Seeing 2020:  Profiles In Cowardice; Profiles In Courage.  Oh, And Happy Valentine’s Day! (February 10, 2020)

. . .

Hi _________!

John Lewis. Gerald Ford. Gabrielle Giffords. John McCain. Mitch Landrieu. Barack Obama. George H. W. Bush. Nancy Pelosi.

What do these inspiring elected officials (and others!) have in common? They all served or continue to serve the public courageously, fighting for justice and putting the greater good ahead of their own careers. That’s why we honored them with the Profile in Courage Award.

Can you nominate a leader who inspires you for this year’s Profile in Courage Award? The deadline is soon — February 15 — and it just takes a few minutes! 

It’s critically important that we have leaders who follow their consciences and a public that demands the leadership we all deserve. As President Kennedy so eloquently put it in Profiles in Courage, “We, the people, are the boss, and we will get the kind of political leadership, be it good or bad, that we demand and deserve.”

Thanks in advance for using your voice to call for courageous leadership. We’ll keep you updated on who wins this year’s Profile in Courage Award.

Thank you,

The JFK Library Foundation Team

. . .

Dear Kennedy folks:

You don’t know courage.  This year, break with your tradition and settled practice and nominate someone who has shown real courage not someone you want to play squash with.  Consider: 

Julian Paul Assange

Chelsea Elizabeth Manning

Edward Joseph Snowden

Jeffrey Alexander Sterling

William Edward Binney

Thomas Andrews Drake

John Chris Kiriakou

Daniel Ellsberg

Maurice Robert “Mike” Gravel

Other names upon request.

Thank you for your attention to these deserving individuals.  Best wishes.

Sincerely,

K

. . .

[See “Julian Assange Wins 2020 Gary Webb Freedom of the Press Award” in “Consortium News” by Joe Lauria dated February 10, 2020.]

[See the e-commentary on “On Courage and Truth (March 17, 2008)” and the “Cameo In Courage Award” that challenges the dubious and discredited award given by the establishment to other members of the establishment.  Society needs an award that rewards those who are truly courageous.  The annual “Cameo in Courage Awards” were made in 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019.]  

Bumper stickers of the week:

Courage.  Why not?

Coronavirus:  Coming to a town near you

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