Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Bravery And Cowardice

Bravery is a virtue in short supply in these conservative times. We have cowards running the White House who pretend to be brave by using "tough" language; but, they are all cowards. Not one of them has ever exhibited bravery. Not the president nor the vice-president nor the chief of staff nor the press secretary nor the cabinet members nor the architects of the War in Iraq. Not one of them has exhibited a moment of bravery.

Conservatives tend to be cowards. They hide behind the rhetoric of terror and aggression and they wave flags of patriotism and godliness while condemning those who want to defend the Constitution. There is no more cowardly group of men than those running the Republican Party, those who terrorize women and the poor and the homeless and children with their unChristian policies and economic warfare against those least able to protect themselves.

Bush and Giuliani and Cheyney and the other post-9/11 opportunists who are killing off Americans to further their own careers know no bravery. They are cowards.

Sadly, many Americans think these cowards are brave and represent strength; but they don't.

Bravery isn't about rhetoric, it's about action. Bravery isn't sending someone into the line of fire, it is going into the line of fire yourself.

Firefighters and cops and teachers are brave. Elected officials are, generally, cowards. Conservatives are almost always cowards.

Yesterday, nine men lost their lives in the line of duty. They were not in Iraq or Afghanistan. They were in Charleston, South Carolina, serving their community, serving humanity, and in that vein they were serving God. They are firefighters who perished doing their jobs.

Capt. William "Billy" Hutchinson, 48
Capt. Mike Benke, 49
Capt. Louis Mulkey, 34
Mark Kelsey, 40
Bradford "Brad" Baity, 37
Michael French, 27
James "Earl" Drayton, 56
Brandon Thompson, 27
Melven Champaign, 46

These men were brave. These men are what makes America great.

Think of them today and ask yourself what you are doing to make the world a better place.

Are you changing the world for the good, or are you just fighting terrorism?

These men can face their creator with their heads held humbly high. Can we?

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