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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, August 31, 2005

Progressive activism???

"As a result, defenders of the Bush Administration as well as those who hate anything that resembles progressive activism are giving her hell for it. She’s been called crazy, anti-American, anti-Semitic, and Lord knows what else. That reaction is typical, though. I recall seeing how those who dared to protest the Vietnam War were treated by the era’s selfless defenders of war politics. The more things change…"
Actually, it was Susan Estrich who called her "anti-Semitic," and I don't think Estrich is a defender of the Bush Administration. Sheehan doesn't have immunity from criticism for statements that she's made...

"With that in mind, I’d hate to hear the incredible backlash against any members of the BP who found themselves at Sheehan’s level of notoriety."
I want the BP to get noticed... I wish some cable news channel would call me up and ask me something. :-)


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Invitation to review my website and link to it.

I am writing you today because your concerns are one of a throng of progressive ones that have never accumulated enough political thrust to achieve liftoff. This is because progressives restrict themselves to their topic of passion, and therefore operate in small, disorganized special interest groups, instead of uniting under an overarching banner and furthering their goals holistically and with overwhelming power. This deficiency has occurred at every level of political action: local, regional, national, continental and global; it has also been the case for every topic of discussion: human rights, environment, identity politics, education, justice, health, labor, democracy, peace, etc. Each has operated in a political vacuum isolated from its peers.

The overarching banner -- under which all these disparate and incoherent groups could operate as one -- is World Peace. Their adversaries, at every level, are united behind their own holistic value system: the perpetuation of and preparation for World War, in direct contradiction to every progressive value. While we operate in individual power packets, isolated and weak due to our separation by topic and locality, and in direct competition for limited resources; they operate holistically, globally and monolithically, and draw from enormous resources. Regardless of their strategic differences, their tactics, governance and power systems are coherent and therefore overwhelm our incoherent ones.

We cannot achieve significant transformation until we become more united than them. More so, indeed, since our values are naturally cooperative, interconnected, and profitable; whereas theirs are competitive, divergent and destructive. It is a supreme paradox that they have operated holistically for so long, while we have operated reductively for the same amount of time. The natural order of things would allow us to reverse these priorities and ascendancies, since we would be swimming with the stream, and they against it, for the first time in history. Until then, we face infinite frustration, helplessness and denial; this has been the case for thousands of years.

For the first time in history, we have the means, motive and opportunity to defy the value system of WeaponWorld and overcome it, restore PeaceWorld to its rightful dominion, and materialize every progressive ideal and institution with more vigor and universality than their own. Do you understand this and are you ready to see it through?

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This text studies what we need to construct a solid World Peace in our lifetime. I am looking for fellow Learners, expert translators in every language, and genius illustrators who would work on it the same way I do: just for the glory of getting it done.

• Why we’re not there already;
• How we achieve it; and
• What we should expect once we get there.

Erasmus used the new printing press to broadcast his dream of Humanism. I use World Wide Web to broadcast my dream of PeaceWorld. Thereafter, it was just a question of the receptivity and enthusiasm of those who bother to read something new. Our ambitions were equally monumental. We shall see if a global readership rises once again to the occasion.

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Saturday, May 10, 2008 1:14:00 AM  

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