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The Bully Pulpit | March 15, 2011

It was President Theodore Roosevelt who used his office as what he called a bully pulpit to foment his progressive reforms for the American people.

Cited by politico, Mark Hanna, as that damned cowboy is in the White House,after William McKinley has succumbed to his bullet wound in 1901, just months after his second inauguration, Roosevelt ushered in a seismic shift to America’s traditional way of operating the affairs of state.

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Used the White House as a pulpit

The Republican Roosevelt was not the only president to use the presidency as a pulpit for a revolutionary agenda.

His cousin Franklin did as did Jimmy Carter and even Ronald Reagan.

But no president has ever used his bully pulpit to condemn bullying in elementary and high schools.

Were the nation were not in a period of severe economic and international drift, apparently without an experienced or steady rudder to guide us, President Obama’s admonishment against the terrorizing bullies of our schools and his personal ruminations on how he was bullied because of his big ears would be comical.

But his comments are not funny.

In fact they are sardonic in that there are a copious supply of bullies around the world for him to actually do something about.

How about the Iranian bully?

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Didn't say anything about Obama's ears

The former bully of Egypt–Hosni Mubarak?  Oh, Obama did readily condemn him.   But did he do that because only he was a former American ally and more of a secularist?

How about all the bullies in this country, starting with Mr. Obama?

Has he not forgotten about the pain and sting of the comments about big ears that he has been able to bully anyone who disagrees with him, especially the Republicans in Congress before last November?

How about how his regime threatened and badgered the bond holders of Chrysler stock?

As a constitutional professor he should have known that by statute bond holders get first rights to any proceeds from a failing company—not the unions the president depends on.

How about the way his administration treated British Petroleum after the oil leak in the Gulf?

Did not Interior Secretary Kenneth Salazar say something about putting a boot on someone’s neck or the president talking about kicking some a–?

Had his boot ready

Didn’t Obama to the detriment of the country and the loss of 150,000 Louisiana jobs shut down the oil drilling industry…maybe for good?

And with gas prices approaching $4?

And his reasoning?  I won the election–get over it!

Well he lost the last election and now seems to be installing, Plan B. which means taking to the streets, which is the liberals’ moral equivalent of going to the mattresses.

It seems to me that the only bullies that have caused any serious harm and who have also had a strong political impact–favorable to Mr Obama’s interests, have been the orange-shirt thugs of ACORN and the purple-shirt bullies of SEIU?

Chicago Democracy?

Was it not the ruffians in the purple shirts who assaulted a black man–Kenneth Gladney— who was supporting the Tea Partiers?

Where was the president’s outrage?

Were was his outrage when ACORN sent bus loads of people to Connecticut to harass and terrorize the families of executives of AIG?

How about the public sector union thugs in Wisconsin who have occupied the state legislature?  They seem like sophomoric retreads from the sixties.

Remember the black militants who occupied the Student Union at Cornell in 1969?

They strutted around campus with bandoliers of bullets, draped over their shoulders?

Sent a professor over the edge

The moderate liberal professor, Clinton Rossiter, the author of a fine book on Conservatism in America was so distraught by these demonstrations and their aftermath at his beloved Cornell that he overdosed on sleeping pills.

If that happens here, will the president caution us about civility and rant against these bullies…or is more than likely to encourage them and sanction them…like his DOJ, which refused to prosecute the Black Panthers of Philadelphia who terrorized some conservatives?

Let’s face it, we have a president who seems to be encouraging and supporting the domestic terrorism of union thugs and black militants.  Is that why liberals despise New York Representative Peter King because of his hearings on radical Islam?

Is that’s what is in our future?

Am I being farfetched…off my rocker…just a lingering illness from my studies about conspiracy?  Maybe but I have been researching the ideas of  the late Richard Cloward and his wife, Frances Fox Piven and they should be required reading for all Americans.

