Tag Archives: Despotism

The Greater the Miracles

The Greater the Miraclesby Michael DoyleReligion it seems is love’s emotionPersonified and adhered to with devotionFor a person who lives life without reasonHas committed the most personal of treasonsIn the Grand Inquisitor we find rarified poetryIn which passions are taken … Continue reading

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From the Perspective of the Rus

From the Perspective of the Rusby Michael DoyleStanding on the shoulders of wisdomBy each step we build separate kingdomsThe Brothers Karamazov built on a grain of wheatThat life comes from death and death is not defeatAll the suffering that we … Continue reading

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First Principles: Political Parties May Answer Popular Ends But With the Course of Time Allow Unprincipled Persons To Usurp the Reins of Government

However [political parties] may now and then answer popular ends, they are likely in the course of time and things, to become potent engines, by which cunning, ambitious, and unprincipled men will be enabled to subvert the power of the … Continue reading

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First Principles: An Elective Despotism Is Not the Government Our Revolution Was Fought For

“An elective despotism was not the government we fought for.” – James Madison (1788)    

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First Principles: There Has Never Been A Democracy That Did Not Commit Suicide

“Remember, democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts, and murders itself. There never was a democracy yet that did not commit suicide.” – John Adams (and that’s why we’re a republic and not a democracy says every right thinking … Continue reading

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An Elegy To Common Sense

Poem A Day #11 is to be an elegy.  The word prompt is ‘black hole’. Milkwood’s definition of elegy is limited to the following.  I would argue that the person who wrote the notecard needs to revisit this.  I have … Continue reading

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First Principles: The Judiciary Branch Does Not Decide Constitutionality of Laws Solely Nor Fully Independent of the Executive and Legislative Branches

“The opinion which gives to the judges the right to decide what laws are constitutional and what not, not only for themselves, in their own sphere of action, but for the Legislature and Executive also in their spheres, would make … Continue reading

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First Principles: Allowing Only the Judiciary To Decide What Is Constitutional Leads To Despotism

“[T]he opinion which gives to the judges the right to decide what laws are constitutional and what not, not only for themselves, in their, own sphere of action, but for the Legislature and Executive also in their spheres, would make … Continue reading

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First Principles: The Spirit of Encroachment Tends To Consolidate Power In Government Into Despotism

“The spirit of encroachment tends to consolidate the powers of all the departments in one, and thus to create whatever the form of government, a real despotism.” — George Washington, Farewell Address, 1796    

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First Principles: The Sea of Liberty Is Often Rough

“The boisterous sea of liberty is never without a wave.” – Thomas Jefferson (1820)    

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