Evening Edition - March 21

March 21, 2019

I appeared on Sean Hannity’s Fox News show last night with radio host Larry Elder (you can see it here if you missed it):

https://youtu.be/tWp5PDun05k?t=1323

At the link is a typically excellent column by Larry, which contains some news from last year you might not have heard.  It’s bad for Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, but even worse for America: AOC can’t go back to her old job because the popular New York City spot where she used to tend bar went out of business due to the new $15 minimum wage law she supports. 

https://townhall.com/columnists/larryelder/2019/03/21/if-15-minimum-wage-is-such-a-good-idea-why-did-aocs-bar-close-down-n2543439

 

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From the “One Finger Pointing at Others, Three Back at You” Desk: California Democratic Rep. Eric Swalwell retweeted a CNN story about Vladimir Putin cracking down on journalists who spread “fake news” or show disrespect for officials.  Naturally, he declared that he would do everything possible to stop that from happening here, “but you better believe (President Trump) will try.  Not on our watch!”

That prompted many Republicans’ new favorite Congress member, Dan Crenshaw, to tweet his agreement with defending the First Amendment, but with this reminder: 

“Truth is, we’ve been worried ever since: 1. Obama ACTUALLY put journalists under investigation (Not threatened on Twitter. Actually did it.) 2. Dems have been urging limits to speech on social media platforms.  That said, I’d march with ya.”

https://www.westernjournal.com/ct/swalwell-tries-slandering-trump-1st-amend-crenshaw-shuts-history-lesson-dems-obama/

Aside from the much-needed reminder of how Obama really did spy on reporters (and refused to answer questions from Fox News reporters; remember that tactic for which the media cheered Obama’s moxie, but lambasted Trump when he banned a CNN reporter for acting like a total jerk?), this also raises another interesting point:

We’ve been hearing for over two years now how Trump was going to institute fascist controls on the media.  He would be Hitler, Mussolini, Stalin and Kim Jong-Un all rolled into one, imposing censorship and putting hostile reporters into concentration camps.  Yet so far, the extent of his retribution against reporters has been to complain about them on Twitter (whose founder has actually discussed censoring Trump.)   

From the 93% negative news coverage to the nightly assaults on him and his family on the late night former “comedy” shows, it’s obvious that these media figures feel no trepidation whatsoever in saying anything they want about Trump, no matter how nasty.  I’m starting to suspect that their dire warnings about what a threat Trump is to their free speech might be the biggest “fake news” story of them all. 

While Democrats claim to be ready to man the barricades against Trump’s nonexistent assault on the First Amendment (I wish they were half as fired up about protecting our actual borders), at least one of their  Presidential candidates is calling for an official government press monitoring office, and some people think it’s a swell idea.  Here’s Matthew Walther, writing in The Week about Andrew Yang and his wonderfully detailed policy positions on virtually every subject under the sun:

“There is more decency and common sense in some of Yang's paragraphs than I have come across in years of listening to politicians of either party. Hate fake news? Yang has proposed the creation of a ‘news and information ombudsman,’ a kind of imperial fact-checker who would award media liars heavy fines instead of Pinocchios.”

https://theweek.com/articles/829377/andrew-yang-ross-perot-millennials

If that doesn't send a chill up your spine, check your pulse to see if you're still alive. He wants to appoint government bureaucrats to monitor the media and heavily fine reporters they decide are “liars” (in liberal parlance, the term “liar” means “anyone who expresses an opinion or fact I don’t like hearing.”)

But that’s not all: Walther also likes Yang’s idea of public funding for local newspapers.  I hate to see independent local newspapers disappearing, too, but if a paper depends on federal money for its existence, how long do you think it will remain an independent local newspaper? 

All you have to do with this (as with so many other outrageous, unconstitutional power grabs proposed by the Democrats) is to imagine what the Democrats would say if Trump proposed it.  If Trump ever actually suggested creating a government body that would fine media outlets for running “fake news,” they’d be screaming “Impeachment!” before he could finish the sentence. 

Even though it would be a great way to pay off the national debt. 

