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Terry Paulson, PhD

About Terry Paulson...

A Speaker and Columnist

 Dr. Terry Paulson is a PhD psychologist, an author, national columnist and honored professional speaker. He was selected to the National Speakers Association's prestigious CPAE Speaker Hall of Fame along with Norman Vincent Peale, Ronald Reagan and Colin Powell.  For over 30 years, Dr. Paulson has helped organizations, leaders, and teams make change work. He has developed positive approaches and practical techniques that have made him in demand as a speaker all over the world for Fortune 500 companies, mid-size companies, hospitals, government agencies and associations. Meeting News picked him as a "Best Bet" speaker. The LA Times said he was a speaker with "substance and style." Business Digest called him the "Will Rogers of management consultants." He brings knowledge, enthusiasm and a unique and tasteful sense of humor to every speech he gives.  Dr. Paulson is a long-time Republican who has spoken to numerous Republican groups. His political comments have been shared in USA Today, the Los Angeles Times, and the Wall Street Journal.  He currently writes a regular column for the Ventura County Star and Townhall.com. His book, The Dinner: The Political Conversation Your Mother Told You Never to Have, allows you to listen in and learn as two couples from different parties and backgrounds explore a political conversation over dinner. There is no name calling, just two couples trying to address issues impacting a critical choice--”Who will I vote for? No boring position papers, just straight talk over dinner about political issues that make a difference. 

Conservative Principles Worth Supporting

Dr. Paulson's <I>Conservative American Values</I> video series explores core conservative American principles that have helped make America the greatest economic power and protector of freedom and opportunity in the world today. Dr. Paulson brings a measured, common sense approach, and even a good dose of humor to bring American principles to life. 


American Charity with Paulson on Principles
In this video, Dr. Paulson discusses how the life affirming charity of citizens can replace the dependence-creating entitlements that are bankrupting America and destroying the key value of charity as a cornerstone of what it is to be American. Sometimes caring is defined not be the number of people who receive government help but by the number who no longer need it. Learn how friends, family and community can find meaning in providing a hand up to those in need instead of a dependency creating handout from the government.
 

Balance Diplomacy and a Strong Military with Paulson on Principles
As part of his "Paulson on Principles" video series, Terry Paulson explores the importance of balancing effective diplomacy and a strong military as a core conservative value. Our Constitution affirms the government's role in maintaining domestic tranquility and providing for the common defense. As Teddy Roosevelt preached, "Talk softly and carry a big stick." America prefers diplomacy over war. But since war "sometimes" is the answer, conservatives call for preparedness and vow never forget the legacy left by soldiers who have given their lives in support of liberty.
 

The Frugal American with Paulson on Principles
One of the most important and enduring values that helped create the American Dream is fiscal restraint. The Frugal American has always known the importance of spending less and saving more. Dr. Paulson discusses how citizens and the government need to reverse course and embrace smaller, less expensive government. Learn how the cost of government has gone from less $20 per year to just under $2,000 per year for every man, woman and child in America. It's time to reverse course, but conservatives need our support.


 American Humor with Paulson on Principles
In this video/column, Dr. Paulson discusses the life-affirming value of a sense of humor in all aspects of American life. One of the underlying and least appreciated values that makes America work is a good old "Yankee Humor." One of the top rated and endearing attributes of spouses, friends and politicians is a healthy sense of humor. Learn how humor can be used to diffuse criticism, illustrate policies and principles, and communicate with a warmth that produces influence and votes. Don't miss this enjoyable video.

 Yankee Ingenuity with Paulson on Principles
One of the most important and enduring principles that has defined our country is Yankee Ingenuity. Dr. Terry Paulson takes time to revisit the importance of creativity, innovation, and ingenuity in maintaining economic growth and the American Dream. Dr. Paulson discusses disturbing numbers on innovation in America in a world that is making it a top priority. He introduces three books that can help you beat the trend and do your part to invent your future. 


American Optimism with Paulson on Principles
One of the most important and enduring principles that has defined our country is American optimism. Dr. Terry Paulson takes time to revisit the importance of "Manifest Destiny" and "American Exceptionalism" in shaping the optimism, resilience and resourcefulness of our culture and citizens. Dr. Paulson discusses how Ronald Reagan and Barack Obama's "optimism" are different. One puts its trust in strong citizens and the other in bigger government. You won't want to miss this positive affirmation of American Optimism.

