July 6, 2018


People of faith

New study finds people of faith live four years longer than atheists.  Actually, I believe they live an eternity longer.


Worth reading if you haven't already...

Even though I posted this a few weeks ago, I think it is worth sharing again: 

Today’s must-read, by Matthew J. Peterson at American Greatness asks the vital question on every foreign policy expert’s lips:  Does Donald Trump have enough experience and expert wisdom to screw up as many things, give away as much for nothing, start as many wars and create as many terrorists and refugees as the foreign policy experts have over the past 30 years?  Or are his lack of the “skills” prized by diplomatic hothouse-bred, Ivy League “experts” and his real-world experience at dealing with thugs in the construction business precisely why he is able to accomplish on the world stage things they would never even attempt?


As we watch Sec. Pompeo try to nail down the fine points of the North Korea deal, I sometimes wonder if liberals in Los Angeles or San Francisco would rather be vaporized by a North Korean nuke than give Trump credit for preventing it. 


Buried by the media

There’s good news for Chicagoans who don’t want to give up their neighborhood for the Obama Presidential Library: All the surviving records could probably fit onto one old floppy disc.


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The heart of summer

We are in the heart of summer and I just wanted to bump this up again into your daily reading, because it bears repeating:

Just in time for summer, let’s give three cheers to Country Time Lemonade for standing up for the great American past time of kids learning entrepreneurism and good work habits by opening lemonade stands.  In recent years, overbearing bureaucrats and stuffy neighbors have tried to shut the stands down by demanding that police rigidly enforce zoning and licensing laws on children. 

Well, Country Time Lemonade is launching an initiative called “Legal-Ade.” They’re offering a crack legal team to help kids fill out paperwork and fight fines.  Under certain conditions, they’ll even reimburse any fines up to $300.  There are more details at the link, along with some great stories and photos about local cops who took the side of the enterprising kids. 

Personally, I think anyone who would try to abuse the power of government to shut down a child’s lemonade stand should go suck a lemon.  Then again, these days, forcing a kid to deal with frivolous legal complaints and crushing regulations and permit mandates would probably teach them more about what it’s like to be in business than running the lemonade stand would.  It might also create a whole new generation of Republicans.


Americans are fed up

Looking back through my files, I found that upon Obama’s win in 2008, even though I worked hard for McCain and was very concerned about Obama’s lack of experience and far-left ideas, I congratulated him and said we should all pray for his success because he was the President of all of us now and his successes or failures would be those of our entire nation.  On his Inauguration day in 2009, I wrote this:

“Our new President faces a staggering array of problems, from the economy to the terrorist threat.  For all the cheering supporters and platoons of advisors, the ultimate decisions and their consequences will fall to him alone.  My hope is that the loyal opposition on the Republican side will work with Obama on areas of agreement and show him the respect a President is due, even when they disagree and vigorously oppose.  After eight years of relentless and often personal attacks on President Bush, Americans could use a good example not only of how to cooperate, but of how to disagree without demonizing.” 

We could still use that, now more than ever.  And may I say (with apologies for using such blue language in a public forum):  “Double standard, my foot!”

To Maxine Waters, Stephen Colbert, Samantha Bee, April Ryan, Robert DeNiro, Don Lemon, Joy Behar and all the other foaming-at-the-mouth NeverTrumpers: Americans are beyond fed up with the relentless, sneering disrespect of our duly-elected President and his family, and the downgrading and dismissal of his accomplishments.  It’s coming across as childish, selfish and disrespectful to tens of millions of Americans as well.  If you have a disagreement with Trump’s policies, then explain it intelligently and respectfully – you know, like an adult.  Otherwise, we’ll continue to pay you as much attention as we would a toddler who’s been throwing the same tantrum for 18 months. 



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Martha Cothren's Lesson

On the Fourth of July, we celebrate having this exceptional nation and the freedoms it gives us, but we must always remember that we have those things because of all the soldiers who put their lives on the line to secure them for us, from Revolutionary times forward.  There’s a story I love to tell that illustrates that for young people.

When I was Governor of Arkansas, I got to know an outstanding high school teacher in Little Rock named Martha Cothren.  She was one of my original Huck’s Heroines, and I was always telling her it was my goal to make her one of the most famous teachers in America, because she’d be such a great example to all teachers.  Here’s just one reason why. 

