Happy Thanksgiving

November 26, 2015 12:00 AM

On this Thanksgiving Day, I have so much to be thankful for. While I’m spending it recovering from knee surgery yesterday, it’s a great time to reflect on reasons to truly thank God for his blessings. I’ll have more time for it this Thanksgiving since I’m sidelined from my usual chores of setting up tables and deep-frying the turkeys—chores that I have been forced to relinquish to my son David, who is handling those duties and who will do them with absolute precision and flair. 

The photo is of the bone chip that was removed from behind my right knee cap. The past 3 weeks have been at times excruciating when that little piece of bone moved when I was trying to walk. Even though the surgical nurse said it was the largest bone chip in a knee cap she has seen, it’s still pretty small. How does THAT make me grateful?

First, I’m glad to get it out! I’m recovering nicely and don’t plan on missing a single campaign event, but it has been a huge distraction that isn’t helpful to the focus required to run for President.

But it’s reminded me how something very small can have a large impact. That little piece of bone was tiny compared to my leg and body, but it controlled my movements, my well being, and at times, the tears coming from my eyes when it would suddenly move, sending knife-like pain through my knee and virtually dropping me to the floor. Little things can have a BIG impact. When people say to me, “I’m not rich and not very influential. I want to help you, but not sure I can do much,” I try to remind them that they can have a big impact if they're are in the right place at the right time. When 8 year old Reese Aarestad of Fargo, ND sent me a letter with a $6 from her allowance to help me become HER President, it arrived on the day of the debate in Milwaukee. It deeply touched me when my staff took a photo of her letter and emailed it to me. I talked about Reese in my closing comments at the debate and her example stirred thousands to contribute. I called her later that week and told her that her $6 contribution was the biggest one we had that whole week, because it inspired others to give thousands.

But this Thanksgiving, the temporary issue with my knee also reminded me that I will recover and my pain is light and temporary. I think of the many men and women in uniform serving in our military and as police officers and firefighters who often will bear permanent scars of battles that will leave them without a leg—far more than just some pain in one knee.

I am truly thankful for my wife, my 3 grown children, and especially the 5 absolutely adorable and precious grandchildren we have. But because I do love and cherish them, I’m more committed than ever to fight for their future. And committed to getting elected so we can pay out our promises to our veterans who serve us with the physical sacrifice of life and limb.

Jacob wrestled with an angel and as a result, walked with a limp the rest of his life as a reminder that he had been touched by God. I don’t expect to limp forever, but God has touched me and blessed me and on this and on everyday, I never want to forget to say “Thanks!”

Mike Huckabee, Thanksgiving Day 2015

Craig Robinson of the Iowa Republican had this to say after the Family Leader Summit this past weekend:

"Of the seven candidates in attendance, it was Huckabee who probably came out the winner. In front of the most socially conservative audience that will assemble before the caucus, Huckabee offered some of the most thoughtful answers on a host of conservative topics. He was the one candidate who actually answered moderator Frank Luntz’ question about how do you protect religious liberty but not discriminate.

“When we talk about discrimination, I think some people think that means you can’t have a different opinion,” Huckabee said. “The fact is that there is a difference between discrimination and discretion. I’m free to have the discretion of my own thoughts and beliefs, and the government is to protect me to be able to be free. I’m not free to keep someone else from having their thoughts, beliefs, and practicing their own beliefs and faith. We sometimes forget that everything in the Bill of Rights, every single aspect of it, was never a restriction on the individual citizen. It never told me what I couldn’t do, everything in the Bill of Rights tells the government what it can’t do to restrict my freedom.”

Huckabee also found a way to promote educational choice and added that the federal government should find ways to promote traditional families and homeschooling instead of fighting these things. In his closing statement, Huckabee talked about the abuses of the judicial branch and the consequences of executives who surrender their power to the courts.

