It's Time To Call Colin Powell On His False Conservative Narratives
Many conservatives are afraid to lambast Colin Powell because, well....he's Colin Powell, the military hero and distinguished statesman. But, his words on NBC's Meet the Press this past Sunday were no different than Al Sharpton's, Chris Matthews' or any other race baiting liberal hack and it's time he be called on it.
I have tremendous respect for Powell's service to this country, but I have zero respect for his willingness to continually trash the Republican Party by repeating the same tired, dishonest, left wing talking point untruths we're used to hearing from Rachel Maddow or Ed Schultz, and then enjoying the perception of being above the fray while using his "Republican" title to give a false sense of credibility to his smears.
Throughout his military career, Colin Powell has, no doubt, learned a lot about the meaning of honor. Well, now he needs to do the honorable thing and switch his Party affiliation to Democrat.
Think about his political positions. Can you name one that would align with the Republican Party Platform? He supports the Democratic Party on virtually everything now, from the homosexual agenda, abortion, Global Warming, tax increases on the "rich," illegal immigration, foreign policy, Obamacare, you name it. He even accuses the Republicans of being all about the rich, being anti-immigrant, anti-minorities, racist, apathetic to the poor, blah, blah, blah.
So why won't he switch Parties? Because, like most liberals, he wants to demonize the Republican Party and he's smart enough to know that he will be taken more seriously in his attacks and considered more "objective" as long as he keeps that "R" after his name. Powell claims to be a moderate Republican, but when you look at how liberal he is in his positions and how in step he is with Barack Obama, he wouldn't even qualify as a moderate DEMOCRAT.
However, the latest shame for Powell is his lowering himself to the Al Sharpton level of dishonesty, as he did Sunday on Meet the Press.
1) He said he supports the Republicanism of Ronald Reagan, and that today's Republican Party has gone "too far to the right". Well, Powell, like so many other liberals, is attempting to re-write history.
The truth is that Ronald Reagan strongly opposed abortion, banned overseas abortion funding, publicly opposed the gay rights movement, was pro-guns, cut funding to the National Endowment for the Arts, took on the Environmentalists, took on the big Unions by firing all 11,000 Air Traffic Controllers when they went on strike, fought for deregulation and lowered the top marginal tax rate from 70% to 28%. Which of these positions would Colin Powell be willing to support today?
2) Powell said Sunday that "Republicans were trying to keep us (minorities) from voting," spewing the same left wing garbage that wanting voters to show ID somehow equates to attempted voter suppression.
3) He accused the Republican Party of supporting racism by tolerating Sarah Palin describing Obama as "shuckin' and jivin'" which he said was coded racist terminology, as well as John Sununu saying Obama was "disconnected and lazy" in his first debate loss. Even though Obama's own team said he didn't like to do the necessary work of debate prep, Powell said the term "lazy" was really meant to imply "lazy, shiftless n****r." As he worded it, after the word lazy is the word "shiftless, and then there's a third word that goes along with it."
I guess Powell doesn't mind Joe Biden's blatantly racist comments a few months back when he addressed a mostly black audience and criticized Mitt Romney by choosing to speak to the crowd in poor English, saying "They gonna put y'all back in chains," and then said, "He said he gonna do nothin' 'bout outsourcing." So, in the world of Colin Powell, this is NOT racism, but calling the President "lazy" is.
4) Powell said Republicans "look down on minorities". Interesting coming from a man who was promoted to be the first black National Security Advisor by Republican Ronald Reagan, then promoted to be the first black Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff by Republican George H.W. Bush and then promoted to be the first black Secretary of State by Republican George W. Bush.
As for Powell's claim that he voted for Obama in 2008 and in 2012 because the Republican Party has gone too far right wing for his moderate views, does anyone really believe Mitt Romney or John McCain represented the "extreme right wing" of the Republican Party? Let's face it. These two were the poster children for "moderate" Republicanism, yet they were too right wing for Powell?
Let's face it. Colin Powell went from being a distinguished statesman moderate Republican earlier in his career to today, being a die hard, left wing liberal talking head who would feel right at home on MSNBC. We need to stop being intimidated by the stately image of this man and recognize he needs to be called on the carpet for his dishonest attacks, false conservative narratives and continued use of the title "Republican."