 

 

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The go-to excuse of the left for wanting to destroy or change every American institution that might keep them from winning an election and ruling without challenge is that these institutions are “racist” and the Founders who created them were racist.  The latest is the claim that the Electoral College was created to protect slavery and slave states. 

At the link, something you won’t find in the Democratic Presidential field – an expert on American history – explains that “nothing could be further from the truth.” The real reason -- to protect smaller states from the tyranny of larger states -- is just as valid today as it was then, maybe even more so with so many states moving to give away their Electoral votes to whoever wins the popular vote, even if that candidate isn’t on their state’s ballot.

By the way, there are now 12 states representing 181 electors that have signed onto that deal.  Before it actually has an effect on the 2020 election and sparks a Constitutional crisis, some conservative organization needs to file a legal challenge.  It’s not only an obvious attempt to get around the Constitutional requirements for federal elections, it’s also a violation of equal protection for state legislators to give away their constituents’ right to have a say in the Presidential election to voters in other states. 

I thought liberals were the ones who were so worked up about everyone being able to vote and have a say in elections.  Unless you vote the “wrong way,” and then they’ll give your Electoral votes away to New York and California.   

https://www.westernjournal.com/election-expert-says-electoral-college-nothing-slavery/

 

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Question for all the atheists online who like to think they’re smarter than people of faith because they don’t believe in some “flying spaghetti monster in the sky” (like “Faux News,” a worn-out web cliché that some people think makes them sound witty when they repeat it for the 20 trillionth time):

Do you think you’re smarter than award-winning Brazilian theoretical physicist Marcelo Gleiser, author of five books and hundreds of articles on everything from climate change to black holes to the human conscience?  Because this is what he has to say about atheism: 

"Atheism is inconsistent with the scientific method. Atheism is a belief in non-belief. So you categorically deny something you have no evidence against. I'll keep an open mind because I understand that human knowledge is limited."

Gleiser also had some words for "extremely arrogant" scientists who claim they’ve explained the universe and debunked religion: “When you hear very famous scientists making pronouncements like…cosmology has explained the origin of the universe and the whole, and we don't need God anymore. That's complete nonsense.  Because we have not explained the origin of the universe at all."

There’s more at the link.  People who appreciate challenging ideas and viewpoints should definitely read it.  Why do I suspect that that will include far more people of faith than it does atheists? 

https://www.france24.com/en/20190319-physicist-marcelo-gleiser-science-does-not-kill-god

 

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Kudos to Sen. Marco Rubio for doing for the Democrats' Supreme Court-stacking scheme what Mitch McConnell did for the Green New Deal: infuriate its supporters by forcing them to go on record as supporting it. 

A number of Democrats, including Presidential hopefuls Kirsten Gillibrand, Elizabeth Warren, Kamala Harris and “Beto” O’Rourke, have voiced support for expanding the SCOTUS from nine to 11 Justices if they regain power, so they can appoint more liberal activists and negate the current conservative tilt.  As with their assaults on the Electoral College, Democrats want to alter or dismantle any institution that might stand in the way of them getting what they want.  

Rubio says that to counter this dangerous assault on our fundamental institutions of government, he will introduce a Constitutional Amendment to fix the number of SCOTUS Justices at nine. The Constitution allows Congress to set the number of Justices, but it’s been nine for 150 years.   

https://www.westernjournal.com/marco-rubio-introducing-legislation-block-democrats-supreme-court-packing-scheme/

As noted in the linked article, President Franklin Roosevelt tried this same scam back in 1937 to try to get his "New Deal" programs past the SCOTUS, but the public strongly opposed it and even a Democratic Congress refused to pass it (some Democrats back then still had respect for American institutions.)  Any Democrats who want to side with FDR today can go on record by opposing Rubio’s amendment. 

President Trump says he will never allow this as long as he’s President, but of course, Democrats hope to do it after he leaves.  Several Republicans have half-jokingly suggested that Trump propose expanding the Supreme Court himself.  Imagine the fiery speeches against it that Democrats would make if Trump tried to do it, and the heartburn they would suffer from eating their words if they then try to do it themselves after he’s gone. 

