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Why would not all Americans, regardless of political affiliation, be united in condemning Russia and supporting Ukraine?

This is right vs. wrong, without nuance. Isn’t this as much of a geopolitical “no brainer” as we could ever face?

But now we have Americans who can’t use their brains because they apparently don’t have them. “No brainer” now has a changed definition.

Ukraine is a peaceful, sovereign nation. Russia is a brazen aggressor that has launched a full-scale invasion not only against the Ukrainian government but against the Ukrainian people themselves. There has been no provocation. In fact, this is now being widely described as the War Without a Reason.

This is a power-grab and a territory-grab. Period.

Right vs. wrong.

And yet we have a large segment of Americans openly siding with wrong, and another group failing to solidly support right.

Until recently, this would have been unthinkable. But we have transformed unthinkable to simply unthinking.

We now have Americans who can’t, or won’t, think.

Thinking is not only out of fashion in that segment of America, it is scorned and disdained. Intellect, and any form of intellectualism, is regarded as weakness. Reason has been rejected and replaced with mindless reflex.

Principle has been abandoned in favor of party.

And party has been redefined as tribe.

This is as close to a “no-brainer” as we will ever face.

And many of you have no brains.

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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.