There were two other noteworthy moments for Huckabee. The first came as a response to Cruz saying the U.S. Secretary of State should resign after saying that there was a “rationale” for the Charlie Hebdo terrorist attacks in January. The crowd roared, then Luntz broke from the forum’s rules to ask if the candidates would raise their hands if they agreed with Cruz. None of them did, and Huckabee said he would like to speak on the matter.

Once Huckabee had the floor, he stated that he had never been more embarrassed by a U.S. President in his lifetime than this past week when President Obama was more upset with Republicans than ISIS. “Would I like to see Kerry resign, of course. But let’s not forget he is only doing the bidding of the person who appointed him to that position. I have a better idea. Instead of getting rid of Kerry, I’d rather see President Obama resign if he’s not going to protect America.” The audience went wild.

One of the most powerful moments came when Huckabee talked about the toughest job he ever had to do – carry out Arkansas’ death penalty. “If that doesn’t sober you up to reality, nothing will,” Huckabee stated. He then said a president has to make life and death decisions, like sending young men and women in to war. It was a powerful moment, not just because of the seriousness of the topic, but because it showcased what separated Huckabee from the rest of the people on the stage – that as an executive- he has had to make difficult, irreversible decisions."

To read the rest of this article on Craig's website click here.

Armed with grenades and guns, Al Qaeda-affiliated Islamic radicals struck again, took 170 people hostage at the Raddison hotel in Mali. These barbaric terrorists spared the lives of hostages who proved their Islamic bona fides by reciting the Koran, while 27 innocent civilians were killed.

After this attack in West Africa, Obama’s new domestic terrorism plan probably requires Americans to memorize Koran verses.

Why does the Obama administration express more outrage at conservatives than at radical Islamic terrorists? President Obama seems more interested in protecting the reputation of Islam than protecting the American people.

Bomb-throwing Baptists, Anglican arsonists, or radicalized Roman Catholics don’t commit these atrocities—radical Islamic jihadists do. Yet this administration is so naive, they refuse to speak the truth about Islamic terrorism. Benghazi, Boston, Ft. Hood, Paris, 9/11, Kenya, Tanzania, the USS Cole, the list of radical Islamic carnage keeps growing.

Sadly, the Obama administration is moving full-steam-ahead with its idealistic and outright dangerous Syrian refugee relocation plan, which will resettle more than 10,000 unchecked, unscreened foreigners across America towns. The FBI director has explicitly stated that we cannot conduct background checks on these people, yet nothing will stop Obama’s obsession with pandering to the international community, even if it poses a direct threat to Americans. Europe's experiment with open borders collided with radical Islam, and the results are deadly. How has Obama not learned these lessons?

Republicans in Congress have stepped-up their efforts, but they lack the strength to hold this out-of-control president accountable.

On Friday, French authorities revealed another Paris attacker was masquerading as a Syrian refugee. Two others conspirators had visited Syria, including one who had trained with ISIS. This past week, authorities apprehended five Syrians in Honduras with fake Greek passports. They have apprehended Syrians on the Texas border near Laredo. The Syrian refugee crisis must not be taken lightly.

In the face of this chaos, America needs real strength, moral clarity and commonsense. Obama’s politically-correct, press release foreign policy is a complete disaster, and it shouldn’t take another Paris or Mali for the cartoonish clowns in the administration to wake-up.

Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee is a 2016 Republican candidate for president of the United States.  This op-ed was originally posted on www.FoxNews.com.

This transcript is from Gov. Mike Huckabee's radio interview with Hugh Hewitt on 11/19.  

The transcript:

HH: I am trying this week to spend as much time as I can with all of the would-be GOP presidential nominees to talk about the horrors of Paris and the aftermath. I’m joined now by former Arkansas Mike Huckabee. Governor Huckabee, welcome. First, just an open invitation, your reaction to the events of the last week?

