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“No Big Deal.”

I propose the GOP formally adopt the motto of “No Big Deal.”

There is precedent in American political history, of course.  You know, “New Deal”, “Fair Deal), etc.  Yes, Full Meal Deal is something entirely different. I’ll grant you that.

But I digress.

“No big deal.”

That’s the Cult’s response to everything.

A “fantasy murder video”? (And what kind of nut-job has one of those, anyway?) No big deal.

A pre-meditated, coordinated armed insurrection at our Capitol whose clear and stated goal was to stage a coup and overthrow the government of the United States? (We know because they’ve all admitted it.) No big deal.

Lying about the results of the election in the first place? And setting the stage for the lie months BEFORE the election? No big deal.

Toadies leaning on THE UNITED STATES MILITARY to overturn the results of a free and fair election. No big deal.

Weaponization of the United States Department of Justice? No big deal.

Staging an all-out Middle Ages-style assault on science and reason that has cost us hundreds of thousands of lives? No big deal.

Asserting that we should have one and only religion in this country, thus essentially turning the United States of America into Jackfuckistan? No big deal.

Excommunicating any party member who merely tells the truth or does not pledge allegiance to an amoral demagogue? No big deal.

Banning books? No big deal.

Cynically trying to reduce the size and re-shape the American electorate? No big deal.

Dear GOP. Please formally adopt a party motto of “No Big Deal.” And while you’re at it, change your mascot from an elephant to an ostrich.

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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.