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Today's Commentary --- The tables are finally turning, as Mueller report satisfies no one -- Warren calls for cancelling student debt --- Herman Cain removes his name from consideration -- Sarah's response -- Confusion on the border -- Sri Lanka update --- Quotes from our Presidents -- Pelosi outrage -- A Republican alternative to Obamacare -- Evening Edition -- Daily Verse

Today's Commentary --- The Mueller report: making sense of the crazy aftermath -- The truly important news --- Excellent piece -- Not a very Happy Earth Day for this one-time darling -- Prayers for Sri Lanka -- Washington state takes the prize --- Quotes from our Presidents -- Tweeting about Romney -- April Ryan gets it wrong -- Evening Edition -- Daily Verse
Today's Commentary --- The real news this weekend -- Democrats slam Barr for doing his job, ignore Trump's legal vindication --- Mueller report available here -- Immutable laws of life -- Sarah's story -- Laura Ainsworth replies to question on conservatism and religion --- Quotes from our Presidents -- "Huckabee" preview -- Huck PAC supports conservatives -- Evening Edition -- Daily Verse

From John W:

Dear Mr. Huckabee, read your newsletter every day and am a huge fan. I agree with almost all of your opinions except in one subject, and it is the point of my inquiry. Is it possible to be both a conservative and an atheist? I fully support freedom of religious belief for other people as it is written in our Constitution, and I am pro-life, a believer in free markets, I strongly support President Trump, and I believe in strong moral values. I just do not find scientific evidence for a belief in a deity. It makes things confusing at times when I am surrounded by other like minded thinkers as all my conservative friends are religious and all my atheist friends are liberal!

 

From Laura Ainsworth (staff writer):

I know this letter was directed to the Gov., and he may choose to comment on it himself, but as you pose questions that I find especially interesting, I thought I would answer, because, hey, I just really wanted to.

 

One thing that is certain: yes, it is possible to be a conservative and not have a belief in God. It might be useful here to differentiate between “atheist” as it is popularly defined (someone who is sure there is no God) and “agnostic” (someone who doesn’t know but who lacks a belief in God). It seems to me that being an atheist requires just as much of a leap of faith as being a...say...Presbyterian. Science has answered a lot of questions and will continue to close gaps in our knowledge, but so much remains unresolved that, to me, atheism assumes too much.

 

When I think of a conservative, I mostly imagine someone who values the freedoms outlined in our Bill Of Rights and doesn’t want to stray too far from them. Some of the founding fathers were deeply religious, but others were agnostic or struggled with their faith. Some were Deists, believing the world had to be created by something but imagined a force that sort of “wound a clock” and let it go.

 

The founders’ concept of “natural law” supposedly was given to us by God. Even if you aren’t sure that this literally happened, you can still revere the Constitution every bit as much AS IF IT DID, for the earth-shattering brilliance of it and for the kind of life and promise it brings to our society. Even if you lack a belief in God, you can think of the Constitution itself as a sacred thing, something to be honored and valued and preserved.

 

I don’t think most non-religious people get this (of course, they haven’t been taught it), which is why a club of non-religious conservatives could probably hold their meetings in a phone booth. My  husband and I used to belong to a skeptics organization, a pro-science group that debunked such things as alien abduction and astrology. As far as we knew, none of them believed in God; in fact, most of them definitely believed there is no God. Almost all of them were very liberal Democrats as well, and, like many on the left, they wrongly stereotyped conservative Republicans as holy rollers. I regret not ever giving a presentation at one of our monthly meetings to set them straight about this, but that was when I was a “closet” conservative. It probably would have been my last skeptics’ meeting, but then, we eventually left the group, anyway, mostly because our meetings got to be like meetings of the DNC and I just couldn’t take it. (This was over ten years ago; imagine how insufferable those meetings would be NOW!)

