Posts Tagged ‘politicians’

Q&A with Abraham Lincoln

11/12/2012

One of the advantages of working in the field of self-help is that I come across all kinds of freaks interesting people who have a passport to the other world. One such woman is Madame Olga Kazurinsky, a medium I met at a convention one year when we were both looking for impressionable people potential clients to join us on the journey of self-discovery.

Now that Steven Spielberg’s new movie about Abraham Lincoln has arrived, a new fascination with this great historical figure has arrived with it. And so I asked Madame Olga to communicate with the spirit of the rail splitter, and see how he feels about the dramatic treatment of him in popular culture. Here follows a transcript of her brief but pithy conversation with Honest Abe.

Madame Olga: Mr. President, are all the tall tales about you true?

Abraham Lincoln: Yes. I was, in fact, born in the log cabin that I built with my own two hands.

M.O.: Fascinating. How do you feel about the new Steven Spielberg movie depicting your attempts to unite a divided country?

A.L.: Well, I am a fairly enlightened person, having been against slavery at a very volatile time, but I just don’t get how these British actors keep getting cast to play Americans. It’s downright disturbing to me that Daniel Day Lewis can do a better American accent than an American.

M.O.: That is unsettling.

A.L.: Tommy Lee Jones is all right, but that wig would have been laughed out of Ford’s Theater.

M.O.: Which reminds me, now that you are in the afterlife, have you gained some perspective on the oft-told joke “Other than that, Mrs. Lincoln, how did you like the play?”

A.L.: Oh, my yes. I think it’s hysterical. Of course up here in heaven we are all cut ups. I get in plenty of digs on Jim Morrison and Kurt Cobain.

M.O.: How do you feel about the current state of the Republican Party?

A.L.: Well, let me put it this way: riding a humpback mule is a whole lot like riding a swayback mule upside down.

M.O.: What does that even mean?

A.L.: I’m not sure, but I know you people count on me for a certain amount of homespun wisdom.

M.O.: What did you think of the casting of Sally Field as Mary Todd Lincoln?

A.L.: I liked it! I really, really liked it! But seriously, if my beloved had been that attractive, we probably would have stayed in bed instead of going to see ‘Our American Cousin,’ if you know what I mean.

M.O.: I feel my connection to the afterlife fading. Is there anything you would like to add?

A.L.: Yes. I know Steven Spielberg did all this research and everybody’s talking about how historically accurate he has made the feel of the times. But the stupid idiot left out the vampire hunting. That was one of the most awesome times of my life. And here he just wants to make some kind of timeless statement about a divided Congress. That’s all well and good, but you folks are entitled to see me kick some undead butt. If zombies were around then, I would have cleaved them in twain with my axe as well.

M.O.: Thank you, Mr. President.

A.L.: Don’t mention it. Oh, and if you can hook me up with Oliver Stone, I might like to see what he’d do with me.

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Mr. Paul Maul’s Self-Help Limerick of the Week – The President-Elect

11/07/2012

The long election cycle is over, and all the bitter divisiveness can finally end. For 20 minutes. In any case, let’s take a deep breath, contemplate the outcome and get back to using our effectiveness as empow-WOW-ered individuals. And, since rhymes make everything better, use this self-help limerick to put the last few months of mind-boggling campaigning in perspective.

SELF-HELP LIMERICK OF THE WEEK

The president has been elected

But no matter which one you selected

You must sleep, stuff your face

And eliminate waste

‘Til they put you in the ground as directed.

 

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Self-Help Titan Calls for Legalization of Feelings in U.S.

10/09/2012

In a move certain to create controversy, Mr. Paul Maul, motivational speaker and figurehead of the recently-formed “Empow-WOW-erment Party” has called for a nationwide legalization of feelings.

Maul’s battle cry comes up against the almost 250-year ban on feelings in American culture; a culture long afraid that encouraging the outward expression of painful, or joyous, or, in fact, any kind of emotion could turn the whole country gay.  And while some maintain there has been a tacit understanding that women are allowed to get giddy or, for example, weep with anguish, there is no denying that such displays only lead to sphincter-tightening awkwardness no one should have to deal with.

“Shove it Upwards!” author and Empow-WOW-erment Party leader Maul.

