Brad's Electonic Mail Bag

Brad Bannon responds to the comments of his readers, this week discussing Sarah Palin and gay marriage.

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I may not always agree with your responses, dear readers, but I always look at them.

On June 30, I wrote a post on Sarah Palin and the possible GOP candidates for president.

Happy Mullah of Texas wrote, "The moment I read your post saying 'former half governor' I stopped reading your post because you have revealed yourself to be a Palin hater."

Happy Mullah, it's good that you didn't read what I said about Newt Gingrich. You couldn't be more wrong because I love Sarah Palin. She is the gift that keeps on giving…to liberals and Democrats.

She only served two years which was half of her term—so half governor sounds good to me.  When the going gets tough, the tough get going. Sarah Palin wasn't tough enough to fight the lawsuits that you say drove her from office—lawsuits she brought upon herself. The biggest investigation concerned her dismissal of the state police superintendent for personal and not professional reasons.

You're right HM, Barack Obama did leave the U.S. Senate after four years to run successfully for the most important office in the U.S. and maybe the world. Palin left to cash in on her visibility. You can call Barack Obama two-thirds of a U.S. Senator if you want, or you can call him Mr. President.

[Read more about the 2012 presidential election]

In my post on gay marriage on July 5, I wrote, "Demography is destiny and young Americans overwhelmingly favor gay marriage."

Rich of CO came back with this: "The same young Americans of which only 31% know that the U.S. declared independence in 1776.  I am giddy with anticipation for what the future holds. Sarcasm."

Rich, I share your dismay with the ignorance of young Americans about their history. They must have learned their American history from Michelle Bachmann. Sarcasm.

In the same post I wrote that that the 4th of July was a celebration of equality for all Americans including gay and lesbian Americans, and we realized Thomas Jefferson's ideals in the 14th Amendment which requires states to provide its citizens with equal protection of the laws.

[See a collection of political cartoons about gay marriage]

R.L. Schaefer of CA wrote, "No Brad, that's not what it means. Section 1 of the 14th Amendment was…ratified in 1868…to insure [sic] fair treatment of former slaves under the law."

R.L., U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, appointed to the court by Ronald Reagan, disagrees with you. In the opinion he wrote for the majority in the 2003 Lawrence v. Texas decision, the conservative justice said the Texas law that banned gay sex but not heterosexual sex was a violation of the equal protection clause. R.L., you should get ready for a SCOTUS ruling allowing gay marriage everywhere because Justice Kennedy is the swing vote on the court.

Just to be sure Justice Kennedy didn't make a mistake, I went back and read the amendment again. I didn't see the word "slave" anywhere. It says citizens and the last time I checked gays were citizens like you and me.

Keep those emails, cards and letters coming in. I can't get enough of them.

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