First Principles: The Press Is Impotent When It Abandons Itself To Falsehood

“But the fact being once established, that the press is impotent when it abandons itself to falsehood, I leave to others to restore it to its strength, by recalling it within the pale of truth.” – Thomas Jefferson (1805)

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First Principles: Righteousness From God Comes Through Faith In Jesus Christ To All Who Believe

“But now a righteousness from God, apart from law, has been made known, to which the Law and the Prophets testify. This righteousness from God comes through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference, for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.” – Romans 3:21-24 (New International Version)

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Thought For the Day: People Hate As They Love, Unreasonably

“People hate as they love, unreasonably.” – William Makepeace Thackeray, novelist (18 Jul 1811-1863)

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Thought For the Day: The Spirit of Truth and the Spirit of Freedom – They Are the Pillars of Society

“The spirit of truth and the spirit of freedom — they are the pillars of society.” – Henrik Ibsen (1828-1906)

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First Principles: Wish Not So Much To Live Long As To Live Well

“Wish not so much to live long as to live well.” – Benjamin Franklin, Poor Richard’s Almanack, 1746

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Thought For the Day: We Do Not Err Because Truth Is Difficult To See. It Is Visible At A Glance. We Err Because It Is More Comfortable

“We do not err because truth is difficult to see. It is visible at a glance. We err because this is more comfortable.” -Alexander Solzhenitsyn, novelist, Nobel laureate (1918-2008)

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First Principles: ‘Tis the Business of Little Minds To Shrink; But He Whose Heart Is Firm, and Whose Conscience Approves His Conduct, Will Pursue His Principles Unto Death

“I love the man that can smile in trouble, that can gather strength from distress, and grow brave by reflection. ‘Tis the business of little minds to shrink; but he whose heart is firm, and whose conscience approves his conduct, will pursue his principles unto death.” – Thomas Paine (1776)

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How Many Wrong Turns

Lawst Paradise - The Spin of A Well Spun Web
How Many Wrong Turns
by Michael Doyle

How many wrong turns
Can we believers take
Before each of us learns
The truth beyond our heartbreaks

That God's word can stabilize
When all around us starts to crumble
Until, that is, we realize
The necessity of keeping humble

In this nation, our oneness is lost
And the calamities spill out at length
As we continue to suffer uncertain costs
The conflict and distrust has sapped our strength

It causes us to cry out for the wisdom
That only the scriptures can truly bring
As we set our eyes on His holy kingdom
And lift our voices up high to sing

What then what can the righteous do
Staring at the tatters of our foundation
But to remember God's words and our traditions
As the Lord walks every step with me and you

(c) July 15, 2021 Michael Doyle
All Rights Reserved
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First Principles: Everyone Wants To Live At the Expense of the State. They Forget That the State Lives At the Expense of Everyone

“Everyone wants to live at the expense of the state. They forget that the state lives at the expense of everyone.” – Frederic Bastiat (1801-1850)

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Thought For the Day: My Ambition Is to Live To See All of Physics Reduced To A Formula So Elegant and Simple That It Will Fit Easily On the Front of A Tee-Shirt

“My ambition is to live to see all of physics reduced to a formula so elegant and simple that it will fit easily on the front of a T-shirt.” -Leon Max Lederman, physicist, Nobel laureate (15 Jul 1922-2018)

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