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Will Embattled President Biden Resign?

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Many Americans were not alive and most others scarcely remember when President Richard Milhous Nixon resigned as the 37th President of the United States on August 9, 1974. He made no confessions of “high crimes and misdemeanors” with which the House Judiciary Committee charged him over Watergate in its bill of impeachment. But he left office after two years of divisive public debate over the Watergate scandal when he concluded that he no longer had “a strong enough political base in the Congress” to make it possible for him to complete his term of office.

Certainly, many of the Democrats wanted his head, but what seemed to seal his fate was when some of his staunchest supporters suggested that he should resign. After meeting with the then Senate Minority Leader Hugh Scott (R-Pa.), the House Minority Leader John J. Rhodes (R-Ariz.), and Sen. Barry M. Goldwater (R-Ariz.), he made his decision and helped to prepare soon-to-be-president Gerald Ford.

As potential legal problems for President Biden grow and further evidence of his mental decline become more evident, the support for the president is at an all time low. The media can cover for him by refusing to report the information coming out of the House investigations, and the Democratic party can continue to claim that there is no evidence of his wrongdoing. But the cost of letting his demise stretch out into the key 2024 campaign risks them losing the presidency and both houses of Congress.

What will get President Biden to resign? He may be forced to leave office if key Democratic supporters in Washington communicate a lack of support. It’s not farfetched for them to come to that conclusion. This close to the 2024 elections, the Democrats cannot afford a protracted impeachment and damaging testimony from a steady stream of whistleblowers who point to his family’s corruption and party coverups.

Yes, there is an obvious problem with any such decision by Democrats. Kamala Harris is no Gerald Ford. In fact, recent NBC News polling indicates that Vice President Kamala Harris has emerged as the least popular vice president in American history. With only 32% of registered voters expressing a positive view of her performance, the poll indicates a distinct negative view of Harris. A whopping 49% of the respondents voiced a negative view with a significant 39% of this group expressed a ‘very negative’ view of her tenure in office.

Yes, a wounded Biden may be a problem in 2024, but an unpopular Kamala Harris may be just as bad for the Democrats. They could decide to make her win the job through a revived primary gauntlet. But unfortunately, such a battle could further hurt a party responsible for four years of rampant illegal immigration, crippling inflation, and unpopular environmental restrictions ending our country’s energy independence.

Biden won in 2020 not because people wanted him; he won because far more hated Trump and wanted him out. Now, the Biden/Harris team has had a record Democrats will have to defend, and it will not be easy to do so. Either Biden or Harris would have problems in 2024. Even if many who voted for Biden refuse to vote Republican, all it would take to ensure a loss is for a lot of past Biden voters to just stay home.

As it stands, the 2024 election is the GOP’s race to lose. The Democrats have an unpopular president and vice president in office. Many of their signature “accomplishments” are far from popular. Crime is up. School performance is down. Voters are primed for a Contract with America that will help right the ship. Republicans want all candidates running to agree to support whatever candidate wins the nomination in order to participate in the coming debates. Not all are sure they can. Maybe it’s time to change our priorities.

We have been too focused on the right candidate and not enough focused on what we want any candidate to champion once in office. It’s time to come together on a Contract with America all Republican candidates can endorse. Find out what unites the party as a focus for 2024, and then require support for those priorities to participate in the debates. It’s time supporters realize that the person chosen may not be as important as what they can accomplish through the team they bring in and the coattails they have in securing control of both the Senate and the House.

No president will ever be perfect. We have certainly done a great job of proving that. But then again, none of us are perfect either. It’s time to rally around a Contract with America that will provide a vision most voting Americans can get behind.

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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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