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"Being Thankful - But to Who?"
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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

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"The Other Rider"

300pxludington_statue_800By Jerry Stewart - Vision Productions       We all know the name Paul Revere. He made that famous midnight ride warning the colonists that the British were coming.  But there was someone else riding that night. 

"The Soldiers Code"

 dwight_eisenhower   It was 1955 when President Dwight Eisenhower commissioned a military panel to draft a code of conduct which would govern members of our United States Armed Forces. This code of conduct became official on August 17, 1955 and it is known today as the Soldier’s Code. Read what a part of it says.

"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 – 

"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?

"All We Like Sheep"

 “All We Like Sheep”  What did it take for our founding fathers to declare our nation’s independence? Courage, determination, faith? All of these-but one more. Listen to this story.

"Son Remember"

george_washingtons_motherLate in George Washington's life, when he had become an old man, someone asked him the question, "Who has been the most influential person in your life". Without hesitation, Washington answered, "My Mother". And the most important words George Washington's mother imparted on him? "Son, remember, God is your only sure trust."

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