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January 15, 2013

General Colin Powell Decries Racism In the GOP

General Colin Powell, US Army (ret.) appears on Meet the Press Jan. 13, 2013

Right-wing Republican extremists respond to Powell’s criticism with “pass the ammo”

I don’t know if any blog readers watched Meet the Press this past weekend -  as it was must see TV! If you missed it, you can download it for free on iTunes (the podcast), or watch it on NBC.com. Yowza!

David Gregory's guest was former Secretary of State General Colin Powell. I like and admire General Powell tremendously. He’s a statesman and a Republican that I trust, and I’d vote for him if he were to run for any political office, in a heartbeat. He’s very smart, he’s always respectful, and he doesn’t bullshit or double speak like so many politicians. He had a distinguished career as an Army officer, and served with honor in the Reagan, Bush 41, Clinton, and Bush 43, administrations.

General Powell articulated the many challenges facing today’s Republican party. He was very direct in his criticism of his party, and he reiterated that he’s still a Republican. He criticized the extremist factions that have taken over the GOP, and he dressed down former Governor Sarah Palin, and former Governor John Sununu, and other party officials, for using racist language directed at President Obama, while alienating minority voters.

"There's also a dark vein of intolerance in some parts of the party. What do I mean by that?  What I mean by that is they still sort of look down on minorities. When I see a former governor say the president is ‘shuckin’ and jivin’,’ that’s a racial-era slave term,” Powell said. [Sarah Palin used the term to describe Obama’s response to the attacks in Benghazi, Libya.]
“When I see another former governor after the president’s first debate, where he didn’t do very well, say that the president was ‘lazy,’  he didn’t say he was slow, he was tired, he didn’t 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 there’s a third word that goes along with it.”
“There’s been a significant shift to the right and we have seen what that shift has produced, two losing presidential campaigns.”
“The Republican party needs to take a very hard look at itself and understand that the country has changed. The country is changing demographically, and if the Republican Party doesn’t change along with that demographic, it’s going to be in trouble.”
Bravo General Powell. I agree with you wholeheartedly - and many Republicans in your party do as well. A healthy and vigorous opposition party is important to our democracy. Compromise is the name of the game, not stalemate.

GOP Extremists dismiss General Powell as a leftist liberal Democrat

Right-wing extremists have already dismissed Colin Powell’s charges, and disavowed and criticized Powell. Ben Shapiro at breitbart.com writes:
Powell’s answer wasn’t that he differed from Republicans on the issues. Instead, he went directly to the most common liberal meme these days in defending a radical left president: Republicans are racist. It’s a bully tactic that has become all the rage these days – Republicans don’t oppose Obama on policy, and they don’t have a good rationale for standing against liberalism. It’s just that they secretly hate black people.
This is a typical leftist talking point. The Republican Party has not moved to the right. In fact, it has moved in rather extreme ways to the left, given its spending record and establishment opposition to the Tea Party.
An anonymous comment on theblaze.com by Oracle12389 says that Powell is the intolerant one. He wrote “A ‘Dark vein of intolerance’ in the Republican party? Um… you Powell?

Another anonymous commenter, Oldguy49 responded to Oracle12389 with “amen…………..pass the ammo.”

The anonymous commenter Timesupsoon wrote, “ Why is Colin giving this interview anyway? About the only time Colin makes the national news is when it’s an election cycle and he can help Democrats overcome a Republican. He has one job these days, divide the opposing party for Barry and help water down the dissenters. Wonder if there is some kind of controversial legislation coming up or some kind of divisive new policy the White House is gonna roll out? Pass me some of that ammo!”

I find these GOP comments on theblaze.com (Glenn Beck’s website) directed at General Powell offensive and highly disturbing. The way “ammo” is mentioned so freely, mere weeks after the Newtown massacre, is shocking and scary at the same time. General Powell is most likely the best liked and most respected Republican in the country, and dismissing him and his message diminishes their brand further.

Extremist Republicans in Congress are going to terrorize our economy, terrorize and denigrate members of their own party that disagree with them, while their supporters hide behind phony names online. They are pathetic dirtbags and scumbags who don’t add anything to the political discourse, and will never be mainstream, or taken seriously.

I can handle discord and disagreements over General Powell’s message. I can’t abide the gun talk or mentions of ammo - as that’s totally uncalled for. The most appropriate place for them is prison.




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