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America’s Choice: Government Control or Liberty

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The Biden administration has helped unleash a new epidemic that is far more dangerous to our republic than any virus known to man—it’s a virulent epidemic of legitimized government control. The spread of China’s COVID 19 certainly provided the grounds for the start of our government control “addiction.” Yes, using government power is addictive. We’ve known that power corrupts, and the only way to feed the corrupt addiction is to find reasons to exercise more power and to attack anyone who tries to stop it.

Once the COVID lockdown was in place, it was far too easy to extend controls. A taste of such power reinforces the importance of the politicians who control it. They now know they can keep people home—keep people from meeting—make people be vaccinated—make changes in voting options—take from some citizens to give to others. Once addicted to such power, it’s tempting for politicians to take advantage of other opportunities to inflict their will.

Recent mass shootings are being used to push for radical gun control laws. At a time, many liberal DAs are not prosecuting dangerous criminals and have made more crimes misdemeanors, citizens feel unsafe. The sales of guns are on the increase. Why? Self-protection in an increasingly dangerous world is a top priority. Bad guys can always get guns. Having no-gun zones is an open invitation to crime. Guns are critical in hardening soft targets and protecting our schools. Leftists want to control a citizen’s access to weapons but seem to have no trouble allowing their own security teams to carry the very same weapons to protect politicians like them. Guns don’t commit crimes; people do. Control criminals, not citizens!

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With Democrats waving the rainbow flag to further LGBTQ rights, the gender madness is spreading to controlling schools, sports competitions, and restroom access. If states pass laws prohibiting transgender “women” from using women’s bathrooms and competing in women’s sports, government funds for school lunches may be cut. The vast majority of women do not want “women” with male genitals in their locker rooms and bathrooms. Enough! South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem has threatened to sue if Biden persists with his radical plans.

Democrats keep using “white privilege” and claims of “white supremacy” to justify special support for anyone other than whites. OK, they leave Asians out, too; they are too successful to be victims. Far too many minority Americans want government control to usher in more special programs for victim groups, reparations in CA for past racial sins, and a return to “affirmative action” in hiring and school admissions. Training people to be victims dependent on government entitlements and making any citizen feel guilty for taking responsibility for their own lives is not the answer. Using a new racism to correct past racism perpetuates a racial divide. Liberty works if you work, no matter what the color of your skin.

Democrats are sure that the “proven” threat of global warming means we must force you out of your gas-driven automobiles and into fully electric vehicles. We’ll make this happen by ending energy independence—limiting drilling, canceling pipelines, and letting inflation take gas prices to the stratosphere! There are not enough “green” cars at a price citizens can afford. These crazy rules are hurting low-income Americans who must drive to their jobs. Democrats don’t care. Clean energy is a god of the left, and their god requires that they control your choices even if it moves our country into a recession.

Democrats claim any attempt to limit voting to time-tested same day voting is “voter suppression.” They want to require states to have multiple days, mass mailing of ballots, and limits on what IDs can be required. For decades, citizens have been able to find a way to get to the polls to vote, to secure and show a valid ID, and to arrange for a mail-in ballot if needed. There is low trust in our elections because there are now more ways to cheat. The federal government wants to take control. They want to end the time-tested history of states managing their own voting to ensure that only citizens vote on a timely basis. Stop making it easier to cheat; make it more secure so we can trust the outcome.

Frustrated by decisions that have not gone their way, some key Democrats have threatened to change the way the political game is played. If they don’t like the makeup and decisions made by the US Supreme Court, they want to pack the courts with more judges they can control. They don’t like the minority party being able to limit their congressional action. As a result, they want to get rid of the filibuster, use liberal judges to legislate from the bench, and depend on executive orders to control the outcome.

Even locally, in response to drought conditions in the West, local water authorities are imposing their will on citizens. Instead of establishing a clear water allotment for homes and businesses and consequences for not honoring those limits, they over control, micromanaging even the days you can water. Let citizens take responsibility for their own choices about how they use their allotted water. If their efforts to curtail their water use fall short, charge them more and eventually use stronger consequences.

The American revolution was fought in response to the tyranny of an over-controlling, distant government. Relying on their rock-solid belief in a citizen’s God-given rights, a war was fought, and a government was formed to give control back to the individual.