 

But Maul says only by embracing these stigmas can we transcend them. “For too long, this country has been silently condoning a ‘Don’t Ask Don’t Tell’ attitude toward people who convey what they are feeling,” said Maul.  “I can’t tell you how many of my friends have been afraid to reveal to those close to them that they are experiencing human emotion, whether it be over something small and insignificant like a death or a divorce, or something much bigger, such as the feelings of emptiness awakened by watching an episode of Mad Men.”

 

Maul, author of the self-help eBook Shove It Upwards!, maintains that there is a conspiracy against feelings in the United States, in which people attempting to process their emotions in public are  ostracized and even kept from advancing in their careers.   To support this point of view, Maul cites such benchmarks of ridicule as Howard Dean’s scream, the guy who lost it while narrating the crash of the Hindenburg and John Boehner turning on the waterworks like a little girl that time.

 

“Conversely,” says Maul, “those who are stiff and stoic, sometimes to the point of being unfeeling zombies, become models of the American way of life.  Just look at Sylvester Stallone. Or Martha Stewart.”

 

Maul’s move to legalize feelings has ignited controversy among political purists, many of whom point out that the only reason a provision to forbid feelings was not included in America’s constitution was that the founding fathers ran out of ink.  “They were going to put the anti-feelings stuff in,” said a Tea Party organizer who asked that his name, Edgar Beecham, not be included, “but everyone was tired.  Alexander Hamilton ended up pulling the short straw and nobody had the balls to ask Alexander Hamilton to run out for more ink, so that was the end of that.”  When asked to reflect upon the irony of men who wore powdered wigs and yet feared self-expression, the anonymous Mr. Beecham refused comment.

 

“I want to live in a world,” concludes Paul Maul, “where everyone will be allowed to have an outpouring of emotion, even if they really overdo it to the point where you want to punch them in the face.  In fact, my ballot initiative contains a punch-in-the-face option, which I deliberately included to appease those who may want to punch someone in the face for taking the whole expression of feelings thing to an annoying extreme.”

 

It remains to be seen how successful Paul Maul will be in legalizing feelings in the United States.  However, if marijuana is legalized first, it will be a moot point.

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DEMOCRATS: START SAYING MITT ROMNEY WASN’T BORN HERE

04/28/2012

As a fake self-help professional, I am always concerned with making sure every citizen comes to a sense of his or her own empow-WOW-erment. And it is no secret that the Democrats, frequently criticized for not playing hardball when Republicans lash out at them, have been lacking in the empow-WOW-erment department. Of course, self-worth cannot be achieved overnight. It must arrive over time and in stages. With that in mind, I have a good first step for Democrats to take. Those interested in getting Barack Obama re-elected need to step up and sink to the level of their detractors. And a good way to begin doing that is to start saying Mitt Romney is not an American citizen.

After all, what do we really know about this man Mitt Romney except for the raft of so-called “facts” accessible on the so-called “Internet” and the so-called “public record?” Have you ever noticed that there is nothing out there about the fact that Mitt Romney was probably actually born out of wedlock, the illegitimate son of a defrocked nun who fled a convent in Paraguay after her torrid affair with a local sheep’s bladder canteen salesman scandalized the community? This is pretty much what I heard might be the case, and I believe it because I really want you disempowered Democrats to have a good foundation on which to claim that Mitt Romney was not born here.

And, so, anyway, what happened was Romney’s dad, who, by the way was born in Mexico (red flag or what, people?) and was this big automobile manufacturing tycoon in Michigan, was visiting Paraguay to try to set up an assembly plant there and he bought a sheep’s bladder canteen from a local vendor who told him the horrible, sordid story of how he could not afford to support the little baby he had with a disgraced nun and if George Romney would just take the baby off his hands he would throw the kid in no charge with the sheep’s bladder canteen.

Well, George brought that poor little baby—born as he was in mortal sin and the filth of illicit relations and do we really want a man like that holding the highest office in the land, I ask you—home to Michigan and raised him as his own.

And this is the story no one is telling. But you, Democrats who need to step up the fight, could tell it! Play hardball. Get on the Romney birther bandwagon! Demand to see his birth certificate! Put it in people’s minds that Mitt is a foreigner who has no right to be our Commander in Chief!  It shouldn’t take more than a few little dropped hints on Meet the Press, or getting Nancy Pelosi to post something about it on Twitter or something. After that, the rest of us ordinary citizens will run with untruths and hammer them home until they seem real.  This technique has worked for your competition for years now, and you would be foolish not to claim it for your own.