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New Jersey residents, already laboring under one of the heaviest tax burdens in America, now have a new problem to worry about: Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy just signed the so-called “rain tax” into law.  Supporters say it’s really a rain run-off tax, because taxing rain as it rolls off your driveway sounds so much more reasonable than taxing rain as it falls out of the sky 

https://www.northjersey.com/story/news/environment/2019/03/18/murphy-signs-nj-rain-tax-into-law-heres-what-is-whos-paying/3201036002/

Of course, California can’t let this challenge to its status as America’s pioneer of finding new things to tax go unanswered.  So California Gov. Gavin Newsom is proposing a statewide tax on drinking water.

https://dailycaller.com/2019/03/19/snowball-california-water/

I’ll let you write your own jokes about how California taxpayers have already been “wrung dry.”

This all puts me in mind of the Beatles song, “Taxman,” by George Harrison, inspired by the confiscatory British tax rates that forced everyone who was successful to flee the UK the way they’re now fleeing blue states like California and New Jersey:

“If you drive a car, I'll tax the street,
If you try to sit, I'll tax your seat.
If you get too cold I'll tax the heat,
If you take a walk, I'll tax your feet...”

For most of us, that’s a classic rock song.  For leaders of blue states, it’s a public policy blueprint.

 

 

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“Beto” O’Rourke is already getting famous for waving his arms around like…well, like this (and no, this is not his first TV campaign ad, although it looks like it):

https://youtu.be/cvaRGiMWRaE

One would think that being 6’4” and waving your arms around like pinwheels would be enough to get people’s attention, but he also has an unhygienic habit of jumping up on restaurant tables and bars with his dirty shoes.  That’s really starting to gross out food service workers. 

https://dailycaller.com/2019/03/20/beto-orourke-counter-coffee-shop-clean/

Then again, if you care about hygienic food, you probably shouldn’t come within 20 feet of “Beto.”  (Warning: this next story may put you off of guacamole permanently.)

https://www.redstate.com/bonchie/2019/03/19/peak-2020-beto-presented-verdant-turd-wife-avocado/

Maybe all this studied weirdness is deliberate, to deflect from the growing impression that “Beto” is an empty denim shirt. He’s so bereft of principles and unwilling to take a stand that he won't even commit to whether he wants soy cheese on his veggie burger. He defers to others on everything, even refusing to say whether he thinks aborting a third trimester baby is wrong and leaving that up to the mother to choose.

https://www.westernjournal.com/ct/clip-catches-beto-unhesitatingly-ok-medically-unnecessary-3rd-trimester-abortions/

He almost seems proud of having no concrete principles, and actually said that he will listen to the American people and let them “mold” him. Wow, there’s the guy who want to send into hard-nosed negotiations with Russia or China! And you thought Obama’s “leading from behind” philosophy was spineless. Compared to "Gumby” O'Rourke, Obama was Gen. George S. Patton.  

A frustrated Penn State University student pressed O’Rourke to name “an actual policy” he supports, anything other than just “platitudes and stories.”  In response, he mentioned “Medicare for America,” an idea proposed by some female House colleagues, explaining that if you have employer-based insurance you like, you can keep it, but if not, you can sign up for Medicare. 

So please note that when asked to name one policy of his, he offered someone else’s idea and promised that if you like your insurance plan, you can keep your insurance plan. I know Millennials have short attention spans, but are they really so short that doesn’t sound at all familiar?

https://www.dailywire.com/news/44862/student-grills-beto-when-am-i-going-get-actual-ryan-saavedra

 

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“Border Emergency? What Border Emergency?” Homeland Security reports that the number of people attempting to illegally cross the Mexican border into the US is on track to top 100,000 in March. 

https://www.westernjournal.com/dhs-arrests-border-near-massive-six-figure-milestone/

And just to make it clear that having an open border with Mexico is as smart as leaving your front door open in Chicago, a new report that examined cities by the number of homicides per 100,000 residents ranks Tijuana as the world’s most violent city. That’s largely because of the drug gangs that are, of course, trying to bring their drugs across the border. In fact, four Mexican cities are in the top five most violent, with 15 in the top 50, more than any other nation on Earth.   

https://www.foxnews.com/world/tijuana-is-the-most-violent-city-in-the-world-top-5-located-in-mexico-report-says

Oh, and in case you’re wondering, the sole non-Mexican city in the top five most violent is #3: Caracas, Venezuela. Debate among yourselves as to which is the worst liberal idea: open borders or socialism? 

