Public Opinion — April 22, 1874 (Photo credit: Cornell University Library)
Bully pulpit, a term first coined by President Theodore Roosevelt, refers to a political office, specifically the White House, as a powerful platform from which to advocate a political agenda. In other words, the President of the United States is in the position to use his office to rally public support or sway public. Currently, Pres. Barack Obama has been using the bully pulpit in an attempt to educate the American people concerning public policy .
The framers of the U.S. Constitution never intended the president to have the power to influence public opinion in the way advancements in communication technology now allows. However, the framers never intended for women to vote or for for the United States to declare itself the worlds policemen. Nevertheless, here we are. Do you believe it is appropriate for the modern president to leapfrog the Congress and talk directly to the American people in order to influence public opinion on public policy?
Posted in Checks and Balances, Congress, Constitution, Executive Branch, Media, Presidency, Public Opinion, Public Policy
Tagged Barack Obama, Bully pulpit, Congress, President, Republicans, Theodore Roosevelt, United States, White House
Richard Mourdock forgets the first law of fetus club.
Federal Emergency Management Agency (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), an agency of the United States Department of Homeland Security, works together with state and local emergency management officials to coordinate governmental responses to disasters that overwhelm the resources of local and state authorities in the United States. In the immediate aftermath of a disaster, FEMA can provide food, water, shelter and medical assistance for disaster victims as well as longer-term recovery assistance through low-interest loans to businesses and homeowners. FEMA has been involved in recovery efforts following natural disasters, such as earthquakes, hurricanes, tornadoes, and wildfires, and following man-made disasters, such as the explosion of the Space Shuttle Columbia in 2003 and the September 11th terrorist attacks.
However, half the country believes the government, specifically the federal government, is never the solution and always the problem. Yet, they were silent during the explosion of the Space Shuttle Columbia in 2003, the September 11th terrorist attacks, the destruction caused by hurricane Irene, and now the inevitable devistation of hurrican Issac. Moreover, the governor of any state impacted by a disaster will only receive assistance if they declare a state of emergency and formally request from the president that FEMA and the federal government respond to the disaster. Not surprisingly, all the governors representing states impacted by hurricane Issac have accepted the serviced of the federal government despite the fact that some have openly questioned the purpose and function of such services in the past. Clay Bennett posted a cartoon on his blog with timesfreepress.com which raises a serious question concerning the function of government and federal assistance. Is government the solution or the problem? Is there a state in the union that is truly self-sufficient?
Posted in Executive Branch, Federal Bureaucracy, Federalism, Presidency, Public Policy, Public Safety, State and Local Government
Tagged Emergency management, Federal Emergency Management Agency, Federal government of the United States, FEMA, Hurricane Irene, Space Shuttle Columbia, United States Department of Homeland Security
Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan share their deepest, innermost policies with one another — and if people elect them, they may even share those policies with constituents.