Courage Conquered by Fear?

August 26, 2011 Posted by admin

“Light travels faster than sound. That is why some people appear bright until you hear them.” Spread more light, less heat.” And we discourage the needed but uncomfortable wisdom. “Mea maxima culpa.”

Howard BealeIf the national debt itself does not stimulate you to react empathetically to “In one impassioned diatribe, embracing Howard Beale (Network) as he galvanizes the nation with his rant, “I’m as mad as hell, and I’m not going to take this anymore!” and persuades Americans to shout out of their windows during a lightning storm,” then don’t read this essay. 

So many, so decisively, so accurately, with such journalistic flare, ponder the evidence, evaluate the polls, list the elitist’s and common man political global views, provide academic and Founding Father references, embrace the Noble Laureate’s council, that of  the ascendancy of their nobility, affect a remarkable autopsy of our political culture successes and failures. Lack of confidence is another elitist, radical progressive redefinition of “fear”. Who said “Courage is not caving in to fear?”

Congress poll numbers for excellence or lack thereof is at an all time low in public confidence along with politicians, the President, used car dealers, misery merchants, and if we dare to rate ourselves, the electorate, we are there also, so very, very diminished. Divide us and conquer. Unemployment is at an all time high. The brutal truth is elections are at an all time low, in quantitative results, the “people’s choice” degenerates into the party’s mandate,  the change is no change at all, thus we have consequences, so we distract.

And we so comfort ourselves with the axiom that “negativity has its own believability”, we take a certain pleasure in ridiculing, joining a, any style of “hate” speech, the condemning Tea Party members to “Hell”, thus we are somehow excused, forgiven and not held accountable for, because it s impossible to prove, that “bad things didn’t happen. We would so like to blame “words” for violence and not men. 

Does anyone know or understand what the Tea Party Charter is all about….that is before we mumble and jumble an attempt to escape ridicule, criticism and “hate” speech?” Oh, how we have forgotten that doing the “right” thing always comes at a price, sometimes the ultimate price. The five wars are, as a reminder, the War on Terrorism, the Iraq war, the Afghanistan war, the Yemen War and the Libyan War. And with that record American captured the Noble Peace Prize, a successful attempt of Fabian Socialism influence on America. 

Where, in all of these magnificent Blogs does one find answers instead of stern, harsh, brutal, even deserved critical analysis?  And please don’t say vote Republican, or Conservative or Democrat or Independent, or Progressive…, they all had their chance and so far….really???

We excel at autopsies, analyzing the disease and failing to vigorously search for, an attribute of excellence, a “cure”. We have been driving, excising, nudging and censoring, from these pages those who might have, would have been willing to champion a “pull” back to “traditional values’, that which made this a noble nation.

And our effectiveness at diminishing ourselves, self defeatism, a slow ugly spiraling to the bottom as GE partners, with our blessing, with China to build airplanes, in competition with Boeing,  is in evidence, as these folks and others have allowed, made way for, and accepted, the battle, our battle, as being too tough. But the talking heads exclaim “hurrah” for free trade. Don’t import slaves for free labor, export jobs to countries that employ slaves. Oh, how clever and “freedom” oriented.

These are re-emerging core beliefs. “Be sure you put your feet in the right place, then stand firm.” Abraham Lincoln

Can anyone imagine an American grassroots movement with the belief that everyone is created equal and deserves an equal opportunity to thrive in these United States where they may “pursue life, liberty and happiness” as stated in the Declaration of Independence and guaranteed by the Constitution of the United States.

And we dare to think of this as noble, new, novel and original. We call it the Tea Party, and struggle to diminish “it”. We call it “freedom” and ignore “it”. We call “it” patriotism and know “it” not. Reminisce if you dare, then criticize, for we wish to learn.  These Blogs are full of what we are against…what are we for???

Eliminate Excessive Taxes – “Collecting more taxes than is absolutely necessary is legalized robbery.” –Calvin Coolidge “A wise and frugal government, which shall leave men free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned – this is the sum of good government.” –Thomas Jefferson “Any tax is a discouragement and therefore a regulation.” –Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

Eliminate the National Debt – “You cannot escape the responsibility of tomorrow by evading it today.” –Abraham Lincoln “If there must be trouble, let it be in my day, that my child may have peace.” –Thomas Paine, 1776 “As on the one hand, the necessity for borrowing in particular emergencies cannot be doubted, so on the other, it is equally evident that to be able to borrow upon good terms, it is essential that the credit of a nation should be well established.” –Alexander Hamilton, 1790

Eliminate Deficit Spending – Pass a Balanced Budget Amendment’, if not now, when, if not us, who?” “Arbitrary power is most easily established on the ruins of liberty abused to licentiousness.” –George Washington “A penny saved is a penny earned.” –Benjamin Franklin “Tomorrow, every Fault is to be amended; but that Tomorrow never comes.” –Benjamin Franklin

