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No. Adam Kinzinger is not a “RINO.” It’s the folks who are calling Kinzinger a RINO who are the real Republicans In Name Only.

The GOP House of Mirrors warps. Anyone who stands in front of the mirror fails to see his own reflection, but instead chooses to project that image on non-tribal “enemies.”

It’s right out of the Goebbels Playbook. Lie. Keep Lying. Expand the magnitude of your lies, because it’s easier to make people believe big lies than little ones.

Accuse others of that which you are clearly guilty.

Adam Kinzinger committed the unpardonable offense of telling the truth and refusing to lie, which is now a prerequisite for admission to the GOP Clubhouse. While I was initially disheartened when Kinzinger announced he will not seek reelection to his Illinois Congressional seat in 2022, I believe him when he says this is not the end of his political future.

But this is sad. The United States needs a strong, rational Republican Party that is driven by genuine Conservative principles rather than blind tribalism, grandstanding demagoguery and cultural retribution.

The GOP once, and often accurately, called itself The Party of Ideas.

Republicans like Adam Kinzinger can lead the way back, but they need followers, not cowardly toadies.

That was a bold step by the NAACP, which sent letters to the players associations of the NFL, NBA, MLB, WNBA and professional soccer leagues urging players NOT to sign with Texas teams. The NCAAP says Texas is backwards, and is quickening the pace of its backpedaling, when it comes to civil liberties. The NCAAP is right.

The GOP casts itself as champions of business, commerce and free enterprise. Not only is the current Right Wing Jihad immoral and anti-American, it is bad for bitness, bubbas.

And speaking of liars, their unfounded insistence that anyone who has had a COVID infection now carries as much immunity against future infection as those who are fully vaccinated do has now been scientifically debunked. A definitive CDC study reveals just the opposite. The vax “trumps” natural immunity. The vaccine is seven times more protective. I said seven times.

Of course, only people who believe in science will believe that. The Toothless Banjo Brigade is already claiming that this is a “CDC conspiracy.” They’re nothing if not predictable.

It’s a GOP House of Mirrors. But it’s not a House of Fun.  It’s a House of Lies.  And it’s killing people.

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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.