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People wonder how Donald Trump could lose to Joe Biden in 2020 unless there was cheating. Yes, like millions of Americans, we believe that there was cheating, but Trump also did all he could to earn his disappointing loss. Without a change in his campaign performance, he could lose again.

Instead of campaigning on his record and his promises for his second term, President Trump spent most of his time demeaning Biden and stressing how inadequate he was as an opponent. It became a contest of personalities with only Trump’s personality on display. President Trump’s combative, attacking style was front and center almost every day while Biden spent most of his time in his basement or otherwise avoiding campaigning.

Trump and his supporters thought Biden would be easy to beat. After all, how could anyone but a dumb Democrat vote for such an incompetent leader for America’s President? Trump loves to point out that he received more votes than any past Presidential candidate. He did, but, unfortunately, Biden got more than he did and had enough to win. Did all vote for Biden because they wanted him to win? Some did, but far more came out to vote to defeat that “hated” Donald Trump. Trump had a lot of loyal supporters and possibly even more motivated haters!

Along with a couple of thousand other attendees at the National Religious Broadcasters convention in Nashville this week, I saw Donald Trump captivate a crowd who had been forced to wait nearly five hours to hear him speak because of travel problems. And speak he did! Yes, he had a teleprompter to give him the basics of his message, but his easy style and ready humor were often unleashed as he went off script to energize and entertain the crowd.

In addition to some of his more outrageous comments, he demonstrated a full command of the issues and policy priorities that he believes will return him to the White House. He asserted that the majority of Americans want what he can deliver independence, a secure border, law and order in our cities, school choice, religious freedom, true free speech, lowered inflation, and an end to deep state meddling and abusive regulations. The vast majority cheered as he listed his promises. After four years of President Joe Biden, I guess that even many Democrats want a change in these key priorities. Yes, former President Trump has the best policy cards to play, but will he play them well?

If you remember the adage, “loose lips sink ships,” you know that no candidate in recent history has looser lips than Donald Trump. That is why, during the campaign, clips of some of his more provocative statements had a way of playing the lead on most news and talk shows. If you want attention, Trump is the master. But will the kind of attention he receives win back the White House?

His verbal attacks on Biden and Haley were funny to supporters, but some in the crowd who remained seated were not smiling. Trump dared to ask, “Who would be dumb enough to vote for Biden again?” In short, Democrats are stupid, possibly even evil, and certainly easy to beat in 2024. That is what the over-confident Republicans said before the 2022 midterms. Well, as you remember, it wasn’t easy, and the GOP fell way short of expectations. We barely got control of the House and failed to regain control of the Senate.

In many conversations the next day, there were many compliments for Trump-“The guys got unbelievable energy, and I love his policy priorities. It’s what Americans desperately want and need!” But there was a common note of caution-“I’m worried about his abrasive name-calling and attacks. It’s hard for many independents and moderates to accept. Even if they don’t vote for Biden, they may just stay home. Trump needs their votes! We have to win this election! I’m worried.”

We know he’s no saint, but what politician is? When speaking to the National Religious Broadcasters audience, he stated that he was a believer but admitted that he certainly didn’t get carried away with his faith. He confessed that one Christian leader reminded others that they weren’t electing a preacher. They were electing a President who would deliver on the issues that mattered most.

One participant nearby laughed as he focused on his abrasive style, “At least he’s learned to cut down the swearing.” But he could do so much more and ensure his victory if he had the consistent discipline to focus on the issues that mattered most whenever he delivered a speech or responded to a question. In every comment, Trump should identify the problem Democratic
policies have been created but always ends the statement with what he promises to do when elected to right the ship.

