A message for young newsletter readers

November 5, 2018 |

With Election Day coming tomorrow, I specifically want to address younger readers.  If you’re not one, then please put this in front of someone who is:

Young Americans don’t have the benefit of the life experience the rest of us do, in having repeatedly lived through the cycle of leftist policies failing and conservatives having to fix things, only to have leftist policies get voted back in and crash things again.  It’s like having a drunk in your car pool who insists on sharing in the driving occasionally.  This is why the left targets the young so hard: they don't have that frame of reference to help them recognize the scam and not click on it.


Sadly, they’ve also been let down by the education system and the media, who have tried their best to fill their heads with false notions, from Howard Zinn-inspired “America is to blame for all the problems of the world” nonsense to the virtues of “Democratic socialism.”  Let me assure you, socialism is not “progressive.”  It’s been around for over a century and created nothing but poverty, misery and corruption everywhere it’s been tried (please don’t point to Scandinavian countries as examples of it working; they’ll kick you in the fjords if they hear you call them “socialist.”)

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Likewise, putting the word “Democratic” in front of “socialism” does about as much good as putting the phrase “lemon-fresh” in front of “pile of cow dung.”  In fact, the major difference between socialism and cow dung is that if you have cow dung, at least you can grow something with it.


I’m sure you don’t remember this (and probably were not taught in schools), but for all the blabbing about the “unprecedented” political situation today, we’ve lived through it all before. 


As recently as 2000 (which was still long enough ago that first-time voters wouldn’t remember it personally), we had a Democratic candidate the media were certain would win. How could Al Gore lose, when liberals assured us that George W. Bush was an idiot, a chimp, a racist, a fascist and literally Hitler? (Yes, that’s not a new thing; it’s their old stand-by.  As far back as 1940, Democrats tried to tie Republican Presidential candidate Wendell Wilkie to Hitler and the Nazis: https://twitter.com/RealTimeWWII/status/1057751053997928453 )


When the Republican won anyway, shocked liberals tried to “resist.”  They claimed the vote was rigged, Bush was “selected, not elected,” and he wasn’t the legitimate President. He was endlessly mocked in the media.  His opponents wanted to impeach him or have him arrested. Some tried so hard to blame him for everything that it was said they’d developed “Bush Derangement Syndrome.” The unity following 9/11 made divisiveness harder to push as a political strategy, but they finally locked onto the Iraq War and criticism of his handling of the damage from a hurricane (Kanye West accused him of hating black people – seriously, isn’t this giving you a feeling of déjà vu?)


Eventually, the left managed to wear down America’s unity enough that Democrats won back the House and Senate in 2006, halfway through Bush’s second term.  Nancy Pelosi became the Speaker (again, deja vu.)  And between 2005 and 2007, GDP growth dropped from 3.3% to 1.8%, and the deficit, which had been falling, ballooned from $161 billion to $459 billion.


Now, at this point, I can just hear Democrats objecting that part of that spending was the bailouts due to the early tremors of the coming mortgage meltdown.  I’m glad you brought that up:


You see, kids, the Bush Administration was concerned about all those hinky subprime mortgages and tried to impose some stricter standards on the federal lending agencies, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.  The House Financial Services Committee held hearings in 2003 into those concerns but Democrats dismissed them.  Ranking Committee Democrat Barney Frank said at the time, “I think it is clear that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are sufficiently secure so they are in no great danger…Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac do very good work, and they are not endangering the fiscal health of this country.”


Even as the great economic meltdown of 2009 was looming (and if you Millennials’ eyes are glazing over, I’ll remind you that this was the reason your college degree couldn’t get you a job at anyplace but Starbucks for years), another Democratic member of that committee went even further:

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“Mr. Chairman, we do not have a crisis at Freddie Mac, and in particular at Fannie Mae, under the outstanding leadership of Mr. Frank Raines. Everything in the 1992 act has worked just fine. In fact, the GSEs have exceeded their housing goals. What we need to do today is to focus on the regulator, and this must be done in a manner so as not to impede their affordable housing mission, a mission that has seen innovation flourish from desktop underwriting to 100 percent loans.”


