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COLIN POWELL'S ENDORSEMENT
boblonsberry.com ^ | 10/20/08 | Bob Lonsberry

Posted on 10/20/2008 6:43:05 AM PDT by shortstop

There are two types of people in the world.

Those who think Colin Powell endorsed Barack Obama because he’s black, and those who believe that anyone who thinks that is a racist. One type is forced by modern political correctness into silence, and the other type is by the same means emboldened in its vigilant desire to denounce.

The numbers of each probably exceed a hundred million.

Personally, I believe racial solidarity was a factor, probably the deciding factor, in Colin Powell’s endorsement. The only other explanation is that, in the eighth decade of his life, Colin Powell has completely changed political philosophies and lost the ability to gauge political reality.

No disrespect intended, Colin Powell has been a prominent American and a career military man, but his stated reasons for backing Barack Obama don’t make sense.

Here are some examples.

He said yesterday on “Meet The Press” that the Republican Party could not be entrusted with the next two Supreme Court nominations. He said that the appointment of more conservatives to the court would be bad for the country.

That is a straw man argument that, if it is sincere, requires us to believe that Colin Powell knows nothing of John McCain’s political record of even which party controls the U.S. Senate. John McCain has been, over the last 25 years, less politically conservative than Colin Powell. John McCain would appoint moderates to the Supreme Court and the rest of the federal judiciary, but he would not appoint conservatives.

And at the end of the day, it doesn’t matter who John McCain appoints – the Harry Reid Senate, with an expected Democratic supermajority, is going to hold all the cards. Who gets on the Supreme Court for at least the next two years will be determined by the Democratic Senate, not by a possible Republican White House.

And Colin Powell knows that.

So that reason is disingenuous.

And others seem similarly unconvincing. Look at his statement on TV: “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.”

Let’s take that in order. First, “his ability to inspire.”

Actually, Barack Obama’s “ability to inspire” extends to less than half the people in the country. In fact, his support among the public is no higher than that generated by Al Gore or John Kerry when they ran for president. So far, Barack Obama’s support across the country – in spite of a staggering campaign budget and more ads than anyone has ever seen before – is essentially what it has been for any Democratic presidential candidate of the last generation.

Put another way, Barack Obama has yet to inspire as many people – as a percentage of the population – as Jimmy Carter did against Gerald Ford in 1976. And he has yet to surpass the percentage “inspired” by Bill Clinton, Al Gore or John Kerry.

Next absurdity: “because of the inclusive nature of his campaign.”

Inclusive of whom? Is that the dictionary “inclusive,” as in lots of different types of people, or the politically correct “inclusive,” as in non-white? Actually, neither is truly accurate. Barack Obama’s campaign – naturally – is composed of the traditional Democratic coalition. And at its senior levels it may be, compared to Al Gore and John Kerry, less racially diverse, by which I mean more senior people seem to be white.

Next line: “because he is reaching out all across America.” That’s meaningless. Not since Benjamin Harrison campaigned from his front porch has a presidential candidate from either party done anything other than “reach out all across America.”

Next line: “because of who he is.” That’s pretty subjective, but “who he is” includes being the most liberal and least experienced major-party presidential candidate anyone can think of.

Then Colin Powell praised Barack Obama’s abilities as a speaker, which many people would agree with.

Colin Powell was asked about the perception some would have that he endorsement was about race.

He responded, “If I had only had that in mind, I could have done this six, eight, 10 months ago. I really have been going back and forth between somebody I have the highest respect and regard for, John McCain, and somebody I was getting to know, Barack Obama. And it was only in the last couple of months that I settled on this."

That’s not a satisfying answer. The truth is that, if you decide you support a candidate – for whatever reason – you announce your endorsement at the time it will do them the most good. And right now, just two weeks before the election, when Barack Obama is up but not putting it away, is when a big-name endorsement will do him the most good. Timing is no reflection of reason, when it comes to endorsements. Colin Powell’s response doesn’t really make sense.

And neither does his endorsement.

Granted, anyone can vote for anyone for any reason they choose, and there’s nothing wrong with that. Voting – and endorsing – are completely private and personal rights, and nobody owes anybody an explanation for anything.

But, if you take race out of it, Colin Powell’s endorsement seems to be a departure from a lifetime’s choices and allegiances. Colin Powell has been a Republican insider since the days of Richard Nixon, for whom he worked. That contact proved very valuable to his military career as he hopscotched his seniors to take assignments and promotions.

