Rant 4: The Awesome Power Of The Bully Pulpit
The Moral Rot Of Our Ruling Class: A Rant In Five Parts
RANT 4: The Awesome Power Of The Bully Pulpit
In May 2012 President Barack Obama announced to the world that his position on gay marriage had evolved into one of support. While I don’t give much weight to opinion polls due to the ability to skew results through the phrasing of questions, or the rigging of sample respondents, the fact that a range of polls throughout the next year showed support for gay marriage growing steadily up and down the demographic dial shows in my completely biased view the awesome power of the bully pulpit in action.
In explaining how he came to support gay marriage Obama cited personal interactions, with staff members, with the parents of his daughters’ classmates, interactions where a concept he may have considered only in the abstract now became undeniably real. While youth support for gay marriage was driving up support naturally, to have the President make this public declaration gave cover for those who may have held back their support for any number of reasons.
Energy begets energy. The President of the United States has the largest bully pulpit in the world at his command. When Obama releases his words into the news-stream it has a ripple effect far beyond the initial launch. With gay marriage he jump-started a conversation already in progress, the full effects of which continue to ripple through our social fabric.
Seeing Obama use his power of the bully pulpit for good makes the number of times he uses it for ill so fucking rage inducing.
Every time he gets before a microphone to discuss the mortgage melt-down and speaks first – always first – of “deserving homeowners”, he grants permission to his Banker Buds and the Pols who do their bidding to reassign their blame onto the 297,000,000 who to this day to this very second continue to be fraudulently criminally foreclosed upon.
Every time he sits for an interview and compares the Federal Budget to a Family Budget he spawns a hundred articles citing this contemptible bullshit as fact, paving the way for his favorite Mcfavority b.s. buzzword:
Austerity. The Zombie lie of Government as Incompetent that feeds the furor to cut & slash & tighten & burn with the inevitable result a Government less able to respond to the normal much less the fucking unforseen which circles back in the feedback loop to Government as Incompetent.
Jesus, man, can you for once just take Thumper’s Mom’s sage advice: “If you don’t have anything nice to say, SHUT. THE FUCK. UP.”
Nope, the man rode into office atop his chosen narrative and – facts be damned – he will not be denied. His Republican adversaries good men who mean well when the entire goddamn universe is getting showered with the spittle spewed by those treasonous, traitorous fucks.
Obama with his smug-ass smile taking to his pulpit to deliver the same sermon for the 869th time that this time, baby, it’ll be different, just wait and see. And the nation braces itself for whatever punch is coming next.
Energy begets energy. The President of the United States has the largest bully pulpit in the world at his command. When Obama releases his words into the news-stream it has a ripple effect far beyond the initial launch.
The course of the gay marriage debate since Obama’s words one year ago show the good that this Country is capable of. We are capable of so much more, but starved for simple, declarative sentences delivered from a position of strength to lead our way, rooted in a real understanding of the real conditions we the 297,000,000 are surviving in.
My incivil invective on where the fuck from here tomorrow, in:
Rant 5: From Here, Where?
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