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The words we use matter. Their meaning matters even more. Laughing at the word salad that the looney left tosses into our culture every day just may help us fight back against the insanity that they now want us to call the “new normal.”


Woman: Look up the definition of “woman” and be prepared to laugh: “an adult female person; a woman belonging to a particular category (as by birth, residence, membership, or occupation).” Only down the page does one read, “relating to, or being the sex that bears young….” But in today’s gender confused world, a required “black woman” being considered for the U.S. Supreme Court won’t even risk defining what a woman is! To the woke left, differences between male and female genitalia is increasingly irrelevant. Men claiming to be “women” can compete in sports against truly biological women and take victories that they don’t deserve. Who needs gender equality when you can choose what sex you are! When other women competitors complain, just claim they’re bigoted and you’re a victim of sexual bias. Some complainers will be shamed into silence, but the vast majority of Americans know you’re living a lie, male “women” are never birthing any children, and you don’t deserve a single award you receive.


Traitor: Legally, treason consists of “levying war, or in adhering to their Enemies, giving them Aid and Comfort.” All you need today is for a citizen to openly criticize President BIden’s diplomatic or military decisions to be labeled a traitor. Don’t dare criticize taking out the military from Afghanistan before rescuing U.S. citizens. Don’t dare criticize letting millions of undocumented aliens cross our Southern border without checking for identification or COVID status. Just realize that by labeling political adversaries as “traitors” for just disagreeing, you effectively demean all those Americans who voted for that candidate, you deepen our divide, and motivate conservatives to vote in November. In America, the answer to hate speech is not forced silence, but more speech. True freedom is messy. Standing for freedom means defending those who state things you hate while exercising your own freedom to openly disagree. Thankfully, patriots can be found in all colors, genders, religious sentiments, and political persuasions.

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It’s Free: Free is defined as “without cost or payment.” President Biden loves to say that all his entitlements and infrastructure investments will be “free.” Don’t tell that to all those making over $400K a year…and, of course, all those making under that who analysts say will pay far more if Biden’s wish list is ever actually approved. Buying votes by taking from richer, hard-working Americans to make more people dependent on government under the guise of “caring” reinforces learned helplessness. It punishes small businesses and hard work while diminishing the drive to actually earn one’s own American Dream. By the way, what we don’t pay for now, just keeps adding to the mushrooming national debt that future generations will have to pay. That’s not “free!”


Insurrection: The dictionary definition is short—”an act or instance of revolting against civil authority or an established government.” It’s worth noting that most successful insurrectionists usually bring weapons to their insurrection. They aren’t welcomed and allowed in by some of the security guards, and they certainly seldom leave the occupied building unless forced out. But that certainly never stops a struggling Democratic party from using such claims to fuel congressional “investigations,” imprison opponents, and drive campaign fundraising ads. Of course, when accomplishments are scarce and inflation is soaring, manufacturing “insurrections” makes for a necessary distraction.


Fair Election: One definition states: “A free and fair election involves political freedoms and fair processes leading up to the vote, a fair count of eligible voters who cast a ballot (including such aspects as electoral fraud or voter suppression), and acceptance of election results by all parties.” But to Democrats, returning to pre-COVID voting procedures does not adequately ensure “free” elections they can win. To institute time-tested election controls requiring citizen IDs, signature matching, same day voting, and mail-in voting by request only makes cheating a lot harder. At a time that trust in election results remains at an all-time low, fair and consistent controls build a way to earn back that trust. Needed controls will help curtail potential fraud while ensuring that only citizens are allowed to exercise our treasured right to vote.


Thankfully, November allows us to change the editors in control of our “political dictionary.” Here’s to the return of the good old American definitions that made us who and what we are.

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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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Two out of three ain’t bad

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Here are three movies, each having received at least one Oscar nomination:

All Quiet on the Western Front — here is a remake of the 1930s classic, and I was prepared to have this be the same old trench warfare, with all the accompanying platitudes. Instead, I was surprised. This was well done, with decent acting, and a few hand-to-hand combat sequences unlike anything I have previously seen, some truly touching. It is a German production, but all in English. Although it’s on the long side, I think it is worthwhile.

Everything Everywhere All at Once — starring Michelle Yeoh, and receiving 11 Oscar nominations is alternatively amusing, excessively noisy, clever, confusing, and lacking boundaries. It is without a raison d’être, as with other movies during this awards season, notably The Banshees of Isherin and Tár. Everything Everywhere is getting rave reviews, but I say “skip it.” As one reviewer put it, the plot seems to suggest “that what makes life meaningful is the recognition that because there is no inherent meaning, all things and moments are equally meaningful.” Oh, sure thing….

