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He is “a clear and present danger” to American democracy. That’s the way the former president of the United States will be accurately described, characterized and labeled during Thursday’s final pre-election public hearing by the House Select Committee.

Notice first the verb tense. He IS a clear and present danger. Not, he WAS a clear and present danger. This ridiculous notion put forth by Trump Cultists that we should “move on” from his treasonous and seditious actions because he is no longer in office is as dishonest, deflective and malignant as Trump himself. As long as he is a threat to return to the White House, this is a “right now” crisis that must be addressed right now.

He is unfit.

You think that’s unfair? Let’s see. He:

  • Lied, grossly and knowingly, about the results of the 2020 election. He continues to lie, despite the trauma his lie continues to inflict on our country.
  • Gave aid and comfort to our global enemies, and turned his back on our allies. Fact. You think the Mueller Report “exonerated” Trump? Actually read the report. He was guilty of dozens of clear examples of obstruction of justice, and was not indicted only because he was a sitting president.
  • Attempted to overthrow the government of the United States. Yes, he did. He engaged in a meticulously planned illegal scheme to overturn the results of a fair election and prevent the peaceful transfer of power for the first time in American history. This conspiracy included presenting slates of fake electors, seeking to seize voting machines, threatening martial law and attempting to prevent the vice president from simply doing his Constitutional duty, endangering the life of Mr. Pence. Go back and read this paragraph again.
  • Was directly responsible for the deadly and shameful armed insurrection at our Capitol on January 6, 2021. He knowingly sought to direct armed and dangerous rioters to the Capitol, and lifted not one finger to stop the violence for more than three hours.
  • Stole, and continues to retain, highly classified documents from the government of the United States. This statement is not in question. Documents are not where they are supposed to be. And they are where they are not supposed to be. And he is responsible for that. There is no rebuttal to this charge.
  • Weaponized federal agencies, including the Department of Justice, and repeatedly used his office for personal gain.

Trump remains—present tense—a clear and present danger to American democracy. He must never be allowed to threaten our country’s foundations again.

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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.