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Today's Commentary --- The candidate who will absolutely, positively run in 2020 -- Congratulations Laura -- Veterans Day -- Never Forget -- The Baltic Experience 2019 -- The cost of free health care -- Counting votes -- Evening Edition - Daily Verse
The votes (real or “found”) haven’t even all been counted yet in the 2018 midterm election travesty, and there’s already a new topic of conversation; namely, who’s going to run for President in 2020?
In a way, I hate to even bring up 2020 right now, thinking it’s enough to make us all reach for the Pepto Bismol. Don’t we ever get a break? But Mark Penn and Andrew Stein have a new piece in the Wall Street Journal predicting that one person definitely will be running against President Trump. It will be a crowded field, to be sure, but there’s one candidate who absolutely won’t be daunted by that and who, according to them, will win the nomination.
It’s Hillary Clinton.
I’ll pause for a moment to let you run and take a swig from that big bottle of Pepto. Okay, are you back? Mark Penn, as you probably know, was a longtime pollster and senior advisor to Bill and Hillary Clinton, all the way from 1995, when Bill was setting up for his re-election bid, to 2008, when Hillary ran the first time. Andrew Stein is a former Manhattan borough president and president of the New York City Council. They recommend that we not take Hillary seriously when she says she’s not running in 2020, pointing out that she’s well aware both Bill Clinton and Barack Obama said they weren’t running until they were. They say she may enter the race late, perhaps even skipping Iowa, but that “Hillary 4.0” will be upon us in time for the election, one way or another.
By Mike Huckabee
Congratulations to “Huckabee” on TBN staff writer and occasional newsletter contributor, Laura Ainsworth! Aside from being a fine news and humor writer in her “day job,” she’s also a singer of retro-style jazz in the Julie London/Rosemary Clooney school, with three fantastic indie CDs and a best-of vinyl LP to her credit.
Saturday in North Carolina, the Artist’s Music Guild (a national indie artists’ association) presented their annual AMG Heritage Awards, and AMG co-founder and Christian music star David L. Cook quipped that it was “the year of Laura Ainsworth.” Laura won Album of the Year for her terrific third CD, “New Vintage;” Video of the Year for “That’s How I Got My Start” from that album; and the biggie, Female Vocalist of the Year. The AMG Heritage Awards are judged solely on quality of material submitted, not major label status, celebrity or promo budget, so you know she really is that good!
Congratulations to my friend Laura Ainsworth. People who say, “They don’t record great music like they used to” haven’t heard her. See some photos from the event at her Facebook page, and check out her music and that winning video at www.lauraainsworth.com.
By Mike Huckabee
Today is the official federal observance of Veterans Day. President Trump traveled to France for ceremonies commemorating the deaths of American soldiers who fought to liberate Europe in both world wars. Unfortunately, France’s President Emmanuel Macron, perhaps channeling his inner Jim Acosta, decided to hijack the solemn occasion for a self-aggrandizing Trump-bashing moment. But he soon saw the error of his ways, and the two are talking like best buddies again.
But that story didn’t touch on the bigger controversy: Macron’s jumping on the bandwagon of trying to tie Trump’s embrace of nationalism, defined very specifically by him as putting America’s interests ahead of global interests, to the “nationalism” associated with the German Nazi regime. Macron’s claim that “patriotism is the exact opposite of nationalism” and that somehow, putting the interests of other nations ahead of your own is the definition of patriotism, would baffle not just political scholars but dictionary writers.
Also, pardon me if I don’t want to take advice either on how to keep invaders from crossing your borders or how to keep Nazis from taking over your country from the leader of France. Here in America, we don’t have the luxury of dealing with those problems the way France did: by calling on America to help.
Toni Williams at the Victory Girls blog has more on Macron’s fractured comments on nationalism.
And Cillian Zeal at Conservative Tribune takes a closer look at one college student who demonstrated the cognitive dissonance of thinking that embracing nationalism makes you a Nazi but that socialism is great, even though the Nazi Party was literally named the “National Socialist” party of Germany. It helps if you never learned that the Nazis were socialists.
By Mike Huckabee
Today’s Must-See Video! If you’re anything like me, you’re probably feel pretty fed up with all the divisiveness, nastiness and open lawlessness of the election process that’s threatening to destroy some of the foundations of this nation, such as bipartisan acceptance of elections that can be trusted to be open and honest. That’s why this segment from this weekend’s “Saturday Night Live” was such a tonic for the soul. Yes, you read right: “Saturday Night Live.”
About 10 years ago, I appeared on “SNL’s” “Weekend Update Segment,” and was treated very well, even if the jokes were mostly at my expense. But that was fine, because in those days, late night comedy shows were equal-opportunity satirists, poking fun at both sides. Since then, however, “SNL” and its kin have become very one-sided in their political targets. But even “SNL” realized they’d crossed a line with a recent bit by young comic Pete Davidson, making fun of politicians and joking that Texas Republican Congressional candidate (now Representative-elect) Dan Crenshaw resembled a “hit man in a porno movie” because he wears an eye-patch. He is a former Navy SEAL who nearly lost his sight in both eyes from an I.E.D. explosion in Afghanistan, and who miraculously recovered and insisted on continuing to serve instead of retiring.
