Todd McKinley was a 2018 Republican Candidate for Congress in TN-01, he's a retired Army Paratrooper, Bronze Star, Combat Action Badge, and Presidential Service Badge recipient. He’s served tours in Iraq and Afghanistan as well 6 ½ years at the White House Communications Agency & White House Military Office. He’s served as an Advance Representative for the Trump Administration, and as an Advance Representative for the 2020 Trump Campaign. Follow Todd: ; ; ; ;

There are two facts that are a given, one, “common sense isn’t common” and two, it would be 99.9% far more beneficial to society at large if people would do a little research before speaking. I say society at large given the individual speaking rarely ever bears the burden of their words and actions these days.

I believe Proverbs 17-28 says it better: “Even a fool, when he holdeth his peace, is counted wise: and he that shutteth his lips is esteemed a man of understanding.”

Fake News

If people used the miracle of science that fits snugly inside most pants pockets, a little technological wonder that we rarely leave home without, one that many of us fail to unglue our face from. These little devices are super-computers called “smart devices” or “smartphones.” These little things have many thousand times more computing power than NASA had when it landed Men on the moon. In fact, when linked to the internet a user has access to essentially the collective knowledge of mankind. That’s thousands of years of knowledge at the tip of our fingers, yet instead of doing a little research even a minimal amount, the majority of human beings use them to look at porn, search for memes that somehow substitutes for real factual information or they’re taking selfies and finding the best filter to make them look good on social media as they convey their fake lives to everyone.

What I’m saying, it’s not enough to call something “Fake News” as I had someone foolishly do to a post, I made in recent days on the Todd McKinley Commentary Facebook page. The person in question was an individual who’s likely seen others do the same to articles they didn’t like. His reason was the photo used was a file photo the publication had at its disposal that had a date different than the published article. Instead of doing a quick search to confirm or disprove his ridiculous statement which would have revealed dozens of other reputable publications both left and right-leaning, he instead with his low IQ threw out the overused “Fake News” retort.

Now, I’m not saying there’s not “Fake News” out there, there’s in fact way too much of it, but how does one know if they personally don’t make a minimal effort or take the same amount of time it takes to call it “Fake News” to instead do a little research. Just because one doesn’t like what the news is, doesn’t make it untrue or fake, in whole or in part. On a side note, an article offered as an opinion where it’s known to be an opinion can’t be classified as “Fake News” even if the opinion being given is absurd and off the wall.

The Mess We’re In

If people took the time to do a little research, America would be flourishing instead of being a lethargic giant seemingly in its death throes. Mind you, the Left and the Democrats are doing their level best to somehow blame President Trump, a man who’s been in office for less than a term compared to decades of issues that’s only been compounded in recent years by the Left and their henchmen in the media and their army of ANTIFA and other groups. Yet, somehow, they get away with blaming President Trump, but I digress.

However, we’re in this mess because of political apathy, ignorance of the mind, flawed mentalities all around, and an unwillingness to try new and better methods or elect fresh blood. We find the “That’s the way we’ve always done it,” being a prevalent mentality, which is lazy, yet it continues to win out. This mentality in addition to being lazy is sheer corruption of the mind and a failure to those who deserve better, namely future generations.

We’ve collectively become anti-science and anti-religious at the same time; as if they both can’t exist together or independent of one another. I’m here to say they can co-exist, God (or a God, thee God) creating the universe doesn’t rule out science, nor should science be used to try and dispel the existence of God. Science in-short is a construct of us humans exercising our God-given free will to understand our environment, to solve problems, and to make life easier.

We seem to constantly see the Left and Right, the religious and non-religious alike constantly disagreeing on sometimes trivial matters and never relenting. We see groups trying to force those who disagree with them to make the other to submit to their will, instead of using logic to change minds then agreeing to disagree and allowing to “live and let live” if that fails. We constantly see governments sending men and women with guns to make those who disagree with them to submit or face the wrath, instead of working together with the understanding that we agree more than we disagree and we’re far more similar than we’re dissimilar.

Make no mistake, we’re truly in this mess together because we got ourselves to this point together and the only way out is… you guessed it together. If we all act (as the story goes) like lobsters being boiled alive, that constantly pull each other back into the pot, then none of us have a chance of making it out of this mess, we will have doomed all of humanity. Instead, we should work to get a few out of the pot, so they in-turn can pull others up and out. Ok, someone is going to call my lobster analogy “Fake News” but please do your research before you do.

Having said all of this, it’s certain that the media and many of our elected officials at present and going back decades along with a flawed destructive ideology that many on the Left has adopted are also to blame for the mess we find ourselves in. But to simply blame them and go on does nothing to help solve the problems, after all, as I pointed out, it’s not just a problem created by the previously mentioned groups and individuals. Therefore, it’s up to all of us, either strive to succeed or fail miserably together and violently if we’re not careful. Stop retreating to your “safe space” and lingering with those who only think as you think, it dehumanizes those who are only slightly different and makes violent action against them easier and more palatable. Let’s come together, have discussions based on facts, truth, and reality. But doing so requires a little common sense and as I mentioned in the first sentence, “it’s not common.”

BTW, by “mess”, I mean all our collective national, state, and local problems!

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