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Being Wronged Doesn’t Make You the Right Candidate

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It’s hard to ignore the fact that a past president is the subject of four separate indictments the year before an election where that person is the leading candidate the left might face. The timing of this prosecution is suspect. The indictments are questionable and may very well be thrown out on appeal after they are no longer necessary to bring Trump down.

Victor Davis Hanson summed it up well in an Epoch Times interview: “They are prosecuting Donald Trump for election interference, and they are interfering in a way that has never happened in American history. With the 2024 election, they are going after the leading candidate and trying to emasculate him, neuter him, and effect the way that people have a choice, a choice to vote for him or not vote for him. Not if he is in jail, and that seems to be the aim.”

There also seems to be no question that the Trump indictments have been orchestrated to take away the sting of negative news about his likely opponent, President Joe Biden. On March 17th, Hunter Biden accidentally admits that the laptop is his, and on the 18th, Trump acknowledges that he will be indicted. On June 8th, an FBI document claims that the Bidens were allegedly bribed with $5 million. On June 9th, Trump is served with the Mar-A-Lago indictment. On July 31st, Devon Archer testifies and on August 1st, and the Trump indictment for January 6th occurs. Trump’s Fulton County indictment is introduced in Georgia as more evidence of the Biden bribery scheme is explored in the House and Washington reacts to the biased appointment of David Weiss as the special counsel in the Hunter Biden tax case. The goal is clear—keep the media focus on Trump’s indictments to justify why Joe Biden’s problems are not even covered.

Yes, President Trump has been wronged in how he has been treated. He’s joked that with his growing popularity in the polls all he needs is another indictment and his election is guaranteed. With candidate Trump’s growing popularity in the presidential polls, it would appear that the Democrats are either very stupid or very smart. If they thought his indictments would negatively effect his candidacy, then they are stupid. It increasingly looks like Trump is most likely to become the Republican presidential candidate in 2024. But if their assessments indicate that former President Trump is the candidate they want to face, they may be smarter than they appear.

There is no question that many faithful Trump supporters are mad as hell and can’t wait to vote for the man whether he is in jail or not. But what of independents? What about the never Trumpers in his own party who continue to reject his candidacy? Trump is popular now, partly because people feel he has been wronged and singled out to keep him from running or at least seriously damaging his chances of victory.

Americans do not like one-sided justice. Trump faces multiple indictments, and Joe Biden’s bribery schemes hardly get coverage, much less calls for his impeachment. There are clearly two standards of justice—pain and suffering for leading Republican candidates and the sound of media crickets for Democratic wrongdoing.

It’s time for both parties to face that reality that both Biden and Trump could be in deep legal trouble by the time the 2024 election comes around. Is that what we want? No American from either party should want such a mess. We don’t need a dangerously divided country trapped in the rearview mirror of determining whose candidate was the worst criminal. America deserves better.

President Trump is now acting like an embattled king worthy of coronation without having to earn it. He questions appearing in any debates. He calls for loyalty but refuses to promise support for the eventual Republican candidate chosen through the state primaries. He has even called on the other candidates to drop out to clear his way to the victory he feels that he alone deserves. He attacks. He cajoles. It’s his way or the highway. His most faithful may like it, but it will not endear him to many voters he needs to win.

Let’s be clear. If Trump is able to survive the indictments, runs the primary gauntlet, and wins the nomination to face whoever the Democratic standard bearer is, most Republicans will vote for him. But will enough independents join the faithful? That is not clear. With Trump and Biden, the focus will be stuck on the legitimacy of all the indictments and the blame game.

There are many good candidates on the Republican side who deserve to be heard. Let them focus on the issues that will shape our future. Weigh their plans to improve the economy, lower inflation, secure the border, provide school choice, and deal with our foreign enemies.

Unfortunately, it’s clear that former President Trump does not trust the American voters to give him the victory he feels he deserves. If he did, he would be at the debates. He would welcome the competition, and he would promise loyalty to the party and support the candidate who earns the nomination.

Being wronged doesn’t make Trump the right candidate to support. The winning candidate should have to earn it the old-fashioned way, by winning the hearts and minds of voters throughout this great land. With President Biden’s disastrous record, the eventual Republican winner has an excellent chance of being our next president. May it be so!

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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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Will Democrats Do What They Must?

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On a warm August evening in 1974, President Richard M. Nixon said from the Oval Office that he was resigning, becoming the first president to do so. He confessed that he no longer had “a strong enough political base in the Congress” to finish his term.

Sen. Barry Goldwater, Ariz., the 1964 GOP presidential nominee, was a respected conservative leader in a Senate whose Republican ranks were less conservative than now. In a May 1973 interview with Time magazine, Goldwater had given an early warning, “If it can be proved that he (Nixon) lied, resignation would have to be considered. It would be quick. Everything would be over, ended. It wouldn’t drag out like impeachment.”

At a regular Senate Republican Conference lunch on august 6 of 1974, Goldwater had fumed: “There are only so many lies you can take, and now there has been one too many. Nixon should get his ass out of the White House today!” When he went to see President Nixon, Goldwater confided, “There’s not more than 15 senators for you.” After that showdown, the curtain on President Nixon’s presidency came down three days later.

In this challenging time in our history when President Biden’s competency is under serious question, will Democrat leaders have the courage to do the same? With this report, more Democrats and Independents will be less inclined to vote for Biden. That may very well impact the future of many Democrat politicians whose own election could be impacted if their voting base stays home. After his Wednesday night address, the evidence that Biden is in trouble is plainly obvious.

