One of the most disgraceful acts of treachery by professing Republicans was General Colin Powell’s endorsement of Barack Hussein Obama for President—not once but twice. It’s so obvious that he followed a number of other African-Americans in voting on skin color. Of course, he wasn’t as candid as Samuel L. Jackson: “I voted for Barack because he was black. … [Obama’s] message didn’t mean **** to me.”
So Powell has ever since rationalized to the public why he did so. This has degenerated into increasingly shrill and irrational attacks on the Republican Party to which he still claims allegiance. Recently, this has included a bitter tirade to the liberal David Gregory of MSNBC (which Mark Levin calls “MSLSD”). Remember Gregory—the anti-gun zealot who mocked the NRA leader for proposing armed guards in schools, but sends his kids to a school with 11 armed guards?
However, although Powell was once much admired as a Republican military man, his outburst should not have surprised people.
Powell’s past lack of integrity
Another African-American, Dr Thomas Sowell, who actually has great integrity, explained the problem when Powell endorsed Obama in 2008. Powell had already flip-flopped by demanding racist affirmative action policies of special quotas and preferences for some races (see some of the problems in the Patriot column Equality: the good and the bad kinds).
But even worse was the Valerie Plame affair. Plame is the wife of Joe Wilson, a noisy opponent of the war to remove mass-murderer Saddam Hussein, and it was “leaked” to the late columnist Robert Novak that she worked for the CIA. The Demagogue party and the Leftmedia wanted to catch some top Republicans in this “crime”, such as VP Dick Cheney and his assistant Lewis (Scooter) Libby. And the appeasing Republicans appointed a special prosecutor, Patrick Fitzgerald, who went Inspector Javert on Libby.
However, the real “leaker” was Powell’s assistant, Richard Armitage. But “special prosecutions” take on a life of their own, far from the original “crime”, simply so the funding can continue—much like government programs in general. Javert/Fitzgerald, even after belatedly knowing that Armitage was the leaker, was determined to nail Libby for something. This was “perjury”—which in this case meant that Libby didn’t remember what he told a reporter about a crime he didn’t even commit. A blot on President Bush Jr.’s legacy was refusing to pardon Libby—not the first time he was disloyal to his own people.
But the real lack of integrity was Powell’s, because he stayed silent as Fitzgerald made Libby’s life hell for the non-crime that he didn’t even commit. Sam Blumenfeld writes:
“The Vice President knew that all of this could have been avoided had Secretary Colin Powell done his duty and told the President that he knew who had leaked Plame’s identity to Novak. But he preferred to remain silent, and thus opened the door to two years of a needless and wasteful investigation which distracted the administration, forced innocent staff members to undergo a costly inquisition, and led to the conviction of a loyal and highly competent public servant. … Had Powell told the President the truth, there would have been no need for a special prosecutor or grand inquisition.”
Powell turns on the party that nurtured him
In his tirade to Gregory, Powell claimed:
“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.”
Where to begin? The Republican Party was founded to free “minority” slaves, and their policies have always benefited blacks (see Conservatives and Blacks). Powell’s new idol, Obama, belongs to the party of slavery, the KKK, Jim Crow, and segregation, and promotes destruction of the black family with welfare (see The Left’s War On Blacks).
Which party first appointed an African-American secretary of State? The Republicans. Powell should know that, since he was that man! And at the last Republican convention, there were many minority speakers, who were not just tokens but hugely applauded (see my report). Of course, if Powell was relying on the Leftmedia, he might not have known, since they went out of their way to avoid showing them. And the newest senator is the fine conservative African-American Tim Scott (R-SC), hugely popular with the Tea Party—and appointed by another Tea Party favorite, Governor Nikki Haley, of Indian ethnicity.
Powell also claimed:
“When I see a former governor say that the president is ‘shuckin’ and jivin’That’s a racial-era slave term.”
Powell is stooping low to attack Governor Sarah Palin this way when she hasn’t a racist bone in her body. But it’s typical of leftist demagoguery to call any criticism of Obama “racist”—even when the issue is big spending, class warfare, hatred of Israel, or anti-business rhetoric. Apparently leftists have a magic decoder ring, whereby all these issues are code words for “Obama is black.” I also didn’t notice Powell criticize Democrat Andrew Cuomo, then Attorney General of NY (and now Governor), for saying “You can’t shuck and jive at a press conference” during Obama’s war with Hillary Clinton in the Dem primaries.
Powell then turned on former New Hampshire Gov. John Sununu:
“He didn’t say he was slow, he was tired, he didn’t do 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.”
What, so ‘lazy’ is now a racist term? But here is someone else who described Obama as “lazy”—Obama himself!
The retired general then made this remarkable claim:
“In recent years, there’s been a significant shift to the right, and we have seen what that shift has produced: two losing presidential campaigns.”
It’s hard to believe he’s serious. I could only wish that were true. But how could anyone think that any recent president was more right than Ronald Reagan, whom Powell said he voted for? It’s notable that the establishment Republicans hated Reagan, but it was his very “shift to the right” that led to landslide victories. It’s especially galling, because Powell first endorsed Obama when the absurd Republican primary system threw up one of the most liberal Republicans of all, John McCain. Even Romney was widely criticised, including by me, for being moderate, although he became more genuinely conservative during the campaign.
Then there was “The whole birther movement: Why do senior Republican leaders tolerate this kind of discussion within the party?”
What does Powell want senior Republican leaders to do? Shoot the “birthers”? At least none are in leading positions, unlike the loony “9-11 Truther” who became Obama’s “green jobs czar” Van Jones, who thinks that the Bush administration might have “deliberately allowed 9/11 to happen, perhaps as a pretext for war.”
Finally Powell parroted the typical liberal talking point of being “the party of the rich.” Never mind that Powell has a net worth of $45 million—largely due to the prestige of his many appointments by Republican presidents!
Republicans should be done with Powell. Let him follow other Republican turncoat leftists like Arlen Specter and Charlie Crist, and finally join the Democrats openly.