I have a few quibbles with this article (getting drunk is not a healthy way to deal with things!), but the gist is correct.
In fact, it's a good way to deal with life in general.
There's a whininess and neediness, and lack of spine to modern culture that annoys me. This need to vindicate oneself to the mob.
If you're going to have an opinion, and publish your opinion, and you believe it, own it.
Even if you are sorry for what you said or the way you said it, apologizing just fuels the opposition.
Who are you apologizing to? For what? You're apologizing to a lot of people with manufactured outrage trolling for you to kowtow in a kind of political theatre.
Don't go there.
I think this should be the order of the day for social conservatives.
How do you expect to make advances if you're trying to please people who hate your values to begin with?