“What makes a King out of a slave? Courage.
What makes the flag on the mast to wave? Courage.
What makes the elephant charge his tusk in the misty mist or the dusky dusk?
What makes the muskrat guard his musk? Courage.
What makes the Sphinx the 7th Wonder? Courage.
What makes the dawn come up like THUNDER?! Courage.
What makes the Hottentot so hot?
What puts the “ape” in ape-ricot?
Whatta they got that I ain’t got?
Dorothy & Friends: Courage!
Cowardly Lion: You can say that again.”
I saw a deeply resentful city council last night. The President even daring to sabotage the LHD submission by having it bypass normal channels into some Committee of the Whole where the ordinance would be chopped at with a dull hatchet.
They’re resentful because the limelight is on them and the hot breath of History is forcing them to stare at their own political peril. They are going to have to make hard choices soon with the entire city watching.
For Pete’s Sake, if you wanted to have hearings where no one watches, you could have run for school committee!
The position of an elected official has a built in natural tendency for cowardice – minimizing offending people and trying to get as many as possible to think of you on a positive side so you can get your job done and get re-elected.
But there are cases where there is no other choice but to rise above petty politics and do the right thing.
And these are the pivotal moments in history.