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May 23, 2013
Nullification fever is spreading across the rural counties along the Mason-Dixon Line, with Cecil, Harford and Carroll counties passing resolutions in the last month declaring their view that Maryland's new gun control law is unconstitutional. Cecil's council kicked off the trend with a resolution stating its intent that no county resources be used to enforce the law. Harford took a more moderate tack, with its councilmen merely urging more study of the constitutionality of the law. But Carroll County on Wednesday took matters to a new level - perhaps no surprise, given the commissioners' previous efforts to disprove global warming.
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By Mike Royko and Mike Royko,Tribune Media Services | November 23, 1990
AS A DECENT, red-blooded American," Slats Grobnik said, "it's my patriotic duty to bad-mouth Congress, ain't it?"Of course. It's also fun and helps relieve one's hostilities."So I slam my fist on the newspaper and yell about how they throw my money around like playboys, screw up the S&Ls and run political campaigns with as much class as a couple in an alimony fight."Yes, you do fulfill your civic obligations."But as mad as I get, the law says we got to have a Congress, don't it?"Of course.
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Robert L. Ehrlich Jr | June 2, 2013
"You people will never be safe. Remove your governments, they don't care about you. " - Michael Adebolajo, one of two men arrested in the murder of British soldier Lee Rigby. Here we go again. Brazen and brutal attacks against British and French soldiers. In broad daylight. At the hands of homegrown Islamic extremists (Mr. Adebolajo is reported to have shouted "Allahu Akbar!" as he struck). European conservatives reflexively clamoring for a crackdown on Islamic fundamentalism.
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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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April 4, 2013
It was appalling to see columnist Dan Rodricks criticize Dr. Ben Carson for flirting with Republican politics ("Ben Carson's biblically based conservatism," March 31). I wish Mr. Rodricks wouldn't always look at the world through the prism of liberalism but be open-minded enough to also see things through the eyes of conservatives. What's wrong with Dr. Carson dabbling in Republican politics? Rush Limbaugh's conservative, common-sense ideas could help liberals like Mr. Rodricks to understand what made this country great.
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By Carl Byker | December 24, 2007
"Is he a president whose accomplishments we should celebrate or a president whose failures we should apologize for?" It's a question certain to spark a fierce debate about our current chief executive. But before we begin lamenting the divisiveness of modern politics, it's worth remembering that Americans have elected more than a few presidents through the years who have been celebrated by some even as they have been deeply detested by others. Among the most instructive examples for our own times is Andrew Jackson.
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By Andrew Burt | July 15, 2003
I DON'T know many Americans who tolerate anyone treading on our Constitution. Yet those individuals the recording industry recently sued for wanton copyright violations on the Internet, if found guilty, did exactly that. Every time someone downloads a commercial book, song, film or software program that they ought to pay for, they're not just committing a crime, they're spitting on our Constitution and devaluing the American way of life. The Constitution is the blueprint that defines who and what we are as a country.
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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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By RONA MARECH and RONA MARECH,SUN REPORTER | October 30, 2005
The Maritime Republic of Eastport was birthed, as any ersatz republic worth its salt should be, over drinks at a bar. In a clandestine meeting in the basement of the Rams Head Tavern, the founding fathers wrote a mock declaration of independence from Annapolis on cocktail napkins and thus, seven years ago, a faux nation was born. The revolt didn't exactly stick - to the founders' dismay, the neighborhood of Eastport is still part of Annapolis - but once a year, residents flex their independence muscles at a huge tug of war that pits the feisty community against what they view as a frightfully stodgy enemy: downtown Annapolis.
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December 30, 2000
QUESTION OF THE MONTH? December's question asked readers whether they supported the Electoral College system and how they would reform the way we select our president. How should we choose our president? Small states still need protection The 2000 presidential election was a perfect example that the Electoral College system works. Our Founding Fathers developed it so that a "regional majority" could not sway the outcome. Had Vice President Al Gore Won the election, based on his slim popular vote margin, he would have been a candidate selected by a regional majority, mostly a handful of cities.
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