I don’t mean to pick nits, but the economic collapse of '08 was put in motion by one William Jefferson Clinton and the then-controlled R Congress. Mr. Bunch I recall those days with great clarity, and here is what I saw. G W Bush was a political commodity that the GOP just could not forsake ( that most American of all things - A NAME BRAND,) a mental midget that had no more proclivity for politics than I do for quantum physics. And so, of course, he became their nominee, a figurehead for the real powers of Darth Chaney et al on one hand, and Carl Rove, on the other. These two centers of power worked on entirely different but equally disastrous agendas (Rove = Help America Vote - remember, the onslaught of black box voting,) and so it is no surprise that no-one was minding the store when the three-piece suited thieves on Wall street crashed the economy.
But we need to go back a little bit further to really understand the “amnesia” that you alluded to. Daddy Bush, GHW, bombed Iraq back into the stone age and patted himself on the back for relieving all of us poor mentally anguished Americans of our “Viet Nam Syndrome.” So that we could bomb, destroy, and murder, just as we had as if the utter failure and disgrace (and crime) of Viet Nam had never happened.
But it is not us. Oh, of course, there is a certain percentage of USA’ns that will always be able to be led around by the nose, believing whatever fucking nonsense their masters tell them is true. But I don’t believe, and I suspect that accurate polling would prove me out that, THAT IS NOT US, the majority of citizens in this fucked-up non-democracy.
I used to believe, thought that we could all make a difference, that we could be the “good” America that was so lionized. until the mid-term election of 2006. Ordinary citizens did their part - they voted out the ruling party they thought had brought them this nightmare of our new reality. AND NOTHING FUCKING CHANGED.
THERE is the point of inflection. "“Impeachment is off the table.” And later, “We must look forward, and not dwell on the mistakes of the past.”
I agree with the headline of this article, just not with some of the details of how we got here.