The Shutdown

December 23, 2018

Well, the government (or certain non-essential parts of it) is shut down after Senate Democrats refused to pass a temporary funding bill because it included $5.7 billion to build a security wall on our Southern border.  If you needed any explanation to make it clear why the government is shut down, here is a direct quote from Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer:

 

"It will never pass the Senate, not today, not next week, not next year. So President Trump, if you want to open the government, you must abandon the wall, plain and simple."

 

https://www.foxnews.com/politics/schumer-demands-trump-abandon-the-wall-as-dc-faces-shutdown-stalemate

 

So in short, the government is shut down because Democrats absolutely, positively refuse to fund a border wall – something that Presidents and Congress members of both parties have repeatedly claimed to back for about 30 years, up until Trump actually wanted to keep their promise and now they’re outraged (it’s the “move our Embassy to Jerusalem” story all over again.)

 

Also to be clear, the Democrats’ argument that they oppose a border wall because it’s a waste of tax money is funnier than anything any poor cowed comedian has dared to say all year.  The last time Democrats were fully in charge of the federal budget, they went for years without even writing one, and gave us trillion-dollar-plus deficits for the first time in history.  As one analyst put it, $5.7 billion in a $4.22 trillion budget is a “rounding error.”  I’d say that to Democrats, it’s sofa cushion change.

 

The Democrats are trying to shift blame by claiming that “President Trump got what he wants: a government shutdown.” 

 

Please!  Are they that stupid or do they assume we are?  They know what Trump wants, we know what Trump wants, and if there are people on Mars, they know what Trump wants: he wants a border wall!  He’s only been saying it for about three years now.  No, the truly shocking revelation here is on the Democratic side.  Mark this down for the history books: 

 

ON DECEMBER 22, 2018, THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY OFFICIALLY DECLARED PRESERVING ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION TO BE MORE IMPORTANT TO THEM THAN GOVERNMENT.

 

As a kid growing up in Arkansas, I was surrounded by Democrats.  As a Governor, I had to deal with a heavily-Democratic legislature.  As a media figure, I’ve had to scrutinize, analyze and interview Democrats.  And through all that time, and the many changes in that party’s views, from electing former KKK leaders to insisting that men be allowed to use women’s toilets, one thing has remained constant: Democrats were the “Tax and Spend Party” of big government.  There was no aspect of life so personal or trivial that they thought it could not be improved by adding a big, stinking pile of government. 

 

But on this date, that has officially changed.  They've now taken a stand to declare something more important to them than keeping the government open or spending money: protecting open borders and illegal immigration. They can deny it all they like, but you don’t abandon your wife of 50 years for your mistress unless you really prefer the mistress. Democrats would now prefer to see the government shut down than spend what to them is a pittance on a measure to increase border security that they have claimed to support for years when they never imagined they’d actually have to do it.

 

As for me, I am going to ponder this new political paradigm as I take time off to enjoy Christmas.  And I’m going to put on some Christmas music and ignore the liberal talking heads who are trying to convince us all to panic because non-essential government offices will be closed on Sunday, Christmas Eve and Christmas.  Really bad timing there for the Liberal Media Panic-Generating Machine. 

 

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Comments 1-25 of 71

  • Richard Green

    01/02/2019 02:28 AM

    Mike, we need someone like you to spearhead and encourage all true Americans to contact Pelosi and Schumer and demand they fund the wall. If we can flood the DC switchboards the Dems cannot deny Americans want the wall funded and built. We can’t just sit back and let the left get buy with this!

    Thanks for your great work. May the Lord bless you in your efforts.

  • Debbie Price

    12/28/2018 11:13 AM

    It would just be nice if they could just all work together to try to make a better country and stop all this conflict to be more powerful than the other. A country divided will fall. Where is the compassion they say they have for not wanting a wall when the liberal lefties continually hammer, criticize.....the Trump Family. What did Melania ever do to them? Even if I didn't like someone I would never do to them what they have done to the Trump Family. I would never vote for any of them because their brutality is showing loud and clear...if they will do this to them they won't do anything to actually help the American People, just their own agendas and a grab for power.

  • Suzanne Dressel

    12/28/2018 11:08 AM

    I appreciate your daily articles because you are a voice for truth and common sense. I have a grandson serving in Afghanistan right now as an EOD officer. I voted for Trump and pray for him as our leader to seek God’s will for our country. Thank you, Mr. Huckabee, for writing these articles so the public will know the truth.

  • Danna Shirley

    12/28/2018 09:15 AM

    If the government is being shut down, I think Congress should lose their pay as well. They are getting paid to do the job we sent them to do and if we didn't show up for work or perform our jobs, we wouldn't get paid or maybe even fired.

  • John Gordan Musgrove

    12/27/2018 04:35 PM

    The Democrat's hypocrisy on this issue is stunning. Republicans should repeat your paragraph in bold every day for the next two years.

  • Dana P

    12/27/2018 02:35 AM

    I think its funny how its said non-essential part of government is shut down, because my husband p yrs on his uniform everyday and goes to work protecting our borders with or without pay, which currently is without pay. I have to say that I believe what he does is very essential and I'm very proud of what he does and the oath he made. Pay or No Pay we support the wall and the president. Its very obvious why these democrats are against the wall and I can tell you in the 10 yrs my husband has been with CBP there has never been a budget in place. I think its time they get one starting with what Trump is asking for!!!

