As I See It

by A.J.(Tony) Powell

“One And Done?”

Will ‘The Donald’ get a second term as President?

Will the actions and decisions of President Donald Trump survive?

Polls show that the American people trust ‘The Donald’ more than any Democrats and most Republicans in Washington D.C.

One pundit said, “It seems that a lot of President Donald Trump’s policies, are likely to last longer than his critics”. Continue reading

By Tony Powell

Peace in Palestine will never happen!

The (Free) Irish have been fighting for their freedom from British occupation for a thousand years.

They don’t seem to understand Golden Rule which says “The guy with the gold rules!” and “Might Makes Right!”

Israel prefers the status quo. Seventy years of peace plans, international summits, secret negotiations, UN resolutions and state-building programs, have and will continue to fail.

The political leaders of Israel have openly stated for decades that they will never agree to a so-called  “Two-State Solution”. Continue reading

By A.J.(Tony) Powell
Would you read a column about the US Constitution and the Bill of Rights?
Probably not. It is interesting that anyone and everyone has an ‘opinion’ about ‘Freedom of Religion’ and ‘Freedom of Speech’ but have never bothered to read up on it. So I thought I’d take a look.

The First Amendment to the United States Constitution says “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.”
Not that complicated – Is it?

“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion”. That seems simple enough. But, for whatever reason, the US Supreme Court claims it to mean that the government can OUTLAW religion.

This contradicts the next line “or prohibiting the free exercise thereof”. Why then cannot our children pray in school? Why can’t our local Commission Meetings, or any group meeting, start with an invocation?

-Next line says, “or abridging the freedom of speech or of the press”. Doesn’t that mean that you can write or say what you want to, wherever you want to, whenever you want to?

-If an American Citizen wants to say a prayer here, there or anywhere, why is it any business of the government?

-Next line says, “or the right of the people peaceably to assemble.” Doesn’t that mean that the police should not attack an individual, a group or a crowd who are walking down the street with a bunch of dumb signs claiming their ‘rights’? Stupidity isn’t illegal. If it was, most of our Congress and Senate would be in jail!

“and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.”– That means only that American Citizens can legally ‘Petition-The-Government’ BUT, the government is not obligated to listen.

Their answer is, ‘next election’ But, that doesn’t work either, because the new candidates turn out to be as crooked as the ones just voted out.

Apparently, when the First Amendment was drafted, it applied only to the U.S. Congress and not State and Local Governments. Then, in 1940, the US Supreme Court used the Fourteenth Amendment, (The Free Exercise Clause) to override States Rights. Continue reading

By Tony Powell

“No free man shall ever be debarred the use of arms.” — Proposed Virginia Constitution, 1776.

“The Second Amendment is really about state militias being strong enough to resist any attempt by the Federal government to destroy us. Reading the debates and legal wranglings from the time of the Constitution’s drafting makes this very clear.

Last month (March 2018) we talked about ‘The Second Amendment to the United States Constitution’ which says.”A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.”

Seems simple enough, but, apparently, there are as many opinions as to its meaning as there are people who have read it. (And, of course plenty who have never read it, but they have an opinion anyway. Continue reading

by A.J.(Tony) Powell

“The Second Amendment to the United States Constitution”.

It was pseudo-celebrity, ‘Joe the Plumber’ who once wrote, “Your Dead Kids, don’t Trump my Constitutional Rights!”

The 17 murders at a school in Florida has started another barrage of hysteria in the media.

It’s about a year since a gunman executed 49 people and wounded 53 others in Orlando.

The Columbine shooting at a Colorado high school was back in 1999.

In Northern California a gunman killed four people and injured three children. Continue reading

by A.J.(Tony) Powell

Is the USA a ‘democracy’ or not?

One definition reads “A true ‘democracy’ is government by-the-people. But the United States is a ‘Representative’ democracy. The citizens elect representatives such as the president, members of congress, and senators. As I see it, neither system works for long. Government ‘by-the-people’ deteriorates into ‘mob rule’, because, in practice, there is no government.

For example, the ‘free’ countries of the ‘civilized’ world, removed Libyan dictator Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi. ‘The People’ were then free to choose their own, new leadership. The result? – Uncontrolled chaos! Continue reading

by A.J.(Tony) Powell

AS I SEE IT by A.J.(Tony) Powell

Who loves President Donald Trump? – TV Host Don Lemon describes ‘The Donald’ as a ‘crazy, basket case and a sociopath’

TV Talkers Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski shrieking that ‘madman’ Trump would get us into a ‘nuclear showdown.’ On another channel, TV co-host Joy Behar want him ‘impeached’ before he got us all nuked.

Even though his daughter and son-in-law are Jews, Trump is ‘anti-Semitic”and ‘America’s first neo-Nazi president’ according to TV Talkers, Terry Moran and Bob Moser. Then Brian Stelter and Carl Bernstein say that the Trump administration is becoming one of the worst dictatorships in the world. Continue reading

by A.J.(Tony) Powell

Christmas is a good time to take a break from all the BAD NEWS.

Here’s few Christmas facts I didn’t know about.

Ancient Christian tradition puts Jesus’ birth on December 25th in the year 1 of our calendar, but the New Testament gives no date or year for Jesus’ birth.

The earliest gospel (St. Mark) begins with Jesus’ baptism and was probably written about 65 AD, so even the earliest Christians didn’t know for sure.

Luke 3:1,23 says that Jesus turned 30 years old in the 15th year of Roman Emperor Tiberius’ reign the year 754. But also Luke 1:5 puts Jesus’ birth in the reign of Herod who died in the year 750, about four years earlier. Continue reading

AS I SEE IT

by A.J. (Tony) Powell

Why Immigration?

Published reports say that 75% of the most wanted criminals out west are illegal aliens.  More than half of the burglaries in California, New Mexico, Nevada, Arizona, and Texas are perpetrated by illegal aliens. Thanks to the incompetence of the Government in Washington DC, Republican and Democrat alike, foreigners have gone up from about 8% to over 13% of the US population.

And ‘illegals’ more than tripled from 3.5 million to over 11 million over the past 20 years. Now even the Republicans are planning to offer ‘amnesty’ to over 3 million of them. Apparently House, Speaker Paul Ryan has said that he will ‘slip an amnesty’ into a spending bill later this year. This, of course, ignores President Trump’s campaign promise to protect America from this ongoing ‘invasion’. Continue reading

by A.J.(Tony) Powell

First Amendment – Religion and Expression. Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

But attacks on religious freedom have more than doubled in the last few years. Last year there were thousands of hostile attacks in the USA.

These days we are not safe even in public places, schools, churches or even the military.

Not all hostility is physical. People have been fired, refused employment, or fined for speaking out about their beliefs.

Even State Legislatures have been sued for starting their day with a prayer. A high school coach was fired for praying after a football game. He lost his lawsuit  trying to get his job back. Continue reading

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