Thought For the Day: No Nation Has Done More To Advance the Human Condition Than the United States of America

Key excerpts from President Trump’s Speech at Mt. Rushmore:

“No nation has done more to advance the human condition than the United States of America. And no people have done more to promote human progress than the citizens of our great nation.”

“We must demand that our children are taught once again to see America as did Reverend Martin Luther King, when he said that the Founders had signed ‘a promissory note’ to every future generation. Dr. King saw the mission of justice required us to fully embrace our founding ideals. He called on his fellow citizens not to rip down their heritage, but to live up to their heritage.”

…”As we meet here tonight, there is a growing danger that threatens every blessing our ancestors fought so hard for, struggled [for], [and] bled to secure. Our nation is witnessing a merciless campaign to wipe out our history, defame our heroes, erase our values, and indoctrinate our children.”

“Make no mistake. This left-wing cultural revolution is designed to overthrow the American Revolution. In so doing, they would destroy the very civilization that rescued billions from poverty, disease, violence, and hunger, and that lifted humanity to new heights of achievement, discovery, and progress. To make this possible, they are determined to tear down every statue, symbol, and memory of our national heritage.”

… “No movement that seeks to dismantle these treasured American legacies can possibly have a love of America at its heart. Can’t have it. No person who remains quiet at the destruction of this resplendent heritage can possibly lead us to a better future.”

…”We will proclaim the ideals of the Declaration of Independence, and we will never surrender the spirit and the courage and the cause of July 4, 1776. Upon this ground, we will stand firm and unwavering. In the face of lies meant to divide us, demoralize us, and diminish us, we will show that the story of America unites us, inspires us, includes us all, and makes everyone free.”

…”Centuries from now, our legacy will be the cities we built, the champions we forged, the good we did, and the monuments we created to inspire us all. My fellow citizens: America’s destiny is in our sights. America’s heroes are embedded in our hearts. America’s future is in our hands. And ladies and gentlemen: the best is yet to come.”





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Cancel Culture Must End

I was so heartened to see 100 voices from the Left have finally seen the light so much so that they themselves are now beginning to say what I have said for over 15 years now.  This whole cancel culture is something akin to openly declared fascism.  If allowed to prevail, it’s the death of open debate and with that our free society goes crashing down.  I do not, of course, agree that President Trump is the greater evil.  To that part of their letter, I hope they start thinking a little more before they endorse silliness like that in the future.  He is an abrupt man with a great need to revisit the basics on civility, but, many if not most of his policies themselves are sound regardless of my agreement or disagreement on them.  It’s the ability to tolerate disagreed on policies that marks a free society not simply being civil to the ideas we agree on.

See their letter here:

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Cancel Culture Must End
by Michael Doyle

One hundred names affixed to the letter
One hundred voices recognizing free speech is better
AS our cultural institutions are on trial
While cultural fascism has become their rival

Powerful protests filled with their demands
Some felt overdue as the once excluded take their stand
Only to find that some are going more than too far
And that open debate should be society's North Star

We cannot destroy openness and societal toleration
And from this destruction create a better nation
Leftist prattled hardens into its own dogmatic coercion
And is void of the voice of reason and its persuasion

Force against force will eventually come to meet
Making a defunct mess of out towns and cities main streets
The free exchange of ideas are the lifeblood of society
Not the raising of any over the others in a flood of anxiety

This force of intolerance brandishing a fetish for public shame
Brings nothing good the will leave the ugly scars of blame
It's nothing short of fascistic to on harshness of retribution
We should stand together encouraging each person's contribution

The cost of doing otherwise has its natural consequence
From which none can expect any sort of just recompense
It is heart warming that some who brought yesterday's harm
Have sent out a letter expressing the Far Left's lack of charm

(c) July 7, 2020  Michael Doyle
All Rights Reserved

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A Twinge of the Mundane

In the continuing series on seeing the world through a photographer’s eyes, we look at the question as to what is to be done about the mundane…

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A Twinge of the Mundane
by Michael Doyle

Seeing the mundane into extraordinary
Is to find the connections within the ordinary
Making the nuances of these connections
Stand out in their infinite directions

