Monday, May 21, 2007

Democrats and Apologies

Democrats and Apologies
By Jerome J. Schmitt

Somewhere in the course of the evolution of the American Left and its party, the Democrats, the offering of formal apologies became an important political ritual. Most likely this grew out of the transition from an attitude of pride in America to an attitude of shame, a feeling that this country is the world's primary villain.

Perhaps not coincidentally, the trend toward a sense of America the evil, a polity requiring apologies, accelerated when the Soviet Union was vanquished in the Cold War, collapsing of its own internal contradictions (as the Marxists would say), leaving American the world's sole superpower. Conceding the point that President Reagan led America, the good to victory over the true Evil Empire just raises too many awkward questions about the activities of those who opposed his policies at every step.

Like American Thinker's Poet Laureate Russ Vaughn, I am astonished at the effrontery of liberals in the Democratic Party who now frequently call for apologies and reparations for historical crimes occurring before anyone alive today was born, notably the institution of slavery. In this they betray a total ignorance of American History.

If Democrats are going to demand apologies for historic crimes, they need to inform themselves better about their own party's history. The following racial crimes were perpetrated throughout American history by The Democratic Party, its leaders and supporters:



Anonymous teller said...

They're too chicken shit and dishonorable to ever apologize for a thing.

9:10 AM  
Blogger VerityINK said...

Not their real wrongs, in any case.

9:37 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Dems are dramatically outpacing the GOP in online fundraising and activism."

Uh oh

11:02 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How can ANYONE justify this.

"The Justice Department is no ordinary agency. Its 93 United States attorney offices, scattered across the country, prosecute federal crimes ranging from public corruption to terrorism. These prosecutors have enormous power: they can wiretap people’s homes, seize property and put people in jail for life. They can destroy businesses, and affect the outcomes of elections. It has always been understood that although they are appointed by a president, usually from his own party, once in office they must operate in a nonpartisan way, and be insulated from outside pressures.

This understanding has badly broken down. It is now clear that United States attorneys were pressured to act in the interests of the Republican Party, and lost their job if they failed to do so. The firing offenses of the nine prosecutors who were purged last year were that they would not indict Democrats, they investigated important Republicans, or they would not try to suppress the votes of Democratic-leaning groups with baseless election fraud cases.

The degree of partisanship in the department is shocking. A study by two professors, Donald Shields of the University of Missouri at St. Louis and John Cragan of Illinois State University, found that the Bush Justice Department has investigated Democratic officeholders and office seekers about four times as often as Republican ones.

It is hard not to see the fingerprints of Karl Rove. A disproportionate number of the prosecutors pushed out, or considered for dismissal, were in swing states. The main reason for the purge — apart from hobbling a California investigation that has already put one Republican congressman in jail — appears to have been an attempt to tip states like Missouri and Washington to Republican candidates for House, Senate, governor and president.

Justice Department headquarters has become deeply partisan. Young operatives like Ms. Goodling were apparently allowed to hire and promote based on party membership. Political appointees cleared the way for laws designed to disenfranchise minority voters, and brought litigation to remove Democratic-leaning voters from the rolls.

The department’s integrity lies in tatters. As a result of the purge, Tim Griffin, a Republican operative and Karl Rove protégé, was installed as the top federal prosecutor in eastern Arkansas. Rachel Paulose, a 33-year-old Republican activist with thin prosecutorial experience, was assigned to Minnesota. If either indicted a prominent Democrat tomorrow, everyone would believe it was a political hit.

Congress has to save the Justice Department, something President Bush shows no interest in doing. It should pass a resolution of “no confidence” in Mr. Gonzales, and push for his removal. But it also needs to insist on new leadership that will restore the department’s traditions of professionalism and impartiality, and re-establish that in the United States, the legal system does not work to advance the interests of a political party.

11:56 AM  
Blogger Brooke said...

Mea Culpa, Mea Culpa... Mea Maxima Culpa.


11:58 AM  
Anonymous z said...

anonymous, I don't understand how we can blame Bush. He didn't fire all 93, as Clinton did the minute he was in office, because he wanted to keep the tone more open in Washington...he was trying to turn a leaf of bipartisanship and, as it has in EVERY instance he's ridiculously tried this, it's backfired.

He IS standing by Gonzales, someone I have NEVER admired ONE BIT (I regret getting teary the day he was installed "Oh, isn't it GREAT that Bush is picking a highly professional Hispanic for this job?" only to find out he is NOT highly professional), but to pin this on Bush is nuts.

Every time he's done something to try to attain a warmer Washington, it's backfired. I blame him for now not getting MORE tough...and I blame him for sticking by Gonzales..only making Bush look MORE stupid and crooked than our left likes to paint him.

12:45 PM  
Anonymous z said...

and YES, they will NOT apologize EVER.


It matters NOT if they're lying, nobody will find out because the truth won't get covered, even if it DOES come out, it doesn't get covered. Remember, you've seen many stories that the newspapers have printed which were incorrect in headlines on the front page only to be corrected on "page 35 down at the bottom"

The Liberals lie because it doesn't MATTER what the truth is...they want America to HEAR THE LIE. It's so easy to understand and so transparent.

12:47 PM  
Blogger VerityINK said...

ZinLA--Anon. piece sounds like he copied it from some pundits column, or some such. He doesn't even have the guts to post under a name--he has no credibility here. Clinton fired all attorneys to cover up the fact that a couple of them were inveting HIM in Arkansas. Bush isn't doing it for that reason--and that's the only reason that can make such firings an offense.

2:31 PM  
Anonymous Les Ismore said...

That looks like the editorial from the WSJ the other day.

Wherever it comes from, Anon is right. How can anyone justify politicizing the justice department? That is the kind of thing that we overthrow governments for...think the Baathist in Iraq.

Ironic when you think about it, eh?

3:11 PM  
Blogger VerityINK said...

LES--Nonsense, you all didn't mind it when Clinton fired ALL of his attorneys, simply because one or two were investigating HIM in Arkansas. THAT is strictly forbidden.

Your situational ethics astound me.

4:35 PM  
Anonymous z said...

les, as if our Libs don't try to politicize our SUPREME COURT!? way before this Gonzales jerk got into hot water...way before.

5:05 PM  
Blogger VerityINK said...

LES--I asked you not to name-call....sigh.

11:16 AM  

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