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Oh how tempting to be drawn into the wrong battle, when President Biden waves the red flag in front of 74 million raging conservative bulls. Biden isn’t on the November ballot, but his maddening presidential address from Independence Hall did all he could to draw us into a rematch of the 2020 election. He attacked President Trump and his MAGA faithful in a way that left half of America steaming. Why? Running against Trump and Ultra MAGA voters is all Biden can hope for.

Yes, Biden is maddening. He can’t be trusted, and he is taking America in the wrong direction. He talks about law and order but it’s all talk. He refuses to call out the major democrat-controlled cities’ dramatic crime increase, not to mention allowing his son Hunter to face a fair investigation and prosecution. He also refuses to deal effectively with border security, inflation, and our growing energy dependence. With so many failures, he has but one hope—rekindle the hatred of President Trump and the reversal of Roe vs. Wade to minimize democratic losses in the House and Senate. He wants America as divided as he can make it. He talks about unity, but Gary Varvel captured his true mission in his political cartoon. President Biden is wearing a cap that reads, “Make America Divided Again.” The more divided and angry the better!

There is an old joke about a preacher’s sermon notes. When delivering a weak point in their sermon, they’d write in the margin “Weak Point! Shout it out and pound the pulpit!” That was Biden’s entire Thursday Presidential Address.

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But republicans shouldn’t take the bait! Too many GOP candidates are hoping that they can coast to victory on the basis of Biden’s incompetence. Republicans must run on what they are for. Americans need to know and share their vision of the future. They want promises, and they want those they elect to deliver on those promises.

But where is the republican Contract with America? It’s time to stand and promise to do what they can to deliver on that promise. Here are five Promises worth campaigning for!

Energy Independence: President Trump ushered in energy independence to America and President Biden has used climate change to ensure energy dependence and out of control energy costs. Republicans can support clean energy, including nuclear power, while using America’s abundant clean coal and oil to bridge our needs until a transition makes sense. Biden’s administration has created an energy crisis that has fed inflation and ensures a shortage of heating fuel for the coming winter. We need a sane energy policy that supports “all of the above.”

Secure the Southern Border: With millions of illegal immigrants literally walking across our Southern border, we are seeing the disastrous results. We have cities who can’t handle the influx of illegals and the cost of caring for them. We have thousands being bused across the US, and local politicians are pointing fingers and demanding funds to meet the need. That is not the answer. GOP candidates must stand for closing the border and must stop incentivizing illegal immigration.

Law and Order: Americans are no longer feeling safe in their communities. It’s time for candidates to take a stand for more law enforcement and stiffer prosecution with DAs who will actually keep criminals in jail. Americans are seeing flash mobs get away with robbery. They are seeing rioters destroy property and harm citizens without paying a price. President Biden is coming late to the party with his promises to increase funding for the police. GOP must take a strong stand for law enforcement. Their candidates must do everything they can to ensure that when you do the crime, you do the time. We don’t want words; we want safer communities.

Support School Choice: Our public schools are not doing the job and our children are falling behind. It’s time to put parents back in control of their children’s education. You can’t stop leftist teachers from indoctrinating your children, but if parents have school vouchers like they have in Sweden and in some states, parents can take their children and voucher to a school that will give them a quality education and teach values they support.

Lower Taxes and End Free Giveaways: It’s time to lower taxes on people who work and small businesses that make a profit. There should be more rewards for working than not working. There are jobs available, but many are not willing to take the jobs. Why? They are waiting for Washington’s next free giveaway. There should be no cancelation of student debt. If you make the deal, you pay the debt. Don’t make the responsible pay for the irresponsible.

In President Biden’s supposedly nonpartisan Presidential Address, he couldn’t resist shouting to America “Vote, vote, vote!” That is the only three words worth remembering. The future of America is dependent upon an election just ten weeks away. If being called an extremist isn’t enough to get you to the polls, remember that “Making America Great Again” isn’t about Trump or Biden. It is about selling to American voters a Contract with America that they can support. With these five promises, conservatives can ensure a future they can be proud of. Get busy selling why you vote republican. Trump and Biden can wait for 2024 to see if they are even on the ballot.

