Someone was caught with their pants down. Although millions of Americans have laughed and cried at the same time for the last 10 months at the incessant screams from the Left about the Trump Campaign that — with the cooperation of the Russian Government — stole the November election from Hillary Clinton, nothing about that purported collusion ever came to light. However, it seems the MSM all believe that if you say something over and over again no matter its validity, you can make people believe it. And so they did: the NY Times, Washington Post, CNN, MSNBC, NBC, and countless liberal talk show hosts hammered into the heads of every reader, listener, and viewer that Donald Trump was in collusion with Russia. Little bloggers like me and major conservative network talk show hosts and radio show hosts unified with one simple cry during all this rancor: “Show me the proof!” No one ever yet has offered up a shred of evidence. Why is that? There is none.
Remember the cries of “17 U.S. Intelligence Agencies have unanimously confirmed there was Russian intervention in the 2016 election for the purpose of assisting the Trump Campaign’s defeat of Hillary Clinton.” Guess what: that is NOT true! Confirmed is that only 3 of those agencies stated such. But it gets better: according to CIA experts, in such a case more than 100 Intelligence specialists from each agency are involved in preparing such a report. But in this case 12 specialists were handpicked to write the report — 12! Does it seem to you that someone might have had an agenda and that the report may be a tad unfounded?
In that regard, three of the major perpetrators of what President Trump so eloquently and controversially labeled “Fake News” very sheepishly over the last week have in their own ways issued “clarifications” or “corrections” of their previous allegations of such collusion printed and broadcast over and over and over and over….(you get it). They are the New York Times, Associated Press, and CNN. See those below:
NY TIMES Correction, June 29, 2017: A White House Memo article on Monday about President Trump’s deflections and denials about Russia referred incorrectly to the source of an intelligence assessment that said Russia orchestrated hacking attacks during last year’s presidential election. The assessment was made by four intelligence agencies — the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, the Central Intelligence Agency, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the National Security Agency. The assessment was not approved by all 17 organizations in the American intelligence community.
Associated Press Correction, June 30, 2017: WASHINGTON (AP) — In stories published April 6, June 2, June 26 and June 29, The Associated Press reported that all 17 U.S. intelligence agencies have agreed that Russia tried to influence the 2016 election to benefit Donald Trump. That assessment was based on information collected by three agencies – the FBI, CIA and National Security Agency – and published by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, which represents all U.S. intelligence agencies. Not all 17 intelligence agencies were involved in reaching the assessment.
CNN Correction, June 23, 2017: “On June 22, 2017, CNN.com published a story connecting Anthony Scaramucci with investigations into the Russian Direct Investment Fund,” read an editor’s note published Friday night. “That story did not meet CNN’s editorial standards and has been retracted. Links to the story have been disabled. CNN apologizes to Mr. Scaramucci.”
I could spend much of your time detailing in bullet point format all of the allegations made by each of these and others during the campaign and after the election, but I’d be wasting time. We all have watched, heard, and read them daily. For a brief moment I want to concentrate on the only logical conclusion to all of this Americans should reach and the only plan of action that makes sense going forward.
- Watch and Listen. That sounds like an easy task. And it IS easy — to watch and listen with a default mindset based solely on our particular political ilk. That is exactly why we find ourselves in this dilemma. Some how and some way we must all condition our eyes, ears, and minds to watch and listen to every word our political leaders put out there — EVERY word and not just those that on the surface seem to be what we want to hear.
- Never Assume. There’s an old saying that we should all remember and implement in our lives regarding political rhetoric: “When you assume something you make an ass out of you and me.” How appropriate today. Just because someone we like says something does not give us license to assume it is accurate. Just because someone we dislike says something does not give us license to assume it is inaccurate. We were all created with a brain and we are educated to use our brains to reason. Yes, it is easy to simply take what we see and hear at face value. But often face value is NOT the truth.
- Always Investigate. I know that lack of spare time in our busy lives precludes many of us from investigating what we see, read, and hear everyday. With media technology everywhere we are flooded with news and information 24/7. I will admit I am an investigator, especially regarding political issues as they pertain to our lives, and I’ll admit that it’s rare for folks to be able to commit the investigative time to finding facts like I enjoy and am able to do. To get good and accurate information that you can rely on in your decision making, I suggest you identify several information sources that are NOT connected, but are independent of each other, and create a process for you to easily reach out to those on a regular basis to get information about important events. Even though you find several sources, (I suggest at least 4) I do NOT suggest that you believe everything those sources say, even if they all agree substantially with each other. Get facts and then use those facts along with your life senses, and deliberately make decisions from those all together.
- Implement Demonstratively. If you do not take care of yourself, your family members, and the important things and people in your life, no one will. As you gather facts in every area of your life, do not be tempted to simply “go with the flow.” Make firm decisions about specific issues. And them implement those decision very aggressively in your life. In our American culture too often we are seeing those who choose to be wishy washy and indecisive, preferring to let things just “happen” in their lives. Our forefathers came to North America from a culture where folks lived “go with the flow” because they saw their society and culture erode over centuries of steadily adopting that philosophy. It simply does not work. Make certain all of those people in your circle of influence know specifically about your life choices, how you came upon them and the facts you used to do so, and what your implemented changes have and will look like.
In summary, we cannot reasonably expect our World to simply get better. To make it better, we must individually do the work to get facts, make certain those facts really are facts, devise the changes in our lives we see as those necessary to improve our lives and the lives of those we love, and make certain as many people as possible understand what and why we are doing so.
Remember that tired but true declaration about insanity: “Insanity is doing the same things over and over again expecting different results.” That saying may be tired, but it is accurate.
Just because someone says something, their saying it doesn’t necessarily mean it is true or right. Getting to that is YOUR responsibility.