He was Ronald Reagan’s national security advisor. George Bush the elder made him the youngest chairman of the joint chiefs, and the only one not to have attended West Point or Annapolis. George Bush the younger made him secretary of state.

At every turn of his career, Colin Powell has implemented and supported the conservative policies of his Republican patrons. He was, in fact, the man who assured the world in testimony before the United Nations that Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction. When Barack Obama claims that America was “lied into” the war in Iraq, the only conclusion that can be drawn is that he believes Colin Powell is a liar, as it was Colin Powell who assured the world and the American people that Iraqi weapons of mass destruction made the war necessary.

Further, the surge which Barack Obama opposed is an application of the so-called Powell Doctrine – the belief held by every man who served in Vietnam, that if you’re going to fight, you go in with the deck stacked in your favor and you flatten your enemy, no holds barred.

With all respect to Colin Powell, who is a noteworthy and inspiring American, the philosophy and associates of Barack Obama are a dramatic departure from what and who Colin Powell has associated himself for his entire adult life. If a man sincerely supported Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush, he cannot sincerely support Barack Obama. Without regard to which side of the equation you admire or support, the two sides are ultimately irreconcilable. They just stand for very different things.

If it wasn’t race that tipped Colin Powell to Barack Obama, it’s hard to figure out what else it could have been. Unless the general has had a late-life change of philosophy – or he spent a career supporting policies and politicians he didn’t really believe in – his support of Barack Obama doesn’t make sense. He is a career military man who personally served in the staffs of four conservative Republican presidents and benefited tremendously from them.

Colin Powell can support anybody he wants. That’s his right. Just as it’s our right to try to figure out why.


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But, if you take race out of it, Colin Powell’s endorsement seems to be a departure from a lifetime’s choices and allegiances. Colin Powell has been a Republican insider since the days of Richard Nixon, for whom he worked. That contact proved very valuable to his military career as he hopscotched his seniors to take assignments and promotions.
1 posted on 10/20/2008 6:43:05 AM PDT by shortstop
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That contact proved very valuable to his military career as he hopscotched his seniors to take assignments and promotions.

So much for "affirmative action".................

2 posted on 10/20/2008 6:44:52 AM PDT by Red Badger (My wallet is made out of depleted you-owe-mium........)
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To: shortstop

3 posted on 10/20/2008 6:45:10 AM PDT by Vaquero ("an armed society is a polite society" Robert A. Heinlein)
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To: shortstop

He compared Governor Palin’s experience to biden’s instead of obama’s, which was also disingenuous.


4 posted on 10/20/2008 6:46:41 AM PDT by Schnucki (Did acorn disenfranchise hillary primaries voters?)
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To: shortstop

0bama wants to fill his cabinet with former Bush Administration officials?
That doesn’t look like ‘CHANGE’ to me!

In fact, Powell is the guy who sold the Iraq war to the American people.
I can’t even tell 0bama and Bush apart at this point.

And to throw Powell’s own words back at him, the fact that he endorsed someone as inexperienced as 0bama makes me question his judgement.


5 posted on 10/20/2008 6:47:53 AM PDT by counterpunch (It's the SOCIALISM, Stupid!)
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To: shortstop

a black man endorsed a black man. big deal.

but it isn’t about race now is it?


6 posted on 10/20/2008 6:48:40 AM PDT by camle (keep an open mind and someone will fill it full of something for you)
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To: shortstop

One word: Unmasked

Two words: Selfish opportunist.

Three words: Affirmative action amok.


7 posted on 10/20/2008 6:48:53 AM PDT by StAntKnee (Why'dja say I was a community organizer? You know how I always wanted to pretend I was a soldier.)
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To: Red Badger

President Reagan must be spinning in his grave right now.


8 posted on 10/20/2008 6:49:30 AM PDT by ScottinVA
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To: shortstop

Quite frankly, Samuel JOE Wurzellbacher’s endorsement holds much more weight with me.
And I call yell his middle name JOE JOE JOE JOE JOE without being labelled an evil white-devil islamaphobic racist.

I’M WITH JOE!.. This theme needs to go big very fast... I’M WITH JOE!

Freepers need to spread the word in every place there is a MAC or BO raly. Purchase plungers and make signs in this theme to take to your rallies.
We are all plumbers now that need to unclog the system from impending over-taxation (Socialism) and the legalized ‘theft’ of our hard earned income.

