First Principles:

“Religion in a Family is at once its brightest Ornament & its best Security.” – Samuel Adams, Letter to Thomas Wells (November 22, 1780)




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Thought For the Day: Think of All the Beauty Still Left Around You and Be Happy

“Think of all the beauty still left around you and be happy.” – Anne Frank



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While You Named the Stars For Me

It’s the eighth day of Na/GloPoWriMo 2020!  Today’s optional prompt is to take bits of Twitter bot generated poets and run with it to make it our own.  I have no idea what others did, but, it seemed the thing to do to run with all the poet bots the organizer  chose as examples and weave them into a poem with my own words sprinkled in to give these my own meaning.

The Mystic Muse - Dancing With Desiree

While You Named the Stars For Me
by Michael Doyle

There in the deep valley
     Of shattered monuments
Rests a sense of broken deities
     Knowing their dreamless sleep

You speak to me loudly
    Of the masters of reality
Who know more than the wise men
    Who hold their own muse

I am not ready
   For anything to happen
But I will know what to do
   Despite the decline of dependable oracles

Unlike the swans
   These have not been faithful
Despite their grandmotherly disguise
   Their words are not treats to be had

Desire is not a light thing
   For its moments that contain these
Lovers know the happiness and sorrow it brings
   In the frailty that is life

The moon installed
    Extended its silver calculations
The sun, it stalled
    While you named the stars for me

(c) April 8, 2020  Michael Doyle
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Home, Sweet, Home -Soft As My Harpist's Melody




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The Turbulence Begins

American history continues:

Abstractia - The Road Speedily Traveled

The Turbulence Begins
by Michael Doyle

As the post-war alliance fell apart, the United Nations started
The start of Cold War began and sustained as peace departed
Confrontations began and nuclear weapons were on both sides' hands
These were the days that Harry Truman took America's command

A common man suddenly elevated into the office of the presidency
Uncommonly up through the ranks he gained his ascendency
He immediately went to work on policy with other nations
Including fostering the UN and wishing to keep peaceful relations

Yet, with the victory over Hitler, Stalin occupied more territory
In the clear intention of building an empire for Russian security
From Stettin to Trieste, and Iron Curtain extended the continent
To thwart this expansionism, Kennan's Containment held US sentiment

The Truman Doctrine supported free people against subjugation
In these economically hard times, many vulnerable nations
Had faced down radical challenges due to their devastation
By supporting these nations, we backed up freedom's salvation

China, had since the 1920s, being in an extremely uncivil war
The Communists under Mao won the prize and closed the door
Deciding instead of America to ally with the Soviets in cooperation
Facing hostility, foreign and military policy changed in our nation

On the Korean Peninsula, the Cold War turned red hot
As the North swept into the South, self-determination was forgot
For though both sides desperately wanted reunification
Truman called it a police action and called on the United Nations

MacArthur's landing at Inchon turned the war around
Until as reaching the Sino border, MacArthur lost all ground
Politics trapped military as McArthur argued with Truman
And just as suddenly, legend turned out to be a mortal man

While true enough there is no substitution for victory
Statesmanship won that confrontation; containment would be history
The Korean War remains to this day a stalemate
The rectification of which will come at some later date

With "I Like Ike", Eisenhower became our president
A veteran as champion for the People had its precedent
And Eisenhower, who is thought of as very a non-partisan
Garnered the vote of the People in a way most bi-partisan

He governed to settle through accommodation and consolidation
Bringing fiscal conservatism with the New Deal as normalization
Facing global challenges from Vietnam to the Middle East
Eisenhower had to respond to stabilize while harming the least

From the Arab Conflict with Israel to the Suez Canal
Then unto Castro's takeover in Cuba, none of this was banal
Castro quickly sided with the Soviets miles from our shore
These were the issues Eisenhower had to face and then more

With stoic crystal ball gazing, Ike's farewell address to the nation
Was looking ever forward at what might become our destination
He warned against impulsiveness in favor of a better tomorrow
And that we should not mortgage our heritage or we would sorrow

He warned of the dangers from the rapidly growing government
Stating that an over allowance for defense counter our sentiment
That the military-industrial complex could as a deep government
And was and is misplaced power and as such an endangering ailment

