“bully to you” and the wisdom offered from 1907…a revisit of an older post

“Patriotism means to stand by the country.
It does not mean to stand by the president or any other public official,
save exactly to the degree in which he himself stands by the country.
It is patriotic to support him insofar as he efficiently serves the country.
It is unpatriotic not to oppose him to the exact extent that by
inefficiency or otherwise he fails in his duty to stand by the country.
In either event, it is unpatriotic not to tell the truth,
whether about the president or anyone else.”

Theodore Roosevelt

“In the first place, we should insist that if the immigrant who comes
here in good faith becomes an American and assimilates himself to us,
he shall be treated on an exact equality with everyone else,
for it is an outrage to discriminate against any such man because of creed,
or birthplace, or origin.
But this is predicated upon the person’s becoming in every facet an American,
and nothing but an American…
There can be no divided allegiance here.
Any man who says he is an American, but something else also,
isn’t an American at all.
We have room for but one flag, the American flag …
We have room for but one language here, and that is the English language …
and we have room for but one sole loyalty and that is a
loyalty to the American people.”

Theodore Roosevelt 1907

This past week was a bit chopped up as we kept the Mayor for a few days
as she was under the weather and unable to go to daycare…
hence my limited words being offered here in bogland.

And boy are there not just a million or more words wrapped in so many
thoughts that need to be explored, dissected and shared…

But given our current state of affairs…the question really isn’t a matter
of where to start…but rather which crisis needs to be addressed

The image below is a picture of the Mayor’s and Sheriff’s new work station.
A pulpit of sorts.
Elevating them to equal footing with the adults in their lives…
and in this case, they are elevated in my kitchen.

It’s what is known as a toddler’s kitchen helper stool.

The Mayor is really wanting to roll up her sleeves while
getting her hands deep and dirty in all the food prep–
and I for one say why not.

However I just can’t get the idea of “pulpit”,
or rather, bully pulpit, out of my head each time I look over at the stool.

And so I went back into my archives and found a post showcasing the
man who coined the very phrase ‘bully pulpit’–that being
President Theodore Roosevelt.

This first Roosevelt president was quite fond of the word bully…
as in that is how he is often remembered…
by offering a rousing “bully” when in agreement with something resoundingly

He also offered us the notion of a bully pulpit…a leadership position
where one is offered the opportunity to extol certain thoughts and ideas—
with the office of the presidency being a great place.

According to Wikipedia,
A bully pulpit is a conspicuous position that provides an opportunity to
speak out and be listened to.
This term was coined by United States President Theodore Roosevelt,
who referred to his office as a “bully pulpit”,
by which he meant a terrific platform from which to advocate an agenda.
Roosevelt used the word bully as an adjective meaning “superb”
or “wonderful”, a more common usage at that time.

So whereas T. Roosevelt knew he had quite the platform, he also knew that
his bully pulpit was certainly no throne.
Not a perch in which to dictate downward to the masses, but rather
his bully pulpit was a place to speak his piece to the people—
He always knew that ultimately the people would base their
own decisions upon what they knew to be truth.

A much different view from our current day of dictating liberal
democratic leadership.

Everything from mask mandates and fines, despite vaccinations, all
the way to suppressing support for the nation of Israel.
They tell us what to do, what to believe, what to follow—
it’s all about do and obey…or else.
There will be severe consequences—
from fines, to shunning to canceling.

Shape up, be quiet and fall in line.

I pray that the masses…aka the American people,
will indeed see the truth for what it is.

It seems that T. Roosevelt believed that the truth was akin to
what it meant to be patriotic…

And yet sadly our nation seems to have lost the concept of
patriotism years ago.
Truth has become a wayward causality of a nation who has lost her way
and lost her truth.

May we the people seek our truth.

Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth.
John 17:17

17 comments on ““bully to you” and the wisdom offered from 1907…a revisit of an older post

  1. bcparkison says:

    “They” keep saying people need to wake up in order for things to change…but …People may not wake up until they “see” the truth. For some reason those in charge don’t seem to “get it.”

    • I know and I don’t know what we can do in order to shake them awake except pray they get voted out before the damage done is too late!

    • Hard for them to “see” anything when they surround themselves with filters. Doing their elected duty is not important to them. What is important to them is getting reelected, and campaigning gets in the way of leadership. It is said that the President’s campaign for reelection starts as soon as the Bible Closed and the Supreme Court Justice shakes their hand.

    • Citizen Tom says:

      I don’t think people need to wake up. I think they need to see the light. What is the difference? The woke have essentially grabbed the of awakening. Christians, can describe revival Biblically. Using expressions like “seeing the “light,” we can hearten back to the Bible and its teachings.

  2. atimetoshare.me says:

    Prayer is a powerful tool and we should use it daily. Staying away from the news has proven a boon to me. Ignorance can be bliss, but we still need to know what’s going on. We have to be discerning in what we believe however. Now more than in the entire history of the United States, the government has invaded almost every area of our lives. Patriotism isn’t dead. I believe it’s been sleeping for a while. Perhaps when things return to what they once were, we may see it again.

  3. Frank Hubeny says:

    Good quotes from Theodore Roosevelt and message about truth.

  4. LOL! ahhh, toddler stools and bully pulpits, makes complete sense to me! Well said, Julie.

  5. Dawn Marie says:

    God is not a liar. And that is our only Saving Grace. 🤞🏻❤️🤞🏻

  6. Salvageable says:

    Gotta love TR! But I think, a century later, we have room for treasuring our ethnic origins as well as our American identity. For example, I’ve been looking at some of my roots in the Hudson River valley of New York, which was settled by Dutch (including some of TR’s ancestors) and English Puritan and German and Irish ancestors of mine. So If I want to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day or Octoberfest as part of my heritage, that does not make me any less American. Same goes for African Americans, Hispanic Americans, and so on and so on. J.

    • I think TR was thinking much as we think today— or most of us that is— come to this great land of ours but come as the rules dictate—
      Adopted, plus a mix of English, scotch, Irish, German with a sprinkling of Scandinavian— I relish such roots— but those ancestors, particularly the Irish came in a state of dire straights— things were difficult at best, and yet they, along with hundreds of others, worked to be be good stewards and eventual citizens of an adopted Nation— I think TR had those thoughts in mind as his ancestors also had once made the trek

  7. Karen says:

    An interesting prospective and with your experience with irrational tantrums from a bully pulpit, perhaps you might think of running for office…you would be really good. 😊

  8. SLIMJIM says:

    Was always curious about “bully” in “bully pulpit!”

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