Call to MAC/Palin/Republican campaigns and organize people to go with you.

If you are going to bring a plunger, remember that you can’t bring the stick part into a rally. {So if you are staying outside a BO rally when he comes later this week, that’s fine. ) If you are headed into the rally, you need to replace the stick with rolled corrogated paper carried separately until you’re in the rally.

This theme needs to be the universal cry against Socialism and carries the implicit message of unclogging the “waste’ from the system.

A dozen guys with plungers just freeped outside a BO rally in VA!
Support Joe, the first average Joe to stand up to the tyranny of neo-Marxism! Also, Phil the bricklayer signs showed up at a Palin rally. (Can anyone say—> Bob the Builder!)

JOE could obtain security clearance to be a White House plumber. Could barack, with his cadre of nefarious friends?

Bonus: We can shout his middle name, “JOE” outloud fear of taking a LEAD PIPE to the knees! Try and escape the wrath of the Left if you are bold enough to utter.......barack HUSSEIN obama.


9 posted on 10/20/2008 6:50:13 AM PDT by Gemsbok (Fight voter FRAUD (Acorn)(Obama) and be a poll worker or observer: Beat them at their own game!)
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To: Schnucki

Didn’t they use to say that Adolf Hitler was an inspiring speaker?


10 posted on 10/20/2008 6:50:17 AM PDT by queenkathy (Pray 4 Josh... www.carepages.com ( joshuaourwarrior) brain injury from allergy shot)
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To: shortstop

Mark Twain said, “If you take a starving dog, feed it and make it prosperous, it won’t bite you. That is the principle difference between a dog and a man”.

Powell could have just kept his mouth shut, but chose to stab his Repub allies in the back. Never trust a RINO.


11 posted on 10/20/2008 6:52:17 AM PDT by Hacklehead (Crush the liberals, see them driven before you, and hear the lamentations of the hippies.)
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To: shortstop
Powell chose a communist/Marxist/Black Liberation Theology follower over a fellow military man who gave his body for the USA. A man who endured vicious torture at the hands of Communists. A man who is one of the most moderate middle of the road Senators.

McCain is a true moderate record wise and has proven his loyalty to this nation.

0bama is the most liberal Senator in the Senate with a background that couldn't get him security clearance to the nations most minimum security sites.

12 posted on 10/20/2008 6:52:33 AM PDT by normy (Don't take it personally, just take it seriously.)
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To: shortstop

I have lost any respect I had for Powell following his endorsement of Obama.


13 posted on 10/20/2008 6:53:00 AM PDT by rrstar96 (Strength and Honor!)
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To: shortstop

The way I see it, oddly enough, if you take race out of his reasons for supporting Obama, he sounds no different than the long-haired, maggot-infested, dope-smoking, left-winged idiots who have supported Obama for the past 21 months.


14 posted on 10/20/2008 6:53:26 AM PDT by BigSkyFreeper (There is no alternative to the GOP except varying degrees of insanity)
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To: shortstop

RNC RINOs coming home to roost.

I lost respect for Powell some years back.

With O’s loss I hope Powell moves to another country like South Africa where there pretice the kind of socialism O and Powell wants here.

God save our republic.


15 posted on 10/20/2008 6:53:33 AM PDT by stockpirate (let the market work, .... then just tax the heck out of people at the end and just redistribute it,)
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To: shortstop
Whatever got into Colon missed-duh-rectum.
16 posted on 10/20/2008 6:53:57 AM PDT by Carry_Okie (If Barack Obama is Vladamir Lenin, Bill Ayers is Leon Trotsky.)
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To: shortstop

After his endorsement of NOBAMA, I’ve decided I’m going to call him Colon Bowel, because he is PURE SH*T after that move!


17 posted on 10/20/2008 6:54:19 AM PDT by RogerWilko
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To: shortstop

Powell chose race over the best interests of American soldiers, and he used DNC talking points to do it. It’s as if the saps who lie for Obama wrote Powell’s dribble.


18 posted on 10/20/2008 6:54:19 AM PDT by pallis
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To: shortstop
Can I say the "N" word now?


NEANDERTHAL


It's too bad ignorance isn't painful.

19 posted on 10/20/2008 6:54:45 AM PDT by G.Mason (Duty, Honor, Country)
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To: shortstop

What??? Colin Powell is no longer an “Uncle Tom”? Who’da thunkit?


20 posted on 10/20/2008 6:55:03 AM PDT by PGalt
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