It may not be November yet, but our boy Barry isn't wasting any time acting as if here were already our next President and he's out there doing the Lord's work of healing America. After all, as a symbol of the possibility of America returning to our best traditions it makes perfect sense for Obamident Barry to start off with apologies and promises of reparations to any and all that may have ever suffered at the hands of our sad and tragic past transgressions as a Nation:
"I personally would want to see our tragic history, or the tragic elements of our history, acknowledged," the Democratic presidential hopeful said.
"I consistently believe that when it comes to whether it's Native Americans or African-American issues or reparations, the most important thing for the U.S. government to do is not just offer words, but offer deeds."
This idea of acknowledging our "tragic history" while laying the groundwork for paying "people of color" back, in some nebulously described way, is not new. The timing of this particular remark from Obamident Barry is a little curious, though, laid down alongside the US House of Representative's successful attempts to apologize to black Americans for the wrongs committed against them and their ancestors who suffered under slavery and Jim Crow segregation laws yesterday. [reference H. Res. 194]
Let's be clear about something up front; slavery was [and in some countries to this day still IS] a dark and evil thing. But, apologizing for committing an evil act does not in any way undo that act, nor does it make anyone feel better about the horrors and the suffering from said act...save for the one MAKING the apology. In this case, something a little more sinister might be at play, given the political status of the bill's author Rep. Steve Cohen.
As a "white guy" representing a "black" district, Cohen (who is in jeopardy of not getting re-elected) might just have been a little more motivated by his lust for power than by his sense of guilt for the horrors of slavery and Jim Crow. Call me cynical, but there it is...and to quote a friend's first thought on this little gem of news..."there's nothing quite like a bunch of privileged white guys apologizing for something they had nothing to do with to make you feel great about your country."
With all this talk about how this Presidential race is NOT about "race", I can't help noticing how many of our Political Heroes are trying to be as "white" or as "black" as they think you need them to be if only you'll cast your vote for them in the next election...yep, I know-there I go being cynical again.