Blessings on you and your family, and from all the Huckabee staff!
Today's newsletter includes:
- Bible Verse of the Day - Psalm 143:8 NKJV
- Evidence from indicted Oath Keeper hurts case against Trump
- UPDATE --- Reaction to Biden's obscene "voting rights" speech:
- A Florida professor resigns as President of American Psychological Association’s Society for Media and Technology in protest of leftist ideology
- Supreme Court rules on Biden/OSHA vaccine mandate
- President Biden's week
- Those racist Democrats
1. DAILY BIBLE VERSE
Cause me to hear Your lovingkindness in the morning,
For in You do I trust;
Cause me to know the way in which I should walk,
For I lift up my soul to You.
Psalm 143:8 NKJV
2. Evidence from indicted Oath Keeper hurts case against Trump:
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Stewart Rhodes, founder and leading member of Oath Keepers, has been charged by the DOJ with seditious conspiracy in connection with the January 6 Capitol Hill riot and was taken into custody on Thursday. The 56-year-old Army veteran didn't enter the Capitol Building that day but is said to have been in communication with some who did, and allegedly made reference to violence in texts. Rhodes says, however, that those who entered the Capitol went “off mission” and that he'd given “zero instructions” to go inside. And there’s a fascinating twist to this story: one of Rhodes’ tweets before the event actually appears to absolve President Trump of taking any action that day.
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3. A Florida professor resigns as President of American Psychological Association’s Society for Media and Technology in protest of leftist ideology:
In what I hope is the first ripple of a coming tidal wave, a Florida professor has resigned as president of the American Psychological Association’s Society for Media and Technology, in protest of how the APA’s bowing to leftist ideology and wokeism has trumped medical science in ways that are “actively harmful” to patients.
It is astounding to think that these are the people who are supposed to help others improve their mental health when they sound like Grade A wackjobs themselves. In addition to the APA's demonizing of men, traditional values and America as irredeemably racist, the professor cites their PC language edicts, which are baffling.
For instance, you can no longer say “blind person,” you must say “person with blindness.” That seems to accomplish nothing except to bolster George Carlin’s observation that people think things become less painful if you just add more gaseous syllables to their names (the way “shell shock” gradually morphed into “post-traumatic stress disorder.”)
The professor also complained, “We’re not to talk about birth sex or people being born a boy or girl (‘assigned female/male at birth’ is the language of choice now.)”
I could actually agree with that: you are assigned female/male at birth…by God, via your genitals and chromosomes. But I doubt that would earn me a welcome to the American Psychological Association. Which is fine with me, since it sounds like the inmates are running the asylum there.
Kira Davis at Redstate.com calls this a “must-watch,” and I agree.
Nebraska State Sen. Justin Wayne is a strong advocate for school choice, which puts him on the opposite side of many of his fellow Democrats. They want him to vote against a school choice bill and side with their plan to fix Omaha public schools within the next, oh...50 years. So a year ago, he made them an offer: he would vote against the bill if they would move their own kids from private schools to public schools.
Tuesday, he took to the podium again to ask his colleagues how many of them had taken up his challenge and moved their kids to public schools. Crickets. Nobody had.
Click the link to read what he said to them. Here’s my favorite quote that sums up their hypocrisy perfectly: “The only people who are opposing school choice today are the same people who have choice.”
5. Supreme Court rules on Biden/OSHA vaccine mandate:
I wrote yesterday, complaining that the Supreme Court’s delay in ruling on the Biden/OSHA vaccine mandate had allowed it to go into effect: by waiting until the Monday deadline passed, they left businesses no choice but to enforce it or risk ruinous fines if the SCOTUS upheld it. That criticism still goes, even though the Court did issue a ruling Thursday striking down the mandate on businesses with more than 100 employees (they allowed the mandate on health care workers at hospitals receiving Medicare and Medicaid payments. More on that below.)
It was a better-late-than-never ruling that still should’ve come sooner. But at least it was properly decided. Naturally, the left wing of Twitter went ape, accusing the Court of allowing millions of people to DIE!! As usual, they missed the point, which wasn’t whether vaccines are a good thing but whether OSHA has the power to order Americans to take one whether they want to or not. These are two separate issues (as I always point out, I’m vaccinated myself, but I don’t believe Washington bureaucrats have the power to force it on people who object.)
(A writer/producer for “The Daily Show” even tweeted his complaint that this SCOTUS doesn’t care that “a lot of legal experts on here gave assurances that Biden’s vaccine mandate was clearly allowed by law and precedent.” Commenters reminded him that the Supreme Court are the legal experts, and they didn’t take advice on this case from random people on Twitter. Well, maybe Sonia Sotomayor did.)
Rebecca Downs at Townhall.com has an excellent summary of the legal reasoning of the majority (the three liberal Justices followed their usual judicial philosophy of “If it feels good, do it.”)
