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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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America No More…

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After watching with over a hundred others the newly released movie, Civil War, I left the theater stunned, and I was not alone. Was it a good movie? Just a deeply unsettling one! Could it really happen? You don’t even want to imagine it! But with Biden’s assault on America continuing and Trump reemerging as the favored GOP candidate, the American division is growing. More and more citizens are getting angrier as their standard of living is in jeopardy and illegals are getting benefits citizens can only dream of.

Spoiling the movie’s plot is never appropriate, but when Western forces from Texas, Florida, and even California take on the elected President, the country is left in a civil war. We watch as desensitized media professionals cover the death of hundreds of American citizens. To the film’s media, the war is just a once-in-a-lifetime story that deserves to be captured one picture at a time. After all, it’s the media’s job. They are just feeding citizens what they want—blood, gore, winners, and victims. What would happen if America descends into such chaos? This movie provides one disturbing view, one that, God help us, must never happen.

One thing is clear, when a country loses trust in its leader’s ability to preserve their cherished freedoms and ensure equal treatment under the law, even insurrection seems somehow possible. That is a nightmare no American should have to entertain, but more and more Americans seem to be losing hope in the future of our country. They don’t trust elections. Many don’t even like the Presidential choices presented to them.

The Founding Fathers valued freedom enough to unleash a revolution against the greatest power at the time. Enough citizens joined them in securing what most at the time believed impossible, independence. Yes, insurrection hatched our beloved America. Belief in equal rights and freedom are powerful forces that have always driven patriotic Americans to action.


Even with our differences, most Americans believe in property rights, voting rights, law enforcement to keep us safe, freedom of speech, and personal responsibility. Unfortunately, more and more Americans feel these values are in question, and they are not sure America can be saved!

Many Americans no longer even believe that elections will produce a lawful winner. They don’t trust the voting machines. They want paper ballots that can be counted. They don’t believe multiple days are needed. Hasn’t one day of voting always been enough? They want required IDs and signed mail-in ballots. They fear ballot harvesting is just another name for ‘manufacturing” all the votes you need to ensure a fraudulent victory. Are American fair elections no more!

Many no longer believe that the enforcement of law is fair and sure. While former President Donald Trump has been charged with multiple “crimes,” President Joe Biden’s similar actions aren’t even charged. Hunter Biden’s influence peddling with money set aside for the “Big Guy” are not even covered in the mainstream media. The Dept. of Justice is quick to charge Trump, but with the Bidens, we hear nothing but crickets. People who commit crimes are being let go instead of being held accountable. Is American law and order no more!

Under President Trump, our border was finally more under control. Under Biden, his open border has been continually flooding our country with illegals from around the world. They come expecting benefits at the expense of taxpaying citizens. Illegals overwhelm services in our urban areas. Legal immigrants had to wait years to enter and are fuming at this invasion of illegals rushing to the front of the line and expecting to be accepted, supported, and allowed to become citizens. Is America’s secure border no more!

We thought in America, your home was your castle. If you work to buy the home of your dreams, you were sure that your property rights were secure in a community that you loved. But today, squatters are taking over vacant homes and fending off owners who want them to leave their property. Illegals are being told to come to America, find an empty home, and move in. In the name of equity, governments are rezoning the suburbs and requiring the building of low-income housing where it is not wanted. Are America’s property rights no more!

Do you believe America is lost? Do you believe nothing can reverse this march to chaos? Do you believe that it is time to buy your own guns to protect your family when the government won’t? Is a civil war coming? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, you are in danger of losing the optimistic attitude that has characterized Americans for two centuries. This is our country. This is not the time for surrender. It’s time to fight to preserve America the best way you can—vote for candidates who promise to preserve the rights you value most.

Your vote does matter. There are no perfect candidates, but the party positions make a difference in this critical election. If you want law and order, secure borders, fair elections, property rights, and a return to personal responsibility, there is only one party to support. Vote for every GOP candidate you are given the opportunity to support, or it may very well be America no more!

