Finally, the first of three investigations into President Donald J. Trump and his administration alleging Russian collusion has come to an end. Their findings were clear and concise:

NO EVIDENCE OF RUSSIAN COLLUSION!

I’ve been saying this all along but, not because anyone told me so, not because people around me believed there was no collusion (believe me, they didn’t).

I researched, I read, A LOT, I questioned everything I learned and searched for proof and corroboration at every turn.

The mainstream media today is controlled and owned by people and corporations with their own political agendas. Ultimately, their bias plays out in the way they present the “facts” to their audience or choose not to present those facts at all.

It’s our job to find the truth and help others to do the same.

For two years now CNN, MSNBC, NBC, and many other liberal news organizations ran a constant stream of propaganda and hatred designed to tear down the Trump administration and prove once and for all that the president colluded with Russia to steal the White House and cheat the American people of a fair election.

None of this was ever proven aside from stray coincidences, assumptions, and the infamous dossier created by Democrats for one purpose only: destroy President Trump.

I felt everyone around me buying into this tremendous lie and no one appeared to question it or consider anything to the contrary.

It seemed nobody wanted to see alternative facts or even contemplate that this narrative was conceived and deployed by Trump’s opponents. Nobody wanted to listen and the mere suggestion that there may be a different story elicited furiously and over the top reactions and even verbal attacks.

A Valuable Lesson

The more I think about it, the more I realize I should really say, thank you.

Thank you, to everyone that shamed me, called me names and laughed at me when I said the alleged Russian collusion story was a bogus hit job.

I say this with complete sincerity and take no particular pride in admitting they’ve taught me some things. Thinking for yourself is something to be proud of and I will never shame someone because we don’t agree.

I hold very little respect for people who enjoy name calling and shaming others for having differing opinions. Therefore, these people do not have my respect.

Sadly, their inability to see reason and facts has forced them to eat their words and I’m sorry to say I don’t have a whole lot of compassion for them after the way I was treated.

However, I do owe them my thanks.

They’ve truly helped me to recognize and take to heart just how valuable it is to allow myself to be vulnerable enough to continually search for truth and never allow myself to be solidified into any singular way of thinking.

I will continue to let life teach me how little I know and how much I crave and enjoy the neverending search for further knowledge and understanding. I relish in the journey and welcome the humility and innocence I feel with each new lesson I learn.

This is what life is all about and I have a lot of compassion for those who miss the chance to experience growth and change in this way.

A Good Life Lesson For Anyone

It is far too easy to believe someone when they’re telling you exactly what you want to hear. Therefore, when everything you hear and see fits perfectly into the narrative you’ve adopted, there’s a good chance you’re not seeing the whole picture.

Besides, it takes a great deal of courage to consider that you may be wrong and then put in the effort to prove yourself wrong.

It’s hard, but it’s worth it.

If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is!  KEEP DIGGING!

Stubborn and ardent clinging to one’s opinions despite or without all the facts is the best proof possible of stupidity and the abandonment of growth. The moment we become unchangeable our forward progress ceases and we lose our curious spirit.  


Never lose your curious spirit

It is integral to wholehearted living and authenticity.

Always question anything and everything you hear, especially if it happens to be a popular opinion.

Use your brain, you have one for a reason. Investigate through a wide range of sources. Dig deeper. Do your own research. Consume and consider many multiple points of view.

Refrain from absolutely making up your mind until you know ALL of the facts (you almost never know all of the facts).

Listen to people, especially those you don’t want to hear. Always, always, remain teachable. Don’t believe everything you hear.

Vilifying and hating a person or group of people is ALWAYS one-sided, short-sighted, and lacks any kind of genuine desire to see the bigger picture and acknowledge the good in each of us.

Groupthink hatred for a person or group blinds us to the possibility of finding common ground and closes our hearts and minds to the humanity of the people we choose to hate or oppose.

When we allow ourselves to buy into groupthink and follow the herd like sheep, we deny ourselves our own individuality and humanity by side-stepping and avoiding the one thing we all share as human beings, our ability to communicate, connect, relate, understand, empathize and truly appreciate what makes each of us unique and exceptional.

We don’t have to agree.

In fact, I’m damn glad we don’t always agree. But, you must be able to listen, connect with other points of view and show respect for one another. This is how progress and change take place.

 

I hope you all find yourselves curious, questioning and open-hearted for as long as you live.

 

But, for those of you who prefer to be foolish, stubborn and cruel …

I’m sorry to say it but, I told you so.

Just kidding. I love that shit.

 

Justin Buchanan – Writer, researcher, conservative, and beefcake unicorn wrangler.