Dementia (taken from Latin, originally meaning “madness”, from de- “without” + ment, the root of mens “mind”) is a serious loss of global cognitive ability in a previously unimpaired person, beyond what might be expected from normal aging. It may be static, the result of a unique global brain injury, or PROGRESSIVE 🙂, resulting in long-term decline due to damage or disease in the body. Although dementia is far more common in the geriatric population (about 5% of those over 65 are said to be involved), it can occur before the age of 65, in which case it is termed “early onset dementia”. ~ Wikipedia
I remember a story of a weathered 99-year-old WWI veteran once who couldn’t remember what he had for breakfast that morning, but could walk you through every minute of the day he was wounded during the Battle of Verdun…in 1916…with precise clarity!
The letter below written by a former US Senator in response to the now-famous Putin NYT op-ed reminds me of the exact same phenomena…or what I will coin as Select DeMintia. It’s the wonderfully expressed sentiment of a sweet old man who, in this case, has selectively framed a memory of what used to be and enshrined it as his present state of reality! I say selectively, because our friend from Heritage knows better…
Our government has been overthrown Senator DeMint…or underthrown depending on your view. But it is not at all as you describe in your fairy tale below. I’m wondering where you’ve been for the past four years? Your letter is the Republican Dream of Rome…before Commodus murdered Marcus Aurelius to seize power murdering the dream as well. You were there!
We share your view of the America that was and should be Senator DeMint, but we will never restore our Republic as long as you and your Establishment colleagues maintain the façade and continue to legitimize the illegitimate! We are living in dangerous times made more dangerous by sentimental distraction Senator. You do the patriots who would follow you a tremendous disservice…much the same as a Pope who would tell the world there is no difference between the believers and non-believers in the eyes of God, as thousands of Christians are preparing themselves at the gates of martyrdom!
We get your letters seeking our donations…just like we get the same letters seeking the same dollars from the Republican and Democrat Committees all playing the same game from different angles. I can promise you this Senator; when “Leadership” is ready to stop flirting with Truth, abetting her enemies and start risking “life, fortune and sacred honor” to stand in her light with us…millions upon millions of us are eagerly ready to follow! Until then, and with all due respect, please peddle your nostalgic fairy tales someplace else. There really isn’t anything “exceptional” at all in day-dreaming!