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By Mike Huckabee
It’s been a rough week for us all, so lean back in your recliner tonight and enjoy a new episode of “Huckabee” on TBN. I’ll talk to outgoing Georgia Rep. Doug Collins about this week’s Senate runoffs and what the results mean. On a more optimistic note, former Miss America Betty Maxwell will tell us how to keep the faith when you’re facing long odds. One of the most amazing magicians you’ll ever see, Xavier Mortimer, will visit from Vegas to astound you. I’ll talk with the CEO of America’s favorite restaurant chain. And we’ll top it all with a classic hit from country music legend, Moe Bandy.
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The Left begins their purge
By Mike Huckabee
It should come as no surprise to students of history that when leftists gain power, their first impulse is to launch a purge of their perceived enemies and to criminalize any criticism of them. This is usually predicated on some convenient “emergency.” This time around, it was the violence in Congress by a handful of hotheaded Trump supporters, and, as is now coming to light, other agitators. Democrats usually overplay their hands and infuriate this mostly center-right nation (remember how they were voted out after shoving Obamacare down our throats), but never in history have the party and its enablers been so far to the left and so drunk on power, and never have they dived so quickly into their deepest totalitarian impulses.
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is hilariously demanding the expulsion from Congress of all Republicans who exercised their constitutional right to challenge the electoral vote until alleged irregularities were investigated. She and other Democrats are claiming that they allegedly “incited” the Capitol violence, even though they said nothing whatsoever to encourage it. Sen. Ted Cruz explained why that is utter nonsense (other than the fact that it came out of AOC’s mouth.)
It’s obvious that she doesn’t understand free speech any better than she understands economics, since there are very specific laws that define “incitement,” and nothing they or Trump said falls under that definition. You can’t hold someone else accountable for the actions of irrational people who misconstrue what they said, or else the Beatles would’ve been arrested for the Manson murders.
However, if AOC seriously thinks that egging on protesters on the sacred grounds of the Capitol is an offense worthy of expulsion from Congress, I would remind everyone that in 2018, she joined about 200 “youth activists” who stormed Nancy Pelosi’s office to demand action on climate change and refused to leave, an illegal incursion into the sacred temple of democracy that resulted in 51 of them being arrested by the Capitol Police. If she could tender her resignation by Monday, that would be great.
Oh, and it’s not just those protesters in Pelosi's office who had AOC’s approval. She also excused violent protesters across America, justifying their actions under the need to make people “uncomfortable.” And she did it on Twitter, where it’s now being dug up and retweeted, which is why she’s calling on Twitter to remove it. You see, conservatives are engaging in “misinformation” by quoting her directly. Anyone want to bet against Twitter accommodating her?
Speaking of Nancy Pelosi, she’s attempting to blame President Trump for inciting the violence and demanding that Congress impeach him. That would mark an appropriate bookend for the most recent do-nothing House term, which started with a pointless, groundless, time-wasting impeachment of Donald Trump and could actually end the same way, if they hurry up. They’ll have to hurry, since he’s leaving office anyway in 11 days, and the chances of a trial and a two-thirds vote by the Senate before then are absolutely zero. But why waste time on the people’s urgent business when you can continue attacking Trump with the single-minded hatred of Inspector Javert trying to send Jean Valjean back to prison for stealing a loaf of bread?
As for Trump “inciting” violence: I’ve already made it clear that I disapproved of Trump’s rhetoric and thoroughly condemn the assault on the Capitol, a stupid and counterproductive action that set back the conservative movement and handed the left a club to bash us with. But did he actually “incite” anyone to commit violence? Law professor Ann Althouse read through his entire speech and could find nothing of the sort. Here are the seven quotes that came closest to that, and none of them even come very close.
And it appears that with the Democrats so swiftly tipping their hand that they hypocritically flipped positions overnight on condemning violent protesters and immediately started abusing their power and demonizing 75 million Trump supporters, the backlash is starting with equal swiftness. Rasmussen reports that in just two days after the Wednesday violence and the Democrats’ attempts to exploit it by calling for Trump’s removal by impeachment or the 25th Amendment, his approval rating has soared.
Just before Christmas, Trump was at 45% approval. As of Thursday night, that had leaped to 51%. A source close to Rasmussen told Newsmax, “Americans are disgusted that cities burned for months and Washington and the media did nothing. But they still like Trump.”
Moral: Don’t let leftist politicians and the media gaslight you. They may try to silence what you say, but they can’t stop you from seeing what they are.
