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February 13, 2012
What a surprise: The Sun's editorial board and op-ed writers are slamming the courageous, committed leader of the Roman Catholic Church in our archdiocese ("O'Brien's quixotic fight," Feb. 8). Why? Because, it would seem, birth control is an absolute good, pregnancy is unhealthy for women and children, and most Catholics - we are told - don't agree with the Church's view on contraceptives anyway. Let's imagine for a moment that the religious leader speaking out were neither Catholic nor Christian.
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By Jonah Goldberg | August 4, 2014
Let us now praise Democratic hypocrisy. Throughout my life, various Republicans have suggested amending the Constitution in one way or another. A few years ago, they suggested revising the 14th Amendment to get rid of automatic birthright citizenship. Before that, some proposed amending the Constitution to lock in the traditional definition of marriage. Ronald Reagan wanted a presidential line-item veto added to the Constitution. On nearly every occasion, Democrats opposed such efforts, not just on the merits but on the puffed-up principle that we mustn't "tinker" or "tamper" with the genius of the Founding Fathers' constitutional design.
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May 9, 2013
Where has honor gone? The Founding Fathers knew what it meant to serve the people first, and with honor, not in hopes of financial kickbacks or political favors. Yet in 2013 I am distraught by the lack of honor shown by our public servants. I think of Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz yelling at senior citizens in front of small schoolchildren. What a disturbing display of childish behavior. Council members meeting last month stated they had to pass the storm water management fee or face budget cuts from the state.
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July 20, 2014
On her website, Sen. Barbara Mikulski proclaims that she is joining other senators to introduce a "legislative fix to protect women's health" following the Supreme Court's recent decision in the Hobby Lobby case. Whether you are for abortion or against abortion, whether you think your employer should cover all birth control or not, whether you are a women or a man, this bill should bother you. Why? Because our Founding Fathers created three branches of government to check and balance each other.
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By Ian Duncan, The Baltimore Sun | March 29, 2014
Despite a federal judge's order that the Carroll County commissioners stop praying to Jesus at their meetings, Commissioner Robin Bartlett Frazier reached into history and summoned George Washington to aid her cause last week. "I beseech thee, for the sake of him in whom thou art well pleased, the Lord Jesus Christ, to admit me to render thee deserved thanks and praises for thy manifold mercies extended toward me," Frazier intoned, saying the words were once offered to God by Washington.
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By Joseph J. Ellis | August 25, 2005
THE GREAT British philosopher and essayist Alfred North Whitehead once observed that there were only two instances in history when the political leadership of an emerging nation behaved as well as anyone could reasonably expect. The first was Rome under Caesar Augustus. The second was the United States under the collection of statesmen known as the Founding Fathers. Expecting Iraq and its leaders to meet that high standard of performance is, to put it mildly, asking a lot. To be sure, it would be marvelous to witness an Iraqi version of James Madison - who is generally regarded as the father of the U.S. Constitution - emerge to orchestrate the current cacophony in Baghdad, where delegates struggle against the odds to draft a constitution.
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By Marianne Means | October 27, 1994
Washington -- FOR 200 YEARS, we have been gloating over the wisdom our founding fathers displayed when they rejected a monarchy and opted for directly elected political leadership instead.Occasionally a social snob bemoans our lack of royal pomp and pageantry, but we have always resolutely believed the absence of a hereditary king or queen made for a more democratic government.Silly us.Here we are, detached bystanders a whole ocean away from the most historically dramatic scandal of the decade.
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By GREGORY KANE | June 23, 2002
LET'S FIND that wise man or woman who first uttered the saying "Don't make a federal case out of it." Then let's bring him or her - or a descendant, if that person is dead - to Baltimore and have a chat with our mayor and police commissioner. Mayor Martin O'Malley and police Commissioner Ed Norris are feeling especially chipper these days. The reason? "Federal day" might finally come to the Charm City-That-Reads-When-Its-Citizens-Are-No t-Dodging-Bullets-Fired-By-Criminals. Sun reporters Del Quentin Wilber and Gail Gibson wrote about "federal day" in a Thursday story.
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April 15, 2007
American Gospel: God, the Founding Fathers and the Making of a Nation By Jon Meacham Newsweek editor Meacham asserts at the start of this treatise on religion and its role in the nation's development: "If totalitarianism was the great problem of the 20th century, then extremism is so far the great problem of the 21st century." Meacham's discussion, while compelling when focused on the Founding Fathers and the middle ground that they sought in their dealings with faith and freedom, falters when he discusses later presidents and their religious views.
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By Andrew Reiner | July 4, 2013
If the name of any Founding Father crosses our minds on the Fourth of July, it's probably not John Adams'. The second U.S. president rarely gets mentioned alongside Thomas Jefferson, George Washington and Benjamin Franklin, the founders we associate with Independence Day . Adams? He was the surly, vainglorious brains behind the scenes who was (as the White House's website suggests) "more remarkable as a political philosopher" than as a leader. Amid the Olympian fireworks of the Founding Fathers, Adams was more of a sparkler.
