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Lying is no longer an off the menu item for the Republican Party. It is now the “entrée,” and the official policy of the GOP. There is no longer any moral or ethical distinction between Fringe Cultists and “Establishment” Republicans. Lying is not just tolerated or overlooked. It is now required. It is now a prerequisite not for just admission but survival. Lie or die.

We as Americans have largely taken smug or naïve (take your pick) false comfort in the notion that “It could never happen here.” It is happening here. It’s happening in plain sight.

This is nothing short of an ongoing, pre-meditated, strategically organized coup against the government and Constitution of the United States.

Efforts are underway in GOP statehouses–and in many cases succeeding–to give purely partisan legislatures the ability to summarily and unilaterally overturn any election results they simply don’t like.

Take a moment to re-read the above paragraph.

If that’s not sedition, if that’s not illegal insurrection, if that’s not an attempted coup, what is?

This is all right out of the Goebbels Playbook. Lie. Keep lying. Lie louder. Lie bigger. Accuse others of that of which you are clearly guilty. Lie about any established fact you simply find inconvenient. Lie about any falsehood—however outrageous and factually debunked—that gets in your way.

And…REQUIRE any member of your “party” to Pledge Allegiance to Lies and Liars.

This is an ongoing attempted coup. And right now, it is right on schedule.

Dear Greg Abbott,

Don’t ever call yourself a “pro-business” governor again. Or an advocate of “local control” or autonomy. YOU, not rational opponents who challenge your manipulative insanity, are going to ruin and permanently cripple the Texas economy. In a pantheon of GOP false god governors, you are Zeus. Panderer. Grandstander. Toadie. Liar. Cynical, dishonest opportunist. You are not a “patriot.” You are not a Texan. You are not a man.

Sincerely,

Paul Alexander

“Racist, homophobic and misogynistic.”  That’s pretty much the Trifecta Ticket outta here.  More on Gruden on the sports blog at this site, “The Games People Play—All Things Sports.” You’ll find it under the “Our News” tab.

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  1. I LOVE this “Daily ration.” It nails it. If we do not go back to some civility and honesty in politics, we will be in more trouble than we are today.

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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.