I recently put a Ted Cruz sign in my yard (yep, I live in Texas). Just prior to doing so, I noticed the yard signs around the corner from my house. This house has a Beto sign (do not get me started on that guy), as well as others for progressive candidates for local office races. But it isn’t the campaign signs that set me off. It was the sign in the middle that got me.

It says: “We Believe Black lives matter, no human is illegal, love is love, women’s rights are human rights, science is real, water is life, injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere”.

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A sign in Mitch McKinley’s Texas neighborhood.

Where do I start?

First, I love how some of these statements are of the “all or nothing” variety while others are of the specific, exclusionary flavors. Love is love? That is an “all or nothing” sort of ideology (more on that specifically below). Black lives matter? That is more of the specific, yet exclusionary sort of belief that has us so divided in this nation today.

Now on to the details of these statements themselves (in order of listing).

Black Lives Matter. I agree. They do. Most of the people reading this, who frequent The Whiskey Patriots will also agree. But I think we would also agree that white lives matter, and so do brown ones. Asian lives? Equally as important. So why do we only see a movement amongst one specific community? Because it keeps race relevant. What I am about to say is MY belief. I speak for no one else on this matter. Feel free to agree or disagree.  I believe that Reverend King said it the best: “I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.” And I agree. We should be color-blind. My wife and I have raised our 4 children to not see color, circumstance, or status. Instead, simply see people with whom you can serve and love and build a relationship with. I have a very good friend who happens to be black. He once told me that when I look at him, don’t see a black man, but instead, simply see a man. I admire Brian for that. Unfortunately, that is not the reality of America today. Today, we are told that we should not see skin color or gender or religion, yet we are reminded of it every day. We are constantly bombarded with “the first black man to…” or “the first woman to…” The accomplishment that they achieved is reason enough to celebrate. Why does their color, gender, religion or sexual orientation have anything to do with said accomplishment? It shouldn’t. I believe that every person should be proud of his or her heritage and lineage. But you can’t have it both ways. You cannot demand that we, as a society, ignore color/gender/religion while simultaneously celebrate it.

No human is illegal. I have to go back to a phrase that was popular in the early 80’s wen I was a kid. No duh! People are not illegal. But their actions can be. There is not a single person I know that hopes and prays for suffering and poverty on people around the world. And we all want to pursue the “American Dream”. However, the achievements as part of that dream are earned. They are not handed to you. And it should be earned the right way, not through obtaining it through illegal means and methods.

Love is love. I believe in the biblical definition of marriage. But as I am a conservative-minded man, I also believe in limiting government overreach into our personal lives. Therefore, what you do in the privacy of your own home is your business, as long as it isn’t illegal or infringing on my family and me. But to state that love is love (all or nothing) is a bit dangerous. Wait. You don’t think it can be dangerous to say anything goes as long as you are in love? Then I would challenge you to have a conversation with a victim of a NAMBLA member. But hey, after all, it was in the name of love, right?

Women’s rights are human rights. I have to assume they are referring to the abortion pandemic we see in our nation since Roe V. Wade was decided on January 22, 1973. Incidentally, this was decided 63 days before I was born. I’m grateful that my mother didn’t assert her ‘fundamental human right’ to destroy me. I think what this sign should have said is: “Women’s rights are human rights, so long as men keep their mouths shut”.  I find it ironic that a woman can choose to have an abortion simply because she doesn’t want the baby, and the father of that child has no say in the matter. Yet that same man can NOT want to have a child, and he is legally bound to take financial responsibility for that child until they turn 18. For the laws of our land to dictate that a man must be monetarily obligated to a child while simultaneously telling him that he has no say as to whether that child lives or dies is asinine at best, criminal at worst.

Science is real. Dang, you got me on this one. It is real. Unless we are talking about polling science (I’ll save that for another day). Liberals love to use science to prove all sorts of things. Things like God doesn’t exist, evolution happened, the earth is BILLIONS of years old, etc. But did you notice what was missing from this sign? No mention of multi-genderism. Why? Because you cannot argue science is real while arguing that science is wrong on genders. Biology dictates that there are two genders, so which is it? Science is real, or it is only real when it is convenient to your argument?

Water is life. Nope. Water is necessary to sustain life. In and of itself, water is not life. You want to know what is life? Jesus Christ. He is the way, the truth and the LIFE. And that’s the bottom line on this item.

Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. Funny, most liberals couldn’t care less about injustices across the world. The only justice they look for is here at home. If they truly believed that injustices anywhere were a threat to it everywhere, they would be outspoken against many of things that happen in every country except ours. The US is the only nation that fights for justice the way we do. Period. We don’t stone people for adultery. We don’t chop of a person’s hand for stealing. We have the greatest criminal justice system on the planet. It isn’t perfect, but it is still way ahead of whoever is in 2ndplace.

At the end of the day, everyone has the right to believe in something. Just try to make sure that the things you advertise as your beliefs are credible and hold water. Otherwise, your yard sign just makes you look stupid.

Mitch McKinley is a man of faith, a patriot, a US Army veteran, a member of Operation Innocence, a husband and father of four. He owns his own technology and security consulting firm and is a proud to be a native Texan.