 

Since you strive to be a moral person and are pro-life, I’m sure you disagree with the religious teaching that morality comes only from worshiping God. It’s true that that there are reasons to want to be moral other than having the Bible or a church tell you to. But our most basic ideas about what is moral still come from Jewish and Christian teachings. You might not intellectually believe in God, but you ACT as if you DID. (If this is ringing true, I recommend the writings of Dr. Jordan Peterson, such as “12 RULES FOR LIFE: An Antidote to Chaos.” And tell your atheist friends to read him, too, though he is famously un-PC and will make them furious.)

 

I’d like to add one aside, since you mentioned being pro-life: I find it strange and even nonsensical that people who don’t believe in God are so cold about abortion. If existence is merely random, the odds of our ever being conceived are almost astronomically against us, and if we are aborted, we don’t go “back to God” but back into oblivion. How could we choose to snuff out a new life and send it into nothingness? Whether one believes in God or not, there are strong arguments to be made against abortion. But I only hear them being made on the religious side. I can only conclude that a lot of self-identified intellectuals aren’t nearly as smart or “freethinking” as they think they are.

But, again, the short answer to your question is, yes, you can be conservative without being religious!

 

Today's Commentary --- Democrats slam Barr for doing his job, ignore Trump's legal vindication -- Laura Ainsworth: "'TWAS THE NIGHT BEFORE 'MUELLER'" --- Mueller report available here -- Pat Reeder: A Final Curtain Call -- Sarah's story -- Screechfest 2019 --- Quotes from American History -- Jobless claims down -- Huck PAC supports conservatives -- Evening Edition -- Daily Verse

Immutable laws of life

April 19, 2019

Immutable laws of life: Just as people sweat more the higher the mercury rises, so do people flee more the more leftists are in the government. From Venezuela to New York to California and all points in between, the further left the government, the more people are voting with their feet.
Today's Commentary --- Standards -- Laura Ainsworth: "'TWAS THE NIGHT BEFORE 'MUELLER'" --- Notre Dame update -- Pat Reeder: A Final Curtain Call -- Cheering for Bernie -- Spinning --- Quotes from American History -- Candace Owens faces the crowd -- Mike Pence speech controversy -- Evening Edition -- Daily Verse

"Love your neighbor"

April 18, 2019

If you listen to the mainstream media, you know that Trump supporters – those folks who go around wearing confrontational MAGA caps in public instead of something non-controversial, like Antifa masks – are all anti-immigrant white supremacists who promote violence and commit hate crimes.
Today's Commentary --- BREAKING NEWS: Dem House committee chairs made secret anti-Trump pact -- THE GOVERNOR REPLIES: Trump, Omar, and the First Amendment --- Pray for a turning point -- ISIS has been reduced to memes -- Cheering for Bernie -- Spinning --- Quotes from American History -- Candace Owens faces the crowd -- Cortez and her four friends -- Evening Edition -- Daily Verse

Today's Commentary --- WAITING FOR THE MUELLER REPORT, part 2, plus the Laugh of the Day -- Our sympathies and prayers --- WHILE WE WAIT FOR THE MUELLER REPORT, here's some Journalism 101 -- A brilliant suggestion -- A Salon thing -- Spinning --- Quotes from American History -- Correction -- Cortez and her four friends -- Evening Edition -- Daily Verse
Today's Commentary --- WHILE WE WAIT FOR THE MUELLER REPORT, here's some Journalism 101 -- Tax Day --- Story correction -- "Drama/Propaganda" -- A Salon thing -- A roundup of offensive idiocy --- Quotes from American History -- Democrats in denial -- Sleazy lawyer Michael Avenatti -- Evening Edition -- Daily Verse

Today's Commentary --- Illegal migrants to "sanctuary cities" -- “Huckabee" preview -- Very interesting article --- "Drama/Propaganda" -- Illegal migrants to "sanctuary cities" -- Hey Pete, why are you hating on Mike? -- Quotes from American History -- Democrats in denial -- Sleazy lawyer Michael Avenatti -- Evening Edition -- Daily Verse

