Today's Newsletter December 18 Edition

December 18, 2019 |

Today's Edition

 

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Some of our Presidents have gone down in history for letters they wrote.

Ronald Reagan will always be remembered for his moving “sunset” letter, in which he eloquently said farewell to the nation he loved as he began his long descent into Alzheimers. Reagan is also known for his heartfelt letters to his wife Nancy, enough of them literally to fill a book. (In fact, you should read that book –- especially the letter Ronnie wrote to Nancy for their 20th wedding anniversary, maybe the sweetest love letter ever.)

Going back to the early days of our country, John Adams exchanged countless letters with Abigail, his wife, best friend and closest confidant. And George Washington, while working for ratification of the Constitution, wrote a remarkable four-page letter to his nephew in which he laid out his argument for unity.

Abraham Lincoln wrote a letter in which he famously said, “I am naturally anti-slavery. If slavery is not wrong, nothing is wrong.”

Harry Truman is known for a letter he wrote to music critic Paul Hume, who said his daughter Margaret “cannot sing very well” in a bad review of a concert she gave. Truman’s letter was quite something: “...It seems that you are a frustrated old man who wishes he could have been successful. When you write such poppy-cock as was in the back section of the paper you work for, it shows conclusively that you’re off the beam...Someday I hope to meet you. When that happens you’ll need a new nose, a lot of beefsteak for black eyes, and perhaps a supporter below!”

With gratitude,

Mike Huckabee


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FEATURED STORY

Ainsworth: Can I change my vote in the poll?

By Laura Ainsworth

We're in the process of conducting a poll on whether the Senate should hold an impeachment trial with evidence and witnesses or just dismiss or acquit with no trial.  (In fact, I wrote the question myself.)  I felt very strongly as recently as Tuesday morning that there should be a trial and my vote reflected that.  I thought that since the House had ignored due process, giving the President essentially no rights in their outrageous kangaroo court, the President deserved the opportunity to present his case.  Trump himself has understandably wanted this.  And I wanted to see it.

But after watching Tuesday's hearing and also observing how Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer is trying to impose his own rules on the Senate side, I'm not so sure.  As I write this, he's doing a press conference accusing Sen. Mitch McConnell of using the Senate "to participate in a cover-up."  Do we really want the circus to come back to town?

It comes down to whether McConnell and Schumer can be trusted to work out the details so the process is fair to the President (at long last), and I don't trust Schumer with ANYTHING, certainly not anything having to do with fairness to the President.

The facts absolutely are on the President's side, and so naturally I'd really like all the facts to come out.  But this is turning into even more of a nightmare.  Besides, the Democrats have already taken those facts and distorted them beyond all recognition.  And the media have eagerly helped them present their false narrative and would continue to do so.  So maybe it should all just be over.

I agree with the Governor, who says the Senate could and should shut down the impeachment nonsense and then immediately launch a Judiciary Committee inquiry into the real scandal of "Crossfire Hurricane." Subpoena Comey, McCabe, Strzok and Page, Bruce and Nellie Ohr, Brennan, Clapper and the whole cast of characters. Make them come in and take the oath and testify as to how we got here. This is the way to go.

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I wanted to make sure you also read these comments:

Today is the day when (“Criswell predicts!!) the House will vote to impeach President Trump.  It should be a historic day.  So why does it feel so small, hollow and anti-climactic?

https://www.foxnews.com/politics/impeachment-vote-imminent-as-trump-plans

Probably because the Democrats have been demanding impeachment and crying wolf over the grounds for it since the minute they stopped howling at the sky because Hillary lost. (Note to Democrats: if you expect us to be moved by your claims of the urgent necessity of impeaching the President right now, don’t telegraph your intentions by screaming to impeach him for everything he did for over two years.)  Can anyone even remember all the “grounds” they’ve floated since Election Night of 2016?  Remember when firing James Comey was an “impeachable offense” rather than the best idea anyone had in Washington in the past 10 years? 

As recently as a month ago, they had moved on from “Russian collusion” and “obstruction of justice” and were railing about “quid pro quo,” “bribery,” “extortion,” etc., yet none of those charges made it into the official articles.  That’s because it turned out the “evidence” for them was all third-hand hearsay and presumption (not that that’s stopped them from continuing to lie that there is a mountain of irrefutable evidence of Trump's guilt. My staffers and I actually suffered through every endless minute of those hearings and never saw it.)

They are now left with the vague and cobbled-together “Abuse of Power” and “Obstruction of Congress” charges purely because they had to come up with something before Christmas break and time was running out.

In other words, these impeachment articles are the political equivalent of the gift you buy your wife at 7/11 at midnight on December 24th, then try to convince her that you really put a lot of thought into it. 

