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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.

Thursday, June 22, 2006

RE: Dumb Clucks

So the Chicks are sushi-grade-tuna-eating liberals. They're famous, they ride around the country on a posh bus (or more like a plane these days) from gig to gig, and people regularly tell them that they love them. They do what they do well, but still — relentlessly — reporters ask them what they think about political and worldly issues. They answer honestly. So freaking what? What do you expect from them? Just because they have an enviable public platform and you don't shouldn't matter, unless you're consumed by jealousy.

I don't look to celebrities to tell me what to think about subjects that I know more about than they do. But I also don't fault them for having opinions on those subjects. Don't hate the messenger, no matter how wacky, how unqualified, or how unworthy. Shake your head at those who actually care what the messenger thinks.


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