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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, September 26, 2006

Liberals, hypocrites, etc.

Tanya: 'Liberals are such hypocrites.'

You really can't win you with anti-environmentalism types, Tanya. Here's a self-made billionaire, Richard Branson, who wants to devote some of his own cash to a cause he believes in (and a problem he probably feels a bit responsible for contributing to, or whatever) — and not charge you or penalize you in doing so. And you still have to find a problem with him. Do you anxiously wait for 'Liberals' to make you mad?

It’s not hypocritical to encourage the development of alternative energy sources while continuing to live and do business in the present. Fuel companies advertise their own goals for developing cleaner fuel technologies while continuing to sell the same old gas. Are they also hypocrites, Tanya?

But The Hypocrite Club isn’t exclusive, Tanya. Consider, for instance, Rush Limbaugh. What's your excuse for him? Sneaking mouthfuls of Oxycontin during his radio show, he championed the War On Drugs and called for jail time for users. That’s what you call a hypocrite. And from what I can remember of that particular fading star, he is not a liberal.

I'm not sure who Debra J. Saunders is, but — knowing journalist types fairly well — she'd probably write an article praising Sir Branson for the right fee and, of course, would gladly hop a Lear to get there for the exclusive interview, drinking all the free booze she could get on the way. Since her job includes writing for Townhall.com, she is to have a problem with anything resembling environmentalism. That's her job, writing for folks like you. If Branson's Virgin corporation floated her boat, she'd sing a different tune, trust me.

Saunders: 'In California, Branson has a soul mate in Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.'

Yeah, yeah, I know — Ahnold is actually a liberal, too — but in sheep's clothing — right? See, I've learned a lot here on the 'ol BP.


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