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On this last day of the year (and the decade!), many people are looking back at 2019.  I would hope that a lot of them, particularly on the left, would reflect on how unbelievably well-off America is – unemployment at all-time lows, wages rising, stock markets booming, gas cheap, trade deals being renegotiated in our favor at long last, violent crime down, terrorists on the run, no new wars (and soldiers finally coming home from seemingly endless ones), food healthier and plentiful, and even the environment much cleaner than a few decades ago (unless you live in a Democrat-run city and have to dodge poop and typhus) – and ask themselves one question:

“Why exactly am I constantly complaining about how horrible everything is?” 

In fact, can you imagine what a Golden Age 2019 would have felt like if we hadn’t had to endure the constant whining, sniping, screaming, cursing, crying, protesting and “resisting”?  What are they even resisting? Happiness?

As we stand at the crossroads, assessing the recent past and reflecting on the future, I thought I’d share a few of the more interesting commentaries from my website over this past year, about stories you aren’t likely to see in the mainstream media.

With gratitude,

Mike Huckabee


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Our Top 5 stories in 2019

Trojan Horse Bill passes in the Senate

Dec. 20, 2019

By Mike Huckabee

I mentioned yesterday that while the media were distracted with covering (and in some cases, celebrating) the impeachment vote, other important stories were being ignored. For instance, you might have heard that the House passed the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2020 (NDAA 2020), blandly described as a “national defense bill” to keep the military funded, protect the homeland and give a raise to our soldiers. Naturally, President Trump is expected to sign it. But he might want to read carefully first.  It's a textbook illustration of the need for a line-item veto. 

 READ MORE AND COMMENT HERE>>>

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An open letter to Nancy Pelosi

Dec. 19, 2019

By Mike Huckabee

Dear Madam Speaker:

I read the six-page letter sent to you by President Trump on the eve of his impeachment and thought that as long as letters are flying around, I would send you one myself, just as someone trying to help.

The biggest question for you now is what to do next as you contemplate what action might be taken in the Senate. Your follow-up strategy is very important, I know, to your goal of damaging the President as much as possible before the 2020 election, but right now you and your Democrat colleagues are busy celebrating --- behind closed doors, of course --- and it’s hard for people who are giddy with merriment and even perhaps a bit hungover to chart their next steps. (You’ve tried your best to look somber and be discreet about the celebrations, but some news accounts have slipped out. You know how it is with leaks.) The impeachment of President Trump is your long-awaited Christmas gift to yourselves, and now that you have finally unwrapped it, you naturally want to play with it a while. Goodness, you’ve worked so hard and have come so far. And you must all be very proud of yourselves, considering you got this done completely on your own, with not one single vote from the Republican side. Who needs those Republicans, right? You made up your own rules and accomplished the deed all by yourselves.

READ MORE AND COMMENT HERE>>>

Breaking News: FISA Court says FBI lied to them, illegally spied

April 25, 2019

By Mike Huckabee

On Wednesday night’s “Ingraham Angle,” there was a magnificent discussion about the sham Trump investigation with Rudy Giuliani, Joe diGenova and former Whitewater independent counsel Robert Ray that absolutely must not be missed, and I say that not because I was subbing for Laura Ingraham at the time.

After being on defense –- with his hands legally tied –- for the first two years of his Presidency, President Trump is finally able to go on offense, as he can no longer be accused of “interfering with the Russia investigation.” But something else is afoot as well, according to deGenova, and here is the tremendous breaking news: The FISA court has been looking into abuses of the FISA system and has communicated with the Justice Department about its findings. Their chief judge has already determined that for more than four years before the election of Donald Trump, there was an illegal spying operation (yes, SPYING –- and, yes, ILLEGAL) going on by four FBI contractors to break the law to steal personal electronic information about American citizens and to use it against the Republican Party.

READ MORE AND COMMENT HERE>>>

Roger Stone's wife and security cameras tell the story of FBI ambush

Feb. 10, 2019

By Mike Huckabee

The following is excerpted from an email sent by Roger Stone’s wife Nydia on behalf of the Roger Stone Legal Defense Fund. Though I am not personally involved with raising money for that fund, I decided to share a portion of her letter not directly related to their financial situation because it gives such a powerful perspective on what it’s like for an innocent person to be caught up in a “home invasion”-style raid...

