Skip to comments.Colin Powell: There’s a ‘Dark Vein of Intolerance’ in the Republican Party
Posted on 01/13/2013 10:58:09 AM PST by redreno
Former Secretary of State Colin Powell who split with the Republican Party to endorse President Barack Obama two times said Sunday there are some clearly racial elements within the GOP.
Theres also a dark vein of intolerance in some parts of the party, Powell said on NBCs Meet the Press. What do I mean by that? What I mean by that is they still sort of look down on minorities.
While not mentioning former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin or former New Hampshire Gov. John Sununu by name, Powell referenced past comments from each about Obama as evidence of racism in the party.
When I see a former governor say the president is shuckin and jivin, thats a racial-era slave term, Powell said. Palin used the term to describe Obamas response to the attacks in Benghazi, Libya.
When I see another former governor after the presidents first debate where he didnt do very well say that the president was lazy, Powell continued. He didnt say he was slow, he was tired, he didnt do so well, he said he was lazy. Now it may not mean anything to most Americans, but to those of us who are African Americans, the second word is shiftless, and then theres a third word that goes along with it.
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Shut up Colin. Your 15 minutes are up. Go hang out with your pal, Calypso Louie, and let the adults handle this.
The only racist I see in this discussion is the guy that picks his candidate purely on color. That’s Colon Powell. Can’t wait until this loser is off the stage permanently.
hey Powell...you guys have used up your race cards.
Hey, Colon—stuff it!
No. your a democrat, always was, and see everything by color of skin.
Please stop pretending.
At least real Republicans..He has becomes such a turn coat, insulting his own party and siding always with the commies..and obama thugs...HE HAS BEEN A MAJOR DISAPPOINTMENT.
Not to mention that he should have been kicked out of the Army.
We look down on REDS of any skin color. Colin Powell is a red, just like his marxist messiah. Just like we view Allen West as 1000x the American than Obama, Redi, Pelosi, and Powell combined.
So, if I call a white person “lazy”, I’m accusing him of being black?? How does that even work? BTW General Bowel, Obama is half white!
|Thoughts for the day
Republicans win in 2012. They are going to try very hard to force an insider candidate like Gingrich or Romney on us.
Conservatives are kept too busy. Downsize some, and give a day a week to joining/starting Tea Party action groups if you really want things to change.
Get rid of the TV. Even the most aware people are swallowing subtle propaganda through the TV.
Muslim atrocities in the USA are sure to punctuate the next few years. When they occur, try to open the public debate about muslim immigration. With each new muslim atrocity, the level of public discussion about the issue deserves to increase.
I don’t look down on anybody that carries their own weight in the world. I don’t look down on those that cannot carry their own weight in the world.
I DO look down on those that choose not to carry their own weight in the world, and instead enslave those that do. Don’t give a snot about their race, gender, or religion in that respect.
He’s a smarmy, passive-aggressive racist.
What a twit.
Sheeesh, and here I thought this guy ended up with a lobotomy that’s why he hasn’t opened up his piehole.. Guess I was wrong...
Colon is experiencing another bout of IBS and is emitting the foul gas he’s famous for.
Many of Obama’s actions would be intolerable if he was 100% Caucasian. Powell is smart enough to know better, but too evil to resist playing the race card.
Colin should remember if it wasn’t for the GOP and President Bush, he’d be just another retired general. The only reason he’s spewing this pile of horse droppings is that we have 0bozo in the W.H.
FU, Powell. You revealed yourself long ago as just another affirmative-action Steppin Fetchit.
At one time I had great admiration for you. You exuded class, statesmenship and common sense.
Then you retired and started speakingly publicly. Now I find you disenginuous and a guy who has a MASSIVE racial chip on your shoulder.
We don’t need people like you trying to lead this country. Sit down and shut up.
Hey colon bowel...Yeah, you!!! The black racist guy back there in the corner...yeah, you!!! Why don’t you quietly go sit on the commode and empty yourself. Oh wait! IF you did that, there would be nothing left....never mind.
I despise that rat general
When I see a former Republican and Army General voting for a candidate for no other reason than skin color, that's modern-era racism.
Response: I would hope so.
Comment: Remember that "Tolerance" really means the inability to say Yes or No. The inability to take a stand.
We can say ANYTHING.
The MSM will believe us.
Powell is really a low class jerk.
He owes his position to a repub president, who in turn was only elected because he was a repub.
Yet Powell is as racist, and has no better taste, as Al Sharpton.
Each time he opens his mouth in public, it is more embarrassing than the last time.
