Amnesia is a peculiar ailment. Sometimes a victim cannot remember anything past a certain point and other times may remember some things but not others. Mercifully, it is often temporary and memories often return, sometimes disjointed, but back nevertheless.
It’s an affliction much less prevalent than we are led to believe by popular entertainment and for that reason, it’s especially noteworthy to see a large swath of the population victimized but recovering with only limited recall.
The epidemic appears to be confined to specific populations, such as spaces occupied by progressive Democrats, most media headquarters and those in the entertainment industry.
The cause of this selective recovery of memory appears to be the election of Donald J. Trump to the presidency, which has caused the afflicted populations to recall that there is a nation identified as Russia and surprisingly, another recollected as the Ukraine.
Some of the memories dredged up are muddied, as many seem to recollect Russia from when it was part of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics — which was many times more powerful and influential than what’s left of it in the Russian Federation today. They also misguidedly believe Russia is the same level of threat to our elections and republic now, as the USSR was between the 1930s and late 1980s when Russia as one of many Socialist republics included in that union consistently supported groups and causes damaging to the fabric of America.
Those freshly awakened groups also recollect we have a United States Constitution that, despite earlier positions, is truly remarkable or as Joe Biden might put it “the bee’s knees.” They are also gripped by the sudden realization they have a heroic and solemn duty to undermine and replace elected officials for whom they did not vote or approve.
They’re vague about where this sacred burden lurks in the Constitution but are quite certain it’s there and the rest of us should admire and respect them for discovering that responsibility and acting upon it.
All this might be interesting to watch, were it not annoying and hypocritical to see these attitudes among those who a few short years ago laughed at Republican candidates for suggesting Russia was a threat and quite recently felt the Constitution was a flawed and dangerous production, cobbled together by chauvinistic, unscrupulous men hoping to secure power and marginalize other segments of society.
Or, as put more simply by Monty Python’s Flying Circus, “By exploitin’ the workers — by ‘angin’ on to outdated imperialist dogma which perpetuates the economic an’ social differences in our society!”
Progressive publications and politicians have been pretty hard on the old parchment. In 2017 progressive writer Ryan Cooper wrote an opinion piece entitled “The Case against the American Constitution” in which he pointed out, “The Constitution Is Antidemocratic,” “The Constitution’s separation of powers is a boondoggle” and “The Constitution is impossible to fix.”
Far from being a singular opinion, these ideas were widely shared by progressive politicians and intelligentsia, with many having their favorite parts of the Constitution that should be consigned to the dumpster — if not the entire document.
The Second Amendment was and is a big favorite followed quite closely by the now detested Electoral College. Some even called for the Senate to be reorganized to be proportional to the state’s population — effectively making about 12 states control the entire country’s legislature.
Now those positions have faded into the background and the troopers of the left have discovered the idea of constitutional duty — their thoughtfulness exemplified by the chairman of the committee drafting legislation to remove the president falling asleep during hearings.
It’s apparent we have become pretty conditioned to accept hypocrisy because of its prevalence. If it were a fatal disease, massive sections of Washington, D.C., the entertainment community and news operations would be vast, unpopulated wastelands.
Unfortunately for the self-righteous champions of election nullification, public support has slipped away from this mock exercise of constitutional duty and those trapped supporting it have had to adopt the guise of a suffering hero. My position is that if they choose to embrace the persona of a Nathan Hale, they should metaphorically receive the same outcome at the ballot box and television remote.
Rick Wagner is a Grand Junction attorney. Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org. His weekly political talk show airs on KNZZ 1100 AM/92.7 FM on Saturdays at noon.