General Colin Powell called the GOP out regarding their recent outrageous statements and actions. Appearing on Meet the Press, Powell said “My party, unfortunately, is the bastion of those people — not all of them, but most of them — who are still basing their positions on race. Let me just be candid: My party is full of racists, and the real reason a considerable portion of my party wants President Obama out of the White House has nothing to do with the content of his character, nothing to do with his competence as commander-in-chief and president, and everything to do with the color of his skin, and that’s despicable.” Powell made some strong statements but will he simply be dismissed as a RINO? Reade the linked story and share your thoughts.
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Colin Powell Comments on the Gates Controversy and Relates His Own Racial Profiling Story on Larry King Live
We are going into the second week of the Gates controversy. Unless you live under a rock you have heard the facts of the case. Or shall I say the disputed facts. In this case the facts vary depending on whose telling them. Some say the President weighed into the controversy, but I contend he was dragged into it. Nevertheless he will be having a beer with Professor Gates and Sgt. Crowley very soon. The story refuses to die and last night on Larry King Live General Colin Powell said that he too had been the victim of racial profiling many times. Powell said Gates could have handled the situation differently. Powell urged young people confronted by the police to “cooperate. Don’t make the situation more difficult.” When King asked Powell how did it make him feel Powell said “Do you get angry? Yes. Do you manifest that anger? You protest, you try to get things fixed, but it’s kind of a better course of action to take it easy and don’t let your anger make the current situation worse.” It is easy for people to comment on the Gates controversy, and say Gates might have handled the situation better, but it is easy to be a Monday morning quarterback. We will never really know what happened in that house so we will never know how we would have reacted to the situation. Powell is a disciplined military man who worked his way up and to do that he has had to learn to keep his emotions in check. So it stands to reason that Powell would have handled the situation differently, and it also stands to reason that no cop in America today would have cuffed Gen. Colin Powell not even Sgt. Crawley.
Colin Powell endorsed Barack Obama on Sunday. Powell clearly and concisely articulated why he was throwing his support behind Obama, but now it has been reduced to just one reason. Powell is black and Obama is black. That is the one and only reason, according to George Wills who has also verbalized misgivings about the Sarah Palin pick. In describing the Palin pick Wills said America wants some one to “represent them not replicate them”, no one questioned his reason for verbalizing misgivings about the Palin pick, but it is unbelievable that the selection of Palin was a part of Powell’s thought process. Rush Limbaugh said race was the only reason that Powell would back someone this inexperienced, but Powell served under Bush II who had no foreign policy experience, but that was different. Why? Bush is white and that’s ok. The economy is in shambles and McCain’s first response to the crisis was to say the “fundamentals” are good, and only when questioned did he try to back pedal and say when he said fundamentals he meant the people. This could not be the reason. It’s just they both are black. Well, if Powell was just looking to support a “homie” why didn’t he come out for Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton or Carol Mosley Braun? Who are these mind readers that can tell us what Powell’s real motives are? They all come from the far right and they in their own infinite wisdom can read Powell’s mind. Powell laid out a detailed eloquent endorsement and it can not reduced to one racially charged reason. It would be ridculous to say race was not a factor, but it is equally ridiculous to say race was the only factor.
Today on Meet the Press Gen. Colin Powell endorsed Sen. Barack Obama. He stated that Sen. McCain has been a friend of his for over 25 years, but he was troubled by the direction of the McCain campaign. He cited the selection of Sarah Palin as one of the troubling decisions that McCain has made during this campaign, and he also said that the Republican Party was moving more and more to the right and by doing this becoming less and less inclusive. He also talked about the fact that values are not a trait that can only be associated with “small towns”. In making his endorsement Powell said “I come to the conclusion that because of his ability to inspire, because of the inclusive nature of his campaign, because he is reaching out all across America, because of who he is and his rhetorical abilities — and you have to take that into account — as well as his substance — he has both style and substance. He has met the standard of being a successful president, being an exceptional president.” Brokaw said that some will say that Powell is endorsing him because he and Obama are both African-Americans. Powell’s response was if that were the reason he could have done it months ago, but this is a decision that he has come to in the last couple of months. Powell will not be campaigning for Obama so one must ask why did he feel the need to share a private decision? Powell stated that he found it troubling when he has heard senior members of the GOP continue to whisper that Obama is a Muslim and their continual attack on his patriotism. He said he was disturbed when the McCain campaign said ‘We’re going to go negative and attack his character through Bill Ayers.’ Now I guess the message this week is we’re going to call him a socialist. Mr. Obama is now a socialist, because he dares to suggest that maybe we ought to look at the tax structure that we have. Taxes are always a redistribution of money. Most of the taxes that are redistributed go back to those who pay them, in roads and airports and hospitals and schools. And taxes are necessary for the common good. And there’s nothing wrong with examining what our tax structure is or who should be paying more or who should be paying les, and for us to say that makes you a socialist is an unfortunate characterization that I don’t think is accurate.” The Powell endorsement is important because he has served his country with distinction and there is no question that he loves his country. This is a man who would not under any circumstance support someone that he believed was a terrorist or is any way associated with terrorism. Powell’s endorsement is important because it is a plus for Barack Obama, but it is not an indictment of John McCain, but it is an indictment of the campaign he is running.