A person who could have gone down in the history books as a successful black man, a credit to his race but instead will go down as one who destroyed his image because of his racist views and his obvious disdain for the very people who helped him the most.
An Affirmative Action General and an Affirmative Action Secretary of State with a whopping big retirement package wants to insult his way back to prominence. Maybe Algore has a job for ya, ingrate.
FU COLIN POWELL! I wish nothing but misfortune and despair upon such a miserable wretch of a person.
Council on Foreign Relations:
Colin is one of our great elitist globalists.
All hail the Council on Foreign Relations !
AND a complete lack of tolerance in the Democrat party, unless you are one of their chosen minorities, and BELIEVE in the liberal myths! There isn’t a group more intolerant of any ideology that doesn’t fit their mold than liberals
That "progressive" "intolerance of ideas" has produced generations who have never heard the wonderful and essential ideas of liberty underlying the nation's founding documents!
Perhaps Powell might visit the Library of Congress's Historical Collections" -
"African-American Pamphlets from the Daniel A. P. Murray Collection," 1820-1920; American Memory, Library of Congress
CENTENNIAL Thanksgiving Sermon, DELIVERED BY REV. B. W. ARNETT, B. D., AT ST. PAUL A. M. E. CHURCH, URBANA, OHIO 1876
There, in that "Sermon," celebrating the 100th Anniversary of the Declaration of Independence, Col. Powell would find the following warning to fellow citizens, issued by the Ohio Legislator, Scholar, Historian, and Methodist Minister Arnett, following his tracing of the history of nations and of America's foundation in the principles of liberty:
In that Sermon's conclusion, Rev. Arnett warned of just the series of "changes" and events then being planned by well-educated and determined "liberals" of that day. Those "liberals" then morphed into self-described "progressives," and now we can track the "changes" they have wrought. Hear Rev. Arnett in that last section of his lengthy Sermon headed:
"The Danger to our Country.
"Now that our national glory and grandeur is principally derived from the position the fathers took on the great questions of right and wrong, and the career of this nation has been unparalleled in the history of the past, now there are those who are demanding the tearing down the strength of our national fabric. They may not intend to tear it down, but just as sure as they have their way, just that sure will they undermine our superstructure and cause the greatest calamity of the age. What are the demands of this party of men? Just look at it and examine it for yourselves, and see if you are willing that they shall have their way; or will you still assist in keeping the ship of state in the hands of the same crew and run her by the old gospel chart! But ye men who think there is no danger listen to the demands of the Liberals as they choose to call themselves:
"'Organize! Liberals of America! The hour for action has arrived. The cause of freedom calls upon us to combine our strength, our zeal, our efforts. These are The Demands of Liberalism:
"'1. We demand that churches and other ecclesiastical property shall no longer be exempt from just taxation.
"'2. We demand that the employment of chaplains in Congress, in State Legislatures, in the navy and militia, and in prisons, asylums, and all other institutions supported by public money, shall be discontinued.
"'3. We demand that all public appropriations for sectarian educational and charitable institutions shall cease.
"'4. We demand that all religious services now sustained by the government shall be abolished; and especially that the use of the Bible in the public schools, whether ostensibly as a text-book or avowedly as a book of religious worship, shall be prohibited.
"'5. We demand that the appointment, by the President of the United States or by the Governors of the various States, of all religious festivals and fasts shall wholly cease.
"'6. We demand that the judicial oath in the courts and in all other departments of the government shall be abolished, and that simple affirmation under the pains and penalties of perjury shall be established in its stead.
"'7. We demand that all laws directly or indirectly enforcing the observance of Sunday as the Sabbath shall be repealed.
"'8. We demand that all laws looking to the enforcement of “Christian” morality shall be abrogated, and that all laws shall be conformed to the requirements of natural morality, equal rights, and impartial liberty.
"'9. We demand that not only in the Constitution of the United States and of the several States, but also in the practical administration of the same, no privilege or advantage shall be conceded to Christianity or any other special religion; that our entire political system shall be founded and administered on a purely secular basis; and that whatever changes shall prove necessary to this end shall be consistently, unflinchingly, and promptly made.'
"'Let us boldly and with high purpose meet the duty of the hour.'
