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Democrats May Fall on their Own Special Interest Sword

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As we approach the 2024 election, the GOP will have an easier time attracting their faithful base and frustrated independents. They can send a united campaign message focusing on border security, energy independence that takes advantage of all energy sources, holding the line on taxes, bringing inflation under control, supporting school choice, supporting Israel, and delivering equal rights for “all” legal citizens.

Certainly, abortion remains the one issue Democrats will try to focus on to divide those potential Republican supporters. But the Democrats have far bigger problems in keeping their critical voter blocks supportive.

In the previous election the focus of Democrats was on rallying the “hate Trump” voters. Few actually voted in support of President Biden. Now, Biden has had a record and will have to defend that record in the months ahead. That will not be easy in a party that has always focused on delivering added benefits for critical special interest groups. In 2024, many of the special interest groups they depend on have competing priorities. Some are demonstrating against each other, each demanding Biden’s support.

If his past is any predictor, Biden may soon hide! He will be tempted to spend more time in his Delaware basement and continue to avoid open press conferences like the plague! He’s never been able handle any unscripted questions, and he now knows that the wrong answer could turn off voters.

So, adding to the reality that Biden is a weak, failing leader who is facing legal issues that could dwarf those faced by President Trump, his base is increasingly unhappy. No matter who Democrats end up selecting as their candidate, the Democrat’s biggest nightmare may very well come from multiple special interest revolts from constituents they need to win. Here are but a few of the conflicts that threaten Democrats in 2024:

Muslims vs. Jews: Angry demonstrations by Hamas supporters and competing Israeli supporters continue to occur in many large urban centers. Biden is trying to call for ceasefires to appease Palestinian supporters while openly supporting Israel’s goal of eliminating Hamas terrorists in Gaza to appease Jewish voters. Both Muslims and Jews predominantly vote Democrat, but both groups now complain that Biden is not doing enough to meet their cause.

Biological Women vs. Trans Men Pretending to Be Women: A majority of American women tend to vote Democrat. But as they watch trans men unfairly compete against women in sports and in the business world, more women are questioning their support of Democratic candidates who defend the open abuse of their long-standing support for women’s rights.

Benefits for Illegal immigrants vs. Support for Hurting American Citizens: Biden’s support for an open boarder has created problems for urban Democrats throughout America. Americans in both parties are tired of illegal immigrants getting better treatment and benefits than American citizens who are struggling in this Biden economy.

Mandated EV Cars vs. Auto Union Workers Support: While Democrats brag about demanding citizens to buy unreliable electric vehicles, many citizens and auto union workers are openly complaining. They are against EV mandates. They want EVs to compete for customers with traditional vehicles on the basis of performance, value, and cost.

Student loan relief vs. No Interest Rate Relief for Everyone Else: Real wages are down, and inflation has left more Americans living paycheck to paycheck. They see Biden forgive student loans while watching fuel costs, food prices, and mortgage rates soar for average Americans. Most Americans had to pay off their loans. Today’s students should do the same.

Mandated Renewable Alternative Energy vs. Availability of Renewable energy, Fossel Fuels, and Nuclear Energy: It’s now clear that solar and wind energy will never meet our needs. Americans from both parties want an all-of-the-above approach to energy to keep costs low and maintain energy grid reliability.

Teacher Unions vs. Minority Support for School Choice: Voters know that the Democrats are owned by the teacher unions. Minority parents are tired of underperforming schools. More and more Americans want school choice which Biden will never openly support.

Gun Control vs. Self-Protection: Democrat politicians would love to limit “assault weapons” in America, but Americans from all parties are complaining about crime in their neighborhoods. Calls to eliminate police are giving way to growing demands for a return to law and order. They want people who commit the crimes to do the time. Taking guns away from people who feel an increasing need to protect their families and homes is not a winning issue.

Between now and the election in 2024, Democrats are going to try to keep everyone happy, rally the “hate Trump” crowd, and distract Republicans with the issue of abortion. Unfortunately for Democrats, more people are angry about issues that are impacting their families every day.

Since Biden took office, America has not been working for far too many Americans. If Republicans focus on the issues that matter to middle America and give them a candidate that can attract independents, Democrats are well positioned to fall on the special interest sword they have counted on for victory. The defectors may not vote GOP, but they may just stay home. Here’s hoping they do.

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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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