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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.

Wednesday, June 28, 2006

RE: Standing Still

During the Oxycontin episode, he did everything he could to avoid prison alongside his attempts to maintain his professional persona, the one that feels comfortable damning illegal drug users to prison.

Your problem is that you listen to what other people tell you about Limbaugh instead of speaking from experience, Strother. How many of Limbaugh's broadcasts have you listened to? One? Two? None?

You also apply a breathtaking double standard to celebrities and pundits from the right. You rant and rave about things that people like Coulter, Malkin, Limbaugh, and others do and say, but we never hear anything out of you on hypocrisy and downright lunacy that is spewed on a daily basis by the mouthpieces of the left. I can even go back and find a couple of half-hearted defenses you mounted in their favor. Why is that?

I can't honestly say that I have ever heard Limbaugh say a word about illegal drug users. I have heard him berate judges who ignore the law on that subject and I have heard him make fun of the stupid way in which the double-digit IQ types go about defending the legalization of all sorts of nasty drugs like heroin and PCP. Can you cite a single instance, in print or broadcast in which Limbaugh has "damned illegal drug users to prison?" There well may be an instance of that, but you haven't offered anything but your second-hand impressions. You knee-jerked on this just like you do with Coulter. I'm perfectly willing to go along with you when you say Coulter is extreme and she's in it for the notoriety and the bucks. The same goes for Limbaugh. But name a single one of their peers from the left who isn't.

Now he continues to ideologically sell himself to most of those of the right-leaning Christian persuasion, not because he lives the lifestyle, but because he depends on them for ratings, radio ad sales, book sales, et al.

You started this by trying to paste Limbaugh on the Christian Right. You have yet to succeed in doing that. You have jumped all around the issue and now you're trying to run at it sideways with the poor excuse that Limbaugh sells himself to "most" of them. You're still wrong. And you are still depending on naked assertion. You haven't offered a single ounce of evidence that there is any connection whatsoever between Limbaugh and the Christian Right. If you want to say he sells himself to right-wing Republicans who might also be Christians, I might almost go along with you, there is some evidence to support that. However, the only accurate statement you can make and back up with iron-clad evidence is that Limbaugh's target demographic is right-wing Republican Kool-Aid drinkers.

But because Rush could bail himself out via a 'Hollyweird' lawyer, he didn't sit in prison alongside the heroin addicts he always felt comfortable damning.

Naked assertion and hearsay don't become any more accurate simply by repeating them. You're going to have to offer evidence of him damning heroin addicts. But let's back up for a minute. This thread was supposedly about the "spokesman for the Christian Right" going down in flames because he was sneaking around with someone else's Viagra in his luggage. This has evolved into something like, "Well he might not speak for the Christian Right, but he's a druggie and he speaks for the anti-druggies." That's not standing still, Strother.

Rush Limbaugh is a hypocrite.

Ok, granted. So what about that attracts your special ire? Al Franken and John Edwards and Barbara Streisand and Bono and Al Gore are all hypocrites, many, many more times over than Limbaugh. Why don't you pounce on them?

I, personally, don't find the insights of hypocrites to be very useful.

I'll remember that next time you post something from one of the above. For that matter, I'll remember that next time you post one of these moronic articles from the BBC on their view of America or an article from our favorite idiot newspaper editor at the Winston-Salem Urinal.


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