Valentine: Apologies get out of hand

Friday, August 14, 2009

Here we go again. The Senate is apologizing to another group of people who, undoubtedly, got screwed sometime in the past but none of us had anything to do with it. The Senate Committee on Indian Affairs passed a resolution apologizing for the treatment of Indians. The resolution reads, in part, that our country "apologizes on behalf of the people of the United States to all Native Peoples for the many instances of violence, maltreatment, and neglect inflicted on Native Peoples by citizens of the United States."

It was only a couple of months ago that the Senate voted to apologize for slavery. I wonder how many senators own slaves. Is there something they're not telling us?

Understand, the past treatment of Indians and Blacks in this country is reprehensible. I'm sorry it ever happened but there's a huge difference between being sorry for something and apologizing. An apology denotes guilt. I'm sorry for the way Jews were treated in Nazi Germany. I hate it ever happened but I certainly don't have anything to apologize for. If you're thinking that situation is very different because it happened in another country then think again. Race abuses may have happened in this country but that was another time. I'm as far removed from the abuses of Blacks and Indians as I am from the abuse of Jews in Germany. I've never owned slaves nor have I ever abused Indians. I have nothing to apologize for.

Still, there are those in Congress, like Senator Sam Brownback of Kansas, the sponsor of this resolution, who find it necessary to fall all over themselves apologizing for things we neither did nor have any control over.

Maybe Kansas owes us all an apology for Sam Brownback.

Brownback seemed hard-pressed to find Republican co-sponsors for his silly resolution. Out of 11 co-sponsors he only managed to find two Republicans who had so little pride they would attach their names to it. The Democrat list reads like a who's who of left-wing, fringe liberals. Of all the things we've tasked Congress with taking care of, they're wasting time on this? Aren't there more pressing issues that need their attention?

To heck with the past, I want some apologies for the here and now. I want Congress to apologize for squandering the money we've sent them. I want an apology for piling debt onto the backs of my children and their children and their children's children. I want an apology for rewarding car companies that ignored the desires of the people for decades then got billions of our dollars to stay in business. I want an apology for encouraging banks to make risky loans then using billions of our dollars to save them when those loans predictably went into default. I want an apology for turning a blind eye to banks that were making loans to illegal aliens only to see those illegals skip town when the job market went south and left us holding the bag.

I want an apology for taking nearly a trillion tax dollars, throwing them down a rat hole and calling it a stimulus package. I want an apology for putting an activist justice on the Supreme Court, one who openly ignores the Constitution in favor of so-called social justice.

I want an apology from those running the government for trying to destroy a capitalist nation -- the greatest country the world has ever known -- and replacing it with some sort of socialist trash-ocracy that punishes hard work and rewards stupid, irresponsible behavior.

And I don't want any reparations. I just want my money back.