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By now, I'm sure you have heard about the terrifying pre-dawn raid on the house in Ft. Lauderdale where I live with my husband, Roger Stone.

A little before 6 a.m., 29 assault-weapon-wielding FBI agents in full tactical gear and wearing night-vision goggles surrounded our home. Because I am hearing-impaired and I was sleeping, I did not hear the commotion when an FBI agent pounded on the door demanding my husband open it, and I did not know he had been handcuffed and taken into custody.

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IG refers Comey for prosecution, but Barr assembling larger case

August 1, 2019

By Mike Huckabee

This week brings an avalanche of breaking news concerning bad actors at the FBI and Justice Department. Let’s start with one of the baddest actors of them all, former FBI Director James Comey.

According to investigative reporter John Solomon in THE HILL, Inspector General Michael Horowitz is close to completion on his report, and his assessment of Comey’s conduct is scathing. He reportedly has concluded that Comey leaked classified information –- which is a violation of the Espionage Act –- and showed “lack of candor” (translation: lying). The IG even referred Comey for possible prosecution, but Solomon reports that Attorney General Barr is declining to move forward on that.

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I wanted to make sure you also read this comment from December 19th:

It’s the most wonderful time of the year, when parents across America crowd into churches to watch their kids perform in the Christmas Nativity play. Countless nine- and ten-year-olds are donning bathrobes and head towels, gluing on fake beards and standing in front of cardboard mangers to play Joseph, the Innkeeper and the Three Wise Men. 

And no matter how charmingly amateurish they are, all of them are more convincing in their roles that Nancy Pelosi and the House Democrats, who on Wednesday wrapped themselves in black, stood in front of cardboard American flags and tried to convince us that they are sincere defenders of the Constitution. Of course, they’d be equally unconvincing in the roles of Wise Men, but I digress.

(At this link, David Harsanyi of National Review echoes what I recently wrote about the nausea induced by having to listen to people who are waging war on the First Amendment and want to abolish the Second Amendment and the Electoral College drone on about how much they revere the Constitution as they impeach a President for invoking his due process rights:)

https://www.nationalreview.com/corner/impeach-him-if-you-like-but-for-the-love-of-god-stop-pretending-you-care-about-the-constitution/

The absolute nadir came when Speaker Nancy Pelosi compared the Democrats’ anti-Trump political jihad to the World War II Battle of the Bulge, where 100,000 American soldiers were killed or wounded.  Did any House Democrats suffer by even missing a cocktail party during their assault on Trump and the Constitution?  That comment was as offensive as it was self-aggrandizing.

https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2019/12/18/nancy-pelosi-compares-impeachment-to-battle-of-the-bulge-against-nazi-germany-wwii/

The Democrats’ endless impeachment theater flop finally limped to its weak finale (let us pray) yesterday, as the House voted to impeach President Trump along the very same partisan lines that Pelosi said would be divisive, destructive and unacceptable (she was right then, but they did it anyway.)  The only “bipartisanship” came when several Democrats defected and Tulsi Gabbard disappointingly wimped out and voted “present” on both counts.

https://www.foxnews.com/politics/several-democrats-defect-impeachment-gop-holds-together

Having unearthed no actual evidence of wrongdoing and cobbled together laughably weak “articles” of impeachment, the Democrats tried to shore up their rickety case with a “throw spaghetti at the wall and see if anything sticks” tactic.  They repeated “nobody is above the law” more times that the word “baby” appears in a Justin Bieber song (if it's true nobody is above the law, why is Hillary still walking around loose?)  And they regurgitated every out-of-context Trump quote, fake news story and anti-Trump Facebook meme of the past three years to try to justify their impeachment vote. All this did was remind us that the claim this is based on a phone call that happened last July is transparently bogus, and that they’ve been calling for Trump’s impeachment since Election night of 2016.  Some have already voted for it multiple times on similarly feeble “grounds.” 

