This is a notion that we at Dredd Blog talk about periodically, which we have tended to call a national dementia.
We think that the evidence is everywhere to be seen for those who want to see it, from the big chunks to the minutia, which we will deal with in this post.
Let's go to the movies to get into the gist of this drama a bit more:
It is 1948 and ... "Miss" ... Daisy ... a 72-year-old Jewish widow, lives in Atlanta, Georgia, alone except for an African American housemaid named Idella ... After a driving mishap where her Chrysler automobile is demolished, Miss Daisy’s son, Boolie ... tells her she will have to get a chauffeur because no insurance company will insure her ... Boolie finds a man named Hoke Colburn ... who had driven for a local judge until he died ... Daisy starts to accept Hoke and the fact that she needs him to drive her around.(Driving Miss Daisy). That is Hollywood, but on main street the greatest cause of automobile accidents is the inability to stay alert enough in order to remain safe.
The state of mental alertness begins with a grasp of the reality of the dangers on the highways, roads, and streets of the nation, since:
Distractions are the leading cause of motor vehicle crashes and the number one distraction is cell phones.(NCS Org, Focus Driven Org, a citizen / government co-operative). The issue here is that widespread endemic mild dementia shows up on American roadways, as indicated by some of these symptoms of dementia:
Having difficulty recalling recent events ("just got on the freeway doing 70 & talking trash with the girl friend on the cell").(Dementia - Symptoms). Not to mention widespread road rage and parking rage which leads to shootings, stabbings, fisticuffs, and other demented acts.
Not recognizing familiar ... places ("my freeway is warm and fuzzy").
Having trouble finding the right words ... ("screw you, this is my lane").
Having difficulty performing calculations ("how long does it take to ...").
Having problems planning and carrying out tasks ("honk, honk, honk").
Having trouble exercising judgment ("what dangers, what problems ... what was that you said Hoke?" ... scccrrrrreeeeeccccchhhhhhhhhh crash boom bang).
Having difficulty controlling moods or behaviors ("stop tailgating *!@#* or I will slam on my brakes!!!").
These are the early warnings some observers think we are missing, and therefore are likewise not aware of the monster problem in the room:
Among people over 85 (the fastest-growing segment of the American population), dementia afflicts one in two. It is estimated that 13.5 million Americans will be stricken with Alzheimer’s by 2050 — up from five million today.(Will Elections Cure The Disease?, emphasis added). Dredd Blog has asserted that this national dementia is induced to a certain degree by exceptionalism, spin, and other forms of propaganda.
The purpose of spin and propaganda is to detach you from reality, to deceive you, then to have you rely on them to tell you where you are, where you have been, and where you are going (which is classic dementia).
And it even shows up in our foreign policy now doesn't it (Is Obama driving Miss MOMCOM around)?