MH: Well, it’s been a shocking week not just because of the carnage in France, but because we have seen a left-wing, politically-correct, socialist French president close the borders of France and declare war on ISIS. We’ve seen the American president try to open up our borders to more Syrian refugees and go to war with Republican governors. This is a president who I wish could get as angry, viscerally and visibly, against these monsters who want to kill everybody, as he does against Republicans that he blames for everything that’s going wrong on his absolutely incompetent stewardship of foreign policy.

HH: Now Governor Huckabee, I want you to reach back to your pastor days. I have students here at Colorado Christian University where I’m teaching this semester, and I’m telling them today Christians love these people. They want to help these people. I’m sure your church helped so many people abroad and people who come to this country. But they have to be safe. And this is not, this is not repudiating the American way of life to say slow down here, Hoss, this is not smart.

MH: Well, it’s not smart, Hugh, because we already know that some of the people posing as Syrian refugees are actually terrorists. We’ve had people that got into Paris, at least one we know for sure, and went through the circuitous route of going through Europe and pretending to be a Syrian refugee. Look, it’s all about trying to help people, but who says the best way to help them is to bring them 8,000 miles from their homeland and put them in a city and a culture and a language, even in a climate that they’re totally unprepared for? Building a refugee camp in the Middle East, the Saudis ought to host it, makes a whole lot more sense, because let’s remind ourselves. The reason a person is a refugee is because things in their country have gone so horribly wrong that they are under threat because of their religion or because they’re women and they’re vulnerable. Well, put them in a safe place in a refugee camp. Let Franklin Graham’s Samaritan’s Purse organization run the place, because they will do it better than the government. And then let’s go after these monstrous Islamic jihadists. Let’s kill them, destroy them, make those countries from which they’ve had to flee safe again, and then they can go home.

HH: Governor Huckabee, why are there targets left in Raqqa? I mean, if we gave a target list to the French, evidently, and I hope that’s not an urban myth that I’m reproducing, but I read that we gave a list of targets to the French, and the French hit them. Why are there targets left?

MH: Well, because when we had our rules of engagement, they were so very strict that it did not allow many of our air strikes to actually ever drop bombs and explosives. Once again, the President didn’t want to prosecute this war as a real war. And so we had, we flew 8,200 sorties, but not all of them ever dropped any weapons. And the result was that ISIS continued to get bigger, not smaller. They have now more economy than the GDP of the entire state of Florida. The President is out boasting that we’ve contained them. Nine hours later, something erupted, and their containment spilled over the edge of the pot and they’re killing 127 people in Paris, making him look like he’s totally uninformed about what’s really going on in the world.

HH: Now only that, let me play for you the President in the Philippines two days ago, Governor Huckabee, cut number 18:

BO: These are the same folks often times who suggest that they’re so tough that just talking to Putin or staring down ISIL or using some additional rhetoric somehow is going to solve the problems out there. But apparently, they’re scared of widows and orphans coming into the United States of America as part of our tradition of compassion. Now first, they were worried about the press being too tough on them during debates. Now, they’re worried about three year old orphans. That doesn’t sound very tough to me. They’ve been playing on fear in order to try to score political points, or to advance their campaigns. And it’s irresponsible. And it’s contrary to who we are. And it needs to stop, because the world is watching.

HH: Governor Huckabee, your reaction to that lecture?