One of my favorite soliloquies came from Texas Rep. Al Green, who would call for impeaching Trump if he found lumps in his oatmeal. He hauled up a debunked Internet meme of a crying three-year-old allegedly separated from her mother at the border, apparently to prove Trump deserves impeachment for being a big meanie who enforces immigration laws (funny, I missed that in the Articles of Impeachment.)  

https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2019/12/18/democrat-al-green-uses-fake-news-photo-of-migrant-child-in-impeachment-debate/

Problem: The kid was never separated from her mother (who, by the way, had been previously deported, and brought her child on the dangerous journey to reenter the US illegally without even telling her father where they were.)   That child was merely crying for the same reason Democrats have been crying ever since Trump won the election: because she has the mentality of a three-year-old. At least she has the excuse of actually being three years old.

And when the bad impeachment theater finally reached its anticlimactic end, like many bad amateur actors, the performers dropped character and started high-fiving and celebrating before the curtain came down all the way.  

https://us24news.com/blog/2019/12/19/watch-pelosi-furious-as-democrats-cheer-and-take-selfies-after-solemn-impeachment-vote/

I know the Democrats think they’ve accomplished something by putting a “stain” next to Trump’s name in the history books, but they’re dead wrong. The closest analogy I can make is to the stories of hate-filled jihadist bombers who set out to blow up an infidel and accidentally detonated themselves – or as I call those, “feel-good stories.” Trump will sail right along, his approval ratings buoyed by their unfair attack on him, and I predict, win reelection comfortably.  (His Gallup approval rating has risen 6 points just since this impeachment pageant went into rehearsals in September: https://www.westernjournal.com/trump-approval-rating-rises-6-points-higher-impeachment-inquiry-began/ )

Even as the vote was being taken, Trump was leading a rally in the once reliably Democratic blue collar state of Michigan, where thousands of people waited in long lines in freezing weather to see him. That’s got to put a chill into the DNC.

Long after this Congress is a bad memory, the talking heads are forgotten and the newspapers that vilify him daily are discarded bird cage liner, Trump will be judged by his many accomplishments.  The stain in the history books will be on this childish, viciously partisan House, for wasting the taxpayers’ time and money on a political vendetta that has cheapened, demeaned and weaponized one of the most serious responsibilities of Congress.

It’s the same thing that happened under Obama to the FBI, the DOJ, the IRS and other agencies that once had the respect of the public as nonpartisan professionals, and are now so tarnished, nobody trusts or believes a word they say.  All I’ll say to the House is, “Welcome to the Disgraced Club.” 

Bible Verse of the Day (KJV)

"All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works."

- 2 Timothy 3:16-17

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Evening Edition - December 31

December 31, 2019

On this last day of the year (and the decade!), many people are looking back at 2019.  I would hope that a lot of them, particularly on the left, would reflect on how unbelievably well-off America is – unemployment at all-time lows, wages rising, stock markets booming, gas cheap, trade deals being renegotiated in our favor at long last, violent crime down, terrorists on the run, no new wars (and soldiers finally coming home from seemingly endless ones), food healthier and plentiful, and even the environment much cleaner than a few decades ago (unless you live in a Democrat-run city and have to dodge poop and typhus) – and ask themselves one question:

“Why exactly am I constantly complaining about how horrible everything is?” 

In fact, can you imagine what a Golden Age 2019 would have felt like if we hadn’t had to endure the constant whining, sniping, screaming, cursing, crying, protesting and “resisting”?  What are they even resisting? Happiness?

As we stand at the crossroads, assessing the recent past and reflecting on the future, I thought I’d share a few of the more interesting commentaries, the ones you aren’t likely to see in the mainstream media.

I’ll start with one that I’m sure pains the talking heads at CNN, MSNBC, etc., to report: Gallup reports that there’s a tie for the title of Most Admired Man of 2019 between Barack Obama and Donald Trump. 

https://www.newsmax.com/politics/gallup-poll/2019/12/30/id/947695/

The vote was heavily partisan, of course, but among Independents, it was evenly split.  Pretty amazing considering Obama routinely gets the kind of media coverage you’d expect if Julia Roberts found the cure for cancer, while everything Trump does or says is spun as negatively as possible (if the story was that Trump ate wiener schnitzel for lunch, the media would say, “Do you know who else ate German food? HITLER!!”)   

Imagine how fantastic a job Trump must be doing to tie with Obama for Most Admired Man when he gets 94% negative media coverage.  It would like the Businessman of the Year Award going to the president of a tobacco company. 

