Iâ€™m Sorry… So Sorry…
By: Patti Bankson
No, really. Iâ€™m sorry. Youâ€™re sorry. Weâ€™re all sorry. At least thatâ€™s what President Barack Obama said about us when he spoke to our global friends and foes in his recent travels. Hmmmm… I donâ€™t recall â€œshame-faced apologistâ€ being part of the job description for President of the United States. And I donâ€™t know about you, but when I cast my vote for president, (whether my candidate wins or loses) Iâ€™m not looking for someone who will run around the world arrogantly apologizing for my (presumed) arrogance.
I received an email from our friend, Peter, in which he was â€œguessing we should all write letters of apology to the UN for being an arrogant nation.â€ Of course, he wasnâ€™t serious. But if he had been, my response would be, â€œNaaaah.â€ Because if apologies were due, theyâ€™d be due from, to name just two, ex-president, Jimmy Carter and current president, Barak Obama… to us. Of course, weâ€™d also have apologies coming from the likes of â€œcelebritiesâ€ (I gag on the word!) Sean Penn and Danny Glover, who seem to think theyâ€™ve been elected to act as emissaries to the dictators of the world. Speaking of which, isnâ€™t it a bit odd that itâ€™s perfectly legal to travel to countries like Venezuela, China, Russia, Iran… even enjoy a safari in Kenya… but perfectly illegal to go to Cuba? Is it possible itâ€™s not about human rights at all, but about… politics? Just asking.
Far too many American lives have been sacrificed for people who have either forgotten Americaâ€™s sacrifices or chosen to let resentment… and their arrogance… take the place of even a small amount of gratitude. 360,000 Union lives were lost in the Civil War fight to free the slaves. Forgotten. Also forgotten… Africans were sold into slavery by their own people. And, as my friend pointed out, â€œslavery was a black mark in our countryâ€™s history, but our generation didnâ€™t do it.â€ Will we ever see the day when that fact will become part of the dialogue… when apologies will be accepted, and the past will be allowed to take its place in history, as history?
Was President Obama apologizing to Europe for our saving Europe in WWI? We lost 126,000 doing it… whereâ€™s the apology for Americaâ€™s loss? Or for the 416,800 we lost saving Europe again in WWII? … Or the 36,940 who died saving South Korea in the Korean War? Was he apologizing for helping countries fight Aids, feed their hungry and giving aid in times of disaster… or was he apologizing to illegals for giving them free medical care, food, education, and a great place to live?
Those must be the times when weâ€™ve been arrogant that the President was referring to. If so, heâ€™s right. I mean… Just who do we think we are? A land of spacious skies, amber waves of grain, majestic purple mountains, fruited plains? A land on which God shed His grace… a land of good, a land of brotherhood? America the Beautiful? Exactly.
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