The following consists of three news letters written by Mike Huckabee via his website at MikeHuckabee.com. The say what many Americans should recognize since the election of Donald Trump as our new President-elect.
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Thank you President Obama, Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reed
Who knew that I would ever be so euphoric over words and actions by three of the most partisan Democrats ever to hold elective office? And I’m not kidding. I am genuinely grateful to them because they have unwittingly given to President Trump and the Republican Majorities in the House and Senate a gift to top the past 100 Christmases.
When President Obama brushed back John McCain in what was supposed to be a “dialogue” about health care, he icily said to the Senator, “John, the election is over and we won.” He would later tell Tennessee Senator Lamar Alexander in a similar forum, “Elections have consequences.” In other words, “Shut up,” he explained.
Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid rolled over Republicans in the minority on Obamacare even though they didn’t have a clue what the impact would be. As then-Speaker Pelosi famously quipped, “We’ll know what’s IN the bill after we PASS the bill.” I thought then it was like saying “I’ll know WHAT I had for dinner after I PASS what I had for dinner.”
Whether it was judicial appointments or packing the Labor Relations Board, when Democrats owned the stage and supplied the actors and the script, they were indifferent to anything the Republicans thought of proposing. It was one-party politics — the kind I faced in then one-party Clintonista Arkansas.
President Trump will enter office with not just a mandate from the American people. He shows up with the permission of what would normally be the opposition party to do anything he and the Republicans in Congress feel like doing. Will the Democrats scream about it? Of course! But their voices will be as credible as Carlos Danger demanding that we vigorously prosecute Internet predators who send pictures of their naughties to little girls.
President Trump can go ahead and build that wall. He can cut the business tax rate to 15%. He can tear to shreds the agreement to give Iran a license to steal and kill. He can move the American Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem and encourage Israel to build neighborhoods in Judea and Samaria. He can renegotiate NAFTA and send TPP to the landfill. He can appoint authentic constitutionalists to the Supreme Court. He can pass real reforms about the revolving door of lobbying and legislating. He can proceed with repealing and replacing the ill-named “Affordable Care Act” since it’s become so unaffordable for many American families. He can ask that a real Department of Justice clean the cesspool IRS — a three letter acronym that smells like a four letter word. He can send people to lead federal agencies who will roll back job-killing regulations and impose a moratorium on any new regulations. He can take hundreds of executive orders issued by President Obama and use them to stoke the fireplace in the residence of the White House.
He can do all of that because President Obama, Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid said he could. Surely no thoughtful, self-respecting Democrat would say a word about it because the Republicans will simply be playing by the rules that the Democrats wrote and lived by.
So while I didn’t think it so great at the time, I can now say, “Thank you, President Obama, Nancy Pelosi, and Harry Reid. You will make it much easier to reset our great republic with reforms.”
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Some people never learn
Some people refuse to learn, even after being dead wrong for over a year. Late night comics and liberal commentators barely wiped the shock off their faces before going right back to branding Donald Trump as an uninformed know-nothing and an uncontrollable hothead. They accused him of not respecting the Constitutional right to protest because he tweeted that it was sad that “professional” protesters who refuse to accept the election results are rioting in a number of US cities. They seem never to tire of letting their partisanship blind them to the truth. They adamantly deny that the protests are organized by any George Soros-funded groups, even though they have the organizing emails from MoveOn.org, which has even bused in protesters to some of the cities, where photos show people in various locations carrying the exact same pre-printed protest signs.
BTW, these protests have been accompanied by vandalism, looting and violence. That’s not a “peaceful protest,” it’s a riot. As this story makes clear, those actions are not examples of Constitutionally-protected free speech. They’re felonies. And law enforcement in those cities is losing patience with these illegal public tantrums.
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Interesting commentary on the political news media’s huff over Donald Trump not inviting reporters to accompany him for his historic first trip to Washington to meet with President Obama. They are indignant that Trump is not following “protocol” in his dealings with them, the way Obama would. Seriously? Obama is famous for running the least transparent Administration in history. The candidate they openly backed went over 270 days without even talking to the press. And what about the “protocol” that news organizations cover all candidates fairly, and not openly cheerlead for one while vilifying the other 24/7?
Read the full account of their hubris here. The A.P.’s outrage at Trump’s snub reminds me of someone who spent 18 months kicking a dog being surprised that the first time the dog got off the leash, it bit them.