Glenn Beck was the first to out Piven and explain her influence.  Now a City University of New York professor, she quickly has become a central figure in Beck’s analysis of Obama and the progressive destruction of America.

To indict her, Beck simply used her own her published works on how to intentionally collapse our economic system.

Beck’s concerns about Piven are rooted in an article she wrote with her husband, Richard Cloward, who died in 2001, for the Nation magazine.

Inspired by the bloody Watts Riots in Los Angeles in 1965, the article, The Weight of the Poor: A Strategy to End Poverty, suggested that if the poor could overwhelm the welfare rolls, the fiscal and political stress on the system to give rise to a guaranteed income.

Violence is an importance of their strategy.

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Her strategy is still active

What does this have to do with Obama?  In his recent book, Radical-in-Chief, Stanley Kurtz demonstrates how Barack Obama was deeply affected by several socialist influences during his formative years at Occidental College for two years in California and for two years at Columbia the seedbed of socialist unrest and agitation since John Dewey taught there.

He is clearly argues that Obama attended Cloward and Piven’s Socialist Scholars Convention in the 1980s at Columbia.

Their strategy is very dangerous and seems to be playing out in Wisconsin now.

The Cloward/Piven Strategy is the premise to Rahm Emanuel’s corollary you never want a serious crisis to go to waste.

For Cloward and Piven, the core strategic lesson of their activism is that, rather than channeling poor people’s anger into conventional political activity, community organizers ought instead to escalate the momentum and impact of disruptive protest at each stage in its emergence and evolution.

Radical organizer Saul Alinsky, who urged his organizers to make the enemy live up to their own book of rules, inspired Cloward and Piven.

Theirs was a direct form of economic sabotage.  Political sabotage goes along with it as well.

What is happening in our country with all the union unrest is a validation of the Cloward/Piven Strategy.

I urge everyone to study this issue, and discuss it with your friends and family.

And then let me know what you think.

You can read my full explanatory essay on Obama and his mentors—Communist Frank Marshall Davis and Socialists, Saul Alinsky, as well as Cloward/Piven at and about six weeks.


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  1. We are witnessing the Obama/Democrat bloodless “Change Government”Revolution promised by them during the Presidential Election.
    Obama’s election is Sworn to by Democrats, Communists, Socialists, 54% of the Catholic Vote, American Labor, etc.
    Under this Socialist Democratic Administration, the Justice Department or most of the Supreme Court, will never protect the US Constitution or the Oath they Swore to or the People of the United States.
    Our Country is being downgraded to a 3rd World Economy, our Defenses have been severely deleted and weakened. we have no defense from ICBMs per Obama and the Democrats Defense Agreements with Russia.
    The ordinary citizen of the US has been and is being, reduced to Servitude for the Obama/Democrat Government and US Labor, Acorn and its sister organizations.
    Our Christian and Constitutional Roots are being severed every day that the Democrats are Ruling remains in Power in the United States.
    Freedom is Lost.

    Comment by Jim — March 15, 2011 @ 6:51 pm

  2. To use Glenn Beck as a supposed semblance of non-bullying and truth is SO over the top as to really be ridiculous. Bullying in schools is a serious issue and has led to children committing suicide, being murdered, etc. It’s not a minor issue and not something that should be taken lightly as Mr. Borst seems to. President Obama is engaged on many, many issues as he needs to be. Mr. Borst and most Republicans seem to care only about getting Obama out of office and the people be damned! And to call the union protestors in Wisconsin “thugs” and try to compare them with heavily armed anti-war groups in the 60s is also over the top. The people in Wisconsin were, from what I have seen and heard, overwhelmingly civil as they fought for their jobs and their family’s financial future. Shame yet again, Mr. Borst!

    Comment by Kris — March 16, 2011 @ 4:36 pm

    • Kris, Thank you. Absolutely correct.

      Comment by Paula and Ross — March 16, 2011 @ 5:11 pm

  3. Dear Kris:

    Can I assume from your comment that you agree with my contention that President Obama has indeed bullied Congress, oil executives, business leaders and several states? I say that because you did not deny my charges but only offered an erroneous example of “someone on my side” doing he same thing.

