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A person or group is defined by what it will tolerate.  You’re only as “okay” as what you consider to be okay.

The GOP is not okay.

An animated murder meme posted by a GOP Congressman? And a complete failure to condemn it or even disavow it by essentially ALL other Republicans? Especially by GOP “leadership”?

Death threats against Republicans who voted for highways and bridges? For highways and bridges? FOR HIGHWAYS AND BRIDGES? (And jobs?) After conceding for years that we need new highways and bridges and supporting and ADVANCING infrastructure proposals? Now critically needed highways and bridges are less important than “sticking it” to the president? Now steel girders and asphalt are “political”?  (You know, just like a mindless chunk of protein known as a virus?)

Death threats?

Stonewalling all efforts to get to the bottom of January 6th? Anybody who claims to be an “American” or a “patriot” or a proponent of “law and order” should not only desire that we learn the whole truth, but DEMAND that we learn the whole truth. It was an attempted coup against the government of the United States. It was nothing less.

How do we know that? Because they’ve all admitted it.

Ignoring lawful subpoenas, while braying about supporting “The Rule of Law”?

Suppressing evidence (in the form of PUBLIC documents) by asserting “Executive Privilege”? When you neither own the documents nor are an executive?

And doing all this while purging and excommunicating any party member who merely tells the obvious truth?

Here are self-styled “Conservatives” trashing TRUE Conservatives. And doing it in the name of “Conservatism,” of course. This is Through the Looking Glass stuff.

Supporting—and even championing and lionizing—punk murderers in Wisconsin and Georgia?

An individual or group is only as okay as the things they tolerate and consider to be okay.

This is not okay. It is insanity. When zealots do irrational things and take irrational positions that are not even in their OWN best interests simply out of blind, reflexive hatred for others, they have crossed the threshold into clinical, definitional insanity.  

The GOP is not okay.

p.s. That was a big win for Le Gande L’Orange late Thursday afternoon. Not on the merits of his argument. There are none. But just in terms of “clock management.”

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Paul's Bio

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.