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Unraveling the Democrats’ “Contract with America”

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As we race towards the November mid-terms, we search for a clear differentiation between the parties vying for our support. Having lost control of the White House, the Senate, and the House, the Republicans have promised to supply a new Contract with America.

On Sept. 27, 1994, on the Capitol steps in Washington, D.C., Newt Gingrich shepherded members of the Republican minority to announce a “Contract with America” outlining legislation to be enacted by the House of Representatives within the first 100 days of the 104th Congress. They won big. It’s time for Republicans to come forward with a similar contract.

The Democrats are known to promise whatever they think will keep them in power. Many of their talking points need no evidence; they are accepted as undeniable truths by our left-leaning news media. You can’t defeat your political opponent until you know what they stand for. In an effort to begin isolating many of their key priorities, what follows could be the Democrat Party’s Contract with America and my brief commentary on why those priorities are bad for this country we love:

Increased gun controls are vital because guns kill people. With growing incidence of mass murders and gun violence, we support doing more to limit citizens from purchasing and using guns. (Commentary: Criminals never follow gun laws. Citizens need the Second Amendment to support their right to bear arms.)

Women have the right to an abortion. With the U.S. Supreme Court reversing Roe vs. Wade, Democrats support a federal law securing a woman’s right to an abortion. (Commentary: The life of an unborn fetus has value and restrictions on when or if an abortion is allowed should be left to the states.)

Tax increases to support government programs must be paid by the rich who don’t pay their fair share. To fund the necessary programs designed to help those less fortunate still recovering from the COVID pandemic, the most successful Americans will be required to shoulder the cost. (Commentary: The rich already pay the vast majority of federal and state income taxes with the bottom fifty percent paying nothing. Adding new entitlements creates more government dependence rather than promoting the American value of self-reliance.)

Because of police abuse and racial biases, spend less on law enforcement officers and more on mental health workers to deal with the true “reasons” for crime. In a world of white privilege, systemic racism, and unequal incarceration of minority citizens, defunding abusive law enforcement practices and increasing mental health services must be considered a priority. (Commentary: At a time citizens are more fearful of becoming victims of crime, we need more law enforcement officers and DAs who will fully prosecute all criminals of any race.)

Support Election reforms which expand the access and days for voting and limit ID requirements that negatively impact minority voting. Forcing voters to show an ID and sign their ballots is just another form of voter suppression. (Commentary: Trust in election results is at an all-time low. As has always been the case, citizens should have to vote on the designated election day and proper ID should be required to prove citizenship.)

Because of the threat of Adverse climate change, end America’s dependence on fossil fuels and develop and fund green energy alternatives. No matter what the cost to citizens today, the reality of global warming requires changes now that restrict our dependence on oil, natural gas, and nuclear energy. (Commentary: Even if eventually it may be necessary, the reliable technology and resources needed for green energy alternatives are not adequate at this time and fossil fuels and nuclear energy should be used to meet our current energy needs. Instead of buying oil and coal from others, we should be 100% energy independent and capitalize on our own cheaper resources.)

Completing the Southern border wall is racially insensitive and unnecessary at a time we need more workers and must remain a refuse for those seeking freedom and opportunity. We will provide temporary status documents, transportation to a place to live, and eventual hope for a path to citizenship. (Commentary: Maintaining border security is job one for every country. Legal immigration should be encouraged and expanded as needed, but the border wall should be completed in order to limit illegal immigration, the flow of illegal drugs, and easy access to gangs and terrorists.)

Dismantle the conservative strangle-hold on the U.S. Supreme Court. Whether by expanding the number of justices, impeachment, or passing mandatory retirement for justices, we will secure a Supreme Court that is not bound by the antiquated Constitution but will meet the needs of this generation. (Commentary: The Supreme Court must remain independent of political manipulation, keeping the Constitution as the sole source of reference for whether a law can be enforced at the state or federal level.)

