My son received an assignment the other day from his high school social studies teacher to write an essay about an American politician between JFK and
the present which displayed political courage.
Here’s an excerpt of his essay.
“In trying to find examples of modern political courage I think it’s important to use, as a baseline, historical figures who have displayed
courage in the political sense. This should help us understand what the true definition of political courage is and how it manifests itself in the
society and political landscape of the time.
Jean Jacques Rousseau – French Revolution: Philosopher, Authored the “Social Contract”, heavily influenced the French Revolution and could be
called the father of democracy. He most likely inspired the US Constitution and our current form of government. Also said we were destined to destroy
ourselves but that democracies could last for centuries if properly maintained.
Mohatma Ghandi – 1910-1940s: affected political and human rights change in South Africa, India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Great Britain and the World.
Affected the map and borders of India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and the Muslim World. Affected the outcomes of WWI, WWII and various regional skirmishes /
Jailed many years / Nominated for Nobel Peace Prize several times and Assasinated in Jan 1948
Martin Luther King, Jr – 1950s & 60s: affected African American rights, fought to end segregation and discrimination against blacks / Won Nobel
Peace Prize / jailed several times / Assassinated April 1968
Rosa Parks: - 1950s: US Civil Rights movement. Parks refused to give up her seat to a white person which eventually sparking the Montgomery Bus
Boycott. Eventually she was awarded the Congressional Gold Medal.
Nelson Mandela – 1960s – 2000: Fought poverty, inequality and apartheid in South Africa / jailed for 27 years / elected President of South Africa
/ Won Nobel Peace Prize
Lech Walesa – 1980s & 90s: responsible for transitioning Poland from communism to democracy / Jailed several times / Elected President of Poland /
Won Nobel Peace Prize
When he got to this point my son is sort of stuck. He’s understandably having trouble finding a politician in our modern era that measure up to
these people in terms of political courage. They were all willing to risk ridicule, loss of all property, jail and even death to stand by their
convictions. I suspect if we knew the truth JFK would be on this list as well but he was killed before he could act.
You can learn a lot from the French Revolution. In American we are in precisely the same spot now as they were then.
Between JFK and Obama do we have ANY political leaders who have displayed the kind of courage mentioned above? Who?
If not – how long are YOU prepared to tolerate the bozo’s (Democrats and Republicans) in Washington?
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