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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.

Friday, July 29, 2005

RE: RE: Frist Backs Funding for Stem Cell Research

Tucker says:

This sums up exactly what my problem is with the two party system. Bush is "right" (in your opinion) for the wrong reasons. There are 3,000 or more reasons for why different people vote how they vote, but only 2 (real) choices. That leaves folks like you(steve brenneis) and me (tuck miller) having to choose between two candidates or parties that don't really represent us. The only other option is to vote for a third party that has no actual chance of winning(which i have chosen to do in every presidential election i've been old enough to take part in).
Steve, we might agree as much politically as we disagree-- the real difference comes down to what issues we use to decide who to vote for. For example, the issue of abortion is just about the last thing I would use to determine MY candidate. It ranks just slightly higher than "boxers or briefs" in my book. (i'm not an originalist. I feel that constitutional originalism promotes extreme democracy, and to me, the actual constitution should not be held in higher regard than the principles it was written to uphold. anyway...) But there are many people who use abortion as their main reference in deciding on a candidate or party. Why? What percentage of the federal govt's budget is appropriated for that issue? Their needs to be a line drawn between "social" conservatives and "fiscal" conservatives, b/c many are one but not the other.
I've talked with "republicans" from stokes, and sometimes we agree on EVERY issue (including the death penalty) except abortion.
I'm just tired of seeing the dems and (especially) reps using hot button, divisive social issues to pay lip service and, in turn, take advantage of well meaning people.
I wish that Fallwell & Co. would start their own party and Kucinich and other far-lefties would start their own party, then we'd have four main groups that would more accurately represent the majority of americans.
Or better yet, how about one party for CEO's and their greedy groupies, and one party for the rest of us. But that bombast is for another rant.


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