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January 21, 2004

The State of the Union

Heaven help the republic if the spin-meisters have us talking about gay marriage by the November election. Not a single word is in a State of the Union address by accident. Every poll-tested syllable is vetted.

Last night President Bush broadly hinted a constitutional amendment might be necessary to defend the sanctity of marriage. Stay focused people. As voters we have a presidential administration to scrutinize and Democratic candidates to meet, test and thatch.

You need issues? The Iraq war has claimed 500 American lives, and more troops might be needed for a safe exit. A jittery economy is still in rehab. The federal budget deficit will be $500 billion this year.

This nation has bigger problems than two people who love each other and want to wed. Stay focused.

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Posted by Lance Dickie at January 21, 2004 08:05 AM



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