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With apologies to Matthew West and his Christian hit, Truth be Told, his lyrics could just as easily be adapted to fit many of our Washington politicians:

Truth be told
The truth is rarely told
Everything’s fine, yeah, it’s fine oh We’re fine, everything’s fine, but it’s not
DC’s broken
And when it’s out of control they say it’s under control but it’s not
And we know it
I don’t know why it’s so hard to admit it
When being honest is the only way to fix it

…So let the truth be told….

Political dialogue in America often lacks the clarity that makes a true discussion of issues even possible. A Generic Fallacy is when you reject any statement or position based on the source rather than the merits of the argument and supporting facts. If you even mention your source is from CNN, some conservatives reject it immediately. If Fox News, liberals often immediately discount the content.

That is why many appreciate Prager University for their thoughtful messages on the issues of our day. They provide invaluable content conservatives can use to make their case and a way for independents and liberals to better understand Republican views. Whether deepening your own understanding or sharing with others, here are some of the top issues and relevant Prager University messages worth viewing and discussing.

Freedom of speech is not freedom from speech. Just because someone’s comments offend you is not a reason to silence those comments. Greg Lukianoff – “Does Free Speech Offend You;” Seth Dillon on “The Moral Case for Mockery.”

Securing our Southern border and completing the wall is necessary. Our current “open border” is overwhelming border states and communities and flooding America with deadly drugs. Will Witt on “Who Cares about Illegal Immigration;” Reihan Salam on ”America Wants Legal Immigrants.”

Capitalizing on our rich supply of fossil fuels is critical to our economy. Limiting fossil fuel development in America while importing fossil fuels to meet our needs makes no sense and increases inflation. Alex Epstein on “Fossil Fuels Greener than You Think;” Alex Epstein on “Why You Should Love Fossil Fuel.”

Racism exists in all races and must be fought by all. Singling out one race and expecting them to pay reparations for past racism is another form of racism and only creates more racial animosity. Larry Elder on “Is America Racist?” Burgess Owens on “Why I Don’t Want and Don’t Deserve Reparations;” Derryck Green on “Who Are the Racists.”

Student loan forgiveness and rent control create more problems than they solve. Our culture is built on personal accountability. You make a loan; you pay it back. You rent an apartment or home; you pay the rent. Inez Stepman on “The Student Loan Forgiveness Scam;” Nicole Gelinas on “Why Rent Control Hurts Renters.”

Election reforms are necessary to ensure that only citizens vote. Same day voting, showing identification, and personally requesting a mail-in ballot when needed help limit voter fraud and help restore trust in our election results. Hans von Spakovsky on “The Georgia Reform Law Who Wants Fair Elections;” Eric Eggers on “Is Voter Fraud Real.”

Men and women are different. Calling yourself a man or a woman when you are not doesn’t change your sex no matter what pronouns you use. Selina Soule on “The End of Women’s Sports;” Sean McDowell on “Are Men and Women Different;” Ashley McGuire on “Gender Identity Why All the Confusion.”

Our energy crisis is fueling Inflation and the cost of everything we buy. The inflation that is destroying our middle class is being fueled by the limits on the fossil fuel necessary in driving our economy and producing many products. Alex Epstein on “The Real Climate Crisis;” Steve Forbes on “What Is Inflation?”

Government entitlements create dependence and stifle self-sufficiency. A free-enterprise economy requires that working pays better than staying dependent on government funds. Dinesh D’Souza on ”What Is Identity Socialism;” Lawrence Reed on “Was Jesus a Socialist;” Johan Norberg on “Milton Friedman No Free Lunch.”

It’s time for school choice by parents instead of maintaining a public school monopoly. Many of our public schools are not producing the results our children need. Allow parents to use public funds and pick the best public or private schools available. Corey DeAngelis on “Fund the Children Not the Schools;” Jill Simonian on “What Are Your Kids Learning in School.”

