Let’s Do What’s Right for America

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The voting season is rapidly approaching once again. Doesn’t it seem like we just went through all of this?

Once again we all will or should be casting our ballot for the candidate who will lead not only the United States but the world for the next four years.

Electing a world leader, which  in reality is what we do, is a major responsibility.

The world depends on and needs our leadership, from the last eight years it is obvious what comes about when our leadership is misguided or missing entirely.

For obvious reasons it is highly important to elect the most qualified person we can find for the task.

Its time to put aside our personal agendas and elect someone who has the best interests of our country at heart.

We shouldn’t be electing people who are only looking after the interests of blacks, feminists, Hispanics, Mexicans or any other ethnic group.

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Its way past time we start looking after the best interests of our great nation instead of special interest groups. When we defend and protect our nation the special interest groups will benefit also. We worry about the corporate special interest groups but just as  dangerous are the created special interest groups directed toward particular groups within our society. 

When we start favoring one group over another, soon everyone suffers because of the favoritism given to only one particular group. It is time to look at the big picture and begin looking after Americans as a whole instead of just one element of society.

The author has been a writer/photographer for over thirty years. Specializing in nature and landscape photography, as well as studying native cultures.

His travels have taken him to most of the United States, as well as Australia, Belize, Egypt and the Canary Islands.

He has studied the Mayan culture of Central America as well as the aborigines of Australia. Photography has given him the opportunity to observe life in various parts of the world.

He has published several books about his adventures.

For more information, please consult his website,www.journeysthrulife.com.

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I believe there is some sort of “universal common sense”. In other words, events evolve according to a natural order, and certain rules apply that cannot be changed. These are God’s laws or the natural order of things. For example, if you live by a high set of moral standards, your life will naturally be better than if your life is filled with drugs, alcohol and otherwise bad behavior. Develop a good financial plan and financial rewards will come to pass. Break these universal (God’s) laws and disaster will follow.
Living by God’s Law doesn’t guarantee a so-called perfect life, but life will be better, and easier than if the Laws of Nature are completely ignored and you wander through life with no plan.

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Should We Limit Immigration?

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Written by; Gary Wonning

Because of the large influx of immigrants into European countries and the problems they have brought with them, there has been a push for us here in the United States to put limits on or stop immigration altogether, especially from middle eastern countries.

Many think it is inhumane and or racist to ban immigration by certain individuals or from certain countries.

What many don’t know or realize, this has been done many times in the past. One of the most recent times was in 1924, the United States stopped immigration from 1924 until 1964. It was virtually impossible to immigrate during this time.

There had been a large influx of European immigrants during the last half of the 19th century and our country was in danger of losing its culture. When  too many people immigrate at one time or during a certain period of time, it dilutes the culture and the country is in danger of becoming like the country the immigrants came from. For obvious reasons, we don’t want that to happen. There is a reason these people are immigrating, where they come from has lost its appeal as being a good place to live.

Why would we want the country they are immigrating to become like where they came from? If it was such a good place to live, they would have never left.

The most recent time was in 1979 during the Iranian hostage crisis, President Carter, a democrat, stopped immigration from Iran because it was feared Iranian militants would come here and kidnap American citizens on our own soil.

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In today’s world, we have an added concern.  Many who come here today wish only to destroy us. They are bent on forcing us to follow their beliefs and customs, destroying our culture in the process. I know this isn’t the case for a majority of them, but we have no way of determining the good guys from the bad guys. There are no data bases  where they come from, it is impossible to check their backgrounds.

We simply cannot afford to take a chance and knowingly admit terrorists onto our homeland. I truly feel sorry for the well-meaning people who are trying to come here to improve their lot in life, but maybe it is time for some to work to improve conditions in their homeland instead.

Japanese, and Germans as well were put into internment camps for a while during WW2 in the interest of national security.

Many of these dangerous  places immigrants are coming from today I would love to visit if it was safe to do so.

I feel sorry for them, but I also feel sorry for the people and families who lost their lives on 9/11, at Fort Hood, Chattanooga, and San Bernadino.

In many cases the terrorists were accepted in their communities, in San Bernadino the terrorists were given a baby shower for their baby child, just a short time later the well-meaning citizens were mercilessly gunned down in their work place at a Christmas party.

Two fo the terrorist involved in the world trade center attacks lived in Venice Florida. They circulated among the community, getting their hair cut at a local beauty salon, banked at SunTrust, the Florida bank, and took morning walks. They lived in paradise, about a half mile from one of the most beautiful beaches in the world, a place where America’s wealthiest and most famous live. They gave it all up to kill 3,000 innocent Americans all in the name of Allah.

Regretfully, gone are the days when we can trust everyone we meet.  I grew up in a small town where everyone knew everyone.  The residents had known each other for five generations, I like to say they all came over on the same boat from Germany. That isn’t far from the truth.

