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    You should know that there is no federal authority to require states to fly the flag at half mast.  Federal buildings, yes...but nothing else.

    You are free to disagree with the sheriff's decision, but to state that he is not upholding the law is a fallacy.  The sheriff is actually the supreme executive authority in his county, and is bound by the US Constitution -- which binds him to Federalism where power is specifically delegated to the Federal Government.  In all other matters, it is left to the states, and to the people.

    At a local level, I see his point, and at a federal level, I agree with the President.  The sheriff needs to honor those in the local areas who have recently been killed in the line of duty.  Mixing the two is like having a birthday next to Christmas.  By separating the local office from the federal, both are honored, and international issues are left with the Fed, while local issues are handled by the local gov't.  

    In any case, the President's announcement does not constitute any law to be upheld.

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