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Certainly, I understand and applaud Merrick Garland’s insistence that DOJ say out of “politics” in considering criminal indictments relating to January 6, 2021 and its foundational conspiracy.

But I also heard Garland loud and clear when he said that no one in America is above the law.

And Donald Trump clearly continues to think that he is.

Evidence has established beyond a reasonable doubt that the former president is guilty of illegally interfering with governmental procedures, conspiracy to defraud the government of the United States, and inciting violence. The necessity of prosecuting these crimes and these criminals—with Trump as the orchestrator—outweighs Garland’s legitimate concern about the political optics.

Here’s what we know. Trump is going to scream “witch hunt” at the top of his lungs no matter what. It’s his signature M.O and his sole “go-to” default move whenever he is challenged or cornered. And his Cult will lap it up. Those two things are unavoidable. So, there is no such thing as an “apolitical” time to indict Trump. There is no “better” time or “worse” time.

There is only the right time. Do the right thing, Mr. A.G.

This principle goes beyond mere personal punishment. The governmental objective here is to make sure nothing like this ever happens again. There can be no dodging or shirking of that responsibility.

We can expect Trump to declare his 2024 candidacy sooner rather than later, for no other reason than his desire to avoid multiple indictments. He believes—or at least he hopes—that Garland and DOJ won’t make a move toward him if he is an announced candidate.

Disappoint him, Mr. A.G.  

Then let him scream.

Liz Cheney was spot-on correct on Sunday morning’s network news shows when she said Trump has committed the most egregious official acts in the history of the American presidency. How is that statement in any way inaccurate? These are unprecedented crimes which require unprecedented remedies.

There is no doubt that the Venn Diagrams labeled “politics” and “justice” intersect in this case. Pursuing justice will have political implications.

But that is not a good reason to turn a blind eye.

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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.