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Aftersun — a subtle but touching recollection of a 30-year old woman, when she was on a long vacation with her divorced father, 20 years earlier, before the new school year starts. Not much happens, yet we are drawn to this twosome, and the screenplay and the director skillfully lead us to an articulated but implied conclusion. Newcomer Paul Mescal, as the father, received an Oscar nomination and (Miss) Frankie Corio, as the 10-year old daughter, is equally good. Aftersun is not for the masses, but I found it to be worthwhile.

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The Left Is Fueling a New Racism

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It’s my firm belief that the number of Americans holding racist views is small, whether white, black, or Hispanic. At this point in our history, the vast majority of Americans try to live up to the challenge delivered by Martin Luther King Jr. on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. We keep moving toward the hard-fought dream he envisioned of an America where a citizen’s character would mean more than the color of their skin.

We are a different country today. I’ve presented leadership programs to hundreds of companies over the last 40 years. I’ve seen the work they’ve done to embrace diversity and advance capable employees and leaders from all races. Many minority members have advanced and earned their rightful place in making this great American economy work. At a time we should be celebrating and furthering our progress, our American culture is under attack from the left. Angry race-baiters are doing everything they can to increase our racial divide through pushing the 1619 Project, CRT, and BLM. They make extreme racist claims with a clear goal—to expand the government gravy train that only racial “victims” can justify.

I lived in pre-civil rights Atlanta where there were separate schools, separate bathrooms, and the baseball team was the Atlanta Crackers! Today, it’s more likely that leftist blacks are the ones who want separate schools, separate rights, and special reparations for their race.

As one anonymous post asserted, “Only in America can an ethnic group of black awareness month, black holiday, black only colleges, black only dating sites, and black only bars and clubs…and turn around and call everyone else racists!” You don’t have to look far to find evidence of extreme black racist demands.

In California, the San Francisco African American Reparations Advisory Committee released a report calling on the city to pay every qualifying black California resident $5 million and absolve them of their outstanding personal debt. This is madness. California was a free state and did not condone slavery, but the committee is doing all it can to justify reparations: “While neither San Francisco, nor California, formally adopted the institution of chattel slavery, the tenets of segregation, white supremacy and systematic repression and exclusion of Black people were codified through legal and extralegal actions, social codes, and judicial enforcement.” To the left, this “failure” warrants millions of innocent California citizens being forced to pay higher taxes to fund exorbitant benefits to one race they haven’t abused in any way.

In Washington, Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX) is proposing a law that could codify black racism in America. There is a common mantra in her political speeches: White America is defined by institutional racism, systemic racism, white supremacy, and white nationalism. She attacks “white” America and seems to see the clan in the face of every white citizen. Such general attacks are evidence of a new racism—black racism.

Read for yourself Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee’s proposed law, the Leading Against White Supremacy Act of 2023. The legislation promises to criminalize criticism of any minority that is subsequently used to incite anybody else to commit a hate crime. The law reads: “A conspiracy to engage in white supremacy inspired hate crimes shall be determined to exist between two or more persons, at least one of whom published material advancing white supremacy, white supremacist ideology, antagonism based on ‘replacement theory,’ or hate speech that vilifies or is otherwise directed against any non-White person or group could, as determined by a reasonable person, motivate actions by a person predisposed to engaging in a white supremacy inspired crime.”

This is a chilling attack on freedom of speech against one race—caucasians. In short, if you criticize a minority and another person states that your statement was all the motivation needed to do a hate crime, you may be jailed because your criticism “motivated” a hate crime you did not commit. Get the message—be silent and conform or we will put you away.

Black racism is real and just as evil as white racism. Both must be soundly rejected by responsible citizens. As a Christian, I affirm my Savior’s claim that all God’s children matter! No responsible citizen should be shamed into silence by the irresponsible racist attacks of the left. Be proud of yourself and of America. Whether black, brown or white, success as a small business person or advancement as a good employee had to be earned by hard work, long hours, and diligent sacrifice. As with Americans for generations, it was not handed to you. You didn’t depend on government handouts to get ahead, you had to find a way to earn your own American Dream.

Reparations will never happen! Politicians can’t even afford to fund the entitlements they’ve already promised. Special black racist demands are unethical, divisive, and risk fueling a new racism backlash. Politicians from the left keep making the promises to fuel racist anger and secure special interest donations and votes.

Don’t fall for their racist rants and demands. Depending on government entitlements is never the answer. Instead, get busy following the models and learning from citizens of all races who have made America work for themselves and their families.

Let’s reclaim the American Dream Martin Luther King, Jr. affirmed. Do not judge a fellow citizen by the color of their skin. Celebrate the character of the vast majority of good American citizens you meet. Keep rejecting racism of any kind. It’s time to stand proud and applaud hard work and success wherever we find it, no matter what the race. May it always be so in this great republic we treasure…America!

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