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Republicans, What Are You For?

It’s time to run on what we are for and let Biden’s ineptitude being the cherry on top of the treasured dessert GOP victories will bring.

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President Biden at his first 2022 press conference made a point of saying that Republicans are just blocking his “Build Back Better” agenda. He kept asking, “What are Republicans for? What are they for? Name me one thing they’re for?”

Later in his press conference he asked, “Is there any president who has done more in his first year?” Try Donald Trump. He made promises, and he delivered.

President Trump made a costly mistake of focusing on the inadequacy of Joe Biden instead of emphasizing what he accomplished and what he would do in his second term. Republicans again are sure that Biden’s inadequacy is enough to deliver congressional majorities in November and the White House in 2024. Our current candidates should not make Trump’s mistake. It’s time to run on what we are for and let Biden’s ineptitude being the cherry on top of the treasured dessert GOP victories will bring.

Virginia Governor Glenn Youngkin proved that an optimistic policy focused campaign can work even in heavily democratic states. He promised, and he’s already starting to deliver. It’s time for the GOP to focus on the concerns of American voters. It’s time for their leaders and candidates to respond to Biden’s desperate question and actually deliver a clear “Contract with America.” President Biden, here is a small list of what conservative republicans are for:

Secure Borders: Our Southern border is an embarrassment. Millions of illegal aliens are entering our country and being taken by bus and planes throughout our country. All this while immigrants who have been waiting in line for years to come here continue to wait. We want the Southern border wall completed. We want illegal aliens stopped and sent back at our border. If they seek asylum, let them stay in Mexico until they can prove they deserve it.

Energy Independence: We had finally achieved energy independence under President Trump. It’s time we secure it again. We shouldn’t have to beg for oil and natural gas from the Middle East or Russia when we have all the supplies we need right here. Instead of building more unreliable wind and solar energy farms, expand our use of clean energy nuclear power.

Free-Enterprise Capitalism: Socialism has never worked. The people who work hard and start their own companies need to reap the rewards of their own work. Hard work must always produce more reward than not working and being dependent on handouts from government. Disappointment is part of life; let it motivate citizens to word harder, innovate, and create new business opportunities.

Lower Taxes: Taxes should be kept as low as possible to fund necessary government functions. Electing politicians to take from their rich neighbors to pay for their entitlements is just another form of stealing. Everyone who works should pay some federal and state taxes; they should have skin in the game.

Welfare: Welfare should be temporary and left to local governments, charities, and non-profits who are harder to con and closer to the people who need help. Let families and neighbors take the primary responsibility for helping people get back on their feet. Creating government dependence is not caring.

School Choice: We are tired of teachers indoctrinating our children and expecting parents to leave them alone. It’s time to give parents school choice. Let parents decide where their government education fund goes. Competition works in college; let it work for public education from kindergarten to high school graduation. Authorize public schools to fire non-performing teachers and then let them compete for students by providing a quality education that prepares our youth for life.

Smaller Government: The Deep State is oppressive and needs to be confronted and shrunk. We need every department to justify their budgets every year and to end automatic budget increases. Creating more free entitlement just feeds the beast. We need politicians who will cut the fat. From the lockdown and pandemic mandates to the never-ending stream of new laws and regulations designed to control every aspect of our lives, government bureaucracy needs to be exploded. A government big enough to give you everything you want is big enough to take everything you have. Real republicans want smaller government and more powerful and free citizens.

Law and Order: In plain English, if you do the crime, you do the time. In many states, we have allowed criminals to do “small” crimes robbing stores of up to $950, and they are not prosecuted. Republicans stand for supporting law enforcement officers and enforcing crimes. We want DA’s that will work with our police to hold citizens responsible instead of letting them out the day after they are arrested.

Finally…Fair Elections: This isn’t complicated. We’ve had fair elections in America for years. We don’t need multiple days to vote. We don’t need people to go out and pick up your vote. If you need a mail-in vote, plan early. We don’t need ballots sent by mail to everyone; that’s an invitation to cheating. If you are not smart enough to get a valid ID and sign your signature, you shouldn’t vote anyway. Clean up the voter rolls! The dead shouldn’t vote, and those who have moved shouldn’t get to vote twice.

President Biden, we have had a year to see what you are truly for, and it’s a progressive nightmare that promises to destroy this country. If Republicans campaign on a clear, conservative contract with America, they will win back the House and the Senate and set the stage for return to sanity in 2024. 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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Guns

The Age of Rage

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Many Republicans are seething in response to Biden’s destructive agenda that has contributed to high inflation, ad exploding deficit, urban lawlessness, and an out-of-control Southern border. More and more Americans are eager to turn their anger into a November landslide against Democrats. They’re tired of the rampant lawlessness, the irresponsible DAs unwilling to prosecute criminals, and the deficit spending that has unleashed inflation impacting the lives of every American.

The recent leak about the reversal of Roe v. Wade has given woke extremists all they need to justify angry, even violent, demonstrations. The decision is not even final, but liberals are marching on the homes of conservative Supreme Court Justices. Some justices have moved from their homes to ensure the safety of their families.