MH: Well, the President has become the national scold. And he wants to tell us that he’s more interested in protecting the reputation of Islam than he is the American people. Look, I highly resent that he makes this straw man out of all Republicans, and makes it that we’re really not very strong because we actually want to protect the people in our homeland. If he’s so confident that his agencies can fully vet these refugees, let me ask, how many are going to sleep on the south lawn of the White House? Let me ask, how many are going to Martha’s Vineyard? How many to Silicon Valley? How many to Hollywood? How many to Georgetown? How many to Chappaqua or the Upper East Side of Manhattan? Please, Mr. Obama, come back and convince me that this is going to be just fine by giving me the numbers that are going to be in those places, because here’s what Obama is basically saying. Most of America is too little to worry about. We will live behind our gated communities surrounded by armed guards, but we’ll take these people that are fully unvetted and put them in your communities, and you’re supposed to like it and not say anything about it. Well, I think the President needs to have a real genuine dose of reality, which he clearly doesn’t have. And quite frankly, he’s talking about being afraid of widows and orphans? None of us are afraid of widows and orphans. I’ll tell you what I am afraid of, Hugh. I’m afraid that under Obama, we’re going to have a lot more widows and orphans in our country, and talking about being afraid of a three year old? I’m afraid that somebody will kill the three year old grandchildren that I have a whole lot more than I’m afraid of any three year old. But I have a right to worry about that. And if the President doesn’t understand it, then he’s not much of a commander-in-chief.

HH: Governor Huckabee, what does he, what’s happening to him? I mean, it’s, watching him flail around and lash out after Paris is disconcerting.

MH: The most dangerous person in the room, Hugh, is the person who doesn’t know what he doesn’t know. This is a man who has such great confidence in his intellect and his superior ability to know everything. And what’s happened, even the left has been critical and condemning of the way he has completely botched and mishandled this. But he has a long record of missing every decision in the Middle East, whether it’s misunderstanding what was going on in Yemen, whether it was picking the wrong partner in Egypt, whether it was not helping the Green movement in Iran and then signing on to the most disastrous and dangerous deal in the history of the United States with the Iranians, whether it was misjudging what was happening in Libya. On and on, the list goes. The red line in Syria that never really existed except in his speeches, this is a president who has utterly failed. He has failed as a commander-in-chief. He’s failed as a leader. And he’s being now caught with it, and instead of admitting that he’s just not up for the job, he wants to blame those of us who believe that the first duty of the American president is protect the American people, not to protect the reputation and image of Islam.

HH: Governor Huckabee, we’ve got a minute to the break and I’ll come back and talk to you about more specifics about this. But Dr. Carson has been assailed by the New York Times this week as not being up to speed on foreign affairs. What did you make of that attack?

MH: Well, I’ll have to let him answer for what he knows or what he doesn’t know. But I do think that one thing we are seeing in this entire process is that the presidency is not an entry level job. People who are maybe first term senators with very little or no executive experience, it’s not necessarily a job that it’s a good idea. People who have never been elected anything, I would say that maybe we’re reminded that being elected to something, having experience in governing might be valuable to us.

HH: I’ll be right back with Governor Mike Huckabee, candidate for the presidency.

President Barack Obama has shown incompetence in the face of radical Islamic terrorists, like those responsible for Friday’s attacks in Paris. We need to take care of Americans and defend our communities first.

Why invest billions to defeat enemies abroad only to transplant terrorists to American soil? The U.S. is a sovereign country, not a taxpayer-funded treatment facility for foreign terrorists fleeing civil wars.

Sadly, our president has erased Syria’s “red line” and rolled out the red carpet for possible radical refugees on American soil. Granted, there are genuinely desperate people escaping from war-torn areas and the savagery of Islamic jihadism. But establishing refugee camps near the areas these folks fled makes more sense than moving them thousands of miles without a proper system to determine if they are indeed refugees.

Europe’s experiment with open borders collided with radical Islamic terrorism on Friday, producing the most bloodshed in Paris since WWII. One of the terrorists responsible for the attacks in France is believed to be a Syrian refugee and others are believed to have trained there. Paris should be a wake-up call for the Washington establishment and many in the GOP who support open borders and out-of-control amnesty.

At last week’s Republican debate I was mocked by the media and the chattering class for opposing Obama’s refugee relocation plan. Our country is $19 trillion in debt and America faces high unemployment levels. We need to take care of Americans first—not foreign refugees.

