“I will not and I will never apologize for America. I don’t apologize for America, because I believe in America.” —Former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney (author of “No Apology: The Case for American Greatness”), Feb. 11, 2011
“Mr. President, stop apologizing for our country.” —Former Minnesota governor Tim Pawlenty, Feb. 11, 2011
On many occasions President Barack Obama has been the center of critics because of his habits of apologizing to others on behalf of the United States, as if the country has done something that needs to be apologized for.
The claim that Obama is an apologist for America actually began to take shape shortly after he became president. It had been bubbling in the conservative blogs before Karl Rove, the former political adviser to George W. Bush, published an article titled “The President’s Apology Tour” in the Wall Street Journal on April 23, 2009, just three months after Obama took the oath of office.
The country is not used to having a president that goes around apologizing to other countries that don’t need or deserve such an
apology, since it’s the other countries job to defend and protect its territory.
This country is not used to having the president of another country — as the Mexican President, for example — come to U.S. soil demanding equality and better treatment for his people who are here illegally.
On May 20 2010, in an address to a joint session of Congress, Mexican President Felipe Calderon described the flow of immigrants from his country into the United States as a shared problem and asked the Congress to consider comprehensive immigration reform.
Only twice have foreign dignitaries addressed a Joint Session of Congress: French Ambassador Andre de Laboulaye (20 May 1934), to mark the centennial of the death of the Marquis de Lafayette, and Cuban Ambassador Guillermo Belt (19 April 1948), to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Cuban independence after the Spanish-American War in 1898.
Neither Laboulaye nor Belt abused U.S. generosity by using their presence in the U.S. Congress to ask for America’s law to be changed or to express disappointment in how American people run their country.
When Republican presidential candidate Donald John Trump announced his intention to run for the presidency of the United Sates of America, his intentions to close the border and put an end to the immigration fiasco the country is now facing made Trump a very popular candidate and he has maintained himself at the top of the list of the dozen and a half hopeful candidates because of the strong unapologetic manner he has displayed from day one.
What is undeniably true is that Donald Trump is telling the American people what they have been saying to themselves for a long time and what the American people have been waiting to hear from a leader that can change the future of this nation.
Donald Trump’s tough attitude and open dialogue with the American people have made a very popular candidate and has given the voters hope to be able to make America Great Again.
He may have come over a little too tough on a few occasions, but that is his way of saying that he is in control and that he would be an “in-charge President” that will protect the nation from all enemies and will NOT apologize to anyone. Donald Trump has said on many occasions, when they have told him that “he went too far” or that he needs to or should apologize for his words, that he would not apologize, and that made him an even more popular candidate because if he does not run for cover with an apology when he tells it like it is to the American people, he would not run to apologize to foreign forces, who may on many occasions not be our friends but our enemies.
These who are sitting in the wings waiting for the next opportunity to attack or criticize Donald Trump jump into it when the Republican candidate stated that the Syrian refugees have to be registered when they come here.
“I will absolutely take database on the people coming in from Syria,” Trump said, adding that such a database would not be needed in a Trump administration, as he would kick all Syrian refugees out of the country, regardless of their religion, and allow no more to enter. “If I win, they’re going back. They’re going back. We can’t have them.”
Well, what is so wrong about that, since we are all registered in this country? Not once but many times since we were born, or since we entered by these United States.
We are registered in the hospital when born, registered when applying for a social security card, registered when we open a bank account or get a driver’s license, and when we get a job (they give us an employee number). We are a number at the Internal Revenue Service, and most likely the Justice Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation have a file on every American citizen or legal resident.
If all these government entities maintain a file on every decent, hard-working human being living in this country, why does there have to be an exception for the Syrian refugees that are supposed to be women and children, but all we see on the television set is young men in their twenties and thirties, far removed from what babies and defenseless women look like.
We have to remember that some of the perpetrators of the September 11, 2001 attack on the Twin Towers in New York were in this country as aviation students. In fact it is very important to point out that the pilot students were not interested in learning how to land the plane, but only how to fly it.
My name is Rolando Larraz, and as always, I approved this column.
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Rolando Larraz is Editor in Chief of the Las Vegas Tribune. His column appears weekly in this newspaper. To contact Rolando Larraz, email him at: Rlarraz@lasvegastribune.com or at 702-272-4634.