    A little quick on the trigger?

    Maybe you should re-read the post because my sole citation of Mr. Beck was not as an authority on bullying but just identifying him for his expose on Dr. Piven, who may have provided the president with a strategy of bullying. And I believe that bullying was not on his mind. He had more important issues to deal with. But certainly this was not the main intent of Beck’s commentaries.

    While on the matter, I would like you to offer one example where Beck has ever bullied anyone. Now I could not make that same challenge with Sean Hannity and Bill O’Reilly who tend to bully their guests. I think that only makes their ideas less effective.

    But unlike the president they do that merely within the context of a talk show conversation, not with the full force of the federal government and its enormous power. That’s real bullying!

    You say bullying in schools is real and kids are dying. Really how many? Sure some commit suicide but I bet if the situation were honestly evaluated you would find that they are on anti-depression medicine. I read recently that a possible cause of all the military suicides—much more of a problem than “bullying” and what has the president done about that—is that the VA puts them on that kind of potent medicine.

    My main point was that bullying is not a matter for the president of the United States. Quite frankly it is a local thing for school boards, and school administrator, who are paid enormous salaries for what they do — so let them earn them. Funny when they have budget problems, the schools fire the teachers instead of the 22 assistant principles they have.

    Why is the president’s dallying in this local issue when we are in a jobless recovery and on the brink of financial collapse? Think Nero with his lyre. You think I am exaggerating—the president has been adding over a trillion dollars each year he has been office. If ObamaCare stays alive you can probably add another trillion or so and how does he propose to pay for this? Tax the rich? Do you think the rich have 14-15 trillion dollars? He can’t borrow it. Foreign investors are shying away from our debt instruments. The Fed is buying up the debt, which is the same as printing money. Why are food prices and gas prices up? Why won’t he start drilling offshore again?

    I would love to hear your opinions on how this president expects to lead us out of this mess, that he is largely responsible for—I will admit Bush bears some of the blame, but only because he forgot his roots and started spending like a drunken Republican or a sober Democrat. Even at that his last deficit was about $450,000,000,000. (I hope that’s billions)

    Feel free to explain how Obama will get us out of this deep, dark hole. I am waiting with great anticipation. By the way did you see his show about picking his bracket? He picked Kansas to beat Ohio State. At least he knows something about basketball.

    Comment by bbprof — March 17, 2011 @ 1:44 pm

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After graduating from Holy Cross, Bill Borst earned an MA in Asian History from St. John's University and a Ph.D in American History from St. Louis University. (1972) A former New Yorker, he taught for many years in the St. Louis area, while also hosting a weekly radio show on WGNU from 1984-2006. He currently is a regular substitute for conservative Phyllis Schlafly on KSIV radio. (1320) He is the author of two books on social history, "Liberalism: Fatal Consequences," and "The Scorpion and the Frog: A Natural Conspiracy." He just retired as the Features editor of the Mindszenty Foundation Monthly Report. In his 11 years from 2003-2013 he wrote nearly 130 essays on Catholic culture and world affairs. Many in St. Louis also know him as the "Baseball Professor," because of a course that he offered at Maryville College from 1973-74. It was arguably the first fully-accredited baseball history course in the Midwest.The author of several short books on the old St. Louis Browns, he started the St. Louis Browns Historical Society in 1984. In 2009 his first two plays were produced on the local stage. "The Last Memory of an Ol' Brownie Fan," ran six performances at the Sound Stage in Crestwood and "A Perfect Choice" ran for two performances at the Rigali Center Theater in Shrewsberry. His third play, "A Moment of Grace," ran six performances at DeSmet High School in January of 2011with First Run Theater in January of 2011. He is currently working on a 4th play, "A Family Way," which is a comedy about a happy dysfunctional family. He can reached at







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