Convict President Donald Trump of some crime that will limit his ability to run for office in 2024. President Trump did such damage to our country and initiated insurrection on January 6th. As a result, he cannot be allowed to even run for President again. (Commentary: The unprecedented raid on Mar-a-Lago has already established their fishing expedition. Whether Donald Trump is the standard bearer for the Republican Party in 2024 should be up to the people and not a result of trumped-up charges or judicial fiat.)

Have I been fair? Have I let anything out? We could add military unpreparedness, diplomatic failures, minimum wage, student loan relief, as the list is endless. I wonder if liberals even know what the Left-leaning elites in their party have done to hijack their party? Hopefully, this column will help inform them of what they actually stand for and what their leaders plan to continue to do to America.

My fear is that, just as in the last election, most Democrats who voted against anything Trump, will do the same in the mid-terms against any from the party of the “deplorables.” After all, the one-sided mainstream media makes all conservatives look as bad as possible. Maybe it’s time liberals look in the mirror at their own party. Look at what they have done in two years and what lies ahead if they are given more time to have their way. Here’s hoping that many do before November.

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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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Will Democrats Do What They Must?

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On a warm August evening in 1974, President Richard M. Nixon said from the Oval Office that he was resigning, becoming the first president to do so. He confessed that he no longer had “a strong enough political base in the Congress” to finish his term.

Sen. Barry Goldwater, Ariz., the 1964 GOP presidential nominee, was a respected conservative leader in a Senate whose Republican ranks were less conservative than now. In a May 1973 interview with Time magazine, Goldwater had given an early warning, “If it can be proved that he (Nixon) lied, resignation would have to be considered. It would be quick. Everything would be over, ended. It wouldn’t drag out like impeachment.”

At a regular Senate Republican Conference lunch on august 6 of 1974, Goldwater had fumed: “There are only so many lies you can take, and now there has been one too many. Nixon should get his ass out of the White House today!” When he went to see President Nixon, Goldwater confided, “There’s not more than 15 senators for you.” After that showdown, the curtain on President Nixon’s presidency came down three days later.

In this challenging time in our history when President Biden’s competency is under serious question, will Democrat leaders have the courage to do the same? With this report, more Democrats and Independents will be less inclined to vote for Biden. That may very well impact the future of many Democrat politicians whose own election could be impacted if their voting base stays home. After his Wednesday night address, the evidence that Biden is in trouble is plainly obvious.

President Biden’s poll numbers are now at an all time low. The shocking Department of Justice Special Counsel Robert Hur report suggests that Biden should not be indicted because Biden is “a sympathetic, well-meaning, elderly man with a poor memory” that a jury would be unlikely to convict. The Special Counsel also noted that Biden “willfully retained and disclosed classified materials after his vice presidency when he was a private citizen;” he noted that such actions “present serious risks to national security.” It is clearly a risk for Biden to remain in office.

When President Biden addressed the country after the report was disclosed, he asserted that his memory was fine, and the report confirms that he was not indicted and did nothing wrong. His comments to the press questions were combative and defensive. He took no personal responsibility, blaming his staff for the faulty storage of classified documents. His message was strident and clear-Trump is guilty, and I did nothing wrong.

If he is not competent to stand trial for his actions, how can he be confident enough to remain president? It’s time for a private confrontation by Democrat leadership. If Biden does not listen, it is time to exercise the 25th amendment option to remove him from office.

It is not easy to use that 25th Amendment option. It is even more difficult with only 9 months before a critical national election. Waiting until the Democrat Convention in August leaves little time to right the ship and promote a replacement candidate.

Democrats, do your job to clean out your own house. President Biden is not competent to meet the challenges of our time. Do it now or pay the price in November. As Republicans, we hope you let Biden remain your candidate, but that is selfish. President Biden is our current leader and his decisions impact all of us and a world in turmoil. This isn’t about politics. We can’t afford even eleven more months of a mentally incompetent President.

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Getting Beyond our Convenient Political Narratives

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There is only one movie up for Oscars that I have any interest in seeing win, “American Fiction.” This movie has the guts to call out all liberal media, book publishers, and Hollywood producers who have made it clear that the only narratives they will allow to be seen support their woke worldview.

