014. And they aren’t “cages;” they were misleadingly cropped photos of chain link fencing at border detention facilities.
Mrs. Obama also included a number of other outright whoppers, false quotes and rewrites of history, but I guess having even one of them flagged is more than we usually hope for. Over at MSNBC, they were too busy holding their breaths and wetting their pants to correct Michelle’s speech at all.
As long as we’ve brought up this topic, let’s really rip it to shreds, shall we? I mean this whole stick of baloney about Trump being an ogre who just loves tearing children from their parents’ arms and throwing them in cages like dogs.
To begin with, toss out all the “Trump started this” and “cages” hooey. They’re not cages, Obama built them, and the policy already existed under Obama. Now, let’s dig deeper. Why are children separated from their parents at the border? For their own protection, that’s why.
A pilot DNA program in El Paso and McAllen, Texas, found that 30% of migrant “families” with children who illegally crossed the border weren’t actually related. And they weren’t just step-parents; they lied about being blood relatives.
As to whether they were human smugglers, using the kids as shields, or whatever, none of the possible explanations are good. All the illegal border crossers with children had brought them along on a dangerous journey to break US immigration laws (and 30% weren’t even related to the kids they were traveling with.) When Trump declared zero tolerance for illegal entry and began criminal prosecutions, that meant the adults were bringing kids along to commit a crime. If any American parents (or “parents”) brought any kids along when they committed a crime, would you expect the police to put the whole group in jail together, or put the kids in a separate, safe facility for juveniles?
The alternative (keeping the family – or “family” – together) would mean putting children into facilities with other adult illegal border crossers who might be violent gang members, drug dealers or sex criminals. Why do Democrats hate children so much that they want to throw them in with dangerous criminals and perverts? (See, we can unfairly ascribe the worst possible motives to other people, too.)
Bottom line: Dealing with illegal immigration is difficult enough without clouding the issue with ludicrous false narratives. To quote “The Simpsons,” “Won’t somebody think of the children?!” And I mean, think of their safety and welfare, not ways to exploit them by scoring cheap political points.
Stephen Kruiser has a funny recap of Monday night’s virtual Democratic convention. Sample: all the canned speeches sent from home over the Internet gave the festivities a “’Gee, we’re sorry we can’t be there for your 90th birthday, Uncle Joe’ vibe. That’s perfectly fine when it’s Uncle Joe’s 90th birthday but it’s not as fun if it’s Uncle Joe’s 90th attempt at becoming president of the United States.”
BIBLE VERSE OF THE DAY (KJV)