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Wellington Daily News - Wellington, KS
  • Kent Bush: A little bit about a lot of things

  • Today, we're going to talk a little bit about a lot of things.
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  • Honestly, there is just too much going on to narrow a column down to one topic.
    So today, we're going to talk a little bit about a lot of things.
    Gay Marriage
    Is there a better way to start a column than reiterating a position that gets me called a bigot? I think not.
    The Supreme Court is having a good time with gay marriage - not that there's anything wrong with that.
    Justice Kagan nailed the "marriage is for procreation" crowd to the wall with a simple question.
    "Because we think that the focus of marriage really should be on procreation, we are not going to give marriage licenses anymore to any couple where both people are over the age of 55." Would that be constitutional?" she asked. That's a solid point. A lot of older people enjoy the right to get married. They aren't looking to start a family.
    Of course that led to the predictable devolution of the men on the court pointing out how men are still fertile long after 55 and even a Strom Thurmond -who fathered several children after the age of 70 - reference.
    But is that really the argument? No. It's ancillary at best. That is only one argument on the side of the traditional marriage side of the equation. Another is that gay marriage would somehow threaten traditional marriage. That isn't really true either. Gay people already love each other and live together. The world won't change much except in rights and recognition offered to those existing relationships.
    It comes down to Biblical ideals. If we hold the Bible as a principle, then gay marriage is wrong. It's really that black and white. I have a good friend who loves to point out that adultery does more harm to traditional marriages than same sex marriage would. He is merely pointing out the hypocrisy of those who oppose gay marriage and don't take an equally aggressive stand in that arena.
    It's a valid point. But if that argument is to be allowed as a reason to support same sex marriage, it would have to be argued that adultery is also somehow acceptable.
    Two wrongs never balance the scales.
    Gay people should have equal rights. But is marriage a right or a privilege granted by the state? The constitution says nothing about marriage.
    Here's the jist of the matter. If same sex marriage becomes legal, not much will change. Abortion has been legal for 40 years and the church still opposes it as a form of birth control and it is still viewed as being wrong. Five Supreme Court Justices can affect law, but never doctrine.
    Page 2 of 2 - Gun control
    Intelligent, targeted gun control is still a great idea.
    Controlling some assault weapons and those guns that are used only for efficient hunting of humans will not affect your ability to grow your beard long and shoot ducks.
    It just won't.
    I can't imagine anyone caring if you shoot a deer or a duck or even a really big fish in really clear water. Whatever floats your boat. But if you need 15 rounds per second to kill a bird, you're not very good at it and you should take up golf.
    GHWB Notes
    When President Ronald Reagan was shot in 32 years ago this week George Herbert Walker Bush was his Vice President. This week, the notes that GHW Bush jotted down during his Air Force 2 flight back to Washington D.C. were released.
    My first question is, "Can't the acting President of the United States get a notepad?"
    The notes were written on a welcome card.
    Scrawled around the "Welcome Aboard - United States Air Force 89th Military Airlift Group" insignia on the card are Bush's notes.
    "Enormity of it comes upon me," is at the top of the page.
    "Pray, literally, that RR recovers," is also near the top.
    Bush was also careful not to fly onto the South Lawn of the White House. He wanted a far more low-key and less symbolic entrance during the time of crisis.
    This document is an honest, interesting piece of history. Even the note, "Brady critical" when he found out that White House Press Secretary James Brady was also shot in the incident and was in critical condition.
    Of course, the gun control law that created waiting periods for gun purchases was named after Brady.
    And despite the fact that gun control was passed due to a tragic incident, duck hunters still have guns.
     
    Kent Bush is the publisher of the Augusta Gazette, the El Dorado Times, and the Andover American newspapers. He can be contacted at: kbush@augustagazette.com

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