Meanwhile, Michelle Obama was named Most Admired Woman again, but her share of the vote dropped from 15% last year to 10% this year, despite massage fawning coverage for her book tour and an adulatory media declaring her “First Lady for Life.” Yet, in second place was our real First Lady, Melania Trump, whom the media treat with either snotty disdain or by ignoring her existence.  She came in ahead of such liberal media darlings as Oprah, Hillary Clinton, Greta Thunberg and Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

My prediction for the future (and my hope) is that someday soon, the people in charge of all those women’s magazines that have shamefully (and from a business standpoint, idiotically) shunned Melania Trump and refused to put her on their covers will be kicking themselves with pointy-toed Italian boots for acting so lobotomized by political partisanship. 

Moving on, the American Thinker revealed its choice for Most Irritating Person of 2019.  Yes, there were many contenders whose names you’ll surely recognize.  But their #1 choice might surprise you.  At least until it’s explained that like Time’s “Person of the Year,” it might not mean what you think it means. In this case, it’s a positive, since the winner irritated all the right people for all the right reasons. 

https://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2019/12/the_most_irritating_person_of_2019_is.html

Taking the coveted title of “Rudest City in America” for 2019 in a Fox News poll was…(I’m trying to build suspense, but what’s the point?)…New York City!  At the link, New Yorkers react to being called rude (Warning: contains language likely to offend anyone not from New York!)

https://www.foxnews.com/us/f-k-off-new-yorkers-react-to-being-named-rudest-city-in-america

Marta Hernandez of the Victory Girls blog counts down the biggest “fake news” media fails of the year (as they say at Instapundit, “you’re gonna need a bigger blog.”)

https://victorygirlsblog.com/media-year-in-review-the-fail-is-real/

For instance, this one sneaked in past the deadline but still made it into 2019, but it will likely keep being repeated in 2020.

https://www.westernjournal.com/turns-regretful-trump-voter-swing-state-ad-never-even-voted-2016/

In a related story, from the movie “Unplanned” to Jussie Smollett, Newsbusters lists the Biggest Cultural Winners and Losers of 2019.

https://www.newsbusters.org/blogs/nb/tim-graham/2019/12/28/bozell-graham-column-cultural-winners-and-losers-2019

To help end 2019 with some much-needed laughter, here’s Dave Barry’s annual “Year in Review” column.  A favorite sample quote, from March:

“The Iowa state legislature considers a bill that would fund construction of a border wall around the state to stop the influx of Democratic presidential hopefuls, now estimated at several dozen a day. ‘It’s a humanitarian crisis,’ says one legislator, his voice rising in alarm. ‘They’re swarming all over the state barging into pancake breakfasts. Many of them die within days from pancake bloat but THEY JUST KEEP COMING.’”

https://www.miamiherald.com/living/liv-columns-blogs/dave-barry/article238523668.html 

And Frank Miele at RealClearPolitics takes a bemused look back at “The Year the Democrats Went Off the Rails.”

https://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2019/12/30/2019_was_the_year_that_democrats_went_off_the_rails_142041.html

For a no-holds-barred look ahead, Kurt Schlichter predicts what will happen in 2020:

https://townhall.com/columnists/kurtschlichter/2019/12/30/heres-what-is-whats-going-to-happen-in-2020-n2558641

Finally, if you’ve still got a few minutes to kill before the ball drops, here’s a column I wrote about how it’s true: people really do have to be paid to turn on CNN.

https://dailycaller.com/2019/12/29/huckabee-cnn-airport-news/

Happy New Year! May your 2020 be even more terrific than a lot of people didn't realize 2019 was!

 

 

Evening Edition - December 30

December 30, 2019

Here’s an insightful letter from reader Craig:

Can you imagine the bad precedent –- If both houses were controlled by one party and the Presidency the other, then they could do just exactly this: impeach both the President and the Vice President because they do not like the results of the election and the Speaker of the House becomes President (in this case Nancy Pelosi). How can anyone not realize this is a coup of the executive branch of government by the legislative? This is an attack on the Constitution, our Republic and the American people and our way of life. Horrible !!!!!

