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Those who attempt to defend the clearly indefensible have no moral, ethical, intellectual or political standing, and even less of a future.

No amount of tribal rationalization, dodging, ducking, denying, deflecting or whatabouting will change the facts. Donald Trump is a serial felon, a traitor and an existential threat to our country.

Facts? Are you saying the facts are established, Paul?

Yes, I am. The salient facts are clearly established. We know this, 1) because Trump has admitted all of it, and 2) because of hard, physical, undeniable evidence that leaves no doubt about his actions even as his ultimate motives remain unclear.

Trump stole documents with premeditation and criminal intent. He lied about it. He lied to the FBI about it. When lawfully ordered to return the documents, he refused. He then engaged in a shell game of document boxes, returning some, retaining most and moving and hiding the remainder.

Many of the stolen documents involve the highest and most sensitive levels of national security, including nuclear secrets. His actions have crippled the effectiveness and endangered the lives of our intelligence community. Our allies will never again trust us and we have given aid and comfort to our enemies. This high treason has created a clear and present danger.

Trump was aware of the depths of his criminality and his legal peril. He conspired with his “body man” (whatever that is) and at least one of his attorneys to hide and/or destroy documents.

Boxes of our nation’s most strategic and volatile secrets were stacked on a ballroom stage at Mar-a-Lago, even as public and private events continued at the resort. The contents of some of these boxes spilled out onto floors, much as intestines might spill during meatball abdominal surgery.

This is not a witch hunt. It is not a hoax. It is not fake news. And the facts are not “politically motivated.” Facts don’t have motives.

Those who attempt to defend the clearly indefensible have no moral, ethical, intellectual or political standing.

They have no dignity. They have no self-respect. They have no respect for the intelligence of others. And they have even less of a future.

Please keep in mind we haven’t even gotten to Jan. 6 or election fraud yet.

But we will.

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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.