Seeing the Future : Our Country in Conflict

At an early age, about five or six, I remember standing in front of our farmhouse, looking east and seeing our nation’s capital in flames.

I was living in Indiana at the time, this was the early fifties and being quite young, I hardly knew what Washington D.C. was. I just knew that sometime in the future, which I perceived to be sometime around the turn of the century, about 2007 or 2008 I knew there would be much conflict, and freedom would hang in the balance. 

At the time I never understood and even though it stuck in my mind, I never really thought too much about it.

Again, in the 1980s, I was reminded by a well-known psychic that the turn of the century would be a trying time for our nation. She said much of the conflict would arise from people not only not instilling common values in their children, but also, even though some of the children were raised correctly, many would stray from the path.

Even then, it didn’t really soak in what spirit was trying to tell me, she said I would be ok as long as I stayed out of the major cities.

The time is here, and I now understand, we, as a nation have done much to undermine our security and freedom. We have forgotten the values that made this country great. The only way to preserve our nation is to return to those principles that our country was founded on and lead our founders to establish the greatest country the world has even known.

Gary 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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Ronald Reagan Told Us What We Need To Say Today

Normally I only publish my own thoughts, but occasionally I find something extremely important and I republish the article, this is one of those times.

There were ten major persecutions of Christians in the first three centuries:

  1. Nero A.D. 54-68
  2. Domition A.D. 81- 96
  3. Trajan A.D. 98-117
  4. Antoninus Pius & Marcus Aurelius Antoninus A.D. 138-180
  5. Severus A.D. 193 – 211
  6. Maximus A.D. 235-238
  7. Decius A.D. 249-251
  8. Valerian A.D. 253-260
  9. Aurelian A.D. 274-287
  10. Diocletian A.D. 292-304

Emperor Diocletian’s persecution was the worst. When Diocletian had lost battles in Persia, his generals told him it was because they had neglected the Roman gods. Diocletian ordered all military personnel to worship the Roman gods, thus forcing Christians either into the closet or out of the army.

After purging Christians from the military, Diocletian surrounded himself with public opponents of Christianity. He revoked the tolerance issued a previous Emperor Gallienus in 260 AD, and then used the military to force all of Rome to worship pagan gods. In 303 A.D., Diocletian consulted the Oracle Temple of Apollo at Didyma, which told him to initiate a great empire-wide persecution of the Christian church.

What followed was an intolerant, hateful and severe persecution of Christians. Diocletian had his military go systematically province by province arresting church leaders, burning scriptures, destroying churches, cutting out tongues, boiling Christians alive and decapitating them.

From Europe to North Africa, thousands were martyred. The faithful cried out in fervent prayer. Then Diocletian was struck with a painful intestinal disease and resigned on MAY 1, 305 A.D.

Emperor Gelarius continued the persecution, but he too was struck with the intestinal disease and died.

Commenting on Roman persecutions was Secretary of State William Jennings Bryan, who was the Democrat Party’s candidate for president in 1896, 1900, and 1908. William Jennings Bryan stated in his speech, “The Prince of Peace,” (New York Times, Sept. 7, 1913): “I can imagine that the early Christians who were carried into the Coliseum to make a spectacle for those more savage than the beasts, were entreated by their doubting companions not to endanger their lives. But, kneeling in the center of the arena, they prayed and sang until they were devoured. …”

William Jennings Bryan continued: “How helpless they seemed, and, measured by every human rule, how hopeless was their cause! And yet within a few decades the power which they invoked proved mightier than the legions of the Emperor, and the faith in which they died was triumphant o’er all the land. … They were greater conquerors in their death than they could have been had they purchased life.”