From the Gov:

Thanks for writing, Craig. You are correct, and yes, it is indeed horrible. It’s exactly what the founding fathers feared about impeachment. If Chuck Schumer were running the Senate right now, I’m afraid this is exactly what would happen --- or would have already happened. (Result in this case:  Nancy Pelosi would be sworn in as the UNELECTED President, Justice Ginsberg would retire, and the UNELECTED Pelosi would immediately nominate the next justice, whom the Democrat Senate would rubber-stamp.  It would actually constitute a coup against the judiciary as well.)

This is why it’s so important to show this effort to be what it is and smack it down hard, with no negotiation whatsoever. It’s also why we need to keep the Senate and get the House out of Democrat hands, as they would take a machete to the Constitution if it meant they could stay in power.

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From the Gov:

I love this reader response to my open letter to Nancy Pelosi:

From Judy:

Brilliant! I’m not sure if she is smart enough to know that you just handed her head to her! Well...bless her heart??

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Some comments of mine that you might have missed:

 

Interesting story about how, despite more than $1 billion in spending to eliminate homelessness, Seattle’s homeless problem just keeps getting worse. Maybe it has something to do with the fact that “progressive” officials are spending most of the money on fighting “oppression” and “(interrogating) the current structures of power” in order to “examine the legacies of structural racism in our systems, and co-design a path towards liberation with black, indigenous, brown and other marginalized communities.”

https://www.city-journal.org/seattle-progressive-municipal-employees

Silly me, I would have spent the money on shelters, drug and alcohol programs, mental health care and job placement.  Let’s hope that the next increase in the homeless population comes from those officials being thrown out of office and into the street. 

 

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Well, this isn’t at all suspicious: surveillance tape of wealthy and well-connect pedophile Jeffrey Epstein’s suicide attempt in a Manhattan jail has somehow gone “missing.” Oh, just to be clear: this isn’t the video that got turned off when he did “kill himself.”  This is the video of his earlier suicide attempt, the first time that he didn’t kill himself.  Oh, sorry, I mean, the first time he TRIED to kill himself…

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7807919/Jeffrey-Epsteins-suicide-attempt-video-gone-missing.html

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I said that only urgent news would make me interrupt my family holiday before the New Year, but I think it’s urgent that I ask you to please join me in praying for the victims of a string of attacks on Jews in the New York/New Jersey area over the past week, and of Sunday’s shooting at the West Freeway Church of Christ in White Settlement, Texas, west of Fort Worth.  In Texas, two people are dead, including the shooter, and one injured.  The latest anti-Semitic attack in the Northeast happened in Monsey, New York, when a man walked into the home of a rabbi and stabbed five people who were celebrating Hanukkah.  This rising tide of anti-Semitic violence has many Jews voicing concerns that it is scarily reminiscent of the days before the Holocaust.

https://www.fox10phoenix.com/news/jewish-leaders-urge-action-after-senseless-hanukkah-attack

Fortunately, Texas recently passed a law allowing concealed carry permit owners to have their weapons in churches, so it did not turn into the kind of mass church shooting we’ve seen before. The service was being live-streamed on the Internet, and less than three seconds elapsed from the first shot to an armed guard stopping the shooter. 

https://pjmedia.com/trending/two-dead-in-texas-church-shooting-highlighting-the-need-for-good-guys-with-guns-in-places-of-worship/

The video also showed several members of the congregation pulling out weapons and pointing them at the shooter, so if the guard hadn't been there, half a dozen "good guys with guns" were. Contrary to predictions, they didn’t start firing wildly and hitting bystanders. They acted responsibly and were prepared to stop the shooter, if need be.  Who knows how many victims there might have been if they’d had to wait 15 minutes for the police to show up?   

But I don’t want to politicize these attacks because there are too many people already cynically and self-servingly doing that.  I’ll talk about some of the responses after New Year’s Day.  In the meantime, let’s concentrate on what’s really important and pray for those who were killed, for the swift and full recovery of the injured, for comfort for their loved ones, and for a miraculous cure to the sickness in the hearts of anyone who would defile a house of worship with violence or assault their fellow human beings just because of their religious faith. 

