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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.




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