President Ronald Reagan commented on the Roman Coliseum at the National Prayer Breakfast, Feb. 2, 1984: “This power of prayer can be illustrated by the story that goes back to the fourth century – the monk (Telemachus) living in a little remote village, spending most of his time in prayer. … One day he thought he heard the voice of God telling him to go to Rome. … Weeks and weeks later, he arrived … at a time of a festival in Rome. … He followed a crowd into the Coliseum, and then, there in the midst of this great crowd, he saw the gladiators come forth, stand before the Emperor, and say, ‘We who are about to die salute you.’ And he realized they were going to fight to the death for the entertainment of the crowds. He cried out, ‘In the Name of Christ, stop!’ And his voice was lost in the tumult there in the great Colosseum. …”

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Reagan continued: “And as the games began, he made his way down through the crowd and climbed over the wall and dropped to the floor of the arena. Suddenly the crowds saw this scrawny little figure making his way out to the gladiators and saying, over and over again, ‘In the Name of Christ, stop!’ And they thought it was part of the entertainment, and at first they were amused. But then, when they realized it wasn’t, they grew belligerent and angry. …”

Reagan added: “And as he was pleading with the gladiators, ‘In the Name of Christ, stop!’ one of them plunged his sword into his body. And as he fell to the sand of the arena in death, his last words were, ‘In the Name of Christ, stop!’ And suddenly, a strange thing happened. The gladiators stood looking at this tiny form lying in the sand. A silence fell over the Colosseum. And then, someplace up in the upper tiers, an individual made his way to an exit and left, and the others began to follow. And in the dead silence, everyone left the Colosseum. That was the last battle to the death between gladiators in the Roman Colosseum. Never again did anyone kill or did men kill each other for the entertainment of the crowd. …”

Reagan ended: “One tiny voice that could hardly be heard above the tumult. ‘In the Name of Christ, stop!’ It is something we could be saying to each other throughout the world today.”

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Gary 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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Historians Know the Biggest Cause Of Crime

I normally only publish my own thoughts, but occasionally I come across something really outstanding, this is one of those times.

The director of the FBI, J. Edgar Hoover, died May 2, 1972. For 48 years, under eight presidents, J. Edgar Hoover oversaw the Federal Bureau of Investigation, becoming famous for his dramatic campaigns to stop gangsters and organized crime.

Hoover established the use of fingerprints in law enforcement and successfully tracked down well-known criminals. FDR gave Hoover the task of investigating foreign espionage and left-wing activist groups.

J. Edgar Hoover stated: “The criminal is the product of spiritual starvation. Someone failed miserably to bring him to know God, love Him and serve Him.”

In 1981, Chuck Colson stated: “Imprisonment as a primary means of criminal punishment is a relatively modern concept. It was turned to as a humane alternative to the older patterns of harsh physical penalties for nearly all crimes. Quakers introduced the concept in Pennsylvania…”

Chuck Colson continued: “The first American prison was established in Philadelphia when the Walnut Street Jail was converted into a series of solitary cells where offenders were kept in solitary confinement. The theory was that they would become ‘penitents,’ confessing their crimes before God and thereby gaining a spiritual rehabilitation. Hence, the name ‘penitentiary’ – as a place for penitents.”

In the introduction to Edward L.R. Elson’s book, “America’s Spiritual Recovery,” 1954, J. Edgar Hoover wrote: “We can see all too clearly the devastating effects of Secularism on our Christian way of life. The period when it was smart to ‘debunk’ our traditions undermined … high standards of conduct. A rising emphasis on materialism caused a decline of ‘God-centered’ deeds and thoughts.”

J. Edgar Hoover continued: “The American home … ceased to be a school of moral and spiritual education. When spiritual guidance is at a low ebb, moral principles are in a state of deterioration. Secularism advances when men forget God.”

This is similar to Russian author Dostoevsky, who, in his book “The Brothers Karamazov,” had the character Ivan Karamazov contend that if there is no God, “everything is permitted.”

“Everything is permitted” is the amoral political strategy explained by Niccolo Machiavelli in his book, “The Prince,” 1515.

Five hundred years ago, Italy consisted of many independent city-states: Venice, Genoa, Naples, Florence, Sienna, Amalfi, Milan, Corsica, Pisa, San Marino, Cospaia, Gaeta, Lucca, Noli, Trani and Papal states. These were primarily noblemen’s republics, each with their own armies and navies, and they continually fought.

