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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.

Tuesday, March 21, 2006

RE: Defiantly Shaky

American politics has become an almost surreal satire of itself.

We have the Republicans still pretending to be in favor of lower taxes and smaller government, while the budget and size of the federal government grows at a rate that would make LBJ blush. The neo-cons still try to pretend they are spreading democracy, letting their boy, Dubyah, play high stakes poker in Mesopotamia, but their favored lab-rat, Afghanistan, is about to sentence a Christian convert to death under sharia.

Meanwhile, the Democrats are attempting to pretend to be pro-security, but anti-military; fiscally responsible, but pro-socialism; culturally liberal, but family-oriented. Harry Reid, arguably one of the most brazenly criminal members of Congress, says he can't tell you what the Democrats stand for, but he'll let you know eventually. That will be right after their pollsters tell them for what Americans want them to stand.

Did you say third party? The Libertarian Party is stuck defending their constitutional and god-given right to smoke pot and for women to murder their children. The Greens want to herd everyone into re-education camps so they can turn 2/3 of the continent into wilderness areas. They want to outlaw cars, except for Green Party officials and the chosen few who get to do "research" in their private parks. The Constitution Party is bogged down in their attempts to return all land ownership to white, Christian males and to find a replacement for Howard Phillips who is not an ambulance-chasing lawyer with a felony child abuse conviction waiting around the corner for him. Reform Party members are sitting in front of the television with glazed-over eyes, waiting for Ross Perot to come give them further orders.

Sometimes I wonder why I even bother to vote any more.


Blogger RT Miller said...


Tuesday, March 21, 2006 9:11:00 AM  

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