> What good is your self-proclaimed intelligence
> if you're too afraid to use it?
Am I not participating in public discourse right at the moment? Have you seen me unwilling to wade in on subjects where there was significant opposition? Is it your contention that ducking when someone swings at you can only be a consequence of fear? If so, then you, sir, are naive in the extreme.
> Running and hiding isn't a solution, it's cowardice.
> Nothing has ever been solved by giving in to fear.
That is nothing less than utter nonsense. Fear, and its cousin, caution, can be solid, dependable signals that can be counted on to indicate when to duck. If you ignore them out of a misdirected sense of bulling through regardless of the threat level, eventually you're going to learn that the hard way.
Further, when the forces aligned against you are far larger and stronger than you are, avoiding them isn't cowardice - it is nothing less than common sense. Surviving to fight another day when the odds are more favorable is almost universally the proper choice of action.
You are spouting empty rhetoric here. Primarily, I suspect, in a failed attempt to browbeat. There's certainly no other merit to your claim.
> So Biden gave a bad speech - whoop-dee-frakking-doo.
> Do you think he's going to be in the same position Cheney was
Yes. He is the president's first-line replacement, should the president become unable to perform his duties for any reason. So I take him very seriously. If you choose not to, that's your prerogative. You'll join a lot of other people making the same mistake, no doubt.
> pulling the President's strings?
No, I don't think he'll be pulling Obama's strings.
> No one who possesses any degree of intelligence believes
> that the problems this country faces are going to be solved
> within President Obama's first 100 hours or 100 days.
...and your point here with regard to anything I said is... ???
> But I have more faith in the people who recognize
> that problems exist and have the moral courage to
> face them than those who have already thrown their
> hands in the air and are given to hunker down in
> the face of adversity.
Hmm. Yes, well, you can place your... faith... wherever you like.
Here's a true faith and bravery story for you...
...that's what can happen when "bravery" is the first emotion brought on line in the face of a credible threat. Man would have done well to employ a little of that fear you hold in such disdain.
Myself, I've been watching our liberties erode for decades at the hands of the ruling 545 and their sycophants in the state legislatures; watching the the government war against people's personal choices; watching many, many thousands of US soldiers die in socially valueless wars; watching the currency devalue; seeing education water further and further down; observing the increasingly sophist and offhand misinterpretation of the constitution become the default view; and a good deal more along those lines.
I vote. In fact, this time around, I voted for Obama, not that it did any good, due to the electoral collage system - Montana had no positive effect on Obama's election whatsoever.
I have put in my time from Kent State to marches on Washington. I've participated in town councils. I have donated my time as a teacher for years (for that matter, I funded and hand-built the building I teach in.) I give liberally to charities that I consider worthy. And I pay attention to what is going on. So you can rail all you want about "moral courage", but please, don't expect me to take your nattering seriously.
My intuition is telling me this is going to be a very rough time, economically, legally, and consequently socially. If you think that's cowardice... then enough said.