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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, June 20, 2006

RE: South Dakota abortion law to go before voters Nov. 7

Here is an excellent example of why our republic will not survive another century, maybe not even a few more decades. And it has nothing to do directly with abortion.

Democracy itself is a pathetic form of government, but direct democracy is suicide. The people of South Dakota voted their representatives into office. That meant they were giving their consent to be governed by those representatives. Voter confirmation of legislative issues effectively negates the power of elected representatives to perform the very duties they were elected to carry out. They will forever have to second-guess the voters and good government will fall to the whims of public opinion. The rule of law collapses before the arbitrary marketing initiatives of the special interest.

Kalifornia has already fallen to direct democracy and I think New York is not far behind. Several states have moved to overcome the electoral college. As the states collapse into this black pit, the future of our republic crumbles alongside. Tyranny cannot be far behind.


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