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Weeks into the invasion, Putin’s loses are severe, his advances have faced strong resistance. He made the mistake of assuming that Ukraine would fold under the threat of attack by the “mighty” Russian military forces. It’s clear to all that the motivation and competence of his military has been found wanting. Is it the Russian incompetence or are we reminded again that the resolve and will of a free people fighting to save their country is a force hard to match?

As the world watches, we applaud the power of heroic leadership and the will to preserve freedom. In the past, America projected that same confidence and had leaders willing to live it out when necessary. President Ronald Reagan warned “the enemies of freedom” not to test it.

In his first inaugural address, President Ronald Reagan spoke of that power in the will of American citizens. He asserted, “As for the enemies of freedom, those who are potential adversaries, they will be reminded that peace is the highest aspiration of the American people. We will negotiate for it, sacrifice for it; we will not surrender for it–now or ever. Our forbearance should never be misunderstood. Our reluctance for conflict should not be misjudged as a failure of will. When action is required to preserve our national security, we will act. We will maintain sufficient strength to prevail if need be, knowing that if we do so we have the best chance of never having to use that strength. Above all, we must realize that no arsenal, or no weapon in the arsenals of the world, is so formidable as the will and moral courage of free men and women. It is a weapon our adversaries in today’s world do not have. It is a weapon that we as Americans do have. Let that be understood by those who practice terrorism and prey upon their neighbors.”

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Even if recent advances are successful in taking Kiev, there are questions as to whether Russian forces will ever be able to take and control the Ukrainian people. Winning this “war” will ensure more than Russian loses of personnel and equipment, Putin will be saddled with controlling a country that hates him and chafes at any Russian presence. The resulting resistance movement will require extensive Russian forces to counter their attacks and sabotage. Russia will need find effective puppet leaders to control the country, the cites, and supply essential services after destroying critical infrastructure.

After threatening any country daring to help Ukraine, Putin has expressed hope of a “return to normal” relations with the free world. But the world has seen the evil he can do against citizens and cities that resist him. The world is repulsed by his actions, and the “new normal” he has created is one of earned hatred and distrust. While Putin struggles to control Ukraine, the free world seems committed to continued sanctions and potentially holding Putin himself accountable for documented war crimes.

Putin has reawakened NATO and the UN to the potential of his unchecked expansion of Russian power. NATO forces are already put on alert and will be more prepared to defend NATO countries in the face of any future attacks. Putin’s dream of an expanded Russia is a nightmare Europe and the world cannot allow to succeed.

Putin’s “win” will be short lived. He may be able to raise the Russian flag over Ukraine, but he will not have won the hearts and minds of those living under it. Some will have fled to safety. Certainly, some will adapt and try to accept the reality of Russian dominance in order to get by and take care of their families. But many will join a robust resistance. Russia succumbed to that resistance when they tried to take and control Afghanistan; Russia was eventually forced to leave. That will happen again.

Whether captured or killed in the coming weeks, the Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky showed the character of a free people when he resisted the offer to flee. The world heard his resolve and commitment, “I don’t need a ride. I need ammunition.” That is the resolve Putin will face even if he wins.

Unfortunately, while we stand in awe of the actions of the brave men and women in Ukraine, we wonder whether America still has that same pride and resolve of a free people. Would we fight with the same resolve and fury as the Ukrainians? Do we have a President strong enough to lead us in that fight for freedom?

Unfortunately, our President hasn’t been strong enough to even help send needed MIG planes to Ukraine. President Biden is letting “fear” overcome our resolve to help preserve “freedom.” Freedom isn’t free, and it must be earned in every generation. Will we elect politicians in Washington committed to preserving the America we know we can be? That is a question yet to be answered. In November, we will have the opportunity to start making that a reality.

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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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The Pickle DeSantis Finds Himself In

Ron DeSantis was in a real pickle…



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Ron DeSantis was in a real pickle… Should he or shouldn’t he run for President. Now that he has decided to run for President, he finds himself in a REAL pickle. PolitiCrossing Founder Chris Widener explains in this short video analysis:

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Mainstream Media: Intentionally and Diabolically Unfair and Unbalanced

All pretense that the mainstream media strives for objectivity is gone



by Jay DeLancey and Jeff Davidson

The grandest mistake the American populace committed in the last half-century was assuming that our media was even somewhat fair and balanced. Likewise proceeding in the last two decades as if the Internet giants had no dog in the political arena proved to be a mistake of historical proportions.

Today because so many people, still, are conditioned as such, the mere fact that say, a CNN, has a website prompts some people to believe that the network have something of value to offer. Victor Davis Hanson, Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution, whose focus is classics and military history, says that the New York Times is “a shell of what it used to be.”

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Nothing Objective to Offer

The paper always leaned to the left, since it’s founding, but it did an intermittently semi-decent job in reporting the facts. The Times sent their reporters out to the streets to do hard-core reporting. The mission was to gather relevant data, identify sources, talk to people, find eye witnesses, speak to bonafide experts, attain corroboration, and then when they were sure of what they had written, submit the story or feature.

Their articles probably never represented a 50-50 balance – perhaps 55-45 or 60-40 in favor of the left. Today, no rational media observer would contend that the balance is 70-30, or even 80-20. Study after study reveals, say, in the case of covering Donald Trump, that 92% of all features are negative, and that is not to say the remaining 8% are positive. Mostly, they’re neutral.

If you are a Trump or DeSantis supporter, or a Republican running for Senate or the House of Representatives, for governor in your state, or for any other position of prominence, you simply cannot expect a fair shake from the press, nationally, and in most cases locally. Indeed, you’re likely to be demonized, endlessly, over issues foo which Democrats receive a free pass.

Compromised to the Breaking Point

The New York Times and The Washington Post of old, as biased as they might’ve been, at least offered some semblance of up-to-date information, with facts and figures when they had them, and timely reporting as situations unfolded. Hansen remarked that today the people who run these newspapers are trading on the decades of hard work and the reputations built up over more than 100 years.

Those who put in the seed work are dead and gone and thus, obviously, have no say about what’s going on today. The Times and the Post, in less than a generation, are destroying their own reputations. The people who currently run these ‘news’ organizations are dragging them down at warp speed and don’t even recognize the damage that they are doing.

By 2030, what is now a shell of an organization will be less so, and it wouldn’t be too wild to predict that the Times could totally morph into something else. The Post is not far behind in devising its own demise.

The Pretense is Gone

Each of the countless newspapers that feed off of these two publishing giants suffer as well. All such pretense that the mainstream media strives for objectivity is gone. The good news, if you could call it that, is everyone on the right is now vitally all aware that this has happened.

Those who strive for integrity in elections, those who are on the right, and those who are routinely demonized by the left, understand what’s occurring to the nth degree. It’s not fair, but to know what you face is a benefit of sorts.


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