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They regret only that the attempted coup failed. They do not regret the attempt, and increasingly don’t even deny the attempt. This, as they are laying a cynical foundation for future successes.

The coup was effectively launched months before the November, 2020 election, when Trump told his Cultists at every rally that, “The only way we lose this election is if its rigged.”

Think about it. Essentially, “If I win, it’s legit. If I lose, they cheated.”  That’s second grader stuff. But it works when you are talking to second graders.

The scope and premeditation of this attempted coup are now undeniable. This was an organized, complex plot to overturn the results of a free and fair American election and overthrow the lawful government of the United States.

How was it not?

The strategy was straight out of an old Nike campaign. “Just Do It.” Just steal it, after first accusing their opponents of The Big Steal. See, “Goebbels, J.”

Just Do It.

Or, with apologies to Nancy Reagan, “Just say no.”

Just say no to accurately counted and re-counted and judicially upheld results.

Just say no to election laws.

Just say no to the Constitution.

Just say no to duly installed state electors.

Just say no to certification.

Just say no to democracy and a representative republic.

Why do you think those criminals, those domestic terrorists, went to the Capitol on January 6? You don’t have to speculate. They said it. They were there to stop certification of the election. They were perfectly willing to resort to violence, and in fact wanted to kill the vice president because he wouldn’t break the law or violate his oath.

Donald Trump incited this violence, and in fact reveled in it. Again, don’t take my word for it. His message to these criminals (after three hours and seven minutes of inaction)?

“We love you.”

Tribalist elected officials helped organize and coordinate this attempted coup. It was supported and sustained by Fox Entertainment liars.

My “opinion”? Hardly. It’s all there. The video. The documents, including memos, emails, texts, tweets and even a 38-page Power Point presentation, are there for all to see. As are in many cases their open admissions about their intent.

And the assault on the truth not only continues, it is now on steroids.

It was an attempted coup. And the armed insurrectionists, the domestic terrorists, regret only that they did not succeed.

But they say they’ll be better at it next time.

And they’re probably right.

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

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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.