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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.

Monday, August 29, 2005

Shrill Howling

"I'd love to know how many American church sermons mentioned Pat Robertson's name this past Sunday. It would be a pretty accurate representation of his visibility and influence."
Who knows...

"You really don't think he's influential to the religious right? The same group of folks that played a major role in deciding the last presidential election? Well, maybe you're right, then. If an influential person that regularly paraded on my side of the political circus said something that dumb, I would cringe because it would repel many sensible folks that vote my way."
I don't believe he is as influential as he once was. Besides, people who vote on religious issues aren't mind-numb robots anyway. They just vote their conscience. With regard to what Robertson said, he said we should take out a communist dictator in our own hemisphere because he sees Chavez as a threat to the US. I don't believe he should have said that, but I didn't cringe. Most Americans, well most Americans in the red states, aren't going to cringe when it comes to mentioning that we should take out a communist dictator... They probably wished we would have knocked off Castro years ago.

"Oh, I'm not hitching to her horse — I promise. And she might be crazy but I can't know for sure. However, she is saying some valid things. But I'll be the first to say that those valid things are negatively affected by the presence of Michael Moore & Friends."
If she said some valid things, they are being negatively affected by the nutty things she is saying... Let's see, she said that America & Israel are conducting a "War of Terror"; she said Bush is the biggest terrorist in the world; she said Israel was the problem in the Middle East; she said the US conducted a "nuclear war" in Iraq, etc. Who would have thought we would see Sheehan, Michael Moore, Al Sharpton, & David Duke all on the same team... Ha!

"She was a regular American with a son in the military. He died in a war that the majority of Americans are now acknowledging was a mistake. Big difference."
I don't know about the regular American part... As Steve said, she wanted to run her son over with her car to keep him from entering the military... Remember, not only did her son volunteer, he even reenlisted a few months before he went over there, so it's not like he was going over there against his will. And who knows if the majority of Americans are now acknowledging that it was a mistake: We just had an election less than a year ago where the "stay the course" candidate won reelection, and the "stay the course" party picked up seats in both houses of Congress... The poll that happened last November is the only poll I pay attention to.

"Not quite true. The shrill howling of the left is just that — shrill howling. And the right's sheer howling doesn't sound all that different from a distance. But the neo-con excuses are getting people killed."
When that "shrill howling" on the left gets repeated on Al Jazzera, and when the terrorists use that same rhetoric on those tapes they release, then we have a major problem... Since I believe we should get more aggressive in Iraq, I wish members of the right would howl "We're going to be kicking some (_!_) now... This is your only warning Syria & Iran."

Peace through strength... :-)


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