Making excellence out of quietude 
Requires just a little creative latitude
Soft light makes the subject pop from the background
No matter where you are, there's a stage to be found

There's really no such thing to be known
There there is something that cannot be shown
No part of the world that's truly the middle of nowhere
Because to someone's heart, all places are somewhere

The attention is found in the details
That bring the clarity and pop to the tales
As we remove the clutter from our life's page
And are provided the grab shots of our stage

It's that something in the something that has meaning
Touching to the heart of us as humans simply being
Living life as it flows and isn't really sought
And yet these moments are not very easily forgot

All that surrounds use gives us our opportunity
When looked at in our artistic heart's ability
It's all up to the focal of the camera's eye
And the quality of light played from the sky

In these wide open places and infinite spaces
We find the life lived as it lovingly embraces
All of the zest of life that is to be found
In the many unexpected moments that often abound

In this ever present truth, we find the inane
That perhaps after all, there is no such thing as mundane
The entire world is an oyster split open to be had
All circumstances bring something for which to be glad

(c) July 7, 2020  Michael Doyle
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Thought For the Day: Great Nations Have Responsibilities To Lead and We Should Always Be Cautious of Those Who Would Lower Our Profile

“It was leadership here at home that gave us strong American influence abroad, and the collapse of imperial Communism. Great nations have responsibilities to lead, and we should always be cautious of those who would lower our profile, because they might just wind up lowering our flag.” – Ronald Reagan




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First Principles: Every Child In America Should Be Acquainted With His Own Country

“Every child in America should be acquainted with his own country. He should read books that furnish him with ideas that will be useful to him in life and practice. As soon as he opens his lips, he should rehearse the history of his own country.” – Noah Webster (1788)



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Prayer For Courage

Poem Number Six in a series on a retelling of a classic werewolf tale:

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Prayer For Courage
by Michael Doyle

Look deep - is it a surprise?
Do you see the beast in my eyes
God knows that I wish to be good
And I pray this is understood

Often times, I feel this urge
As it moves through me as a surge
There is sadness in my mortal heart
Often proving pensive since the start

Looking hard for all of the signs
For the greater good of the divine 
Though I stumble for all my flaws
I whisper my hopes before God's law

But there it is, to no real surprise
The savage beast inside my eyes
Though God knows I desire to be good
I pray for forgiveness and being understood

I stand in this world all alone
Though desperately I've sought a home
Cards read and fortunes told
My prayer for courage is perhaps too bold

(c) July 6, 2020  Michael Doyle
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Feelings Felt That Night

Poem Number 5 in the retelling of a classic story of a werewolf event in the life of an otherwise uneventful village:

Aspen Fall - The Notebook - Flooded Woodland

Feelings Felt That Night
by Michael Doyle

The feelings felt surpass right and wrong
It is more a sense of what belongs
There it is to seal with a kiss
The ways of desire no knave would miss

Laid back on hay by the fire
Our bodies call in their desire
Passion fills this night's air
Where want and hunger surpass despair

Lovers hide out not to be found
While forbidden wants are chased around
Lured into a soul's revealing
Nothing stops the love that is compelling

(c) July 6, 2020  Michael Doyle
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First Principles: Whenever the People Are Well-Informed, They Can Be Trusted With Their Own Government; That, Whenever Things Get So Far Wrong As To Attract Their Notice, They May Be Relied On To Set Them Right

“Whenever the people are well-informed, they can be trusted with their own government; that, whenever things get so far wrong as to attract their notice, they may be relied on to set them right.” – Thomas Jefferson



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Thought For the Day: Freedom Is Never More Than One Generation Away From Extinction

“Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children’s children what it was once like in the United States where men were free.”– Ronald Reagan



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Thought For the Day: We Hold These Truths To Be Self-Evident, That All Mankind Is Created Equal

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” – Declaration of Independence


Full text in a font large enough to read these sacred words:

In Congress, July 4, 1776

The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America,

When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security. Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.

He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.

He has forbidden his Governors to pass Laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his Assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them.

He has refused to pass other Laws for the accommodation of large districts of people, unless those people would relinquish the right of Representation in the Legislature, a right inestimable to them and formidable to tyrants only.

He has called together legislative bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of their public Records, for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with his measures.

