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"This is what the Lord says: "Stand at the crossroads and look; ask for the ancient paths, and ask where the good way is, and walk in it. You will find rest for your soul."
Jeremiah 6:16 NIV

Weekly Stories

"Our Pledge"

martintreptow_02In 1917, Martin Treptow lived in Cherokee, Iowa. He was a barber, a common man.

"The Pursuit of Happiness"

By Jerry Stewart  - Vision Productions      declarationofindependence_400_04When our founding fathers ratified our Declaration of Independence, they claimed that all mankind had certain rights.  One of these had something to do with happiness. What did they mean by that?

"Unconstitutional!"

Income_tax : Tax cut and cutting taxes represented by metal scissors slashing the word taxes to show the concept of government political policy and campaign promisis to reduce the tax rate for the wealthy and the middle class tax payers. Stock Photo

When our founding fathers developed the rules and laws to run our government, they wrote certain “dos and don’ts” into our U.S. Constitution, and some things were strictly not allowed. But even with their very specific “do’s and don’ts” list, one that they considered to be very unconstitutional still made it through.

What was it? Income Tax.

That's right, except for a very short period after the Civil War, prior to 1913, taxes on a person's income were deemed illegal. Why? Article 1, Section 8, clause 1 of our U.S. Constitution says that Congress has the power to impose taxes on, “duties, imports and excises" but only if these taxes are “uniform throughout the United States". In simple words, you must tax all citizens evenly - which income tax does not do. 

Now, if our founding fathers in all their wisdom were so opposed to this idea of taxing income, just how did it become law anyway? Well, in 1911, a Professor Edwin Seligman wrote a book entitled "The Income Tax". In his book, Professor Seligman promoted the idea of an income tax, and his view was that this tax on income was quite compatible with a free society if two things were kept in check. 
* First, that a runaway tax rate could not be allowed. Seligman believed that any income tax exceeding 5% was a runaway rate. 
* And, second, that if our government ever became so powerful that it controlled the citizens, the people would stand against it.
   
 So what happened? With the backing of the Professor’s book, in 1913 our U.S. Congress passed an amendment to our Constitution, the 16th amendment that said simply this – 

Getting God Out of the Classroom

     Would somebody please tell me what's going on in America today? Or, maybe just pinch me -this has got to be a very bad dream. Listen to this.      Recently a first grader was asked to stand in front of his class and read out loud his favorite story.      When he stood up and began to read his favorite story, the Old Testament Bible story of Jacob and Esau, his teacher refused to let him read it.      Why?

"The Philosophy of Our Schoolrooms"

By Jerry Stewart - Vision Productions       Does it make much difference what our children are being taught in school? And can what they're being taught today make a difference in what our nation will become?

"What Love!"

God_is_love : Glowing inscription God Loves You on black background. Stock PhotoIs there anything that you feel strongly enough about that you would die for it? A cause, a belief? Is there anyone or anything you love enough to die for?

"It's All New - but Now What?"

As we step into this New Year, all fresh and new, what should we resolve to do with this year 2016?   Don't know what to do first? Here's an important clue.      

"The Christmas Miracle"

wwichristmasmiracleBy Jerry Stewart   IT HAS BEEN SAID THAT PEACE IS HARDER TO MAKE THAN WAR, AND IN 1914 WHEN THE WORLD SOUGHT PEACE, INSTEAD IT FOUND ITSELF IN THE FIRST WORLD WAR.

"When Was The First Christmas Celebrated In America?"

  180pxchristopher_columbus_faceWhen was the first Christmas celebrated in America?  The answer might just surprise you.   

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