In the face of continued ISIS threats, it’s time for common sense. Middle Eastern countries need to accept responsibility and tackle their own refugee problems in their own back yard. And the U.S. needs to get serious.

First, we must immediately ban ALL visas for travelers and tourists from any country with a significant ISIS or al-Qaeda presence.

Second, we must reject all Syrian refugees to America. It makes no sense to relocate these refugees half way around the world. Some misguided Republicans think we should just ban Syrian Muslims from coming to the U.S. But terrorists will say anything to infiltrate America – including lying about their religion. Trusting the Obama administration to process these refugees puts American lives in danger.

Third, we must immediately secure our borders and build the southern border fence with Mexico today. A country that cannot control its borders is not a country. No more excuses.

Lastly, Republicans in Washington must hold Obama’s feet to the fire. For once, they must stand strong and reject Obama’s power-play on refugees.

Regardless of what this White House says, we are not at war with militant Methodists, extremist Episcopalians, or radicalized Roman Catholics. We are at war with Islamic jihadists. And it’s time we identify our enemy by name and start waging a winning war.

This op-ed was originally posted in Time Magazine.

Mike Huckabee might be down in the polls, but he's still up to throwing a good political punch. On this evening's MTP Daily, Chuck Todd suggested, by way of advocating the admission of Syrian refugees, that the US is better than Europe at "assimilation." Retorted Huckabee, speaking of one of the Boston bombers, "he really assimilated, until he blew up the Boston Marathon with a pressure cooker." Boom! 

Huck even notched an extra point, pointing out that "we've got people on the Yale campus afraid of Halloween costumes, and we're trying to accommodate them? I think we ought to accommodate Americans that don't want their grandchildren and their children blown to smithereens or shot while they're going to school."

CHUCK TODD: Would you concede, would you concede we're better at assimilation than Europe is? And that maybe our vetting process has worked, considering we haven't had one of these situations?

MIKE HUCKABEE: Actually, I would say that we have. We had Oklahoma City, a beheading. We had Little Rock, which wasn't an assimilation area, but it was a radical issue.

TODD: It was homegrown.

HUCKABEE: We had the bombers of Boston. Those were --

TODD: Homegrown.

HUCKABEE: People who came here from Chechnya. They migrated here.

TODD: They were little kids. They were homegrown, sir, in many ways.

HUCKABEE: But they came with an intense desire, one on them even became a citizen. He really assimilated, until he blew up the Boston Marathon with a pressure cooker. Look, how much is too much? Right now we've got people on the Yale campus that are afraid of Halloween costumes and we're trying to accommodate them?

TODD: All right.

HUCKABEE: I think we ought to accommodate the fact that there are Americans who don't want their grandchildren and their children --

TODD: Okay.

HUCKABEE: -- blown to smithereens or shot when they go to school.

TODD: All right. Governor Mike Huckabee, I will leave it there.

To read this article on Newsbusters.org click here.

President Obama's wimpish and amateurish response to Islamic jihadists this morning reveals we have a Cub Scout for Commander in Chief instead of someone who is capable of defending America and unleashing something more than a strongly worded letter through the UN. It's embarrassing when a left-wing socialist French President shows strength and determination to eradicate animals who are slaughtering innocent civilians while our President lectures us on the moral necessity to open our borders to tens of thousands of un-vetted people from the Middle East. France has closed its borders and all President Obama wants to do is close Gitmo.

And in the GOP, Speaker Ryan needs to make it clear that if the President won't stand to protect America from wholesale open borders, then Republicans will. If Ryan will not lead and reject the importation of those fleeing the Middle East without assurances that we can separate refugees from terrorists, then Speaker Ryan needs to step down today and let someone else lead.

