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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 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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Productivity in Flight

You can handle so much in the air that you’ll have less to do going forward



When you are flying and told to put your cell phone in airplane mode, you might think that your productivity will suffer. However, when I turn on my email function and dictate into the phone, even surrounded by the heavy airplane noise, my cell phone, an Android model, works well with few transcription errors.

This particular article was written at 35,000 feet. I was in airplane mode at the time, with all kinds of sounds around me. Yet the phone faithfully recorded my dictated words.

If I have notes with me, and enough time on the flight, I’ll be able to dash off three or four articles in one sitting. Chances are you have the same capability.

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Maybe you’re not writing articles per se, but you could be creating future blog entries, making notes to your staff or to your boss, or writing messages that you’ll send to friends and relatives. So what if you can’t send them at the moment that you finished dictating? You’ll be landing soon enough, and you’ll have the capabilities to resume sending and receiving email. Then, bingo! You’ve handled so much in the air that now you have less to do going forward.

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The Cancel Culture at Artspace in Raleigh, North Carolina

Making a federal case out of a 20 second, honest mistake



American Thinker — The USA, the land of the free and home of the brave. With its weaponized DoJ and FBI, are we truly free? And what about  tyranny at the state level? As part of their pro-LGBTQ+ agenda, the House Democrat Party in Michigan has passed a law to fine or incarcerate residents using the wrong pronouns in addressing another person.

The bill, HB 4474, criminalizes making somebody “feel threatened” by terminology including employing the wrong pronouns. The proposed legislation would replace the current Ethnic Intimidation Act.  If enacted, it will be a felony hate crime in Michigan, with up to five years in prison or a $10,000 fine, for causing protected classes to “feel terrorized, frightened, or threatened,” regarding gender identity or sexual orientation.

I Am a Fugitive from Justice

I am blessed to reside in North Carolina, not Michigan, where my recent crime is not yet a felony.  My letter, directly below, to the Artspace Board of Directors and, below that, the correspondence leading up to my letter, spell out the grievous sin for which I am guilty!  As you will see, clearly, I am a lost and nonredeemable soul:

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Greetings Artspace Board Members,

I am a six-year volunteer with Art Space of Raleigh, having started in March of 2014, and serving through March of 2020 until COVID-19 shut us down. I resumed volunteering once the “First Friday” visitors were back in swing.

During my time as a volunteer, I was on site, perhaps 60 to 64 times, missing about 10 First Fridays due to my travel as a professional speaker and cruise ship speaker. My volunteer experience initially included serving wine and beer. I then became the food server for many years. The supervisors, including Mary Kennedy, were glad because I was one of the few who never consumed the Artspace food!  

During some First Fridays, I stayed on for a second 3-hour shift, on short notice, when other scheduled volunteers did not appear.

In addition, I served as a volunteer on some weekends during Family Days directing a variety of activities for kids. I also volunteered at the annual benefactors banquet – a black tie affair with lavish hors d’oeuvres and entertainment.

After COVID-19, I was assigned to the education room. During such sessions, parents with children or children on their own would create some type of art or craft. The new supervisor was David, who praised me on several occasions during my nights of volunteering, as I always arrived early, took few breaks, did not require refreshments, and handled crowds of all sizes.

In March 2023, I was a volunteer once again. Then, I was traveling on the first Friday in April and in May, so I was not available again until June.  hen I signed up for June weeks later, I saw that my sign-up had been removed. When I re-signed, I was informed by David via email, out of the blue (see below) that I had committed a grievous sin 10 weeks before and could no longer volunteer. Ten weeks.         

I have included, verbatim, sequential correspondence between myself and David.

Jeff Davidson


Hi Jeff,

I apologize for not responding to you sooner. I am going to politely ask that you no longer volunteer with Artspace moving forward. We have appreciated your support, but my colleague Danny reported that you used inappropriate language that could’ve made attendees feel uncomfortable while volunteering during March First Friday.

At Artspace, we’re striving to create a space that people from all walks of life can feel comfortable in and we need volunteers who reinforce that culture.  Again, thank you for the support but I feel its best if you no longer volunteer with Artspace.

          Best, David


Greetings David,

I did not knowingly use any inappropriate language at any time. Before you came on board, I was a volunteer for 6 years every First Friday at Artspace, and was widely acknowledged as an asset on First Fridays.

Now, I hear this kind of accusation. What specific language does Danny have to report? I would be most interested in knowing the specifics as opposed to some general accusation. If you’re going to make an accusation, let me hear what it is.



