Tag Archives: Citizens

Article 19 (The Burden of Secularism)

I have been reading through a series of works by Yuval Noah Harai that seems topical and a historian’s blend of philosophy and history projecting into humanity’s future.  It’s been challenging and is spawning a few poems that are often … Continue reading

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First Principles: This Republic Would Be Unfaithful To Itself Were We To Allow Partiality To Infect Our Elections

“We should be unfaithful to ourselves if we should ever lose sight of the danger to our liberties if anything partial or extraneous should infect the purity of our free, fair, virtuous, and independent elections.”  – John Adams (1797) That’s … Continue reading

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Ghost Towns of Russia

600 million miles of history, quite a lot of it tragically beautiful: Ghost Towns of Russia by Michael Romani The provocative label of ghost town Once chased around Tells the story of another dead town Across 600 million Russian miles … Continue reading

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First Principles: The Private Character Serves to Instruct On Public Persons

“The public cannot be too curious concerning the characters of public men.” – Samuel Adams (1775)        

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Thought for the Day: Prosperity and Human Fulfillment Are Created From the Bottom Up

“We who live in free market societies believe that growth, prosperity and ultimately human fulfillment are created from the bottom up, not the government down.” – Ronald Reagan      

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First Principles: Honest Persons Find No Pleasure In Coercive Power

“An honest man can feel no pleasure in the exercise of power over his fellow citizens.” — Thomas Jefferson (1813)  

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First Principles: Don’t Give Up Essential Liberty For Temporary Safety

“They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety.” — Benjamin Franklin, Historical Review of Pennsylvania, 1795          

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First Principles: Freedom Does Not Come For Free

“Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom, must, like men, undergo the fatigues of supporting it.” — Thomas Paine (1777) As Veteran’s Day approaches in this season of thankfulness and blessings, I think on the above… a lot.  … Continue reading

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Thought For the Day: Citizens Must Keep Government From Error

“It is not the function of the government to keep the citizen from falling into error; it is the function of the citizen to keep the government from falling into error.” —Justice Robert H. Jackson (1892-1954) If nothing else this … Continue reading

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Mercy In An Aquatic Ballet

Mercy In An Aquatic Ballet by Michael Romani Behemoths glide in slow motion Dancing on the surface of the ocean Humpback Whales in a water ballet Immersed and then breeching in aquatic play We bring the boats up closely To … Continue reading

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