Higher taxes impact every income level. Increasing taxes on only the rich can limit the capital needed to fund innovation and is often passed on through higher costs for the products and services we buy. C. Bradley Thompson on ”Understanding Marxism from Each According to His Ability;” Daniel Hannan on “As the Rich Get Richer the Poor Get Richer.”

Unless nuclear energy is included, proposed wind and solar energy will never meet our demands. Most of our energy comes from fossil fuels, and most alternative energy sources are inadequate and impractical. Brian Gitt on “Confessions of an Environmentalist;” Mark Mills on “What’s Wrong with Wind and Solar;” Micheal Shellenberger on “Abundant Clean and Safe.”

Effective law enforcement is critical to our society in a time of increased crime. With crime on the rise, we need more police and sheriffs to protect our communities and arrest criminals. Hold abusive cops accountable and also honor those who serve us well. Rafael Mangual on “Fewer Penalties More Crime;” Heather Mac Donald on “Are the Police Racist;” Heather Mac Donald on ”Police Go Where the Crime Is.”

It’s been said that wise voices set you on the path to wiser choices. We can all thank Prager University for providing these invaluable five-minute messages. Consider making a donation in support. Even if you end up rejecting the opinions expressed, listening to different points of view helps deepen your understanding and sharpen your skills in countering those views.

Save this column for reference, share it with others, and let the wisdom shared add depth and a better understanding on the issues that matter most to our country.

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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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And Then There Were Three: A Look at the Three VP Finalists

Here are the pros and cons of each…

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**The Red Report: A Conservative Perspective on Potential VP Picks for Donald Trump in 2024**

Check out Chris Widener’s new video looking at the three VP finalists. A deeper look in print below the video!

As the 2024 election approaches, the political landscape is abuzz with speculation regarding who Donald Trump will choose as his running mate. Three names frequently mentioned are JD Vance, Doug Burgum, and Marco Rubio. Each of these potential vice-presidential candidates brings unique strengths and a conservative vision that aligns with Trump’s agenda. Let’s delve into the qualifications and appeal of each candidate from a conservative viewpoint.

**JD Vance: The Outsider with a Powerful Narrative**

JD Vance, author of the best-selling memoir “Hillbilly Elegy,” has emerged as a potent force in conservative politics. His life story, rising from poverty in Appalachia to becoming a successful venture capitalist, resonates deeply with many Americans who feel left behind by the political elite. Vance’s candidacy embodies the American Dream, making him an inspirational figure for a broad swath of the electorate.

Vance’s conservative credentials are robust. He is a staunch advocate for economic policies that prioritize American workers, a critical issue in the Trump agenda. His focus on revitalizing manufacturing and curbing the influence of globalist policies appeals directly to the heartland voters who were instrumental in Trump’s 2016 victory. Additionally, Vance’s critique of Big Tech aligns with the increasing conservative sentiment against Silicon Valley’s unchecked power and perceived biases.

In the Senate, Vance has proven to be a strong voice for conservative values, consistently advocating for pro-life policies, Second Amendment rights, and a strong national defense. His ability to articulate these positions with clarity and passion makes him a formidable candidate. Vance’s outsider status, combined with his eloquent advocacy for the working class, would complement Trump’s message and broaden his appeal.

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**Doug Burgum: The Businessman and Problem-Solver**

Doug Burgum, the Governor of North Dakota, is another compelling choice for Trump’s running mate. Burgum’s background as a successful businessman before entering politics mirrors Trump’s own journey, suggesting a natural synergy between the two. His experience in leading a state with a strong economy and low unemployment rates demonstrates his capability as an effective administrator and problem-solver.

Burgum’s governance style emphasizes fiscal responsibility, limited government, and economic growth—core tenets of conservative ideology. Under his leadership, North Dakota has seen significant advancements in technology and energy, particularly in oil production. Burgum’s expertise in energy policy would be invaluable in an administration committed to achieving energy independence and reducing reliance on foreign oil.