 

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  • Helen Sustachek

    03/24/2019 09:05 PM

    Today is March 24. The report is out, but everyone can see the Democrats have to keep pointing at Trump to keep from looking at what they've done. It is some more of Hillary's "right wing conspiracy" crap. So keep on blaming someone else or we'll have to admit we're the ones at fault. I'm sick of hearing it.

  • Paul T. Kern

    03/24/2019 05:34 PM

    We don't always get the weekend news. I have to go elsewhere. When it cones is often arepeat of the week's news. I guess there is very little new news out there

  • Joanne Catherine Schmidt

    03/22/2019 12:41 PM

    I just don't get the attraction to Beto O'Rourke. The guy is such an ego-maniac he thinks video of him getting his teeth cleaned is good PR! (No kidding, he actually had cameras taping the actual dental procedure!) I've actually seen one Beto yard sign up the street from me here in Houston ("Senate" was covered over with "POTUS"). The leftist Houston Chronicle is already promoting him in its editorials. Beto's big claim to fame: he lost to Sen. Ted Cruz in a close race, raising hopes by the left that Texas is turning blue. All of this tells me that the Dems are all style over substance, seeing Beto as a Bobby Kennedy look-a-like. The dumbing down of the American electorate is downright scarey. Even the aforementioned Houston Chronicle had to lament the loss of GOP County Judge Ed Emmett in the last election after Dems in Harris County voted straight Dem; Emmett had been lauded with saving the county from recent flooding. The Dem who replaced him after the November election is already showing the cost of her inexperience by ignoring an unchecked environmental crisis. Lord, have mercy on us!

  • Kathleen Bullano

    03/22/2019 12:11 PM

    Always great insights Governor Mike. Keep up the good work.

  • Tommie Houser

    03/22/2019 11:36 AM

    Thank you , Honorable Mike Huckabee
    and May God Bless you for your Honesty and Efforts.
    Getting Out the Truth and Communicating with we, the American people !
    The Democrats place so many attacks upon our Religion, Constitution,
    Laws ,Government Of American and upon American Citizens .Who needs Russian Enemies when we have them ? Seems that there Is nothing ( NO NEW LOW ),
    which they will not stoop too.
    Those Democrats ,that would destroy our Nation and promote Lawlessness &
    DEATH upon American Citizens through Sanctuary Cities Must be held accountable for their Lawlessness and Crimes. They were not elected to put illegals above Americans . This is America and should not be Venezuela. Their Valuing Illegals over
    Americans and Death from Drug Overdoses Should never, ever be allowed, or go without Strict Accountability to those responsible.
    The College Electoral is yet another attack on our system in which the Democrats lies are out just thrown out hoping it will stick with Sixteen year olds and their
    Leftist ,to help improve their efforts toDestroy ; rather than Help America .
    IF Corrupt Hillary had won would our Nation be better off ; or WORSE OFF ? If someone would but only look at other Countries like Paris .
    Look at Venezuela or Cuba. Look at terrible things Happening in Italy , Greece,
    and other Countries . Open Borders , Flooding of Illegal Immigrant’s , “Crimes rising exponentially,” Rapes ; Robberies, Deaths from Drugs , Plummeting and destruction of schooling and Higher Education, Medical Care And Services, A,most Bankrupt Social Security and MediCare, all of which Obama over Eight years did nothing helpful..
    Terriosts enemies to the United States Of America will Destroy us
    And our children’s future, especially if your name is not Clinton, Holder,
    Soros ,etc. They have their Security . They have their walls ! They let the Lybian Ambassador Died ! They will let us DIE , for A Vote ! Save America !
    W

  • Steve Alarid

    03/22/2019 07:33 AM

    re: Rain Runoff Tax - Governor, the New Jersey tax aimed mostly at the major runoff producers (parking lots, etc.) sounds like a good idea. The solutions to runoff problems in heavily-paved areas often include infrastructure improvements to existing facilities or additional design elements in new construction. As the linked article mentions, rain gardens, bio-swales, catch basins and such require investment to implement. For urbanized areas with environmentally damaging runoff issues, the New Jersey runoff tax seems like a fair attempt at funding some public projects and giving property owners incentives for mitigating their own runoff. Some homeowner fixes are simple and inexpensive to use, such as an old-fashioned rain barrel. Rain gardens are effective and can beautify a yard or public property.