That cheerleader for subprime mortgages was…brace yourselves…Rep. Maxine Waters.   If Democrats win back the House on Tuesday, she’s in line to become the chair person of that very committee, and has vowed to use her powers to wreak vengeance on all bankers for making those loans -- the same bankers she would have branded as racists and targeted for vengeance back then if they hadn’t made those loans. 


You see, if you live long enough, you start to see the cycles repeating over and over.  When times are good, people tend to forget what bad times are like and foolishly let them return.  Right now, despite all the overheated melodrama from the media, you are living in the best times in the history of the Earth. Exchanging them after only two years for sure-fire proven failures would be like deliberately refusing to get vaccinated against polio and whooping cough.


Oh, yeah, I almost forgot:  there are those on the left who want to bring those things back, too.  Again, please trust me: like socialism, they are diseases you should not feel any nostalgia for. 


Vote tomorrow, but don’t let the Democrats, your peers or the media trick, pressure or guilt you into voting against your own future. 



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  • Diane

    11/06/2018 04:09 PM

    Just had my 18 year old son read it and sent it to his 18yo cousin. We're headed to the polls for the first time vote!

  • Dolores

    11/06/2018 12:53 PM

    A "Trojan Horse" is something that initially seems innocuous but is ultimately bad or malicious. The invaders coming across our southern border do not need a Trojan Horse made of wood. They have multiple electronic "trojan horses" invading and infecting Americans 24-7-365. They are called the global socialist-leaning propaganda machines (yes, ABC, CNN, MSNBC, PBS, NBC, CBS, Google, Twitter, YouTube, Microsoft, Facebook, Paramount, 20th Century Fox, RKO Pictures, Warner Bros, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, WAPO, NYT, and oh, so many more, especially in the financial sectors. They are poisoning our thoughts, feelings, choices, families, schools, churches, and our culture. (2 Chronicles 7:14)

  • Lisa Marie Keene

    11/06/2018 07:26 AM

    "We the people" have to pray that God intervenes and keeps these Democrats out !!! Pray, pray pray !!!

  • Marilyn E. Stone

    11/06/2018 01:58 AM

    I am an independent voter who rarely votes the Democratic ticket. Our president is doing a good job despite those who like to criticize him over dinner conversations. I never argue. I feel it's useless to try to change a mind that is not changeable, so I either say so gently, or change my seat. I like to digest my food over pleasant conversation. I do not discuss politics with members of my family who are Democrats. We just upset each other so why do it!

  • Linda Radosevich

    11/05/2018 11:28 PM

    Governor Huckabee, well said! I'm saving this to read and re-read. Thank you and God bless you!

  • Michelle W

    11/05/2018 07:44 PM

    Mr. Huckabee, I respect your political viewpoints and share many of your values and I'm tracking with the whole point of this article. But you mentioned vaccinations as if they are a no-brainer for health and a guarantee against disease. I humbly implore you to do your due research on vaccinations. To believe they are manufactured to protect people and not for profit is to be blinded by the very people you strive to shed light on for their dark ways. (Please note, I am not against companies who make a profit on good & necessary services/products.) Please, please, do your research. It's a far darker matter than you might wish to believe but we need people of influence to bring it to light. (Another piece of advice, don't rely on the government or pharmaceutical companies to give you the truth on the matter.) I have shared my name, but please respect my privacy with it.

  • Scott Schroeder

    11/05/2018 07:25 PM

    Monumental mike drop! Governor, you crushed it with this column. I would say you hit the target, but the liberal loons would say I was advocating violence by using the word target; another deja vu like when they went wild over Sarah Palin. So, yes it all cycles back if anyone would teach real history at school again, please. Many of your common sense articles have been great, but this puts you over the top. I am advocating that you should get included at Mt. Rushmore....maybe a small 50% lifesize statue at the base of the monument cause really I am sorry you still don't get top billing over the headliners.

