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A couple of days ago, I participated in a conference call with Rep. Thaddeus McCotter [see McCotter's Corner in the right column] to discuss President Obama's recent foray into racial politics and its implications.
Rep. McCotter was planning to introduce a resolution into Congress calling for president Obama to apologize for his derogatory comments about the Cambridge police and particularly Sgt. James Crowley's actions. Rep. McCotter wanted to publicize the resolution and the purpose of the call was to discuss the importance of the resolution.My initial reaction to the conference call invitation and the draft of the resolution was that the resolution, while satisfying perhaps, was going to be ignored by Congress and the press... or possibly used as fodder to attack Rep. McCotter for being insensitive or some other such political pap. Still, it made sense to make an attempt to get an objection about the President's objectionable behavior into the Congressional Record.
During the conference call, I asked Rep. McCotter why this resolution was important to him beyond chiding the president for impropriety. He responded with:
"The president must not be allowed to admit bias and a lack of facts in a dispute and, nevertheless, prejudge a private citizen’s actions as misconduct. Thus, as a matter of principle, this unjust precedent must not be allowed to stand, for what citizen will be next?"If the president were to involve the Office of the President in this case and thereby bias any subsequent legal process or sully the reputation of a private citizen, then this set precedent for any future president to place the weight of his office for or against the action of any other private citizen.
The resolution calling for the president to admit his error was not only for this case, but for the principle of the president eschewing involvement in any similar future situations.This is the final version of the resolution [click here].
It is important to stand up for just principles and Rep. McCotter is doing exactly that... even if newspapers ignore or misunderstand why.
Being principled sometimes means having to say you are sorry...