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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.

Monday, January 22, 2007

Braveheart's dream

For all that American pseudo-sophisticates enjoy pretending that they are more European than American, usually on the basis of the biennial 10-day vacations to London, Paris or Florence, they neither know much about Europe nor do they pay any attention to what is actually happening there. This is particularly true of the American media elite.

For example, it is currently en vogue to insist that European anti-Americanism is at an all-time high, thanks to the manifest evils of the Bush administration. While it pains me to defend this fraudulent and disgusting White House, this is one charge that cannot be reasonably laid to its door. Bush is personally unpopular, true, and the futility of the Iraqi occupation is widely recognized, but the vast majority of Europeans are not particularly interested in the details of whatever madness the Americans have gotten themselves into now.

And it's not as if President Bush is particularly popular here in the United States, either.

Vox Day

This article kind of meanders over wide ground, but a couple of points are worth noting: that the American media elite are, as usual, out of touch with reality, and that Europe is in a titanic political struggle right now between complete totalitarianism and classic liberalism (a.k.a libertarianism). The noteworthy part of the latter is that the struggle is going on almost completely unnoticed by Americans as we continue to march toward the destruction of the republic under the banner of fear raised by the Bush Administration and their new allies, the Democrat-controlled Congress.


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