2004

Pledge of Allegiance

June 30 2004

I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America and to the Republic o-which it stands, one nation under God, indivisible with Iibeliy and justice for all."

That's the Pledge of Allegiance that we are so proud of, that holds us together as a nation born "under God." And yet we have among us the critics that rail about separation of church and state -- that went to court to try and strip "under God" out of our pledge. The U.S. Supreme Court just two weeks ago sustained those…

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Washington Politics

June 23 2004

I can't remember a time in this town when there was so much political mud wrestling going on. We can't pass any legislation on to the President's desk because inevitably some one in the Senate will object and filibuster. It takes 601 votes to shut down a filibuster and that's almost impossible to get. The rules in the House of Representatives are different. They can limit debate and force a vote. In fact, the House has stacked some 70 bills on the doorstep of the Senate where they just sit…

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Speaker Denny Hastert

June 2 2004

Last night I attended a small dinner of Washington industry reps. Speaker of the House Denny Hastert spoke to us and answered questions. Denny Hastert is a big strong man. He used to coach wrestling in a high school in northern Illinois. More importantly he owns a farm. He knows rural America. He is part of rural America. His quiet leadership of the house receives high praise and respect here in this difficult town. I thought you might be interested in what…

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