Good evening! Today's Evening Edition includes:
- Daily Bible Verse
- Rush Limbaugh RIP
- NYT Retraction
- The Downfall Of The “Lincoln Project”
- ICYMI: Newsletter Update
- America The Beautiful
BIBLE VERSE OF THE DAY
Rush Limbaugh RIP
By Mike Huckabee
While many of us have been bracing for Rush Limbaugh’s passing ever since he revealed his battle against terminal lung cancer, the news that came Wednesday of his death at 70 still sent a shock wave of grief though his many millions of fans. You knew it was coming, but it still seems unbelievable.
If anyone seemed capable of beating cancer, it was the indestructible El Rushbo. Over the years, he overcame every obstacle, from the alleged “death” of AM radio to painkiller addiction and hearing loss (how can a radio broadcaster overcome deafness? Rush did) to the rabid hatred of leftists, whom he infuriated all the more by batting away their attacks with facts, logic and good humor.
With his great love of America and its exceptional history, freedom and opportunity, Rush had a massive influence on politics over several decades, helping direct and grow the conservative movement in good times and defend and encourage it in bad times. But he also earned a place on the Mouth Rushmore of radio (there should be one of those named after him.) When he came along, the industry “wisdom” was that AM radio was dying because it couldn’t carry music with FM fidelity. Rush invented nationally-syndicated conservative talk radio, turned AM back into a ratings powerhouse, and inspired generations of hosts to follow in his footsteps.
I speak from personal experience, having hosted a syndicated radio show myself, when I tell you it’s not an easy job. It’s a testament to Rush’s “talent on loan from God” that he could be on the air three hours a day, five days a week; always be current, enlightening and entertaining; and often fill much of the show by himself without relying on guests or callers to fill the time. Even liberals (honest ones, not the ghouls celebrating Rush’s death on Twitter) admitted that anyone who could attract up to 27 million listeners a week for decades on over 600 stations with just the power of his words and ideas was a remarkable broadcaster. He used his skills not only to influence politics but to raise millions of dollars for charity.
Rush loved loved God, America, his audience and radio so much, not even debilitating cancer treatments could keep him away from the microphone until the very end. And he was riveting right up until his final show, as he talked about how lucky he felt to be alive. He showed a humble side of himself that he often kept hidden from listeners as he discussed his religious beliefs and how he considered every day of life beyond last October, which his doctors had predicted would be his “expiration date,” to be a gift from God. And of course, he reminded listeners of the greatness of America and how important it was to keep up the fight to protect it.
Rush may no longer be on the air every day, but the example he set has inspired generations of patriotic conservatives who will look to his legacy for courage and guidance as they pick up the torch and continue his mission of speaking out and defending this exceptional nation and its great principles.
By Mike Huckabee
The New York Times, the same ultra-politicized newspaper that can't tell the difference between its own news and opinion pages yet thinks we need a government-appointed "Reality Czar" to police our speech, has quietly backed away from one of its most explosive claims: that Capitol Police officer Brian Sicknick died after being struck in the head by a fire extinguisher hurled by a rioter.
As we'd already reported in this newsletter, Officer Sicknick had assured family members that he was okay after the violence ended, he died later that day, and no blunt force trauma was found on his body. Weeks went by without any official cause of death being given, until people began to speculate on whether he might have had a stroke or a reaction to chemicals used at the scene.
This lack of facts, however, didn't deter the New York Times from running with their story, nor Congressional Democrats from shamelessly politicizing Officer Sicknick's death after a year in which many of them showed little respect for the dangers faced by police officers. They even used it to give emotional weight to their empty impeachment case against the President, blaming him for Officer Sicknick's death, just as he's personally responsible for every coronavirus death, even the ones in New York nursing homes, according to Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who forced the nursing homes to take in COVID-19 patients.
A lot of people are asking what all these Trump-hating obsessives will do if they don't have Trump to hate and curse and scream about all day. I just wonder who they'll blame for all their own mistakes and failures.
Incidentally, thanks to Ed Driscoll at Instapundit for pointing out this perfect response from the satirical site, the Babylon Bee: "Ignorant Senator Shares New York Times Article Thinking It's Real."
The Downfall Of The “Lincoln Project”
By Mike Huckabee
I’m sure you’ve heard of the slanderously-misnamed “Lincoln Project,” the group of former establishment Republicans formed to oppose Donald Trump – because what better way to promote real conservative principles than to help elect Hillary Clinton and Joe Biden? Well, it appears to be dying, not from assassination but from suicide.
Co-founder Steve Schmidt, last heard ranting furiously on Twitter about how anyone who worked for Trump must be hounded, doxed, shunned, shamed and prevented from ever working again due to their alleged moral inferiority, has resigned from the LP. This follows allegations that he and others knew about the accusation of sexual harassment of young men (some underage) by co-founder John Weaver long before they admitted it, but covered it up and did nothing to stop it. Not to mention the complaints of rampant sexism, sexual discrimination and gay slurs within its offices.
Someone there also tweeted private texts of a former employee to try to discredit her whistleblowing, then deleted it when told it likely violated federal law.
All the resignations and in-fighting have also revealed that the LP wasn’t really about protecting moral integrity and conservative principles so much as amassing “generational wealth” for its founders by separating gullible liberal donors from their money. It was, as many have already pointed out, a grift. Color me shocked.
Meanwhile, another organization based on fear, greed, hypocrisy and demonization of others, the SPLC (Southern Poverty Law Center), is now riding high as the go-to creators of feeble excuses for social media giants to silence conservatives.