More "Great Purge" news
By Mike Huckabee
In other “Great Purge” news, Big Tech companies are moving swiftly to show their true colors in the wake of the Democrats’ Senate win. Feeling their oats and their power, Twitter permanently suspended President Trump’s personal account for allegedly “inciting violence.” As examples, they cited two tweets. Read them at this link and see if you can find any incitement to violence in them.
It’s such ironfisted overreach that even the ACLU voiced concerns about it.
Incidentally, that story says that Twitter “cited ‘plans for future armed protests’ circulating on Twitter and offline, and ‘a proposed secondary attack on the U.S. Capitol and state capitol buildings on January 17, 2021’ as contributing to its decision-making.” So if that's circulating on Twitter, why not ban those accounts?
Twitter also banned attorney Sidney Powell and former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, claiming it was to protect people from “harm on and off of Twitter.”
As the story at the link notes, this came after Michelle Obama called on social media platforms to ban Trump, accusing him of “monstrous behavior” that “fuels insurrection.” If you don’t recall that name, she’s the wife of the recent President who told a rally crowd that if Republicans bring a knife to the fight, “we bring a gun,” and whose White House rep told Democratic Senators that if they get hit, “punch back twice as hard.” Quite inciteful comments indeed.
Also among those purged was Brandon Straka’s #WalkAway page on Facebook. They banned Straka and every member of his team, many of whom have businesses that rely on Facebook. It’s not clear why Facebook would do this, since Straka’s page doesn’t advocate anything except leaving the Democratic Party if you’re fed up with its recent embrace of violence, intolerance and censorship. Straka is a gay former Democrat who started the page to give fellow Democrats a place to air their disapproval of their party’s totalitarian drift. It has half a million personal testimonials from people of all races, genders and sexual orientations.
The #WalkAway page is now on CloutHub.com, a free speech alternative to Facebook. You can find their website online and download apps for your phone from the Apple and Google stores… But you’d better hurry!
Yesterday, Google removed the Parler app from its Google Play store, and Apple is threatening to do it and might have by the time you read this. They’re demanding that Parler impose the same kind of monitoring of speech that Twitter, Facebook and Google’s YouTube do, to “protect” us from the tiny segment of far-right users who might be using the sites to incite violence and spread misinformation, as they define it. There are also countless legitimate users on Parler, including me: https://parler.com/profile/MikeHuckabee/posts
A reminder: These tech giants have allowed leftist groups such as Antifa and BLM to use their sites to organize protests that turned into riots, they allow violent rhetoric and death threats aimed at conservatives, and they’ve even turned a blind eye to Iran posting “death to America” rhetoric. But they ban the US President and those who support him.
Congressional Republicans made a big mistake in not reining in their partisan monopolistic practices when they had the chance. That won’t happen now, but I expect to see a flood of lawsuits following this, along with product boycotts and a mass exodus of millions of users. But where will they go if these leftist corporations abuse their power to strangle or force censorship onto alternative sites?
I asked our pop culture expert, Pat Reeder, for some tips on that. Here’s what he wrote back…
“I’m far from a tech expert, but I’ve been working via computer since before there was an Internet, so I’ve picked up a few tips.
First of all, why are you still paying premium prices to Apple? It’s not as if Steve Jobs still runs the place. They appear to be putting far more thought, time and energy into censorship, leftist virtue-signaling and kissing China’s rump than into R&D and consumer satisfaction these days. Here’s an example of how they’re doing lately, and it’s only one of countless such videos on YouTube (just search for ‘Apple sucks.’)
Currently, Parler’s app for cell phones is available at Parler.com only by clicking on icons that take you to the Google or Apple app stores. But there’s nothing stopping them from offering it for direct download, which I suspect is coming very soon. Here’s an article about how that works with apps that Apple decides you shouldn’t be allowed to have:
As for the Android version that’s been banned from the Google Play Store, if you don’t have it already, try here:
If you scroll down, you’ll also find the app for MeWe, a free speech alternative to Facebook. But I’d suggest you do it quickly. (Another is CloutHub.com.)
If that doesn’t work, try here…
And there are others, if you look hard. Remember, you can always subscribe to Parler and use it through your tablet, laptop or desktop by signing up at www.parler.com, which I hope you’ll be accessing through a browser that protects your privacy (NOT Google Chrome!) Here’s some information comparing some top choices. Firefox is rated #1, as long as you go into the Settings and disable the functions that send information back to its parent, Mozilla.
Worse comes to worse, conservatives can abandon these social media sites entirely and go back to independent blog sites and web pages, which prevailed before the big Facebook/Twitter takeover. Or just hang out at www.mikehuckabee.com, where you get real news, brilliant writing and a comments section.
Remember, it’s called ‘free speech’ because no matter how hard some people try to cage it, it will always find a way to escape.
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