Nothing New Under the Sun

Could it be coincidence? Just as our attention spans and retention of events diminish, electronic archives expand.

One of the hazards of externalizing memory is that it has a nasty way of returning at the most inopportune moment.

Be careful what you say. Your school principal was right. It all becomes part of the permanent record. Like this statement from a politician:

“Today the … majority is not judging the president with fairness, but impeaching him with a vengeance. In the investigation of the president, fundamental principles which Americans hold dear — fairness, privacy, checks and balances — have been seriously violated.”

Why is this happening? Because of members of “the House … paralyzed with hatred of” the president.

The speaker was the Speaker — Nancy Pelosi, back in 1998, then minority leader of the House. And she was talking about the impeachment of then-President Bill Clinton.

Considering the viciousness of the impeachment proceedings against Clinton, she was right. It was a prison riot at the zoo. And it all came back to bite the Republicans, sending Clinton’s approval ratings soaring.

Part of being American is rooting for the underdog. Especially if the dog is getting kicked.

For a while, Mrs. Pelosi wisely resisted pressure to impeach President Trump.

Until she unwisely caved. Someone should have reminded the speaker about what she said in 1998.

As George Santayana said, “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”

Mottel Schreiber