Terry Paulson

Saying “NO” repeatedly as a good parent helps shape a narcissistic, me-oriented baby into a responsible, ethical, and caring adult. No child will thank you the next day for discipline or for denying requests. But, later in life, children come to appreciate the limits and grounding that helped shaped the responsible habits and character that they now treasure.

“NO” is an essential message our courts provide to reinforce the Constitutional limits on eager politicians who want to please their own constituents by passing laws and programs that impinge on the rights of one group to better another. Our Founding Fathers were wise enough to reinforce equal rights for all. One citizen’s desire for change was not to negate the equal Constitutional rights of another no matter how many citizens wanted it to be so.

The late management expert Peter Drucker loved to say, “The essence of strategy is denial.” It’s what you say “NO” to that allows you to have the time, money and resources to focus on what truly is essential and strategic. Budgets force you to prioritize and make the tough choices involved in continuing to invent a profitable future. There is a sign on the wall of the CA State Finance Department that reads, “Nothing inspires genius like a tight budget.” They should have been putting that into practice twenty years ago!

The Democrats love to say that Republicans are the “Party of No” and would return America to the failed policies of the past. It’s about time Republicans actually live up to that label and embrace it! America desperately needs more politicians capable of saying “NO!” They should be proudly repeating it in the Houses of Congress and in every campaign speech. We wouldn’t be returning to failed policies; we’d be returning to the founding principles and free-enterprise system that made America the shining city on the hill.

Have you been reading the polls? Americans are fed up with big government, big spending and the big taxes that are required to feed the monster our elected politicians have created and the current administration is expanding. The Tea Party faithful are taking that message to the streets and to the voting booth.

Terry Paulson

Terry Paulson, PhD is a psychologist, award-winning professional speaker, author of The Optimism Advantage: 50 Simple Truths to Transform Your Attitudes and Actions into Results, and long-time columnist for the Ventura County Star.

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