Colin Powell Endorses Obama

This week, former Secretary of State Colin Powell announced that he was supporting Senator Obama in his candidacy for President. I have some mixed feelings about this one, as many people know how strongly anti-Powell I was a very short time ago. And yet, he spoke very eloquently about why he was breaking with his party on this vote, and I think voiced many of my own concerns and issues with the McCain/Palin ticket.

Referencing the recent push by the McCain campaign to associate Sen. Obama with 1960’s radical Bill Ayers, Mr. Powell said, “Mr. McCain says that he’s a washed up terrorist, but then why do we keep talking about him? And why do we have the robocalls going on around the country trying to suggest that because of this very, very limited relationship that Senator Obama has had with Mr. Ayers, somehow Mr. Obama is tainted. What they’re trying to connect him to is some kind of terrorist feelings. And I think that’s inappropriate. Now, I understand what politics is all about, I know how you can go after one another and that’s good. But I think this goes too far, and I think it has made the McCain campaign look a little narrow. It’s not what the American people are looking for.”

I really couldn’t agree more. As Obama said in the 3rd debate, he once, a decade ago, served on a board with Mr. Ayers, along with several well known Republican figures, including one of Ronald Reagan’s advisers. The fact that McCain continues to try link Obama’s and Ayers’ names together through these so called “robocalls,” the debates, and through Sarah Palin shows all of America just what we don’t want to see any longer, continued negative, fear-driven rhetoric.

Mr. Powell also referenced the continued mentions in the media and from the GOP ticket about Obama being a Muslim. “Well, the correct answer is, he is not a Muslim, he’s a Christian. He’s always been a Christian,” he said. “But the really right answer is, what if he is? Is there something wrong with being a Muslim in this country? The answer’s no, that’s not America. Is there something wrong with some seven-year-old Muslim-American kid believing that he or she could be president? Yet, I have heard senior members of my own party drop the suggestion, ‘He’s a Muslim and he might be associated terrorists.’ This is not the way we should be doing it in America.”

Why does America, the “Greatest and Most Advanced Country in the World” continue to be scared of having anything but a Christian in the White House? Well that’s for a later post, but for now, congratulations to Colin Powell and making some well thought-out decisions.

 

Powell quotes provided by The Huffington Post.

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