Terry Paulson

Good evening fellow Americans. My name isn't that important. I'm not running for office, but I am speaking to you this evening to deliver what I will call the Peoples' State of the Union. What do I want from you? I want you to work with me to take back America from politicians who think they are the answer to shaping America's future.

I’m not taking your time this evening to ask you to trust me or to trust any politician or party. Instead, I ask you to trust yourself. That is what America has always been about. It’s the power of millions of people like you who will determine what will make America great again.

Unfortunately, watching and waiting for politicians in Washington to bring America's economy back will never work. It's time we get busy of bringing America back ourselves. It's people like you that must learn the new skills that will allow you to help invent the future. It's people like you who will have that small business idea that will come out of your garage and morph into an economic powerhouse for the next decade. It's your investment in companies you believe in that will fund their growth and success. A free enterprise economy works because we work.

Government doesn't produce anything. Everything it does comes from taking from citizens and businesses to give us the illusion of hope and progress. Our Founding Fathers limited government for a reason. They knew that big government could do far-reaching damage to the freedoms we treasure. Aren't you tired of being told what size soft-drink you can buy, how much I have to pay my workers, or what healthcare policy you must have?

Aren't you tired of watching them overspend every year by a trillion dollars? Enough. It's time they leave more of our hard-earned money in our pocket so that we can make the purchases and investments we believe are best.

It's time we demand government to play by the rules we have to live every day. It's time they have a balanced budget where they make the tough choices about what is worth doing and what is worth closing down. And it might help if they would actually use the Constitution to help decide what they ought to be doing.

It's time we stop rewarding helplessness and dependence and start celebrating the American Dream in action. Washington tells you what you can't do. It's time we learn what we can do from people who are making America work.

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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