Oh, and one more thing. All the so-called “legitimate” sources list Mitt Romney as a “Mormon.” Well, it turns out this is a long-standing typographical error, and that Mitt Romney is actually a “woman.”  Get on it, liberal media.

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THE MOST IMPORTANT PODCAST EVER

04/21/2012

The presidential race is heating up, and by all reports, that heat is a dead one. Wait, that didn’t come out quite right. Actually, maybe it did. In any case, America will never regain its place at the top of the heap if we don’t start taking a self-help approach to our governance. With that in mind, here is the audio book version of the Top Ten Promises of the Empow-WOW-erment party!

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TOP TEN PROMISES OF THE EMPOW-WOW-ERMENT PARTY

02/29/2012

Both candidates are telling us they have the answers, but it’s pretty easy to see that all the problems in the world stem from a lack of self-examination. So here is my ten-step plan to reform politics in America once and for all. Won’t you join me in tapping into your truths, whatever that means?.

TOP TEN PROMISES OF MR. PAUL MAUL’S  EMPOW-WOW-ERMENT PARTY

  1. I will begin each day by talking to the economy and making sure it realizes how important it is to all of us.  Soon, the economy will develop a better sense of self-worth and pass that worth onto the American people in the form of new jobs.
  2. Constitution to be replaced with copies of “The Secret.”
  3. As long as they can provide a convincing written explanation of what is wrong with them, homosexuals will be allowed to marry.
  4. As part of my five-year plan to reduce stress in everyday life, I will institute the death penalty for taking more than ten items through the ten items or less line.
  5. I will continue to allow tax cuts for the rich as long as the rich promise to learn more about sharing.
  6. I will balance the budget by making sure to put a Libra in charge of the budget.
  7. I will replace the Pledge of Allegiance in our schools with the Pledge of Empow-WOW-erment (full text below).
  8. I will impose severe tax penalties on anyone who makes another comic book movie. 
  9. I will end our dependence on foreign oil with the power of my mind alone by using law of attraction principles as outlined in the new Constitution (see #2).
  10. Finally, I will pay no attention to the constant, nagging critical voice in my head that keeps saying the first nine promises are ridiculous.  By refusing to embrace any negativity, I will be able to implement all the steps in this political platform no matter what anybody thinks. So even if everything goes right down the shitter, I will be remembered as someone with the strength of my convictions.  And that’s how it works, people.

Thank you for your support.

THE PLEDGE OF EMPOW-WOW-ERMENT

I pledge allegiance to myself

And occasionally to Deepak Chopra

And to my development

For which I stand

One person

Fully realized

With inner strength

And awesomeness

For all

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MR. PAUL MAUL FOR PRESIDENT, 2012!

04/22/2011

 

 

The time has come for a self-help titan to throw his hat in the ring for admission to the highest office in the land. And if the past thirty or so years has been any indication, that office has been high for a good percentage of them.

But no longer.

Now at last there is an independent candidate for President of the United States who knows what America wants. And what America wants is to finally know what it wants. And what is that, that it wants? It wants an America free of want. That’s what it wants. There. If that isn’t an example of the kind of mind f*ck speech writing that has made this country great, I don’t know what is.

My background as a motivational speaker makes me the perfect leader of a nation. You need a president who can send your low self-esteem packing. You need a president who can put our country on the road to enlightenment.  You need a president who is not afraid to get in touch with his emotions. Well, some of them. The ones that are not too fey.

You need four to eight years of EMPOW-WOW-ERMENT!  That’s what you need!

Here are the top ten reasons Mr. Paul Maul is the candidate you have been waiting for.

  1. I can provide conclusive proof that I was born.
  2. I will reduce our dependence on foreign oil by putting the word ‘green’ next to a whole lot more things than it is next to now.
  3. I will require each session of Congress to begin with a group hug.
  4. I will not allow people to get all in your face about how amazing their iPhones are.
  5. I will pay teachers as much as movie stars and movie stars as much as teachers, then sit back and wait for Charlie Sheen to be the only celebrity left.
  6. If those controlling the top one percent of the nation’s wealth want tax breaks, they must submit to a three-day motivational seminar in which a crazy person with a headset microphone paces back and forth on a stage to the accompaniment of a generic rock anthem.
  7. I will destroy the power of influential lobbyists by giving them all guns.
  8. I believe in a woman’s right to choose how she feels about gay marriage.
  9. I believe every American has the right to own a home that they can default on.
  10. I await the day when I can tell the Tea Party to suck it.

