United States of Amnesia

Happily for the busy lunatics who rule over us, we are permanently the United States of Amnesia. We learn nothing because we remember nothing… We have ceased to be a nation under law but instead a homeland where the withered Bill of Rights, like a dead trumpet vine, clings to our pseudo-Roman columns.

~ Gore Vidal (1925-10-03 2012-07-30 age:86) The State of the Union, The Nation, 2004-09-13