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Tired of apologizing

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Is anyone else sick and tired of the ongoing apologetic nature of our national leaders?

It seems as though we're constantly offering our apologies to other countries around the world for one thing or another.

I'm sorry some whack-a-do made a film that upset the Muslim community.

I'm sorry the fact that America's success in a little less than 250 years far surpasses the accomplishments of other countries which have been here far longer.

I'm sorry our freedom of speech stirs hate in other government regimes, who choose to steal the liberties of their people.

I'm sorry, I'm sorry, I'm sorry.

Please accept our apologies, terrorists. We're sorry you want to blow us up. We're sorry our culture forces you to want to kill our citizens.

Please accept our apologies, barbaric people. We're sorry you want to storm our embassies and kill innocent people.

Please accept our apologies, crazy leaders. We're sorry you want to continue working your people into a frenzy so they burn the American flag and effigies of our president.

Guess what? I'm not sorry.

America is awesome.

We're among the leaders in world development. Our ideas and programs are copied by progressive nations around the world.

We honor and reward new ideas, development and entrepreneurship.

We celebrate accomplishment, recognize achievement and acknowledge the difference that free individuals make in the large melting pot that is America.

When there's a national tragedy, the spirit of U.S. volunteerism and the compassion of our people makes us the first to respond and one of the most giving countries in the world. Friend or foe, when tragedy strikes, we always reach out to assist. We've had our hand slapped away at times, but we always extend it nonetheless.

Our systems aren't perfect. Sure, we could find better ways to provide medical services, and the courts get it wrong once in a while, and our politicians have a hard time agreeing on anything. But things are still better here than what the rest of the world has to offer.

There's a reason people risk criminal prosecution and sometimes their lives to try and get into this country. Those fences along the borders aren't meant to keep people from leaving illegally.

Show me another country where people take such risks just to get access.

So excuse me if I don't apologize for American exceptionalism, or try to downplay it. Instead I proudly salute the flag, recite the National Anthem and wave the red, white and blue with pride. Please join me in doing the same.

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Right on!

-- Posted by bburns01 on Sat, Sep 29, 2012, at 12:34 PM

Obama's recent speech to the U.N. showed his own pride in America's right to free speech, and insisted that it must be at the center of progress for every nation. He even stated that he would always defend people's right to say terrible things about him. Just because he didn't get up and scream "U.S.A! U.S.A! ", as a response to criticism of the film, doesn't mean he was apologizing for our freedom of speech. He called upon youtube to review the film as it applies specifically to their own content policy, and then proceeded to defend the film's right to exist in the first place.

-- Posted by levi944 on Sat, Sep 29, 2012, at 11:40 PM

Love it!!!! With you on this one and very well said!!

-- Posted by acerdj on Mon, Oct 1, 2012, at 6:21 AM

My only disagreement with this and maybe its not a disagreement is we may have prospered as a nation, but we prospered by borrowing money from other nations. And then we shipped our jobs to these nations and can't afford to irk these nations off because if we did we'd loose their goods and their monetary support. And even if we brought these jobs back to the US no one would be able to afford to buy the stuff they make because our workers won't work for 50 cents a day. Other than that America Rocks! Oh and lets just turn the dude that made the movie over to the Muslims.

-- Posted by joev on Tue, Oct 2, 2012, at 12:43 PM

I'm not so sure I buy the narrative that this movie was the cause of violence across the Middle East. Unless the perpetrators had extra RPGs laying around that they needed to use. The video had been around for what, a year before the attacks? Under the assumption these people are rational, their problem may be the constant US occupation of the region.

However, the idea this filmmaker should be punished sickens me. The extent to which any society is free cannot be decided by how big of a tantrum the offended party throws. I see the ever increasing popularity of "hate speech" accusations becoming a major problem in the future. I am scared of the day when any opposing idea is considered "hate".

As for the comment about the US needing overseas manufacturing, I recommend Googling 3-D printing. Seems to be a pretty hot topic right now with implications of manufacturing coming back over the pond.

-- Posted by SluiceBox on Tue, Oct 2, 2012, at 4:23 PM

The movie had nothing to do with the attacks across seas on September 11 and after that date. It was just easier for the president and his administration to use, because they were warned three days before that something was brewing.

I do agree that something should happen about this movie, but I did watch it, and it was really stupid. It made fun of this person/god that they believe in. I really don't think it was cool on the movie makers part. When ppl make fun of the Christian side,I don't find it cool also.

-- Posted by acerdj on Wed, Oct 3, 2012, at 5:04 AM

Thank you SluiceBox I will check that out. I always like a recommendation.

-- Posted by joev on Wed, Oct 3, 2012, at 8:21 AM

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