Protect Free Markets – “That some achieve great success, is proof to all that others can achieve it as well.” –Abraham Lincoln “You cannot build character and courage by taking away a man’s initiative and independence.” –Abraham Lincoln “The government’s view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases: If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it.” –Ronald Reagan

Abide by the Constitution of the United States- “A general Dissolution of Principles & Manners will more surely overthrow the Liberties of America than the whole Force of the Common Enemy.” –Samuel Adams, 1779 “The Constitution is the guide which I will never abandon.” –George Washington “We the people are the rightful masters of both Congress and the courts, not to overthrow the Constitution but to overthrow the men who pervert the Constitution.” –Abraham Lincoln

Promote Civic Responsibility – “The battle, sir, is not to the strong alone; it is to the vigilant, the active, the brave.” –Patrick Henry “To sin by silence when they should protest makes cowards of men.” –Abraham Lincoln “Truth will ultimately prevail where there is pains to bring it to light” –George Washington “All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience to remain silent.” –Thomas Jefferson

Reduce the Overall Size of Government – “My observation is that whenever one person is found adequate to the discharge of a duty…it is worse executed by two persons, and scarcely done at all if three or more are employed therein.” –George Washington. “If we can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people, under the pretense of taking care of them, they must become happy.” –Samuel Adams, 1802 “Energy and persistence conquer all things.” –Benjamin Franklin

Believe in the People – “Industry need not wish.” –Benjamin Franklin “Government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the Earth.” –Abraham Lincoln “The people will save their government, if the government itself will allow them.” –Abraham Lincoln

Avoid the Pitfalls of Politics – Embrace “term limits”, for “power corrupts, absolute power corrupts absolutely.” “I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The great point is to bring them the real facts.” –Abraham Lincoln “Honesty is the best policy.” –Benjamin Franklin “Guard against the impostures of pretended patriotism.” –George Washington

Maintain Local Independence- “Here sir, the people govern.” –Alexander Hamilton in a speech to the New York Ratifying Convention, 1788  “Every government degenerates when trusted to the rulers of the people alone. The people themselves, therefore, are its only safe depositories.” –Samuel Adams, 1781 “This country, with its institutions, belongs to the people who inhabit it.” –Abraham Lincoln

So few, so timid, so uncourageous, so unwilling to be unloved for telling the truth, those of us who will twist and torture reality to conform to “If the glove doesn’t fit we must acquit” mentality, no one willing to be right and suffer condemnation for it, those beloved who will retreat, under pressure, when the battle is too tough, may forsake the Founding Fathers, the Constitution, the Declaration of Independence, the Wisdom of the Federalist Papers and common sense. Will we take heed?

If we need an American entrepreneurial role model, a giant of principled capitalism, look to Steve Jobs, the shepard of a culture of “excellence”. Look through the prism of that provided by the late Peter Ferdinand Drucker, the father of modern management. Drucker was known to have said “Effective leadership is not about making speeches or being liked; leadership is defined by “results” not attributes.” — Peter Drucker

Dare we explore the wisdom in “In Search of Excellence” a book written by Tom Peters and Robert H. Waterman, Jr.. which explores the art and science of management used by leading 1980s companies, principled capitalism, the economy being second to national security as a Federal mandate,  companies with records of long-term profitability and continuing innovation.

President Abraham Lincoln, President Ronald Wilson Reagan, President George Herbert Walker Bush and President George Walker Bush believed, behaved and demonstrated that they held America’s exceptionalism and productivity in the highest regard, apologizing to no one or no nation. They loved America, as we assume all Americans do,  managing above radical ideologies, were impervious to irrational passion, rejected any special “need “ to respond to vile personal or political  attacks, and any selfish strategic use of “the ends justify the means.” They never, ever lost sight of the objective, the purpose, goal and intent expressed by the phrase “that shining city upon a hill whose beacon light guides freedom-loving people everywhere.”

Senator Marco Antonio Rubio, a Tea party favorite, to the rescue! Freshman senator saves a falling 90 year old Nancy Reagan08/24/2011. Did anyone hear Rubio’s speak at the Reagan Library that day? This man will never back down.  A picture is worth a thousand words. This is the message, this is the optics, this is the visual, that says “it” all, for the miracle of our Republic is fragile and in need of love, support and protection.

They, and other Presidents, all are potential members of a “class act”. Why can’t we emulate, imitate and follow them? Surely, with passion of belief, courage of conviction and a willingness to forgo the politics of personal destruction, a dedicated focus on what we are “for” might, just might be, more productive….but “it” is hidden from us.

That would be a pivot, a class act worthy of America, the dedication of these three Presidents mentioned, more worthy of us in our finest moment, recaptured, and we might be surprised at the great number of those who would follow. This was the miracle of the Reagan Democrats. 

Fight for “it”…for “it” is surely slipping away. Courage is not giving in to fear. Alas, beware “The people will save their government, if the government itself will allow them.” –Abraham Lincoln…who is this guy we quote but to whom we are tone deft.


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One Response to Courage Conquered by Fear?

  1. Elia on August 28, 2011 at 11:16 am

    Excellent piece!!!

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