Dear Millennial Women, You’re Beautiful Inside and Out. Regardless of What The Social Media Culture Says

Dear Millennial Women,

First of all, thanks for taking the time to read this because I know you’re busy. Taking selfies and sending snaps is time consuming.

We live in a crazy, social media driven culture that consumes hours of our lives daily at work, home, and at college. Let’s face it. We all spend too much time on social networking websites and apps. I’m personally trying to spend less time on social media. In fact, I deactivated my Facebook account this week just so I can take a break from it and the constant news feed that consumes so many hours of my life. And guess what? I’ve survived an entire week without checking Facebook. It’s been really refreshing and I haven’t missed out about things happening with my friends (if they’re really your friend, you probably see them or you have their cell number anyways, so you don’t need Facebook).

I’m a dude and as I’ve already mentioned, I’m not big on social media, so I’m not too overly concerned with how I look in photos, sending snaps, posting on Instagram, or gaining likes, followers or comments. Guys are just not as concerned about all this stuff (for example, it's called Mean Girls, not Mean Guys) we are not built that way. God created us differently, and it’s cool because as Weezer famously said, “Thank God for Girls.”

That being said, it can’t be easy to be a woman in today’s social media world that is obsessed with beauty, outward appearance and obtaining as many likes, followers and comments as possible.

Tonight to any and all millennial women (and women of other ages) that reads this, I’m here to tell you that you are worth more than how many likes or comments a post on Facebook receives.

You are more valuable than your bikini shots on Instagram. You are not simply defined by your looks and your outward appearance, or by how many guys comment on your photos on Instagram (and let’s be honest, most of the bros that comment and say inappropriate things probably aren’t worth your time anyways).

There is so much more to you.

You are a human being and you deserve to be treated with respect, and not be judged simply on your selfies on Snapchat.

You have intelligence that goes deeper than 140 characters on Twitter. Your value isn’t defined by how many retweets you receive.

You are so much more than your outward appearance. You were created in the image of God, and your self-worth isn’t based on how popular you are or aren’t on social media. Online, people will judge you for the outward, but your real value lies inward. Our society and culture doesn’t tell you that enough and I just wanted to take a moment and let you know that you are great. You’re beautiful. Regardless of how many swipes you get on Tinder.

Posted on September 15, 2017 .

Media Business Thoughts on Fox News and How CNN, MSNBC, TheBlaze Should Respond

The following thoughts are from a media business perspective. I LOVE Fox News and this is in no way a criticism of the network or the new line-up. Just thoughts I have concerning the networks from a business mindset. I wish Fox News all the best with the new lineup and in the future! 

If CNN was smart, they'd hire a conservative to do a show at 8pm to give former faithful Bill O'Reilly viewers that may be looking for alternatives to Fox an option. Maybe Mike Huckabee, Laura Ingraham, or some other traditionally conservative personality a show that could steal some Fox viewers that aren't maybe interested in Tucker Carlson. Move Anderson Cooper to 9.

MSNBC should move Rachel Maddow to 8 since she's their biggest (Only?) draw to go head to head with Fox at 8. Or, leave her at 9 and continue to close the ratings gap at that hour since she's been gaining ground there.

Glenn Beck should advertise TheBlaze to disenchanted conservatives that aren't excited about the Fox changes and welcome them to his network. Set it up as a conservative alternative to Fox.

Fox News should run a huge advertisement/PR campaign to let their viewers know that Fox News is still "Fair & Balance" and still "The voice they can trust" to ease any core viewer tension about the new lineup or where the channel is heading. 

And there is always A Whittle Bit of Commentary for you if none of the above networks interest you!

Posted on April 23, 2017 .

15 Reasons You Know You're Good Friends with Chad Whittle

1. You know he has a deep nostalgia for the 1990s and can quote and sing random pop hits.

2. He does NOT like most country music, but he will definitely tell you about bands that you've never heard of and how much better alternative rock is than country.

