General Colin Powell Endorses Sen. Barack Obama for President

If you saw Meet the Press this morning, then you had the opportunity to witness retired General Colin Powell endorsing Senator Barack Obama as the next president of the United States of America.  Powell spoke eloquently and perfectly articulated a great deal of the same things that I have felt regarding the McCain ticket.  Among them, the erratic nature of McCain, his choice of Palin for the VP spot, the “narrowing” of the Republican Party that now excludes a great majority of more centrist Republicans as well as Independents, and vicious attacks that focus on petty aspects rather than on the overwhelming issues now facing American citizens.

For me personally, it was great to see Powell back as himself rather than as the somewhat puppet I felt he was under George W.  I had an opportunity once to meet General Powell and was very much struck by him as both a person and a warrior of the highest caliber.  It was only a meeting in passing at an event long since passed, but the magnitude of his patriotism and his personal accomplishments stayed with me for many years after.  I have watched his career with much interest and was somewhat saddened when he seemed to lose himself, even if only for a few years, under the Macchiavelan antics of George W. Bush and Company.  To see him come out today and fairly condemn the Republican Party for its tactics and philosophy is a great thing.  As I’ve mentioned before, I’m an Independent and have voted for both Republicans and Democrats in the past.  But today’s Republican Party isn’t something I would ever want to be a part of with its divisiveness and general lack of tolerance.

Powell said it perfectly: our nation needs to once again prove to the world that it is a better country than it has been in the last eight years.  A vote for McCain further prolongs the failed policies of an administration that cares little for the majority of Americans.  A vote for Obama signals a new era for our country, and indeed, for the world.  And in this age of globalism, such a thing is long overdue.

Kudos to General Colin Powell for his endorsement.  He wins my Best Person of the Day award for Sunday, October 19, 2008.

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5 comments

  • Sarah October 20, 2008  

    Suddenly because Powell is endorsing obama he is not as evil as he used to be? Yet, Powell was the one encouraging the Iraq war claiming they had WMD. Anyone with intelligence knows that Powell is endorsing based on race.

    98% of black people are voting for obama just because he is black. White people are split between obama, nadar, and McCain. Think about it.

    The truth is this is a race campaign. The Democrats control the senate and congress and have the lowest approval rating in US history. The Democrats couldn’t even beat Bush in the elections thus why they are going after the black vote in the US, about 45 million blacks. Thus, why obama voted present over 130 times, avoided the tough issues, and never challenged his party leaders on senate to preserve his political career. Only 143 days on state senate when he decided to run for office.

    The Democrats lost because the US is not a socialist/communist system. Americans fought against Nazi Germany, their socialist party, and communist USSR for decades, just to name a few.

    Again, Clinton supported deregulation and introduced FTAs like NAFTA. That is why the US economy was strong during his administration. McCain also supports deregulation and fights for FTAs like NAFTA. These initiatives will help our economy. Our economy is very important, McCain is better for our economy. I hope people get educated before they vote.

    US businesses create US jobs. obama wants to limit the growth of US businesses, which is limiting the growth of US jobs. If you increase tax on US businesses they will either just relocate to a lower tax country taking American jobs with them, pass the added tax cost to consumers or go bankrupt. GM and Ford can barely compete globally and obama wants to tax them more. The smaller businesses that are reliant on GM and Ford will also be greatly affected, destroying more US jobs.

    The US is the land of opportunity not the land of equal outcome. Why should government take your money and give it to people who are already on welfare to spread the wealth?

    What Caused Our Economic Crisis? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1RZVw3no2A4

  • jonfmerz October 20, 2008  

    [quote]Suddenly because Powell is endorsing obama he is not as evil as he used to be? Yet, Powell was the one encouraging the Iraq war claiming they had WMD. Anyone with intelligence knows that Powell is endorsing based on race.[/quote]

    And what exactly made Powell “evil” before the Iraq War? He has an unblemished military record of service and his achievements are incredible. The fact that he got caught up in the Bush/Cheney/Rumsfeld orgy of idiocy doesn’t make him “evil,” as you say. And the fact that he resigned rather than stay in there and continue to denigrate himself speaks volumes about his character. Further, your insistence that “anyone with intelligence knows Powell is endorsing based on race” is both idiotic and pathetic, given the nature of Powell’s past accomplishments and his rationale for his endorsement.

