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Today's Commentary --- Stand up for what you think is right --- Laura Ainsworth deconstructs Buttigieg townhall, Part II ("WHAT, ME BULLY?") -- How about starting off the week with a fun game? --- The "Gender Pay Gap" -- A little realism: the Gov. responds to three sharp comments on foreign influence --- A zero increase --- Focus on Pennsylvania -- France does not belong to the French! -- Pennsylvania State Rep. Brian Sims -- Evening Edition -- Daily Verse
Dick Morris has an op-ed arguing that the strict anti-abortion laws just passed in states such as Alabama and Georgia are harming the pro-life movement by giving Democrats a rallying point to inflame their base and get voters to the polls.
He says the nation was already moving in a more pro-life direction, and was repulsed by the heartless late-term abortion bills in states such as New York. But these state anti-abortion laws, even though they’re purely symbolic unless or until Roe v. Wade is overturned, create a distraction that allows the media and leftist politicians and activists to change the subject from science and their own cruelty to “men trying to control women’s bodies.” It’s a nonsense charge (there are slightly more women than men who identify as pro-life; and their concern is protecting babies, not oppressing women), but one that’s very effective with their supporters.
Laura Ainsworth deconstructs Buttigieg townhall, Part II ("WHAT, ME BULLY?")
By Laura Ainsworth
When President Trump pointed out the resemblance between Pete Buttigieg and Alfred E. Neuman, I laughed out loud. I could easily see the face of the broadly smiling, wholesome-looking presidential candidate on the cover of MAD Magazine with the words “WHAT, ME WORRY?”
But after I saw his New Hampshire townhall, shown on FOX News Sunday night, I decided that he is the sort of person who smiles as he deliberately picks fights. He has friendly eyes and wears cozy pullover sweaters, but he is a bully. His MAD Magazine caption should read, “WHAT, ME BULLY?”
Buttigieg is an extremely self-aware, practiced communicator –- I guess the modern word is “messager” –- so he knows exactly what he is doing, but it’s easy for another professional communicator (at least me, and also Laura Ingraham, as you’ll see below) to see through him. He knows his audience and just how to appeal to them. In fact, I predict that when he is no longer in the race, he’ll be working behind the scenes, helping whoever becomes the nominee to win in November of 2020. If that person does win –- God forbid –- Buttigieg will likely be in the White House after all, though probably as an advisor or in the communications department rather than the Oval Office.
How about starting off the week with a fun game?
By Mike Huckabee
How about starting off the week with a fun game? Before you click on the story below, read the headline and try to figure out just what in the world this story is about and why the LGBT community is complaining. I’ll give you three guesses because even after you read it, it still might be hard to figure out. This is really looking for something to be offended about with a microscope. But the important thing is that a big corporation knuckled under and apologized for something this insane, which must really give them a power high:
“Calvin Klein apologizes to LGBT community for ad of Bella Hadid kissing female robot”
(By the way, I am now waiting for Ms Hadid to complain to the LGBT community that she is offended that they attempted to impose a label on her sexuality and just assumed that she is not a lesbian who loves robots, which she has every right to “identify” as and nobody’s allowed to question it. Same goes for the robot.
Calvin Klein should have taken a lesson from Elton John, who received similar complaints because Taron Egerton, the actor he chose to play him in the new bio-pic “Rocketman” (who is reportedly perfect for the role and looks and sings just like Elton), isn’t gay in real life. Because that’s what acting is all about: playing only roles that are exactly what you are in real life. We can’t have these “actors” going around pretending to be something they’re not! Elton’s response to the complaints was:
“That’s all bull-(BLEEP), I’m sorry.”
Well, as long as he said he was sorry…
The "Gender Pay Gap"
By Mike Huckabee
One thing I’ve noticed about the Dems-who-would-be-President is that they all seem to have any number of grievances that they want to remedy by wielding the power of government as if it were the hammer of Thor. The very same people who think that President Trump doesn’t even have the right to use the enumerated powers granted him by the Constitution, and that any federal judge in Podunk can outrank and thwart him, believe that once they are in office, they will simply sign an executive order and create sweeping new laws that will make billionaires cower and mighty industries quake and the entire planet heal itself.
It’s only Tuesday, and there’s already another one of these massive government remodeling plans, this time from Sen. Kamala Harris. She says she will end the “gender pay gap” by forcing all corporations to disclose their pay policies by applying for a mandatory “Equal Pay Certification” from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Businesses would be fined 1% of their profits for every 1% wage gap they allow to persist for work of equal value. She says it would raise $180 billion over 10 years (translation: it would suck $180 billion out of the private sector that businesses would have to get back by raising the prices they charge consumers.)
Her campaign declared: “Kamala Harris has a simple message for corporations: Pay women fairly or pay the price.”