He has dissolved Representative Houses repeatedly, for opposing with manly firmness his invasions on the rights of the people.

He has refused for a long time, after such dissolutions, to cause others to be elected; whereby the Legislative powers, incapable of Annihilation, have returned to the People at large for their exercise; the State remaining in the mean time exposed to all the dangers of invasion from without, and convulsions within.

He has endeavoured to prevent the population of these States; for that purpose obstructing the Laws for Naturalization of Foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migrations hither, and raising the conditions of new Appropriations of Lands.

He has obstructed the Administration of Justice, by refusing his Assent to Laws for establishing Judiciary powers.

He has made Judges dependent on his Will alone, for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries.

He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harrass our people, and eat out their substance.

He has kept among us, in times of peace, Standing Armies without the Consent of our legislatures.

He has affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil power.

He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his Assent to their Acts of pretended Legislation:

For Quartering large bodies of armed troops among us;

For protecting them, by a mock Trial, from punishment for any Murders which they should commit on the Inhabitants of these States;

For cutting off our Trade with all parts of the world;

For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent;

For depriving us in many cases, of the benefits of Trial by Jury;

For transporting us beyond Seas to be tried for pretended offences;

For abolishing the free System of English Laws in a neighbouring Province, establishing therein an Arbitrary government, and enlarging its Boundaries so as to render it at once an example and fit instrument for introducing the same absolute rule into these Colonies;

For taking away our Charters, abolishing our most valuable Laws, and altering fundamentally the Forms of our Governments;

For suspending our own Legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever.

He has abdicated Government here, by declaring us out of his Protection and waging War against us.

He has plundered our seas, ravaged our Coasts, burnt our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people.

He is at this time transporting large Armies of foreign Mercenaries to compleat the works of death, desolation and tyranny, already begun with circumstances of Cruelty & perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy the Head of a civilized nation.

He has constrained our fellow Citizens taken Captive on the high Seas to bear Arms against their Country, to become the executioners of their friends and Brethren, or to fall themselves by their Hands.

He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavoured to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian Savages, whose known rule of warfare, is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions.

In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A Prince whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.

Nor have We been wanting in attentions to our British brethren. We have warned them from time to time of attempts by their legislature to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over us. We have reminded them of the circumstances of our emigration and settlement here. We have appealed to their native justice and magnanimity, and we have conjured them by the ties of our common kindred to disavow these usurpations, which, would inevitably interrupt our connections and correspondence. They too have been deaf to the voice of justice and of consanguinity. We must, therefore, acquiesce in the necessity, which denounces our Separation, and hold them, as we hold the rest of mankind, Enemies in War, in Peace Friends.

We, therefore, the Representatives of the united States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That these United Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States; that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do. And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.

The 56 signatures on the Declaration appear in the positions indicated:

[Column 1]
Button Gwinnett
Lyman Hall
George Walton

[Column 2]
North Carolina:
William Hooper
Joseph Hewes
John Penn
South Carolina:
Edward Rutledge
Thomas Heyward, Jr.
Thomas Lynch, Jr.
Arthur Middleton

[Column 3]
John Hancock
Samuel Chase
William Paca
Thomas Stone
Charles Carroll of Carrollton
George Wythe
Richard Henry Lee
Thomas Jefferson
Benjamin Harrison
Thomas Nelson, Jr.
Francis Lightfoot Lee
Carter Braxton

[Column 4]
Robert Morris
Benjamin Rush
Benjamin Franklin
John Morton
George Clymer
James Smith
George Taylor
James Wilson
George Ross
Caesar Rodney
George Read
Thomas McKean

[Column 5]
New York:
William Floyd
Philip Livingston
Francis Lewis
Lewis Morris
New Jersey:
Richard Stockton
John Witherspoon
Francis Hopkinson
John Hart
Abraham Clark

[Column 6]
New Hampshire:
Josiah Bartlett
William Whipple
Samuel Adams
John Adams
Robert Treat Paine
Elbridge Gerry
Rhode Island:
Stephen Hopkins
William Ellery
Roger Sherman
Samuel Huntington
William Williams
Oliver Wolcott
New Hampshire:
Matthew Thornton


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