"Now we must not think that we have nothing to do in this great work, for the men who are at the head of this movement are men of culture and intelligence, and many of them are men of influence. They are led by that thinker and scholar, F. E. Abbott, than whom I know but few men who has a smoother pen, or who is his equal on the battle-field of thought. He says in an address on the duty of his leagues:
"'My answer may be a negative one to all who see nothing positive in the idea of liberty. The conviction I refer to is this: that, regarded as a theological system, Christianity is Superstition, and, regarded as an organized institution, Christianity is Slavery. The purpose I refer to is this: that, whether regarded as theological system, Christianity shall wholly cease to exercise influence in political matters. Although the national Constitution is strictly secular and non-Christian, there are many things in the practical administration of the government which violate its spirit, and constitute a virtual recognition of Christianity as the national religion. These violations are very dangerous; they are on the increase; they more and more give Christianity a practical hold upon the government; they directly tend to strengthen the influence of Christianity over the people, and to fortify it both as a theology and a church; and they are therefore justly viewed with growing indignation by liberals. Not unreasonably are they looked upon as paving the way to a formidable effort to carry the Christian Amendment to the Constitution; and the liberals are beginning to see that they must extinguish the conflagration in its commencement. I believe all this myself, with more intense conviction every day; and therefore I appeal frankly to the people to begin now to lay the foundations of a great National Party of Freedom. It is not a moment too soon. If the liberals are wise, they will see the facts as they are, and act accordingly. Not with hostility, bitterness, defiance, or anger but rather with love to all men and high faith in the beneficence of consistently republican institutions, do I urge them most earnestly to begin the work at once.'
"He acknowledges that this is a religious nation and wants all men to assist him in eliminating the grand old granite principles from the framework of our national union. Will you do it freeman; will we sell the temple reared at the cost of so much precious blood and treasure? These men would have us turn back the hands on the clock of our national progress, and stay the shadow on the dial plate of our christian civilization; they would have us call a retreat to the soldiers in the army of Christ; the banner of the cross they would have us haul down, and reverse the engines of war against sin and crime; the songs of Zion they would turn into discord, and for the harmony and the melody of the sons of God, they would give us general confusion; they would have us chain the forces of virtue and unloose the elements of vice; they would have the nation loose its moorings from the Lord of truth and experience and commit interest, morally, socially; religiously and politically to the unsafe and unreliable human reason; they would discharge God and his crew and run the ship of State by the light of reason, which has always been but a dim taper in the world, and all the foot-prints it has left are marked with the blood of men, women and children. No nation is safe when left alone with reason.
"But we have no notion of giving up the contest without a struggle or a battle. We are aware that there is a great commotion in the world of thought. Religion and science are at arms length contending with all their forces for the mastery. Faith and unbelief are fighting their old battles over again, everything that can be shaken is shaking. The foundations of belief are assaulted by the army of science and men are changing their opinions. New and starting theories are promulgated to the world; old truths are putting on new garbs. Error is dressing in the latest style, wrong is secured by the unholy alliances, changes in men and things, revolution in church and state, Empires are crumbling, Kingdoms tottering; everywhere the change is seen. In the social circle, in the school house, in the pulpit and in the pews. But amid all the changes are revolutions their are some things that are unchangeable, unmovable and enduring. The forces that underline the vital power of Christianity are the same yesterday, to-day, to-morrow and forever more. They are like their God, who is omnipotent, immovable and eternal, and everywhere truth has marched it has left its moccasin tracks.
"The Conclusion of the Whole Matter.We have patiently tried to examine the record of the nations of antiquity and learn the cause of their decay and decline, their fall, why their early death; and why so many implements of destruction around and about their tombs, and everywhere, in the silent streets, mouldering ruins, tottering columns, mouldy and moist rooms, and the united voice from the sepulcher of the dead past is, "sin is a reproach to any people." We see it written on the tombs of the Kings, and engraven on the pages of time, "sin is a reproach to any people." These are the principles of governments, Right and wrong; and the people who are the advocates of Right have bound themselves together and by their united effort they have brought light out of darkness and forced strength out of weakness.
"We as a nation have a grand and glorious future before us. The sun of our nation is just arising above the horizon and is now sending his golden rays of peace from one end of the land to the other. The utmost extremities of the members of the body politic are warm and in motion by the commercial and financial activities of the land. Her face is destined to blush with beauty when peace and justice shall be enthroned. The grand march of progress shall mark her in her onward advancement in moral strength, intellectual brilliancy, and political power. Then we can say that we give to every man, woman and child the benefit of our free institutions, giving all the benefits of our common school and the freedom to worship God under their own vine and fig tree. Then will we see written, on the banner of our free, redeemed and disenthralled country, the sublime words written, not in the blood of men, but in the sun-light of truth, that "Righteousness exalteth a nation." It will fall like the morning dew on the lowly; it will descend like the showers of May on the poor; and like the sun it will shine on the good and bad, dispensing from the hand of plenty the blessings of a government founded on the principle of justice and equality.