3. You know he loves radio.

4. You know where he stands on this important issue. Duh. Jordan.

5. You know that this is the greatest song ever written.

6. You know he's no Mets fan.

7. He can quote almost every episode.

8. You know he has political opinions and you know where he stands.

9. You know he may act all serious in class & at work, but odds are he's sent you a silly voice message or video of him singing Taylor Swift, which is when the real, silly Chad Whittle comes out.

10. You know the reason he probably wrote this page is so you'll click on it so he'll get a page view on his website, because it's business.

11. He loves football and all sports (except soccer, because this is America). Duh.

12. He's getting his PHD and going to become a professor.

13. You know he's always up for some Chick fil a.

14. He does NOT like the Florida Gators at all.

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15. You know that he's a pretty nice, smart guy that will always have your back because he's a pretty darn good friend to have.


Posted on February 14, 2016 .

America Deserves Better, More In Depth, Effective Debates

I have lost count on how many debates we’ve had so far and it’s not even summer or fall yet. If I read it right online yesterday, there are multiple Republican debates left to go this election cycle. It’s almost getting to be ridiculous how many debates there are.

The debates, not surprisingly, have become media events that are designed to benefit the host network more than it seems to provide information for the American citizenry. This isn’t aimed at a specific network, but an overall generalization. When you watch the debates, do you really learn a lot of new information from the candidates? Have they had a chance to go into detail about their positions, or have they just been able to speak long enough in order for the network to have a sound bite they can use the next day and on their social network pages? As far as networks go, overall, Fox Business and Fox News have done the best job in the debates.

The networks make millions from these debates and the moderators are able to build their career profile from these events. We’ve seen many examples of this. Each candidate and moderator has had bad moments and good moments, but really overall each debate is the same arguments, the same topics. Nothing really new, except which candidate that night is the new target for everyone else to attack.

I think there are better ways to conduct these debates where you could learn more information about the candidates. Why not allow each candidate 20-30 minutes to discuss in detail their platform? No interruptions. Then at the end, the candidates can debate each other and what has been said. The ones that are polling low could be streamed online in an undercard discussion as the other lower tier debates have been.

America deserves a better and more in depth and effective debate format. 

Posted on January 30, 2016 .

Regardless of Which Candidate Wins the Republican Nomination, I'm Voting For Them. Will You?

The election is serious business. There is no doubt about that. It’s important that we elect someone that will uphold the constitution, the law and our values.  

Some of you are die hard Trump supports reading this and no one or anything he does, or says, or has done will change your mind on him. The same goes for Cruz, Rubio, etc. supporters.

With the primaries coming up, I hope you’ll let your voice be heard and vote for which ever candidate you feel shares your values best and will be the President leader for our country for the next four years.

I know you don’t want to believe this, and I hate to be the one to bring you the bad news, but it’s possible your guy doesn’t win the nomination. I know that’s almost impossible for you to believe, but it’s possible.

If your guy (or gal) doesn’t win the Republican nomination, I hope that you will make an effort to help the nominee win the White House by showing support and voting for him or her. Even though you may not agree with him 100% on issues, and even if he isn’t even your third choice for President, I hope you will put your personal disappointment aside that your candidate didn’t win and support the person that has a chance to win because we can’t afford not having a Republican as President in 2017.

I don’t endorse in the primaries because I want to be fair and cover all candidates honestly on A Whittle Bit of Commentary, but I can tell you this, regardless if it’s Trump, Cruz, Rubio or someone else that wins the nomination, I’m voting for him or her, because any of them would be better than the other options on the other side of the political aisle. That is for sure.

Posted on January 24, 2016 .

On My 30th Birthday: What I've Learned About Life So Far

Today, January 18th, I turn 30 and for a lot of people leaving their twenties and entering their next decade is depressing to them because now they have to be a real life grown up and can't be a teenager or college student anymore. I’m happy about turning 30 and I am excited about what will happen in the future. And as I hit the big 3-0, I thought I’d take a quick look back at what I’ve learned so far about life: 

1- God’s plan for your life is different than your plan and better and if your trust Him, you'll be happy.

2-Learn from your mistakes and don’t make them again.

3- Friends come and go but some will be there for you always. 

4- Family is so important, and you should spend as much time as possible with them because they won't always be around to share memories with. 

