Apology: A Sign of Weakness or Strength?
Believe me, there are MANY ways to fairly criticize Obama. But saying he’s on an “apology tour” or is like Jimmy Carter is deeply insane.
— David Sessions (@davidsess) September 12, 2012
I agree it’s insane to think President Obama has conducted any sort of apology tour, ever, or to frame his response to the horrible attacks on U.S. diplomatic missions as sympathizing with the attackers. Both indicate a separation from reality or at least a fundamental disrespect for truth and for one’s audience. I would say also that it’s deeply foolish to automatically interpret any real apology as a sign of weakness.
Apologies can indicate weakness when they issue from someone with a visibly underdeveloped sense of self w0rth. President Obama doesn’t have that problem, regarding either himself or his country. His detached-from-reality critics, many of whom claim to follow a religion that stresses the confession of sins and removing planks from one’s own eye, slam the president for expressing weakness by what they perceived as apologies from him about mistakes and faults on the part of the United States. Obama displays a Christian disposition, and these Christian critics hate him for it.
Idolizing one’s nation and bellicosity isn’t strength, and admitting the faults and failings of one’s country isn’t weakness. It is a weak faith that believes otherwise.