A look back at such a loathsome year

Column by Michael Alcorn
Posted 1/8/20

Well. Thank God that’s over. No, not the holiday season. I love the Holiday season. I would be quite happy if we could find a way to extend the celebration another few weeks. My credit cards, not …

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A look back at such a loathsome year

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Well. Thank God that’s over.

No, not the holiday season. I love the Holiday season. I would be quite happy if we could find a way to extend the celebration another few weeks. My credit cards, not so much … but I would be pretty happy.

No, I’m talking about the year that was, 2019. What a dumpster fire.

I know many of you make New Year’s Resolutions, and that’s great — I wish you all the best. As I’ve said before, I don’t make resolutions, myself, but I do like taking inflection points — end of school year, end of a season, end of year — to take a look back and think about the lessons that need to be learned. What did the last year teach us that could be very useful going forward?

Well, for one thing, how about we all try to not instantly believe whatever somebody tells us we should believe about an event? 2019, in the news, started with a story about the horrible racism of a bunch of school kids, who got in the face of a Native American activist on the National Mall during the Martin Luther King Day rallies. Within hours, we were being told that the kids — 16-year old kids on a field trip — marched across the mall, disrupted the Native Americans, and hurled racial slurs; that they should be expelled from their school and face sanction for the remainder of their lives, or at least until they were certified “fixed” by some “approved” process of re-education. Except that none of it happened that way. When the full video finally emerged, it turns out that these kids were sitting quietly in their spot, despite having vile racial slurs screamed at them from another group on the Mall, and the Native American activist marched up and got in their face, while sympathetic media stood nearby ready to tell whatever story was convenient.

If that were the only hoax of 2019, you could write it off. But who remembers the Jussie Smollett saga? Yeah, that happened just about a month after the Covington Catholic incident. We couldn’t even slow our roll for five weeks before falling for another one. And then, just to cap off the year, we had all the “right people” assure us that U.S. Military Academy Cadets and Naval Academy Midshipmen — our best and brightest, volunteers to fight our wars for us — absolutely had to be expelled from their academies and forced to pay back the cost of their education for making “white power” gestures behind an announcer on national television at a football game. Of course, that’s not what they were doing — they were engaged in a childish game, and the “right people” had all been duped by an online prank into believing that game was an expression of white power.

Twain said a lie circles the globe twice before the truth gets its boots on. In the age of social media, when literally every person you see on the street has a camera in their pockets, those lies have video evidence behind them now, which gives them exponentially greater power. Those cameras also guarantee that the truth will eventually come out — but not until the lie has been to Jupiter and back.

We bought a lot of stupid stuff in 2019. We were certain that the Mueller Report would sink a Presidency; we were convinced that Michael Avenatti would be a top-tier Presidential candidate; we were positive the Horowitz Report would collapse the so-called “deep state;” we really thought the Broncos were a playoff contender.

I know it requires a degree of cynicism that some of us don’t want to possess, but I think we will all be happier and better off if we just took every story with a grain of salt, and waited for the second- and third-day stories to come out before we got excited.

Just a thought.

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