5- Don’t take life and politics too seriously, because you can only do so much politically, and life is short, so enjoy it.

6- Even on the bad days, life is still good.

7- Laugh Daily, don't take life too seriously. 

8- The older I get, the more the Bible is proven to be correct and true.

9- Do good, help others and be humble.

10- Success isn't easy, it's hard, but worth it in the end.

11- You can never pray enough. Pray daily and trust God.

I thank you all that have listened and read my content the past few years and I hope you'll be here for the next 30 years!

-Chad

Posted on January 17, 2016 .

New Years Message 2016: The Future is Bright If You Follow the Light of the World

The New Year is here. Hard to believe isn’t it? It’s amazing how fast the years go by. I feel that we should just be wrapping up July 4th and here we are already in 2016.

This year will bring a lot of change in our own lives and in the country. We don’t know what all will be in store for us in the year of our Lord, 2016, but I do know that come what may, the good Lord above will keep us, protect us, provide us grace, love and forgiveness.  He’s a good God and we live in a good nation, although we all agree that our country is facing tough times.

Even though we are going through some challenging times in our nation, I know that God is still in control and if we put our trust in Him and His will for us, we can’t go wrong. The future is bright if you follow the light of the world.

So here’s to a New Year that I hope will be full of faith, hope, and love.

Come what may in 2016, keep your eyes on Him and your trust in Him as well.

Whatever happens, I’ll be here. Five days per week covering it all on A Whittle Bit of Commentary.

 

Happy New Year. God is Always Good.

Chad Whittle

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Posted on January 2, 2016 .

Why I'm a Christian

Life is not easy. For anyone. There isn’t a person alive that hasn’t had some struggle. Some have health problems. Others have family and emotional problems. Most have financial problems from time to time. Whatever you may personally be going through, have gone through or will go through, life can be difficult.

I am no different. I have had problems in my life as well. Growing up my dad suffered multiple heart attacks and has had more bypass surgeries than I can remember. He’s also diabetic and had to retire due to his health problems when I was in middle school.

Because my dad had to retire, my mom has had to work many jobs over the years to help us make ends meet. It hasn’t been easy for her. She’s worked in public school (and currently does) she has worked as a crossing guard, worked at Burger King, and after school is out, she then goes to her second job of the day until 6:30 at night.  Working from 6:45am to 6:30pm is a long day.

Growing up I always worried about my dad’s health (and still do). I always wondered if he’d make it through another school year without having heart problems. I’m glad he’s still here, even though he does suffer from many health related problems.

I’m thankful that the only health related problems I’ve had is mostly allergies and acid reflux.

I’m 29 years old, which is hard for me to believe. I’m not sure where my twenties went. Right now I’m in a PHD program, which is a lot of work, but I’m grateful for the opportunity. 

As I said, I’ve had my share of problems, but through it all, my dad and mom have always counted on God and has sought Him and His will to get us through. My dad has never, not once, ever felt sorry for himself or blamed or questioned God for his problems. If you know my dad, he’s the nicest man you could ever meet, and it may seem unfair that he would have these problems, but he’s always prayed and trusted God to see him through. And so has my mom.

Watching my parents live out their faith and how they’ve reacted to what life has thrown their way has been my source of inspiration and comfort when tough times have come.

When I view the news and what is happening in the world, I always turn back to the lessons my parents taught me and the Biblical principles they instilled in me. I read the Bible and what it says and I see that God’s way of peace, love, faith, forgiveness, and salvation is the only hope for the world. I see the chaos in the streets and I think of the book of revelation and how all signs point towards the Bible being true as world events seem to point towards the predictions in the New Testament. 

My Christian worldview that I have because of my parents and what I’ve been taught reminds me when the storms of life come that God has a plan, a purpose and I feel a peace come over me. Yes, I worry about the future and my life. I know I shouldn’t, but I do worry. However, even when I worry, I always come back to what God has said in His word and I always end up going from worry to peace because I know in my heart that He’s in control and He has a plan.

If you are truly a Christ follower you feel a peace in your heart even during the tough times. Those that don’t have Christ living in their hearts can’t understand it. It’s something you have to experience.

