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The Universe, Created by Chance or by God?

The unfathomable size of the universe supports the notion that a divine being set it all in motion

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A single infinitesimally small atom, sufficiently dense to contain matter equal to between 200 billion and two trillion galaxies, exploding via the phenomenon we call the Big Bang, was put in motion, somehow, someway, by a force as powerful, if not more powerful, than the energy in the universe itself.

The vastness of the known universe, added to whatever else is in the universe currently unknown, all but precludes that the existence of the cosmos is a result of some spontaneous, chemical, physical reaction without a driving force behind it. Some entity, spirit, first driver, or, most likely, deity, had to have been behind it.

Irregular Shapes and Sizes

Galaxies, it is now known, appear in irregular shapes and sizes and, among them, many dwarf galaxies exist. Dwarf galaxies, the smallest in the universe, contain only a few hundred or a few thousand stars. Dwarf galaxies routinely lose their stars to their much larger neighbors via gravity. As stars stream across the sky, dwarf galaxies frequently are ripped apart.

Our own galaxy, the Milky Way, rotates at about 560,000 miles per hour and completes one full revolution every 200 million years or so. One Milky Way revolution ago, dinosaurs ruled planet Earth. The emergence of Homo erectus was 196,000,000 years in the future.

The Milky Way has nearly 300 billion stars, however, this is atypical. Most galaxies have fewer stars, perhaps around 100 billion. If galaxies were reduced in size to that of apples, neighboring galaxies would be a handful of meters apart. The relative proximity of galaxies means that galaxies occasionally emerge. Around four billion years from today, the Milky Way will merge with the Andromeda galaxy.

The merging process itself will require at least 100 million years. During this incredible transition, all life on earth will be irrevocably altered and most likely obliterated, as will virtually all life everywhere else within both galaxies. Stars and their orbiting planets, known as solar systems, will be subjected to enormous changes in rotation, revolution, gravity, orbit, and motion from the molecular level on up. No particle of matter is likely to remain unscathed.

All So Vast

In the observable universe, each star has at least one planet orbiting around it. Most stars have more than one planet, as does our Sun. Thus, the observable universe likely contains 20,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 or more stars. (To break this number down, it equals 200 trillion, times 100 trillion).

Since each star has at least one planet rotating around it, if even one in 100 trillion stars has an orbiting planet which contains life, that would add up to 200 trillion planets in the known universe which contain life.

If only one in one thousand of these 200 trillion planets contain intelligent life, perhaps even hominoid-shaped life, that would mean 200 billion planets contain intelligent life. Not only are we not alone in the universe, the odds of extraterrestrial intelligent life are overwhelming.

The distances likely are too vast for us to encounter such life, although UFO enthusiasts like to keep up the dialogue. How were these planets seeded? From where did the live cells spring? Can 200 billion planets containing intelligent life be anything but the handiwork of an awesome force?

Who Created it All?

The notion that a supreme or divine being actually appeared on Earth tens of thousands of years ago, or 2000 years ago, or last week, and has some direct, familial connection to God, makes one pause when you consider that there are a minimum of 200 billion other planets that contain intelligent life.

The unfathomable size of the universe in and of itself supports the notion that a divine being set it all in motion. There simply can’t be so much randomness in our lives, and in existence itself, to conclude that it all unfolded over billions of years in some haphazard fashion.

At the starting point, from the smallest particles in the universe, to the universe itself, to the multiverse, if it exists — God’s hand touches all. How could it be any other way?

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Can the Party of “No” Beat the Party of “Free?”

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Have you noticed the rhetoric, “At least we have the House to stop some of Biden’s crazy plans!” The GOP’s keyword is “STOP.” Have you noticed that the Democrats have positioned themselves as the party of more “FREE” gifts from the government?

The GOP wants to cut budgets, cut government jobs, stop abortions, stop illegal aliens crossing the border, stop election cheating, stop student loan giveaways….and the list goes on. The Democrats have effectively positioned the GOP as the party of “NO!”

With a small margin in the House, Biden’s veto, and a likely Democrat Senate virtual majority, the Republicans face a difficult challenge. How do you shape a narrative that can win in 2024 and minimize the damage that the Democrats can do until then?

