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Who came to mind when you read the title of this column? Most likely it is the current front runner for the Republican nomination, former President Donald Trump. Of course, after winning a strong majority from the Iowa Republican caucuses, he has called for unity and extended praise to his political rivals, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis and former UN Ambassador and South Carolina Governor, Nikki Haley. Trump now wants unity: “It’s time now, for everybody, our country, to come together. It would be so nice if we could come together and straighten up the problems of the world. … We’re going to come together. It’s going to happen soon,” His answer for unity is simple, “unite around me!”

But he has a funny way of demonstrating the sincerity in his call for unity. His refusal to even debate Haley or DeSantis and his claims that neither have what it takes to even be considered as his vice president, suggest a lack of respect for both of his primary opponents in his own party.

Before Governor DeSantis ended his campaign and endorsed Trump, the former president had called DeSantis “DeSanctimonious,” “overrated,” “disloyal,” “a political opportunist,” and a candidate whose team is filled with “misfits and grifters.”

He’s called his only remaining opponent NickyHaley “a bird brain,” “overrated,” “a disaster,” “not tough enough,” “not a good negotiator,” and “okay, but not great.”

So, if you voted for or supported either one of these obviously “unworthy” candidates instead of Trump, what does he think of your decision making as a voter? His name calling seems to extend to those stupid enough to support either of them. Does his name calling make you want to unite behind him in 2024?

Of course, we can’t allow another four years of Biden. If he becomes the candidate, most Republicans will find a way to support him. We like what he promises to do if elected, and he did deliver on a lot of his promises in his first term. We also know it’s never just a president you elect. You are electing the team and policy priorities the candidate brings into office.

After all, most pundits predict that Trump probably will win. He just has to defeat gaff-a-minute Biden. Biden’s open border, high inflation, and energy decisions make him an easy opponent to campaign against. What could go wrong? Even with those who don’t like Trump’s style, he will certainly pull enough votes to beat a Biden/Harris ticket.

But what if the Democrats have other plans? If the Republicans confirm Trump as their candidate at their July convention, the Democrats could still have some surprises in store when their convention begins August 19th. With Palestinian protestors demonstrating outside the convention over his support for Israel, legal problems for “the big guy” and Hunter, and even many Democrats upset with his border policies, what if President Biden is convinced to use the Democratic Convention to humbly bow out of even running?

Who would the Democrats pick? My guess is not someone old, not someone with a strong liberal pedigree, or a controversial candidate easy to hate. No, why not pick someone younger who is charming and charismatic, with no track record to even attack? The candidate could claim that he didn’t support Biden’s executive decisions and thus shouldn’t have to defend them. Like all liberal candidates, he could campaign promising to govern as a moderate, representing all Americans.

Such a candidate would be much harder for Trump to beat. Why?

He’s old, and many Americans feel both Biden and Trump are too old to serve another term. Many seem to want someone younger, someone new.

Trump’s unresolved legal issues, though obviously politically motivated, will still distract him from campaigning and may actually result in a conviction he will have to defend.

No matter who the Democrats pick, the “Hate Trumpers” on the left won’t stay home! They may not like Nicky Haley, but they don’t hate her. They HATE Trump and would do everything they can to keep him out of office.

What of the independents? The loyal Trump supporters aren’t bothered by his personal attacks and name calling, but independents are nowhere near as enamored by his personal attacks. Give independents a fresh face that they can project hope onto, and they may very well reject Trump like a bad habit.

The Great Divider may be able to beat an unpopular and failing Biden but is that who he will face? This election is too important to be stuck with a candidate that is easy to hate and unlikely to be able to unite even his own party. Here’s hoping the Republican Convention will be open to consider Trump situation in July instead of crowning him as their candidate now. The party needs a uniter, not a divider.

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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 Way Forward after Trump Found Guilty

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This is not the America we have known and loved. This is legal warfare striking at the heart of our republic. For the first time, an American President has been found guilty on 34 counts in a New York courtroom. As it now stands, he will be sentenced on July 11th. It may be unlikely Trump will be sentenced to prison, but even if the verdict ends up being repealed, what will be the result of this unanimous conviction on the November election and our growing political divide?