In “American Fiction,” an author snubbed by publishers because his novels are not “black” enough decides to play a joke on the publishing industry by changing his identity to a fugitive who writes in graphic terms about what it’s “supposed to be” like to be a “black” in America. The book fits the liberal narrative and earns the author an offer of $750,000, a new movie contract, and award consideration. He’s disgusted by the liberal bias but plays along only to see a disturbing reality play out. The truth is that it pays to support liberal narratives.

Most of the Oscar nominations and comments at the ceremony prove a left-wing bias every year. That’s why fewer and fewer conservatives even watch. Where is the consideration for popular movies like “Sound of Freedom” or “Boys in the Boat?” They don’t fit the Left narratives that “nothing bad comes across an open border” or “nothing good comes out of America.”

It’s true that we all tend to fall victim to “selective scanning.” It’s tempting to search for information sources that reinforce what we want to believe. Both sides of the divide tend to say the same thing—“If you knew the ‘facts,’ you would know the ‘truth,’ ‘OK, my truth!’” Both sides of any divide have a narrative with “facts” and “expert opinion” to back their position.

There are numerous examples of well-defended narratives that keep America divided:

The COVID Vaccines are good for you vs. The COVID Vaccines have the potential to do more harm than good (You can find some research and anecdotal evidence that vaccines work and similar evidence that some people have died or developed serious illnesses).

Climate Change will result in man’s destructive vs. Climate Change has multiple causes, and we can do little to change (Clearly, there is evidence of man doing damage to the environment, and there is evidence that there have been extended warm and cold periods throughout earth’s existence with or without man).

Entitlement Programs are essential to help those who can’t help themselves. Entitlement Programs foster government dependency and prevent self-sufficiency (It’s true that people need help, but it is best provided by a distant government bureaucracy or by family, friends, and local charities who can access needs and provide focused assistance and support).

Undocumented Aliens should receive government assistance and have a path to citizenship; Illegal Aliens have committed crimes and should be deported (There is evidence that some who have crossed the open border have committed terrible crimes, but it’s also true that some have been good workers with strong family values).

Both leading candidates for the 2024 Presidential election are loved and hated. They have counter-narratives depending on your side of the divide.

The left’s Trump narrative is predictable. Once elected, President Trump will be a “dictator,” “seek revenge,” “be fatal to the American experiment,” “a felon,” and “a threat to democracy.” In Short, the left’s message is simple, “Trump is dangerous for America and should be in jail.”

The right’s narrative couldn’t be more different. President Trump will “restore America,” “ensure our freedoms,” “destroy the deep state,” and “defend the Constitution.” In short, “Trump’s been victimized by politicized accusations and will save the America we love if he can just be elected.” Both can find statements from Trump’s speeches and past actions to attempt to justify their claims.

To the right, President Biden is “senile,” a “bumbling idiot,” “too old,” “an un-American traitor,” “a ‘big guy” crook,” and “dangerous to the future of America and should be impeached and in jail.” To the left, Biden has “helped keep America open to immigrants,” “helped prevent a climate calamity,” “provides necessary benefits for minorities,” “makes the rich pay their fair share,” and “is the only person in the way of a rightwing dictatorship.” Both views can find ammunition to support their claims.

Notice that neither side likes you to watch a whole speech. They want you to see just the clips and evidence that reinforce their own narratives about the candidate. Welcome to soundbite politics!

The 2024 election is too important for our future to be left with biased narratives about two candidates. It is not just the President that you elect; it is the people and the policies they bring with them that will determine the course for America’s future.

Instead of limiting yourself to biased narratives, there is much to consider in making an informed decision on who to elect. Both candidates have a record to look at. What are their major accomplishments? Do you support what they did as President? Now, look to the future. Join those who are demanding that both parties lay out their Contract with America. What are the top five promises and priorities for each party?

Let’s get beyond the name-calling and demand that they come before the people to debate the issues that matter most. Both these candidates are more than the narratives we have created. Let’s hear from them directly and then vote. To do less is not responsible citizenship and is detrimental to the future of our amazing country.

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