Let’s start this out by being 100 percent perfectly crystal clear about something. Courage is not the absence of fear. Courage is doing what you know to be right even when you are pissing your pants scared. True courage has always been a rare commodity. It has always been easy to do the right thing when their is no possibility of you suffering for your actions. It is never easier than when doing so brings with it a positive reward.
Courage on the other hand is doing the right thing when you know for certain that it is going to cost you dearly. It is what makes those who sacrifice their personal fortunes, their reputations and even their lives to do the right thing so special that we call them hero’s. No, courage does not mean that you are not afraid, it means that you act despite your fears, to do what you know is right.
Frederick Douglass and Martin Luther King are two examples of men who took great personal risks to do what they knew was right. Whether it was Frederick Douglas saying “I would unite with anybody to do right and with nobody to do wrong” or Martin Luther King saying “I have a dream, that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character” telling the truth in public when that truth goes against the popular belief has never been easy or without personal sacrifice.
It has in fact been so difficult for so long that in 1837 Hans Christian Andersen wrote a short fairy tale on the subject entitled “The Emperor’s New Clothes”. In which it took the naivety of a young child to speak a truth so obvious that every person who saw the Emperor knew it to be true. The Emperor has no cloths on…
Jazz Shaw over at HotAir today did something interesting. He wiffled, he waffled and he equivocated. Yet despite these failings, there was something else that Jazz did. Something worthy of paying attention to. He wrote an article that he was clearly apprehensive about writing. He spoke the truth knowing that doing so would result in many calling him a racist.
As you may have already heard, the President showed up in the White House briefing room on Friday to give an impromptu address to the press corps on the current state of race relations in America and how the outcome of the George Zimmerman trial is affecting same. While supporters billed the appearance as a more generic, “healing” address in troubled times, it opened and closed with comments regarding the court case in question. We can leave for another day the issue of whether the Comforter in Chief should be diving into the results of one specific trial in Florida, but there was plenty of fodder for pundits included.
To begin with, not everything the President said was out of bounds or off the mark. There are still issues of racial tension in this nation (though the inaccurate perception that it’s vastly swinging in one direction need to be addressed) and it’s a subject which merits some work. But it’s difficult to see how this particular speech was helpful in terms of easing racial tensions given one of the glaring talking points – along with an equally glaring omission – which led off the event. (The full text of remarks can be found here.)
Not everything Jazz says in this article is as wishy-washy as the lead off suggests. Read the rest of the article and it will become obvious that Jazz is struggling very hard to say what he knows is true despite being afraid that he will be labelled a racist for doing so. No small task considering that the once predominant conservative Blog he writes for has become the La Brea Tar Pits of wishy-washy moderate RINOism.
Former Florida Congressman Allen West can tell everyone a thing or two about what happens when you dare to display the courage required to tell people the truth when it is not what they want to hear.
Allen West slams Eric Holder and ‘faux leaders’ of Trayvon Martin case
“If we want to have these media frenzy-created crises, or someone like an Al Sharpton running around all over the country like a charlatan that he is, then we’re not talking about the real issues and we’re not having the real conversations about race,” Mr. West said, adding that unemployment, education and family are the biggest issues facing black families.
“We’re never going to have an honest conversation when you have someone like Attorney General Eric Holder that stands up in front of the NAACP and basically says, you know, we’re going to manipulate the law to give you your quote-unquote social justice.”
For daring to speak the truth Congressman West has been viciously attacked by the Black/African-American community. Assertions that he is a “House n***” an “Uncle Tom” as well as being “Not an authentic Black Man” have been thrown repeatedly at him. Such is the state of America today, where men of moral and ethical courage are ruthlessly and viciously attacked while pathetic caricatures placed upon faux pedestals by the Fifth Column Treasonous Media and the Hollywoodrat Entertainment industry spew vile racist acquisitions against any and everyone who fails to support their far left wing liberal/Marxist political agenda.
I’ll leave you with 2 video clips of men taking genuinely courageous stances on the George Zimmerman/Treyvon Martin issue. Bill Whittle from “Afterburner” and Alfonzo Rachael from “Zonation”.