May 29, 2020
By Mike Huckabee
OBAMA'S EXECUTIVE ORDER PAVED WAY TO ABUSE TRUMP
If you’ve seen movies or TV shows about the FBI and CIA, you’re familiar with the expression, “That’s on a need-to-know basis.” Traditionally, even members of the intelligence community weren’t necessarily entitled to a given piece of information. That changed on January 12, 2017, through modifications in Executive Order #12333, just as President Obama was on his way out the door. (Goodness, those first three weeks in January were a flurry of behind-the-scenes activity.)
Even at the time, there was interest in Obama’s rationale for doing this. THE ATLANTIC ran a piece by Kavey Waddell called “Why Is Obama Expanding Surveillance Powers Right Before He Leaves Office,” which suggested, perversely, that it was somehow to keep incoming President Trump from “encroaching even further on civil liberties.” What a joke; little did leftists know then that it was not Trump but the ‘deep state’ bureaucracy left in place under Obama that would be encroaching on civil liberties big-time in the months to come.
Thanks to Dan Bongino for citing this piece and taking us all down memory lane. Certainly there were questions at the time on both sides of the aisle about why Obama would do this just as he was leaving the White House. But recent revelations about the phony “Trump-Russia” investigation and the runaway unmasking of names connected with Trump are shedding light on this in a way never dreamed of in January of 2017.
HUCK'S HERO SALUTE
A belated Memorial Day Huck’s Hero salute to retired Marine Staff Sgt. Tim Chambers. One of the most disturbing facts of modern life is the shocking number of military veterans who commit suicide. To call attention to this crisis, on Monday, Chambers put on his dress blues and stood at attention in the median of a busy intersection in Washington, DC. For 24 hours straight, he stood at his post, taking no food, water or bathroom breaks. He has been doing this on every Memorial Day since 2002.
He also has a heart-rending hourly ritual involving a salute in recognition of the estimated 22 veterans a day who take their own lives. I won’t tell you more because I want you to click the link and read the whole story. He does this to draw attention to this terrible problem, and I want you to give him your full attention. Also to read about an organization he started called Saluting Marine Cares that pays medical bills for veterans that aren’t covered by the VA. And why are there any of those?
STOP DIGGING JOE
There’s an old saying: “When you find yourself in a hole, the first step is to stop digging.” Someone needs to tell that to Joe Biden.
Last week, Joe whacked a hornet’s nest by telling black radio host Charlamagne tha God that any black voters who couldn’t figure out whether to vote for him or Trump “ain't black." When the buzzing grew loud and scary, Joe sort-of apologized and claimed he was being a “wise guy.” But in an interview with CNN’s Dana Bash, he put a new twist on his excuse that’s making matters worse. He tried to put the blame for his bad answer on the host:
“I shouldn’t have been such a wise guy with him. He was being a wise guy, and I responded in kind. I shouldn’t have done that. It was a mistake.”
Okay, let’s rewind the tape. Here’s what Mr. tha God said that evoked Biden’s foot-in-mouth response. Referring to black voters, he said: “It’s a long way until November. We’ve got more questions.”
Biden: "If you have a problem figuring out whether you're for me or Trump, then you ain't black."
I’ve examined both comments closely, and I can’t find any hints of “wise guy” in the first or any hints of wisdom in the second. Someone should take Joe’s shovel away before he keeps on digging and ends up in China again.
By the way, congratulations to CNN for managing to conduct an interview that was so mindlessly puffball that it actually united Fox News hosts and a liberal writer from Mediate in agreement about how embarrassing and stupid it was.
There are a few celebrities in the news these days for making profane, threatening tweets against the President. I usually ignore these stories because I have enough kids and grandkids to know that if you reward bad behavior, you get more of it; and these spoiled children are desperately seeking attention. The worst punishment you can mete out to them isn’t criticism, it’s ignoring them. So instead of rewarding them with undeserved attention, I thought I’d shine a spotlight on a few celebrities who are using their fame to make a positive difference.
First, how about a hand for Matthew McConaughey? He’s the spokesman for Lincoln Motors, and he convinced them to donate 110,000 face masks to rural hospitals and first responders in his home state of Texas. Then he loaded up his pickup, and he and his wife Camilla Alves hit the road to deliver them personally. Allright, allright, allright!...
Celebrity chef Guy Fieri is part of an effort to provide free meals for front line health care workers and first responders at Santa Clara, California, hospitals. One day, he not only helped make and hand out 1200 boxed lunches, he put a personal thank-you note inside each one.
Last month, country superstar Brad Paisley opened a grocery store in Nashville for people struggling to feed their families. It’s just like a regular grocery, except the food is free. It even delivers to the elderly. Brad has also launched an online song series with music stars performing to thank health care workers, and he recently recorded a personal thank-you for the nurses of Nashville’s Vanderbilt University Medical Center.
Finally, a big Huck’s Hero salute to a celebrity who does more for veterans than just about anyone I know, Gary Sinese. His foundation is donating 20,000 meals to health care workers at VA medical centers around the nation.
I’m happy to give these celebrities some recognition because what they did was meant to help others, not to get themselves publicity. Social media might be a lot more civil if all media outlets would simply adopt the same policy of not giving attention to people who only do things to get attention.
Bible Verse of the Day (KJV)
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
1 John 1:9 (KJV)