Martha became concerned that many of her kids didn’t fully appreciate their precious American freedoms.  So she prepared an unusual lesson for them.  On the first day of school, the kids shuffled back into class only to discover that it was completely empty.  Not a desk in sight.  So they asked, “Miss Cothren, where are the desks?”  She replied, “You don’t get your desk until you can tell me how you earn it.” 

The kids were stunned, but they started trying to guess how they earned their desks.  By getting good grades?  No, that’s not the answer.  By behaving in class?  No, that’s not it.  The first period ended with the kids leaning against the walls or sitting on the floor, but they never had figured out how they earn their desks. 

Well, in trooped the second period class.  They were greeted with the same empty room and the same question they couldn’t answer.  This went on all day, and by lunchtime, word was circulating all over school that Miss Cothren had gone crazy.

Finally, during the last class of the day, she told the students, “Okay, nobody’s figured out how you earn your desks, so I’ll tell you.”  She opened the door, and in walked 27 military veterans, each one carrying a desk.  As they quietly placed them in neat rows, Martha said, “Kids, you don’t have to earn your desks because these guys earned them for you.”  She said you get free desks, free books and a free education, but it wasn’t free to these veterans…or to their friends who never came home from the wars they fought to give us all that freedom.  She said, “Whenever you sit in that desk, try to remember who earned it for you.” 

After that lesson, Martha was approached by one of those veterans, a news photographer, with tears in his eyes.  He told her that when he returned from Vietnam, he was cursed and spat on, and made to feel ashamed of his service.  He said, “Today is the first day since I’ve been home that I felt like someone appreciated what I did.” 

Unfortunately, there can’t be a Martha Cothren in every school.  But other teachers and parents can make sure their kids know who earned their desks for them.  And we can all make it a point to say “thank you” to current and former members of the U.S. military.  Seems to me, the 4th of July would be a great time to start. 


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  • Betty Johanna Hutson

    07/09/2018 11:47 AM

    Mike, Thank you for your uplifting News and your Honesty and Integrity. I remember reading the story of Martha and her empty classroom. What an inspiration on her method of teaching.
    I really enjoyed Saturday's night show in Silver City, Mo. How inspiring and refreshing for us who are unable to be there in person. Thank you Mike and your family for sharing you with us. God bless America.

  • Kathy Wingate

    07/07/2018 11:55 PM

    Thank you so much for sharing your pearls of wisdom,mixed with your great humor. I loved the Ms. Cothren story, and hope it reaches others who can teach values to children. Guess we all should brace for the Dems to go berserk Monday when POTUS announces his SCOTUS choice. Remember when Jesus cast demons out and they entered the pigs, and they all jumped off a cliff into the ocean? I'm just sayin'... I've been thinkin'.

  • Laura Rowland

    07/07/2018 04:01 PM

    You are one of my favorite people! Plain speaking, common sense and you love the Lord. God bless you and your family. You did a great job with Sarah!

  • Joan Timmons

    07/07/2018 03:43 PM

    You're a good man Mike Huckabee!!

  • Susan Arnold

    07/07/2018 10:37 AM

    Loved the story of the teacher in Little Rock who gave her students a lesson they will never forget!!

  • Mike Tim Tracy

    07/07/2018 09:13 AM

    Ref: "Americans are fed up." I completely agree with your comments on this article, especially the final paragraph. I believe that the majority of the American people are sick of and ignoring these people and they are messing in their own nests. I would like to see less of their (and other's like them's) childish comments ignored by the press also. Seems like it is a contest about who can say the most immature, childish, insulting, thing about the President. Pure insults with no facts to back them up appear to be the coins of the realm today.

  • Mac Moody

    07/07/2018 09:08 AM

    I have read this before but each time I read it I thank you for writing it about this teacher and I pray that more teachers will teach the history of our Nation. I have felt that American History is not being taught in school well therefore the youth of today do not really know our Nation or its wonderful place in the history of the world. Thank you please repeat this often in your info issues.

  • William Scott Anthony

    07/07/2018 12:31 AM

    Hi. This is William Anthony. I recently have been using some of our country's tax dollars on vocational training. It looks like this Tuesday I am getting hired. I just wanted to share my joy. Bye.

  • Anita Mae Barker

    07/06/2018 10:10 PM

    As always, wonderful stories and commentaries. Thanks.