 In God We Trust with Paulson on Principles
One of the most important and enduring values that has defined Americans is "In God We Trust." Americans not only have freedom of religion; faith has always been important to our culture and our treasured rights. Dr. Terry Paulson takes time to revisit the importance of faith in our founding and in our future. Going back to the Founding Fathers, he explores the history of what brought the Supreme Court to determine that we are a "Christian Nation." Dr. Paulson discusses how the American balance of liberty with religious underpinnings is a vibrant tension that can and must be maintained.

 Personal Responsibility and Self-Reliance
One of the most important and enduring principles that has defined Americans is personal responsibility. Dr. Terry Paulson takes time to revisit the importance of hard work, integrity, and character. Going back to the Founding Fathers, he explores our old-fashioned, common-sense values like fidelity, self-restraint, self-control, self-discipline, and self-reliance. This is contrasted with recent attempts to expand entitlements and encourage government dependence. Dr. Paulson discusses how the American balance of self-reliance and a strong commitment to caring communities can help treat the growing depression of our age-learned helplessness.

 Thanksgiving-Giving Thanks for God's Providence
Thanksgiving is arguably America's favorite holiday--a time to give thanks for our many blessings as a country and as citizens. Dr. Paulson explores the applied religious beliefs of our Founding Fathers and Presidents Washington, Lincoln and Reagan. He explores how belief in God's divine providence helped shape one of America's core values-"In God We Trust." He explores how Thanksgiving has become a treasured tradition and looks at how the power of gratitude can help shape the optimism that still can fuel the American Dream for years to come.

 Freedom of Speech Defended
Freedom of Speech is a treasured freedom that is embedded in our Constitution and culture but us hard to maintain in this age of political correctness. Learn how dissent adds value to our republic and how political correctness threatens freedom of speech. Be inspired to do your part to exercise and sustain this precious right that requires us to defend even those who offend us.

 Save the American Dream
Saving the American Dream is worthy of everyone's support. Both parties will say they support the American Dream, but conservative want to ensure equal opportunity. Progressives want to promote more equal results! Conservatives have always affirmed that the strength of America comes from its citizens--"We the People"”--not its government. The American Dream isn't an entitlement or a right; it's to be earned anew in each generation. Instead of promising equal results, America has always been about ensuring an equal opportunity to "pursue happiness!" Vote for conservative candidates for that to continue. 

 
What Is Conservative Caring?
Just what is it to be a caring conservative? Most Americans are caring, but conservatives and liberals clearly define compassion differently. Dr. Terry Paulson, contributing columnist  www.townhall.com, helps explain conservative principles. Progressives favor government-run compassion, but such entitlements can have a devastating effect, creating a debilitating dependence on the very programs that were designed to help. Conservatives want a safety net but not a hammock; they believe in fostering self-reliance and community charities rather than more expensive government entitlements.

 Your American Dream Isn't An Entitlement--It Must Be Earned
Both parties will say they support the American Dream, but Republicans want to ensure equal opportunity. Democrats want to promote more equal results! The Republican Party has always affirmed that the strength of America comes from its citizens, not its government. The American Dream isn't an entitlement or a right; its to be earned anew in each generation. Instead of promising equal results, America has always been about ensuring an "equal opportunity" to pursue happiness! Vote Republican for that to continue.
 

America's Choice: Trust or Panic
The answer to America's economic freefall will not come from Washington leaders alone but from the attitude and actions of millions of Americans who will choose to trust or panic. National Columnist and professional speaker, Dr. Terry Paulson, shares an inspiring message of optimism using quotes by Reagan and Roosevelt to remind Americans on what they can do to turn feelings of helplessness into constructive action to be part of the answer.

 Tips for Civil Political Discourse
There seem to be two Americas and few seem willing to talk across the political divide. Free and open political discussions provide the fire that tests the metal of our convictions and the depth of our understanding. They aren't to be avoided but harnessed in a way that risks influence without demonizing adversaries. In a free society, finding clarity is as important as convincing others. Here are ten tips on how to disagree without being quite so disagreeable.

 Republican and Democrat Caring Defined!
There are many caring Republicans and Democrats in America, but they clearly define compassion differently. Dr. Terry Paulson, contributing columnist with both the Ventura County Star and townhall.com. Democrats favor government-run compassion, but such entitlements can have a devastating effect, creating a debilitating dependence on the very programs that were designed to help. Republicans want a safety net but not a hammock; they believe in fostering self-reliance and community charities rather than more expensive entitlements. 

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Exercise your citizenship share your comments on my YouTube videos and Townhall.com columns. Care enough to share them on Facebook or your preferred social media. We need more civil conversations about the political values that matter most. Join the dialogue. You can see my columns and contact information at https://townhall.com/columnists/terrypaulson/. Email me at terry@terrypaulson.com.

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