Machiavelli thought that if one prince could control all of Italy, it would stop the in-fighting. He observed the ruthless tactics of Cesare Borgia (1475-1507), who reputedly used intrigue, deceit, seduction, incest, poisoning and assassination to usurp power.

Machiavelli wrote that in politics, “one must consider the final result,” a phrase more succinctly remembered as “the end justifies the means,” an adage which dates back to Ovid’s Heroides, 10 B.C.

The “end” of one prince controlling all of Italy was such a good end that any “means” necessary to get there was justified. If the prince wanted to conquer a city, in his quest to unify Italy, the people would hate him. But if the prince paid criminals under the table to burn barns, kill cows, smash windows and set buildings on fire, thus creating crises and terror in the streets, the people of the city would cry out for help. The prince would come in, dispatch with the “useful idiot” criminals he paid, nobody would know the better for it, and the naive people, unaware of his subterfuge, would praise the prince as a hero.

It is good marketing, create the need and fill it: go around the back of a house and set it on fire, then go around to the front door and sell them a fire extinguisher – they will pay anything for it and thank you for being there.

Termed “Machiavellianism,” it the creating or capitalizing on crises to concentrate control, or as it is more popularly put, “never let a good crisis go to waste.”

H.L. Mencken wrote: “The urge to save humanity is almost always a false front for the urge to rule.”

Notorious tactics recorded by Machiavelli include:

  • “Politics have no relation to morals.”
  • “A prince never lacks legitimate reasons to break his promise.”
  • “The promise given was a necessity of the past: the word broken is a necessity of the present.”
  • “A wise ruler ought never to keep faith when by doing so it would be against his interests.”

Machiavelli explained how people actually want to believe lies from their leaders:

  • “Men are so simple and so much inclined to obey immediate needs that a deceiver will never lack victims for his deceptions.”
  • “Men are so simple and yield so readily to the desires of the moment that he who will trick will always find another who will suffer to be tricked.”
  • “One who deceives will always find those who allow themselves to be deceived.”

Machiavelli gave his maleficent counsel:

  • “No enterprise is more likely to succeed than one concealed from the enemy until it is ripe for execution.”
  • “It is double pleasure to deceive the deceiver.”

Machiavelli promised “change”:

  • “I’m not interested in preserving the status quo; I want to overthrow it.”
  • “One change always leaves the way open for the establishment of others.”
  • “Whosoever desires constant success must change his conduct with the times.”

Machiavelli continued his baleful remarks:

  • “It is much more secure to be feared than to be loved.”
  • “It is better to be feared than loved, if you cannot be both.”
  • “Since it is difficult to join them together, it is safer to be feared than to be loved when one of the two must be lacking.”
  • “Men shrink less from offending one who inspires love than one who inspires fear.”
  • “If an injury has to be done to a man it should be so severe that his vengeance need not be feared.”
  • “Severities should be dealt out all at once, so that their suddenness may give less offense; benefits ought to be handed out drop by drop, so that they may be relished the more.”
  • “The new ruler must determine all the injuries that he will need to inflict. He must inflict them once and for all.”
  • “Men ought either to be indulged or utterly destroyed, for if you merely offend them they take vengeance, but if you injure them greatly they are unable to retaliate, so that the injury done to a man ought to be such that vengeance cannot be feared.”
  • “Men should be either treated generously or destroyed, because they take revenge for slight injuries –- for heavy ones they cannot.”
  • “Whoever conquers a free town and does not demolish it commits a great error and may expect to be ruined himself.”

What society will fall victim to Machiavelli’s stratagems? William Holmes McGuffey warned in his “Newly Revised Rhetorical Guide,” 1853: “If you can induce a community to doubt the … authenticity of the Scriptures. … whether there be an eternal state of retribution beyond the grave; or whether there exists any such being as God, you have broken down the barriers of moral virtue, and hoisted the flood-gates of immorality and crime.”

