I’m looking for some context, because I feel out of context

Craig Hall, Publisher

Craig Hall, Publisher

Every year or so, I find myself out of ideas to write about. It’s not that there aren’t topics. It could be there are too many crazy things going on. Truth told, there are 50 juicy things in the news I could write about today. But none of them are in context. They’ve already been decided based on how people feel and think. And sadly, those feelings and thoughts have little to do with reality.

Perhaps my feeling out of context stems from the cold weather; endless debates over nothing; or constant agenda drumming in the news, on social media and in every aspect of our lives. Those assumptions all play a factor. But what it really stems from is the lack of desire for many folks to take the time and look some things up to help understand a situation better. Frankly, it’s wearing me out. Then again, it’s easy to post something and leave it for all to read as the be all and end all to any topic or situation than it is to try to engage someone in a respectful back and forth. Especially if one, or either, side won’t bother to look into the whole story.

Where to begin? Oh, how about the Covington Catholic School hubbub? Within hours, the country was inundated with news reports about how some white, privileged, racist high school kids were insulting and agitating participants in the Native Americans march in Washington, D.C. The reactions from both the left and the right were predictable in condemning the students, their parents and anyone ever associated with the school. Sadly, that media-biased story made it around the country 20 times before anyone thought, “Maybe we should get some context to see what really went on that day.”

As time passed and more video and audio became available, the story began to shift (thanks, ironically, to social media) toward a bunch of kids who got caught up in a horrible situation and showed great restraint. It also brought context to who the other players were in that scary situation. And yes, even the oft-picked-upon (by me) Glenn Beck did a great presentation of just how things went down. Turns out, the kids became targets of two different groups at the Lincoln Memorial and then declared guilty in the mainstream media; from their own archdiocese; and countless others who’ve threatened and continue to threaten them, their families and their school. But I seriously doubt any of the guilt declarers want any context on this story.

Next up is our newly elected, progressive, governor Jared Polis. Yes, that’s my context on him. And I arrive at that context from listening to him talk about government-run health care, government-run education including all-day kindergarten and preschool, more gun restrictions, government-subsidized alternative energies and myriad other progressive positions. So in context, I oppose Gov. Polis on all of those positions. Not that these are all necessarily bad things or anything personal about the governor, but because these are things I believe the government shouldn’t be doing — because it’s horrible at them and wastes our tax dollars. Quick research back me up. I doubt the folks who back our governor want to really look at how poorly the results of government intervention in the market has produced less then desirable — if not disastrous — results in context.

Next up and at the ridiculous end of context are my New England Patriots. Yes, they won again and are going to the Super Bowl again. And if you can’t see the context the Patriots have been by far the best, most consistent team in football during the 2000s and have arguably the greatest quarterback of all time, then I simply can’t help you. Taking the Patriots in context since the year 2000 shows this to be true. But what context do people I interact with have on the Patriots? They’re the only cheaters in the NFL. In spite of tons of evidence they’ve done nothing different than every team in the league (see: yourteamcheats.com) and when they got caught, they paid just like every team in the league. There’s always Deflategate, in which the NFL did nothing but prove the ideal gas law is undeniable science — especially the part where it says things lose air pressure when it’s cold — while producing no evidence on Tom Brady. Now there’s an internet conspiracy showing a referee telling Brady “I got your back” before calling a non-existent offside call on the next play negating a Kansas City interception. The context? The ref was telling Brady the Patriots were getting their timeout back after a replay overturn on a reception that wasn’t and the defensive lineman had over half his body across the neutral zone on the replay. But try to get a Patriot-hater to even look at the picture of how offsides the guy was.

Lastly, and the impetus for this little diatribe, was a meme on — of course —Facebook that says: If you want to feed the homeless, then feed the homeless. But the moment you post it on social media, you’re also feeding your ego.

Heaven forbid anyone posting on Facebook was trying to get more people fed and involved.

Context. It just takes a little effort. But who has time for that?

Since June of 2000, Craig Hall has been the owner/publisher of the Grand Valley Business Times. He can reached at 970-424-5133 or publisher@thebusinesstimes.com
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