It is also obvious that our legislators aren't serious about the tasks at hand when they can consider such meaningless trivialities as this:
Apology is the right thing to doThe very fact that Kaine has already made just such an apology (as has former President Clinton on behalf of all of us) and is excited about doing it again speaks volumes about its worth.
By Michael Paul Williams, Richmond Times-Dispatch Columnist
Gov. Timothy M. Kaine performed a public act of contrition and hasn't regretted it.
In July 1998, as mayor of Richmond, Kaine issued an apology for slavery on behalf of the city.
"We will do all we can, not to erase the past but to make a better future," Kaine said to an interfaith group that retraced the journey of African captives to our shores.
The Earth did not stop spinning on its axis or swallow Richmond whole as a result of this apology. Kaine even managed to get himself elected governor.
So naturally, he supports in concept the idea of an apology for Virginia's role in slavery and its treatment of American Indians.
"His thinking is that contrition is good for the soul," Kaine spokesman Kevin Hall said Friday. (link)
No, the "Earth did not stop spinning on its axis" when Kaine apologized for wrongs perpetrated on people he doesn't know by people he doesn't know. But it didn't end the calls for more silly apologies either.
Beyond that, we aren't paying his exorbitant salary to keep the Earth on its axis. And we aren't paying him to waste his - and our - time on such frivolous and empty gestures as apologizing for something that 800,000 Americans, with their "last full measure of devotion," resolved more than 140 years ago.
You get off on such things? I hear Clinton has a lot of free time. Get him to do it. Once a month. A week. Each morning at dawn. It will mean as much.