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One Might Call This the Age of Apology by The Elephant's Child


The government of Spain has refused to apologize for conquering

Mexico five hundred years ago.

The new president of Mexico, Andrés Manuel Lópes Obrador, announced on Monday that he had sent letters to Spain’s King Felipe VI and Pope Francis urging them to apologize for crimes committed against the indigenous peoples of what today is the nation of Mexico.

“There were massacres and oppression. The so-called conquest was waged with the sword and the cross. They built their churches on top of the temples,” Mr López Obrador said in a video message.

He filmed the clip at a Mayan monument near the site of the first battle in which Spanish conquistador Hernán Cortés fought indigenous people 500 years ago this month.

Starting from the Tabasco coast and assisted by some indigenous groups who threw in their lot with the invaders, Cortés led a squadron of soldiers eastwards to victory in Tenochtitlan – today’s Mexico City – two years later in 1521. The Aztec empire was destroyed and the indigenous populations were converted to Catholicism.

This could become a bit of a diplomatic row. The Left-wing Mexican leader is simply following what is becoming the current fashion these days. Apologies are everywhere and expected for everything. Brand new political candidates, old political candidates, are apologizing.

Joe Biden, contemplating another run for the presidency, has been on an extensive apology tour. Mike Bloomberg was asked why he hasn’t thrown his hat into the ring, and noted that in order to do it “you have to go on an apology tour”.

“Joe Biden went out and apologized for being male, over 50, white, and he apologized for the one good piece of legislation that is an anti-crime bill,” Bloomberg said.

The media was most interested in Biden’s apologies for Anita Hill, apparently an apology for allowing Clarence Thomas to be confirmed as a conservative justice on the Supreme Court. If you search for “Joe Biden apology” you will find page after page of his apologies about Anita Hill, but I didn’t see an apology to Anita Hill. He apologized for racially profiling blacks. He apologized for saying that Mike Pence is “a decent guy.”(really)

If all that is not off-putting enough, former Vice President Joe Biden went to the NATO Munich Security Conference last month and declared America “an embarrassment” before our European allies.

Violating a decades-old tradition of leaving politics at home when addressing foreign nationals, the potential 2020 Democratic presidential candidate spent much of his speech suggesting America had violated its commitment to “human decency” and other cornerstones of democracy. Biden has said that he wishes to restore “civility” and “respect” to American politics.

The America I see values basic human decency, not snatching children from their parents or turning our back on refugees at our border. Americans know that’s not right.

Robert Francis “Beto” O’Rourke apologized for his jokes about his wife, for the writings he posted online when he was  teenager, for his writings in Columbia University’s student newspaper 30 years ago among other apologies.

Cory Booker apologized in general for eating meat and cheese and vowed to keep fighting against Big Food corporate interests, suggesting that the planet can’t sustain billion of people consuming industrially produced animal agriculture. He says he is a vegan.

I’m not going to continue through the long list of candidates who are all out apologizing for something or other. It’s just the latest fad, and nobody cares. Whatever bad thing you apologize for does not mean you won’t do it again. Things that happened in the past are history. We need history to know where we have been. If we don’t like some part of our history, learn why we did, and why we should do it differently today if that is the case, but your apologies are meaningless pandering. Knock it off.



Here Are A Few of the Apologies From the “Apology Tour” by The Elephant's Child

In last night’s debate, President Obama took angry exception to Governor Romney’s characterization of his “apology tour.” Barack Obama came to office with the idea that the United States must atone for its past policies, whether it is for America’s response to Islamist terrorism or for its overall foreign policy. Obama said during his campaign that he wanted to “fundamentally transform America,” but many thought it was a message about ending the dissent in Washington, not that America is a flawed nation that must seek redemption by apologizing for its past “sins.”

On a number of occasions, the president has sought to apologize for the actions of his own country when addressing a foreign audience. He has already apologized for his country to nearly 3 billion people across Europe, the Muslim world and the Americas.

The strategy of the Obama Administration to combine apology with constant engagement — more talks — is a recipe for failure, and the effect has been a perception of America as weak, self-centered, and a doormat. Obama has misunderstood international popularity as a valid foreign policy. Countries that are not free and do not have the liberties that we take for granted look to America for strong and principled leadership.

The Heritage Foundation has listed ten of the most significant apologies by the President of the United States in his first four months of office. Here are the apologies, excerpts from the speeches and the location and the dates.

  1. Apology to France and Europe (“America Has Shown Arrogance”)
  2. Apology to the Muslim World (“We Have Not Been Perfect”)
  3. Apology to the Summit of the Americas (“At Times We Sought to Dictate Our Terms”)
  4. Apology to the G-20 World Summit (“Some Restoration of America’s Standing in the World”)
  5. Apology for the War on Terror (“We Went off Course”)
  6. Apology in France for Guantanamo (“Sacrificing Your Values”)
  7. Apology to Turkish Parliament (“Our Own Darker Periods in Our History”)
  8. Apology for US Policy to the Americas (“The United States Has Not Pursued and Sustained Engagement With Our Neighbors”)
  9. Apology for Mistakes of the CIA (“Potentially We’ve Made Some Mistakes”)
  10. Apology in Washington for Guantanamo (“A Rallying Cry for Our Enemies”)

Do read the whole thing, you have to get the context. This is a man who took all the nasty things the Left said about the Bush Administration to heart, thought they were true, and something on which to base his presidency.  Big Mistake.




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