First Principles: If Freedom of Speech Is Taken Away, Then Dumb and Silent We May Be Led, Like Sheep To the Slaughter

“If freedom of speech is taken away, then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter.” – George Washington

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Thought For the Day: For Whatever Things Were Written Before Were Written For Our Learning, That We…Might Have Hope

“For whatever things were written before were written for our learning, that we through the patience and comfort of the Scriptures might have hope.” – Romans 15:4

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In Honor and Remembrance of Martin Luther King, Jr., Day

“If peace means a willingness to be exploited economically, dominated politically, humiliated and segregated, I don’t want peace. If peace means being complacently adjusted to a deadening status quo, I don’t want peace. If peace means keeping my mouth shut in the midst of injustice and evil, I don’t want it. Peace is not simply the absence of conflict, but the existence of justice for all people.” – Martin Luther King, Jr. (March 18, 1956)

The “When Peace Becomes Obnoxious” sermon may be read here:

“When Peace Becomes Obnoxious” | The Martin Luther King, Jr., Research and Education Institute (stanford.edu)

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Don’t You Just Be You

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Don't You Just Be You
by Michael Doyle

Faith forms logic and actions
Sometimes it's less easy with life's distinctions
Doing what we really want and need
Looking at the fine print we must read

Seek instead to always be your best
It's just reality and not a test
That loyalty to those past ways
Can sometimes lead to lesser days

Don't sacrifice your best on and altar of you
You know the right things that you must do
Taken up to the mountain for more than a view
Listen to God, He'll tell you what to do

Don't be discouraged from taking the deeper dive
Take those right decisions and be truly alive
Taking on the image in pursuing godly ways
Letting the former self pass into better days

Choosing the discomfort that serves us best
Fortified in life that we might pass this test
Striving for who we might best become
This is the way for servants of God's kingdom

(c) January 17, 2022 Michael Doyle
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Brody Castle Poetry Reading

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Thought For the Day: Today’s Democrat Party Wants You To Show A Vax Card In Order To Eat At A Restaurant. But They Don’t Want You To Show An ID Card In Order To Vote

“Today’s Democrat Party wants you to show a vax card in order to eat at a restaurant. But they don’t want you to show an ID Card in order to vote.” – House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy

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First Principles: Laws, To Be Just, Must Give A Reciprocation of Right;…Without This, They Are Mere Arbitrary Rules of Conduct, Founded In Force

“We lay it down as a fundamental, that laws, to be just, must give a reciprocation of right; that, without this, they are mere arbitrary rules of conduct, founded in force, and not in conscience.” – Thomas Jefferson (1782)

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A Brodsky View of the Pandemic

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A Brodsky View of the Pandemic
by Michael Doyle

Show trial advances without stay
Charges pressed without any delay
The time arrives to dispense all play

In a fluke filled with fears
Came the nice as if to cheers
That would repeat themselves through years

Quickly then comes what is now past
And into the present, now fully cast
My life in full sail before the mast

Looking back from the to last act
So many beliefs held as if fact
Multiplications of errors, wished to subtract

Consequences held as good then bad
Truths supplied to which there is much to add
There is happiness found in living through the sad

Times that have come to great affect
While in pride, the past stands erect
The poet knows his duties, citizens neglect

Broken out as if worse than the flu
Crisis comes out of history's blue
While the experts have not a single clue

When the battlefields become the labs
And judgment is laid out on marble slabs
The shots in the dark become moments time grabs

What tarnishes freedom as curtains rise
Ignorance is no longer the bliss of paradise
As the true state of freedom is revealed before our eyes

A crowned head invades our inner cells
As the horizon is lost from loosened sails
The politician has nothing left and simply flails

While the poet rises to take the bet
Knowing the wishes of liberty will prevail yet
If we turn to history, we will not forget

Freedom and liberty mean more than pseudo-science
Let no one step on or crush another's conscience
This is a truth to be known with great prescience

(c) January 16, 2022 Michael Doyle
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Juneteenth Celebration - Eiteljorg Museum -  Lincoln Meets Contemporary America

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First Principles: While We Are Contending For Our Own Liberty, We Should Be Very Cautious Not To Violate the Rights of Conscience In Others, Ever Considering That God Alone Is the Judge of the Hearts of Men, and To Him

“While we are contending for our own liberty, we should be very cautious not to violate the rights of conscience in others, ever considering that God alone is the judge of the hearts of men, and to him.” – George Washington

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Thought For the Day: None Are More Hopelessly Enslaved Than Those Who Falsely Believe They Are Free

“None are more hopelessly enslaved than those who falsely believe they are free.” – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749-1832)

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Denunciation (of Joseph Brodsky)

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Denunciation (Of Joseph Brodsky)
by Michael Doyle

No longer the young poet, but grown older
He remained the lyric voice of his generation
A social parasite who lived ever bolder
As an involuntary exile held in veneration

Told he was pornographic and destroyed by an anxiety
Not his, but belonging to short sighted guardians of society
That held him as contemptible in his velveteen pants
Gray breakers marched in turn, in a truth no one recants

Joseph Brodsky was imbued in his sense of clarity
Writing lyrics reflective of life with intensity
Praising the best of the western literary tradition
His words passed on through metaphysical transmission

Writing in languages is the highest degree of maturity
It was troubling as a crime to find it inappropriately
Kept from the lonely and weary lost in the cold night
When the roots of Mother Russia sought his guiding light

In the breadth of time and in the endless space
Treated as a sluggish schizophrenic in the Soviet embrace
Condemned for daring to be a poet in his honest guise
The authorities never understood their reality was his disguise

(c) January 15, 2021 Michael Doyle
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Russian Orthodox Church of the Holy Theotokos -  Holy Man Devotional

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