 

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Pray for the victims

December 30, 2019

I said that only urgent news would make me interrupt my family holiday before the New Year, but I think it’s urgent that I ask you to please join me in praying for the victims of a string of attacks on Jews in the New York/New Jersey area over the past week, and of Sunday’s shooting at the West Freeway Church of Christ in White Settlement, Texas, west of Fort Worth.  In Texas, two people are dead, including the shooter, and one injured.  The latest anti-Semitic attack in the Northeast happened in Monsey, New York, when a man walked into the home of a rabbi and stabbed five people who were celebrating Hanukkah.  This rising tide of anti-Semitic violence has many Jews voicing concerns that it is scarily reminiscent of the days before the Holocaust.

https://www.fox10phoenix.com/news/jewish-leaders-urge-action-after-senseless-hanukkah-attack

Fortunately, Texas recently passed a law allowing concealed carry permit owners to have their weapons in churches, so it did not turn into the kind of mass church shooting we’ve seen before. The service was being live-streamed on the Internet, and less than three seconds elapsed from the first shot to an armed guard stopping the shooter. 

https://pjmedia.com/trending/two-dead-in-texas-church-shooting-highlighting-the-need-for-good-guys-with-guns-in-places-of-worship/

The video also showed several members of the congregation pulling out weapons and pointing them at the shooter, so if the guard hadn't been there, half a dozen "good guys with guns" were. Contrary to predictions, they didn’t start firing wildly and hitting bystanders. They acted responsibly and were prepared to stop the shooter, if need be.  Who knows how many victims there might have been if they’d had to wait 15 minutes for the police to show up?   

But I don’t want to politicize these attacks because there are too many people already cynically and self-servingly doing that.  I’ll talk about some of the responses after New Year’s Day.  In the meantime, let’s concentrate on what’s really important and pray for those who were killed, for the swift and full recovery of the injured, for comfort for their loved ones, and for a miraculous cure to the sickness in the hearts of anyone who would defile a house of worship with violence or assault their fellow human beings just because of their religious faith. 

Melvin from Oregon wrote to share a very special Christmas memory about a small gift that made a very big impression on him:

“Christmas 1945.  I am five years old, and we are still staying with my grandparents… My father was in Japan in the Second World War, his two brothers were in the European theater.  All three came home OK. I thank God for that and for all of the men that have gone before.

We are trimming the Christmas tree. Grandpa comes in, and he has all of these walnuts that he has painted silver and put a yarn loop on to hang them with. Well I think they’re neat, but that’s about it.

Christmas morning, I come down and start opening my presents. Grandpa says, ‘Why don't you open one of those walnuts?’ I say ‘Naw, I got to open my presents’… Well grandpa keeps after me. Finally, I say, ‘Okay!’  So I crack a walnut open, and a penny falls out. Well, NOW, I'm opening walnuts!  There's dimes, nickels, and pennies.  When I get done, I have about a dollar fifty, and that’s big money in 1945

…My grandfather thought enough of me to take the time to cut the walnuts open and take out the meat for grandma to cook with. Then he put a coin in and glued each one back together, just to make a little five-year-old boy happy on Christmas morning.

Sixty-five years later, I don't remember anything else I got that Christmas.  But I remember the walnuts and the love that went into making them. That might be something for young parents to think about... It really is the little things that count the most.” 

Thanks, Melvin, for giving us all something important to remember before we go frantically hunting for whatever the latest “hot” gift is.   

Evening Edition - December 29

December 29, 2019

The first school in which we enroll, and the most important in shaping our future, is our home.  A casual view of modern TV shows might lead us to believe that parents don’t matter.  I contend that nothing matters more.

When Benjamin West was a boy, his mother left him in charge of his younger sister, Sally. Benjamin found bottles of colored ink and painted Sally’s portrait.  When his mother arrived home, she discovered spilled ink and ruined paper.  But before she had the chance to scold Benjamin, she saw the picture.  Then she planted an encouraging kiss on his cheek. He would grow up to become of the greatest painters of historic and religious artworks, a teacher of many other famous artists, and a major force in launching Britain’s Royal Academy of Arts, for which he served as president. Benjamin West would later say, “My mother’s kiss made me a painter.”

Every child’s life is like a book of blank pages waiting to be written on. Something is written each day. A parent who exposes a child of hours of television, video games, unsupervised time on the Internet, and an occasional trip to church is not likely to raise a child whose value system will mirror that of the parent.  The child will probably reflect the value system of the entertainment industry.

