Since Democrats took control of the House of Representatives, we've seen some pretty asinine things being done in the name of the people. Yesterday was no exception. With all of the other problems the House could be addressing (the war on terrorism, offshore drilling, the scourge that is Carrot Top), what did they do?
They formally apologized for slavery and Jim Crow laws.
Slavery and Jim Crow laws are certainly no bright spots in our history, but I think we've gotten past them by and large. Sure, there are people who point to both as "proof" that America is a racist nation, but they need only look to the media's fawning treatment of Barack Obama to see a great example of how far we've come as a nation. Maybe it's me, but the fact there are a number of people of all races willing to vote for Obama tells me the people who think America is a racist nation are wrong.
But not nearly as wrong as the House was in apologizing for slavery and Jim Crow laws. When bad situations happen, we need to look at the chain of command, and for that we can look to Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi. Under her pathetic excuse for leadership, the insignificant has been elevated to worthy of House consideration and the important has been relegated to the back benches. Who cares about approving offshore drilling, a move that would ultimately benefit millions of Americans? We need to apologize for things most people have already gotten over!
The worst thing about this apology is that it's not even sincere; it's political. Yes, this apology was the brainchild of Tennesee Democrat Steve Cohen, a white man from a predominantly black Congressional District in a tough primary fight with an African-American. Gee, that wouldn't have anything to do with the timing of this apology he sponsored, would it?
With boneheaded plays like this apology, I'd say Congress has earned their record low approval ratings.