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By E.R. Shipp | July 6, 2014
As the holiday weekend draws to a close, please pause from the cookouts and fireworks to reflect on the meaning of this freedom we've been celebrating, knowingly or not. When 50 years ago, President Lyndon Johnson signed into law the Civil Rights Act of 1964, he placed it in the context of "a long struggle for freedom" that began when the Founding Fathers adopted the Declaration of Independence in Philadelphia on July 4, 1776. "They pledged their lives, their fortunes and their sacred honor, not only to found a nation, but to forge an ideal of freedom; not only for political independence, but for personal liberty; not only to eliminate foreign rule, but to establish the rule of justice in the affairs of men. " Now, we know that the noble ideal of 1776 did not really embrace blacks, women, Native Americans or whites without property.
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By David Horsey | April 29, 2014
The right wing insurrection at the Bundy ranch in Bunkerville, Nev., has taken another weird turn with new revelations about the family history of Cliven Bundy. Mr. Bundy justifies his two-decade-long refusal to pay the Bureau of Land Management for grazing rights on the public land where he runs his cattle by claiming his ancestors gained livestock water rights in the 1870s, long before the federal government horned in on the deal. Now, it turns out, that is not exactly true.
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By Ian Duncan, The Baltimore Sun | March 29, 2014
Despite a federal judge's order that the Carroll County commissioners stop praying to Jesus at their meetings, Commissioner Robin Bartlett Frazier reached into history and summoned George Washington to aid her cause last week. "I beseech thee, for the sake of him in whom thou art well pleased, the Lord Jesus Christ, to admit me to render thee deserved thanks and praises for thy manifold mercies extended toward me," Frazier intoned, saying the words were once offered to God by Washington.
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By Leonard Pitts Jr and By Leonard Pitts Jr | March 6, 2014
A plea for about a dozen people who know who they are: Will you see "12 Years a Slave" now? It just won the Oscar for Best Picture. It just came out on DVD. Please see it. I'll even spring for the popcorn. You see, I keep encountering folks, mostly African-American, who have decided that they won't -- or can't -- see this movie. Some say they don't want to be made angry. Others say they don't want to be traumatized. I don't blame them for respecting the power of this film.
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October 23, 2013
The criminal use of guns is a terrible drain on society - physically, mentally, spiritually and financially. I am angered by the fact that the majority of citizens who support sensible gun laws are all but dictated to on this issue by the likes of the National Rifle Association. Lawmakers have no backbone and willpower to confront the leadership cretins at the NRA. It's about money, of course. Maybe it's now necessary to work toward a Constitutional Amendment that better defines the "right to bear arms.
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October 18, 2013
The psychologist Carl Jung once defined insanity as when a part of the personality detaches itself from the rest and attempts to act as if it were the whole personality. This is exactly what Thomas F. Schaller means when he refers to the insanity of the "tea party-beholden GOP" ( "Why did GOP pick a fight on Obamacare?" Oct. 16). That a small fraction of one chamber of one branch of the federal government could use our democratic system to threaten its economic destruction is indeed insane.
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January 31, 2010
President Obama said in his State of the Union address that we need to restore trust in the government. Our country was founded on distrust of government. Read the Declatation of Independence, the Constitution, the Bill of Rights and the writings of the Founding Fathers. Distrust of big government is the basis of freedom. Ted Hartka, Phoenix
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October 23, 2013
The criminal use of guns is a terrible drain on society - physically, mentally, spiritually and financially. I am angered by the fact that the majority of citizens who support sensible gun laws are all but dictated to on this issue by the likes of the National Rifle Association. Lawmakers have no backbone and willpower to confront the leadership cretins at the NRA. It's about money, of course. Maybe it's now necessary to work toward a Constitutional Amendment that better defines the "right to bear arms.
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Editorial from The Aegis | October 3, 2013
The federal government sort of closed for business this week, a shameful display that unfortunately is neither unprecedented nor out of character. It's worth stressing the sort-of aspect of the shutdown because the U.S. Armed Forces remain on guard, the Postal Service continues to deliver the mail and, after the political lessons of the last self-inflicted federal shutdown, Social Security and other checks will still be cut and distributed. In other words, no one involved thinks the country is going to close up shop and the states go their separate ways.
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Editorial from The Aegis | September 11, 2013
It didn't seem possible a dozen years ago today (Wednesday), but a lot of things have returned to normal. There have been fireworks and parades on the Fourth of July. Kids still try to catch a glimpse of Santa on Christmas Eve. Kids in 4-H still have mixed emotions of pride and sadness when they sell their livestock at the Harford County Farm Fair. And, unified in patriotism though we were on Sept. 11, 2001 and in the days and weeks that followed, we have long since discovered that we retained our differences.
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