"Standing on the threshold of the second century of the nation's life, with the experience of the past lying at our feet, we are saluted by the shout of triumph from the millions who left their homes and business and attended the Great Exposition of the skill and genius of the world, collected at Philadelphia. We were permitted to receive the greetings from the oldest to the youngest nation of the earth. Egypt and the United States clasped hands over the waste of 5,000 years, and lay their treasures at the feet of our civilization. The material, intellectual and mechanical deterioration of the one, and the unprecedented progress of the other, stand in great contrast; in all that makes the nation great,—morally, religiously and socially, the young nation is ahead.
"Following the tracks of righteousness throughout the centuries and along the way of nations, we are prepared to recommend it to all and assert without a shadow of doubt, that "Righteousness exalted a nation"; but on the other hand following the foot-prints of sin amid the ruins of Empires and remains of cities, we will say that "sin is a reproach to any people." But we call on all American citizens to love their country, and look not on the sins of the past, but arming ourselves for the conflict of the future, girding ourselves in the habiliments of Righteousness, march forth with the courage of a Numidian lion and with the confidence of a Roman Gladiator, and meet the demands of the age, and satisfy the duties of the hour. Let us be encouraged in our work, for we have found the moccasin track of Righteousness all along the shore of the stream of life, constantly advancing, holding humanity with a firm hand. We have seen it “through” all the confusion of rising and falling States, of battle, siege and slaughter, of victory and defeat; through the varying fortunes and ultimate extinctions of Monarchies, Republics and Empires; through barbaric irruption and desolation, feudal isolation, spiritual supremacy, the heroic rush and conflict of the Cross and Crescent; amid the busy hum of industry, through the marts of trade and behind the gliding keels of commerce.”
"And in America, the battle-field of modern thought, we can trace the foot-prints of the one and the tracks of the other. So let us use all of our available forces, and especially our young men, and throw them into the conflict of the Right against the Wrong.
"Then let the grand Centennial Thanksgiving song be heard and sung in every house of God; and in every home may thanksgiving sounds be heard, for our race has been emancipated, enfranchised and are now educating, and have the gospel preached to them!
"Sons of freedom, sing the glad hymns of praise on the Western plains! Daughters of sorrow shout the joyful tidings amid the savannahs of the South-land! Proclaim it on the Atlantic's western stand and declare it on the slopes of the Pacific! Humble followers of the Son of Mary, chant the eternal truth in the temple of the Most High, that “Righteousness exalteth a nation, but sin is a reproach to any people.”
"We invite every nation, kindred, tongue and people, to come to our land. Come from the bogs of Ireland; come from the dykes of Holland; come from the mountains of Switzerland; and from the sunny plains of Italy; and enjoy a government made for man! Come from the jungles of Africa or Egypt, the university of the infant world; come from Asia the cradle of humanity; come and bring your gifts from the Islands of the South Sea and spice land! Come ye men of every clime and race and see a nation founded in Righteousness, guarded by Justice, and supported by truth and equity, and defended by God!"
Let Col. Powell present this great Black patriot's Sermon to the current "progressive" Administration in order to determine where the "dark vein of intolerance" in our society may reside.
Is it not possible that those who describe themselves as "conservatives" (and who are described by "progressives" as the "radical right wing" of the Republican Party), readily would embrace Rev. Benjamin W. Arnett's "Centennial Thanksgiving Sermon" as an authentic summation of the ideas of liberty articulated in our Declaration of Independence and protected by the Constitution the Framers structured too limit coercive exercises of power in government?
Um .... colon .... what would you call this then?
Colon, The only racists are you and that occupier that you voted for.
Here’s the thing. The goal here is single party rule. Which we effectively pretty much have. Colon’s remarks are to be interpreted in this light. I.E. to deligitimize an entire party based on the “j’accuse” of this era - that they are raaaaacissssst.
Colin Powell is what the *real* American General George S. Patton referred to as a “paper-hanging son of a b****”.
Do liberals believe in affirmative action? If so, I submit is THEY who look down on minorities
I have never seen the Republican Party take an anti-black stand, ever. Did anyone expect the President to get a free pass, just because he’s half black?
“Intolerance” is defined is opposition when Democrats are not holding the Oval Office.
I’m glad Powell has gone to the other side.
Well Colin if you look in the mirror you might discern what or who that dark vein is,when are you going to remove it by becoming a democrat?
