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“The President bears responsibility for Wednesday’s attack on Congress by mob rioters. He should have immediately denounced the mob when he saw what was unfolding. These facts require immediate action by President Trump.”

No. The above quote is not from, say, Nancy Pelosi. It’s part of an actually eloquent, accurate and honest address that Kevin McCarthy delivered on the House floor on January 13, just seven days after that attack on Congress by mob rioters.

McCarthy is now saying that Trump has been “cleared” of any responsibility for the January 6 armed insurrection. House Select Committee leaders Bennie
Thompson and Liz Cheney say McCarthy’s statement is simply false. Thompson and Cheney say the committee continues to gather evidence, evidence that includes McCarthy’s own statement on January 13.

Responsibility. Attack. Mob rioters. Denounced. Facts. President Trump.

McCarthy said it. Now he is denying that Trump bears responsibility. He is denying there was an “attack.” He is denying that the people responsible for January 6 were mob rioters. He is denying not only the “facts” of the insurrection, he is denying the existence and even concept of “facts.”  He is denying there was an insurrection.

That’s where we are.  Lie. Deny. Deflect. Gaslight. Pre-emptively accuse your opponents of that which you are clearly guilty. Tell people they did not see what they saw. Tell them they did not hear what they heard.

And…it works.

It works so well that a “Justice for J6” rally is being planned for Saturday, September 18 in D.C.  The planned “rally” is in support of the criminal rioters who conspired to overthrow the results of a free and fair election and effectively launched an attempted coup against the government of the United States.

Intelligence agencies say current online extremist rhetoric is similar to levels that preceded January 6. They say we should take it “very seriously” this time. Why didn’t we take it “very seriously” last time?

New, cynical and purely partisan voter suppression laws go into effect today in Texas. I said voter suppression laws, not voter ID laws. People of good will who believe in representative democracy should take this shameless power grab “very seriously” as well.

And it’s encouraging that the DOJ and Attorney General Merrick Garland are confronting Texas’s new and clearly unconstitutional abortion law very seriously.

It’s impossible to take anything Florida Governor Ron DeSantis says seriously. He said yesterday that vaccination is a personal decision that affects no one else. He said that.

And…that’s why nineteen months into this pandemic, new COVID infections during the week leading up to Labor Day were up 300 percent over that same time frame a year ago.  300 percent. And we are once again losing an average of 1,500 American lives each day.

People who simply refuse to win are losers.

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I clearly have the attention span of your median fruit fly.Look! Airplane!

Sorry. I’m back.

It’s both a curse and a blessing. I’ve never bought this stuff about, “He who dies with the most toys wins.” But I do think that a wide range of life experiences helps us grow as people, and helps us better relate to other people. I’ve been fortunate. And I am beyond grateful.

I show up on time. I go like hell. I’m a good listener. I hold myself accountable. I own my mistakes. And I have a natural and an insatiable curiosity. I’m never afraid to say, “I don’t know,” when I don’t. But then I try to find out.

The flip side is I’m a lousy ballroom dancer and my clothes sometimes fit me funny.

Stuff matters to me. I care. But while I take that stuff seriously, I try hard to never take myself seriously. As a result, I have sometimes been told, “Paul, it’s hard to tell when you’re serious and when you’re just having some fun. Which is it? Serious or fun?”

My answer is “yes.” But I think that is a legitimate criticism. I promise I’m going to work on that.

This has been the quickest and strangest half-century I’ve ever experienced. During that period, I’ve been afforded amazing opportunities in news and sports journalism across all platforms. I have taught wonderful students at the high school and collegiate level. Always, I learned more from them than they did from me. I’ve been a high school administrator. I spent ten seasons as a high school varsity football coach. I’ve been an advertising executive. I’ve hosted nationally syndicated television entertainment shows. In maybe the biggest honor I ever received, I was selected by NASA to be “Chet The Astronaut” for the “Land The Shuttle” simulator at Space Center Houston. (All I can say there, is “Do as I say, not as I do.” I put that thing in the Everglades more often than not.) Most recently, I just wrapped up a decade as a television news director, during which time our teams distinguished themselves in holding the powerful accountable, achieving both critical and ratings success.

What does all that mean? It means I am profoundly grateful. It also means I’m ready for “next.” So here we are. Radically Rational. It’s an idea I woke up with in 2017. I scribbled “Radically Rational” on a piece of notebook paper and used a magnet to stick it on our refrigerator. I saw it every day, and it just would not leave me alone.

I am second in charge at Radically Rational, LLC. My wife, Jo (also known as BB), is the president. Clearly, I have failed in my attempt to sleep my way to the top of this organization.

I hope you will learn that I’m loyal as a Labrador. But I will admit that this doggie can bite every now and then. My promise to you? I will show up on time. I will go like hell. I will listen to you earnestly and attentively. I will hold myself accountable. I will never be the least bit hesitant to say, “I don’t know,” when I don’t.

But then I’ll try to find out. Let’s do it.