Today's Commentary --- Sleazy lawyer Michael Avenatti -- “Talking Out Of Both Sides of Mouth” Award -- Front Page of the Week --- Tip of the hat to Texas -- Assange arrest sparks debate -- Hey Pete, why are you hating on Mike? -- Quotes from American History -- Democrats in denial -- Attorney Gen. Barr: "I THINK SPYING DID OCCUR." -- Evening Edition -- Daily Verse
Today's Commentary --- Attorney Gen. Barr: "I THINK SPYING DID OCCUR." -- Julian Assange arrested -- Eric Holder lying and denying --- What does Netanyahu win mean for peace? -- Judge them by their priorities -- Hey Pete, why are you hating on Mike? -- Quotes from American History --More documents show why Hillary deserves indictment -- James Comey wrote it all down -- Evening Edition -- Daily Verse

Barr appears in Congress

April 10, 2019

Yesterday, Attorney General William Barr appeared in Congress, in what was supposed to be a House Appropriations Committee hearing but predictably devolved into a lot of unfounded conspiracy accusations by Democrats who can’t still can’t wrap their fevered minds around the idea that it didn’t require a Russian conspiracy to convince Americans not to make Hillary Clinton President.

Google bias

April 10, 2019

Say, you know how every time a conservative commentator or news site (or anti-abortion movie) gets blocked from social media or search results, it’s always the fault of some totally nonpartisan “algorithm”?
Today's Commentary --- A treasure trove of evidence: JAMES COMEY WROTE IT ALL DOWN -- Netanyahu on his way to win -- Omar and 9/11 --- Internal Google Doc is revealing -- Judge them by their priorities -- HOLDING THEM ACCOUNTABLE: Devin Nunes ready with 8 criminal referrals -- Quotes from American History --More documents show why Hillary deserves indictment -- Cool your jets Democrats -- Evening Edition -- Daily Verse

The lies liberals tell

April 10, 2019

Just yesterday, I wrote a piece for this newsletter on how prominent Democrats, bereft of their cherished “Russian collusion” narrative, are now resorting to telling any transparent lie about Trump or Republicans in an attempt to change the subject from their own gullibility.

Today's Commentary --- More documents show why Hillary deserves indictment -- HOLDING THEM ACCOUNTABLE: Devin Nunes ready with 8 criminal referrals -- Sobering findings from the General Social Survey --- The Gov. replies to reader's comment on Mueller report -- Strange story -- Democrats "sprint to the extreme left" -- Quotes from American History -- Israelis vote today -- Cool your jets -- Evening Edition -- Daily Verse

Today's Commentary --- Sobering findings from the General Social Survey -- Nancy Pelosi wins an award -- The price of gas in California --- Interesting news out of Venezuela -- Strange story -- Democrats "sprint to the extreme left" -- Quotes from American History -- Excellent op-ed -- Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen is leaving -- Evening Edition -- Daily Verse

Today's Commentary --- Our Top Story: Mueller admits lack of evidence, but leaves gift for impeachment crowd -- #2 story: Trump's poll numbers should worry Democrats -- #3 story: North Dakota fossil story --- #4 story: Mitch McConnell opens the nuclear door -- #5 story: Understanding socialism -- American Taliban? -- Quotes from American History -- Senator Cotton urges the IRS to look into the SPLC -- President Trump is wrong about this -- Evening Edition -- Daily Verse


Today's Commentary --- Tucker Carlson -- "Huckabee" preview -- Democrats going insane waiting for Mueller report (read this instead) --- Fighting for Life -- The Democrat field for President -- American Taliban? -- Quotes from American History -- Senator Cotton urges the IRS to look into the SPLC -- President Trump is wrong about this -- Evening Edition -- Daily Verse

Fighting for Life

April 6, 2019

Georgia legislators have passed a bill banning abortion after the baby has a detectable heartbeat, which is around six weeks, unless the pregnancy endangers the mother’s life or poses “substantial and irreversible physical harm” to the mother.
Another piece of news that appeared in The Week Wednesday (and in my media outlets multiple times over the years) was this article by Bonnie Kristian entitled “Don’t Idolize Your 2020 Pick (my apologies in advance for the truly disturbing illustration of “Beto” O’Rourke as Jesus.)