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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 and 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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Give Thanks and Carry On

Have a Happy Thanksgiving, if you can



Thanksgiving: that joyous time of the year when families get together, have a wonderful dinner, catch up on what everyone other is doing, give thanks for all that they have, and perhaps watch some football.

Up for the Challenge?

This Thanksgiving might prove to be a challenge for many people. For one, the cost of the turkey, the bird traditionally served, in some locals cost between 50% to 80% more than last year, and turkey was already expensive.

Among your relatives a few might be vegans or vegetarians. If you have a vegan enforcer in the family, this person will rail on and on against eating meat, and about how turkeys have lives just like we do.

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One of your vegan or vegetarian relatives might offer a discourse on how cranberries should be harvested a different way, the dangers of turkey stuffing, and the problem with vegetables that you might be serving, the risk of having too many starches – potatoes or rice – and the evils of wine, beer, and other alcoholic drinks.

Topics Worth Avoiding

The politics to consider abound. Since roughly half of the country votes Democrat and half votes Republican, the odds are overwhelming that you’re going to have somebody with opposing politics at the table. During Trump’s years as president, many families had to navigate around the topic of the presidency, prevailing policies. and so on.

Today, while there’s no question that Joe Biden is completely inane as leader, the same delicate navigation needs to occur. As miraculous as this might seem, some on the left actually approve of what Biden has been doing. Note: don’t be concerned about the Bidens going hungry. With all those under-the-table payment from Ukraine and China, they can EASILY afford a huge, expensive turkey with all of the trimmings.

If you can avoid discussing the eight million invaders illegally crossing our borders, rampant inflation, the U.S. Afghanistan withdrawal, the crisis in Israel and potential for World War III, drag time story hour for children, transgenderism, the bogus lawsuits against Donald Trump, the unending crimes of Hunter Biden, the payola to Joe Biden, FBI corruption, the historic unpopularity and ineptness of Kamala Harris, and about 30 or so other topics, your dinner should go smoothly. Enjoy!

A huge current wrinkle on the political scene is that recent surveys reveal at least one-quarter of Democrats actually approve of Hamas, atrocities and all, and side with Palestine on all issues large and small. They believe that Israel is an apartheid state and that Jews are today’s Nazis. Apparently they’ve never visited Israel and have no Jewish friends.

Depending on how many Democrats attend your Thanksgiving gathering, if it’s four or more, mathematically speaking you have a decent chance that one is a pro-Hamas Democrat. Wooo…  Now, you really have to stay clear of current issues or your dinner table might be as inflamed verbally as the Middle East is with armaments.

Insufferable Stuffing

After everyone is stuffed with turkey, vegeburgers, or whatever the people who like rabbit food eat, you might sit in the den and turn on a football game. Quickly, you’ll have a stark reminder of how far political correctness has infected society.

If the Washington Commanders are playing, it’s hard to forget that they used to be called the Washington Redskins until the wokesters among us demanded that the name must be changed. Not so ironically, 90% of native Americans actually want the name Washington Redskins reinstalled, and currently are petitioning for it.

In baseball, the Cleveland Indians “had” to be renamed to the Cleveland Guardians. Potentially, there’s no end of this malarkey. Should the Minnesota Vikings change their name? After all, people from Scandinavia might object to the term “Vikings.” While we’re at it, consider college basketball. The Wake Forest University Demon Deacons are due for a name change, if you’re on the Left. So, too, the Duke University Blue Devils, the Arizona University Aztecs, and on and on.

Landmines to Side Step

With all these potential land mines to side step, and all the ways that otherwise pleasant conversations on a pleasant day could occur, you have to be on guard.