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Samuel Adams stated Jan. 17, 1794: “A virtuous education is calculated to reach … the heart, and to prevent crimes. … Such an education, which leads the youth beyond mere outside show, will impress their minds with a profound reverence of the Deity.”

Dr. Benjamin Rush, a signer of the Declaration of Independence, wrote in “Essays – Literary, Moral, and Philosophical”: “In contemplating the political institutions of the United States, I lament that we waste so much time and money in punishing crimes and take so little pains to prevent them. … We neglect the only means of establishing and perpetuating our republican forms of government, that is, the universal education of our youth in the principles of Christianity by the means of the Bible.”

Noah Webster wrote in his “History of the United States,” 1832: “All the miseries and evils which men suffer from vice, crime, ambition, injustice, oppression, slavery and war, proceed from their despising or neglecting the precepts contained in the Bible.”

U.S. Senator Theodore Frelinghuysen wrote: “The Bible … Seal up this one Volume and in a half century all these hopes would wither and these prospects perish forever. These sacred temples would crumble or become the receptacles of pollution and crime.”

President James Buchanan proclaimed a national day of humiliation, fasting, and prayer, Dec. 14, 1860: “In this the hour of our calamity and peril to whom shall we resort for relief but to the God of our fathers. His omnipotent arm only can save us from the awful effects of our own crimes.”
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Gary 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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The George Washington Masonic Memorial

The George Washington Masonic Memorial

Located on Shuter’s Hill in Alexandria Virgina, the memorial can be seen for miles in every direction.

How this all came to be is an interesting story.

Shuter’s Hill, or as it was named during the Civil War, Shooters Hill, because at that time there was a fort on this mound and it’s garrison regularly shot cannon and rifles on a regular basis.

Today, most call it Shuter’s Hill.

In 1669 the hill was the property of Robert Howson who sold it to John Alexander for six thousand pounds of tobacco. Eighty years later his great-grandson sold it to John Mills who built a large house on it.

In 1790, Col. Ludwell Lee,  the son of Richard Henry Lee purchased it.  Richard Henry Lee had served during the American Revolution and was present at the surrender of Cornwallis at Yorktown.

It then came under the ownership of Benjamin Dulaney a third generation Irish American and friend of George Washington. Dulaney was a member of Alexandria Lodge F&AM, he subsequently was present when the lodge elected Washington an honorary member and at the cornerstone ceremony of the US capitol in 1793.

During the civil war, the military built a series of forts the defend the Federal District and to protect the western front. No shots were ever fired and after Lee’s surrender, the forts were decommissioned.

The land eventually became transferred to the George Washington National Memorial Association, and ground was broken on June 4, 1922, construction began on November 5, 1923, with the laying of the cornerstone.

Today, even after thousands of years, the hill remains and now is dedicated to George Washington and the masonic order that did much to establish the United States as the beacon of light it is today.

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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Reliving Fredericksburg, Virginia

Written By: Gary Wonning

After a sleepless night, it was time to find out what Fredericksburg was all about. Totally oblivious to what I would see or find, I exited the freeway and drove into the tiny city. A cemetery suddenly caught my eye. My first thought was,”Where did cemetery come from?”

It was then I observed a small sign near the entrance.

It was a Civil War Cemetery. My next thought was.” Oh, it’s a Civil War Cemetery, that wasn’t here when I was here before. “

Where did that thought come from? And why did I think that?

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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More surprises awaited me, as I drove into town I couldn’t believe what I was seeing! This town is almost a carbon copy of Vevay Indiana. The main street was very similar to the main street in Vevay, the river was on the right, and there was a Rising Sun Tavern on the east side of town. I soon found my reason for spending so much time in Vevay was to be a gentle reminder of a time in the past. I had been to Fredericksburg before.

In times such as this, I get very hungry, a lunch at the Rising Sun Tavern was definitely on the agenda. Entering the tavern, it was DeJa vu all over again. I can remember the many times had I dined and drank my favorite beverage in the friendly confines of this establishment.