  • Sean Budde

    12/26/2018 07:42 AM

    Dear Mike Huckabee,
    I believe the stark difference between Bibllically defined morality; and godless, man-defined morality, needs to be adequately explained to today's young generation that don't understand the simple fact that previous generations of American citizens have historically lived by the American slogan "God and Country" (NOT "Government and Globalism.") When we make our government the ultimate source of moral authoriritty over our lives and the ultimate giver of our earthly needs rather than a Christian charity organizatIon, we turn to government beaurocrats rarher than to God and His Church for our help, and in effect DEIFY such awful government leaders like Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi, two people who unashamedly push around, not just president Trump, but also the 62 million Americans who place illegal aliens in higher regard than the tax paying American citizenry. And the sad thing is many of the democrat voters who should know better are welcoming their own destruction along with a debt eidden Country that can't suatain such large numbers of illegal aliens. Chuck and Nancy are stubbornly thumbing their noses at us by their steadfast obstruction of a bordrer wall that, once built, can only help save the lives of Americans like the late Kate Steinly, a victim of illegal immigration. If just a single American life is lost because the border wall could not be funded and built, that's one life roo many lost. Just thought i'd put in words what you already knew, of course. The democrat party has gone abslutely mad in that they don't put the safefty of the American citizenry first and all they want to do is obstruct president Trump and his sizable base of supporters. Sad but true. The Angel Moms across America deserve better! 'Nuff said

  • Donna Mills

    12/24/2018 07:21 PM

    I agree 100% with you, Mike. I also think the democratic party had changed so much in the last 50 years. They have become so evil and against God's will, that I have ever seen. I see it as the Bible's prophesy is playing out right before our eyes. It's very scary because so many people all over the world are unsaved. May God have mercy on their souls!

  • Patricia Stabile

    12/24/2018 05:54 PM

    I'm with President Trump all the way! So sick of Democrats getting away with everything! How do we fight back?? Why do they always win? When do the criminals get locked up? There wouldn't be anyone left from the left! Merry Christmas! God bless America and our President!

  • Marge Taylor

    12/24/2018 03:28 PM

    You are quite right about the Democrats. They want open borders. They don't care about America or the American people.

  • ROBERT MCFATE

    12/24/2018 02:21 PM

    If, as the government says, these are non-essential personal why are we wasting money on them in the first place? Maybe it is time to not pay this group and not bring them back after the shutdown. How close would that come to paying for the wall?

  • Judi Ford

    12/24/2018 11:36 AM

    Thank you for saying what we believe, but find it hard to put don't on paper. You are right on the mark and we appreciate you.
    Judi

  • Beth K Bryant

    12/24/2018 11:24 AM

    Your reasoning is flawed & unhelpful. The "blame game" no longer works, because Congress shares the entire blame. They have mishandled business (Or NOT handled business) for years. They have, except for a few, failed to live up to their jobs. They have Not represented the people of this country. AND they have let a mad man run amok with our beautiful lands, parks, rights & peoples.

  • Kim Yochum

    12/24/2018 10:13 AM

    I wonder how many registered Democrats agree with not building a wall or border security? Every Dem that I know agrees with building it. So who are Chuck and Nancy and the rest listening to? No one!

  • Betty Lester

    12/24/2018 09:11 AM

    I support President Trump!! What ever it takes to build the wall!!!

  • Pamela Welsh

    12/24/2018 07:23 AM

    Just want to thank you for the truth you share and wish you and your family a blessed Christmas. I appreciate all you stand for. God bless!

  • Linda Stinson

    12/24/2018 06:57 AM

    The Government gives so much of our tax dollars to countries that absolutely hate us,so why don’t they take that money to build the wall we so badly need?! I live in Arizona and see a great need for the wall! I don’t mind immigrants coming to our country legally at all. It’s the illegal ones that are the problem, because so many of them are criminals and really bad people!

    Thank you for letting me “sound off”

    I hope you and yours have a very Merry Christmas and a blessed .new Year.

    Respectfully yours,

    Linda Stinson

  • Leonard Lugo

    12/24/2018 04:15 AM

    The wicked democrates, some repubs are at it again,lying,decieving,subtle snakes! We're praying for the President &VP, and you, bro. Huckabee. A blessed Christmas to you in the Lord Jesus Christ!

  • ROBERT AGRESS

    12/24/2018 03:52 AM

    If the Republicans turn on Trump, please run for president. Pick Trey Gowdy and use him to the fullest.

  • Ralph Briese

    12/24/2018 02:47 AM

    Well sir I'm a common man. I live in a rural area in Central Missouri. I am all for the wall. I am against illegal immigrants. The Democrats totally disgust me to distraction. President Trump is doing exactly as I hoped he would do, straighten out this country and run like a business. Our second amendment rights need to be protected. What good is a constitution if it is not followed, after all is the law of the land that's what this country is based on. I read disheartening things every day, young people wanting to go to socialism, something that our grandfathers & great-grandfathers died for in the wars for our nation to keep us free. Sanctuary cities must be done away with. Illegals must not be allowed to enter our country. Yes we need the wall, Please!!! Thank you sir have a blessed Christmas!

  • allan antich

    12/24/2018 01:22 AM

    You are correct Gov. Huckabee as usual. These Democrats don't know what they want

  • Tammy M King

    12/24/2018 12:53 AM

    Merry Christmas to the Huckabee Family.

  • Pat Neumiller

    12/24/2018 12:13 AM

    "There is nothing new under the sun." As God had hardened Pharaohs heart, it seems the same may have been done to Shummer and Pelosi.....or maybe the Dems. are just that evil....?Hmmm

  • David Kittrell

    12/23/2018 11:16 PM

    Continue to be the voice crying in the wilderness (swamp). Americans support you. Please run for POTUS again. We need your perspectives.

  • Walter Lee Wyatt

    12/23/2018 10:44 PM

    I really like listening to you. You pull the covers off for all to see. I was raised to respect the President no matter who it is. I'm 58 and I can't remember ever hearing all the fuss continue over who was elected this long. What if Hillary won? Who's fault would it be ?