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Why Did the Wave Become a Ripple?

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If you wake up this morning still wondering why the expected red wave of Republican victories had turned out to be but a ripple, you’re not alone. Many pundits expected that the Biden administration’s liberal overreach had gone too far, and the midterm elections would send a message that the Left had gone too far. At this point, chances are that we will continue to have a closely divided House and Senate. The House most likely will be Republican, with a less than expected majority. The Senate is likely to remain equally divided or with one party having but a 51 to 49 seat advantage. How can we explain these unexpected results? Some evidence is emerging.

Abortion may have been an unexpected factor. An extensive exit poll of over 17,000 voters by Edison Research found that the top two issues for Democrat voters were abortion and gun policy in that order. For Republicans, the top two were inflation and immigration. That means that the single biggest factor in the wave turning into ripple may have been the decision by the US Supreme Court reversing Roe v. Wade. Even though that decision returned the issue to the states, many voters felt that the decision had outlawed abortions. Abortion gave Democrats a wedge issue to drive for the midterms. Normally, the economy would take precedence, but for some concerned voters, the intrusion of government into a woman’s right to choose was too much to accept. It sent many to the polls who might otherwise have stayed home. They were susceptible to the fear that Republicans controlling both the House and the Senate might outlaw abortion nationally as some states were doing. Kentucky voters rejected a ballot measure aimed at denying any constitutional protections for abortion, sending a message to Republican lawmakers who has already eroded access to the procedure in this deeply red state.

Big government pays off for far too many Americans. Far too many Americans either have government jobs or receive extensive government entitlement funds. A vote for Republicans puts their standard of living in jeopardy. We remain deeply divided as a country by party. Those voting for Democrats don’t want smaller government; they receive a lot of money from Democrats. It’s understandable in these challenging times. The pandemic has impacted the confidence of citizens. They’re seeing inflation impact their standard of living, and they look to government for relief. The Tax Policy Center estimates that 57% of U.S. households paid no federal income taxes for 2021, up substantially from the 44% before the pandemic. They have gotten used to free money from government, rent relief in tough times, and the promises of student debt relief. When you get more from government than you put in, you’re not sure you want a party in control that commits to ending the entitlements you depend on.

It’s clear now that Donald Trump is toxic! His victory and first term as president helped set the stage for needed conservative policy changes; he showed that a president could deliver on his promises. But his abrasive comments and personal attacks clearly contributed to Republican midterm losses in this election. Trump’s 2020 loss to Biden was not because of his conservative positions. His campaign was focused on demeaning Biden. More than half of Americans hated him so much that they gave the presidency to what we now know is an age-impaired president. In this election, not all of the Trump-endorsed candidates won. He may have endorsed them, but he did not take from his large political war chest to help fund their campaigns. His negative comments about Gov. DeSantis did not hurt the governor, but they did hurt the party. Trump made a difference, but his time has passed if the GOP is to win the future.

Many conservatives laughed at the mainstream media’s concern that democracy was in jeopardy with a Republican victory. But unfortunately, most people get no exposure to conservative media. The mainstream media are in the pocket of the left and that limits most Americans from the knowledge they receive from a clearly biased source. Social media is not much better than mainstream media. Most people use Google to search for information. Google and many of the major social media powerhouses maintain a liberal bias in their search results.

The lack of trust in election results can only grow. Both parties are already prepared to pursue fraud claims. We used to conduct elections in one day with marginal absentee ballots to be counted after that day. Now, we have extended days to vote and are given all the ballots we need to make cheating easier. With many votes are still left uncounted a day after the election, election denying is here to stay for both parties. When you can’t trust election results, America is in trouble no matter what party you support.

In short, we remain deeply divided as a country by party. The election of Senator-elect John Fetterman in Pennsylvania proves that voters don’t care whether their candidate is impaired. Americans clearly vote by party because they fear the other party. In all honesty, in today’s divided America, Republicans would probably do the same. Having power for your side is more important than the effectiveness of any one candidate.

