Blessings on you and your family, and from all the Huckabee staff!
Today's newsletter includes:
- Bible Verse Of The Day
- California shooting
- Memorial Day
- New Mike Huckabee Podcasts
- Feel-Good Story of the Day
- Gun-control's Ultimate Representative
- Dershowitz on censorship: "a very, very dangerous situation"
- A Reader Writes Back...
BIBLE VERSE OF THE DAY
“A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another.”
John 13:34 KJV
By Mike Huckabee
Please join me in saying prayers for the victims and the families of the victims of yesterday’s shooting at a San Jose, California, rail yard. As of this writing, nine people have died. A 57-year-old man (in keeping with our policy, I refuse to broadcast the names of people who become famous by killing others) opened fire and killed himself once police arrived.
One of the victims, Taptejdeep Singh, died a hero. The father of two small children was working in a separate building when the shooting started, but he left his safe space and rushed around the building, warning others and helping them to safety before the gunman targeted him.
This is a developing story, so check the news for updates.
By Mike Huckabee
Next Monday is Memorial Day, and with the pandemic easing, a number of observances that were canceled last year will be back this weekend. Some will have live audiences while others will still be virtual events, but you can join in via TV or the Internet. Since Memorial Day weekend is also the unofficial start of summer, I know many people will be taking advantage of their first chance in a long time to hit the beach, lakes or parks, or to shop Memorial Day sales. But please remember the real reason for this holiday: to honor the military heroes who gave their lives so that we can enjoy the freedom to celebrate this weekend.
Fox News has a round-up of some of major Memorial Day events here:
And I also have a special Memorial Day edition of “Huckabee” planned, so please be sure to join us this weekend on TBN.
New Mike Huckabee Podcasts
Episode 46: This week on The People’s Podcast, Governor Huckabee cuts through the nonsense surrounding the topic of the coronavirus vaccine. He’ll tell us why he made the personal decision to get the jab, and why the rest of us all need to mind our own P’s, Q’s and vaxxes when it comes to the personal health choices of others. Then, he’ll talk with a rising star in the Republican Party, Congressman Mike Gallagher of Wisconsin, about what we’ve learned about the origins of Covid-19 and who’s been trying to cover it up.
Episode 45: On this bonus edition of The People’s Podcast, Governor Huckabee talks to Mike Evans, head of Friends of Zion, about the Israel/Hamas war and how Facebook shut down his organization’s profile just for supporting Israel.
Episode 44: This week on The People’s Podcast, Governor Huckabee puts the latest developments in the Israel-Palestine conflict into context using history lessons and his firsthand accounts from visiting the Middle East. Then, he talks with Alex Marlow about his new book Breaking The News, and whether a media this broken can ever be repaired.
Feel-Good Story of the Day
By Mike Huckabee
First, the Harvest Rock Church of Pasadena fought back against California Gov. Gavin Newsom’s unconstitutional crackdown on worship services during the pandemic and won in the Supreme Court. Now, as part of a settlement, California has agreed not to put any limits on churches that are stricter than those on any other gatherings, and Newsom has been ordered to pay $1.35 million for the church’s legal fees.
I wonder if he’ll try passing the plate to pay it off.
Gun-control's Ultimate Representative
By Mike Huckabee
I’ve pointed out many times over the years that the strongest proponents of gun control laws seem to know the least about guns. They’ve found their ultimate representative in David Chipman, President Biden’s nominee to head the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. His Senate confirmation hearing on Wednesday at times looked more like a shoot to create video for future NRA commercials.
For instance, he wants to ban “assault weapons,” but couldn’t define what one was (to be fair, nobody can: that’s a nebulous term created by gun control advocates, and many of the characteristics they list for an “assault weapon” are actually cosmetic or safety features.)
Chipman also admitted he wants to ban the AR-15, the most popular rifle in America, even though a letter from 21 state Attorneys General urging Biden to withdraw Chipman’s nomination points out that the AR-15 is used in fewer murders than “sharp objects.”
Then there was this bizarre moment, about the alleged threat of violent crime by law-abiding gun owners.
Chipman conceded that most gun owners are law-abiding but said someone may buy a gun legally, then go on to do something illegal with it. But if that’s the criteria, then we should probably ban cars, too. Most career criminals, such as drug gang members, prefer to get black market guns that aren’t traceable and don’t require a background check.
And when they use those guns, you should hope and pray that there’s a law-abiding gun owner close at hand.
Dershowitz on censorship: "a very, very dangerous situation"
By Mike Huckabee
(Warning: huge sarcasm alert)
We interrupt this commentary on censorship as discussed by legal expert Alan Dershowitz to offer the following words of gratitude and praise to Almighty Facebook:
Thank you, THANK YOU, O benevolent, magnificent and powerful Facebook, the arbiter of truth and blocker of misinformation for every American –- and, indeed, the entire planet –- for finally allowing us to express an opinion at odds with the one viewpoint you have permitted about the origin of the virus. We understand why, in your deep concern for our well-being, you spent the past year boldly and tenaciously censoring our slightest question about the “wet market” theory of origin for covid-19. It must have been quite important to make us believe that it entered the first human being quite innocently from a bowl of fresh and tasty bat soup or pangolin pie.
