WHY IT’S IMPORTANT TO EXPOSE THE FAKE APOLOGY

We’ve been covering the apology shield this week and I’m having fun with it, but deep down there’s a serious side to this entire discussion. What is really at stake is the simple dignity of the American way of life. Our dignity should not be for sale and that’s what the apology shield did, it sold manufactured truth to the highest bidder, in this case the insurance industry and medical profession. If we allow anyone to lie to juries, our system of law and order is imperiled. Allowing someone to say to a jury that they did nothing wrong, when in fact they have earlier admitted they did something wrong is government approved lying. Its society saying to the youth of America, that in some instances our government approves of us lying; especially when money is involved. Boiled down to it’s essence we are approving lying when it’s to our economic advantage. Maybe the youth of America could benefit from an official lie register, where all State sanctioned lies could be catalogued.

I did a terrible job or raising my children so I’m no one to talk, but raising children is already too difficult. If we now allow the government to sanction lying to juries chaos can’t be far behind. In this instance the law is as wrong as wrong can be. Those behind this law should be ashamed of what this law promotes. Those legislators who voted for the apology shield should be thrown out of office. As a man who cares about the truth and about the America culture, the lack of shame shown by those advocating for the apology shield shocks me. I’ve said it before and I believe it’s worth repeating. Just because something is legal doesn’t make it right. And not everything that is wrong can be corrected by passing a law that says it’s now right and proper behavior.

Just because something is legal doesn’t make it right. And not everything that is wrong can be corrected by passing a law that says it’s now right and proper behavior.

You can not legislate truth. You can’t create a law that says what is wrong is now right and believe anyone will believe it is right. To do so is just wrong. Condoning lying to save money is foolishness to the nth degree. This goes right back to the Participation Trophy Syndrome. You can’t make winners out of our losers simply by handing out a fake trophy. Winners don’t want a participation trophy, only losers will accept one. Winners want to win one. They want to have earned the right to say they are winners. Losers want to be told they are winners when they acted like losers. Handing out participation trophies encourages internal dishonesty; and in this instance the apology shield is doing just that; it’s encouraging dishonest behavior.

Condoning lying to save money is foolishness to the nth degree.

If that’s what society wants then I want no part of it. I abhor participation trophies because they encourage the wrong ideas and do nothing to build good honest character. Young people and old people alike need to fail to learn how to win. Opportunities to do the right thing will never be recognized and fully appreciated if everyone gets to always feel good no matter how poorly they performed. Pop psychology that wants everyone to feel good about themselves is insidiously self-destructive. The apology-shield is nothing more than a glorified participation trophy. Doctors who want the right to a fake apology are being handed a participation trophy and are acting, no they are losers.

If America is now handing out participation trophies to blundering professionals then doing it right no longer matters. Why should professionals care if they make a mistake? Shame on the State legislatures; shame on the state medical communities that sat back and didn’t resist the temptation for the right to lie to the jury; and shame on all of us for saying nothing in opposition. And you wonder why this next generation seems uninterested in working hard? Why should they be, isn’t it enough that they showed up. “I showed up, where is my trophy?” Winners win and losers lose, that’s a fact of life. For the sake of developing good character we need to teach, which probably requires us to relearn, how to lose with grace and our reputations intact.

If America is now handing out participation trophies to blundering professionals then doing it right no longer matters.

TODAY'S "APOLOGY" - THE ONE THAT NEVER HAPPENED

Today’s apology is one that to my knowledge never occurred. It’s the apology the University of Florida owes to this protester Andrew Meyers. They punished him using a Taser just for speaking his mind. I don't care if there was a single person in the room who agreed with him, in this country we support free speech. Kerry owes him an apology for sitting by without speaking up. Listen as members of the audience laugh as the young man is being shocked. Were they happy he was being punished for just speaking his mind? At that time and still today, it was obvious to me Kerry didn’t have what it takes to be President. If he did Kerry would have stood up, taken the mic and told the officers to step down and to allow the young man to ask his questions. Kerry should have then answered them, assuming they were legitimate questions. If not, Kerry could have declined. Instead Kerry stands by watching this display of what can only be described as a group of campus police acting like common thugs. When a Presidential candidate hasn’t even the backbone to stand up and debate the protester, instead allowing him to be Tased, to shut him up, it’s clear he hasn’t read or understood the United States Constitution. He’s clueless about what makes this country what it is.