The lockdowns and restrictions tied to the COVID pandemic have certainly added to the anger of many citizens. People watch shows that reinforce their own views. Such one-sided journalism helps justify violent actions. But let’s be clear. Viewers respond with high ratings from the steady stream of extremists. Rage is the “eye candy” that now attracts viewers. Yes, there are extreme views expressed on either side of our political divide, but the vast majority of rage and violence is coming from the left.

Press Secretary Jen Psaki has complained about threats and personal attacks, but Republicans point out that the party has not publicly shared the addresses of any Biden administration official’s home address.

After the leak of a potential Supreme Court reversal on Roe v. Wade, a pro-abortion protest in downtown Los Angeles turned into a violent clash with law enforcement after officers were called to disperse the increasingly disruptive crowds, resulting in the injury of at least one officer. What started as a small protest outside the city’s federal courthouse building, grew increasingly rowdy and disruptive. The protest grew despite promises from state officials and liberal lawmakers to codify the ability to access abortion in California.

A group called “Jane’s Revenge” claimed to be behind the attack on the offices of Wisconsin Family Action. The “warning” demanded that pro-life organizations disband in 30 days. They claimed, “We have run thin on patience for those who seek to strip us of what little autonomy we have left.” The group claimed that it had groups “all over the U.S.”

Columnist and pundit Victor Davis Hanson wrote, “Politics are resembling the violent last days of the Roman Republic. An illegal leak of a possible impending Supreme Court reversal of Roe v. Wade that would allow state voters to set their own abortion laws has created a national hysteria. Never has a White House tacitly approved mobs of protesters showing up at Supreme Court justices’ homes to rant and bully them into altering their votes.”

Commenting on the angry demonstrations, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnel said it well, “It is an attempt to replace the rule of law with the rule of mobs.” It’s the mobs that get the coverage, and that coverage encourages more attacks.

The rage hasn’t been limited to the abortion issue. In January, the leftist ShutDownDC group picketed outside Sen. Josh Hawley’s (R-MO) home in Virginia. Hawley said at the time, “Tonight while I was in Missouri, Antifa scumbags came to our place in DC and threatened my wife and newborn daughter, who can’t travel. They screamed threats, vandalized, and tried to pound open our door. Let me be clear: My family, and I will not be intimidated by leftwing violence.”

Since that threat, there have been seemingly a stream of violent attacks and murders. From the mowing down of innocent black citizens in Buffalo New York, to the ongoing carnage in inner-city Chicago, and to the attack on worshipers at the Taiwanese Presbyterian Church, the violence is just expanding.

We may have ushered in the age of rage, but the vast majority of Americans do not want it to continue. It’s time we all demand an end to violence and stop legitimizing destructive demonstrations. The answer to hate speech is not violence or forced silence. The answer is more speech, more respectful, thoughtful, even passionate dialogue across our divide. Freedom and rights are only real when you extend and ensure those rights to those who openly disagree with you. Let freedom ring. Let’s return to disagreeing without being quite so disagreeable. Rage may get you on the news, but it doesn’t ensure the future of our republic. Demand more. Start being part of the answer by being responsible for your own actions.

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Life

Ignore Much of What Pundits Have to Say

Can we be confident in advice we receive from people who have not mastered what they teach?

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When the opportunity arose, I attended a lecture by one of the most well-known authors and speakers in America. I had previewed his CD and read two of his books prior to his lecture; in person, he lived up to my expectations. So, I was intrigued when a friend, involved with bringing this speaker to our area relayed a personal incident to me. 

Directly following the speaker’s presentation, my friend was responsible for driving him to the airport, and accompanying him until his flight departed. That summer afternoon, it was rainy and the skies were dark.

As it turned out, the author was a nervous flyer and took several drinks in the airport lounge prior to boarding the plane.  I found this incident to be amazing because I had so often heard him say things such as, “Everything in this universe is perfect.” It struck me that, in many ways, the speaker wasn’t practicing his philosophy. Nevertheless, all human beings have their faults and foibles and, as time passed, I forgot about the incident.

High-Priced Gurus

One morning, I had the occasion to pick up USA Today. In the lifestyle section, there was a feature on a relationship guru and author of international best-sellers on relationships. She had won the “Oscar” of infomercials, earning $24 million in a single year.  

In this published interview, the reporter asked her why we should listen to a relationship guru who had been married five times. Five times? I couldn’t believe it! She had wedded her fifth husband, some 11 years her junior, only a short time before producing her award-winning infomercial on having a successful relationship. 

In the infomercial, she is featured as having a loving relationship with her husband. Okay, but in no way does the infomercial tell us that he is her fifth husband and that she had married him three weeks ago.

Not Walking their Talk

I had a flash from the past: I recalled the story about the nervous flyer author. Yet, nothing prepared me for the revelations about the relationship guru, a self-proclaimed expert, using the slickest 21st-century marketing available to sell her information and products.  

She was well-versed in her subject matter. Upon hearing her advice, I recognized that it did seem sound. However, the larger issue is, “Can we be confident in the advice we receive from those who have not mastered what they teach, or who do not even remotely walk their talk?”

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