Evening Edition - May 17

May 17, 2020 |



From Sen. John Kennedy of Louisiana, on SUNDAY MORNING FUTURES with Maria Bartiromo:

"My fellow Republicans in the Senate have tried to see things from the Speaker's point of view, but we can't get our heads that far up our rear ends...It's not a coronavirus bill as much as it is an effort by the Speaker and her colleagues to rewrite the rules for American society."


If you remember when the ACLU used to take on unpopular causes, like defending the First Amendment rights of Klansmen, just because defending everyone’s civil rights was more important than political posturing, then man, are you getting old. Today’s ACLU not only bows down to political correctness instead of the Bill of Rights, it’s actually suing Education Secretary Betsy DeVos for forcing colleges to respect male students’ due process rights.

Now, ask them if they support rights like the presumption of innocence for Joe Biden…


The communist government of China is reportedly furious over laws and litigation aimed at making them pay for spreading the COVID-19 (Chinese) coronavirus around the world, and is planning to try to interfere in the upcoming US elections in retaliation. The Global Times, a Chinese state media mouthpiece, railed, “Republicans who have been groundlessly accusing China and inflaming the ‘holding China accountable’ political farce will face severe consequences.” (Are we sure that’s the Global Times and not CNN?)

They are particularly threatening political leaders who support legislation allowing trade retaliation or lawsuits against China, like Missouri Republican Sen. Josh Hawley. He called the threat a “badge of honor.” Likewise, Texas Rep. Dan Crenshaw responded to China’s threats, “So apparently I’m on the Chinese government’s radar now. Good. Bring it.”

I eagerly await all the Democrats, media outlets and liberal celebrities who’ve spent the past few years ranting against foreign interference in our elections joining together in solidarity with the Republicans to denounce China’s threat to our democracy. Unless, of course, they’re owned by China.


It’s getting tedious listening to celebrities smugly lecturing everyone to stay locked down and listen to “the experts” on the coronavirus when they don’t have to worry about money and what the “experts” tell us to do changes practically every day.

For instance, back in the days when the experts were telling us 2.2 million Americans would die, we were told face masks should only be worn by sick people, to prevent them from spreading germs. Then they told us everyone should be wearing them (it’s actually enforced like law in many places.) Then they said that only people treating COVID-19 patients need to wear them. And now, Dr. Russell Blaylock claims that for healthy people to wear face masks for hours is not only useless, it could be dangerous to your health.

He says that breathing through a restrictive mask reduces oxygenation of the blood, which can result in headaches, losing consciousness and an impaired immune system, making it more likely to suffer strokes, cancer, and heart attacks. Ironically, it might also make you more likely to contract the coronavirus, and have a rougher case of it. Even worse, if you have the virus, he says wearing a mask can concentrate it in your sinuses and lungs, or even get it into your brain.

Full disclosure: Blaylock has made some controversial claims that are disputed by mainstream medicine. But he’s also a licensed neurosurgeon and retired clinical professor of neurosurgery, so it seems likely that he knows a bit about surgical masks.

So which experts are we supposed to listen to? Maybe we should just listen to the smug liberal celebrities. As Homer Simpson put it, “Celebrities…Is there anything they DON’T know?”


Shakespeare wrote in “Julius Caesar” that “the evil that men do lives after them; the good is oft interred with their bones.” In this era when we scour history to make it politically correct, even people's bones are declared evil, dug up and banished.

Officials in Memphis have already removed Confederate monuments, including a statue of Confederate General Nathan Bedford Forrest, from Health Sciences Park. But now, after a long legal battle, an agreement has been struck for Forrest’s descendants actually to disinter and move the bodies of Forrest and his wife from their graves in the park to a family cemetery. That’s right: the erasure of history has now extended to the point of digging up and disturbing the decayed remains of long-dead people because modern people don’t like what they did over 150 years ago.

Let me be clear: you don’t have to support preserving Confederate monuments to find this shocking and ghoulish. But it’s also a dangerous path we are heading down, when we not only remove monuments, we also desecrate graves just to banish people to oblivion. It’s like something out of the Soviet era, when Stalin would have disfavored people erased from photos in history books.

When you start editing history like this, to remove things (and people) we now condemn, you also remove the lessons of history that helped teach us why those things were bad. Before Forrest’s name is erased from the history books, too, let’s see if there’s something that we might be able to learn from his life if we allow him to be remembered.

Before the Civil War, Nathan Bedford Forrest was a slave owner and trader. Despite what the New York Times tells you, many people condemned that even back then. He was a brilliant military leader, defeating forces far larger than his. But he was also accused of brutality, including slaughtering Union soldiers who tried to surrender at the Fort Pillow Massacre.

Wow, so far, not much admirable to commemorate. But what about after the war? Well, it gets even worse. Although he later denied it, he is reported to have joined the fledgling Ku Klux Klan and become the first Grand Wizard, helping organize the Klan into a terrifying racist army. At this point, the history censors would say, “We don’t need to hear any more! Erase him!”