The SPLC’s latest assaults on free speech, freedom of thought and rational thinking include declaring that they will no longer list black nationalist organizations as “hate groups,” allegedly because their racial anger and violent segregationist rhetoric (which recently led to the murder of five Dallas police officers) is justified…
…and it’s also trying to get 147 Republican Senators and Representatives deplatformed from social media because they questioned the 2020 election results, which to the SPLC means they incited the Capitol riot. Also, if you ever condemned the violent radical leftist group Antifa, or if you think the rioting destroying cities is a worse problem than systemic police racism, then they consider you a racist and a likely target for future branding as a hate group, deplatforming, silencing, etc. FYI: a recent poll found that 51% of Americans thought the riots were a bigger problem than police racism, so the SPLC wants to banish over half of Americans to the corn field.
In reading these stories at the same time, I was struck by how alike the the LP and the SPLC are…
Both started out espousing noble principles (the SPLC actually had them in the beginning.) But over time, both degenerated into corrupt scams that manufacture slander for money. Both frighten and bilk donors into sending more and more cash to fight what they claimed is a rising danger from fellow Americans who have become hateful, racist, fascist monsters who vote for Trump and go to church and actually believe in the Bible.
And it’s a lucrative scam (I used to call the SPLC America’s most successful hate group, but some others are giving them a run for their money these days.) Both groups were awash in cash that was squandered on lavish executive salaries, ritzy offices and other perks. And both had founders who practiced shocking sexual harassment and bullied employees into keeping quiet about it, until it finally became so intolerable that the dam broke and the world found out. Both organizations were shameless hypocrites, posing as arbiters of morality while turning Americans against each other for profit, and denouncing innocent conservatives and Christians as morally inferior while practicing the most horrific immorality themselves.
So why is the LP imploding while the SPLC is growing like a cancerous tumor? I suspect that as much as the LP badmouthed conservatives for “losing our souls,” their problem is that we actually do take morality seriously. We always saw the LP not as conservatives standing on principle, but as Judases selling out their principles and slandering their former friends for money. The liberals who supported them did so not because they liked or respected them, but because they were useful to their goal of defeating Trump. Now that Trump is gone, so is their usefulness. That leaves them with nobody to defend them, on the left or the right. The stinking cheese stands alone. If they survive, it won’t be because Republicans admire their conservative principles, it will be because they found new ways to make themselves useful to the Democrats, who aren’t that particular, as witness the SPLC.
The SPLC is still immensely useful to the left’s agenda, so all the corruption, money-grubbing and sexual abuse can be overlooked. How many times in recent years have we seen Democrat megadonors like Harvey Weinstein or Jeffrey Epstein, or powerful politicians like Bill Clinton, Ted Kennedy or Joe Biden himself, accused of behavior that would destroy any Republican, yet they sailed on untouched? Epstein and Weinstein were finally brought down when their horrific behavior was exposed as so bad that it ruined their usefulness. But whenever this happens, we always hear that everyone knew about their crimes for years, it was an open secret, but nobody did a thing. What did the broken lives of their victims matter as long as they were still politically useful?
I can think of no better timing for the downfall of the “Lincoln Project” than Presidents Day weekend, when we celebrated the birthday of the President whose name they misappropriated and defamed, and the exoneration from false charges of the President they spent four years lodging false charges against. May the same deserved fate happen to the SPLC.
ICYMI: Newsletter Update (from yesterday)
By Mike Huckabee
If the newsletter is a little sparse or late this week, we hope you'll understand. It's because we're all affected by the historic winter storm that's battering the nation with snow and ice and sending temperatures plunging nearly to zero even in Texas. So far, at least nine deaths are being blamed on the wild weather, including from a devastating tornado that struck Brunswick County, North Carolina. I hope you will join me in praying for the victims and for everyone caught in the path of this storm, especially the elderly and other vulnerable people who were left in the cold and dark by massive power outages.
At the moment, I am iced in in Little Rock, having to look into the sad, bewildered, accusing eyes of my two dogs who were used to living in Florida. So far, we've had no power outages, but the guilt is chilling.
However, my two writer/researchers, Pat Reeder and Laura Ainsworth, are in suburban Dallas and are part of the four million Texans left without power. For a firsthand account, I'll turn you over to Pat...
Yes, Laura and I have been experiencing the "rolling blackouts." I don't know why they're called "rolling," since they hit you and stay long past any reasonable limits. At first, they lasted just 15 minutes, then an hour, but then they got ridiculously long. Yesterday, our power (and hence, heat) was out from around 6 p.m. to 4 a.m., a ten-hour stretch with no heat on the coldest night in 40 years, with temperatures in the single digits outside.
Laura and I take in homeless and abused parrots, a few of whom had plucked all their features out from trauma before arriving here, and keeping them alive in a frigid house is our #1 concern. We are doing anything we can to get heat into the air, from...(at this point, the power went off again. I'll finish this via cell phone)...burning candles to running hot water in the bathtub, but it barely makes a difference.
And WHY are Texans suffering power outages? Because some idiots decided that 25% of our energy should come from windmills, or as we call them, "bird Cuisinarts," and the turbines froze. Freezing in the dark is something that anti-oil Northeastern liberals should be doing, not Texans. How did we let idiots who think AOC is a scientist influence Texas' energy policies?
If the greens want reliable clean energy, then stop blocking nuclear plants. Until then, some of our poor shivering parrots have some words for them that that learned before we adopted them.
And now, here's more on this story.
Here are some good tips to follow if you find yourself in the middle of a power outage. I would add, "Pick up a pen and write a letter in longhand by candlelight to your power company, complaining about how dumb it is to replace needed, reliable sources of energy with unproven, unready 'green' alternatives."
America The Beautiful
By Mike Huckabee