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April 21, 2009
Why Obama's Blame Game Must Eventually Fail
Our President is working a list of nations he feels we’ve offended and he’s apologizing. Ultimately, that behavior will bite him back.
Significant apologies drag sea anchors called consequences.
You accidently bump into someone in an elevator and say “I’m sorry.” No consequences, unless they’re psycho.
You accidently run over your neighbor’s cat and say “I’m sorry.” There may or may not be consequences, depending on your relationship with your neighbor.
You drive drunk and cause an accident injuring others. “I’m sorry” doesn’t ease the consequences.
As President Obama apologizes across the globe, eventually some recipients of his apologies will claim retribution as a consequence of his admission of collective American guilt. It’s only a matter of time.
Retribution may be rendered secretly, and the American public will never know.
But, sooner or later, Obama will summon us to accept responsibility as taxpayers, and claim the blame he’s been accepting for us. It’s inevitable.
When that happens, his apologies – now only words – will call for a transfer of wealth from American citizens to citizens of the wronged nation(s).
That’s when the push-back will come, even from many Obama voters.
Simple apologies are just language events until they’re attached to responsibility and retribution. But, today, avoidance of responsibility is a national pastime.
So, when the entitlement game that permeates American society is played against us by other nations seeking retribution in the wake of Obama’s apologies, we’ll see push-back.
Until that happens, Obama’s apologies mean little to us, and belittle him.