busted nation deserves a bunch of apologies. Our public and private sector leaders andour media moguls need to apologize. "We, the people," deserve some healing. Thespecific healing we need is an acknowledgement that damn near everybody that wassupposed to be watching our back was sticking it to us instead. We need thoseresponsible to own up to it, accept a little public humiliation and retribution so we cancorrect the course and move on.Where to start? I suggest that every President of the United States from McKinleyforward, excepting John Kennedy and Gerald Ford, be made to publicly apologize for "free trade." I mean it, living or dead, if dead dig the bastards up, they should apologizefor destroying, systematically destroying, the most vibrant and creative economy in worldhistory. This policy was pursued by well meaning men, men like Carter, the first GeorgeBush, Bill Clinton, long after it was obvious the pursuit of this policy was destroying us.There is no excuse for it. They sold us out and they should apologize.The members of the "permanent" Democratic Congresses that held sway, almostuninterruptedly, from FDR's first election through 1994 need to apologize. Toward theend, though out the seventies and eighties and into the nineties, they were all a bunch of arrogant jackasses and they conspired against the American people with the real permanent government of federal bureaucrats. They went for decades refusing to listen toanybody who had no government title and created such anger among the people mediocreofficials like Newt Gingrich, Tom Delay and the ilk were given power. This anger lastedthrough the nineties and into the new century and bequeathed us more mediocre officials,less than mediocre officials, like the second George Bush, and criminal and venalofficials like Cheney and Rumsfeld, men who cannot now leave the country for fear of arrest.Again, thankfully, many of the leaders of this Democratic hubris festival are nowdead, so they too will have to be exhumed. Never the less, it is necessary. They willfullycreated an environment where horrible people could be elected to govern us and theyneed to apologize.