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Confusion? (10/28/2012)
From: Greg Gaut

The Republicans seemed confused. The only thing the Republican majority "accomplished" in the last legislature, besides protecting their rich donors from paying their fair share of taxes, was to put two constitutional amendments on our ballots, one to permanently ban gay marriage and the other to restrict voting rights. But now we hear that Adam Pace, the Republican bartender running for the local house seat, eloquently objects to the gay marriage amendment, but supports the amendment to restrict voting. On the other hand, Jeremy Miller, the Republican running to retain his senate seat, supports the gay marriage amendment but actually voted against the voter restriction amendment when it came up in the Senate.

Too bad these guys didn't talk to each other. Mr. Pace could have pointed out to Mr. Miller why its a bad idea to lock a definition of marriage into the constitution, and Mr. Miller could have convinced Mr. Pace why changing the constitution to make it harder for the elderly, veterans, the disabled, and others to vote is a bad idea, and a costly one too.

Then there is Allen Quist, the Republican running against incumbent Tim Walz for congress. He says government should not have a role in whether people should marry or not, but nevertheless supports the amendment to restrict marriage to a man and an woman. Quist is mired in the typical Republican contradiction. One part of his brain wants to limit government's role in our personal lives, but another part of his brain can't resist using government power to force his own conservative lifestyle on everyone else.

The rest of us don't have to be so muddled. Don't vote for these confused Republicans and vote NO on both amendments.

 

 

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