There is some good news for the GOP. The Republicans will likely have a slim margin of control in the House and winning a small majority in the Senate is still possible. Even if the GOP controls only the House, that will be enough to slow leftist policies and give them the power to bring to light investigations the Democrats have refused to even explore, including the Hunter Biden influence peddling.
It’s also clear that Republicans can win if they have a strong candidate who can effectively articulate their values and lead. President Trump proved that in 2020, and Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis proved that with his twenty percent victory in Florida on Tuesday. If he desires, DeSantis has positioned himself well to run for the presidency in 2024. But for now, we are in for two more years of heated division.

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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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The Rise of Mark Robinson and the Benefit to North Carolina

He will win the governorship of North Carolina, be an excellent governor, and have a greater political future ahead of him

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Mark Robinson, if you are not aware, is currently North Carolina’s lieutenant governor. He is someone who made himself a success, despite coming from a background of extreme hardship. He was born in Greensboro, North Carolina, the 9th of 10 children. His upbringing, amidst alcoholism and domestic violence, was nowhere near what you would want for a growing child.

Onward and Upward

Robinson’s mother imbued in her children a sense of responsibility, and let them know in actions and words that perseverance, hard work, and devotion to God would be their best ticket to a rewarding life. Robinson absorbed the message at an early age.

Among the many stops in his personal journey, he served as a medical specialist in the Army reserves. He also worked in manufacturing, and then ran a small business with his wife. When the North American Free Trade Act (NAFTA) was passed his small business and career endeavors dissolved.

At one point, nearly 20 years ago, he had to declare bankruptcy. Despite his financial hardships he soldiered on. Eventually, he became North Carolina’s first Black lieutenant governor. As such, he has traveled extensively throughout the state, talking to people of every race, profession, trade, income level, education level, and inclination.

Now is the Time

Robinson knows the people of North Carolina perhaps as well as anyone could. Once he decided to run for governor a wellspring of voters emerged eager to see him succeed, because they know the man. Married for now 30+ years, with two children and two grandchildren, Robinson has vowed to be the education governor and the business enterprise governor that North Carolina wants and needs.

In the coming weeks and months, however, much of what you read about Robinson in the mainstream press will ignore his accomplishments, his vision, and the fundamental reasons that so many North Carolinians of all races want him to be the next governor.

The Left is so pathetically predictable that I can tell you with complete accuracy how they respond to Black conservatives. On cue, without missing a beat, the day after Mark Robinson won the Republican primary for governor in North Carolina, the vicious press, putting in overtime, went to work. Nine of 10 articles that you would encounter on Mark Robinson were complete hit jobs, taking his words and phrases out of context.

The same was true on the internet. Google, among the most evil companies that has ever appeared on Earth, with their oh-so-mysterious algorithms, made sure that nothing good was said about Mark Robinson until about the 12th listing. Even then, Google followed with more hit pieces.

We All Know Exactly Why

Why does the Left so thoroughly despise Black conservatives? Why does the Left disparage them at every turn, such as Jason Whitlock, Star Parker, Condoleezza Rice, Alan Keyes, Larry Elder, Candace Owens, Allen West, and Senator Tim Scott? Because the mere existence of a Black conservative upsets everything that the Left stands for, such as “keeping Blacks in their place,” ensuring they never dare to leave the liberal plantation, and hoping that they don’t have an original political thought.

Traditionally, Democrats retained many Black voters at the national, state, and local level through campaign promises, while never consistently delivering on them. And now, as we approach November 2024, they are losing their grip. Survey after survey reveals that Donald Trump is gaining major ground among Black voters, other minorities, young people, and suburban women.

The press will nitpick about statements Robinson made years and decades ago. They’ll claim he’s an anti-Semite. They’ll say he is ‘against his own people.’ They will attempt to demonize him. Don’t fall for any of it.

Making His Mark

Robinson spoke at CPAC 2024 and, while he only had 12 minutes, he brought down the house. At another gathering, he spoke for less than 90 seconds about why reparations are a bad idea. He laid out in the most logical manner why people today who claim they deserve reparations are the ones who owe others, mainly the Black pioneers who came before them. It is a brilliant piece of rhetoric that everyone, everywhere should hear.

Mark Robinson is the candidate whose time is now. He will win the governorship of North Carolina, be an excellent governor, and have a greater political future ahead of him. Donald Trump strongly endorsed him and one can foresee a time in which Robinson will have important business to do in Washington, DC.

