we shouldn't be so tolerant for stupidity. If someone makes a mistake and grows/learns from their mistake, forgive them. But most cases there are just overly stupid people that just cause most of the messes.
Forgive as you'd want to be forgiven. When I screw up royally (although I don't think I've done it on a country-wide basis before ), I like to be forgiven and not have it held against me, so I try to extend the same grace to others. Still, forgiveness doesn't mean you'll necessarily escape from the ramifications of your actions. That being said, I really hope America's learned its lesson and doesn't need to learn it again anytime soon. All the more, since this is kinda like grade school: when the bad kids act up in class, the whole class misses recess. I don't wanna pay for anyone else's mistakes anymore.