courage: the mental or moral strength to venture, persevere, and withstand danger, fear, or difficulty (http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/courage)
Here’s a thought that has been welling up within me these past few weeks. I deeply appreciate our government leaders trying to do something they feel is politically courageous on health care reform. I, too, feel our system is in need of renovation.
But I would argue that we as a nation, and they as leaders have not had the courage to venture into the difficult waters of working together in this process, our elected officials have not persevered in trying to make the right changes happen the right way – no matter how long it takes – and they have not withstood the difficult collaboration that such a huge change obviously needs.
So, my question is: Even if their belief in the policy is politically courageous, if the process isn’t politically courageous, hasn’t it just become political and no longer courageous?