And there are so many more that will go into effect the day I take the oval office by storm.  The time is now.  Oprah, Dr. Phil, Deepak, Wayne Dyer and that other guy are not going to step up to this. But I am.

Vote Mr. Paul Maul in 2012. It’s belief you can change in.

 

TOP TEN PROMISES OF THE EMPOW-WOW-ERMENT PARTY (AUDIO!)

10/29/2010

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Now you can actually hear the revolutionary political platform of Mr. Paul Maul’s Empow-WOW-erment Party read with commitment, vigor and sphincter-tightening straightforwardness by Mr. Paul Maul himself!

In this time of election-based upheaval, listen to these stirring words and then ask yourself: which fictional motivational speaker delivers for you when all the others fail?  Which faux self-help powerhouse has got your back?  None other than Mr. Paul Maul, that’s who.  And even if you don’t vote for me, make sure you get out there and write in somebody other than the rest of those jerks.

Top Ten Promises of the Empow-WOW-erment Party! Read by Mr. Paul Maul

THE HEALTH CARE DEBATE EXPLAINED

11/03/2009

Don’t miss the bonus audio version!  There’s a link at the end of the article.

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When all is said and done, the unending hue and cry about health care reform is really just a lot of mass debating.  It makes sense that politicians on both sides of the aisle like to mass debate.  Mass debating is, after all, what they spend most of their time doing.  Senators love to engage in mass debate oratory activity, especially when they filibuster.  And Congress likes nothing better than to get some good mass debating going among its members.  Whether it’s pushing for a single-payer option or decrying those who want universal health care as socialists, our nation’s medical infrastructure is a hot-button issue that seems to bring out all the top shelf mass debaters.  And it isn’t just the politicians who mass debate.  Ordinary citizens have proved themselves some of the most down and dirty mass debaters on the social landscape. Countless media pundits also engage in mass debating.  Glenn Beck is one of the biggest mass debaters around.  It would not be a stretch to say that with his incendiary commentary, he is encouraging everyone in America to join him as a mass debater.  But it is not just the right wing that indulges in mass debating.  Rachel Maddow can mass debate with the best of them, although it is sometimes easier for her to put her finger on exactly what she hopes the mass debating will accomplish.

Health Care Reform

Nonetheless, it is an almost incontestable position that mass debating is an activity not confined to this one issue.  The government has been mass debating like crazy about the economy.  Indeed, what are the mortgage crisis and the bailout of giant corporations but the result of one giant, collective round of mass debating?   And with such topics as military intervention, gun control, gay marriage and education, mass debaters abound in both camps.  The very fabric of our society seems to not only depend upon mass debating, but on a cynical acceptance of the idea that every one of our elected officials mass debates on the job.  Even the president, by the very nature of his work, must spend a good part of his week mass debating.  Yes, I know: I don’t want to carry that image with me any more than you do, but it is an undeniable part of the landscape.  Our political system consists of nothing more than one bunch of people mass debating another bunch of people all at once.  And sometimes, if C-SPAN is there, the mutual mass debating is captured on camera.

What impact does this mass debating have on those of us who are trying to empower ourselves and be more engaged with our true place in the universe?  Well, public figures who mass debate send us a subconscious message that the only way to arrive at any solution in life is to loudly, conspicuously and furiously engage in mass debating.  But this type of behavior is the behavior of a jerk. Off.  We need to turn our minds off for a moment when confronted with new information that can have potentially far-reaching consequences.   Being quick to mass debate blocks the flow of energy that a careful consideration of the facts can yield.  The empowered person needs to sit for a moment with his or her own way of being before reacting to mass debating with more mass debating.  Unfortunately, society does not encourage such introspection.  The collective unconscious is quite content to mass debate, but we must not give in to this negativity.  We must release our mass debater from within the tight fist of our conditioning. Only by arriving at all of our decisions through a sense of inner peace, and not through reactive and retaliatory accusations, can we stop the mass debating and arrive, finally, on an even playing field based on mutual trust and respect, and not mass debating.  It’s easier than it sounds.   In fact, if the will was there, it could probably be accomplished in one stroke.

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BONUS AUDIO – HEALTH CARE REFORM IS A MASS DEBATE