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Today's Commentary --- Democrats Don't WANT Mueller to Testify --- "Huckabee" Preview -- Horrifying response --- Buttigieg says no more Thomas Jefferson -- Incompetent Mayor runs for President --- Kenneth Lee confirmed --- Quotes from our Presidents -- Standing up to Hollywood -- Feeling unsafe -- Evening Edition -- Daily Verse
When Attorney General William Barr decided not to testify voluntarily before the House Judiciary Committee after they had changed the rules at the last minute, Democrats made a huge deal out of it. The committee voted to hold him in contempt for not turning over the entire unredacted Mueller report, even though they hadn’t taken advantage of the opportunity to read almost the entire thing, and even though it contained grand jury material that would have been illegal to release. However, when they failed to reach an agreement with special counsel Robert Mueller to testify sometime soon, Democrats simply backed away from the idea. As much as they said they wanted to talk to him, I think they’ve reconsidered and realize that it might not be such a good idea.
That’s because the Republicans get to ask questions, too. And I would be popping the popcorn for that.
By Mike Huckabee
Join me tonight for another great new episode of “Huckabee” on TBN! Investigative reporter Sharyl Attkisson will pull back the curtain on Deep State spying on citizens, which she knows about firsthand. Former Ohio Rep. Bob McEwen will discuss this week’s landmark abortion law news. Football legend Eddie George will tell us how he inspires others to pursue incredible “second acts” in life, like his. You’ll meet a Huck’s Hero who’s helping sick children through one of the most unusual fundraising events you can imagine. I’ll also have serious commentary, some crazy news “In Case You Missed It,” and a visit to “Our Kind of Town” (Is it your town? Tune in and see!) I’ll cap it all off with music from five-time Grammy-winning Christian music superstar, Steven Curtis Chapman. Now that’s a show!
It’s all coming tonight at 8 and 11 EST, 7 and 10 CST, and the same times on Sunday, only on TBN. To find your local TBN channel and stream previous episodes online (including last week’s news-making episode with John Bolton and Roseanne Barr), visit https://www.tbn.org/programs/huckabee
By Mike Huckabee
Brace yourself for a full-scale, industry-wide outrage storm from the news media over word of a chilling assault by a prominent politician on freedom of the press.
Wait, hold on…Turns out this story isn’t about President Trump calling a media outlet “fake news” just because it publishes fake news. This is about the ultra-“progressive” mayor of San Francisco defending her police department for staging a no-knock raid on the home of journalist who ran some embarrassing information believed to have been leaked by someone in the police department. The journalist was handcuffed, detained and questioned for hours while police rifled his home and seized all his electronic devices to try to find his source (as of Wednesday, they still hadn’t been returned.) To top it all off, such raids are illegal under California laws shielding journalists.
Still, she’s not a Republican, so this might be the first time you’ve heard about this. And the last.
Buttigieg says no more Thomas Jefferson
By Mike Huckabee
This week’s media darling Democratic Presidential hopeful, Pete Buttigieg, has endorsed the far-left idea of not naming things after Thomas Jefferson because of his views on slavery and Native Americans. Buttigieg says, “It’s the right thing to do.”
What, exactly, does that mean? Is it “right” to banish any person entirely from the public square for holding certain beliefs that were common for his time but reviled now? Is it “right” to apply constantly-changing moral standards of the present to figures of the past? He claims Jefferson shouldn’t be erased from history books, but is it “right” to halt any present or future memorials of a great figure from history who had a massive positive impact on the world because you disagree with some of the things he did or thought, which would, intentionally or not, lead to a weakening of knowledge of history by future generations, setting them up to repeat mistakes that have already been made instead of learning from them? If that’s “right,” then I’d hate to see “wrong.”
While I’m still allowed to say this, I will remind you that Thomas Jefferson was an architect, planter, scholar, author, legislator, and diplomat; our first Secretary of State, second Vice President and third President; principle writer of the Declaration of Independence, one of the most important and influential documents of all time; a key leader of the American Revolution and Founding Father of the greatest nation in history (yes, I’ll dare to say that, too) and a champion of the revolutionary concepts of God-given rights, individual freedom, democracy and republicanism; author of “Notes on the State of Virginia,” one of the most important books in American history; and the visionary who made the Louisiana Purchase that doubled the territory of the United States.
Pete Buttigieg is the mayor of South Bend, Indiana, who thinks his accomplishments mean he deserves to be President, too.
I won’t hold my breath waiting for the Jefferson Memorial to be renamed the Buttigieg Memorial.
Incompetent Mayor runs for President
By Mike Huckabee
In this hyper-divisive news week, New York Mayor Bill DeBlasio continues to bring Americans together in laughter over his Presidential bid. He’s singlehandedly turning “divisive” into “derisive,” and at least it’s a slight improvement.
