Barack Obama mentioned courage once last night. I found the reference a bit odd.
He said that we need courage to preserve the promise of America for the next generation. Why he didn’t speak of freedom and liberty to pursue our dreams and instead spoke of promise, I don’t know, but okay, that’s not my point here.
We need courage. We all need courage. Courage is a virtue we all should have. We need courage to preserve America.
What struck me a bit odd though, was his saying that when the promise was threatened “students and soldiers” found the courage to keep it alive.
What’s that mean? Did he mean student-soldiers like citizen-soldiers? No, that doesn’t work given the context.
I hope he isn’t equating the courage of “students” and “soldiers.” Given that courage is the ability to face danger with firmness, what’s the courage of a student? What’s the danger a student faces? is it the “danger” of a poor grade? Or was this Barack the “community organizer” speaking? Is he referring to the dangers of a student sit-in? of candle-light vigils? of the practice of civil disobedience?
By contrast, yesterday I was catching up on some reading and read an article from the July USNI Proceedings, an excerpt from Jim Sheeler’s book, Final Salute. It’s a tear jerker as it tells of the final journey of Jim Cathey and the duty of a Marine officer to deliver the news of Jim’s death to his pregnant wife. Jim Cathey died when a booby-trapped door blew him to pieces.
I love the academy and students, but I really hope Barack Obama didn’t mean to equate the courage of soldiers facing death with that of students.