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Under the Hat: Shiny Spinny Things

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Let's start with the obvious.

There needs to be a serious national discussion on legalizing same sex marriages.

We should talk about it.

And there certainly must be strict protections that allow people the right to speak openly, without threat of retribution.

  But buying a chicken sandwich or kissing on the front lawn of a fast food joint is not proper forums for either of the above. 

I  believe Chick-Fil-A President Dan Cathy when he says the uproar that led to record profits Wednesday wasn't a marketing gimmick, but simply his belief in the traditional marriage of man and woman amplified through the Facebook page of former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee.

  Thousands of like minded people turned out to support Cathy by eating one of his sandwiches. 

They have that right.

Now supporters of same sex marriages are holding a protest of their own, a "kiss day" that also uses the power of social media.

  Gay rights groups are asking people to smooch at their local Chick-Fil-A restaurant then post pictures of same. 

  Let me be clear.

 My complaint is not with the issues but the process.

   This is exactly the kind of shiny, spinny thing that attracts TV cameras, pundits and the public; white noise that allows us to once again skip over other critical issues. 

 We want the highest payrolls and the best health care in the world.  How are we supposed to afford that in a global economy where others are willing to work just as hard but accept far less?  How do we direct education dollars to give our kids even a fighting chance to compete in that environment?

Wouldn't it be nice if people lined up around a building for that? 

 I'll be honest; I don't eat Chick-Fil-A sandwiches. 

  It has nothing to do with anyone's politics; it has everything to do with the fact that they hide pickles under the chicken and pickles make me cringe.

  I must be out of touch these days, but you know what?

  I still actually buy sandwiches based on how they taste.   

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