  • Patricia Fochs

    07/06/2018 10:09 PM

    My husband served in the Air Force. I love the Air Force and love our Military. I pray God will open the eyes of the disrespectful. I was raised by a father that had values and passed them on to me. I praise God for it. I have two sons that are Christian, praise God for that. The things I wanted them to learn, respect, have good manners and be honest. One thing that sort of bothers me about the youth of today, they do not know the meaning of frugal. I am 84, I remember. I love the Lord and thank Him daily for blessing me and providing.

  • Margo Ayers

    07/06/2018 09:42 PM

    Hopefully we are staying a step ahead of what they are trying to do to Jim Jordan...some crazies are starting to come out of the woodwork here in Columbus, Ohio to try and throw up a roadblock (since all their other obstructions haven't panned out). They probably are realizing they are getting too close to being exposed for their corrupt practices heretofore...

  • Anri

    07/06/2018 09:41 PM

    Why nobody among media or DOJ or FBI or Mueller even once did not question why Peter Strzok was kept employed by FBI.
    Could it be that they wanted to protect him and actually themselves from rightist Congressmen ???????
    Why don't you raise this?

  • Donald E. Renninger

    07/06/2018 09:23 PM


    I was born shortly before the Great Depression and tongue-in-cheek have accpted full responsibility for causing it from my younger business associates. On a more serious note, my Dad was employed through out the entire era so as a family we managed okay. What I remember most and realized in later years was the attempts by President Roosevelt to solve it with various governmental (social) programs, done of which ever worked and were the butt of many jokes in my very Republican area of Pennsylvania.

    Mostly they were if the make work variety, when people wanted real jobs which are impossible for any government to provide besides they went against the work ethics of the working population then quite different from the something for nothing (welfare) crowd of today. FDR's butt was saved by WW II. Unfortunately, so many lives had to be sacrificed to think he was a great man who saved democracy. Quite the opposite in my thinking.

    Don Renninger
    Jacksonville, FL

  • Anne M Harms

    07/06/2018 08:53 PM

    Please tell me how we are going to get people to know the truth about President Trump if all they hear is lame stream media lies?Do they really believe Obama had nothing to do with the border separations? Or the division of our country? Or all the Clinton related deaths? Where is our great country headed?
    Thanks for letting me vent! Maybe I'll go beat up a lib! Keep up your good work!

  • Edward Vanover

    07/06/2018 07:59 PM

    God Bless Martha Cothren and all those like her! By now she may well be in retirement, which I pray will be long, healthy, and fulfilling for her. One can bet that lesson will never be forgotten by her students! We need a Nation full of such as she.

  • Robert Goldenstein

    07/06/2018 06:51 PM

    I especially like the humor Lord knows we need it

  • Dennis Johnson

    07/06/2018 06:37 PM

    Concerning your comments about Martha Cothren: Just a few years ago my Father died and only last year, my mother gave me three small blues boxes and told me "These belonged to your Father and he wanted you to have them."

    I took them and didn't really think about them much until a few months ago. I opened the first box and it was a medal for service in World War II. I remembered that he was there and even served in Germany after the war ended because my Mother and I joined him in 1953 and we lived there for the next two years. The things I saw and at such a young age.

    Then I opened the third box and it was a medal for serving in the Korean "Conflict". He never told me about that.

    A day later, I opened the third box. It was a medal for serving in the war in Vietnam. I knew all too well about that one. He served in that war so I wouldn't have to. At the time I was the sole surviving male in our Family, including my Uncle and Aunt's families. He served so I could be safe due to Private Ryan.

    I'm telling you this not to impress you, but to let you know what the men who have served for us are really like - deep down inside. He had served his Country two-times over and then did it again to save someone else------me. I thank him everyday.

    Dennis Johnson

  • Christopher A. Deady

    07/06/2018 06:20 PM

    Kudos to that teacher! What a great lesson for all those student's. Having lived overseas, I know how wonderful our country really is, not perfect, but I wouldn't want to live anywhere else. As a Navy veteran and son of an Army veteran, I understand the sacrifices' that our Veterans have made. And I am truly thankful for ALL those people who have made the ultimate sacrifice! Thank-you Governor Huckabee for sharing your wisdom and insight with us! God bless you.

  • Susan Jenkins

    07/06/2018 05:45 PM

    Thank you Governor Huckabee for your common sense and witty commentary! It is very much appreciated!!

  • Gretchen Smith

    07/06/2018 05:38 PM

    I love the desk story, my late husband served during Vietnam and didn't want anyone to know because of the hatefulness of so many. I love your show.