And that’s today’s apology; it’s the one that never occurred.

University of Florida Response – The Over-Intellectualized Veiled Apology – Maybe we are sorry and then maybe we aren’t. At the end I’ll include the raw footage from the campus police escorting him out the building and discussing his “inciting a riot”. That’s a waste can charge intentionally mean to be vague and useful in any number of situations where the police need an excuse to make what they did sound legitimate. This is the same mentality to thinks reengineering the facts will make people believe a different version of the true facts. In Wyoming the charge de’ jure is “interference”. [See the comment from Glenrock in The Bush Legacy Paraded in Wyoming: An Intolerant Police State, a new low for America.] And that’s the problem with officially saying it’s alright to apologize for doing something wrong, but then going to court and testifying under oath you did nothing wrong. Gee, for some strange reason this lacks truth, is not genuine and smacks of an untruthful character. A butterfly flying by that distracts an officer on duty is interference.

To read this series on the apology shield follow these links:

Why Should I Apologize?, September 22, 2009

 

"I'm very sorry.", but really I'm not., September 23, 2009

 

An Apology Free From Risk, Isn't Really An Apology, September 24, 2009

 

How To Expose The Fake Medical Apology, September 25, 2009

 

Fixing Medical Malpractice by Fixing the Truth, Todays

 

To read more about American society and the Participation Trophy Syndrome, read Coach Lombardi’s posts on the subject:

Only losers want a participation trophy, winners want to win one. ...

... Only losers want a participation trophy, winners want to win one. ... And remember, only losers want a participation trophy, winners want to win one. ...

 

No Participation Trophy for Either the Hawkeyes or the Cyclones ...

... No Participation Trophy for Either the Hawkeyes or the Cyclones. ...

 

FINANCIAL MISCONDUCT: Is the answer to frivolous Wall Street ...

The Participation Trophy Syndrome Wall Street ... FINANCIAL MISCONDUCT: Is the answer to frivolous Wall Street bonuses, The Participation Trophy Syndrome. ...

 

Rubin Navarrette has it right - Don't rescue those looking for a ...

... Rubin Navarrette has it right - Don't rescue those looking for a participation trophy. Let litigation teach them a lesson. ... Losers want a participation trophy. ...

 

Arkansas Board of Medicine "Sanctions" Surgeon with a " ...

... Arkansas Board of Medicine "Sanctions" Surgeon with a "Participation Trophy". ... A participation trophy in youth sports is a parent's diseased thinking. ...

 

Sarah Palin promised it would not be politics as usual, and ...

... She epitomizes the Participation Trophy Syndrome. Where is my trophy; after all I showed up. ... She wants a participation trophy for showing up. …

 

Tort Reform is leading to more, not fewer personal injury lawsuits ...

... We no longer expect our children to earn a trophy, instead feeling guilty we employ the participation trophy. ... Fact, only losers want a participation trophy. ...

 

Law School Graduation Blues | InjuryBoard Des Moines

... Only losers want a participation trophy. ... She didn't phone the coach demanding he give me a participation trophy to make sure I felt good about myself. ...

 

Tradition is Tradition and Palin Should Bite the Head off the ...

... This debacle demonstrates why Participation Trophies are so wrong. I wonder if the Russians were ever nervous with Governor Palin being so close to Russia. ...

 

American Politics - What can a sewer plant controversy teach us ...

... Participation Trophy Syndrome –. Parents all across ... banquet. Only losers want a participation trophy; winners want to win one. It’s ...

Steve Lombardi
Iowa personal injury, workers' compensation, motorcycle, quadriplegic, paraplegic, brain injury, death
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