I think of all the people that don’t have Christ living in their hearts and it makes me so sad. I feel sorry for atheists, agnostics, and others that don’t have any hope. I wish I could say or do something to make them see that God is real and He loves them and has a plan for their lives. I also wonder how do they make it through life when the tough times come? We all have a God shaped hole in our souls that only Christ can fill and until you allow Him to fill it, you’ll always feel empty in your heart. 

I’m thankful that I grew up in a Christian home and for the example my parents have been in my life. I’m glad I accepted Christ when I was young and I have been trying to live a life that brings Him joy ever since. I’m just like everyone else and I have my doubts, worries and problems, but at the end of the day, I always come back to the peace in my heart that only comes from Christ. He’s in control and the older I get, the more I see that He’s real.

I’m a Christian because I’ve seen Him work in my life and He continues to each and everyday. I’m not perfect, far from it, but I worship a perfect and loving Creator. If you're reading this, and you aren't a believer, I hope you'll consider opening your heart to Him, because once you do, you'll never want to experience life without the hope of Christ again. I'm thankful to be a Christian, and If you haven't already, I hope one day you'll accept Christ as your Savior. Your life won't be easier, you'll still experience problems, but you'll feel a peace and hope that only He can bring.

(C) 2015 Chad Whittle.

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Posted on December 10, 2015 .

Who Won the GOP Debate Updated with Results 11/10/2015?

Whittle Post Debate Poll Results:

Trump 43.75%

Cruz 18.75%

Paul 18.75%

Rubio 6.25%

Fiorina 6.25%

Kasich 6.25%

Bush 0%

Carson 0%

Thanks everyone that voted! 

Total: 16

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Posted on November 10, 2015 .

Now is the Perfect Time for Something Spiritually Amazing to Happen

The death of Christianity has been greatly exaggerated. I say that because some are wondering because of recent culture changes here and around the world if it’s over for religion in general, because we have entered a progressive post-Christian era here in America.

Sure, Christians make up the majority of the U.S. population, but the key here is that they don’t make up the majority of thinking at the levels of influence and power: government, education, science, finances and the media.

Without controlling the institutions mentioned above, the odds really are against Christians spreading their message. Yet, the gospel continues to influence and spread because if you believe the gospel like I do, then you know you shouldn’t bet against it making a comeback.

Kings and kingdoms throughout history have tried to stop the gospel, but none have been able to.

America has seen tough times before, times when it seemed it was over for religion in America and then the Great Awakenings happened and revival led to spiritual renewal.

Right now, is the perfect time for something amazing to happen.

For spiritual renewal.

For restoration of our country.

It’s when it seems that it’s over and all hope is lost is when a God-sized miracle happens.

Remember Daniel in the Lion’s Den?

Remember the Revolutionary War?

Remember that time in your own life when He stepped in?

I want everyone in America to have a better and happier life and I feel the only way to have true peace in life is through having a personal faith.

Some may say I’m crazy to believe that Christianity and faith can make a cultural comeback in America, but I would remind you that people said Jesus was crazy…until the third day.

I wouldn’t bet against Him. He’s got a great track record of winning.

Christianity isn’t dead, because He’s alive.  

Posted on July 3, 2015 .

A Look At the Future American Culture From the Post Millennial Generation Perspective

Millennials are the “it” generation right now and if I was one of the narcissistic members of my generation, I’d be really happy that everyone in marketing and the media are looking at us. Maybe that’s one reason so many older generations hate my generation because we are so self-centered and in love with ourselves.

I know that my fellow Millennials may find this surprising, but believe it or not, one day it won’t be all about us. I know, I know, that is crazy talk, but it’s true.

Since soon my generation will be like yesterday’s news in today’s newspaper, I am interested in seeing where we’ll be heading as a society and culture because of the next generation.

BusinessInsider.com had an interesting look at the upcoming generation that senior citizens will love to hate, Generation Z. These crazy kids were born after 1995 and from what I can read about them, they’re going to be even more self-centered than even us Millennials (if that is even possible).

This is the first generation that has never lived without internet. Imagine if they had to deal with dial-up internet like us Millennials had to, they’d probably die. Although, dial-up was almost like not having internet. A fun punishment for teenagers would be to make them use dial-up internet. They’d never complain again about slow Netflix streaming.

