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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, October 27, 2008

Jefferson on Banking

I believe that banking institutions are more dangerous to our liberties than standing armies. If the American people ever allow private banks to control the issue of their currency, first by inflation, then by deflation, the banks and corporations that will grow up around the banks will deprive the people of all property until their children wake-up homeless on the continent their fathers conquered.

Thomas Jefferson, 1802

Forget Joe the Plumber. Forget William Ayers. Forget Iraq, Iran, and Israel. The real issue of this election is that neither candidate will do a thing to reverse the rise of corporatism. In fact, McCain will seek to strengthen it and Obama will, at the very least, seek to sustain it.

There are a number of things I plan to do next Tuesday. None of them involves voting.


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