Rock The Western World Either Sadness or Euphoria

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Why Free Speech Matters

My Country – The Virtue of Free Speech On another horrific day where someone shoots people they disagree with, we need to continue to value freedom of speech. A man with a questionable past...

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Thomas Jefferson and Free Speech

My Country – Thomas Jefferson and Free Speech On June 13, 1779, Thomas Jefferson wrote an article of faith on free speech. [T]he opinions of men are not the object of civil government, nor...

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Dear Evan Hansen and Quitting Facebook

In 2009, I watched the Tonys, which became a new obsession at the time. I had not really listened to the cast album for Next to Normal but the performance told me that I needed...

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Wiretapping, Olmstead, and Katz

My Country – Wiretapping Justice Douglas spends three days investigating wiretapping. He called wiretapping a “blight on the civil liberties of the citizen.” I cannot believe that Justice Douglas would have liked the PATRIOT...

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Initiatives, Referendum, and Oregon

My Country – When Oregon Adopted Initiatives and Referendum On June 2, 1902, Oregon amended its Constitution to allow for the initiative and referendum process. It gave people the power to propose and enact...

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Treason and Cramer v. United States

My Country – Treason The word treason gets thrown around way too often. But what exactly does the Constitution consider treason? Treason against the United States, shall consist only in levying War against them,...