President Trump has a full and insightful grasp of the pressing problems real Americans face. Can he unite the voters he needs to win? He knows what needs to be done, and he has the bold confidence and skill to deliver on what he has promised. It’s time for him to drop the personal attacks, compliment the GOP candidates he has beaten, and let responsible Americans return him to the White House to begin restoring America to what it once again can and must be to remain free and prosperous. 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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A Call to Our Better Angels

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When the Secret Service agents shielded former President Donald Trump off the stage to a waiting limo, he raised his fist to show that he was all right. As he repeated “fight, fight, fight,” you knew that it would be easy to define his response as a call to take it to his political enemies. Thankfully, his comments since then have focused that word on his desire for America to know that he “fights on” in pursuit of his second term. Commentators are pointing to the iconic pictures of his fist as an indication of how strong and courageous he is as a man; you can’t keep Trump down! The next few days will determine whether he can be “man” enough to tone down the anger and rhetoric that would be so easy to release against his political adversaries. Early indications are that he is asking Americans to give control to the better angels of their nature.

The day after the attack, Melania Trump penned a letter that showed her grace and love for America. She acknowledged the support she had received from Americans across our political divide. She closed her letter with these words: “And let us remember that when the time comes to look beyond the left and the right, beyond the red and the blue, we all come from families with the passion to fight for a better life together, while we are here, in this earthly realm. Dawn is here again. Let us reunite. Now. This morning, ascend above the hate, the vitriol, and the simple-minded ideas that ignite violence. We all want a world where respect is paramount, family is first, and love transcends. We can realize this world again. Each of us must demand to get it back. We must insist that respect fills the cornerstone of our relationships again. I am thinking of you, my fellow Americans. The winds of change have arrived. For those of you who cry in support, I thank you. I commend those of you who have reached out beyond the political divide – thank you for remembering that every single politician is a man or a woman with a loving family.”

Former President Trump echoed that call for unity. In a post on Truth Social, Trump wrote, “Thank you to everyone for your thoughts and prayers yesterday, as it was God alone who prevented the unthinkable from happening. Instead, we will FEAR NOT but remain resilient in our Faith and Defiant in the face of Wickedness. Our love goes out to the other victims and their families. We pray for the recovery of those who were wounded and hold in our hearts the memory of the citizens who were so horribly killed. In this moment, it is more important than ever that we stand United and show our True Character as Americans, remaining Strong and Determined and not allowing Evil to Win. I truly love our Country and you all, and look forward to speaking to our Great Nation this week from Wisconsin.”

President Joe Biden took a strong response after the attempted assassination, “There’s no place for this kind of violence in America. We must unite as one nation to condemn it… Everybody must condemn it.” He called and talked directly to the former President. Trump acknowledged and appreciated Biden’s call of concern and support. Biden’s campaign also decided to stop all campaign ads in the coming days to tone down the rhetoric. Biden also echoed Trump’s call for unity.

Former President Trump has also called for a change of theme for the Republican National Convention. There will be a call for unity in the Republican Party and in the country. Nicky Haley, the last campaign opponent to endorse Trump, has now been invited to speak at the convention on Tuesday night and has accepted. Unity does not mean an absence of focusing on party differences; it does mean lowering the heat of political discourse. Mike Huckabee, former Presidential candidate and Governor of Arkansas, asked all Americans to “fight ineffective but non-violent ways-debate, dissent, and ballots rather than censorship, retaliation, and bullets.” Yes, we need less hateful comments and personal attacks and a heartfelt desire to seek first to understand each other across our political divide.

In this brief period where both parties are calling for change, we must work to disagree without being quite so disagreeable. Understand that in the world of social media and political opinion, the more extreme the statements are, the more eyeballs are attracted. We feed partisan hatred and forget that all of us know people on the other side of our political divide who we love and respect. We may disagree about how to ensure the right course for America, but the vast majority of Americans love this country and reject any form of violence.

There is a human trait that is easy to give in to and hard to resist-“When in pain, find someone to blame!” Some on the left have already blamed Trump’s extreme statements on the campaign trail. Others on the right have blamed Biden for a campaign that called Trump a “threat to democracy.” There are those who both praise and blame the Secret Service’s response. There will certainly be time to review what can be learned from this tragic event. But rest assured, no matter what the motivation of Thomas Matthew Crooks to attempt to assassinate Donald Trump, he does not represent any responsible party or freedom-loving, law-abiding American from either party. Yes, political campaigning is a “fight” for our own side, but it should never condone violence of any kind.

