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I'm beginning to think we're all nuts, crazy, or at least well beyond the margins of loopy.

I'm neither a psychiatrist nor psychologist. But I'd bet that living in some measure of a state of misremembering is at least one of the symptoms of mental or emotional instability.

Before we were ex's, my wife -- and I distinctly remember this -- would frequently ridicule me for things she swore I should have remembered. "Ed," she would begin, when she was beginning the journey to impale me for a misdeed that somehow hearkened to something I'd done in the past and that we'd reviewed, "I'm surprised you don't remember that. It was a bright sunny day, and three birds had just flown over the house and a low-rider passed by, blaring its speakers, and Denise" (our next door neighbor) "had come outside to pick up her newspaper when her big boobs fell out of her top, and I asked you to __(fill in the blank __, and you're saying you don't remember?"

I swear to you now as I swore to my my wife then, I just don't remember any of that, although I do acknowledge that if Denise's breasts had fallen out of her top I really would have remembered that .

What brings this suddenly to mind -- like "Groundhog Day" -- was part of what Frank Rich wrote in his Sunday column, "What happened to change we can believe in?" (click here;emc=th)

In it, Rich writes, "When Mitch McConnell appeared on ABC's "This Week" last month, he typically railed against the "extreme" government of "the last year and a half," citing its takeover of banks as his first example. That this was utter fiction -- the takeover took place two years ago, before Obama was president, with McConnell voting for it -- went unchallenged by his questioner, Christiane Amanpour, and probably by many viewers inured to this big lie."

For the past few months, I've been visiting our Great (capitalized because it is) Northwest. The political ads are more dominating than the morning fog and weekly rains, "Patty Murray" (the incumbent Democratic US Senator) "voted with Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid for the failed bailout bill that will cost our children trillions that we just can't afford. It's time to replace Patty Murray."

I can understand any of us not being able to recall with clarity any number of everyday occurrences. But, who was president when your net worth fell 40 percent, or who was president and who bailed him and the financial industry out when you lost your job, or your home, or when your brother lost his home in foreclosure . . . and you do not remember that . . . Priceless, until you visit the desk to write the check to your psychiatrist for the 45-minute session. Except of course, being broke, or in peril of it, you can't afford a visit to a psychiatrist. Still, all in all, it seems to me you would remember certain basic things surrounding the experience; like, who the hell was president when your world was swirling down the drain.

And yet, as a nation, as a society, we have no recollection of it, or what was going on when the messy outflow hit the proverbial fan. (I'm somewhat familiar with Proverbs, thinking of the proverbial fan, and I don't remember anything about an electric appliance in them. Does that mean I might have early onset?) Isn't that one of the tests for Alzheimer's, "Mr. Jones, can you tell me what day it is?" Or, "Can you tell me when your birthday is?"Or, "Mr. Jones, do you know who the president of the United States is?"

Mr. Jones! George Bush was president. Hank Paulson was his Treasury Secretary. And when the country's financial roof collapsed in 2008, Mr. Paulson penned a 3-page bill that was in effect naught but an extortion note, "Hand me all your cash in unmarked 20's; $850 BILLION! And don't litigate this or make approval contingent on any oversight by anyone except maybe Stevie Wonder. Trust me. Sincerely, Henry Paulson."

Mr. Jones, don't you even remember that the Republican candidate for president did what any decent and noble candidate would have done: He suspended his entire campaign to rush back to Washington, to save the country and the planet from imminent doom. And how Minority House Leader John Boehner, in full tears regalia on the very floor of the House chambers, pleaded with every member of the House to pass the Bush administration's bailout bill? Don't you remember any of that?

Are we all nuts?

Or . . . is it just plain and simple, outright stupid that we've become?

 

An "Old Army Vet" and liberal, qua liberal, with a passion for open inquiry in a neverending quest for truth unpoisoned by religious superstitions. Per Voltaire: "He who can lead you to believe an absurdity can lead you to commit an atrocity."

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Being ignorant, like being nuts, means never havin... by Ed Tubbs on Sunday, Oct 24, 2010 at 1:24:19 PM
Well, if we have all gone nuts we have been substa... by Henry Pelifian on Sunday, Oct 24, 2010 at 6:40:56 PM
And, "freedom of the press belongs to those who ow... by Jill Herendeen on Sunday, Oct 24, 2010 at 7:00:45 PM
But people remember what they want to remember, ho... by Viki_FL on Monday, Oct 25, 2010 at 3:16:20 PM