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Stress Promises Not Attacks

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People wonder how Donald Trump could lose to Joe Biden in 2020 unless there was cheating. Yes, like millions of Americans, we believe that there was cheating, but Trump also did all he could to earn his disappointing loss. Without a change in his campaign performance, he could lose again.

Instead of campaigning on his record and his promises for his second term, President Trump spent most of his time demeaning Biden and stressing how inadequate he was as an opponent. It became a contest of personalities with only Trump’s personality on display. President Trump’s combative, attacking style was front and center almost every day while Biden spent most of his time in his basement or otherwise avoiding campaigning.

Trump and his supporters thought Biden would be easy to beat. After all, how could anyone but a dumb Democrat vote for such an incompetent leader for America’s President? Trump loves to point out that he received more votes than any past Presidential candidate. He did, but, unfortunately, Biden got more than he did and had enough to win. Did all vote for Biden because they wanted him to win? Some did, but far more came out to vote to defeat that “hated” Donald Trump. Trump had a lot of loyal supporters and possibly even more motivated haters!

Along with a couple of thousand other attendees at the National Religious Broadcasters convention in Nashville this week, I saw Donald Trump captivate a crowd who had been forced to wait nearly five hours to hear him speak because of travel problems. And speak he did! Yes, he had a teleprompter to give him the basics of his message, but his easy style and ready humor were often unleashed as he went off script to energize and entertain the crowd.

In addition to some of his more outrageous comments, he demonstrated a full command of the issues and policy priorities that he believes will return him to the White House. He asserted that the majority of Americans want what he can deliver independence, a secure border, law and order in our cities, school choice, religious freedom, true free speech, lowered inflation, and an end to deep state meddling and abusive regulations. The vast majority cheered as he listed his promises. After four years of President Joe Biden, I guess that even many Democrats want a change in these key priorities. Yes, former President Trump has the best policy cards to play, but will he play them well?

If you remember the adage, “loose lips sink ships,” you know that no candidate in recent history has looser lips than Donald Trump. That is why, during the campaign, clips of some of his more provocative statements had a way of playing the lead on most news and talk shows. If you want attention, Trump is the master. But will the kind of attention he receives win back the White House?

His verbal attacks on Biden and Haley were funny to supporters, but some in the crowd who remained seated were not smiling. Trump dared to ask, “Who would be dumb enough to vote for Biden again?” In short, Democrats are stupid, possibly even evil, and certainly easy to beat in 2024. That is what the over-confident Republicans said before the 2022 midterms. Well, as you remember, it wasn’t easy, and the GOP fell way short of expectations. We barely got control of the House and failed to regain control of the Senate.

In many conversations the next day, there were many compliments for Trump-“The guys got unbelievable energy, and I love his policy priorities. It’s what Americans desperately want and need!” But there was a common note of caution-“I’m worried about his abrasive name-calling and attacks. It’s hard for many independents and moderates to accept. Even if they don’t vote for Biden, they may just stay home. Trump needs their votes! We have to win this election! I’m worried.”

We know he’s no saint, but what politician is? When speaking to the National Religious Broadcasters audience, he stated that he was a believer but admitted that he certainly didn’t get carried away with his faith. He confessed that one Christian leader reminded others that they weren’t electing a preacher. They were electing a President who would deliver on the issues that mattered most.

One participant nearby laughed as he focused on his abrasive style, “At least he’s learned to cut down the swearing.” But he could do so much more and ensure his victory if he had the consistent discipline to focus on the issues that mattered most whenever he delivered a speech or responded to a question. In every comment, Trump should identify the problem Democratic
policies have been created but always ends the statement with what he promises to do when elected to right the ship.

President Trump has a full and insightful grasp of the pressing problems real Americans face. Can he unite the voters he needs to win? He knows what needs to be done, and he has the bold confidence and skill to deliver on what he has promised. It’s time for him to drop the personal attacks, compliment the GOP candidates he has beaten, and let responsible Americans return him to the White House to begin restoring America to what it once again can and must be to remain free and prosperous. May it be so!

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