But wait: his life then took a surprise turn. Forrest became disillusioned with the KKK and apparently had a change of heart. After four blacks were lynched, he wrote to the Governor of Tennessee, offering to help “exterminate the white marauders who disgrace their race by this cowardly murder of Negroes.” In 1875, he gave a speech to an organization of black Southerners, promoting economic improvements for blacks and saying he wanted to be a proponent of peace and harmony between the races. During the speech, a young black woman gave him some flowers, and he thanked her and kissed her cheek. This was a dangerous stand to take back then. His racist former followers turned on him fiercely.

You don’t have to forgive the evil he did. But as Christians who believe that nobody is beyond redemption, we can study his life and find a hopeful example of someone who once embraced the worst evil but who did eventually see the light and renounce that evil and stand up against it. But we can only learn lessons like that from history if we are allowed to remember and study it, both the good and the bad, the evil and noble, all of which can coexist at different times in the same flawed human being.

It’s often said that “those who cannot remember the past are doomed to repeat it.” Just as we learn more from our mistakes than our successes, we also learn from the mistakes of the past. That’s why removing memorials to things we no longer approve of is not only foolish but dangerous, if we don’t want to repeat those mistakes. Remember this: A “memorial” doesn’t mean a “celebration.” It just means “this is something you shouldn’t forget.”


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  • Paul Russ

    05/17/2020 10:23 PM

    Why is former President Obama still living on Pennsylvania Ave. down the street from the White House? Is that central command for the Deep State?
    And how is it that a former community activist is now worth something like $40 million.

  • david f huckabee

    05/17/2020 10:09 PM

    dear sir. i am currently in DURHAM NORTH CAROLINA and like many others dealing with the WHIMS of the RULING CLASS city county FLEXIBLE RULES AND REGS for the CV-19 VIRUS GAME. we now have an EXTENDED STAY AT HOME LOCK DOWN, only because of the GOD LIKE MAYOR, who wants his name in the LIGHTS AND NEWS. he is THE MAN IN CHARGE. he wants the SPOT LIGHT AND CAMERAS ROLLING. his EXTENSION INDEFINITELY was declared after the governor ordered a DECREASE AND ADJUSTMENTS for the good of the people of NORTH CAROLINA. his name is STEVEN SCHEWEL and his credentials are ENGLISH BA, MA & PHD. he is an ACADEMIC RULING DURING A PANDEMIC. we are DOOMED.

  • John Huitt

    05/17/2020 09:51 PM

    Spot on!! Keep up the good work!! God Bless!!!!!

  • Joan Chambers

    05/17/2020 09:47 PM

    They uncovered the masking and the swamp - now what are they going to do about it - just talk - start another committee or prosecute and convict - prison - they deserve nothing less.

  • Donald Endicott

    05/17/2020 09:39 PM

    Personally I have always thought it is stupid to be concerned about statues of those that lived over 100 years ago. Yes slavery was disgusting whether it was as bad as most movies portrayed it or not. I wonder how many of those here now whose family came here as slaves have thought about where they would be if there had never been the big movement of slaves to America.

  • Toni DeFronzo

    05/17/2020 09:37 PM

    The Betsy DeVos debacle is disgusting. They are trying to feminize EVERY damn thing, in order to weaken America! Where are all the feminists, who stand up for ALL women? Oh, yeah, those are just the Dimocrat women.

    Re the removal of historical statues: History, not learned, is doomed to be repeated.

    Thank you so very much for keeping up with the news and printing it so that we can read it, when time permits. I do not have the stomach for any MSM.

  • LeAnn Fulton

    05/17/2020 09:16 PM

    Hi Governor Huckabee, Thank you so much for keeping us up to date on the current news we need in this crazy world. Curious as to your opinion on why we are handling this current pandemic so much differently than the 1968-69 Hong Kong flu or 2009 Swine flu?

  • Judy drury

    05/17/2020 09:05 PM

    How thought provoking and excellent. Paul Harvey would be proud that you told...the rest of the story!

  • wallace fulton

    05/17/2020 08:44 PM

    Very good story needs to be read by more liberals, might make them a bit smarter. [lol]

  • Virginia G. Moore

    05/17/2020 08:43 PM

    I see that the black people are now demanding we teach more black history in our schools, I say only if we keep or go back to teaching white history instead of removing monuments, etc.

  • Lee B.

    05/17/2020 08:15 PM

    Dr. Blaylock has certainly listed concerning potential harm from wearing a face mask. As a neurosurgeon, we all know he's worn face masks a lot during his professional career. You've got to wonder if he's experienced the adverse effects he is now warning about including: low blood oxygen with associated headaches, loss of consciousness, impaired immune system, strokes, cancer, heart attacks, greater susceptibility to contracting and developing a more severe case of coronavirus with the likelihood of concentrating the virus in your sinuses, lungs, and even get it in your brain as a result of wearing a face mask. It's a wonder he is alive to tell us about this as well as an absolute miracle that he was able to remain conscious long enough to perform surgery.