But today’s world is different, not only do we not know each other like we did in days gone by, people don’t have the same moral values they did back then. It’s not that they were all saints, they weren’t and they did do wrong, but the basic values were there and there were lines most people wouldn’t cross,  the majority did live moral and upright lives. Today that majority is a minority.

So yes, we do need to limit or stop immigration for awhile at least, until we figure this mess out. To do other wise would be foolhardy and irresponsible.

The author has been a writer/photographer for over thirty years. Specializing in nature and landscape photography, as well as studying native cultures.

His travels have taken him to most of the United States, as well as Australia, Belize, Egypt and the Canary Islands.

He has studied the Mayan culture of Central America as well as the aborigines of Australia. Photography has given him the opportunity to observe life in various parts of the world.

He has published several books about his adventures.

For more information, please consult his website,www.journeysthrulife.com.

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I often think back to what my parents and grandparents believed and said, at the time I thought they were tophoto of a distinguished older gentlemantally out of their mind and ignored it. I now wish I would have listened and followed their advice more often.

It is now evident they were a lot smarter than we gave them credit. Many times, in today’s world, the schools and universities can no longer be counted on to teach truth and values that will guide someone through life.

Their teachings have become convoluted and are no longer deemed sensible. Because so many have lost sight of the basic universal truths, they think these values no longer apply. Mention age old values and many people would have no idea what you were talking about.

We cannot keep teaching beliefs that are not based on solid time worn principles that have endured the test of time. The laws of Nature and/ or Nature’s God cannot be denied without serious consequences. They are unbending and unbreakable

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Church services in public buildings

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As explained in David Barton’s book, Jefferson Lies, Thomas Jefferson has no problem with holding religious services in public buildings.

In our village of Charlottesville … w e have four sects, but without either church or meeting-house. The court house is the common temple, one Sunday in the month to each. Here, Episcopalian and Presbyterian, Methodist and Baptist meet together, join in hymning their Maker, listen with attention and devotion to each other’s preachers, and all mix in society with perfect harmony.  Jefferson believed strongly that the teachings of Jesus brought unity but that the teachings of denominations brought disunity and conflict. As he explained to John Adams at the height of the Restoration Movement: No doctrines of His lead to schism. It is the speculations of crazy theologists which have made a Babel of a religion the most moral and sublime ever preached to man, and calculated to heal and not to create differences. These religious animosities I impute to those who call themselves His ministers and who engraft their casuistries [personal interpretations] on the stock of His simple precepts. I am sometimes more angry with them than is authorized by the blessed charities which He preached.

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The author has been a writer/photographer for over thirty years. Specializing in nature and landscape photography, as well as studying native cultures.

His travels have taken him to most of the United States, as well as Australia, Belize, Egypt and the Canary Islands.

He has studied the Mayan culture of Central America as well as the aborigines of Australia. Photography has given him the opportunity to observe life in various parts of the world.

He has published several books about his adventures.

For more information, please consult his website,www.journeysthrulife.com.

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We cannot keep teaching beliefs that are not based on solid time worn principles that have endured the test of time. The laws of Nature and/ or Nature’s God cannot be denied without serious consequences. They are unbending and unbreakable.

It is in this light I have decided to publish some of my random thoughts based on the views of our ancestors. The following chapters follow no particular order of importance. Changing our thinking could change our perspective and thus change the direction we are headed. If no one listens, then the future of our planet and humanity are destined for disaster.

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Love of Country

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The author has been a writer/photographer for over thirty years. Specializing in nature and landscape photography, as well as studying native cultures.

His travels have taken him to most of the United States, as well as Australia, Belize, Egypt and the Canary Islands.

He has studied the Mayan culture of Central America as well as the aborigines of Australia. Photography has given him the opportunity to observe life in various parts of the world.

He has published several books about his adventures.

For more information, please consult his website,www.journeysthrulife.com.

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An Interesting Thought on the Last Days

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Written by: Gary Wonning

The Spirit promised that at the end of days everyone will be resurrected  back into their bodies and will hear the purpose of life. It is when souls will be judged according to their deeds.

The  bible  teaches that when Christ returns every soul shall rise from the grave.

I have often read that many believe every soul that has ever incarnated on earth has to return during the twentieth or twenty-first century. Possibly, that day has come, the massive increase in worldwide population could be evidence of it.

The large increase in the population of the earth during this time attests to the fact that may be true. Our earth’s population is definitely been on the rise for the last several hundred years , one reason is that because of advanced  medical  technology  people are leading longer and more productive lives. Many that once died in childbirth or during their early formative years are now living to adulthood and beyond, making it possible for them to learn many more life experiences than they were previously able to .

What if  both trains of thought are correct and are talking about the same event, but from a different angle?