It starts by capitalizing on an issue that Republicans have been reticent to exploit-school choice. Have you noticed that the youngest voters went Democrat in every state? We have let the Democrats control public schools. Teacher unions have used their money and influence to ensure adequate funding. The result is clear-the youth under their influence have rejected the responsible values of their parents. The young lack confidence in their ability to make free-enterprise work, and they like government entitlements, rent relief, and promises of student loan forgiveness. In short, they have settled for the party of “FREE”-the Democrats!

School choice wasn’t even part of the Republican’s Commitment to America. Our leaders missed its role in Youngkin’s win in Virginia. It’s time to start becoming the party of “YES” to school choice. Many minority parents feel trapped in underperforming schools, and they want better schools for their children. Conservatives want an end to the indoctrination of liberal values that public schools provide. In short, it’s time to embrace school choice as a central focus in the GOP’s 2024 campaign.

There is no question that the issue of abortion also played a key role in impacting the Republican gains in the November election. The Democrats were able to turn fears over the Supreme Court reversal of Roe vs Wade into voter turnout in key races. It’s time to be the party of “YES” to reasonable limits on abortion and responsible support for adoption for unwanted children. Most Americans are supportive of reasonable limits on abortion. House Republicans could introduce federal legislation to make abortion after the first trimester illegal. Let the states take the role of considering even more restrictive measures. Make Democrats the party of “NO” to sane abortion limits.

Be the party of “YES” to government support for organizations that provide vulnerable women with support and material resources to help them consider both parenting and adoption. Democrats would have women believe that abortion is their only option. There are parents ready to adopt, and it can be a beautiful experience for all involved. It’s time to convince women to support life for their unborn child by providing loving options instead of trying to force the total elimination of abortion. Abortion disproportionately impacts minorities. To meet the needs of the future, America needs all the births our citizens can bring into this world.

Say “YES” to responsible citizenship-every citizen working to find a satisfying career in pursuit of their true American Dreams instead of settling for government dependence. The Republican message must be strong and clear-we belief in all Americans’ ability to gain their mojo and take back their future. There is no future in dependence-Getting “Free” entitlements are not “Freedom!” Let people know that America is still where the “pursuit of happiness” is not just something to justify a revolution. It is what has made America great and the envy of the world. It is by improving your skills and earning advancements or starting one’s own business that true dreams are achieved. No citizen should settle when she can soar.

Say “YES” to a secure border and legal immigration. America remains the land of opportunity, and we need immigrants. We don’t need millions of illegal immigrants unvetted and unprepared to add value to our country. Stand for completing the building of our Southern border wall and increasing our focus on expanding legal immigration. Republicans must not be against immigrants; we are only against welcoming illegal immigrants who do not honor our immigration process. Americans want a secure border, and they want to be known as a country that welcomes immigrants. Have the strength and wisdom to stand for both.

Say “YES” to law and order. Stand in support of law enforcement and accountability for criminals. Yes, we want fair treatment of all Americans, but citizens are tired of criminals having the upper hand. They want to feel safe in their homes and their businesses. We need DAs who will prosecute criminals instead of letting them go. There is a simple formula for the GOP to reflect most Americans-“Do the crime and do the time!”

Say “YES” to energy independence and an all of the above approach to energy policy. Instead of saying “No” to climate change paranoia, affirm the importance of developing all of our energy resources to be independent of foreign dependence. Capitalizing on all available energy options will also strike a blow at inflation, since the cost of energy impacts all facets of our economy.

If you want to beat the “Party of FREE,” we need to become the “Party of YES” to the things that Americans truly value. It’s time to begin preparing a narrative that can win in 2024. May it be so.

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Three Things Republicans MUST Do Now

The Republicans have a very important job to do!

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Now that the Republicans have taken the House, they have a few VERY important jobs to do. In this short five minute video, Chris Widener, Founder of PolitiCrossing, makes the case that there are three things the Republicans must do to be successful through 2024 and take back the Senate and the White House as well.

1. Investigate
2. Defund
3. Cast a Positive Vision for America

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