"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
By Jerry Stewart Vision Productions There’s a lot of talk today about whose side someone is on, and everybody is scurrying around, positioning themselves to be on what they believe to be the right side. But does it make a difference whose side America is on?
By Jerry Stewart - Vision Productions When 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?
These days there's always a lot of talk about freedom of religion in America. Some say we should be able to openly acknowledge God and Christ in public. Others strongly disagree. But, I do think it's time we get one thing straight. The First Amendment battle being waged in our country today is not about what God we will serve. It's about getting rid of God in our country altogether, and all this talk about keeping Him out of our public schools and government buildings is just a smokescreen.
By Jerry Stewart - Vision Productions
On August 19, 1814, the British army invaded Washington D.C. and set it on fire. But that day, before they could succeed in the total destruction of our capitol city, someone saved it. The question is this – “Who saved the city?”
On January 22, 1973, a law was passed in America that was so harsh, so cruel, I believed that it would never last. I truly believed that we "civilized" citizens of our United States would never allow ourselves to become a part to such a horrible crime, but we did, and this law is still in place today.
We all know the Washington Monument. It is located in Washington D.C. It was built in 1848, and stands over 550 feet tall.
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 –
The story is told of a man walking down the street. As he approaches this one house he hears this dog, howling, howling.
By Jerry Stewart - Vision Productions In 1770, Alexander Tyler wrote a book on the fall of democracies, and he made one powerful observation regarding voting. He said, "A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist until the voters discover that they can vote themselves their own bounty from the public treasury.
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?