Politicians, judges, police departments, press secretaries, CEOs, they’re all very sorry. They didn’t mean what they said or did or condoned, what they implied or covered up. It was a terrible mistake, an innocent lapse.
What’s missing from the scripted recitals is the wink, wink, nudge, nudge gesture. You can only shoot so many unarmed citizens before folks start to catch on. The same goes for racist, misogynist, xenophobic, batty, and delusional comments. Once given voice, some words can’t be erased; they bleed right through the whitewash.
With Trump and his Russia-assisted election, a new and unabashed insolence has been unleashed. Political correctness, which some call sensitivity, has been jettisoned in favor of the far more popular thoughtless insult. Confrontation and name-calling are the new trend in many parts of society. Well, heh, society — there’s a misnomer for you.
While the ugliness is everywhere, DC is where it shines brightest. Officials and representatives from every branch and department feel proudly entitled to declare their narrow-minded, self-serving condemnations. No one and nothing is off-limits. Not science or art or the environment, not the sick or the poor or the disabled, not the elderly or babies.
Coal is safe. Oil pipelines. Trump’s tax returns. Lobbyists. Campaign financiers. Those things.
The entertaining part is how fearfully the weasels go about their nefarious business. Dopes like the head of the EPA and the Secretary of Education want Secret Service protection. Congressmen and Senators anxiously avoid meeting their own constituents in open forums.
So why don’t they show us some courtesy and shut the Hell up; no one buys the simpering apology bullshit. Their ‘contrition’ has the emotional impact of a fast food order. Empty words stubbornly refuse to resonate.