Many religious people, including the Mormons, believe we are in the last days. Several ancient calendars such as the Maya, Hopi, Cherokee and others have recently come to an end. All these signs definitely point to the possibility that we ae indeed in the last days.

Does that mean we are all doomed, or that Christ is finally returning? Maybe or maybe not.

Normally when mankind thinks an event is certain to occur, it never happens. 

Even Nostradamus’s predictions are more accurate in hindsight than foresight, the same can be said of many current sages. The truth is when we become aware of a certain prediction, the mere thought of it changes the outcome.

I don’t believe we are all going to die in the next few years unless death comes to us naturally, like it always has.

Is Christ going to return? I don’t know. What I do know, regardless of whether or not Christ does return, our destiny is determined by what we do, not by what someone else does or doesn’t do.

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We are entering a new era, an era of enlightenment. The earth is shifting its perspective, and all souls are also changing their line of thought. In the process, we are all becoming more intuitive, combine that with all the new technology now available and soon it will be hard for any of us to hide our true thoughts from others. This will necessitate us changing our way of thinking.

We are in the last days of Pisces and are entering the age of Aquarius, who knows what the future holds. That is for each and every one of us to determine,regardless of who does or doesn’t return to earth.

The author has been a writer/photographer for over thirty years. Specializing in nature and landscape photography, as well as studying native cultures.

His travels have taken him to most of the United States, as well as Australia, Belize, Egypt and the Canary Islands.

He has studied the Mayan culture of Central America as well as the aborigines of Australia. Photography has given him the opportunity to observe life in various parts of the world.

He has published several books about his adventures.

For more information, please consult his website,www.journeysthrulife.com.

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You Cant Change Facts

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Written by : Gary Wonning

Facts are stubborn rascals, regardless of how some today would like to change history, in all honesty,  history states certain events took place and it is a matter of record.

People can have their own opinion and perspective about the events but facts are facts. World War Two did take place and six million Jews were killed as well as many other groups under the Nazis. This is a fact and even though some would like to deny it the holocaust did take place. If you were married, divorced, an only child etc. those are facts and so written in the annals of time and cannot be changed.

Even though facts are facts and as such will never change, what can change is your perspective and reaction to them. Many who suffered through the holocaust recovered and once released from the prison camps went on to live productive and successful lives while many whose ancestors suffered under slavery are still carrying the cross today. It just a matter of perspective and adapting to reality. It is completely for the individual as to how long he wants to carry his own personal cross.

Do you want to dwell on your burden forever, or do you want to turn it into something positive?

The choice is yours, not God, the government or your neighbors…

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The author has been a writer/photographer for over thirty years. Specializing in nature and landscape photography, as well as studying native cultures.

His travels have taken him to most of the United States, as well as Australia, Belize, Egypt and the Canary Islands.

He has studied the Mayan culture of Central America as well as the aborigines of Australia. Photography has given him the opportunity to observe life in various parts of the world.

He has published several books about his adventures.

For more information, please consult his website,www.journeysthrulife.com.

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There is an extreme shortage of common sense in today’s world, When looking back in history, I soon discovered this has always been a problem, Benjamin Franklin once said, ”Of all the senses, common sense seems to be the one that is used the least.”

As simple as it may seem, many seem to be totally oblivious to it. Most if not all of the problems the world faces today could be solved if people would just sit back and think about what would seem to be the most obvious and simple solution to any issue. Often times people tend to over complicate the issues when an easy and simple solution would be obvious.

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The seperation of church and state

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Barton, David (2015-12-22). The Jefferson Lies: Exposing the Myths You’ve Always Believed About Thomas Jefferson

Significantly, the entire history of the separation doctrine centered on preventing the State from taking control of the Church, meddling with or controlling its doctrines, or punishing its religious expressions. Throughout history, it had been the State that had seized and controlled the Church, not the opposite. Furthermore, the separation doctrine had never been used to secularize the public square. As affirmed by early Quaker leader Will Wood, “The separation of Church and State does not mean the exclusion of God, righteousness, morality, from the State.”

Early Methodist bishop Charles Galloway agreed that “the separation of the Church from the State did not mean the severance of the State from God, or of the nation from Christianity.”  The philosophy of keeping the State at arm’s length and limited from either regulating religious practices or punishing religious expressions was planted deeply into American thinking.

Eventually, it was nationally enshrined in the First Amendment, which states, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the Free Exercise thereof …” The first part of this Amendment is now called the Establishment Clause and the latter part, the Free Exercise Clause. The language of each is clear; and both clauses were pointed solely at the State, not the Church. The Establishment Clause prohibited the State from enforcing ecclesiastical conformity, and the Free Exercise Clause ensured that the State would protect – rather than suppress, as it currently does – citizens’ rights of conscience and religious expression. Both clauses are explicit prohibitions only on the power of Congress (i.e., the government), not on religious individuals or organizations.

