What was that profoundly make-believe verbiage again?
Well, after the legislature here in Virginia toiled mightily to hammer out an apology for slavery and sent it to Governor Kaine for impassioned delivery, it now appears that the gov's opportunity to express our profound regret (his second stab at it, by the way) is about to be preempted. The feds may step in and take charge of the matter:
Webb urged to seek apology for slavery
By Peter Hardin, Richmond Times-Dispatch Washington Correspondent
Washington-- A small-town Virginia newspaper editor is urging Sen. Jim Webb, D-Va., to seek a congressional apology for slavery.
Webb's spokesman had no reaction yesterday to the proposal by Ken Woodley, editor of the Farmville Herald, other than to list several civil-rights related bills that the lawmaker has co-sponsored. Woodley drew attention to the apology idea last year when he made a similar request of then-Sen. George Allen, a Republican. (link)
There is much for which Jim Webb needs to apologize (he can start with an expression of his profound regret for the blasphemous things one of his paid staff members has said about Christianity), but I have to be honest, I'm not excited over the idea that we need another apology for slavery. I'm actually losing count. Is this six or seven? And didn't Bill Clinton, as president, already jump through this hoop?
But what the hell.
I just hope we do it right this time. That profound regret stuff seemed to be just the trick (not that it is intended to be a trick, of course; bad choice of words; please appreciate my profound regret). And if we could get Oprah to deliver the apology on the Capitol steps; she's really good at the empathy thing; and she's lost so much weight. With ZZ Top playing in the background. And the Swedish Bikini Team doing backup. Flags flying. F-16's overhead. CSPAN shooting it live. Three camera angles. Food. Alcohol.
Shoot. We got us a party. I'll pay to attend this gig.
Like so many others, it seems, I'm getting into this apology thing.
Hat tip to Kilo.