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The Problem With Nice Republicans

When it comes to a political fight they fold. They are, frankly, just too nice.

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I like nice people. Nice people are, well, nice. It’s lovely to have a really nice neighbor who you can chat with and borrow a tool from every now and again. It’s great to have a group of really nice friends who care about you. Frankly, the world could use many more nice people. It certainly makes life more fun and enjoyable.

But there is a place where nice doesn’t always work. Yes, we should still be nice, but there’s also a place and a time in which we should not be nice. And this is my problem with nice Republicans.

I have some very dear friends, friends that I would consider lifelong friends. They are Republicans. Some of them are even conservatives although most of them are what we would call moderate Republicans. I love them to death. I would do almost anything for them if they needed my help.

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But they have a fatal flaw. They are too nice.

When it comes to a political fight, they fold. They are, frankly, just too nice. They want people to like them. They want to feel like we can all get along. They want to have unity, and usually the terms for the “unity” are determined by the Democrats. Don’t get me wrong, these nice Republicans are almost always on the Republican side of the debate. The problem is that the Democrats know that there are nice Republicans who are easily manipulated because of their kindness. They know that because of their kindness they will go along with almost anything if it means keeping the peace. When it comes to the old saying, “Don’t mistake my kindness for weakness,” their kindness actually IS a weakness.

There’s an old Bible verse that I remember quite often. It says that we should “speak the truth in love.” Do you see the two aspects there? There is truth and there is love. One problem in much of America today is that there are those who focus almost entirely on truth with no love, and there are those who focus almost entirely on love and there is no room for truth. Therein lies the problem for our nice Republican friends. They are all for the truth until things start to not be nice. As soon as those on the left begin to scream and yell at them, put them down, demean them, condescend to them, and the like, our nice Republican friends forget the truth in order to keep the peace. They kick their “niceness” into overdrive.

Well, as important as nice is, truth is far more important. If I had to choose between truth and nice, I would pick truth. Truth is the foundation of everything that we do. One of the great problems in America today is that there is no absolute truth. You can say almost anything – even something completely ridiculous – and demand that others accept your ridiculousness. And sometimes not only accept that you have a very weird belief but demand that they approve of what you know to be an absolute lie and falsehood.

So this is for you, my nice Republican friends. I love that you are a nice person. We need more nice people in the world. But when push comes to shove and I need somebody to throw down with me, I need you to be on my side. I need you to be willing to fight for what is true.

I’ve asked a few of my nice Republican friends over the last nine months or so as I’ve seen them cave to one demand after another from the left, “Is there anything that makes you angry? Is there anything for which you would fight for?” Do you know what most of them say? “Not really.” Their primary goal is to be liked by being nice. Nice is their core value. The primary goal is to keep the peace. The problem is that the left knows that there are enough nice Republicans that if they scream loud enough and throw a big enough temper tantrum, that the nice Republicans, the ones who do not hold truth as the highest goal, will buckle and cave and go along with the Democrats.

So my challenge to you is this. Are you nice? That’s great. But are you willing to stand up for the truth in the face of confrontation from the left, those who seek to destroy our country? Or will you be so nice, so willing to go along, so willing to seek peace with the enemy, that they manipulate you to the point where you allow them to steal your country and destroy your children’s future?

Perhaps it is time to stop being so nice. At least when truth is on the line. We need you to fight and stop being so nice.

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Chris is one of the World's Top 50 Speakers, member of the Motivational Speakers Hall of Fame, and one of Inc. Magazine's Top 100 Leadership Speakers. He considers it a privilege to be able to speak to people, help them lead successful lives, become extraordinary leaders and, masterful salespeople. Chris has authored twenty books with three million copies in print in 13 languages and over 450 articles on success, leadership, sales and motivation.



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In-N-Out Burger Serves Customers, not San Francisco

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In-N-Out Burger just served San Francisco an everything burger, animal style. It’s heartening to see an iconic restaurant chain stand up to government overreach—and in an ultra-liberal enclave, to boot.

Here’s how it went down. San Francisco issued an edict to force bars and restaurants to verify customers’ COVID vaccination papers before allowing entry.

In response, In-N-Out Burger dutifully posted the city’s vaccination requirement on its windows. This placed the onus where it belongs—on their customers. This is as far as a private company need go.

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However, San Francisco sees things much differently. They closed down the city’s only In-N-Out Burger location, on Fisherman’s Wharf. As a result, the burger chain issued this statement:

“Local regulators informed us that our restaurant Associates must actively intervene by demanding proof of vaccination and photo identification from every Customer…. We refuse to become the vaccination police for any government. We fiercely disagree with any government dictate that forces a private company to discriminate against customers who choose to patronize their business.”

San Francisco’s beef shouldn’t be with In-N-Out Burger—it should be with its unvaccinated citizens. If the city chooses to order an unconstitutional vaccination requirement for bars and restaurants, they should enforce it, not the bars and restaurants. They’re private businesses, not COVID cops.

Burger bouncers

In-N-Out Burger trains their associates to cheerfully ask customers if they’d like to add fries and shakes to their meals, not to question them about controversial vaccination mandates. Additionally, they shouldn’t be required to make their associates act as bouncers to eject unvaccinated customers.

