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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: RE: Frist Backs Funding for Stem Cell Research

"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..."

Spot on, Tucker. Sadly, you would be surprised at the number of people who believe that the two-party system is somehow a codified part of our system of government. In Jefferson's letter to Governor Langdon in 1810, he spoke of the evils of political parties:

"The nest of office being too small for all of them to cuddle into at once, the contest is eternal, which shall crowd the other out. For this purpose, they are divided into two parties, the Ins and the Outs, so equal in weight that a small matter turns the balance. To keep themselves in, when they are in, every stratagem must be practiced, every artifice used which may flatter the pride, the passions or power of the nation. Justice, honor, faith, must yield to the necessity of keeping themselves in place. The question whether a measure is moral, is never asked; but whether it will nourish the avarice of their merchants, or the piratical spirit of their navy, or produce any other effect which may strengthen them in their places. As to engagements, however positive, entered into by the predecessors of the Ins, why, they were their enemies; they did every thing which was wrong; and to reverse every thing they did, must, therefore, be right."

All things considered, the Libertarian Party probably matches most closely my own views on government, but it has become a haven for anarchists and pot-heads. And of course, the party leadership is mostly pro-abortion. Even at that, it still has all the problems of any political party: it will abandon principle to pursue an expediency. The last Presidential election is a good example. The Libertarians joined forces with the Green Party to challenge votes in Ohio and Pennsylvania. There could not be two more diametrically opposed parties according to their ideologies.

All five Brenneises are registered unaffiliated, by the way.


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