Generation iPhone always has two screens in each hand, and really it seems as if they are physically attached to their devices. Now they can have a third device wrapped around their wrist thanks to smart watches. I’d advise them not to cross the street for obvious reasons.

Like most generations before them, they think their parents are total squares on morality. Or, as a one of them would say, their parents are so “basic.” I think I used that right. You see, they’re not into this whole old fashion morality thing. They’re hip to the beat of the new liberalism sweeping social media and America.

None of them can talk to each other in person, unless they’ve got a device in their hand. God forbid the power ever goes out and cell towers, I guess they’d sit in silence in the dark.

Also, sorry Hollywood, they’d rather watch YouTube celebrities than Hollywood A-listers. You can’t really blame them on that one. Most of the movies coming out of Hollywood stinks. YouTube is a lot more entertaining than watching another remake of a movie that shouldn’t be remade. 

Finally, they’re worried over the economy and climate change. They should spend less time on the environment, and probably should spend more time worrying about the economy.

So it appears that the next generation of Americans will be equal, if not more self-absorbed than my generation. All of this self-centeredness and obsession with technology, fame and other things that don’t matter in the long run in life is not good or healthy for the kids mindset or the American culture overall. With that being said, excuse me so I can go Tweet this story out on my Twitter page, and then post it to Facebook, and then text it to my friends. And oh yes, even send a Snapchat or two. 

Posted on June 10, 2015 .

All Millennials Should Be Fiscal Conservatives

by Chad Whittle 

Most people in the media assume that overall Millennials are liberals. That may be true in regards to social issues (and that’s a debate for another day), but when it comes to finances, everyone in my generation should be fiscal conservatives.

My generation should be called “Generation Student Debt,” because most of us have debt up to our eyeballs that many of us may never pay back. As if that wasn’t bad enough, the job market isn’t really booming with high paying jobs (or low paying jobs for that matter) for us to get that can help us pay off our debt burdens.

Twenty-something’s have been sold a box of feel good fiscal lies that some have completely bought into. Blame it on being young and dumb. Blame it on not understanding economics. Blame it on the rain (Some of you got that 1990s pop reference). I personally blame it on the Republican Party.

The GOP has done a poor job in reaching out to not only my generation, but really all generations in explaining how their policies can help. Sure, they campaign around election time and offer up talking points about lower taxes and helping the middle class, but they need to be spreading the fiscal conservative message daily. Do you ever see the Democrats taking a day off in spreading their message? Heck no.

You may disagree with the Democrat Party’s politics, but you have to give them credit for their relentless pursuit of winning and spreading their party platform. They don’t even take weekends off. Yes, Republicans have Fox News, talk radio, and some websites, but they need to hang out in our digital neighborhood.

The Republicans need to create more social media content, and yes, even write op-eds for sites such as BuzzFeed. It’s like dating. You gotta go to them, the Millennial girls aren’t gonna come to you. If you only target a conservative audience, you’ll only reach young conservatives. If you present your arguments on popular Millennial hangouts such as BuzzFeed, then you’ll expand your audience.

Just please don’t be cheesy about it. Having Karl Rove write a BuzzFeed post using words such as “totes,” “yas,” and other young Millennial slang in an effort to relate will come off as disingenuous and lame. Don’t try to be cool. Just be honest and present your message of fiscal responsibility.

The GOP needs to cover topics that are important to my age, including student loans, credit card debt, growing the economy (so young graduates can find jobs within their field). Also, they need to realize that many of us have no clue about finances and understand how the economy and taxes work.  A basic explanation of economics and what free markets and supply side economics actually are may be needed. Remember, most young Americans only know Reagan through false media portrayals of him.

The Republicans have a monumental task ahead of them in order to reach Millennials. This challenge shouldn’t be frowned upon, but should be an exciting endeavor for them because they have the winning message. Now take that message that has won in the past and digitize it for the Millennial generation. In the words of Millennials, that would be like, so, like totes on point, yas for realz!

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Posted on June 4, 2015 .