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Twitter’s previous ownership and management had every right to run their business, make their rules and set their standards. Now, Musk has the same rights. This is not a freak-out moment for me at all.  Sorry to disappoint you.

The Old Bosses were entitled to admit or reject anything or anybody on their platform they wanted to. That goes for New Boss Elon Musk as well. I’ve grown more than weary of this particular “faux free speech” flap. This has little to nothing to do with protected free speech. This is about property and ownership rights. Do you have a “right” to publish an unsolicited daily column in your local newspaper? No, it’s their newspaper. A 30-second nightly commentary on a tv station? No, it’s their tv station. Must I allow you to spray paint graffiti on my garage door in the name of free expression? That’s not going to go well for you. Do you have a “right” to publish or say anything you want to whenever you want to on this Radically Rational website? You are welcome to make the request, and I am always predisposed to accommodate you. But that decision is mine and BB’s. Why? Because we own the fucking company. It’s our chalkboard. This should not be hard to understand.

Social media outlets and platforms are not public utilities. Neither you, nor I, nor anyone else, has a “right” to access them.

Yes, you have a right to speak, in the sense that there can be no governmental “prior restraint” prohibiting you from speaking in the first place. You are not free of the consequences of your speech. You have no “right” to an audience. You have no automatic “right” to be heard. That must be earned. You have a right to your position. You don’t have a right to use somebody else’s newsprint, or microphone, or camera or cyberspace.

By the way, for all of you who are compelled to classify everything as either “liberal” or “conservative” (see “false dichotomy), please note and acknowledge that the above argument is a foundational, bedrock CONSERVATIVE position.

Wow, these text messages are really enlightening, doncha think? What’s the one thing that EVERYBODY agreed about on Jan. 6, 2021?  The now defeated former president had the ability and obligation to stop that insurrection. And he did nothing. That right there is dereliction of duty and a violation of his oath of office. Checkmate.

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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.