Walking around the town was truly amazing, just like old home week, past another cemetery which held the remains of many Revolutionary War people, both soldiers and townspeople.

photo os the home lodge of George Washington

George Washington’s Home Lodge

Touring the Masonic Lodge I could see myself attending many lodge meetings in an earlier era.

So Many in The United States Are Addicted to Drugs and Alcohol, Why?

 

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Life was a lot slower and simpler in the fifties and sixties.

Written by: Gary Wonning

It seems that every day, the news is filled with reports of people overdosing on drugs and alcohol.

This problem seems to affect every age and social group, from the very rich to the very poor, men , women, and children.

We live in the greatest nation ever conceived by modern day man, we have opportunities available that were unimaginable even just a few years ago. We have luxuries and conveniences available to almost everyone that were once reserved for only the elites and privileged.

So, why in the presence of all these niceties of life, when life should be a piece of cake , do so many people resort to drugs and alcohol to drown their sorrows? Most people should be living life as if they have nothing to worry about.

There is one thing everyone has forgotten about, an issue that began to appear many years ago when our prosperity began to blossom.

As our material life improved by leaps and bounds, our spiritual life began a decline, people forgot about the things that made this country great. In many cases, people quit going to church and supporting the many fraternal, civic, and social organizations that were once the fabric of our society. People quit talking to each other, many times moving to various parts of the country for income opportunities, where like-minded people didn’t exist.

When people from different parts of the country live in one community, they no longer share a common background or history, thus they often have nothing in common, and along with that many differences of opinions, beliefs, and social structure.

It’s nice to have diversity, but too much of a good thing often has negative effects. We can all socialize with people from different backgrounds, but to build long-term lasting relationships is a horse of a different color. It’s never the same as when we are around like minded people who we share many common interests with and who we have known all our lives.

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All of this, plus the theory that our religious organizations in many cases no longer satisfy the needs of the populace, has lead to a moral breakdown of our country

Many people are asking questions about their spirituality that the churches can’t or won’t answer. Too many people who ask why bad things happen in their lives, the standard answer, “It’s God’s Will” no longer suffices, people want answers as to why “It’s God’s Will.”

Thus, they have fallen away from any kind of spiritual teachings, leaving a void in their lives.

Instead of searching for answers in unconventional ways, they have given up and resorted to an easier course, drugs, and alcohol to drown their sorrows and misery.

However short term and destructive this may be, it is a quick fix and before long they are so removed from their spiritual foundation, they no longer care, or are even aware of their precarious position.

Over a  period of time, and after a couple of generations, many forget about the time-worn principles of life taught them by their forefathers. The guiding principles that have guided mankind from the beginning of time, the laws of nature , and nature’s God.

Sometimes we need to find new ways to learn old things, sometimes we just need to go back and learn the old ways, get back to the basics.

People have lost sight of God and made government their God. When government fails them, which it will, they are disillusioned and have nowhere to turn. They have no confidence in themselves and feel hopeless.

They then rely on another false God, drugs.

Because of all this, our country has gotten into one mell of a hess.

Do yourself and your country a big favor, get up off your duff and do something besides stare at a computer screen sixteen hours a day.

Join a fraternal, civic, or social organization, get active in a church, put some purpose in your life, soon you will be so busy you won’t have time to take any drugs or alcohol and you will be helping not only yourself but others as well.

By doing so, you can get this once great country back on track.

Common sense for the modern era

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Wisdom lost through the ages, common sense is no longer common.

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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The Vision Of America

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Written By: Gary Wonning

In spite of what we are often told by the media and those who would want to destroy our country and turn it into a socialist nightmare, the United States is still that new Jerusalem, that shining city on the hill that most people look to for guidance and leadership.

We often see what happens to the world condition when America shirks its duty and let’s evil reign over the land.

We have a responsibility to the rest of our world citizens; there isn’t any other country that can do it.

It is the price we pay for living in the greatest country ever known to mankind. We sometimes overreach, but we are the world’s leader.

The rewards are great, and the consequences are disastrous if we fail in our mission.

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The secrets our founders knew

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.

Your comments are welcome