With government overreach impacting more and more areas of our lives, it’s time to take back our rights.

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Dr. Terry Paulson is a PhD psychologist and author of The Optimism Advantage, They Shoot Managers Don't They, Speak Like a Pro, Meditations for the Trail, and The Dinner: The Political Conversation Your Mother Told You Never to Have. Since founding Paulson and Associates, Inc. in Agoura Hills, CA, Dr. Paulson has presented to such companies as IBM, 3M, Kaiser, Nationwide, SONY, Starbucks, Wal-Mart, and hundreds of hospitals, government agencies, and associations. Dr. Paulson is a past president of both the Global Speakers Federation and the National Speakers Association. He’s been inducted into NSA’s CPAE Speakers Hall of Fame, an honor given to less than 230 speakers worldwide. Dr. Paulson is a long-time conservative Republican who has spoken to numerous Republican groups. He currently is a regular op-ed columnist for townhall.com and politicrossing.com. Terry brings knowledge, tasteful humor, and a passion for conservative principles to every presentation. Dr. Paulson graduated with honors from UCLA and received his PhD in psychology and an MA in theology from Fuller Graduate School of Psychology in Pasadena, CA.



 
 
 

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Leftist ‘Journalists’ and Media Outlets: Quite Far From Impartial and Objective

The Left grants free passes to Joe Biden for his legions of treasonous, immoral, and illegal transgressions.

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Hollywood loves to portray leftist media outlets, newspapers, and journalists as fair and impartial. Indeed, there is no other way that these institutions and such individuals have been portrayed, despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary. A recent example is the movie She Said, which is the latest in a long line of productions that extol the virtues of one of the nation’s oldest newspapers, the New York Times.

Starring Carey Mulligan, Zoe Kavan, Patricia Clarkson, Andre Braugher, and Ashley Judd, as herself, She Said is a story about the New York Times investigation of Harvey Weinstein. Some of the heartfelt testimony of the people the reporters interviewed are quite touching. Yet, the movie oversells the impact of the Times reporting. Investigative reporter Ronan Farrow had already published a major, professional, factual expose on Weinstein in the New Yorker.

Impartial, Caring, Concerned People?

She Said goes out of its way to present the New York Times editorial staff as carefully line-editing stories, and as impartial, caring, concerned people, interested only in truth and in getting articles right before publishing them. A major case in point is how veteran actor Andre Braugher portrays Dean Baquet, who served as the executive editor of Times from May 2014 to June 2022. Baquet is depicted as the voice of reason, proceeding with calm, cool clarity.

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In reality, Baquet is one of the major players on earth who kept the now thoroughly-debunked ‘Trump Collusion with Russia’ hoax alive and along with Adam Schiff did major damage to this country. For three years, and without evidence, pretty much daily the Times falsely claimed that Donald Trump’s presidential campaign colluded with Russia to steal the 2016 election.

The hopelessly biased Baquet decided to switch gears after the Mueller Report imploded. At Baquet’s direction, the Times would shift its focus of its coverage from the ‘Trump-Russia affair’ to the president’s ‘alleged racism.’

Not a Journalist, in Any Way

“We built our newsroom to cover one story, and we did it truly well,” Baquet said, rather proudly, apparently grossly unaware of the historically profound idiocy of his statement. “Now we have to regroup, and shift resources and emphasis to take on a different story.” A truthful story?

Through daily erroneous reporting, the ‘newspaper of record’ would now seek to expose ‘the racism’ of President Trump, which, to this day, it has not proven.

Baquet is not a journalist in any sense of the word; not even close. He is a shill of the Democrat party; what Vladimir Lenin termed a ‘useful idiot.’ Keep this in mind as you watch this otherwise engaging movie, and then ask yourself this: Where is the Times in relation to Joe Biden?

Baquet remained in his post for the first 17 months of the Biden administration. While the Times and the Left in general are perpetually eager to identify, dissect, catalog, and endlessly detail the faults of Donald Trump (real, imagined, or most concocted out of whole cloth), they deny or downplay a mountain of misdeeds by Joe Biden, as they also did with Barack Obama, Bill Clinton, and Hillary Clinton.

