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Bully Pulpit

The term "bully pulpit" stems from President Theodore Roosevelt's reference to the White House as a "bully pulpit," meaning a terrific platform from which to persuasively advocate an agenda. Roosevelt often used the word "bully" as an adjective meaning superb/wonderful. The Bully Pulpit features news, reasoned discourse, opinion and some humor.

Wednesday, June 29, 2005

RE: Kookville???

Steve responds to yours truly:

I think I have probably made many of the same comments about Bill Clinton. I don't recall being called a kook then.

I have no patience for triangulation, political posturing, or statism. Bush is guilty on all three counts. He has abrogated every ounce of his leadership responsibility and has left the Republican Party, the federal government, and the country in a state of drift. He has embroiled our military in a pointless and seemingly never-ending ground conflict in Iraq while millions of illegals flood over the borders, essentially constituting a de facto invasion right here at home. He has thrown out a few bits and pieces of a domestic agenda and then largely abandoned it to the vagueries of a Congress that is not interested in doing anything but calling one another names. Republicans were told to swallow hard and elect this socialist because he would roll back the liberal judiciary. He can't even get his diplomatic nominees approved in the Senate. He is a classic lame duck less than a year into his second term and he doesn't seem to even care.

While he still has a long way to go to be a worse president than Jimmy Carter, he's heading there fast. The remark about Nero was appropos because Nero followed Caligula. Amazing parallel, no?

If that opinion falls into the realm of kookville, then so be it.


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