.comment-link {margin-left:.6em;}

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

...With Steve Starring As Carnac The Magnificient

Steve said: "I vocally predicted you would run from Sheehan within 24 hours of Susan Estrich's column. I should have posted the prediction."

Good for you, Steve. You would've — yet again — been wrong about what someone you label 'liberal' was thinking.

I ain’t running from anybody, and I don’t really care about Estrich’s column.

My position on Sheehan stands: Her son died in a war that I was adamantly against from its inception. She is choosing to speak her conscience about it. She has been successful in publicly calling the Bush Administration to task for instigating this collosal waste of American lives, time, and money.

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…

But I personally don’t know anyone who considers Sheehan anything more than a sad, distraught mother who simply wants her president to truly understand what’s its like to walk in her shoes. Sure, she's said some questionable things, but she's not a trained actor or a politician (same difference, anyway). 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. There’s some pretty crazy stuff said in these halls…


Post a Comment

<< Home