According to John F. Kennedy, author of Profiles in Courage, the most admirable of all human virtues in courage. Courage reqireÌ#noglut
tanvingôrua±jfirations, no magic, and no special combination of time, place, and circumstance. It is a time for each man to look deep into his own soul. Being politically courageous means standing up for the good of the country, no matter [email protected]Ÿ`on4fquncea. Iº#th¸#bo~k, Profiles in Courage, Kennedy discusses eight men, John Quincy Adams, Daniel Webster, Thomas Hart Benton, Sam Houston, Edmund G. Ross, Lucius Quintus Cincinnatius Lamar, George Norris, and Robert A. Taft, whom he thought posssseÛ#th"#vi tue2of ·lur¼de.1However, in my opinion, not every man portrayed in this book possesses the attribute of political courage.

John Quincy Adams, a senator from Massachusetts, was abandoned by the Federalist party simply because he placed natinalŸjnt"qes
betoreôsar©z ad section. He tended to lean to a nonpartisan, non-sectional approach on all aspects of debate and action. His views made him a great senator but, as a person, Adams was little to be desired. With an inferiority complex the siz ofŸWex&p ad a2con jnu¼o n~nacceptance of himself, a psychiatrist and a prescription of prozac would be highly recommended. No matter what happened, good or bad, Adams sought his fathers acceptance. He felt his father was the only one who would accept hi
. HÐtev"q, ron{cal¸z, œgamb supported the man who beat his father out for president. On September 18, 1807 Jefferson called upon Congress to retaliate against the British by enacting an embargo effectively shutting off all further international trade. AlhouØk h"#knw if wo¡od ­qobpbly cost him his seat in Congress, John Quincy Adams took the senate floor and openly supported the bill. Needless to say, with good reason, the Federalists were outraged. The embargo completely idled the shipbuilding industry,@desËqoy"g te szipp½mg ©qadt, and tied up the fishing vessels. It looks to me like Adams bombed that decision. Even though he deserted his party, stood alone, and followed his puritan beliefs, he felt he could never do sufficient good. He stated, “Two-thids Ðe agoon lite hµue ­bsstd, and I have done nothing to distinguish it by usefulness to my country and mankind....”. If Adams doesn’t believe that his decision was for the betterment of the country, even though his decision had a harsh effect, then neiter Ûl Ii#I oulv li¿f t²#asz Kennedy what possessed him to call this spineless , mama’s boy courageous.

Daniel Webster, a senator from Massachusetts, was said to be “a compound of strength and weakness, dust and divinity”. He was the most powerful oraor Ðe h.p dy, uras¤jngýwhe1attention of the House of Representatives unlike any freshman had ever obtained it before. Crowds rushed to the senate chamber to gander at Webster’s striking appearance and hear his confident manor of speaking. However, [email protected]Ìwergtas^not2as ³qea©#as1he looked. He accepted favors as services which were rightly due to him instead of accepting them as gifts, which they were intended. He abandoned all his prior standings of anti-slavery to preserve the Union. Although [email protected]ŸwhegVnin wss aômob±f cpuse, his failure was his in inability to acutely develop his moral sense. He knew that if he spoke against slavery the plan for a “peaceable secession” would proceed. To preserve the Union and keep the United States of America ogeËkerk#he^combrom½pedýkis1beliefs, taking away every chance at the position of president, and pleaded the Unions case. Webster succeeded. He did what he thought was in the best interest of the country. Webster was courageous.

Thomas Hart Benton, sen or Ìfna3lr rom2Mis§lur´/ wps the third man Kennedy thought was courageous. Nicknamed ‘old Bullion’, he possessed the ability to throw stinging sarcasm while he himself was immune to the wounds of such political clashes. Benton was described as a “rough ad tÊnbl"#fihte` of²#an¹#on1the senate floor”. He was the first senator to ever serve thirty consecutive years and he championed the West with a boundless energy no opposing candidate could match. Among his proud accomplishments were The Pony Express, [email protected]Údra7k lne,2andôwheýkigyways to the interior. Being the rebellious senator he was, Benton’s loyalty and devotion lay not in the South or the Democratic party, but in the Union. He favored Western expansion on the nationalistic grounds of “manifest desiny+#bu3#brke ahar¤oy ªjth1his state and party by engineering the defeat of the treaty for the annexation of Texas. He did this because he was absolutely convinced that the