Moreover, Burgum’s pragmatic approach to governance, coupled with his ability to implement conservative policies effectively, showcases his potential to appeal to a broader electorate. His calm demeanor and focus on results over rhetoric could provide a stabilizing influence, balancing Trump’s more combative style. This blend of business acumen and political effectiveness makes Burgum a strong contender for the vice-presidential slot.

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**Marco Rubio: The Experienced Statesman**

Marco Rubio, the Senator from Florida, offers a wealth of experience and a deep understanding of both domestic and international issues. As a former presidential candidate and a prominent figure in the Senate, Rubio’s extensive political background would bring a seasoned perspective to the ticket.

Rubio’s conservative stance on key issues aligns closely with Trump’s platform. He is a vocal advocate for tax cuts, deregulation, and strengthening the military. His expertise in foreign policy, particularly in relation to Latin America and China, would be an asset in addressing complex global challenges. Rubio’s Cuban heritage and his consistent support for freedom and democracy resonate with many Hispanic voters, potentially broadening the Republican base.

Rubio’s communication skills and ability to articulate a clear, conservative vision make him an effective campaigner. His youthful energy and commitment to conservative principles would appeal to both the Republican base and independent voters. Moreover, Rubio’s legislative accomplishments and his work on bipartisan issues demonstrate his ability to navigate the complexities of Washington, D.C.

In conclusion, JD Vance, Doug Burgum, and Marco Rubio each bring distinct strengths as potential vice-presidential picks for Donald Trump in the 2024 election. Vance’s compelling personal story and advocacy for the working class, Burgum’s business background and effective governance, and Rubio’s extensive experience and foreign policy expertise each offer unique advantages. From a conservative perspective, any of these candidates would complement Trump’s vision and enhance his chances of securing a victory in 2024. The choice will ultimately reflect Trump’s strategic priorities and the direction he wishes to take his campaign and administration.

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Bite-Sized Motivation

The insights or wisdom we need to get us going often don’t have to be more than a few words

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I’ve spoken to 1075 audiences at conventions, conferences, and meetings, and have had the opportunity to hear probably 800 other speakers as well.

The insights, perspectives, or wisdom we need, to get us going often don’t have to be more than a few words. Here are 52 of my own six word “speeches,” drawn from my keynotes and breakout session on the topic of work-life balance. Some of these likely will resonate with you:

Choose from what you already have.
Everyone needs breathing space, especially you.
Information overload obscures meaning and relevance.
Deep breathes are essential for well-being.

Make every day an organized day.
Allow your natural rhythms to rule.
Stay confident and in control daily.
Manage your time, manage your life.

Slow down to plot your course.
Look for the best in others.
Make yourself indispensable on the job.
Compete with yourself, not with others.

Learn to take control of today.
Manage your time to make time.
Take control of your desk clutter.
You’re the best when you’re fresh.

Do something to take control now.
Major projects often require a jumpstart.
Methodically pare down your paper piles.
Don’t attempt too much at once.

Evaluate your situation and what’s important.
Narrow your priorities to stay focused.
Avoid making promises you can’t keep.
Learn to embrace your many talents.

Take the time to become organized.
Become aware of how you react.
Arrange your space; help isn’t coming.
Manage the flat surfaces in life.

Periodically challenge yourself to perform better.
Take long, deep breaths as needed.
Reclaim your places, spaces, and graces.
Start big projects well in advance.

Don’t rush the truly important things.
Make the best use of today.
Schedule accordingly: plan for your future.
Be kind, cut yourself some slack.

Opportunity knocks, but are you answering?
Conventional wisdom has diminishing value.
When practical, substitute time for money.
The market for top talent lives.

The self-reliant survive and thrive.
Leadership requires forethought and super-vision.
Learn from and capitalize on mistakes.
Firmly face the future with confidence.

“Now” holds a lot of opportunity.
Control but don’t curb your enthusiasm.
Treading water won’t propel you forward.
Have you ever really tested yourself?

Life goes on; do your best.
Continually seek out the higher ground.
Luck is distributed evenly, but disguised.
You must be doing something right.

 


 

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