“So Because Thou Art Lukewarm, And Neither Hot Nor Cold, I Will Spew Thee Out Of My Mouth”

Well, Representative Pete Stark apologized for saying on the House floor that President Bush gets his jollies out of having young Americans killed.

Just for refreshment, here’s the actual original statement:

“You don’t have money to fund the war or children,” Stark said. “But you’re going to spend it to blow up innocent people if we can get enough kids to grow old enough for you to send to Iraq to get their heads blown off for the president’s amusement.”

Well, not really. Here’s his actual apology, from his own official, taxpayer-funded web site:

“On a very serious note, I want to apologize to my colleagues, many of whom I have offended, to the President, his family, (and) to the troops,” said Stark “I apologize for this reason: I think we have serious issues before us, the issue of providing medical care to children, the issue about what we’re going to do about a war that we’re divided about how to end. I hope that with this apology I will become as insignificant as I should be and that we can return to the issues that do divide us but that we can resolve in a better fashion.”

Let me translate it: Stark apologizes for offending — in this order — his colleagues, President Bush, President Bush’s family (not quite sure how that one fits in), and the troops. And he’s apologizing for the TIMING and CONTEXT of the insult. Not the insult itself.

I don’t see just what the point of this alleged “apology” is. Those who cheered him when he said it will resent his walking back from his strong words. And those (like me) who were grossly offended by an elected official of the United States saying such a thing on the floor of the House can see through the transparent wording and take the apology for what it’s worth — exactly nothing.

But then again, you don’t expect a leopard to change its spots. Stark’s always been a loud-mouthed, arrogant, abrasive asshole, a flaming fuckwit of the first order.

And I apologize if anyone was offended by my harsh language. I deeply regret any bruised sensibilities.

Note that I’m not taking it back, nor am I saying I’ll be more careful in the future to avoid such gutter language. On the contrary — I’m rather proud of the assonance and alliteration, as well as the shock value of the sudden lurch into such crass vulgarities, the sort of thing I normally eschew. So no apologies for that. Don’t like it? Tough rocks.

But I do apologize for offending anyone. Since I said that, it makes it all better.

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