By guest blogger Sadako Red [see disclaimer]
[August 10, 2019] I was sitting on the sand of my favorite beach in Ocean City, Maryland (the home of artistic Xpression, the boardwalk, and sundaes in the park) when I overheard several of my sand-buddy neighbors arguing over what to do about “white supremacy.” Now, if you’re going to make my day a good day at the beach, just inject a little politics or stupidity or both into the conversation and, voilà, you are there. Me, being the paragon of courage and virtue (insert laugh track here), I strolled over to my beach compatriots to give them my two-cents worth of wisdom and a jab about how manly courage can solve nearly every problem we have today except that we are too cowardly to accept it. One of these two men proceeded to inform me about my birthright and my momma’s moral standards when the cops showed up saying they had a noise complaint.
Ah, an unsatisfactory end to a situation that I relish. You want to talk politics with me, okay, but be prepared to be stepped on like a cockroach. You see, I learned a long time ago that conversations on intractable topics like race, abortion, illegal immigration, and such, can be won (read that as I successfully convinced the other guy I was right) by not using logic. If you appeal to emotion and their innate desire to please others (typical idiot mindset), you can win nearly every argument except the one graded by my high school debating coach. Mostly, I discovered by working with below-average federal government workers that people are cowards in just about every sphere of life. Yep, we Americans are cowards. Maybe it started when we were two years old and our older brother took away our lollypop. I don’t know and don’t care. The world is tough and the strong shall inherit the Earth. I know what courage is about and it’s not about calling other people names, it’s about kicking sand in the face of the other guy (metaphorically speaking, of course) and then stepping on him.
All the time, I hear people talk about moral courage and physical courage and how they are different and require a different set of skills when used. I disagree completely. Courage means knowing what is right, especially the difference in good and evil, and have the cojones to (as in I’ll rip off yo cojones, mf’er) walk over the red line and in the face of those who haven’t quite thought through their next step. You can do it literally like those great soldiers of World War Two in the Greatest Generation, or you can destroy your opponent verbally in the realm of emotion and mysticism. Yes, there is some mysticism about being a good person; something primordial about it that is satisfying to the self. You have to overwhelm your opponent with targeted, thoughtful, emotional arguments and do it on the fly while applying your suntan lotion.
Sadly, the two effete young men left after the cop showed up; they huffed off to another spot down the beach where their drivel would be tolerated or maybe even accepted by other cowards. The weakness of character and effeminacy is a growing trait in America (or maybe it’s just in the commie state of Maryland), especially among young men and women who have been taught not to think but to accept a participation trophy for showing up. They think they can win an argument over the latest, trendy political hot topic like racism, white supremacy, or racial code words. What they are doing is charging to a fake moral high-ground where they can then hide from their languishing personal problems of being overweight, oversexed, or over stupid. Don’t you just love a good put down? Courage, there ain’t enough of it.
Sadako Red’s Previous Posts:
- Race Relations and Observing Failure
- Thoughts from Sadako Red as a Young Man
- What I saw was Bizarre
- Leadership is not a Popularity Contest
- The Most Difficult Task is to Unlearn Untruths
- Why Cities like Washington D.C. are Prone to Fail
- Stupid is as Stupid Does … City of Baltimore
- Thoughts from Sadako Red as a Young Man
- Race, Leadership, and Moral Failure
- City of Baltimore: When Leaders Fail
- City of Baltimore: Stuck on Stupid II
- Weak Leaders, Politicians, and Racism â€¦
- City of Baltimore and Race: Stuck on Stupid
- Lead by Example and Show Some Dignity!
- Fear: Racist, Sexist, Homophobe Accusations
- The U.S. Army, Race Relations, and Manhood
- Race: Leadership and the Lack of Leadership
- A Failed Management Culture in the VA
- Race Trumps and Leadership Fails
- Race, Character, and the Government