Citing the unanimous 1819 McCullough v. Maryland decision, Justice Gorsuch wrote that the federal government doesn’t have unlimited general powers but must cite a constitutionally enumerated authority when it regulates. Mandating a vaccine on 80 million American workers, many of whom object on religious or other grounds, is such a sweeping expansion of federal power that it would have to come from the people’s elected representatives. Gorsuch said far less consequential rules had run afoul of this test, Congress clearly did not delegate such powers to OSHA, and a majority of the Senate even voted to disapprove of OSHA’s ruling.
Quoting the late Justice Antonin Scalia, Gorsuch said these safeguards “serve to prevent 'government by bureaucracy’ supplanting ‘government by the people.'"
It’s unfortunate, however, that Justices Roberts and Kavanaugh joined with the liberals to hand Biden a win in allowing his health care worker mandate to stand. They ruled that since the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services that issued the mandate fall under the Secretary of Health and Human Services, who has the power to impose conditions on receiving those funds, the mandate is allowed. I'd say that's an awfully expansive definition of "conditions."
In his dissent, Justice Thomas reminded his colleagues that the exact same principle applies: this case wasn’t about whether vaccines are good, it’s about whether federal appointees have the power to “force health care workers, by coercing their employers, to undergo a medical procedure they do not want and cannot undo.” He noted that just as with OSHA, if Congress had wanted to grant that power to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, it would have done so, and “it did not.”
That decision is being touted by the White House as a big win for Biden. Considering his other news this week includes the SCOTUS killing the vaccine mandate on businesses, record inflation, a new record low approval rating and the collapse of his push for killing the Senate filibuster and legalizing vote fraud, by comparison, it is.
Postscript to the SCOTUS ruling: Justice Gorsuch made reference to the plaintiffs’ argument that the government knew that its mandate was unconstitutional because Biden Chief of Staff Ron Klain, who has been nicknamed “Biden’s Brain” (boy, there a title you don’t want on your resume!) retweeted a tweet boasting about it being the ultimate legislative “work-around.”
Apparently, it’s not enough for Twitter to censor conservatives from saying what we believe. If they want to save the Democrats, they’ll have to start censoring them from telling us what they believe, too.
6. President Biden's week:
President Biden’s terrible, horrible, no good, very bad week continued Thursday with the lid likely being nailed shut on the coffin of both his “Legalize Vote Fraud” bill and his push to kill the Senate filibuster to get it passed.
Biden was set to visit the Senate to urge them to kill the filibuster, but before he even arrived, Arizona Democrat Sen. Kyrsten Sinema brought down the hammer, saying that while she supported the election bill, she would not vote to kill the filibuster.
She also had this great comment about the current political scene: “It’s more common today to demonize someone who thinks differently than us rather than to seek to understand their views.” Ironically, I think this was probably lost on the leftists who thought they could bully her into changing her mind by harassing her. It was certainly lost on her colleagues, who responded to her defense of the filibuster (which was previously defended by Chuck Schumer and Barack Obama, back when it was to their advantage) by claiming she was now on the side of “white supremacy.” So it’s official: “white supremacist” now means nothing other than “someone who refuses to vote the way I want her to.”
But Sinema wasn’t alone: Sen. Joe Manchin also said on Thursday, "I will not vote to eliminate or weaken the filibuster." And that makes the vote 52-48. Game over. Or it should be, but don’t bet that we won't see another attempted "work-around" the Constitution.
(Incidentally, what does it say about the state of your party when only 2 out of 50 of its Senators have the courage and integrity to publicly refuse to blow up the institution of the Senate for short term partisan gain? That’s a 1-25 integrity ratio.)
In comments to the press afterward, Biden didn’t take his defeat well. I don’t know if he even realized that by inexplicably barking that election reform laws are about “who gets to count the vote! Count the vote! Count the vote!” he was reminding everyone of communist dictator Joseph Stalin, who reportedly said votes didn’t matter, all that matters is who gets to count them.
By comparison, that appearance made Kamala Harris look like the star of “I Love Lucidity.”
7. Those racist Democrats:
Our world changes so much faster than it used to. For instance, Chuck Schumer claimed in 2005 that ending the Senate filibuster would be “doomsday for democracy.”
It took him all the way until 2022 to claim that keeping the filibuster would be doomsday for democracy. As flip-flops on principles go, that’s practically slow motion.
But things happen so fast now that on Thursday, Democrats spent the morning denouncing the filibuster as an assault on democracy and a tool of white supremacists (Rep. Ayanna Pressley even called it the “Jim Crow filibuster.”) Then, just hours later, they blocked Ted Cruz’s move to sanction Russia’s Nordstream 2 Pipeline by using the filibuster. It had 55-44 support but failed because it didn’t reach the 60-vote threshold to overcome the Democrats’ filibuster. Those racists!
Note to famous Russia fanboy Bernie Sanders: When you have 55-44 support and still lose, you can at least legitimately gripe about the minority thwarting the will of the majority. When you lose 52-48, you’re the minority.
8. I Just Wanted to Say:
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