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After Iran launched an extensive drone and missile attack against Israel, Iran’s president vowed to completely destroy Israel if it proceeds with a military response. In plain language, Israel is not allowed to react as any other country would after being attacked. That seems to be the opinion of many world leaders, including Joe Biden.

That’s like saying that the US had no right to retaliate after Japan’s attack on December 7th. This absurd policy applies only to Israel. If Iran launched missiles against the US, imagine what we would do in response. (Of course, with a wimp in the White House, there is a good chance that we would do nothing.)

On the evening of 13 April 2024, Iran launched hundreds of deadly missiles against various sites in Israel. Iran’s attack was presumably in retaliation for an Israeli strike on the Iranian consulate in Damascus. Israel’s justification for its attack is that the Iranian consulate has been the center for Iran’s terrorist activities throughout the Middle East. The consulate “did not have diplomatic immunity,” according to attorney Alan Dershowitz, “because it was not being used for diplomatic purposes; it was being used to plan military attacks against Israel.”

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With assistance from the US, the UK, neighboring Jordan and other nations, Israel successfully intercepted nearly all the missiles and drones. Despite the lack of damage, Iran’s intent clearly was to inflict serious harm. Iran underestimated Israel’s ability to defend itself. Now Iran’s president Ebrahim Raisi has vowed to completely destroy Israel if it proceeds with even the “tiniest invasion” of Iran.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said his country would be the one to decide whether and how to respond to the Iranian attack, brushing off calls for restraint. “The state of Israel will do whatever is necessary to defend itself,” Netanyahu said. “Everything is on the table right now,” said a source in the Israeli government. Israel possesses an impressive range of high-tech weaponry, including nuclear weapons and F35 fighter planes that can overwhelm Iran’s outmoded air force.

“Iran declared war on Israel by sending more than 300 bombs in Israel’s direction, aimed at civilian as well as military targets in Jerusalem and other locations,” said Alan Dershowitz. “As a matter of law and morality, Israel is entitled to respond to this act of war by overwhelming, even disproportionate, force against Iranian military targets.”

Biden has not supported Dershowitz’s argument. Instead, he has “sent a clear message to the mullahs that there would be no consequences for their rogue actions,” said Lisa Daftari, a leading Iranian-American expert. “What we are seeing is a manifestation of weak policies and the ayatollah’s correct read on American foreign policy.” Biden’s policy, said Yaakov Katz, a leading Israeli security expert, “does not work and the world’s strategy of diplomacy and sanctions is not effective. The world needs to shift gears and change the way it has tried to confront Iran.”

Former Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe agreed that the Biden administration’s tepid policy has emboldened Iran. “Joe Biden’s reaction to that hit in Damascus sent a message to Iran and to the rest of the world that the US was not with Israel, that the US was reluctant to support Israel on this. And I think that emboldened Iran. And as one of the former intelligence officials in Iran said to me, with friends like Joe Biden, Israel doesn’t need more enemies.”

Biden has warned Israel not to take action, said Alan Dershowitz. “Biden wants Israel simply to proclaim victory and not respond appropriately. This will only encourage Iran to take further military action against Israel either directly or through its numerous proxies,” Dershowitz warns. “If the [Iranian] regime felt endangered, it could attack Israel with its nuclear weapons, as it has threatened to do. That is an important reason why Iran’s potential nuclear arsenal should be destroyed before it can be deployed.”

“This is the time to act,” Dershowitz concludes. “Iran has provided Israel and the United States with a complete legal and moral justification for destroying its nuclear weapons program and for beginning the process toward regime change. If we do not act now, it may be too late.”

Ed Brodow is a conservative political commentator and author of two No. 1 Amazon Best Sellers, AMERICA ON ITS KNEES: The Cost of Replacing Trump with Biden, and THE WAR ON WHITES: How Hating White People Became the New National Sport.

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