He had been in the race for only a few hours when he started taking flak for using an NYPD boat to travel to Liberty Island for the new museum opening in an appearance that looked suspiciously like a campaign photo op, and for a campaign video apparently shot in his city-owned SUV. Using city resources for campaign ads is forbidden. One critic pointed out the extra irony of claiming you’re running to represent “the working people” in an ad shot illegally in the back of your taxpayer-paid, chauffeur-driven, luxury SUV.
And if DeBlasio is counting on New Yorkers to be his hometown base, he’s already in trouble. In addition to all the protests, jokes and heckling he’s received from residents and the media, a local police organization just released a statement reading, in part:
“It is laughable that a mayor who has shown no interest in running New York City for six years now says he wants to mismanage the entire country…After six years of disrespect for the police officers who keep our city safe, it’s perfectly clear how the mayor treats men and women in uniform. As commander-in-chief, he would be an unmitigated disaster.”
Cherry on top: that statement was from the Police Benevolent Association of NYC. That’s right: when they said he was a laughable incompetent who would be an unmitigated disaster as President, they were being benevolent.
By Mike Huckabee
One big story of the past couple of days that I haven’t addressed yet is the College Board’s announcement that it will start including an “adversity score” in its SAT totals. They’re being secretive about how, exactly, they determine how much “adversity” students must deal with or how many extra points it’s worth on their SAT scores. The man behind it was also the architect of the controversial “Common Core” curriculum, so he must be used to some criticism. But the reaction to the SAT news has been almost as negative and bipartisan as reaction to Bill DeBlasio’s presidential run.
The idea of secretly assigning certain students more points on an SAT test is being blasted for various reasons, including that it’s reverse discrimination, it’s the “soft bigotry of low expectations,” and it introduces subjective favoritism into a test that was mostly valued for being objective and standardized. Despite claims that it’s designed to help students from difficult backgrounds, some critics say it’s really designed to fend off growing criticism of standardized tests. And as a Missouri State University professor points out in the linked story, "The fact that the College Board does not want students to know their adversity scores reflects their own discomfort with the concept."
All of that is worthy of lengthy discussion, but I’ll just toss out an observation that I haven’t seen mentioned as much: This is the most suicidal product change since “New Coke.” The College Board’s argument for using its test was that it was an objective measuring tool for students’ knowledge and abilities. Now, they’re saying they’re going to put a thumb on the scale for some students, but they won’t tell anyone who or how hard they’ll press with the thumb.
That begs the question: Then why use the SAT at all anymore? It’s as if the #1 maker of yardsticks suddenly announced that it will no longer adhere to some outdated, rigid definition of the length of an inch, but will decide for itself how long an inch “feels” on a case-by-case basis and how many deserve to go into a yard. Nobody would ever again trust that yardstick to measure anything important. Maybe we never should’ve trusted the SATs to do that (I confess, I never have), but now, there’s really no reason to trust it. And the College Board just did that to its own product. Did the company leaders flunk their SAT’s?
Quotes from our Presidents
Standing up to Hollywood
By Mike Huckabee
Something you don’t see every day, or hardly ever: a voice of sanity from Hollywood. Also bravery. I guess having a lot of talent and all those “Frasier” residuals helps.
Read to the end, where he points out something that bears repeating: that the “same bunch of clowns” who are attacking Trump were in charge of Washington for decades and they weren’t “doing us any favors.” That thought also occurs to me every time I hear the pompous John Kerry types blasting Trump for not correctly dealing with the nuclear threats in North Korea and Iran that he inherited from their years of "smart diplomacy."
By Mike Huckabee
Funny how even the most mainstream conservatives are unwelcome on college campuses because simply expressing a different viewpoint makes liberals “feel unsafe.” Yet liberals brush off complaints by the Jewish community that it makes them “feel unsafe” to have public libraries promote events that mislead small children about the history of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Having visited Israel dozens of times over the years, I have seen firsthand many sickening examples of the kind of shocking, hate-promoting, anti-Semitic “educational” propaganda that's aimed at teaching Palestinian children to want to kill Jews. I’m sure the book that’s the subject of this story is nothing like that. But any book that teaches the alphabet to children by teaching them that “I is for Intifada,” while whitewashing the word’s meaning, is a subtle step in a direction that we should never start down.
There’s an old saying: “As the twig is bent, so grows the tree.” To those who seek to bend young twigs to grow up into bigoted, anti-Semitic haters, we should say, “You are bent, and we won’t allow this. Not in America, and not to our kids.”
Evening Edition - May 17
By Mike Huckabee
A wrap-up of all the news you might have missed yesterday!
Daily Verse (NIV)
"I can do everything through him who gives me strength."
– Phil 4:13
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