    [quote]98% of black people are voting for obama just because he is black. White people are split between obama, nadar, and McCain. Think about it.[/quote]

    Really. And you’ve spoken with all of the African Americans in the United States to come up with this silly percentage? What about the African American Republicans who support McCain/Palin? You think there are only 2%? What an equally pathetic assumption.

    [quote]The truth is this is a race campaign. [/quote]

    No. The truth is this is a campaign about people tired of the lies, half-truths, blatant manipulating of our country to further someone’s personal agenda, and hypocrisy. The “race” thing is a product of Republican tacticians who lack anything else of substance to base a campaign on who know that they can convince people with no ability to see the truth through falsehood that it *is* about race. It’s easy. “Oh, woe is us, if Obama wasn’t black…” Give me a break. People are fed us with the rampant pillaging that has been going on for eight years. McCain is more of the same. By the way, Obama isn’t just African American – he’s HALF WHITE fer cryin’ out loud.

    [quote]The Democrats control the senate and congress and have the lowest approval rating in US history. [/quote]

    Of course they have a low approval rating – they haven’t had time to clean up all the crap left behind by the Republicans who got ousted last year.

    [quote]The Democrats couldn’t even beat Bush in the elections thus why they are going after the black vote in the US, about 45 million blacks. Thus, why obama voted present over 130 times, avoided the tough issues, and never challenged his party leaders on senate to preserve his political career.[/quote]

    “Thus” is usually used to further a train of thought, but yours seems to have seriously derailed. How do you manage a leap of thought from going after the black vote to Obama’s voting record. You’re trying to sound more intelligent than you actually are and failing miserably at it.

    [quote] Only 143 days on state senate when he decided to run for office.[/quote]

    This is rich considering the vapidness of Palin, her complete nonexistent knowledge on foreign policy issues, etc. etc. etc. Using Palin’s rationale of “I can see Russia from my home so I’m gooder at foreign policy” means there ought to be about a million really qualified foreign policy experts who live along the 49th parallel and can see Canada from where they live.

    [quote]The Democrats lost because the US is not a socialist/communist system. Americans fought against Nazi Germany, their socialist party, and communist USSR for decades, just to name a few.[/quote]

    The more I get into your comments, the easier it is to see how brainwashed and utterly delusional you are. But I’m sure McCain is very happy to see such a naive woman eagerly swallowing up the tripe he’s serving up as fear mongering. Atta girl!

    [quote]Again, Clinton supported deregulation and introduced FTAs like NAFTA. That is why the US economy was strong during his administration. McCain also supports deregulation and fights for FTAs like NAFTA. These initiatives will help our economy. Our economy is very important, McCain is better for our economy. I hope people get educated before they vote.[/quote]

    If you haven’t figured out that McCain is in bed with lobbyists of every stripe and has a history of cavorting with scandalous types like the Keating Five, then there’s very little hope for you as a sentient human being. Clinton also left us with a surplus that Bush Jr. promptly blew faster than the remaining brain cells that have fled your cerebellum. As for your hope that people get educated, you should probably heed your own advice, but stay away from Fox News as your “unbiased” news source, lol…

    [quote]US businesses create US jobs. obama wants to limit the growth of US businesses, which is limiting the growth of US jobs. If you increase tax on US businesses they will either just relocate to a lower tax country taking American jobs with them, pass the added tax cost to consumers or go bankrupt. GM and Ford can barely compete globally and obama wants to tax them more. The smaller businesses that are reliant on GM and Ford will also be greatly affected, destroying more US jobs.[/quote]

    Riiiight, because what’s happening now – you know when Obama ISN’T EVEN IN OFFICE YET is really doing great things for us. Stop swallowing the Kool Aid that McCain is pouring you and open your eyes. McCain has voted to extend tax cuts for companies that ship jobs overseas – how do you reconcile THAT? Your logic is so utterly flawed in this respect, there’s really not much that can be done except to ask you to press CTRL-ALT-DELETE.

    Now.

  • David Niall Wilson October 20, 2008  

    I think we can agree that 100 percent of the racist rednecked idiots are voting for McCain for no other reason that they are racist rednecked idiots…that’s a number I’m fairly confident of :)

    D

  • jonfmerz October 20, 2008  

    Testify! (Oh wait, that’s a black church term….scaaaaaary….woooooooo…)

    :)

  • Mike Brendan October 20, 2008  

    What’s all this fuss about race? Did a non-human sapient species get into politics while I wasn’t looking? Have robots become self-aware and run for office? Oh wait, that last one could be attributed to a number of people in office already, so scratch that one.

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