Joe Doakes from Como Park emails:
Memory is a survival trait.
Squirrels remember where they buried the nut, so they can eat it later
to survive the winter. Those that don’t, die.
Children remember burning their finger, so they treat fire
respectfully. Those who don’t, burn to death.
Conservatives remember past public policy disasters, so we can avoid
repeating them. We use monuments and books to help us remember.
Liberals remember . . . nothing. Nothing ever happened before they were
born, except slavery, which was bad and therefore everything that
happened before they were born, is bad. So it must all be torn down and
thrown out and replaced with something that sounds better. And it must
be done right now, because Liberals have no patience for history lessons
or experience or hard-gained wisdom. Why would they need any? What
could possibly go wrong?
Half the population believes President Trump bungled the Covid response
by failing to impose a travel ban and nation-wide lock-down in January,
when Covid hit the news. They literally cannot remember that we spent
January dealing with impeachment, or the World Health Organization
telling us Covid was nothing to worry about, or hand washing and
elbow-bumps as sensible precautions, or all the Democrat protests over
banned flights from China. They believe 200 million Americans died of
Covid because they don’t remember differently.
Loss of memory is an anti-survival trait and half our society is eagerly
embracing it. This does not bode well for the continued existence of
I’m not sure it’s entirely fair to say “Progressives” (I’m not gonna continue debasing the term “liberal” – the left did enough of that) have no memory.
Orwell showed us how important controlling history – our “collective” story about ourselves – was to a would-be tyrant. This has been borne out in countless socialist and totalitarian regimes – knowing the wrong history could be a lethal error.
Having the correct memory, the one one is told to have, correctly and punctually, is a survival trait, historically (ahem) on the left.