2/24/23 What once was a “tactic” is now a “strategy.”

Share on facebook
Share on google
Share on twitter
Share on linkedin

Vladmir Putin invaded Ukraine one year ago today, thinking the war—or “special military operation”—would last less than a week.  But 365 days later, not even the beginning of the end is in sight. Led by the United States, NATO and other Western nations have provided Ukraine with just enough armaments to keep it from falling. We are now going to see how committed this coalition is to winning. Putin is wagering that the American public will get tired, bored and distracted before simply walking away. History says he may win that bet.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said early Friday that, “2023 will be the year of our victory.” The United States will have a lot to say about that prediction. And now, so will China. That has been my biggest concern all along.

True, that wacky Fulton County Special Grand Jury Forewoman didn’t break any laws by running her mouth on tv and in print. In Georgia, grand juries can only recommend indictments, not issue them. But that gleeful, self-aggrandizing rant that Emily Kohrs went on is not going to help prosecutors in the court of public—or at lease Cult—opinion. Stooo-pidddd.

I loved that statement Thursday by NTSB Chair Jennifer Homendy in assessing the toxic Ohio train wreck. “There is no accident. Every single incident we investigate is preventable.” Unless of course common-sense safety regulations were rolled back by a certain orange ex-president.

Lying, particularly political lying, was not recently invented. But here’s what has changed. Lying used to be a tactic. Now it’s a strategy. It’s one thing—however disgusting—for lying to be “part of the job.” It’s quite another that lying is now THE job. The Cult not only tolerates partisan political lying, but demands it. Failure to lie, or mere hesitation to lie, is now viewed as disqualifying.

Fox News. And they’ve all admitted it. Hannity, Murdock, Ingraham. Carlson.

Kevin McCarthy. January 13, 2021: “The president bears responsibility” for the riot at the Capitol. Now McCarthy is turning over 40,000 hours of Jan. 6 security video to propagandist Tucker Carlson so that Carlson can not only deny the president’s responsibility, but deny the riot.

And there will be a Cult Certificate of Achievement for the Republican former Arizona Attorney General who had irrefutable evidence that Trump’s Big Lie was precisely that, but chose to instead hide that evidence, pouring gasoline on our national Five-Alarm fire.

I can’t say I was “watching” the Murdaugh murder trial Thursday afternoon. But it was on while I was working. Oh, he’s guilty as sin itself. But his act will work on at least one juror.

Happy weekend. But remember this. As long as people keep embracing lies, lying liars are going to keep lying.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

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.