  • Jerry Korba

    11/05/2018 07:18 PM

    I am a bit down I was able to spent time with my 3 yr old grandson today and on the way home I listened to the predictions of the political races coming tomorrow and I think they may be right and I pray that things go with our President's needs; my heart is heavy for him and all the children who may get a chance to live like a Cuban a Central American a North Korean ,Iranian a Chinese ,to live like a communist I want to thank all the people who is bringing all this way of life to America the last place on the globe where people risk their lives to get here our children will not have to worry about immigration no one will want to come; after just 8 years of Obama look what President Trump had to do to fix all that he ruined we could be one generation away if not sooner to Obama Land, home of Government owning the people! Wake up America don't let this nightmare happen if not for you do it for the Children.

  • Richard Lingenfelter

    11/05/2018 06:56 PM

    Great article but a month too late. Eve of the election

  • Kim S Nygaard

    11/05/2018 06:45 PM

    Thank you so much for your daily posts, we refuse to watch the news or read newspapers, since in our opinion these are just propaganda. Thank God for you and your daughter! My husband and I are cross country truck drivers and we rely on sites such as yours to keep us updated. We were mostly democrats until the Bill Clinton and Obama debacles. We have since gone full RED. We are still waiting patiently for many of these democrats and some others to be prosecuted to the full extent of the law. You and I would already be in prison for the crimes that they have committed and I believe that treason is punishable by death. We are Patriots, we believe in the Constitution and in this country. We have been supporters of President Trump from the beginning!

  • John Schendel

    11/05/2018 06:40 PM

    Governor Huckabee,
    As a veteran, continuously involved with our local schools grades 5-12, I applaud your common sense commentary. I recently had a discussion with a 22 year old college student who had no idea who Brett Cavanaugh is! Liberal mush has infected our young. I’m doing my best to help them early on.

  • Kathryn J Rae

    11/05/2018 06:11 PM

    Thank you for reminding me about Maxine Waters. I had forgotten her part in housing loans.

  • Jim Ainslie

    11/05/2018 05:48 PM

    Very well thought out and said and yet 50% still vote for Dems. Makes no sense to me.

  • Linda Olds

    11/05/2018 04:59 PM

    I just hope that young people (and some older ones) read your newsletter and understand and believe it!

  • Lawrence E. Foster

    11/05/2018 04:35 PM

    Socialism is NOT progressive. Syphillis is progressive, and since it encourages people to be more cautious, syphillis has more social value than Bernie, Nancy, Kamala, or all the rest of the whining left-wing losers who promote socialism.

  • Mike D.

    11/05/2018 04:32 PM

    I'm 30 and I voted straight R with one exception (sorry, but I will never vote for a Bush - I went Libertarian there), but I have to admit I'm more of a Steve King Republican than a Paul Ryan Republican. Fiscal conservatism means little to me, social conservatism means everything. Immigration is the people's #1 issue but the rino politician's 'never ever' issue. Even as the GOP admits they can't win the non-white vote, they let democrats import ~2 million of them a year. It doesn't take an idiot to do the obvious math.

  • Karyn Fischer

    11/05/2018 04:27 PM

    Thank you! I am not a young voter but hope they all read this! I’m posting on Facebook and Twitter!

  • Angie Leopold

    11/05/2018 03:58 PM

    Unfortunately, many young parents in my social media circles (conservative and liberal) are against vaccinations, so your last comment wouldn’t make sense to them. They let common sense go out the window, following hype and hysteria about vaccinations having terrible side effects, and setting aside worries about deadly diseases!

    Keep up the good writing Mr Huckabee!

  • David Merrill Gill

    11/05/2018 03:54 PM

    Didn't there also happen to be Reagan Derangement Syndrome in the 1980s?

  • Shirley A. Nona

    11/05/2018 03:44 PM

    Effective January 1993, The 1992 housing bill required Fannie and Freddie Mac to make 30% of their mortgage purchases affordable housing loans. The percent went up to 40% in 1996, to 42% in 1997 and to 50% in 2000. By 2008 the percentage was 56%. Loans were granted to people at 100 to 120% of appraisal value. Many of the people could not afford the monthly payments of the loans thus causing the housing/financial crisis. Look up The Clinton-Era Roots of the Financial Crisis. Government's affordable housing goals destroyed the banking industry taking control. This is cliff notes of the entire article.