It was obvious that Senate Democrats realized that the House was handing off a plate of hot garbage to them, so we had Chuck Schumer lecturing us over his nose glasses that it's vital to defending the Constitution that Senate Democrats be allowed to subpoena witnesses and more documents and drag out the scavenger hunt for impeachment grounds even further.  Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell seems to have put the kibosh on that. 

https://www.westernjournal.com/mcconnell-schumer-not-going-impeachment-fishing-expedition/

He said the House Democrats were in such a rush to impeach Trump that they couldn’t be bothered with waiting for due process, like letting the courts rule on subpoenas. So they turned out the “thinnest, least thorough presidential impeachment in our nation’s history.”  And now, Schumer wants to set a “nightmarish precedent” that would let future Houses “paralyze future Senates with frivolous impeachments, at will.”  

McConnell said the Senate Democratic leader “would apparently like our chamber to do the House Democrats’ homework for them. He wants to volunteer the Senate’s time and energy on a fishing expedition to see whether his own ideas could make Chairman Schiff’s sloppy work more persuasive than Chairman Schiff himself bothered to make it.”

He continued, “We don’t create impeachments over here. We judge them. The House chose this road. It’s their duty to investigate. It’s their duty to meet the very high bar for undoing a national election… If House Democrats’ case is this deficient, this thin, the answer is not for the judge and jury to cure it over here in the Senate, the answer is the House should not impeach on this basis in the first place.”

There’s more at the link, but I fear it will be lost on the House Democrats voting today, just as advice from an adult is routinely ignored by a two-year-old in the throes of a tantrum.  However, one hopes that at least some House Democrats from purple districts might pay attention to McConnell’s words and muster enough courage to consider, before they vote to shred precedent and the Constitution, that they are staking their careers on a leaky raft that’s about to sail into a hurricane. 

https://www.westernjournal.com/new-poll-finds-public-support-impeachment-dropped-lowest-level-6-months/

 

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It’s not a surprise to me that the more Americans heard of Adam Schiff’s impeachment “case” against President Trump, the less persuaded they were.  A new CNN poll finds that after two months of this divisive political theater, support for impeachment has dropped to an all-time low of 45%. 

But one of the most interesting aspects of this poll is buried in the details.  We already knew that Republicans strongly oppose impeachment, and that support among Independents has been dropping and is down to 45% from 47% last month.  But the big swing in overall support is due to a 13-point drop, from 90 to 77%, among Democrats! 

I know what you’re thinking: it must’ve killed the people at CNN to have to report the results of their own poll.  And you’re right: their chief legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin had a sputtering on-air meltdown over it and declared that he refused to believe CNN’s own poll.

https://www.foxnews.com/media/cnn-jeffrey-toobin-impeachment-poll-wrong

When told by CNN political director David Chalian that it was a standard telephone poll, Toobin still refused to believe it, declaring that “life has shown us that polls are sometimes wrong, and David, that poll is wrong -- just because I said so."

Cheer up, Jeff.  If you can’t make public opinion bend to your will, I’m sure there’ll be a piece of anti-Trump fake news coming along very soon to make you feel better. Meanwhile, this is my favorite comment, from a liberal reader of this story, posted at FoxNews.com:

“There is not a sharp drop. More FOX lies.”

Behold the evil power of Fox News!  They’re even able to make CNN polls lie! 

 

Bible Verse of the Day (KJV)

"Then shall ye call upon me, and ye shall go and pray unto me, and I will hearken unto you."

- Jeremiah 29:12

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  • Denise A Wright

    12/20/2019 12:54 AM

    "They are now left with the vague and cobbled-together “Abuse of Power” and “Obstruction of Congress” charges purely because they had to come up with something before Christmas break and time was running out.
    In other words, these impeachment articles are the political equivalent of the gift you buy your wife at 7/11 at midnight on December 24th, then try to convince her that you really put a lot of thought into it."

    PRICELESS!
    Thank you Governor Huckabee.
    You succeed every time you write your newsletter to keep most of us who love God, family and our country sane in the midst of unprecedented political turmoil.
    God bless you and your entire family.
    TRUMP 2020!

  • Mike Smith

    12/19/2019 01:42 PM

    Since Justice Roberts, as the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, will preside over a presidential impeachment trial, I believe he should evaluate what has been presented and issue a summary dismissal, with prejudice, that the Senate should approve ( to avoid any conflict from a unilateral decision ).

  • Mona Kramer

    12/19/2019 06:58 AM

    Dismiss the impeachment in the Senate, then prosecute those who lied. Tell the President to keep going - we are behind him 100%.

