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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, June 15, 2009

Rush Limbaugh's Morning Update: Priorities

From Rush Limbaugh: A recent Washington Post article starts like this: "Casting about for a cause, the Young Activist Club at Piney Branch Elementary settled on something close to hand: the 250 polystyrene trays and plastic utensils discarded daily in the school cafeteria."

The story details the Young Activist Club's struggles - trying to get rid of Styrofoam trays at their elementary school, so they can save the earth. The school is located in Takoma Park, Maryland, a D.C. suburb. Despite support from school officials, the school system higher-ups object to banning the disposable Styrofoam and plastic items – because it would mean higher school operating costs and increases to school meal prices.

But the little activists have already raised $9,000 from foundations and other sources to purchase a dishwasher and flatware. Eight-year-old Margot Bloch explains: "Polystyrene trays are bad for the environment and they have a big carbon footprint and they're made out of oil, which is bad for the environment, because it makes global warming." The girl's mom – a "peace activist" – is a sponsor of the Young Activist Club. Last year, by the way, the club was involved in "polar bear protection."

So … what's the lesson here? Easy. American schools – especially in blue states – are nothing more than indoctrination camps for the next generation of young liberal activists who will someday run the Democrat Party. As for kids getting an education? That’s much lower on the list of priorities.

Read the Background Material on the Morning Update...
Washington Post: Early Lesson in Eco-Activism Comes From Economics Book


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Children learning that they can make a difference in this world IS certainly a significant element of a good education. How sad that Rush Limbaugh perceives something that is so positive in a negative light and has to distort EVERYTHING into a confrontation between liberals and conservatives... Even children just trying to do good. I feel sorry for him. EB

Thursday, June 18, 2009 12:48:00 PM  

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