A half century of fear mongering is bound to leave some people thinking “well, it could have been worse.” For that matter, the Dude is not an anomally. He’s a media-made monster. That is why all his behavior is so familiar. Think of The Penguin and Woody Woodpecker and the Road Runner Cartoons. Think about MLK, dealing with nightmares and talking about the American Dream. Denial is not just a river in Egypt; it is endemic to the American psyche as manipulated by the media. No, the medium is not the message; the media are into psychic massage. And the result is a comatose nation. There are many reasons to get woke.