    I lean toward "Tea Party" politics as a rule, but the runoff tax model is one I would support in my own rapidly-developing city and county.

  • Gladys Hizer

    03/21/2019 11:39 PM

    I often watch Hannity and Laura Ingraham but didn't catch you on Hannity when it aired so I followed your prompt and watched your segment. It was worth watching and loved the refreshing humor which is absent with the liberals. It is difficult to watch or listen to 'the other side' with so much hate. I almost walked out of a church meeting that professes to be in "A respectful, accepting environment where people of faith with diverse points of view listen to each other and thoughtfully discuss matters of faith, conscience and related social issues." There were 13 people at the last meeting and all I heard was negativity, with jabs at Republican state and federal government people by 12. Don't know how long I will continue the group which sound like high school students despite most being retired. Depressing but perhaps I can find humor like you do and I will pray for them and me.

  • Todd Matosic

    03/21/2019 11:36 PM

    I heard that RBG (Ruth Bader Ginsburg) is alive and well...I just don’t have any photos to prove it...do you know anyone that does Mike?

  • Jeff Smith

    03/21/2019 11:03 PM

    If I'm not mistaken Rubio is one of the so called republicans that voted against Trump's National emergency on the border.

  • Diana Sneddon

    03/21/2019 10:38 PM

    By the way, Governor, I just discovered the OAN (ONE AMERICA NEWS) network on cable TV. If Fox did indeed cut Judge Jeanine Oirro's Saturday night program then I am switching my loyalty to OAN for unfiltered news and will shun Fox.

  • Diana Sneddon

    03/21/2019 10:37 PM

    By the way, Governor, I just discovered the OAN (ONE AMERICA NEWS) network on cable TV. If Fox did indeed cut Judge Jeanine Oirro's Saturday night program then I am switching my loyalty to OAN for unfiltered news and will shun Fox.

  • Gaye Harris

    03/21/2019 10:32 PM

    Thank you for the Hannity link. I ended up watching Fox for 2 hrs. Don't know why it kept going but I also enjoyed Laura Ingram and The Five. I don't have tv so it was a treat. Thanks!

  • Diana Sneddon

    03/21/2019 10:30 PM

    Dear Gov Huckabee,
    I've been shocked to learn that Judge Jeanine Pirro may have had her Saturday night program cut by Fox Murdoch family. Is it true??

  • Bob Byrns

    03/21/2019 10:26 PM

    Darryl Hedding, Director of the International Christian Embassy Israel has an excellent article at https://us.icej.org/news/commentary/purim-2019-rise-ancient-hatred regarding Ilhan Omar and how anti-semitism is not well understood today.

  • Keethlyn Fletcher

    03/21/2019 10:15 PM

    Seems like "Land of the Free and Home if the Brave" has been replaced with "Land of the illegals and Home of the Haters" I can't believe what I'm hearing coming from our politicians and potential politicians. I'm not sure why they want to tear down everything America stands for. It will be a sad day if they get there way.

  • James Hoppe

    03/21/2019 09:21 PM

    They keep hammering on Trump for his meetings with Putin! Why doesn't anyone or group investigate OBAMA for when he THOUGHT
    he was off camera...and tells Putin...wait until I'm reeclected and we'll further discuss???????? THAT would indicate more collusion
    than what has been found. My entire group of both Dem and Rep friends are totally FED UP...with this collusin bs...and no longer give
    a damn...but for the MONEY WE ARE PAYING THOSE 13 losers and Mueller! END IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Fire him....and all 13 so that they cannot
    collect their pensions!!!!!!!!!!!!!! START PUTTING SOME ACCOUTABILITY with all this bs!!!!!!!!!!!!!! And...please tell the President to stop
    knocking McCain...as the CNN station loves it. WE KNOW WHAT MCCAIN WAS....and he's not making any new voters....carrying on like
    he is with this.