Will Americans rally behind a President wronged by a partisan assault on our legal system? Those who support him will clearly rally to his side. Within hours Trump doubled the record for daily contributions with a commitment of over $34 million, over twenty percent of which was from first time contributors. Right now, his support is growing.

That small New York jury, influenced by a biased judge, will not decide the future of America, voters will in November. Americans will have the opportunity to vote the verdict that counts most by reelecting Donald Trump President. But as positive as polls may appear right now for the past President, those voters who hate Trump are happy with the result and will show up at the polls to defeat that “felon” Trump.

The “Hate Trump” vote gave Biden the Presidency in 2020. Biden didn’t win on his personality or platform; it was the “hate Trumpers” who came out in record numbers to defeat Donald Trump. They have not gone away, and they now have more ammunition to fuel their hatred of the man.

Conservatives know that this next election is critical to the future of our republic. Candidate Biden presented himself as a harmless centrist ready to unite the country. But he governed as a progressive extremist using executive orders to end our energy independence, open our border to millions of illegal aliens, and spend our way into crippling inflation leaving many living paycheck to paycheck. Biden will claim that the rate of inflation has come down, but the result of months of inflation remain, putting more and more American on the brink of insolvency.

If people vote on whether they are better off after 4 years of Joe Biden, Trump’s conviction will mean little. Far too many Americans are hurting. No matter your age, politics, or race, if you can’t put food on the table for your family, you want a change. You remember what your life was like under Donald Trump. They will compare that to life under Joe Biden. The choice should be easy for another Trump victory.

But will that be the case in November. Now, there are strong reactions engendered by this kangaroo court and the travesty of these convictions. But it is a long way to November, and we are yet to see what the long-term impact of this court decision and possible additional convictions that may yet come. Some legal analysts have suggested that the New York case was the least likely charge to result in a conviction. Will Americans get weary of a wounded warrior, a President that is fighting against one partisan persecution after another?

Republicans are united in the belief that they must win this next election. Will there come a time that the baggage Trump carries into the election make his election unlikely? As of now, he is facing a failing opponent who has a hard time putting sentences together. But more and more Democrats are calling for Biden not to run and to find a new candidate to put forward.

What would happen if Biden steps down as President Johnson did? Who would Democrats put in his place? Would it be Michelle Obama? Some question putting a person up for election that has never been elected to any office. On the positive side, Michelle has no record to defend, she would bring back the aura of President Barack Obama’s Presidency, and she could easily disavow support for Biden’s controversial decisions. In short, she could be the Democrats dream candidate to rally behind.

On the morning after the verdicts and record donations to his campaign, Donald Trump said to America, “I will do what I have to do to save our country.” What if the early poll numbers for Trump begin to fade the closer we get to November? Would Donald Trump put America first if it looks more and more like he might lose to the candidate Democrats choose? Could he step down and campaign in support of a candidate with no negative baggage and powerful Contract with America? The Republicans have a strong bench of ready candidates and winning issues to support.

Right now, it is not clear his stepping down is necessary. But if it is, I hope that Donald Trump would put his love for country first. He has been wronged, but winning in November is more important than whether Donald Trump is our next President. Whoever Republicans elect would bring the right people to Washington and the policy priorities that matter to Americans would once again drive the focus of this great country.

Rest assured that if Trump is the Republican candidate in November, we must work to rally support for him. Just know that with the election irregularities that are sure to surface, our candidate must win big. If the GOP wins big, Democrats can’t cheat their way to victory. May Trump live up to his promise to do whatever he has to do to save this country, whether that means running himself or supporting someone else better positioned to win. But win we must! May it be so.

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THIS is Who Is REALLY Running the Country – and the Event That Made it Possible

How did this man in the shadows get Biden into a blackmail situation?

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Who EXACTLY is running the United States of America? We all KNOW it isn’t Joe Biden, but who is really in charge? And how did this man in the shadows get Biden into a blackmail situation? Well, Chris Widener, Founder of the Red Referral Network, tells us in this short video… Enjoy and then tell us if you agree!

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