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Enjoying the many humorous, often sarcastic (rightly so) commentary on Republican response to SOTU speech, as well as the more complimentary assessments of the speech itself. Personally, I realized something not so humorous, but interesting to me, if you care to read on:

Courage to me, in this case, is standing face-to-face before a crowd among whom are many, many detractors (and outright haters), delivering numerous impassioned appeals to their humanity (an ideally shared humanity), to their potential for integrity and dignity, the integrity and dignity bestowed inherently (or expected) via the offices occupied through the trust of those who believe officeholders will govern sensibly, with the best interests of the many over those of the few, the few who actually have no concern for the interests of the many. Stand before them knowing that many among those you face have wanted and still want (or fantasize about) nothing more than not only your failure, but your and those who support you's complete disempowerment (or worse). Stand before them with your own dignity intact despite their perpetual attempts to distract others from, distrupt, undermine and obstruct any step you take as leader. Continue leading anyway, and continue to hope for, and urge, their assumption of the roles that an oath taken before their professed higher power requires of them, because this is what your oath and your integrity require of you.

Cowardice would then be standing before cameras after the speech, or in a studio surrounded by similarly motivated, well-compensated propagandists for those same few to whom you truly answer, appealing to the basest character traits among the people whom you are supposed to serve with dignity and integrity but upon whose constantly stoked resentment, paranoia, and reactionary temperament you depend to maintain the charade your paymasters have constructed. Peddle more obstruction, fear, and hate against him who stood before you, face-to-face, appealing to your humanity. Do this out of his sight, so that his individual voice and reason cannot reach you, so that his appeal to your potential dignity and integrity is no longer within your hearing, if you ever listen, or can anyway. Re-enter the delusionary world in which through obstruction and deception you attempt to undermine his leadership. Good show.

Unfortunately, I have read significant parts of the book upon which you lay your hand to take the oath to execute your office with integrity. In that book, more than once, the message is that cowards cannot prosper.

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  •  Tip Jar (6+ / 0-)

    I discover myself on the verge of a usual mistake. ― Walt Whitman, Song of Myself

    by dannyboy1 on Wed Feb 13, 2013 at 08:43:15 AM PST

  •  Well said and one of the reasons I like & respect (4+ / 0-)

    President Obama so much.

    "An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity" Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr..

    by mindara on Wed Feb 13, 2013 at 09:01:22 AM PST

    •  Thank you. (4+ / 0-)

      Some folks are going to see naivte I guess. I believe there are truths like those revealed in your sig line, too. It appears even clearer with more reflection.

      I discover myself on the verge of a usual mistake. ― Walt Whitman, Song of Myself

      by dannyboy1 on Wed Feb 13, 2013 at 09:16:52 AM PST

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      •  I don't blindly support the President in every (3+ / 0-)

        thing he says or does, however, there is far more that I like about this President than I dislike. No President will ever be perfect, but there is absolutely no comparison to the complete and total debacle of Bush 2 or the disaster that Romney would have brought to our country. President Obama has a strength of character, a dignity and an ability to smoothly and deftly rebound and outmaneuver the GOP in ways that many people don't give him near enough credit for. I have little respect for those who criticize him when he makes choices we don't neccessarily agree with and refuse to support him or give him credit when he does great things.  

        "An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity" Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr..

        by mindara on Wed Feb 13, 2013 at 10:56:50 AM PST

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  •  I thought the President gave a good speech (2+ / 0-)
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    dannyboy1, DaNang65

    but I don't think it takes any courage to give a SOTU that appeals to your base, nearly every POTUS does that each year. What would take real courage is to propose ideas that challenge your base, if you thought the ideas were in the best interest of the country.

    "let's talk about that"

    by VClib on Wed Feb 13, 2013 at 09:13:40 AM PST

    •  I kind of agree with someone who posted (4+ / 0-)

      early this a.m. about the ongoing sense of pride or amazement that we have a Black man in the White House. I guess that's personal. Also, I have a personal reason (this time) for sharing frustration over congressional obstruction over one major issue. I had the honor of driving a girl from Chicago and her Mom around DC for inaugural events. The little girl performed at one of the inaugurals. This transformative event (for all of us) ended happily for her. It did not end so well for one of her fellow-Chicagoans, who performed in the parade, returned home, and was soon thereafter killed. So I guess I'm a little more emotionally invested for this speech because of that.

      I discover myself on the verge of a usual mistake. ― Walt Whitman, Song of Myself

      by dannyboy1 on Wed Feb 13, 2013 at 09:47:12 AM PST

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  •  Ain't that America! n/t (2+ / 0-)
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    dannyboy1, RiveroftheWest

    “Perhaps the most 'spiritual' thing any of us can do is simply to look through our own eyes, see with eyes of wholeness, and act with integrity and kindness.” Jon Kabat-Zinn

    by DaNang65 on Wed Feb 13, 2013 at 09:43:32 AM PST

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