  • Linda S. Elliott

    05/17/2020 08:12 PM

    Thanks Mike - this was a great commentary today. I am a lover of history and believe that the folks who are tearing down historical monuments are not only doing a disgrace to the area but are removing something that might cause a youngster to want to know more about what happened.
    Just like in every war time no matter when there are things that should not be forgotten. We learn from the study of history some things good and some things really bad.
    When I was a child which has been many moons ago, my father always thought we should take a vacation during the summer. He was of the opinion that those trips should include visits to historical places such as The Hermitage - the home of Andrew Jackson. There is a wonderful museum in Atlanta GA which tells the story of the battle of Atlanta during the civil war. It is called The Cyclerama and should be on everyone's "to do list". There are so many places in this country that should be on folks "to do lists". Exploring our National Parks is amazing.
    I am lucky enough to have been able to travel Just going to the UK opens so many places which some we have never heard of but there is always something to learn.

  • Sharon Faulkner

    05/17/2020 08:09 PM

    I don't give a hoot about monuments but this is all an attempt to sanitize the Democrats shameful past.

  • Henry Sherwood

    05/17/2020 07:47 PM

    "It’s often said that “those who cannot remember the past are doomed to repeat it.”
    And THEY DO and ARE DOING !

  • Jay H Mohler

    05/17/2020 07:47 PM

    We should all re-read George Orwell's book '1984' History was continuously rewritten to make it acceptable to the present!!

  • Steven Swanson

    05/17/2020 07:45 PM

    Thanks, Mike! As a Civil War reenactor I sure appreciate your standing up for our history! How can you know where you're going if you don't know where you've been??!!

  • Bruce Vanderhoef

    05/17/2020 07:43 PM

    Mike, why don't you include a daily "bad dad joke?" Here's one from our pastor this morning. What do you call a dinosaur wrapped in bacon? Jurassic pork! Now the groans......

  • jerry Korba

    05/17/2020 07:41 PM

    Mike you have sat in for Fox news is the outlet starting to turn to the dark side I can watch a few of the anchors. Fox has some real squirrels and some dirtbags hosting and Shitfty like guests I just have to walk away or turn the channel I know you get booked and I don't want Fox to censure you however is fox gradually going the way of the Socialists? When I watch its mostly at night. Why did Fox rid T. Reagan

  • Twila Flowers

    05/17/2020 07:33 PM

    Thank you for this. History in our schools is so watered down it is mostly useless. I hope these removals stop.

  • Lisa Ford

    05/17/2020 07:25 PM

    I cannot wait for the day, Wicked Pork Pelosi gives up the gavel. I don't say that lightly. She treats us like slaves. She won't have to pay for all the over spending. It's on the backs of every lower income American. Where will this money come from? She doesn't care about us. Only cares about herself & her rich buddies. And we are plum sick of her. But on a much better note. The good 'ol boys went back to racing. Kudos Harvick! Yep he's #4. 4 more years with Trump please Sweet Jesus!

  • james Peace

    05/17/2020 07:23 PM

    Mike, Do most people even know why the Civil war was fought? The answer is a resounding NO. Do the people know the tragic history of the war's prisons. Most likely they can only talk about the myths of the Confederate prison at Andersonville, but know nothing of the atrocities committed at the Union prison at Lookout Point Maryland. We hear only the bad about Jefferson Davis, and only the good about Abraham Lincoln. Before anyone of history is condemned, a true knowledge of the person is required. Research both men. You might be shocked at the inaccuracies in modern history (sic) you will find. You might find it interesting , and a son of that a nephew of VP Alexander Stephens and a son of General Sherman are buried side by side in a Louisiana Catholic cemetery.

  • Dennis J Sullivan

    05/17/2020 07:22 PM

    Whoever said that no one is beyond redemption OBVIOUSLY never dealt with the house of representatives ? Socialists. I have dropped them from any affiliation with Democrats. You all remember Democrats? The party that fought civil rights tooth and nail.

  • Sarah Elizabeth Bassett

    05/17/2020 07:11 PM

    Thank you for loving truth. Thank you for standing strong for Jesus. Let it shine.

  • William Taylor

    05/17/2020 07:04 PM

    Your point about learning from the life of people of the past is very true, however, I don’t think the racial attitude change of Nathan Bedford Forrest was represented at all in the park memorial. Perhaps it could have been suggested as an alternative to removal. WRT Stalin removing disfavored people from history books, this is wrong but I don’t think there are many statues of Stalin in Russian parks and his place is Russian history is not a good one.

  • Barbara Campbell

    05/17/2020 07:03 PM

    Mike, I really concerned about the future of our country l I know and believe God is in control. But these democrats are not the ones I knew growing up. They are truly evil. If you have any pull with the a Trump campaign, I think he, you, and other religious leaders around the country from all walks of life should go on tv and pray for this country like FDR did during WWII. Thank you, Barbara Campbell