When, exactly, did Powell “split with the Republican Party?” He used the Republicans when they were in control and is now happily in the Democrat camp where his heart has resided all along. I don’t believe he really ever was a Republican.
BUT I have a suggestion for Powell, the aggrieved victim of Republican racism (that some might see as GOP Affirmative Action in promoting him to Chmn of the Joint Chiefs, then to SoS). How about you move your sorry ass to an African- American part of town? Get down in the ‘hood or STFU, you hypocrite.
There’s a dark vein of communism in Collin Powell.
My brother, retired Sgt. Major, U.S. Army, wrote this about Powell in 08:
HE WAS A PHONEY ( POLITICIAN ) GENERAL FROM DAY ONE AND NEVER REALLY EVEN SAW ANY COMBAT IN HIS WHOLE CAREER.
HE SERVED AS AN ADVISOR TO A SMALL VIETNAMESE ARMY UNIT AS A JUNIOR OFFICER BEFORE THE WAR REALLY STARTED IN VIETNAM AND THAT WAS IT!
HE ONLY SERVED THERE A FEW MONTHS AND WENT BACK TO THE STATES BECAUSE OF A MINOR SKIN INFECTION HE GOT WHILE THERE ( SUPPOSEDLY FROM BEING INJURED BY A VIET CONG BOOBY TRAP MADE OUT OF SHARP BAMBOO STICKS ).
POWELL AND HIS DEPUTY SPENT MOST OF THEIR DAYS IN THE STATE DEPT. UNDERMINING GEORGE BUSHS FOREIGN POLICY INSTEAD OF BEING A LOYAL CABINET MEMBER, AND THAT IS WHY HE WAS FORCED OUT!!!
HE IS A SNAKE OF THE HIGHEST ORDER AND IS OBVIOUSLY LOOKING FOR A NEW POSITION IN THE OBAMA PRESIDENCY SO HE CAN REHABILITATE HIS REPUTATION.
LIKE BIDEN, HE HAS BEEN WRONG ON MOST OF THE MAJOR ISSUES OF THE DAY; INCLUDING NOT SUPPORTING GOING INTO KUWAIT IN DESERT STORM, EVEN THOUGH HE FOUND HIMSELF HAVING TO DO SO AS THE CHAIRMEN OF THE JOINT CHIEFS OF STAFF, ONCE THE DECISION WAS MADE.
HIS SUPPORT OF OBAMA IS NOTHING MORE THAN ABOUT RACE, PERIOD!!!!!
It's time to step forward and claim your man, LOL!
I dont need some guy who is full of crap(hence his name) telling me what I am..Colin Powell is the TRUE racist, he and the ENTIRE DemocRAT party are a bunch of Jew hating, anti white pieces of crap..again, hence his name
Look at that stupid fool. What an embarrassment to himself he is. You don’t expect the idiots on either side of him to know any better.
He and his ilk want to control every word, every phrase out of our mouths, so that we’re afraid to speak for fear of being called racist. Much of the GOP has been already beenc cowed. Me, I’ll say what I like and I don’t give a damn what anyone calls me.
This is a circus. A national disgrace. [Yea, especially you Biden you racist ahole!] It is a high tech lynching for uppity Blacks who in any way deign to think for themselves. And it is a message, that unless you kowtow to the old order you will be lynched, destroyed, caricatured ... by a committee of the U.S. Senate ... rather than hung from a tree.
General Powell, you’ve done your duty but please shut your piehole about racism. Remember pal, it was a Republican president who made you the first person of color to head the Joint Chiefs of Staff and also the first Black to be Secretary of State, and not a “tolerant, open-minded” Democrat. I’m tired of this guy spouting off about the GOP being racist and intolerant. The sad fact is there is no reasoning with almost the entire Black population of this country. They’ve been bought and paid for by the Democratic Party and it’s that same party that keeps hindering their progress as a people by keeping a vast number of them dependent on government programs. No matter how we try to reach out to them they’ve been duped by the Dems into thinking we’re the ones keeping them down through our “racist” ideology. People like General Powell keep enforcing that stereotype.
The best analogy I can think of to compare this situation to is the movie the Poseidon Adventure. General Powell and other Black leaders plus their White overlords are leading Blacks to the wrong end of the ship and towards disaster. Our side is trying to lead them in another direction towards safety and freedom. Unfortunately our side doesn’t have a Gene Hackman type leader with real guts these days.
liberals are the most intolerant people
Yeah, we don’t “tolerate” democrats posing as republicans in our party anymore. And it’s really starting to piss these people off that their game is understood by the people.