Courage, thy name's Ron Silver

'But for my younger readers, what courage traditionally meant was risking the disapprobation of people you know. It was about losing friends, losing work and losing status where you live -- not alienating people you will never meet. Insulting people in Kansas when you live in Los Angeles is not speaking truth to power; it's speaking anything to serve power.

One thing you cannot say about Ron's magnificent speech at the 2004 Republican National Convention is that he did it to go with the flow in Hollywood, to take the path of least resistance, to win easy applause. Ron did lose work, lose friends and lose his entire social apparatus. Ron didn't say what he said to get any kind of reaction, but because he believed it. He was an intellectual trapped in an actor's body.'

- Ann Coulter, 'Silver's Bravery Not an Act.'


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