First of all I want to send out my deepest sympathies and prayers to the family of JoAnne McIntosh Freeman. JoAnne was a kind, child-loving, friendly, happy-go-lucky, always had a smile, Christian woman who I came to know as part of my church family.
She will be missed by all of us, even if you did not know her I am sure that she has touched someone’s life that has in turn touched yours. She was remarkable.
Now I want to touch on a subject that seems to be part of the political landscape and is catching on in the rest of society. It is called dodging the apology or as I like to call it, Fonz-alitis.
Back in the 70’s there was the television show we all watched called Happy Days. It was a look at the 50’s and the personalities that were easily identifiable to everyone. There was the staight-and-narrow kid, the nerds, the authoritative parent that mellowed out and of course the cool guy. That “cool guy” was know as the Fonz.
The Fonz could do anything except say he was sorry. He would nearly choke on it as he tried to say he was wrong about something or trying to say he was sorry would just about kill him.
It seems that the politicans are doing the same.
A few weeks ago a Republican Congressman, Joe Wilson, yelled out to President Barak Obama “you lie” as he discussed his health care plan. An immediate apology was issued that evening and the White House accepted it.
Now a Democrat Congressman Alan Grayson put on a display in the House saying that the Republicans health care plan calls for people to “die quickly.” An apology was asked for and his reply went something like he would apologize to those who died and their families in this “American Holocaust”, referring to our current health care system. No apology.
Of course, the Anti-Defamation League asked for an apology since he compared the holocaust to health care – which in no way can there ever be a comparison. Grayson’s response was simple, he would not use that term again. No apology.
Despite it all, despite his show antics on the House Floor, no apology. Apparently he does not feel as if he was wrong.
By the way, despite apologizing and it being accepted, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi chose not to accept Wilson’s and the House voted to censure him. Nothing has been done to Grayson and Pelosi acts as if she has no idea what the fuss is about.
How hard is it to say you are sorry? Now if you believe you’re right then stick to your guns. But for the House to show no regard for fairness and set forth a double standard could be just one more lever pulled on the other side come next November. Americans will tolerate a lot of things, but two sets of rules for the have’s and have not’s will never be accepted.
So let me start a new trend here. If I have offended you or misspelled something, I am sorry. My opinion is just that, my opinion, but at least we all need to be civil about it. If not, then be prepared to reap the whirlwind you called for. That may be a letter, an e-mail or a lost election. I am ready, what about Congress? Senators? Presidents? local politicians?
I’m just saying . . .
P.S. – For those who feel I am too far to the right, refer to the first two sentences in last paragraph.