Many Americans were outraged (I found the segment offensive, but urged people not to rush to blame Davidson, who is a kid whose firefighter father died heroically on 9/11, and to give him the benefit of the doubt that he might not have written or understood what he was saying.) And Crenshaw showed once again the incredible grace and dignity we admire in our military members when he brushed off the joke, declined to demand an apology, and suggested that if anyone at NBC and “SNL” felt bad, they should make a donation to a military charity in need.
But that was not the end of the story. In a surprise cameo Saturday, Crenshaw and Davidson appeared together on “SNL.” I’m not going to spoil it because I want you to see it at the link.
Watch the whole thing. Most of it is funny (Crenshaw’s delivery is sharp enough that he could be an “SNL” cast member), but the end takes a serious turn that is one of the most moving and remarkable things I’ve seen on TV in ages – all the more amazing considering it’s on “SNL.” This was a fantastic moment of bipartisan decency, forgiveness and healing, and a great reminder of what Veterans Day is really about. Never forget.
Barack Obama likes to use the phrase, “teachable moment.” Let’s pray that this teaches a sobering lesson to many people who are currently trying to multiply their own fortunes by dividing Americans and attacking our military. Let’s also hope it was a moment that taught “SNL’s” current writing staff that people who hold different political views from them are not necessarily monsters, morons or Nazis. Maybe they just have different life experiences that have taught them things not readily apparent to a young, liberal TV comedy writer in Manhattan.
The Baltic Experience 2019
By Mike Huckabee
I am thrilled to announce an unforgettable trip to the Baltics for the summer of 2019! After many years of the Israel Experiences and our most recent trip the Mediterranean Experience cruise, we are bringing you another phenomenal cruise, the Baltic Experience! This all-inclusive cruise will feature some of the most beautiful places in the Baltic Sea and we will get to travel to and absorb these destinations aboard a luxury cruise ship from the Azamara Cruise line. If you have traveled with us before, you already know that all-inclusive means exactly that and there are no surprises along the way. The Baltic Experience will be no different. And when the weather is often unbearably hot throughout most of the US in August, we will be enjoying the cool and delightful weather that makes travel in the Baltic region perfect. Once again we have the entire ship and will fill our time on board with spectacular entertainment and special guests. In addition to the cruise we have multiple pre and post cruise offerings you can choose from to extend your trip. Our last cruise sold out in record time so we encourage you to get your cabin secured soon. We look forward to traveling with you soon and as always we will work tirelessly and do everything in our control to bring you The Greatest Trip.
See you on the boat,
The cost of free health care
By Mike Huckabee
For all those tempted by the left’s siren’s song of “Medicare For All,” here’s a round-up of studies showing what that “free” health care would actually cost you in individual states. For instance, would so many Florida voters have backed a far-left candidate for Governor who’s still refusing to concede if they’d realized that his single-payer government health care would require the state sales tax to be raised from 6% to 39% to pay for it? That probably would have turned off most of Gillum’s voters, both alive and dead.
By Mike Huckabee
There’s not much point in commenting at length on what’s going on in the never-ending counting of “votes” (it now seems necessary to put that in quotations, since Democrats would like for it to encompass legitimate votes, blank ballots, ballots filled out by illegal immigrants and other non-citizens, ballots left unattended in school cafeterias, ballots found in car trunks and driven around in rented vans by who-knows-who, ballots filled out in back rooms by Democratic poll workers, votes from beyond the grave submitted via Ouija board, bar napkins with Democratic candidates’ names on them that were swept up after their Election Night loser parties, and whatever else they manage to think up this week or next month.)
This story is sadly nowhere near a resolution, and commenting on it at length will just give you and me both a headache and acid reflux. Suffice to say that Broward County’s elections office corruption (I’m beyond granting their chief voting official the benefit of the doubt that she’s merely staggeringly incompetent) is thicker, murkier and smells worse than the Okefenokee Swamp, and contains even more snakes and vermin. Despite this, the Republican candidates for Governor and Senator are still in the lead, although Broward has yet to count the mail-in votes from the Honduran migrant caravan.
But Republican Matt Caldwell, who won his race for Agriculture Commissioner in Florida, has already seen his win reversed by the amazing magical ballot boxes of Broward County. And he’s filed his own lawsuit, which reportedly includes an affidavit by a Broward Elections employee claiming that the worker witnessed other employees filling in blank ballots, and after reporting it, was fired and told not to come back.
And just in case you’re tempted to fall for the Democrats’ cries that questioning these “ballots” is some form of voter suppression (hey, the cemeteries are filled with Americans who deserve representation, too!) or limited to parts of Florida, check out this story of an Illinois election judge whom Democrats demanded be removed because she reported blatant voter fraud that she saw with her own eyes.
Last week, I said I was tempted to joke that to prevent clashes at the polls, Republicans will vote on November 6th and Democrats on November 7th. I decided not to even make that obvious joke because I figured Democrats would accuse me of seriously promoting voter suppression. Little did I know how many Democratic votes really would be cast after Election Day was over.
Evening Edition - November 9
By Mike Huckabee
A wrap-up of all the news you might have missed yesterday!
"My flesh and my heart faileth:
but God is the strength of my heart,
and my portion for ever."
- Psalm 73:26
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