November 12, 2004 1:43 PM PST

Bush backers counter election apology site

The presidential election is over, the conspiracy theorists are starting to quiet down, but an online duel between Americans who want to apologize to the world and those who don't is going strong.

The U.S. polls had barely closed last week before Sorry Everybody appeared online, posting penitent photos from Kerry supporters. "Sorry, world (we tried)," reads one typically hand-scribbled sign in a posted photograph.

In a move that could keep the Net as polarized as the electoral map, Bush supporters responded with their own site, We'reNotSorry.com. The Web site offers a more red-state vision of the election, displaying photographs of people with messages such as, "Hey World, try thanking us sometime."

"There is no reason for us to apologize to the rest of the world because of our belief in Freedom and Democracy," the antiapology site tells visitors.

The Web has been home to some of the most vigorous and passionate political campaigning over the past few months, and the two sites are putting a more human face on the debate.

So far, actual apologies (and nonapologies) are outnumbering the online victory dances.

About 12 pages of photos supporting Bush had been posted as of mid-Friday afternoon, compared with 238 images of people expressing their regret over the election results.

Both sites are run anonymously. Sorry Everybody's operator noted that the site was created to reassure people in other countries that dissent was still active in America--and also because the idea was funny.

"Rarely do people on the Internet apologize," the site's operator wrote on a "Frequently Asked Questions" page. "I thought it was high time. The world needs to understand that there are people in America who don't like what our government is doing."

The antiapology site's creator says in a Web log that We'reNotSorry was started as a response to the Sorry Everybody site.

The sites aren't going unrecognized beyond U.S. borders. Another site, called Apologies Accepted, is posting pictures of people sympathizing with the Kerry supporters.

"We up here in Canada know you tried your hardest," reads a sign displayed in one woman's snapshot. "I got a spare couch...if any of y'all need a place to hang out for 4 years."

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Apologize for what?
Europe and the rest of the world should be thanking the USA becuase they still exist.
Posted by ledzep75 (53 comments )
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Perhaps
Perhaps we should also thank France for that little
help they offered during the founding of this country.
Posted by Johnny Mnemonic (374 comments )
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Why?
Europe and the World should thank America for Vietnam, the Cold War, Drug lords in Columbia and the USA made bombs that fell on London in WW2? Did you even take history in school?

The American people are kept in the dark about things done in their name - the Government should apologize to them.
Posted by Marcus Westrup (630 comments )
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..and they should lick our jackboots!
So much wisdom coming from the United Red States of America...Europe and the rest of the world should be damn well thankful we haven't nuked 'em!
Maybe they should pay a "life tax" to the URSA just to keep breathing. The Brits are the only friends we need over there. Have they said "thank you" for the Marshall Plan we gave them after WWII? Ungrateful, cheese-eating, Euros.
Posted by Goodhelp (2 comments )
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they still exist
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Posted by George Cole (314 comments )
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I'm sorry world
Let's hope that the Bush family legacy will not be
just war.
Posted by Johnny Mnemonic (374 comments )
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Wake up People
Clinton attacked Bosina without being attacked and the only reason he doesn't have a legacy of war is because folks would rather remember Monica giving him sexual gratification in the oval office.
Every single president since Theodore Roosevelt has a legacy of war........Every one! Read any hisory lately????
Posted by (8 comments )
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Red/Blue mentality is idiotic...
Those who think Bush is all good or all evil are complete morons. Same for Kerry.

Bush won because his campaign playing on the fears of America resonated better with more Americans than Kerry's campaign of playing on the fears of America.

The whole country is going to be in "sorry" shape until the unabashed partisans realize the world isn't red or blue. It's undeniably purple.
Posted by rdean (119 comments )
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Ok, Good.
You are right, of course. There has been too much personality bashing from both sides over this.

Still, it's not all bad. The fact that people are getting involved (if over heated) is a healthy sign.
There may be hope for Democracy after all.
Posted by Marcus Westrup (630 comments )
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Word Up
Posted by montgomeryburns (109 comments )
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Sure wish you would've continued with this till it made some sense.
What the heck is purple. Bush won because America didn't want a Traitorous, **********, as a president AGAIN. Slick Willie satisfied our desire for that one.
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world isn't red or blue
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Posted by George Cole (314 comments )
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Why indeed
Actually our government whould appologize to us first and formost for treating us like children incapable of handling important issues or bad news.

We broke our own laws and the laws of the world when we invaded Iraq.
Posted by beany_n_cecil (2 comments )
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An apology is owed to us.
But not for Breaking world laws....... You know folks that actually understand the way National societies interact have a total and completely different view of the way things work. Put down your leftwing newspaper, turn off the Communist News Network, and get your bunns to Europe. Or Japan (lived there three years), or China..spent 14 months there..... You'd be very surprised.
Posted by (8 comments )
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They would still exist.
Hitler was an anomoly in an era of anomolous persons. He would be dead of old age by now and his seconds would have taken him out anyway. France and Britain would be free today even without our help. I'd be willing to bet that Germany would have become the bulark of democracy after ridding itself of Hitler.

In both world wars we (the U.S.) got to the "game" late; well after many Europeans had already given their lives. We also nuked Japan when it was not necessary to do so and in the process created a new enemy we would not have otherwise had.

So buck up buddy and take your fantasies on down the road. Maybe you can sell them to the sabar rattlers in Washington. They eat that **** up.
Posted by beany_n_cecil (2 comments )
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WOW.....
They actually teach that Garbage in school now. I lived it son.......I'm not certain where you get your Ideas, but you aren't actually living in America are you? You're in Europe right?, I'd guess France or the Ukrane.
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necessary to do
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Posted by Ubber geek (325 comments )
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the hell with the Hallmark cards
An apology isn't the issue, nor will it fix anything.

We are at an American and a world moment where Hurt Feelings must be balanced against severed limbs and corpses of soldiers and civilians, and I think we should just skip the Hallmark card and go straight to housebreaking America's rabid and toxic foreign policy.

I voted for Kerry, but as the Better of Two Plagues. He gave no clue that he understood the mess America finds itself in, and if elected gave every hint that he would have been Clintonesque in failing to summon up the leadership and political courage to do something functional about it.

Once upon a time at a moment of American and world crisis and fear, the Democratic party gave us Franklin Delano Roosevelt, and followed him up with Harry Truman. Now the best they can offer us is Kerry. Every apology we feel moved to send our neighbors abroad should note the Democrats' leadership meltdown very clearly. The nominating process bubbled up the candidate with the finest hair and teeth, and the best access to enormous sums of cash.

History may have made us The New Rome, but Rome's example and, just within living memory, the British Empire's example give us One Chance Now to choose clearly and consciously not to repeat Rome's or Britain's thuggish, violent, selfish, bigotted and cruel world policies. Will we live with our neighbors in fair trade, compromise and some semblence of understanding, or will we make America (as Stephen Douglas promised in the Lincoln-Douglas debates) The Terror of the World?

Bush and his right-wing nut job cronies chose to make America The Terror of the World. This policy will not simply generate Hurt Feelings around the world. As the population of people with nothing to lose expands, they will increasingly look at America and ask: What can we take from them, and how can we use the same means America uses to take everything away from us?
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