Speaking to the American Islamic College Conference in Chicago, Dem Rep. Mike Quigely (D-IL) stated that he feels “it’s appropriate for me to apologize on behalf of this country for the discrimination you face.”
No, Congressman Quigely. It is not appropriate. Members of Congress do not specifically speak on behalf of the country. Maybe it would be appropriate for you to speak on behalf of yourself. You do speak on behalf of your constituents when speaking in Congress. But when you are out in a public forum, you do not speak on behalf of the country.