How are we, the citizens, to respond? There indeed must be a call to our better angels, a rejection of hateful rhetoric and name-calling, a willingness to dialogue across our divide, and a spiritual commitment to live out God’s love for our neighbors, even our neighbors who vote for the “other guy.” America has survived past assassinations, successful and unsuccessful. It will survive this one. This is a wakeup call for our
country, may we each do our part to turn down the heat and increase the tolerance and respect for political differences.
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Will You Take Action to Assure GOP Victory on November 5?

Every single person voting Republican needs to decide now, how they will lend support to the cause

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In less than 17 weeks, the GOP will take back the White House, and hopefully the Senate and House, and begin to restore America. Or, we’ll face a gargantuan nightmare that will all but seal the fate of this nation. Do not be fooled by Joe Biden’s defiance of those calling for him to withdraw. Any Democrat challenger will be a danger to us because the DEMOCRATS WILL CHEAT IN UNPRECEDENTED WAYS.

Time is of the essence. While being informed is wonderful, taking action is paramount. What exactly will you do to ensure that we achieve victory? It is no longer sufficient to be a concerned bystander.

No End to the Left’s Destruction

Every day when you log on to news sites, you are flabbergasted by the degree to which the radical Left continues to impose its civilization destroying policies, programs, and activities on the rest of us. There is no end game for the Left, no bottom, and no limits to their mass insanity.

Most recently, we have learned of a professional couple who was greeted at 6 a.m. by armed FBI agents banging on their door to arrest them for having the temerity of stepping into the Capitol on January 6, for 12 minutes, ushered in by Capitol guards. We have witnessed the unending persecution and prosecution of Donald Trump over non-crimes that have been concocted in unison and are part of an overall strategy emanating from the White House.

We have witnessed corrupt district attorneys, corrupt prosecutors, and a corrupt press. Donald Trump is merely the bellwether. All other Republican politicians will be fair game from here on out, and if we lose the election in November, with little or no recourse. One by one, the maniacal Left will quash dissent in ways that perhaps we currently cannot imagine.

The Left is Maniacal

The logical outcome to having the Left predominate in all areas of society is a totalitarian regime. Don’t discount this scenario. As Leftists ultimately do everywhere, they demand compliance. Thought control is their desired form of servitude. For those who do not comply, execution is not out of the question. Like radical Islam, we’re dealing with a malevolent genie that has escaped bottle, has no intention of ever subsiding, and wants everyone to either totally capitulate, or be imprisoned, deported, or terminated.

There will be no effective way to dismantle the maniacal leftist machine if Joe Biden is re-elected, he continues to be the puppet of Obama and far Leftists, and the border continues to be flooded with illegals — until Democrats have congressional representation that steadfastly insures a permanent majority. At that juncture, they will pack the Supreme Court. They will end the Electoral College. They will ramp up gender dysphoria opportunities wherever they might lie.

They will continue to show poor judgment and ridiculous weakness on the world stage. They will kowtow to China on a wide spectrum of issues. They will embolden our enemies to the point where such enemies are ready to pick apart America. This is not hyperbole and is all too likely.

Nothing here is beyond the bounds of possibility and with each passing week becomes more likely for the distant if not foreseeable future. In a sentence, we simply must win in November. No alternative will suffice.

All of Us

All of which leads to the point that every single person voting Republican needs to decide now, how they will lend support to the cause. In what ways will you participate? How will you volunteer, where, when and for what duration? Will you donate money? Who will you influence to vote GOP?

How will you support your candidates locally, regionally, and nationally? How are you going to impact others? It would not be sufficient to say, “I was busy,” or “I felt we had an overwhelming majority.” This approach is gambling with the future of our nation, the future of our communities, and the future of our families.

If we are to win by an overwhelming majority, let us each assure one another that we did everything we could to make sure that that is the result. To do less is to simply take a child-like approach to what is perhaps the most eventful year since 1776, 1812, 1861, 1941, 1968, and 2001. There will be no palatable tomorrow if we lose in November.

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