I’m happy to give you a call later today to discuss. However, as the Director of Community Engagement and the person who manages Artspace’s volunteer program this is my final decision. Please let me know the best time to call you today.

          Thank you, David



You can call me anytime {he never did, I had to force a call}, I’m interested knowing a couple of things:

          * What does Danny say that I said, verbatim?

          * Next, if I happened to say something that he thought was inappropriate, why did he not tell me at the time?

          * Why does it take 3 months to find out such news?

          * Also, don’t be concerned that I’m going to attempt to continue to be a volunteer.

          * Nobody, including me, wants to be around anybody that does not like them.

I received praise from you the times we’ve encountered each other, and now you’ve taken the word of an associate that I’ve done something so terrible that I must be banned forever from Artspace, without even first talking to me about it.

This is leadership?

          Jeff Davidson 


No News by Phone

On the phone, I could not get him to give me any specifics or even anything of substance, just vague utterance about some terrible faux pas that merited instantly canceling me. So, I called to his boss, who he had not informed. She was surprised because she had seen me many times on the job and knew that I was on asset. To follow up, I sent her the email trail:


Greetings Ms. Jones,

Here is the email trail [all included above] leading to the phone call in which David would tell me nothing and when I attempted to gain any useful information about the alleged faux pas, he hung up on me. In my 20+ years of volunteering for WUNC, the Flower Shuttle, Tunnel to Towers, Cystic Fibrosis, March of Dimes, and the NC Museum of Arts, I have never experienced anything remotely like this.

Thanks for your attention, Jeff Davidson

At the request of his boss, David sent me a formal letter, now adding on other previously unannounced “multiple reports on your inability to follow instructions during volunteer shifts.”  You and I have seen this before: someone has a weak case so they throw in more vague, (bogus) assertions to “shore up” their argument. Then, when they stonewall you by phone and you get upset, they throw that in as well.

Case closed: looked at all the infractions!


Dear Jeff,

Thank you for your six years of service to Artspace. Our organization appreciates your continued support over the years assisting with First Fridays and other programs. Unfortunately, we no longer see Artspace’s volunteer program as a good fit for you, and we will no longer need your assistance as a volunteer.

We have come to this decision after we received multiple reports on your inability to follow instructions during volunteer shifts. A staff member reported you made inappropriate comments related to gender in reference to a family visiting Artspace during First Friday on March 3, 2023. Everyone is welcome at Artspace and our staff strives to create a safe space that is welcoming to people of all ages, abilities, genders, and backgrounds. We want to retain volunteers who will reinforce that expectation and respect the culture that has been established.

Not only did your comments make that staff member feel uncomfortable, but dismissive comments related to gender identity could have jeopardized that family’s positive experience at Artspace. The hostile behavior you displayed when confronted about this incident over the phone only further displays that it is time for us to part ways. For those reasons, I am respectfully requesting you no longer volunteer with Artspace moving forward.

We thank you for your service and hope you find success volunteering with another local organization. Please know you are still welcome to visit Artspace and attend our community programs.



Multiple reasons? Hardly. Thanks for your continued non-explanation. If you’re referring to the two little kids, dressed in bright colors, with long flowing hair, giggling at the back table for over an hour, who I mistook as girls, it was an honest mistake that anyone could have made. There was zero malice on my part.  I was seeking to help them with their art project, as all other youths required, roughly, only 30 to 40 minutes.

I said to them, verbatim, “Ladies, can I help?” They had been unsupervised for at least an hour, and then a parent, apparently their parent, seated nearby said, “They’re boys.” I immediately told them I was sorry for their error.  Not the world’s worst offense, and highly likely not the first time someone has erred in relation to them.

I then went immediately to Danny and asked him about the two youths and he said they were boys. I told him that I had mistook them. That is the whole incident.

You, David, apparently want to make this a federal case, and make defamatory statements as if I’m some type of troglodyte with a history of bad behavior. I strongly sense that you were looking for a way to depose me as part your personal brand of cancel culture.

As for the phone conversation, you were intentionally vague and unresponsive when I had a legitimate right to know what I had done that was worthy of your punishment. I asked for any type of detail and you offered next to nothing. And you kept accusing me of pressing you, and then you hung up on me. Even now, it has taken several more weeks to get any kind of information from you and I had to go to your supervisor, at that.

For shame, David.


Cancellation Celebrations!

And that, folks, is how cancel culture, the cancer that it is, now lingers at Artspace in Raleigh, North Carolina. Who will be the next in line?

I have laid bare my first cancellation experience and the grievous sin I have committed.  Can you find it in your heart to forgive me?

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