While researching for a book I co-wrote on juvenile delinquency (“Kids Who Kill”), I became aware that children need parents who are informed, involved and (yes) invasive in their children’s lives. There is no single fact that will explain why a child as young as eleven would commit mass murder, but one thing seems certain: the likelihood of this taking place decreases drastically when children have a stable home, good role models and parents who are clearly more afraid for their children than afraid of their children.

Too many parents fear angering or alienating their children.  They convince themselves that love means avoiding asking their children questions about how their time is spent and who their friends are.  They fool themselves into thinking they’re being good parents when they don’t hold their children accountable for their schoolwork and other activities.  On the other hand, we shouldn’t be “helicopter parents” who are so overprotective that our children turn into a generation of “snowflakes” who cannot learn through their failures or develop a healthy maturity and independence.

The requirement of parents summed up in Ephesians 6:4 is simple yet profound: “Do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord.” Children should not be driven to exasperation by parents who make demands that are so difficult to achieve that the children are prevented from succeeding.  There’s a vast difference between breaking a child’s rebellious will and breaking his or her spirit.

As parents, our goal should be to channel the energy of our children, rather than destroy their creative and curious natures given by God that motivate them to discover their unique purposes. We are further admonished to bring up our children “in the training and instruction of the Lord.” By both example and exhortation, parents are to nourish their children.  Most values are caught and then taught. Our children are more likely to imitate what they see us do than what they hear us say.

We live in a world where a meal can be microwaved in seconds, and an Internet message can be transmitted around the world almost instantly (another reason why it would be nice if they were fact-checked before hitting “Send.”) But part of the legacy we must leave is raising children who understand that some things can’t be rushed.  Patience is a virtue as well as a pathway to victory.  Things of great value take time. 

If the thing to which you ascribe the greatest value in your life is your children, then don’t they deserve the greatest amount of time, nurturing and guidance you can possible give?

(Adapted from the book, “Rare, Medium or Done Well: Make the Most of your Life.” https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/168397302X )

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Feel-Good/Huck's Hero Story of the Day (and we could really use one): Actor Gary Sinise and his Foundation, in partnership with American Airlines, just sent Gold Star Family children and their surviving parents on his annual “Snowball Express” flights to Disney World for a five-day, all-expenses-paid vacation.  The Gary Sinise Foundation says that "the holidays can be especially challenging for grieving families," so they provide "a therapeutic retreat with a blend of fun and inspiring programs."

https://pjmedia.com/vodkapundit/gary-sinise-takes-1000-gold-star-kids-to-disney-world/

And they’ve provided it to a staggering number of military families: 1,000 children and 750 parents this year alone -- and it’s their 14th year! Sinise was inspired to start the program when he read of a letter written by a soldier to his wife, saying he wanted to take the family to Disney World when he got home – but he was killed in action and never made it home. 

This is a reminder that there are still some patriotic good guys left in Hollywood.  If you’d like to help Gary’s many efforts to entertain the troops and to help active duty military members, veterans, first responders and their families, visit https://www.garysinisefoundation.org/

And if you’d like to learn more about why Gary is such a tireless supporter of our military (he’s been called “the Bob Hope of our generation”) and why he’s so grateful to be an American, you can hear it in his own words in this terrific interview he gave us on “Huckabee” on TBN.

https://youtu.be/dXr0QulxMnQ

 

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We are finishing the year 2019 and I’m glad.  This has been a grueling year if you have to follow the news as I’m required to do as a TV commentator and publisher of a daily newsletter.  I’m frankly sick of the never-ending serial attempts to overturn the election results of 2016.  Remember when it was all about Russia and collusion?  And then the Mueller report fizzled even though taxpayers spent about $35 million for a desperate effort to implicate President Trump.  Then we heard obstruction of justice, until that “bombshell” became a dud; then it was quid pro quo, then extortion, then bribery, then obstruction of Congress.  Frankly, given how recklessly irresponsible Congress is, obstructing it ought to be grounds for a prize, not an impeachment.  But Democrats in Congress clearly are frantic because they have a weak field of candidates and they fear not one of them can defeat a President who has juiced the economy, jobs, the stock market and wages and who has pushed back against bad trade deals and  America getting sucker-punched by foreign governments.  We were once content to let the US pay the bills for NATO, trade deficits, and endless wars in the Middle East.  Granted, President Trump isn’t always artful in what he says or how he says it, but he is disrupting the deep state of globalism, institutionalism, and bureaucracy.  And the powers of government, media, and big business is fighting back—not to protect your interest, but theirs.

