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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.


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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The Age of Rage

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Many Republicans are seething in response to Biden’s destructive agenda that has contributed to high inflation, ad exploding deficit, urban lawlessness, and an out-of-control Southern border. More and more Americans are eager to turn their anger into a November landslide against Democrats. They’re tired of the rampant lawlessness, the irresponsible DAs unwilling to prosecute criminals, and the deficit spending that has unleashed inflation impacting the lives of every American.

The recent leak about the reversal of Roe v. Wade has given woke extremists all they need to justify angry, even violent, demonstrations. The decision is not even final, but liberals are marching on the homes of conservative Supreme Court Justices. Some justices have moved from their homes to ensure the safety of their families.

The lockdowns and restrictions tied to the COVID pandemic have certainly added to the anger of many citizens. People watch shows that reinforce their own views. Such one-sided journalism helps justify violent actions. But let’s be clear. Viewers respond with high ratings from the steady stream of extremists. Rage is the “eye candy” that now attracts viewers. Yes, there are extreme views expressed on either side of our political divide, but the vast majority of rage and violence is coming from the left.

Press Secretary Jen Psaki has complained about threats and personal attacks, but Republicans point out that the party has not publicly shared the addresses of any Biden administration official’s home address.

After the leak of a potential Supreme Court reversal on Roe v. Wade, a pro-abortion protest in downtown Los Angeles turned into a violent clash with law enforcement after officers were called to disperse the increasingly disruptive crowds, resulting in the injury of at least one officer. What started as a small protest outside the city’s federal courthouse building, grew increasingly rowdy and disruptive. The protest grew despite promises from state officials and liberal lawmakers to codify the ability to access abortion in California.

A group called “Jane’s Revenge” claimed to be behind the attack on the offices of Wisconsin Family Action. The “warning” demanded that pro-life organizations disband in 30 days. They claimed, “We have run thin on patience for those who seek to strip us of what little autonomy we have left.” The group claimed that it had groups “all over the U.S.”

Columnist and pundit Victor Davis Hanson wrote, “Politics are resembling the violent last days of the Roman Republic. An illegal leak of a possible impending Supreme Court reversal of Roe v. Wade that would allow state voters to set their own abortion laws has created a national hysteria. Never has a White House tacitly approved mobs of protesters showing up at Supreme Court justices’ homes to rant and bully them into altering their votes.”

Commenting on the angry demonstrations, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnel said it well, “It is an attempt to replace the rule of law with the rule of mobs.” It’s the mobs that get the coverage, and that coverage encourages more attacks.

The rage hasn’t been limited to the abortion issue. In January, the leftist ShutDownDC group picketed outside Sen. Josh Hawley’s (R-MO) home in Virginia. Hawley said at the time, “Tonight while I was in Missouri, Antifa scumbags came to our place in DC and threatened my wife and newborn daughter, who can’t travel. They screamed threats, vandalized, and tried to pound open our door. Let me be clear: My family, and I will not be intimidated by leftwing violence.”

Since that threat, there have been seemingly a stream of violent attacks and murders. From the mowing down of innocent black citizens in Buffalo New York, to the ongoing carnage in inner-city Chicago, and to the attack on worshipers at the Taiwanese Presbyterian Church, the violence is just expanding.

We may have ushered in the age of rage, but the vast majority of Americans do not want it to continue. It’s time we all demand an end to violence and stop legitimizing destructive demonstrations. The answer to hate speech is not violence or forced silence. The answer is more speech, more respectful, thoughtful, even passionate dialogue across our divide. Freedom and rights are only real when you extend and ensure those rights to those who openly disagree with you. Let freedom ring. Let’s return to disagreeing without being quite so disagreeable. Rage may get you on the news, but it doesn’t ensure the future of our republic. Demand more. Start being part of the answer by being responsible for your own actions.

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Life

Ignore Much of What Pundits Have to Say

Can we be confident in advice we receive from people who have not mastered what they teach?

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When the opportunity arose, I attended a lecture by one of the most well-known authors and speakers in America. I had previewed his CD and read two of his books prior to his lecture; in person, he lived up to my expectations. So, I was intrigued when a friend, involved with bringing this speaker to our area relayed a personal incident to me. 

Directly following the speaker’s presentation, my friend was responsible for driving him to the airport, and accompanying him until his flight departed. That summer afternoon, it was rainy and the skies were dark.

As it turned out, the author was a nervous flyer and took several drinks in the airport lounge prior to boarding the plane.  I found this incident to be amazing because I had so often heard him say things such as, “Everything in this universe is perfect.” It struck me that, in many ways, the speaker wasn’t practicing his philosophy. Nevertheless, all human beings have their faults and foibles and, as time passed, I forgot about the incident.

High-Priced Gurus

One morning, I had the occasion to pick up USA Today. In the lifestyle section, there was a feature on a relationship guru and author of international best-sellers on relationships. She had won the “Oscar” of infomercials, earning $24 million in a single year.  

In this published interview, the reporter asked her why we should listen to a relationship guru who had been married five times. Five times? I couldn’t believe it! She had wedded her fifth husband, some 11 years her junior, only a short time before producing her award-winning infomercial on having a successful relationship. 

In the infomercial, she is featured as having a loving relationship with her husband. Okay, but in no way does the infomercial tell us that he is her fifth husband and that she had married him three weeks ago.

Not Walking their Talk

I had a flash from the past: I recalled the story about the nervous flyer author. Yet, nothing prepared me for the revelations about the relationship guru, a self-proclaimed expert, using the slickest 21st-century marketing available to sell her information and products.  

She was well-versed in her subject matter. Upon hearing her advice, I recognized that it did seem sound. However, the larger issue is, “Can we be confident in the advice we receive from those who have not mastered what they teach, or who do not even remotely walk their talk?”

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