Courage, there Ain’t Enough of It

By | August 10, 2019

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.

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Author: Sadako Red Disclaimer: I chose the pen name Sadako Red in order to remove any notoriety reflecting on my other real job as a very senior executive in the Department of Defense. Naturally, my opinion is my opinion only and despite DoD wanting to associate with my fine work, they cannot have it. Trust me, they want it. Trust me, they can’t stand for it.

34 thoughts on “Courage, there Ain’t Enough of It

  1. Maureen S. Sullivan

    Excellent – entertaining and informative.

    1. Mikka Solarno

      I agree Scotty. This article is one of the reasons that I’m such a fan of SR and other guest bloggers. I’ve read how many consider SR one of the best. Anyone who has read his works can only be impressed by his wit and writing talents.

  2. Nick Lighthouse

    Thank you, Sadako Red. Both my wife and I regularly read this leadership blog but its your articles that really help jazz it up.

  3. Mr. T.J. Asper

    I’ll be sharing this article with my High School class. Next door we have the debate coach and I’m sure he’ll enjoy it as well. Occasionally I print these out and anonymously post them on the bulletin board outside the main office. I get a kick out of seeing people read these! Just another way to get a laugh.

  4. AutisticTechie

    Very enjoyable article. I missed your humor!

  5. Otto Z. Zuckermann

    Another fabulous blog post by Sadako Red. I especially liked “the two effete young men left after the cop showed up.” Must have been a relief that you didn’t have to really kick sand on them. Reminds me of the comic book cartoon they used to show to get you into weight training. Big muscles were promise but the big muscles were only in your head if you fell for it.

  6. Army Vet

    Greetings Sadako Red. Your article has given me extra motivation to write another guest post. Has been rather busy lately down “south” with some of our allies. Thanks for your effort to “drain the swamp” in DC.

    1. Dennis Mathes

      Two out of three of the best guest bloggers in one day. Thank you Army Vet. Yes, we look forward to your next nail-biting article.

  7. Anita

    Loved today’s article. Thank you Sadako Red.
    I would like to hear more about you and your thinking about what is happening on foreign affairs.

  8. Sadako Red

    To all my fans out here at Gen.Satterfield’s website, I say thank you. It has been unusually busy in Washington DC as of late; just listen to the news (although most of it is corrupted by various ideologies). Personally, my time has been taken up “draining the swamp” and it has been rather entertaining and very satisfying. I will try to write more for you. Note that you are about to hear some good news from the Department of Justice very soon.

      1. Jonathan B.

        Same here. Wonderful news. Thank you SR !!!!!!!

    1. Willie Shrumburger

      Hi Sadako Red. I look forward to more news from the DOJ. Looks to me like it will include an indictment against fired FBI director James Comey. But that is just my guess. Or is it something bigger? Please keep writing for us. Your dry humor (sometimes not so dry) and penetrating, targeted analysis is spot on.

  9. Eric Coda

    Sign up for the SR fan club. Maybe we could start a Facebook Page or Twitter or something like that.

    1. Doug Smith

      I’m sure he would get banned pretty quick because speaking the truth today gets you taken as advocating violence. Kinda like he did here.

      1. Kenny Foster

        I believe it was “metaphorical”. Another great article and SR is my top pick for Guest Bloggers.

      2. Maureen S. Sullivan

        Yeah! Sadako Red likes to win arguments. I’m not so sure he would hold up well in a fistfight.
        Message to SR, KEEP THOSE ARTICLES COMING OUR WAY.

  10. Walter H.

    Being kind of new to Gen. Satterfield’s leadership blog, I’d not heard of you before. But, reading past comments to Gen. S. to ask him to bring you back Sadako Red, I now am part of your fan club. Note that I went back and read some of your past articles. All I can say is wow, great job.

    1. Lady Hawk

      Good to see you’re on top of this, Walter. Many of us have been encouraging him to write more. His articles are like opening presents on Christmas morning; happens rarely and you never know what you’re going to get.

  11. Harry B. Donner

    Great article. I look forward to more of them. Also, please give us some more about the City of Baltimore. I know you have some insight living close to the city and having people work for you that live there. Stay on target. Thanks.

  12. Janna Faulkner

    Wow, impactful. Tell us what you really think about COWARDICE. Kick sand in their face again, Sadako Red. Loving the whole story.

  13. Dale Paul Fox

    Finally another wonderful article by Sadako Red. We are some of your greatest fans, SR. Please keep writing. Your humor and hard-hitting style resonates with us all.

    1. The Kid 1945

      Yes, we are all his fans. And not just ‘some’ of them, all of them.

    2. Albert Ayer

      I agree. It’s been a long time since we’ve heard from SR. The last article was in January and one of my favorites. Gen. Satterfield has a number of Guest Bloggers but I think SR, Mr. Kennedy, and Army Vet are the best of them all.

      1. Mark Evans

        Maybe that’s why we see so many articles from them.

      2. Darryl Sitterly

        Albert, you are correct in my opinion. I wish these folks would write more and Gen Satterfield publish more stuff from them.

    3. JT Patterson

      I’m one of the original fans of Sadako Red and early on encouraged his work. I do understand, however, that this is not the first blog that he actually wrote for and we are fortunate that his works are here for us to enjoy. I’ve learned a lot about racism and the cowardice that makes false accusations so common. I thank him and all who encourage him.

      1. Yusaf from Texas

        Well said. I’m on board with nearly everything published here. A few of the guest bloggers are a bit weak but I understand why Gen. Satterfield publishes them.

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