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Today's Commentary: 20 Questions for Peter Strzok -- Leftist rage -- Roberts dissents -- SCOTUS upholds Trump travel ban -- Election polls tighten -- Evening Edition
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On Wednesday, former FBI agent Peter Strzok, the lead investigator for both the Trump/Russia probe and the Hillary Clinton email "matter," will be questioned behind closed doors by the House Judiciary and House Oversight and Government Reform Committees. His attorney, Aitan Goelman, has said he will not plead the Fifth and is willing to testify without an immunity deal, though he was subpoenaed for this testimony. Goelman says his client "thinks that his position, character and actions have all been misrepresented and caricatured and he wants an opportunity to remedy that."
According to attorney Joe diGenova, Strzok will try to do that by lying his backside off. Gosh, I wonder if Strzok really will "pull a Bill Clinton"!
President Trump texted that Strzok is a "fraud" and that he should be questioned live on TV. We'll have to wait a while for that; a public hearing will reportedly be held sometime in the next few weeks. In the meantime, in my eternal quest to be as helpful as possible, here are my "just for fun" questions for the committees to ask him now:
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By Mike Huckabee
Laurence Wayne Key of Stuart, Florida, apparently got fired up on "get in their face" rhetoric from…oh, who knows?...allegedly called the office of Rep. Brian Mast and told an intern who answered, "I'm going to find the Congressman's kids and kill them. If you're going to separate kids at the border, I'm going to kill his kids. Don't try to find me because you won't." Surprise: the FBI did find him. He's now in jail. More surprises: his social media pages reveal that he's a volunteer for both the Democratic Party and Planned Parenthood. Well, now we know where he learned his respect for the lives of children.
By Mike Huckabee
Last week, the Supreme Court issued a ruling requiring Internet sellers to pay sales taxes even in states where they don't have stores or warehouses. That won't affect giants like Amazon that already collect and pay sales taxes, but it could devastate small businesses that can't afford $250,000 worth of software to calculate the taxes in every location in America.
I know this isn't something Congress is used to, but they need to take action swiftly and pass a bill to protect small Internet retailers. That's not just me saying that; it's also Chief Justice John Roberts. In his sharp dissent, he pointed out the dangers of the ruling to small business and the economy and urged Congress to act. His dissent highlighted some of the confusing state tax laws that retailers will have to deal with. For instance, New Jersey collects sales tax on yarn bought for art projects, but not on yarn to knit sweaters. And Illinois considers a Snickers bar to be candy and a Twix bar to be food (it has flour) and taxes them differently.
Congress should heed Justice Roberts' call and pass a remedy for this immediately. And while Justice Roberts is at it, how about urging state legislatures to clean up those ridiculously confusing tax laws so that it's not just small online retailers who don't have to deal with the insanity anymore?
SCOTUS upholds Trump travel ban
By Mike Huckabee
Today, the Supreme Court handed down a major ruling and ended a year-and-a-half of pointless, dangerous and indefensible meddling in executive power by federal judges, by upholding President Trump's right to ban entry to the US of immigrants from a handful of terrorist-plagued nations.
The Court ruled 5-4 that the order was "expressly premised on legitimate purposes: preventing entry of nationals who cannot be adequately vetted and inducing other nations to improve their practices," and "The text says nothing about religion." Justice Roberts wrote that it was "well within executive authority and could have been taken by any other President—the only question is evaluating the actions of this particular President in promulgating an otherwise valid Proclamation."
To block the ruling, lower courts had cited Trump's campaign rhetoric and other irrelevant issues to try to divine his hidden intentions as racist and anti-Muslim, even though, as the Court noted, such outside comments are irrelevant. What matters is the order itself, which was legal, neutral and contained no racist or anti-Muslim language. (The idea that it did shows how effective and pernicious biased "fake news" can be: even as the SCOTUS was throwing out the challenge as bogus, I noticed that the CNBC web link for its story on it contained the phrase "trump-muslim-travel-ban-case.")