An ill-informed citizenry could prove a bane to society
Without our vigilance, liberty lose in favor of security
Further warning that we should not let the technocratic class
Override our moral conscience as it has indeed come to pass

All of these things stated prescient to the abuses of power
We have come to learn that there is danger in every hour
That there must be a careful balance of liberty and security
The tension between imperatives must be guarded to be free

(c) April 8, 2020  Michael Doyle
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Rewriting the Future of the World Together





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First Principles: The True and Only Basis of Representative Government Is Equality of Rights

“The true and only basis of representative government is equality of rights. Every man has a right to one vote, and no more in the choice of representatives.” – Thomas Paine, in Dissertation on First Principles of Government (1795)




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Thought For the Day: The Greater the Difficulty the More Glory In Surmounting It

“The greater the difficulty the more glory in surmounting it. Skillful pilots gain their reputation from storms and tempests.” – Epictetus



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Mathing the COVID-19 Curve

Day 7 of Na/GloPoWriMo!  The target objective?

“…a poem based on a news article.

My subject today can be drawn on any number of articles plastered throughout our daily news periodicals to the point it cannot be escaped really.  But, how do we then understand social distancing and its need in facing off and beating down this pandemic?

Pozciti Polska - Novel Coonavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic

Mathing the COVID-19 Curve
by Michael Doyle

Part of math's power
Is in mapping what's to come
This is needed more than ever in this hour
So much so, it makes my mind numb

At first glance, COVID-19 
Seems a bit overblown
From the math seen
It's easier to understand what's been shown

The simplest of change comes in linear
Adding a little each and every day
But what of epidemics which are nonlinear
It becomes clear that it's a troubling way

Illness impacted by time
Adds up to say maybe 100 a day
Projecting as if it were a straight line
Easy enough wouldn't you say?

The illness coming is here and exponential
The feedback loop keeps rapidly increasing
Expanding in numbers of horrifying potential
Instead of staying the same or decreasing

We humans tend to see in the linear
But epidemics are on a Logarithmic scale
Applying a exponential model of the non-linear
And is needed to understand our tale

So how long before we're out of hospital beds?
As the current data shows
This thought is staggering to my head
By mid-April, if constant, the beds will be on overflow

Business as usual would be our very death
And this is what we must heed and understand
Trajectory rates vary but all take my breath
Early action is needed throughout every land

The earlier and more action that is taken
The more lives we will save
There comes a point where however shaken
The susceptible in society will heal or go to grave

This then is where we must be in supplication
Even taking notice of the SIR curve
If we as society are to have right application
And in doing so steady our nerves

In the beginning, all within are susceptible in population
Though the infected will be in degrees of proportion
And as a virus moves through the greater population
There will be impactful removal of its own proportion

How quickly this happens depends almost exclusively on contact
How much, how often and is this a consistent contact rate
The rate of healing (or death) will to have it's impact
The rate of death or healing lessens infection sealing our fate

The absence of any known vaccine spells it out
That our resiliency is dependent on contact
The base reproduction number removes all doubt
That contact is the gasoline of this fire is simply fact

Reducing the rate of contact lessens the infection
And the outbreak is no longer quite as bad
For now the 1918 Influenza is less worse than our current direction
Medical care is crucial but the lack of common sense is sad

We do have the ability to mitigate the contact rate
And if together we practice good habit of basic sanitation
We can flatten the curve and escape our worse fate
The math proves that keeping calm and safe will save our nations

(c) April 7, 2020  Michael Doyle
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Home, Sweet, Home - The Complexity of One Alone





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Our Finest Hour

At this stage of American history, we advanced onto the world stage having no real choice but to fight a war on multiple fronts in World War II and rather self consciously becoming a, if not the, world leader in multiple meanings of this position.

