Reparations and Apologies

Recently Congress, both Democrat and Republican, have voted to issue an apology for past lynching against Blacks, from 1880 to 1960 and for not making lynching a Federal Crime. While this isn’t a bad thing and is very late coming, isn’t it still murder? Isn’t murder a State Issue?

Weren’t we repeatedly told while Terri Schiavo languished in a hospice until she succumbed to death, that State matters should still be with the state, not the Federal Government? But, some who feel that way think lynching should be a Federal Crime? Isn’t that also taking matters away from the states?

Also, at the end of the article, reparations were once again brought up. For some time now, the idea of reparations to Blacks living in America today, for past enslavement, has been a popular idea among the looney left.

Let me state, here and now, I make no excuses for slavery nor do I condone the practice, in any way, shape or form. But, revisionist historians have made slavery out to be much worse than it may have actually been.

Since the idea of reparations to all Blacks in the country today has failed to pass, due to more than one reason, not the least of which is that not every Black in America is a descendant of a slave, the idea is being floated to pay reparations to descendants of those who were lynched between 1880 and 1960, most of which occurred in the 1930s.

I’m sorry, but why do any of these people merit reparations? Why would the government be obliged to spread my tax dollars out to someone who has lost nothing? If anyone should be responsible for reparations, shouldn’t it be those who actually did the lynching?

I think so and to the best of my knowledge, there is only one current member of Congress who is a former Grand Kleagle of the Ku Klux Klan who, either directly or indirectly, may have had a hand in lynching. Robert (Sheets) Bryd, D WV.

That so many Blacks were lynched for little or no valid reason is a true black mark on our history, but it’s history. Money will not undo past crimes and today’s descendants of the victims of those crimes are out nothing to merit repayment.

More importantly to me, murderers, especially cold blooded killers that kill someone simply because their skin is a different color, deserve death, swiftly and heinously. But, the same people that wish to begin payment to descendants of lynching victims are the very same people that are opposed to the death penalty for their murderers.

Sorry, it isn’t a "Hate Crime," (I’ve never heard of a Love Crime, have you?) it’s a crime deserving of death. Do the looney left feel America is a bottomless pit of money for their every whim? Repay Blacks for slavery that was never enslaved? Repay Blacks for lynching that were never lynched? Why is there no call for reparations to Whites whose ancestors were also lynched?

You know, listening to the looney left always griping and moaning about money and how we shouldn’t have what little we have, it seems it is they who feel it’s a feather in their bonnets to take it and give it away, after they line their pockets first.

Why don’t they talk about reparations for descendants of those soldiers drafted and killed in Viet Nam, Korea and WW2? Why no reparations for those of us served in Viet Nam and became outcasts due to it, thanks to people like Hanoi Jane Fonda, John "F"in Kerry, Tom Hayden, Ramsey Clark and Robert McNamara? We all actually did lose something and have asked for nothing in return, just a little respect.

But, the call is to pay people who may have lost a distant relative and today, know little or nothing of them.

Sorry, I just can’t make sense of it all anymore.

Lew

 

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