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We already knew it was all illegal. That has been both apparent and established from the jump.

But now we know there was organized, willful, and conscious criminal intent. It was against the law. They all knew it. The president knew it. Still, he persisted. He persisted, and by so doing selfishly posed an existential threat to our system and institutions, while literally risking the life of the vice president.

He also knowingly and intentionally incited, instigated and extended a violent, deadly, armed, seditious, conspiratorial insurrection at our nation’s Capitol, whose avowed intent was to prevent the certification of a fair election in order to illegally maintain his power and thus overthrow the lawful government of the United States.

Don’t even think about telling me or anyone else that this was “no big deal.”

It was, and remains, the biggest clear and present internal threat to our form of government in American history.  That’s a big deal.

There was willful criminal intent to defraud the government of the United States. By the president of the United States. That’s the literal and legal definition of high treason.

What have I stated that is not demonstrably true?

To the end, Trump put intense pressure on Mike Pence to knowingly and willfully break the law. To his credit, Pence in this case stood firm, even at the risk of his own life. But Pence’s house is by no means clean, given his previous acquiescence in knowingly promoting The Big Lie.

Whatever this Contemptuous Cabal is, it is not “Conservative.”

Former federal appeals judge J. Michael Luttig is a true conservative. Perhaps you have heard and read his learned eloquence in unequivocally condemning these crimes.

Who could really believe that the vice president had the unilateral power to overturn the results of a presidential election? The conspirators themselves did not believe it. But they made sure the mouth-breathers at the Capitol on January 6, 2021 did. And that almost got the vice president of the United States strung up. It did result in the violation of our Capitol and the loss of lives.

That’s a crime.

The GOP should change its acronym to JMSU. Just Make Shit Up.

I would not want to be John Eastman. I would not want to be Ginni Thomas. And I would not want to be Donald J. Trump.

Their futures are all behind them.

They engaged in willful criminality.

It is time for the Cult to stop engaging in willful ignorance and denial.

This was…and is…a really big deal.

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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.