Downtown Indianapolis -  World War II Memorial

Our Finest Hour
by Michael Doyle

In the 1930s, American eyes were fixed internally
There was little time to gaze out internationally
While it's unfair to say were isolationist
It is true that we were by no means internationalist

But these were times of dictatorial, expansionist nations
And the dynamics would with certainty lead to conflagration
The beating of the tribal drums signaled catastrophic war
As Japan conquered China and Germany expanded even more

Acts of territorial aggression faced only appeasing toleration
As chunks of countries were take in stride without consideration
Neutrality became more and more impossible to sustain
While the Blitzkrieg advanced, all attempts to halt it were in vain

By June of 1940, Paris itself found its lights out and occupied
While Nazi domination mocked the Treaty of Versailles in reply
FDR began to ween America from its preferred, feigned neutrality
Into adequately preparing to engage in this new reality

The Battle of Britain was also the battle for Christian civilization
With it depended all of freedom's most cherished institutions
This then for the Free World would begin our finest hour
As Britain turned back the Nazi beast always seeking to devour

The Royal Air Force beat back the Luftwaffe in the skies
While allowing time for America to provide materials and supplies
In 1940, FDR won like a horse in midstream his third reelection
Following this with a fire side chat setting our new direction

America would sign into law the needed Lend Lease Act
Which helped our allies letting them know they were backed
This, in fact, was nothing less than a secret sort of war
As we took on the German Navy and aided and assisted even more

For America, there is no infamous a day than December 7, 1941
With the Japanese sneak attack on Pearl Harbor, war had begun
The Japanese thinking strategically had look for a knockout blow
Taking out most of the Pacific Fleet, but, little did they know

Their hope to demoralized proved, opinion polls aside,
That it is unwise to wound the heart of American Pride
Simultaneously, the Soviet Union left the Non-Aggression Pact
Thuggish as a new ally could be, that we needed Stalin is a fact

Admiral Yamamoto had some idea of America's industrial ability
But under estimated that it would redouble in its needed capacity
It was this All-American burst of essential, crucial productivity
That allowed the Allies to manage its win somewhat predictably  

The decision made, defeating Hitler became our first priority
Securing the North Atlantic and then the south underbelly of Italy
Were things soon enough done yet without the decisive victory
The Russians under siege prompted D-Day as much needed history

So many things might have gone wrong and yet somehow did not
And Normandy was won though the battle was very hard fought
Allied Commander Eisenhower did not prioritize Berlin's defeat
Thinking it mostly symbolic who took the city if Hitler was beat

Churchill argued against this and turned out to be quite right
Meanwhile in the Pacific, the Japanese had unstoppable might
Until American carriers would provide the turning point day
There has never been a more decisive naval battle than Midway

From there, Admiral Nimitz and General MacArthur converged
In a two prong attack from the Philippines to Japan they merged
82 days at Okinawa is often referred to as the Typhoon of Steel
A quarter of a million dead could not break the Japanese will

Victory was achieved in Europe and FDR won his fourth election
Breaking precedent in every way for our American nation
FDR died just ahead of the Jewish death camps revelation
As a shudder of horror cast its shadow across our nation

An invasion of Japan would have cost upwards of a million dead
Truman's Manhattan Project atom bomb would cost less it was said
As the new president, Harry Truman took this on his shoulders
Hiroshima and Nagasaki bore the brunt as their ruins would smoulder

On the Emperor's surrender, the most destructive war in history
Was brought to its end, changing the course of things decisively
Of America's standing in the world in a sort of permanent sense
Integrally involved now in world affairs, we provided defense

The mantle of leadership required a standing army for our nation
And with it came the obligations of incessant accommodation 
Self conscious as we were, we departed from our stubborn past
But our organic principles would endure and still last

(c) April 7, 2020  Michael Doyle
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Long Journey Cafe - Contrasted Thoughts On the Dog Days of Summer





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First Principles: The Doctrine of Liberty and Equality Is An Article In the Political Creed of the United States

“Before the formation of this Constitution, it had been affirmed as a self evident truth, in the declaration of Independence, very deliberately made by the Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled that, “all men are created equal, and are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights.” This declaration of Independence was received and ratified by all the States in the Union, and has never been disannulled. May we not from hence conclude, that the doctrine of Liberty and Equality is an article in the political creed of the United States.” – Samuel Adams, in an Address to the Legislature of Massachusetts (January 17, 1794)



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Thought For the Day: Language Is the Archives of History

“Language is the archives of history.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson, writer and philosopher (1803-1882)



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