Response to Paris Terror Attacks

November 14, 2015 12:00 AM

Yesterday morning, President Obama declared that we had “contained ISIS.” Yet a week ago, ISIS murdered 224 people aboard a Russian plane, and now Friday night, Paris was struck by a multi-layered attack that resulted in over 125 people murdered, many more wounded, and a world again left in shock. We are clearly not dealing with leashed animals or with a JV team. We’re dealing with a threat to western civilization. During the debate last week, I stated that we should not admit those claiming to be Syrian refugees and was condemned by the left for that position. I was right and the events in Paris affirm that. Even the far left and politically correct government of France has closed its borders. It’s time for a President who will act to protect Americans, not just talk and protect the image of Islam.

I call for the following:

1. Close our borders instead of Guantanamo.

2. Institute an immediate moratorium on admission to those persons from countries where there is strong presence of ISIS or Al-Qaeda.

3. Build a coalition that will include NATO, Russia, and nations of the Middle East to aggressively destroy ISIS. Nations who refuse to participate will be sanctioned and isolated.

4. Revoke any agreement with Iran regarding their nuclear capacity. Radical Islamists, whether Sunni or Shia, are a clear and present danger to civilization.

An 8-year-old Fargo girl can say what few adults can: she has an interest in history and politics. Instead of cartoons, she likes watching presidential candidate speeches and debates.

Reese Aarestad also has a passion for creating works of art and there's one picture the 3rd grader is really proud of.

"I drew like a stage, and then him and then a microphone," says Reese.

The man she drew, is Mike Huckabee. For her, he is the one who stands out above the rest.

"We started watching the debates together this fall and she right away gravitated towards Huckabee," says Reese's Mom, Nicole Aarestad.

A few weeks ago, Reese asked her mom if she could give Huckabee a call, but her mom didn't have his number. That's when Reese decided to send him a letter.

Her parents sent the double-sided letter, complete with pictures, a week ago. Part of her writing scrawled in crayon said, "I think you would make a great president." Little did they know, that her role model would take notice.

"Today, at our office I got a letter from a third grader in North Dakota, her name is Reese, she sent $6 in her allowance and said, "I want to help you be president," said Mike Huckabee at a debate Tuesday, hosted by Fox Business.

"Well I was really surprised and I felt there was so many goose bumps on my arms because I was so surprised," says Reese.

Reese got interested in history in the first grade. She's even thinking about launching her career in the political field, wanting to become a Vice President.

"I'm glad that she did it, just because it's getting involved in the political process and sometimes those folks actually do listen and pay attention," says Aaron Aarestad, Reese's dad.

Reese says that might be the first of several letters she sends out. Reese and her family say they'll be following the presidential race until election day.


I was sent a book from Josh Turner challenging men to be Godly fathers for their children. He sent Mike and I each a copy because Mike helped him with part of it, but it is a great little book with awesome insight for everyone. I haven't read it all but the first page I read gave me 2 Timothy 2:4-5...

'No one serving as a soldier gets entangled in civilian affairs, but rather tries to please his commanding officer. Similarly, anyone who competes as an athlete does not receive the victor’s crown except by competing according to the rules.'

I just thought it was a perfect example for all of us to think about. We are soldiers of Christ and he is our commanding officer - that's who we follow. Not the polls, the pundits, or the papers, but the Prince of Peace who handles every aspect of our daily lives as well as our campaign life. We keep our eyes on the crown and we play by the rules. Remember, we know who wrote the Book and how it ends.

Thanks for the great job you guys are doing!

- Janet

Fellow South Carolinian,

We are so excited that the South Carolina Republican Primary is only 100 short days away!

The Huckabee Campaign has been working hard to build the largest ground game in South Carolina. You may have seen in August where we released our first round of Public Supporters and County Leaders- the momentum was so strong that we released a second list in October. Aside from that, Governor and Mrs. Huckabee have spent more time in South Carolina than any other candidate- multiple stops and "Huckabee Huddles" have taken place in 17 counties throughout the state.

