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Sunday, January 13, 2013

General Colin Powell- Boldly and Bravely Telling Republicans the "Dark" Truth

Former Secretary Of State Colin Powell delivered some harsh words for the GOP as a whole on Sunday. 

When General Powell appeared on January 13, Meet the Press, he used the opportunity to tell Republican the bold truth. Their political party is without a moral compass.

Powell noted that there is a "dark vein of intolerance in some parts of the party."

"What do I mean by that?," he explained. "What I mean by that is they still sort of look down on minorities."

Powell specifically pointed to October 2012 comments by former Alaska Gov. and Vice Presidential nominee Sarah Palin who rebuked President Obama about the terrorist attacks on the American consulate in Benghazi, Syria.

"When I see a former governor say that the president is 'shuckin' and jivin' -- that's a racial-era slave term," Powell said, referring to Palin's words on Obama's response. 


(Note:  Dear readers, we can only imagine the response if President Obams used such racially charged vocabulary.)

Powell added that Republicans are preoccupied with their political candidate-selection process, losing sight of the party's overall message.

"You've got to think first about what's the party actually going to represent," Powell said. "If it's just going to represent the far right wing of the political spectrum, I think the party is in difficulty. I'm a moderate, but I'm still a Republican."

Colin Powell's loyalty to the Republican party is commendable, especially given the racial slurs, thrown like radio active confetti against Barack Obama, our nation's first African American President, by GOP right wing extremists.  Right wing political virulence continues in full force post Obama's decisive election 2012 victory. Many Republicans, wearing flag lapel pins, appear to be ignorant of the Democractic process and accepting of the candidate who received the most votes. Social media feeds indicate that many Republicans ignore the results of the 2012 election, because it didn't go the "right wing" way.  General Powell's GOP party loyalty is a testimony to his patriotism, indicating he knows how a Democratic nation requires politically diverse viewpoints.

Nevertheless, Democracy can't tolerate political extremism, whereby intolerance and racism are clouded in patriotic euphamisms a like "we want our nation back".  It's anti-democratic for any one group to claim supremecy outside of decisions made by voters.

General Powell boldly told the dark truth:  

"My party, unfortunately, is the bastion of those (racist) people," he said...." -- not all of them, but most of them -- who still base 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."

General Powell has spoken! Indeed, Republicans should be grateful for his leadership, his candor and follow his good advice.  

If Republicans are to regain the credibility of reasonable and common sense voting Americans, they must rid themselves of right wing extremists and shed the concrete thinkers who tether the GOP to Tea-Party hyperpartisans. 

Republican must face down the this "dark" right wing extremism and follow the leadership light, behind General Colin Powell.

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