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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.

Thursday, August 25, 2005

Re: Pat Robertson

Andy commented: I don't have a problem with Sheehan speaking out... My problem is what's actually coming out of her mouth, which I find quite nutty. I don't think she's all here mentally, and the media is enabling her behavior.

Insert ‘Robertson’ in place of ‘Sheehan’ in your above quote. That’s how I feel about Pat, except that he has his very own media outlet to enable his behavior.

To paraphrase my grandfather, Pat Robertson is like a manure spreader. Every time he opens his mouth, the **** flies.

I do think Robertson realized — after the fact, of course — that making the comments regarding Chavez was a mistake, though. After all, he initially denied the comments, then later apologized for making them. If Robertson is actually speaking his conscience, his convictions must not be as strong as his pride or as important as self-preservation.

Strother, you do know that you're quoting a communist official here... They believe all religion is one of the great problems facing humanity. They want people to worship the State (which is them), not God… Feel free to quote communists all you want if that's what your conscience tells you…

I also quoted Robertson. It’s my own little version of ‘fair and balanced’ reporting.

Seriously though, since we were discussing the issue, I thought it would interesting to provide a response from the regime that Robertson recommends removing via assassination. Rangel’s quote helps to illustrate the message that Robertson — maybe intentionally, and maybe not — sends to the rest of the world: some of America’s most powerful voices in organized religion/politics as well as their followers are quite hypocritical about this whole ‘fighting terrorism’ business.

And to be quite honest, religious fundamentalists are the very reason why we’re now enthralled in a war on terrorism. Religious fundamentalism can be very scary stuff. So can worshipping the State, as you mentioned. Sometimes blind, unquestioning patriotism closely resembles worshipping the State. That happens here in the US, too.

All the governments of the world can’t be modeled upon America’s version of democracy, but for some reason, we can’t seem to keep our noses out of other people’s business. But yes, I’ve come to learn that sometimes we feel that others’ business is our business. It’s just that sometimes I forget about our dependence on oil from countries such as Iraq and Venezuela… my bad.

Anyway, maybe we should be less concerned with nation building and spreading democracy to those who don’t want it and spend our time and money improving our own, here on our own soil.


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