Lifetime Free Passes

Many pundits now exclaim that to block Biden from running in 2024, the Times and the leftist media machine in general have now turned on him. The current classified documents scandal aside, the Left grants free passes to Joe Biden for the legions of transgressions in his life. They overlook or downplay that he cheated in college, cheated in previous political campaigns, is a serial liar, and worse. All of this well-documented. They ignore, contort, or censor news that he has made legions of racist statements for his whole political career; e.g., “If you have a problem figuring out whether you’re for me or Trump, then you ain’t black.”

The Left belittles or ignores Tara Reade’s quite credible sexual assault accusation against Joe Biden, and that of seven other women, as well. They pretend that Creepy Uncle Joe does not have a fetish for sniffing little girls’ hair. They pretend that Biden does not constantly invade the personal space of females.

The Left ignores solid reporting and extensive documentation indicating the Biden family received millions of dollars via influence peddling to Communist China, as well as from Kazakhstan, Romania, Russia, and, above all, Ukraine. They will never acknowledge that Biden is an enabler for both his brother James and his son Hunter, and that Biden is credibly accused of selling out the U.S. They excuse the multiple batches of classified documents found recently in Biden’s domains.

Above it All

The Left especially avoids referring to any signs that Biden is suffering from ever-worsening dementia, despite his numerous mental lapses on the world stage.

In short, prior to the ever-growing classified documents scandal, leftist journalists and media outlets, constantly demonstrated how far they are from being impartial and objective. They had, defacto, deemed Democrat Joe Biden to be above the law, and now are actively undermining his continuing political aspirations.

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Mini-Movie Reviews, 5

Be wary of the hopelessly biased “She Says”

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Mini-Movie Reviews, 5

In this last third of the month, here are three more reviews for your edification:

Mrs. Harris Goes to Paris — starring Leslie Manville as a post WWII widow, is the ultimate chick flick for seniors, where luck abounds at every turn. Everything either goes well, or it goes awry and then turns out well. Watch this if you want to see something fairly entertaining and light-hearted.

Avatar: The Way of Water — is an overwrought, 3-hour ‘comic book,’ put on the big screen, primarily for 14 to 18 year old boys. I would be thoroughly amazed if anybody on my movie review list could sit through 3 hours of this, let alone half that time. There is nothing thematically inspiring here. The actors are good, but the plot is thin and predictable. While the production is likely to win numerous Oscars for technical achievements, that is all it could ever win.

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She Said – starring Carey Mulligan, Zoe Kavan, Patricia Clarkson, Andre Braugher, and Ashley Judd as herself, is a story about the New York Times investigation of Harvey Weinstein. Some of the heartfelt testimony of the people the reporters interviewed are quite touching. Yet, the movie oversells the impact of the Times reporting. Ronan Farrow had already published a major, professional, factual exposé on Weinstein in the New Yorker.

Personal Note: The movie goes out of its way to present the Times editorial staff as carefully line-editing stories, and as impartial, caring, concerned people, interested only in truth and in getting articles right before publishing them. A major case in point: Andre Braugher portrays Dean Baquet, who served as the executive editor of the Times from May 2014 to June 2022. Baquet is depicted as the voice of reason, proceeding with calm, cool clarity.

In reality, Baquet is one of the major players on earth who kept the now thoroughly-debunked ‘Trump Collusion with Russia’ hoax alive and along with Adam Schiff did major damage to this country. For three years, and without evidence, the Times falsely claimed that Donald Trump’s presidential campaign colluded with Russia to steal the 2016 election.

The hopelessly biased Baquet decided to switch gears after the Mueller Report imploded. At Baquet’s direction, the Times would shift its focus of its coverage from the ‘Trump-Russia affair’ to the president’s ‘alleged racism.’

“We built our newsroom to cover one story, and we did it truly well,” Baquet said, apparently grossly unaware of the historically profound idiocy of his statement. “Now we have to regroup, and shift resources and emphasis to take on a different story.” Through daily bogus reporting, the ‘newspaper of record’ would now seek to expose ‘the racism’ of Donald Trump, which, to this day, it has not proven.

Baquet is not a journalist in any sense of the word. He is a shill of the Democrat party so steeped in leftist propaganda, and promulgating it, that he can’t see straight. He is what Vladimir Lenin termed a ‘useful idiot.’ Keep this in mind as you watch this otherwise engaging movie.

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