Why, you even dictated, in the interest of accuracy and anti-racism, that we CALL it covid-19, and not something outrageous like “China virus” or “Wuhan virus,” even though it came from Wuhan, China. Thank you so much for your wisdom and your guidance, as we realize that sometimes we need to be told what to think and otherwise kept in line.
Dear FB –- may we call you FB? –- we thank you for graciously informing us these many months that stories about the virus possibly emerging from the Wuhan lab were “misinformation,” nothing more than right-wing conspiracy theory and propaganda, and not worthy of your great and magnificent social media platform. Your diligent and tireless fact-checkers worked around the clock to make sure we expressed only the truth as you saw it, because you cared so much that only the right information would be shared with our “friends.” How thoughtful you were to protect us all from the woefully ignorant view that the Chinese bioweapons program might pose a risk.
Suddenly, now, the tide has turned –- even at the White House, where President Biden has called for an investigation after his State Department disbanded the one Trump had initiated –- and you, Dear Facebook, in your infinite, all-seeing and all-knowing authority and mysterious wokeness and wonderfulness have decided the narrative should change, so you've tweaked your algorithms and now permit us to speculate that the virus came from the Wuhan lab after all.
We are even allowed to say that some Wuhan lab staffers came down with symptoms consistent with covid-19 in the fall of 2019. Praise to you, glorious Facebook! We trust your inerrant judgment in finally offering us this freedom, as you know best, and, again, thank you, THANK YOU, for keeping such a close and protective eye on the information we read and share.
Now, on to Dershowitz and the First Amendment.
Harvard Law professor emeritus Alan Dershowitz did an interview for the EPOCH TV show “Crossroads” to express concern about the removal of Lt. Col. Matthew Lohmeier from the U.S. Space Force over his stated opposition to Marxism and Critical Race Theory, and also about President Trump’s removal from Facebook, Twitter and other platforms after the Capitol Hill security breach on January 6 of this year.
Before Trump was removed from Twitter, he had about 90 million followers. Twitter says his ban will stay in place indefinitely. Facebook has upheld his ban but has been told by its advisory board to put a time limit on it.
“What Donald Trump tweets --- I may disagree with every word he says, but he has the right to say it,” Dershowitz said. “And more importantly, people forget the First Amendment has two aspects: one, the right of the speaker --- Donald Trump to speak --- that’s one part of it. And the second part, which is largely ignored, is the right of you and me the public to hear and read and see what he has to say to accept or reject it in the marketplace of ideas.
“When you ban a speaker,” Dershowitz continued, “you also ban his viewers and listeners from having access to that speech, and that’s an equally dangerous aspect of violating free speech rights.”
Of course, most of the “moderation of content” (censorship) is being done to conservative and pro-Trump speech.
Lohmeier’s comments about Marxism spreading through the military were deemed “politically partisan,” and he also spoke less-than-glowingly of Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin’s pro-CRT agenda. He was removed from the 11th Space Warning Squadron just a few days ago, on May 19.
Censorship is at the top of Dershowitz’ mind right now; he has a new book out called “THE CASE AGAINST THE NEW CENSORSHIP: Protecting Free Speech from Big Tech, Progressives and Universities.” Here’s the interview, highly recommended, in which he describes this censorship as something new, “a sign of the times.”
“I’m critical of Marxism,” Dershowitz said in the interview, “I’m critical of ‘race theory,’ I’m critical of Black Lives Matter --- not the concept, the organization. I’m critical of many of the things that today you can’t criticize.” He mentioned a course he co-taught at Harvard about ten years ago called “Taboo,” about subjects you couldn’t talk about, and back then it ran 14 weeks. “Today, it could be a thousand-week course,” he quipped.
We have to use our power as consumers, he said, to STOP THIS CENSORSHIP.
The government isn’t supposed to be in the business of censorship, but Dershowitz says it's using Big Tech to sidestep the First Amendment. Be sure and see his full interview, which features multiple examples of the “new” censorship. He also briefly examines the history of government censorship, starting with the Alien & Sedition Acts very early in our nation’s life. Believe it or not, just a few years after the Bill Of Rights was passed, this law that made it a serious, prison-worthy crime to criticize the government, yet it was signed into law by President John Adams and supported by Alexander Hamilton and even George Washington.
“We’ve always had a struggle in our country,” Dershowitz says, “between those who believe in free speech and those who believe that they know better.” I would say that right now, we have a huge oversupply of people on the left who think they know better and have no problem at all with shutting down any speech they deem “problematic.”
Dershowitz brought up the current struggle in the Mideast, noting that former President Trump would very much like to go on social media and express support for Israel. “But they say ‘No, Trump lies! You can’t be on Twitter, you can’t be on Facebook, you can’t be on YouTube.’” Yet they leave up horribly anti-semitic and even pro-Hitler speech, wrongly implying that this is truthful.
“That’s the problem,” he says, “because when you have censorship of some things, then other things seem to have the imprimatur of truth.”
In applying this to Facebook and the virus, we could say the “bat soup” theory was given the imprimatur of truth. Until it wasn’t. “The Truth” is whatever Facebook decides it will be, on any given day. Have mercy on us, O Great And Powerful Facebook.
A Reader Writes Back...
Thank God, I live in Texas. I pray that all the people moving here from other states leave their left wing insanity in the state they came from!