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A Desecration

A Desecrationby Michael DoylePolitics take a backseat to the ConstitutionYet some do not like this resolutionBut that doesn’t make it a wrongIt’s the restoration of where law belongsThere is a value that matters to all of lifeWhere we save the … Continue reading

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Thought For the Day: Every Actual State Is Corrupt. Good Men Must Not Obey Laws Too Well

“Every actual state is corrupt. Good men must not obey laws too well.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

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First Principles: Where There Is No Law, There Is No Liberty

“[W]here there is no law, there is no liberty; and nothing deserves the name of law but that which is certain and universal in its operation upon all the members of the community.” – Benjamin Rush, letter to David Ramsay, … Continue reading

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First Principles: The True Key For the Construction of Everything Doubtful In A Law Is the Intention of the Lawmakers

“[T]he true key for the construction of everything doubtful in a law is the intention of the law-makers.” – Thomas Jefferson (1808)

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First Principles: It Is the Manners and Spirit of A People Which Preserve A Republic In Vigor

“It is the manners and spirit of a people which preserve a republic in vigor. A degeneracy in these is a canker which soon eats to the heart of its laws and constitution.” – Thomas Jefferson (1781)

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Cicero Speaks On Becoming Older

Cicero Speaks On Becoming Olderby Michael DoyleLife passes through many a stageUntil calumniating in old ageIt’s a folly to hold this in despiseWe’d be better off to open our eyesCicero offers us his philosopher’s lookIn his writing of many a … Continue reading

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A Republic To Be Kept

A Republic To Be Keptby Michael DoyleStart then as it were with a nameWhat we will call out as informationThen like chess parts to the gameWe provide definition in affirmationWhat does this take in its inflectionTo voice what it is … Continue reading

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Under the Potter’s Hands

Under the Potter’s Handsby Michael DoyleUnder the potter’s handsHe forms the clayWe talk, He understandsWe live yet another dayIn our time, we fold handsAcross the world, in many landsTalking to God quietlyRescued from myself politelyGod in His purpose and mercyCorrects … Continue reading

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First Principles: Far From Being Rivals or Enemies, Religion and Law Are Twin Sisters, Friends, and Mutual Assistants

“Far from being rivals or enemies, religion and law are twin sisters, friends, and mutual assistants. Indeed, these two sciences run into each other. The divine law, as discovered by reason and the moral sense, forms an essential part of … Continue reading

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On the Altar of My Life

On the Altar of My Lifeby Michael DoyleIn every moment, even or oddYou put me together, Lord GodIn every flaw and every breakYou have eased every single acheYou have shown me the truthLived every moment since my youthEvery shame of … Continue reading

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