As an aside, America is one of the only nations on Earth that requires vaccination passports. Most if not all other countries require immunity passports, which include the vaccinated and those who are unvaccinated yet have degrees of natural immunity after being infected with the coronavirus.

The San Francisco In-N-Out Burger mess perfectly illustrates what should be happening all over America. Private business is not an arm of local, state or federal government. We’re all dealing with the pandemic—why compound the problem by attempting to force private businesses to enforce governmental mandates?

It makes one wonder how San Francisco leaders failed to see this coming. Can any serious person imagine cheerful, smiling, In-N-Out Burger associates making effective burger bouncers? It’s ridiculous for any city to expect restaurant employees to provide vaccination enforcement.

This smacks of more than mere incompetence. Did the city truly expect bars and restaurants to comply? If so, this seems like autocratic (and dangerous) arrogance.

If San Francisco wants to enforce vaccination inspections, they should do it themselves on the sidewalk in front of bars and restaurants. Closing restaurants that don’t force their employees to act as muscle for the city is poor leadership.

Given In-N-Out Burger’s wild popularity, it’s safe to say that most customers want their locations open. If some side with San Francisco in closing the restaurant and forcing associates to be vaccination police, they can get lesser burgers elsewhere.

Smart business

It’s called freedom. And clearly, it’s in short supply in places like San Francisco. Kudos to In-N-Out Burger for making a stand.

Here’s hoping other private businesses will take heart in In-N-Out Burger’s sound and smart business sense and stand up to one-size-fits-all autocrats. If they do, it’s likely that most of their customers will continue supporting them and they may even gain new ones.

Smart and principled businesses take risks for the right reasons. In-N-Out Burger is right to defy San Francisco. Prediction: By refusing to discriminate when serving its customers, they’ll sell even more burgers, fries and shakes in the City by the Bay and in their other 368 locations across America.

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Pandora Papers, a box of trouble for whom?

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Pandoras box seems to be a well-known metaphor in today’s culture. It is often used to represent unknowingly opening a box of wop-ass. The Greek origins are a little more complex.  Pandora was the first human woman, a gift from the gods. She was made from earth to be lovely as a goddess. With the gift of speech to tell lies, and the mind and nature of a treacherous dog. She was given a golden crown of animals and sea creatures. Pandora was blessed with grace, desire and caring to weaken her limbs.

Pandora was the first woman to live among mortal men, first bride and great misery. She was destined to live with men in times of plenty and to desert them in hard times.  Her name means both “she who gives all gifts” and “she who was given all gifts”. In the mythology she opened a jar that belonged to her husband that contained every misery that affects man to today, but managed to close it before hope was able to escape the jar.

Which brings us to the latest document leak from the International Consortium of investigative Journalists or ICIJ. This is the latest of leaks following the Panama papers and the Paradise papers. ICIJ claims this is the largest leak of tax haven information ever. The 11.9 million financial records include information on 330 politicians and high level leaders, including 35 country leaders. For two years over 600 journalists from 117 countries helped to follow up leads exposed by the leak.

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Top leaders with homes in Malibu, Monti Carlo, and high rise towers in Dubai. Investments in sugar plantations, polluting factories, and even a hospital. Secret companies and Trusts to hide assets from taxes and their people. ICIJ likes to point out that this money could have been used to help build roads, hospitals, and schools. They also imply the money comes from ill-gotten gains. Pointing out that hiding money is also used during drug smuggling, human trafficking, bribery, and international terrorism.

In an effort to seem like actual investigative journalists they do mention that nothing they were fed was illegal.  They failed to mention that the tax regulations in every one of the countries involved are written by the rich themselves. Mostly by those not uncovered by the Pandora Papers. Something the 600 seemed to have over looked during their two year investigation is any tax avoidance from the United States. Funny thing that.

To find out why you need to look at who the International Consortium of investigative Journalists is and who finances them. It turns out the group was founded in 1997, they claim to take no public funds only donations. Their largest donors happen to be Soros, thru the The Open Society Foundation. Now needless to say Soros is not going to admit what each one of these people did to stop his march towards one world government headed by Soros and company, but we can speculate.

Tony Blair, supported the American action in Afghanistan. King Abdullanh met with and supported Israel. Vladimir Putin would rather not have a one world government telling him how to run Russia. Shakira no stranger to wokeness had the gall to disagree with the Conovirus imprisonment and demanded children be let outside into the sun and air. You can bet that each one of the targets of this dump had somehow displeased those supporting the great reset.

Each one of these thought they had found a beautiful tax haven not knowing it was she who gives all gifts and conversely she who is given all gifts. By selectively revealing that it is worthwhile to spend money to hide income from those who did not earn it is telling. Besides highlighting that taxes are too high for the services provided. Telling that not one American is mentioned. Telling that the “journalists” didn’t discover how politicians in government get rich on civil service salaries. Not one mention of the heads of NGO’s (non-governmental agencies) have found that the poor are very very good for them. How about a peek into how many of the 1.5 million tax exempt organizations in America are just a tax dodge.

We will wait with the patience of Job for the International Consortium of investigative Journalists to do some real investigating.

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