American Amnesia ?

March 23, 2010 at 12:39 pm 4 comments


Watching the “fallout talks “ by the talking heads of the new Health Care Bill on the BBC, I was struck by one observation.

“what they are counting on is the American Amnesia, Americans go from one thing to another very quickly so in November if the economy looks better etc.etc etc……

I was curious what is this apparently national phenomenon? Is it catching ? I did a google search on this term and it has been used before
even books about “American Amnesia” is it just peculiar to Americans ?

And it seems that it is relied upon in the grand scheme of TPTB when making decisions and the timing of those decisions, in this case the Health Care Bill .

Since I know absolutely nothing about the Bill in question ( having been caught up in my own health care nightmare ) – I can’t debate the facts – whether it is good or bad in its content but I know at least one person who sighed with relief. Her take can be found here

American Amnesia ( explains a lot even in my little world)

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4 Comments Add your own

  • 1. dave c  |  March 26, 2010 at 8:39 pm

    Was lunching with a local politician yesterday who admitted candidly that they take advantage of our “Amnesia” all the time.

    This is why I love the Jon Stewart show. He doesn’t let us forget. I don’t know how his staff does it, but they find the “sound bites” from the past that show just how corrupt our politicians have become and how vulnerable we have allowed our selves to become.

    Too many seem to want someone else to think for them… and tell them what to do… VERY dangerous.

  • 2. Judy  |  March 26, 2010 at 8:45 pm

    As a history student I have encountered this phenomenon over and over, and I do not think it is unique to Americans. But, as a history student I also have to note that the phrase Dave used, “how corrupt our politicians have become,” may be another example of American amnesia because corruption and politics have been hand in glove since before there was an America.

  • 3. thatwoman  |  March 27, 2010 at 12:01 pm

    You know I did a paper once on Benedict Arnold * in the way back and beyond when I still had a brain” Of course Benedict Arnold is seen as a hero in the loyalist cities in the Maritimes, Canada . If memory serves he actually was one of the propenents of fighting the corrupt British Government then found his new collegues ( and Ethan Allen was in the mix with his disapointment) figured it maybe be better to stay with the devil you know than to have a new breed ….

    I had to study the “War of Independence ????? ” from three different perspectives growing up , England Canada and finally US .you wouldn’t think it was the same war 🙂 however you all know a surrender was never signed don’t you just a “trade agreement” …. 🙂

  • 4. dave c  |  March 28, 2010 at 2:07 am

    whoa! EXCELLENT point Judy!

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