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Flap Over the Pledge of Allegiance

September 03, 1988

Bush likes to eat fried pork rinds, and if he were President, he'd make sure that everyone says the Pledge of Allegiance each day. Dan Quayle should be vice president because he never burned the American flag. Ed Meese's chief qualification for the office of attorney general was that he has never been convicted of a crime. And President Reagan only makes serious blunders some of the time.

How can anyone take the Republican Party seriously? Their idea of public service fits more closely to my idea of Trivial Pursuit.

The United States in 1988 faces many real problems and challenges: unemployment and underemployment, homelessness, loss of jobs and markets to foreign competition, erosion of the educational system and deterioration of the environment. Thanks to the irresponsible decisions of the Reagan-Bush Administration, we are in debt up to our eyeballs.

If these trends are not reversed immediately, this nation faces a financial and social collapse. But all the Republicans can talk about is the Pledge of Allegiance; useless, obscenely expensive weapons systems; "standing tall" by invading small Third-World countries, and the supposed right to buy a handgun without a waiting period.

PAUL OWEN MAY

Los Angeles

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