Nevertheless, I wish you and yours a happy Thanksgiving. May you survive the day, fully intact, and ready to have a decent Black Friday.

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Biden Boondoggles Imperil the U.S. and the World

The Biden Administration is the picture of futility and incompetence, mixed with corruption and persecution of its political opponents



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On my last day following a long sojourn abroad, I met a wonderful woman from North Dallas, had dinner with her, and memorized her email address.

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When I arrived home the next day, I emailed her to see if she had had a decent trip back. A couple of minutes later, my email bounced back to me as undeliverable. Realizing my mistake of failing to write down her email address or the spelling of her last name, over several weeks I tried numerous alternative methods at length for finding that information, but with no success.

I had not handled it right and I could not later correct the mistake. You’ve long heard the phrase by the late, legendary UCLA basketball coach John Wooden, “If you don’t have time to do it right, when will you have time to do it over?” I would add, will you have the opportunity to correct the damage done or even to try again?

Macro Level Bungles

It’s hard to even imagine the frustration and problems for all of us considering the never-ending missteps we watch every day from our president!

Biden and company have engaged in macro-level failures for nearly three years now. Their repeated failures to take early appropriate steps, domestically and internationally, has had serious ramifications for the nation and the world.

In chain-like fashion, their ineptness, unintentional and intentional, has spun out of control and led to one unpalatable situation after another. Then they spend untold labor hours and multi-billions of dollars, not to mention American lives, seeking to correct what they could not get right in the first place.

The disastrous withdrawal from Afghanistan caused the loss of American lives and $85 billion dollars worth of military equipment to the Taliban. This ‘gift’ is ultimately finding its way to our enemies throughout the region and, arguably, globally. It also has signaled to the rest of the world, particularly Russia, China, Iran, and North Korea, as well as to Hamas, Hezbollah, and Islamic Jihad, that American military effectiveness is questionable.

As a result of not adequately planning the withdrawal from Afghanistan, as President Trump had already outlined, the Biden Administration has been scrambling ever since. Following our Afghanistan withdrawal Russia’s invasion of Ukraine under a false pretext, and the resulting multi-billions we have spent propping up Ukraine, are major unfortunate results.

Middle East Madness

Another result of our ineptness is the spate of attacks, now several dozen, on U.S. Armed Forces throughout the Middle East following the barbaric Hamas attack on Israel.

China’s forays into the Middle East and its support of Iran further imperil Israel and, by extension, the U.S. In considering the Biden Administration, China is emboldened. They are in partnership with Russia ostensibly for one reason: to hasten our declining power. They have ramped up spying on us via “weather balloons,” university “research centers,” exchange “students,” industrial spying, and, of late, the influx of more than 17,000 Chinese nationals at our southern border – all single men of military age.

Because the Biden Administration intentionally has not secured the southern border it has subjected American citizens to crime, fentanyl addiction, and massive numbers of deaths, as well as bursting federal, state, and municipal budgets in the attempt to house, feed, and safeguard swarming numbers of illegal immigrants.

Biden’s porous border policies have invited terrorists, weakened any notion of U.S. homeland security, heightened child trafficking, accelerated drug cartel activity, and aided gang-related connections throughout our county.

Poor Planning, Execution and Follow Up

Across the board, in examining the policies and programs of the Biden Administration and how poorly they’ve been designed and initiated, it is now apparent that everything they do today represents one attempted, hopeless ‘correction’ after another.

These attempted corrections are long drawn out, invariably with no end in sight. Whether it is on the world stage or domestically, each boondoggle after another leads to protracted, expensive, questionable attempts to resolve what didn’t need to occur in the first place.

It is not an exaggeration: the entire Biden Administration is the picture of futility and incompetence, mixed with corruption and persecution of its political opponents. This is no way to run a country or display to the world how an effective representative republic operates. It is no way to deter our enemies from taking bold steps. It is no way to guide us safely into the future.

Indeed, the entire world is now less safe.

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