  • Gary Stilwell

    12/18/2019 11:19 PM

    I have to admit, I have had a change of stance. I was all for a vetting of this impeachment debacle in the Senate, thinking that the American folks deserved a vetting that would silence all.----I was wrong, the dems still will foul any proceedings there with more false news(witness schumer's statements).
    The house has had ample time(by their own admission) to produce any factual evidence the President has committed ANY "high Crimes"--they have failed miserably---they in fact have uncovered stuff that will potentially impact the very folks who spearheaded going down this "road to nowhere"--that includes pelosi(and her brother--you do know the definition of nepotism right?)--and biden does too, just won't admit it, but his son does), schiff(with his 'secret' meetings and planning), nadler( with his obstruction of Congress rulings in the House that are illegal), and now schumer(he was a crook before, and he still is)-
    I am now firmly of the persuasion the the Senate should squash this bug before it has a chance to reproduce--even they may not be able to eradicate this disease, but they need to give it their best shot, or we are all doomed.

  • Moore Jason R. (Bob)

    12/18/2019 09:51 PM

    I agree with Laura ainsworth comment above. The senate needs to close it down the launch a full in depth investigation.

  • Michael

    12/18/2019 04:34 PM

    For the last several weeks & increasing with each mainstream media nightly news & local news, the narrative is that "president Trump is the third president in history to be impeached". They make it sound like a done deal even before it goes to the Senate!!! Remember in 2020, a vote against the Democrats is an indirect vote against the lying propaganda mainstream media who are in bed with the evil & dispicable Democrats who hate Trump & the 63 million people who elected our President in 2016 !

  • Amelia Little

    12/18/2019 03:17 PM

    “life has shown us that polls are sometimes wrong, and David, that poll is wrong -- just because I said so." Now, that is the funniest thing to come out of the mouth of a msm person!!! Gee, wonder when that fact hit him smack in the face? Oh, maybe Nov 8, 2016? Maybe I should tune in to some of these shows for the comedy? I don't think I could stomach it, though.

    First, I pray that McConnell will hold fast on his refusal to allow the Democrats to redo the botched house hearing. shiff rewrote the rules for the house hearing, now schumer wants to rewrite the Senate's roll in the process?

  • Tom Corn

    12/18/2019 01:24 PM

    On the poll to try the impeachment: My vote was and still is in spite of the argument made by LA. The problem is that if the Senate just refuses to hold the hearing or holds it and votes right away to acquit the media will just claim they are trying to cover everything up. So since they will claim that any way hold the hearings and only allow testimony from the ones the House has already had plus rebuttal witnesses that the Repubs call. Disallow any testimony that does not pertain to the charges that have already been filed then vote to acquit. Lets see if ABC NBC CBS PBS will carry the proceedings or if only FOX will carry it. If they don't drag it out they should be able to finish it in about a week.

  • Francisco Miyares Sr.

    12/18/2019 01:04 PM

    Brilliant indeed! He is right and I’m proud to have a strong leader in the White House again! Amen for President Trump! #TRUMP / PENCE 2020

  • keith longacre

    12/18/2019 12:13 PM

    Will U PLEASE go back to NIV. KJ is way to hard to read let alone understand.

  • Maureen Innis

    12/18/2019 11:57 AM

    The democrat party, led by Pelosi, Schiff, Schumer, and all the enemies from within, and the enemies without behind this impeachment effort, has gone over the cliff, like lemmings, one and all, and now expect the Senate to rescue them before they hit the bottom. Good for Mitch McConnell, for refusing to save them.

  • Elizabeth Crouse

    12/18/2019 11:42 AM

    Nothing has been fair in this impeachment. The impeachment should be against democrats who have been the dishonest ones. I believe this will backfire on them. I can remember when a lot of us were Democrats, but we changed because of their policies and elected officials. I did not like Obama but he and his administration was more evil than I could comprehend. It is good to hear some congressmen have changed parties and some are not going to vote for it. Thanks for all your information.

  • Bruce Vanderhoef

    12/18/2019 11:34 AM

    I absolutely believe there is "obstruction of congress" and "abuse of power" going on, but it's not from the president. Like the Grinch whose heart was too small, the accusing members across the isle are actually describing their own Scrooge like actions. And how is America reacting to all the news......pretty much with a big "bah humbug." Greta won't be happy, but there should be plenty of coal distributed to congressional stockings this Christmas! Ho ho ho.

  • Stephen Russell

    12/18/2019 11:20 AM

    Dems hung up on Impeachment, cant we do same to them BUT we use "real ammo" IE from 2016+, right, Then see Media clown up big time,
    DC elites scurry??
    Doable