Well, I have a simple message for her: it’s already illegal to pay women less for the same job than men. Even the Obama Labor Department admitted that the so-called “gender pay gap” is not due to sexual discrimination but to workers’ own choices. For instance, more men choose to take jobs that are physically and financially riskier and less personally fulfilling but that potentially pay more, and to work longer hours and take fewer sabbaticals.
More women go into fields that are personally rewarding but pay less, and to work fewer hours and take more leaves, usually to spend time with their families. The “77 cents on the dollar” number comes from comparing all women in a company to all men, regardless of their jobs, work hours, seniority, etc. It’s like comparing apples to screwdrivers. When you compare women to men in the same jobs with the same seniority and hours, the “gap” virtually disappears. And when you limit it to young single men and women, women actually tend to be paid more than men.
If you are against that system, then aren’t you “anti-choice”? Leftists now have an answer for that: they claim that because of “systemic sexism,” girls are raised to be risk-averse and family-oriented. We need to revolutionize society to eradicate ideas like family being of primary importance to women because women don’t realize that they don’t actually have a free choice because of their societal conditioning. That sounds like condescending sexism to me, but it’s the best argument they’ve got.
Again, to put it simply: Kamala Harris just vowed that if elected, she will seize powers far beyond the Constitutional limits of the office and replace the free market system of personal choice of work and rewards based on effort and productivity with an economy-destroying, top-down, Soviet-style government-control-of-pay system. So if you were looking for a reason to eliminate her as a viable choice for President, that should suffice. That should also apply to any Democrat who claimed that Trump shouldn’t be President because he was a wannabe dictator.
A little realism: the Gov. responds to three sharp comments on foreign influence
By Mike Huckabee
We've had tons of response to recent commentary on the new phase of investigations that turns the tables on Mueller, Brennan and the FBI. Here's a particularly well-thought-out letter from reader George M that raises some interesting points:
It would make sense if in addition to the “how did this mess get started” and instead of the “let’s get Trump” threads, there could be some focus on what the Russians actually did. Until we come to grips with that, we can’t counter them.
If there were efforts to break into the mechanisms of the election, we need to harden those systems. If they sent people to staff or advise a campaign (as the Obama people did in an Israeli election), we might be able to do something about that (although there are great risks if some authority gets into vetting who works on a campaign). If all they did was contribute to the public discussion of issues and candidates (which virtually any nation — including us — does all the time (witness Obama and Brexit), then there may be nothing we can or should do. But as long as the discussion is centered on Trump we aren’t going to deal with the real issue.
A zero increase
By Mike Huckabee
There’s an old saying that “dog bites man” isn’t news, but “man bites dog” is news. If anything totally unexpected and out of the ordinary is the definition of news, then this might be the biggest news of the century:
For the first time ever in the history of US Embassy funding requests, President Trump’s ambassador to Germany, Richard Grenell, has put in for a ZERO increase in next year’s budget. Grenell said he believes his mission is to do the job for the taxpayers without asking for more money or staffers. In fact, not only is he asking for no increase next year, he's ending this fiscal year with a $7.7 million budget surplus.
Three cheers for Ambassador Grenell. We should bring him back home and let him take a bite out of the budgets of every embassy, and while we’re at it, every bureau in Washington.
Quotes from our Presidents
France does not belong to the French!
By Mike Huckabee
Sunday in Paris, about 400 to 500 migrants and their supporters staged a protest that shut down a terminal of Charles De Gaulle Airport. They refused to leave and demanded permanent legal status. One of them was heard yelling through a loudspeaker, “France does not belong to the French! Everyone has a right to be here!”
Some analysts warned that this is what is coming to America that President Trump is trying to prevent, against fierce Democratic opposition. I’d say it’s already here. Just switch that sentence to “America does not belong to Americans! Everyone has a right to be here!” Now, try to imagine it being said by any politician in any US “sanctuary city.” Easy, isn't it?
Pennsylvania State Rep. Brian Sims
By Mike Huckabee
Pennsylvania State Rep. Brian Sims, last seen on social media (or maybe it was anti-social media) berating and threatening an elderly woman and three young teenage girls who were praying outside a Planned Parenthood abortion clinic, has issued one of those infamous non-apology apologies.
He says he’s sorry for his inappropriate and aggressive behavior, but he really seems sorry only that it reflected badly on the pro-abortion cause, not because he harassed and terrorized innocent people. He goes on to blame his anger on his passion for his righteous cause (implying that his obnoxiousness is somehow a virtue), veers into an incoherent “word salad” diatribe encompassing gun control, “systemic racism,” and other leftist buzz words, and wraps up with an appeal to send money to Planned Parenthood.
If this is his idea of an apology letter, I can only imagine what it would be like to get a thank-you note from him. I’d refer him to Miss Mannerly for remedial instructions in how to write a proper apology, but if he started talking to her the way he did those other women, I have a feeling her husband would deal with him rather impolitely.
Evening Edition - May 20
By Mike Huckabee
A wrap-up of all the news you might have missed yesterday!
Daily Verse (NIV)
"in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight."
– Prov 3:6
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