Governor Huckabee's message of strong conservative values starting with the First and Second Amendments, prioritizing care for our Military and Veterans, preserving Social Security to protect our seniors, unwavering support of Israel, and putting the IRS thugs out of business with the FairTax is resonating with folks around the country and especially right here in the Palmetto State.

It is time to burn down the corrupt Washington machine and only Governor Mike Huckabee has the proven record of leadership necessary to rebuild a once great America for our children and grandchildren.

Will you join our team? Team Huckabee South Carolina is excited about the next 100 days and is ready to take the campaign to the next level. Please sign up today to join the #Huckmentum and rally to victory on February 20, 2016!



Hope Walker
South Carolina State Director

Can Huckabee be Trusted on Spending?

November 11, 2015 12:00 AM

In one of the few failures of the moderators in the debate, Huckabee was given no chance to respond to Jindal’s attack on his record. Later in the debate, Governor Christie did get to respond to Jindal’s attacks on Christie’s record. The question remains, can Huckabee be trusted with spending or is he merely a socially conservative spendthrift?

Merrill Endorses Huckabee

November 11, 2015 12:00 AM

Alabama Political Reporter:

On Thursday, November 5, former Arkansas Governor and 2016 Republican Presidential Candidate Mike Huckabee was in Hoover to personally sign the paperwork officially qualifying for the Alabama GOP Presidential Primary on March 1.  He was joined at Alabama Republican headquarters in Hoover by Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill (R) who endorsed Gov. Huckabee as his choice to be the next President of the United States.

Gov. Huckabee said, “Alabama and other S.E.C. primary states are critical to our campaign, and I'm proud to have John Merrill's endorsement as we mobilize grassroots conservatives across the country.  Alabamians and Americans from coast-to-coast are sick and tired of Washington's mess, and it's time for real leadership, not just empty rhetoric, so we can rebuild our country before it's too late.”

Read the complete article here.

Our Veterans

November 11, 2015 12:00 AM

Memorial Day is in honor of veterans who gave their lives in defense of America. But Veterans Day is to honor all veterans, living or dead, past and present. It began as Armistice Day, declared by President Woodrow Wilson in 1919, to commemorate the end of World War I. In 1945, WWII veteran Raymond Weeks of Birmingham, Alabama, began a personal crusade to expand Armistice Day into a state holiday honoring all veterans. In 1953, an Emporia, Kansas, shoe store owner named Al King launched a campaign to make it a national holiday. Just one year later, in 1954, he succeeded. It helped that the President was a retired army general from Kansas named Dwight Eisenhower. So be sure to fly your flags today. And if you see someone in uniform, this is a great day to say “Thank you” for protecting America’s freedom. Then again, any day is a great day to do that.

We’re bombarded with media-created heroes, in sports, music and movies. But the greatest American heroes are real. They’re the men and women of the United States military, past and present. They took on the duty of protecting our freedoms, our homeland and the defenseless around the world. They knew it might require the ultimate sacrifice, but they didn’t turn away. There is nothing partisan about supporting our veterans. No matter where you are on the political spectrum, your right to express your beliefs is protected by them. When they come home after giving so much for us, the very least we can do is to provide them with the best health care possible to treat the wounds they received on our behalf. It’s been tragically obvious that they are not getting the care they deserve from the Veterans Administration. Worse, some of the people entrusted with providing them with care have knowingly denied it, covered up the terrible consequences, and even enriched themselves out of money set aside for veterans. Too often, bureaucrats who abuse the public trust have been allowed to keep their jobs and even collect lavish pensions. It’s always wrong, but when our veterans are the victims, then the only taxpayer-paid retirement the culprits deserve is a prison cell.

Our next President needs to take the executive power seriously and hold the people under him to account. Congress also needs to demand accountability. I know that the national debt is out of control and spending needs to be cut. But a reminder to Congress: you don’t slash your top priority. And providing timely, top quality health care for our veterans should always be a top priority.

How To Watch The Debate Tonight

November 10, 2015 12:00 AM

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