  • Vernon R Freeck

    03/21/2019 09:06 PM

    Oh Lord God please bing this nation back from the brink of suicide.

  • Lynn Grey

    03/21/2019 08:18 PM

    Can the United States just close all borders to immigration, no assylum....no entry......no nothing! Then and only then can the various departments and congress decide how future entry into the U.S. will occur, such as how many immigrants per year; how will the U.S. track those in the U.S., deport others, and get 'control' of the borders and coming through points of entry. After everything is in place, all laws, then re-open the borders on a very selective basis.
    Please do not reprint my comment; this is for your eyes only Mr. Huckabee.

  • Lou Ann Henderson

    03/21/2019 08:18 PM

    Interesting article, however, embarrassing to the great state of Wyoming. https://canadafreepress.com/article/fraud-green-new-deal-plagiarized-from-2009-un-environment-programme-report?fbclid=IwAR1e5AW4T5V2YfBlRAphPvZT_2ux4zYMdaJeh6MMaHoJx9L7oute4OrLQxE

    Thanks for all you do!

  • Allen Swatsworth

    03/21/2019 08:06 PM

    Governor Huckabee, Your article of Sen. Marco Rubio to propose a Constitutional Amendment was very good and I for one support it completely. I have read through the Pocket Constitution of The United States I recieved fro Hillsdale College and cannot find the section stating the number of Judges assigned to the Supreme Court. However, perhaps this is the time to add such an amendment. Just because the congress and public did not want FDR to have the power to pack the court during his time, I'm not sure if the same holds true at this time. Also, I think the Senate will agree with Sen. Marco Rubio but a concerned if the present House of Representatives will agree with an amendment at this time. If it does go through both houses of congress it may have an uphill fight to get it passed by the states with the far left leanings of so any states.

    Again, thanks for including this information in your letter. I really hadn't heard of it before now.

  • Stephen Russell

    03/21/2019 08:00 PM

    Judge J denied FNC show: Online sources say its Brett Baier & Shep Smith behind outing Judge J from FNC
    Only shows left: The 5, Hannity, Tucker, Next Revolution.
    & Fox Nation.
    FYI.

  • Mark Mittelstaedt

    03/21/2019 07:28 PM

    re: Science and Religion. Einstein reportedly said : " When the solution is simple, God is answering ". I'm not all that sure about organized religion, but emotions like love, guilt, altruism etc. evolved over time - and evolution is God's mechanism for creating life anywhere it can exist. Look at the bacteria that thrive beside hot sulfuric acid vents on the ocean floor, and ask yourself why we need to spend money trying to find life on Mars. If you think the Universe is random, take a nice long look at the periodic table ;-}

  • Wilma Springer

    03/21/2019 07:26 PM

    On what was that near 10 trillion dollar debt spent that Obama incurred? It was not on defense as my House Representative told me. No new planes or ships were built except the USS Ronald Reagan at the end of his years in office. Our son-in-law who was in the Air Force for 31 years was required to retire at 55 and can't draw his pension until at 65 years. Where does a Lt. Colonel get a salary paying job for 10 years? The military was down-sized. Where did that near 10 trillion go?

  • David Molony

    03/21/2019 07:15 PM

    Since Schiff and all house Democrats spent 10 days coaching Cohen what to say and then had him testify the day of Trumps summit in Vietnam with Kim Jong Il. Cohen was testifying under oath that Trump was a liar, thief, scoundrel and con man, when the goal of the summit was to have him de-nuclearize the Korean penninsula and avoid nuclear war, doesn't that make the Democrats in the House proactive in bringing us close to a nuclear war?

  • Arthur Matthys

    03/21/2019 07:07 PM

    The people coming over the border should be the Guest of all who are in favor. In there Home or in there charge for at least 7 to 10 days. Maybe it will not solve the problem. Why should we my family , friends fear for SAFETY. Thank You