First Principles: The More Powerful the Federal Government Grows, the Weaker the State Governments Become

“[W]hen all government, domestic and foreign, in little as in great things, shall be drawn to Washington as the center of all power, it will render powerless the checks provided of one government on another.” – Thomas Jefferson, letter to Charles Hammond, 1821

 

 

 

 

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Thought For the Day: A Moment Lasts All of A Second, But, the Memory Lives On Forever

“A moment lasts all of a second, but the memory lives on forever.” – Anonymous

 

 

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A Young Girl Becoming

In thinking of my eldest daughter as she starts edging her way toward adolescence:

LEA10:  Metamofaces -  A Girl In the Window

A Young Girl Becoming
by Michael Romani

Sometimes her world is mind numbing
As a young girl busily becoming
Everything that she's meant to be
In all of her sense and sensibility

Social media feeds her headlong
As she's just beginning her life's song
She is inundated with the limitlessness
Her fascinated eyes drinking in all of this

I'm helpless as a father looking on
Hopelessly hoping I have served her well
There will come a day when I'll be gone
And only time will ever really tell

There are moments and emotions in excess
That flow about sometimes causing distress
At times, she shyly, awkwardly makes her way
Concerned in how she comes off in what she says

Feeling at times like there is an invisible scorer
As she walks this world in pre-adolescent horror
Sometimes it amazes me to know all her interactions
While I watch her learning with all of her connections

I'm helpless as a father looking on
Hopelessly hoping that I have served her well
There will come a day that I'll be gone
And only time will ever really tell

Though often accused of lacking empathy
There are times I quietly grimace in sympathy
I watch her eyes shimmer with excitement and hurt
As I look on wishing for wisdom without hitting pay dirt

I'm helpless as a father looking on
Hopelessly hoping that I have served her well
There will come a day when Ill be gone
And only time will really ever tell

(c) Michael Romani  July 13, 2018
All Rights Reserved

King Kong's Skull Ilsand -Crying Girl Kissed Her Frog

 

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Daily Prompt – Size

A tear drop is painted on the wall

It’s the many details behind the fall

Telling its secrets to all who will see

Of hope lost and grief in travesty

Large or small, it’s the size of an ocean

A capsule of self contained emotion

That no ship can sail across

Without sustaining its great loss

How does one get past something like this

My head hurts worse than heart in what I miss

Among these are the days I could lose on a wave

Instead of wondering if I will end up in my grave

Before I hold my little girls in my arms again

The overwhelming feelings send me reeling again

 

Bal Harbour - A Drop The Size of An Ocean

 

 

 

 

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First Principles: To Believe That the Militia Isn’t The Entirety of the People Is Against the Principles of Our Republic

“Whereas, to preserve liberty, it is essential that the whole body of the people always possess arms, and be taught alike, especially when young, how to use them… The mind that aims at a select militia, must be influenced by a truly anti-republican principle; and when we see many men disposed to practice upon it, whenever they can prevail, no wonder true republicans are for carefully guarding against it.” – Federal Farmer (1787)

 

 

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Thought For the Day: What Matters Is To Be Respected, Not If We Are Liked

“What liberals don’t understand is that it matters very little whether or not the rest of the world likes us, as long as they respect us.” – Allie Beth Stuckey

 

 

 

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Thought For the Day: The Role of the Prosecutor Is To Vindicate the Rights of the People and Give A Fair Trial

“The function of the prosecutor under the federal Constitution is not to tack as many skins of victims as possible against the wall. His function is to vindicate the rights of the people as expressed in the laws and give those accused of crime a fair trial.” – Justice William O. Douglas (1898-1980)

 

 

 

 

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First Principles: Falseness of Tongue Leads To Falseness of Heart

“It is of great importance to set a resolution, not to be shaken, never to tell an untruth. There is no vice so mean, so pitiful, so contemptible; and he who permits himself to tell a lie once, finds it much easier to do it a second and a third time, till at length it becomes habitual; he tells lies without attending to it, and truths without the world’s believing him. This falsehood of the tongue leads to that of the heart, and in time depraves all its good disposition.” – Thomas Jefferson (1785)

 

 

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Daily Prompt – Candle

A flicker of candles whispers in the night

Offering their cordial, guiding light

The breeze whispers its sad prayer

Holy death makes us all too aware

That our days here are numbered

Cautiously counted among the slumbered

All the colors of life embodied in white

Each of these precious in his sight

Heightened in sacred visualization

Become the focal point of concentration

Lit by the strong right hand of fortune

Instead of just taking it on the chin

Candles lit in remembrance for the dead

Illuminating the power of all the prayers said

 

Witchwood - A Flicker of Candles

 

 

 

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Thought For the Day: A Benevolent Tyranny Is Perhaps the Most Oppressive

“Of all tyrannies, a tyranny exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It may be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies.” – C. S. Lewis (1898-1963)

 

 

 

 

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