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This was the meaning of “separation of church and state” with which Jefferson was intimately familiar; and it was this interpretation, and not the modern perversion of it, that he repeatedly reaffirmed in his own writings and practices. This is especially evident in his famous letter that invoked the separation phrase. Consider the background of that letter and why Jefferson wrote it. When Jefferson, the political head of those originally known as the Anti-Federalists (but subsequently known as Democratic-Republicans, or Republicans), became president in 1801, his election was particularly well received by Baptists. This political disposition was understandable, for across much of American history, the Baptists had frequently found their free exercise of religion restricted under the power of a legal alliance between the government and state-established churches.

Baptist ministers in various regions had often been beaten, imprisoned, fined, or banned by civic authorities who were joined to state-established churches, so it was not surprising that Baptists strongly opposed centralized government power, including at the federal level. For this reason, the predominately Baptist state of Rhode Island refused to send delegates to the Constitutional Convention;  and the Baptists were the only denomination in which a majority of its clergy across the nation voted against the ratification of the Constitution for fear of federally-consolidated powers.

Your kind prayers for the protection and blessing of the common Father and Creator of man, and tender you, for yourselves and your religious association, assurances of my high respect and esteem.”  The Danbury Baptists then expressed their grave concern over governmental laws that protected their free exercise. As they explained: Our sentiments are uniformly on the side of religious liberty – that religion is at all times and places a matter between God and individuals; that no man ought to suffer in name, person, or effects on account of his religious opinions; that the legitimate power of civil government extends no further than to punish the man who works ill to his neighbor.

But sir, our constitution of government is not specific…. Religion is considered as the first object of legislation and therefore what religious privileges we enjoy (as a minor part of the State) we enjoy as favors granted and not as inalienable rights.

This was the meaning of “separation of church and state” with which Jefferson was intimately familiar; and it was this interpretation, and not the modern perversion of it, that he repeatedly reaffirmed in his own writings and practices. This is especially evident in his famous letter that invoked the separation phrase.

These ministers were troubled that their “religious privileges” were being guaranteed by the apparent generosity of government. Many citizens today do not grasp their concern. Why would ministers object to the State guaranteeing their enjoyment of religious privileges? Because to the farsighted Danbury Baptists, the mere presence of governmental language protecting their free exercise of religion suggested that its exercise had become a government-granted right (and thus a right that could be taken away or regulated) rather than a God-given unalienable right (which was to be untouched by government). Fearing that the inclusion of language in governing documents securing their “religious privileges” might someday cause the government wrongly to believe that since it had “granted” the freedom of religious expression it therefore, had the authority to control and restrict.

No power over the freedom of religion … [is] delegated to the United States by the Constitution [the First Amendment].  In matters of religion I have considered that its free exercise is placed by the Constitution independent of the powers of the general [federal] government. O ur excellent Constitution … has not placed our religious rights under the power of any public functionary.  None of these or any other statements by Jefferson contain even the slightest hint that religion should be removed from the public square, or that it should be secularized, but rather only that the government could not limit or regulate it. The possibility that the government might do so is what had troubled the Danbury Baptists. Fully understanding their concerns, Jefferson replied to them on January 1, 1802, assuring them that they had nothing to fear – the government would not meddle with their religious expressions, whether they occurred in private or in public.

The blogger has been a writer/photographer for over thirty years. Specializing in nature and landscape photography, as well as studying native cultures.

His travels have taken him to most of the United States, as well as Australia, Belize, Egypt and the Canary Islands.

He has studied the Mayan culture of Central America as well as the aborigines of Australia. Photography has given him the opportunity to observe life in various parts of the world.

He has published several books about his adventures.

For more information, please consult his website,www.journeysthrulife.com.

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CONGRESS SHALL MAKE NO LAW RESPECTING AN ESTABLISHMENT OF RELIGION, NOR PROHIBITING THE FREE EXERCISE THEREOF.

The very men who gave us the first amendment did not intend to create a radical separation of church and state that many advocate today. The day after Congress adopted the first amendment, they sent a message to George Washington. They asked him to declare a day of Thanksgiving to God.

Congress wanted to show America’s appreciation for the opportunity to create a new government in peace and tranquility.

The founders did not intend for God to be separate from our official acts. The founders just did not want a national denomination, such as in England.

They did not want an established church, an established church would take away religious liberty.
They did not want an established church that could force people to worship against their will or support it with private tax dollars.

Many say the founding fathers didn’t believe in God and weren’t Christian. They even go on to say that George Washington wasn’t a Christian and never went to church and never prayed.

This is completely wrong. In the early days of the United States, the whole of society centered around the local church. Most of the early pioneers attended church regularly or semi-regularly. Practically all our early schools were church sponsored, thus the children’s education was based on religion, as was George Washington.

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