There is a problem with the kind of forgiveness as national policy that I described in a blog post back in November:
There are many things African Americans bring to the American cultural mix that has emerged in the new century. African Americans themselves often say that one of the greatest contributions is our huge capacity for forgiveness.
The problem is you have to find the right balance. There are times when justice, vindictiveness and retribution have to also be part of national policy. We also need animosity to burn in consciousness long enough to make the injustice stop, no matter how long that takes.
I thought of this while I waited for returns from the special election in Massachusetts Tuesday night. Many voters obviously thought President Obama had been too forgiving. The Obama administration has given billions of our dollars to the banks, in effect forgiving them for mismanaging our money in the first place, believing, evidently, that if forgiven the banks would exercise some fairness toward those who gave them the money.