The ruling also included a remarkable reference to a subject I like to bring up whenever anti-Trumpers accuse him of wanting to put "immigrants" into "concentration camps," and that's Franklin Roosevelt's internment of legal immigrants and American citizens of Japanese extraction during World War II. That Democratic icon is still the only President who has ever actually done anything like that, and the Court took the occasion to make it clear that Korematsu v. United States, the ruling okaying FDR's action, was a real example of federally-sanctioned racism, "gravely wrong on the day it was decided" and "has no place in law under the Constitution." Which, coincidentally, means it was completely different from Trump's travel ban order.
Naturally, Democrats are howling that this is a racist and anti-Muslim ruling, despite the fact that it was decided precisely because Trump's order was NOT racist nor anti-Muslim. It applied only to a handful of countries and not to dozens of other majority Muslim nations. As President, it was his responsibility to protect the US from a known ISIS plot to send sleeper agents into the US to launch attacks on citizens. In blocking that, liberal lower court judges delayed preventative action, endangering countless Americans, and tried to establish a precedent that every federal judge in Podunk had the power to interfere with and block the President taking swift emergency actions to protect national security. It was an insane and outrageous judicial power grab, wrong on the day they did it, and it has no place in law under the Constitution.
The only thing that should be shocking about this ruling is that it was 5-4 instead of 9-0. Four Supreme Court Justices actually believed that federal judges should have the right to conjure up a power for themselves out of thin air to dictate national security policy, based on issues irrelevant to the language of the law or executive order in question. This should be another shock to Republicans to get them to the polls and insure that the right to nominate and confirm judges does not pass to the Democrats. Imagine the damage to the Constitutional separation of powers in this case if Hillary had been in office and nominated her pick for the SCOTUS instead of Neil Gorsuch.
Of course, that point is moot, since if Hillary had been elected, there would have been no attempt to stop the tide of immigration from terrorist-ridden nations in the first place. Maybe that's a hypothetical thread that it's best not to tug on for our own peace of mind.
Election polls tighten
By Mike Huckabee
Weeks of shameful, misleading and overheated rhetoric and media coverage comparing US detention centers for illegal immigrants to Auschwitz doesn't seem to be having the intended effect.
The latest YouGov Battleground tracking poll for CBS News shows the Democrats' generic ballot advantage for the November elections is down to only 4 points. When asked what should be done with families caught trying to enter the US illegally, only 21% believe they should be released in the US and required to show up for a hearing later. Nearly two-thirds (63%) believe the families should either be sent back where they came from or arrested. It's true that separating families is very unpopular, but so is replacing border security with a welcome mat. A slim majority (51%) now approve of a border wall, and 61% say the recent media controversy over detention centers hasn't changed their opinion of President Trump, while 10% say it's made them like him more.
It gets even more interesting when you look at the party breakdown of the group polled. The total of those who are Democrat, strong Democrat or lean Democrat is 40%. Another 22% describe themselves as Independents. Only 34% are Republican, strong Republican or lean Republican. In a time when the vote margin is often a razor-thin 50-50, the Democrats have only a 4-point lead among a poll sample where they outnumber Republicans by 6 points. And the poll has a margin of error of +or- 2.6%, so a 4-point lead is meaningless.
Remember when I was one of the few people who predicted a Trump win in 2016 when everyone else was crowing over polls showing Hillary with a double-digit lead? It's internals like this that convinced me. If they had to oversample Democrats by 24 points to get her to an 11-point lead, she was in trouble.
These polls also don't take in to account the shock and revulsion of decent Americans at seeing leftist thugs harassing and threatening women and children who are associated with the White House, or the shameful spectacle of party leaders like Maxine Waters actually encouraging such repugnant behavior. Those who block real history from schools are doomed to repeat it, and the current wave of "Resistance" Millennials were obviously never taught how the Silent Majority reacted in 1968 to seeing all those self-righteous rioters at the Chicago Democratic Convention. Americans quite understandably decided that those uncivilized, radical loons needed to be kept far away from the levers of government power, and they showed up at the polls to vote accordingly.
Republicans should not get overconfident, but they also shouldn't be demoralized by the talk of a "blue wave" and Democratic poll leads. Remember the computer term, GIGO: "Garbage in, garbage out." The only poll that matters is the one on Election Day, and no liberal media outlet can screen your opinion out of that one.
Evening Edition - June 26
By Mike Huckabee
A wrap-up of all the news you might have missed yesterday!
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