President Biden’s poll numbers are now at an all time low. The shocking Department of Justice Special Counsel Robert Hur report suggests that Biden should not be indicted because Biden is “a sympathetic, well-meaning, elderly man with a poor memory” that a jury would be unlikely to convict. The Special Counsel also noted that Biden “willfully retained and disclosed classified materials after his vice presidency when he was a private citizen;” he noted that such actions “present serious risks to national security.” It is clearly a risk for Biden to remain in office.

When President Biden addressed the country after the report was disclosed, he asserted that his memory was fine, and the report confirms that he was not indicted and did nothing wrong. His comments to the press questions were combative and defensive. He took no personal responsibility, blaming his staff for the faulty storage of classified documents. His message was strident and clear-Trump is guilty, and I did nothing wrong.

If he is not competent to stand trial for his actions, how can he be confident enough to remain president? It’s time for a private confrontation by Democrat leadership. If Biden does not listen, it is time to exercise the 25th amendment option to remove him from office.

It is not easy to use that 25th Amendment option. It is even more difficult with only 9 months before a critical national election. Waiting until the Democrat Convention in August leaves little time to right the ship and promote a replacement candidate.

Democrats, do your job to clean out your own house. President Biden is not competent to meet the challenges of our time. Do it now or pay the price in November. As Republicans, we hope you let Biden remain your candidate, but that is selfish. President Biden is our current leader and his decisions impact all of us and a world in turmoil. This isn’t about politics. We can’t afford even eleven more months of a mentally incompetent President.

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Getting Beyond our Convenient Political Narratives

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There is only one movie up for Oscars that I have any interest in seeing win, “American Fiction.” This movie has the guts to call out all liberal media, book publishers, and Hollywood producers who have made it clear that the only narratives they will allow to be seen support their woke worldview.

In “American Fiction,” an author snubbed by publishers because his novels are not “black” enough decides to play a joke on the publishing industry by changing his identity to a fugitive who writes in graphic terms about what it’s “supposed to be” like to be a “black” in America. The book fits the liberal narrative and earns the author an offer of $750,000, a new movie contract, and award consideration. He’s disgusted by the liberal bias but plays along only to see a disturbing reality play out. The truth is that it pays to support liberal narratives.

Most of the Oscar nominations and comments at the ceremony prove a left-wing bias every year. That’s why fewer and fewer conservatives even watch. Where is the consideration for popular movies like “Sound of Freedom” or “Boys in the Boat?” They don’t fit the Left narratives that “nothing bad comes across an open border” or “nothing good comes out of America.”

It’s true that we all tend to fall victim to “selective scanning.” It’s tempting to search for information sources that reinforce what we want to believe. Both sides of the divide tend to say the same thing—“If you knew the ‘facts,’ you would know the ‘truth,’ ‘OK, my truth!’” Both sides of any divide have a narrative with “facts” and “expert opinion” to back their position.

There are numerous examples of well-defended narratives that keep America divided:

The COVID Vaccines are good for you vs. The COVID Vaccines have the potential to do more harm than good (You can find some research and anecdotal evidence that vaccines work and similar evidence that some people have died or developed serious illnesses).

Climate Change will result in man’s destructive vs. Climate Change has multiple causes, and we can do little to change (Clearly, there is evidence of man doing damage to the environment, and there is evidence that there have been extended warm and cold periods throughout earth’s existence with or without man).

Entitlement Programs are essential to help those who can’t help themselves. Entitlement Programs foster government dependency and prevent self-sufficiency (It’s true that people need help, but it is best provided by a distant government bureaucracy or by family, friends, and local charities who can access needs and provide focused assistance and support).

Undocumented Aliens should receive government assistance and have a path to citizenship; Illegal Aliens have committed crimes and should be deported (There is evidence that some who have crossed the open border have committed terrible crimes, but it’s also true that some have been good workers with strong family values).

Both leading candidates for the 2024 Presidential election are loved and hated. They have counter-narratives depending on your side of the divide.

The left’s Trump narrative is predictable. Once elected, President Trump will be a “dictator,” “seek revenge,” “be fatal to the American experiment,” “a felon,” and “a threat to democracy.” In Short, the left’s message is simple, “Trump is dangerous for America and should be in jail.”

The right’s narrative couldn’t be more different. President Trump will “restore America,” “ensure our freedoms,” “destroy the deep state,” and “defend the Constitution.” In short, “Trump’s been victimized by politicized accusations and will save the America we love if he can just be elected.” Both can find statements from Trump’s speeches and past actions to attempt to justify their claims.

To the right, President Biden is “senile,” a “bumbling idiot,” “too old,” “an un-American traitor,” “a ‘big guy” crook,” and “dangerous to the future of America and should be impeached and in jail.” To the left, Biden has “helped keep America open to immigrants,” “helped prevent a climate calamity,” “provides necessary benefits for minorities,” “makes the rich pay their fair share,” and “is the only person in the way of a rightwing dictatorship.” Both views can find ammunition to support their claims.

Notice that neither side likes you to watch a whole speech. They want you to see just the clips and evidence that reinforce their own narratives about the candidate. Welcome to soundbite politics!

The 2024 election is too important for our future to be left with biased narratives about two candidates. It is not just the President that you elect; it is the people and the policies they bring with them that will determine the course for America’s future.

Instead of limiting yourself to biased narratives, there is much to consider in making an informed decision on who to elect. Both candidates have a record to look at. What are their major accomplishments? Do you support what they did as President? Now, look to the future. Join those who are demanding that both parties lay out their Contract with America. What are the top five promises and priorities for each party?

Let’s get beyond the name-calling and demand that they come before the people to debate the issues that matter most. Both these candidates are more than the narratives we have created. Let’s hear from them directly and then vote. To do less is not responsible citizenship and is detrimental to the future of our amazing country.

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