So next year is 2020, and I’ll attempt to give you 2020 vision into what we can expect for the coming year, which of course will be a Presidential election year.

I predict that Joe Biden will slightly edge socialist Bernie Sanders and will be the nominee for the Democrats-not because he’s a good candidate but because he will be viewed as not as crazy as the others.  The media will ignore his daily verbal gaffes and he will be presented as a seasoned and ready captain, even though Bob Gates who served President Obama and President Bush 43 as a cabinet member said of Joe Biden, “He’s consistent in that every single position he’s taken on foreign policy is wrong.”

I predict that Democrats will pay a heavy price for having wasted a year of do-nothingness and millions of taxpayer dollars chasing down a reason to impeach President Trump.  They constantly use the phrase they can “walk and chew gum at the same time,” but they tend to drop their gum on the ground and then get their shoes stuck on it.  Voters in their districts have been benefited far more by the economic policies of President Trump than by the phony and hateful efforts by the Democrats to impeach him. 

In other areas, I predict that Tom Brady will announce his retirement from the NFL—effective in the year 2045, and that the World Series will feature the St. Louis Cardinals and the Texas Rangers.  Not because I have any reason to actually believe that, but they are my favorite teams in their respective National and American Leagues and I just want that to happen.  The Oscars will be canceled because no one wants to hear whiny Hollywood actors lecture us on their worthless political views.  CNN will lose so many viewers that it will cease operations as a News Channel and will become a television safe space where triggered liberal snowflakes can sit in a dark room and watch a blank screen, which will vastly improve the programming they currently offer.  And finally, the Huckabee Show will win 6 Emmys and 10 Golden Globes for being the best show in television!  And that would truly be 2020 vision!

Christmas and children

December 29, 2019

Nobody is more excited about Christmas Day than children, and sometimes, it inspires them to come out with some real gems.  For instance, Mona from Kentucky wrote:

“When I was a child, we had a coal stove. One of those potbellied stoves. Of course with those stoves, there was a small pipe that went out the ceiling so the smoke would not get in the house. I remember wondering how Santa got down that skinny pipe.  So one day I asked Mom how he got down that pipe.  I guess I really put her on the spot because she replied, “He has a house key!”  And that satisfied me.” 

Thank you, Mona, and Merry Christmas to your mom, who I bet had to answer a lot of tough questions before you grew up! 

Here’s another story of a Christmas miracle that started with the words of a child.  Tom from Louisiana wrote that he used to volunteer for the park district in Calumet City, Illinois, in a low income area.  One year, the man playing Santa was ill, so Tom filled in.  It was a hard job, listening to the Christmas wishes of hundreds of children, knowing most of their parents were too poor to make them come true. 

One day, a little 5-year-old girl, as beautiful as a china doll, hopped up in his lap and didn’t say a word.  He asked her if she’d been good and obeyed her parents.  She said yes.  So he asked what she wanted for Christmas.  She replied, “Nothing.” 

Tom was dumbfounded.  He asked if she was sure she didn’t want anything.  She said not for herself.  But could Santa give her daddy a job?  He needed a job.  Well, Tom didn’t know how to answer that.  So he just said he’d try his best, but that was one wish Santa might not be able to fill.

But, Tom wrote:

 

“God works in great ways.  At the time the young girl was sitting on my lap, (a local reporter) was there taking pictures and…overheard the child’s conversation with Santa. The next day, the paper (ran a photo) of the little girl sitting on Santa’s lap with the caption ‘All she wants for Christmas is a job for her daddy’…The next day, the little girl’s father received a call and was offered a job. A day or so later, the little girl came back to see me with my favorite chocolate chip cookies and a thank you for Santa…

 

Till this day, and it’s been at least twenty-five years, I still tear up thinking about that little girl and her unselfish wish. Christmas is truly about miracles.” 

 

Thank you, Tom.  I bet that little girl was the best gift her daddy ever received.