All Apologies

LaShawn Barber cuts loose with such a good rant about the Senate's formal apology over lynching, that I can't resist linking to it again.
In light of the serious problems we face in the world and our own country, I think this apology is one of the dumbest, emptiest, most politically correct pile of rubbish I’ve heard in a long time.
We’ve got fanatics trying to kill us all in the name of their god and hiding among us. We’re being taxed to death taking care of deadbeats and criminals, while President Bush is sending even more of our money to brutal dictators in Africa. And the Senate apologizes for failing to pass anti-lynching laws 100 years ago? ...

It just gets better; go read it all. Meanwhile, Helen at CaribPundit, who's always worth a visit, passes on some grateful words of appreciation for the Democratic Party:
An Open Letter to the Democratic Party
By Frances Rice

(This was originally posted on Free Republic on 6/4/2004, almost one year ago, but it is worthy of reposting here for the benefit of Caribbeanites who are fond of the Democrats.)

We, African American citizens of the United States, declare and assert:

Whereas in the early 1600’s 20 African men and women were landed in Virginia from a Dutch ship as slaves and from that tiny seed grew the poisoned fruit of plantation slavery which shaped the course of American development,

Whereas reconciliation and healing always begin with an apology and an effort to repay those who have been wronged,

Whereas the Democratic Party has never apologized for their horrific atrocities and racist practices committed against African Americans during the past two hundred years, nor for the residual impact that those atrocities and practices and current soft bigotry of low expectations are having on us today,

Whereas the Democratic Party fought to expand slavery and, after the Civil War, established Jim Crow Laws, Black Codes and other repressive legislation that were designed to disenfranchise African Americans,

Whereas the Ku Klux Klan was the terrorist arm of the Democratic Party, and their primary goal was to intimidate and terrorize African American voters, Republicans who moved South to protect African Americans and any other whites who supported them ...

There's a lot more whereases until you get to the end. An apology and WHAT? (Can you say "reparations"?)

Thanks to LaShawn and Helen for these thought-provoking posts. What else should I write?