Who’s the Messenger?

August 30 2000

It's the messenger that makes the difference. Joe Lieberman, Al Gore's running mate, talks about religion and God all the time. He calls for "a place for faith in America's public life." What does that mean? In city hall? In the schools? I thought the courts put a stop to that. No prayers at football games. No prayers at graduation. In the next breath Senator Lieberman says he supports a separation of church and state.

At this point the press, as perplexed and amazed as they are, haven't…

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Gun Control

August 22 2000

I may sound a little different today, but I'm talking to you by telephone from a ranch in Colorado. There is a touch of fall in the air, crisp and clear. After 4 days of riding horses and shooting guns -- just a little target practice. All of this brings back childhood memories to me -- back to the day when I rode my pony (Spot) to school. Raced behind my dog (Butch) through the timer land as he rushed to tree a squirrel. With my sling shot or single shot 22 rifle, we might be lucky enough to…

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Election 2000

August 16 2000

Both conventions behind us and now the presidential election is going to really heat up. I spoke last week to an event in Illinois -- talking about the food industry and the politics of the day.

In the process I asked the audience if the election were held today, who would they vote for? George W. Bush clearly was the favorite. But then I asked how many felt that there really wasn't much difference between the candidates. Maybe I shouldn't be, but I was surprised at how many people didn't…

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Republican Convention 2000

August 2 2000

One down and one to go. The Republican Party Convention was held in the "City of Brotherly Love" -- Philadelphia. I was there and so were the other food and farm organizations. They were all present and accounted for at the "Great American Farm Breakfast". I'll bet you didn't see that event on t.v. Never mind. It was still big with hundreds of industry leaders with political interests all across the landscape. Farm Bureau and Farmers Union. Sugar growers and sugar processors. No one dared to…

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