Monday, October 20, 2008

Colin Powell Appeases Barack Obama and the Black Community Elite

Colin Powell endorsing Barack Obama is one of the most disappointing endorsements of this election. While Colin has always been socially liberal, his calling Obama more qualified than John McCain really tipped the scale of big fat appeasement in my book. He has always been called a "sell out" and an "uncle Tom" by many in the elite leadership of the black community much like Condi Rice has endured. We all know you are only truly NOT a bigot or a racist if you belong to the democratic party as defined by these prominent figures in political culture. I admired Colin for taking the heat by these racist jerks and found it refreshing that he stuck to his guns and supported the President through much media and political scrutiny. To me he has buckled to the leftist bigoted black community pressure to support a candidate such as Obama. How can he say he is more qualified than John McCain? This to me is the epitome of appeasement and an example of pure unadulterated black piety. Period. He no longer has my respect and should really just go ahead and join the newly created liberal democratic party. Yea, I am disappointed and knowing how it feels to get the call out from the self-designated right-wing definers, I still claim to at least understand the difference between a socialistic liberal who has limited accomplishments and a moderate republican with a large resume of experience. And for Powell to say that the McCain campaign is "troubling" because it brought up and questioned Obama's association with William Ayers is in itelf troubling. So I hope that Colin can find himself called a few less names by Harry Belafonte and other like minds. It seems to me that the admiration he enjoyed by so many in the republican party was simply not enough...or maybe deep down it was too much. I must admit he has lost my admiration...I guess I am petty, but I think he is an appeaser to his own race and deeply misguided in this endorsement of Barack. "Exhilarating" a race is not enough of a reason to support a candidate. But Colin Powell has now stooped to the low level of Jesse Jackson-dom and has become a clear "race first" figure in American life...it is indeed troubling.

28 comments:

namaste said...

honestly, i am stumped by this one nik. i have no idea how to call it, that's how shocked i was. of course, leave it to you to jar an answer out of me. the most i can tell you is for MOST black ppl this race is most definitely about race. moderate and conservative blacks who've not fallen under the spell of barry(from the blogs i've read) are really taking the heat from their family and friends. even my formerly apolitical bff has become testy with me. oiy! i can only guess that colin powell saw an employment opportunity and has also succumbed to the pressure. c'est la vie.

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DB said...

Every conservative who is jumping ship is doing so for the same reasons that Powell said...perhaps there is something to it?

Maybe Powell had the race thing weighing on his mind, but outside of that he said nothing different than all the other conservatives who are abandoning the ticket for non-race reasons. As long as Republicans make excuses for those jumping ship rather than looking inside to understand why they are jumping, they will continue down this slippery slope to losses across the board.

Anonymous said...

The repetitive incoherence of your rant is a clear indication that you do not have a single clear thought behind what you are supposedly saying. It is crystal clear that your narrow-minded, bigoted stupidity is on a collision course with the truth in this nation, and you cannot stand that. You know how wrong you are, and you a very sad.

west. said...

you could always take colin's comments at face value rather than race value. it was clear that you would disagree but why would you say their shared race is the reason for the endorsement. he's endured years of scrutiny. He's been a black republican since before obama and he'll be one after the polls close. the scrutiny will continue. what was the straw that broke the soldier's back at this point? why would he suddenly say "hey, i gotta fit in with blacks and buy me an obama shirt" now? You blame it on something like race for a man you respected so long? how much did you respect him if it goes all out the window when his opinions from yours. perhaps, its not about race at all, nikki.


Christopher Buckley, The son of William F. Buckley has decided to endorse Obama as well. maybe they are attempting to appease the coloreds as well, eh. ()

face it, this race is about left wing or right wing...it seems like YOU'RE making it about chicken wings.

dr. sheltie said...

My take on Colin Powell's disappointment with McCain's campaign, as he has stated, has a lot more than his linking Obama with William Ayers, "the washed up terrorist" he insists on pursuing. He's disappointed with his friend's conduct while people are screaming "kill him" when Obama's name is mentioned at rallies.

Even when McCain defends Barack against "accusations" that he's a Muslim are suspect. As Powell said, when McCain says that Obama isn't a Muslim, but he's a decent man, what does that say? Are Muslims and Arabs by definition bad people?

DB said...

West said: why would you say their shared race is the reason for the endorsement.

Simple, because if it isn't about race, then it has something to do with the McCain campaign itself, for instance, the reasons Powell said! The far-right would prefer it was about race so they can continue to ignore the facts of what the McCain campaign has become. It makes sense to drive the race point home. As long as they use this card, they will not take corrective action to address the real problems in the campaign. This is why Obama is competing in red states. They believe McCain is running a flawless campaign and the media is solely to blame for their losses. Fine by me!

Monica said...

Great post! I totally agree. I just want it to be over. I'm so tired of all the biased media!
Have a great day!

Nikki said...

Maria, I agree...this race to many is about race. I am disappointed because as much as this race is a revolution so to speak for African Americans, it just doesn't have to be at the expense of John McCain or Hillary Clinton for that matter. Both are being called racist and mean spirited because they have challenged the policy and associations of Obama. Where is the same treatment when Obama Biden are less than flattering? Great comment and you jogged my mind further! I appreciate your complete honesty as usual...you are extrordinary! :)N

DB, for you John McCain went further to the right with the Palin addition and deserves the heat...Obama is your left candidate. The only thing wrong with the McCain campaign is that he is not far enough left for you...so your point is not well taken strictly because you think Palin is dumb and too conservative. Powell calling Obama more qualified than McCain is where he lost credibility...I mean seriously even the most kool-aid drinking Obamakin can see that McCain trumps Obama in the experience department. :)N

anonymous, okay. At least I own my ridiculous opinions and don't hide like a spineless jelly-fish. Feel free to NOT read my blog.

West, it became about race when Colin Powell made the ridiculous comment that Obama is more qualified than McCain...that is bogus and therefore speaks loudly to his appeasement ideals and like Maria said, wants a job. But thanks for the comment. :)N

dr. sheltie, Some Muslims are our enemy do you deny that? And I think hangin regularly with a terrorist is a problem especially when that "washed up terrorist" still would like to blow up some dudes...mainly conservative dudes. So its a legit call out and after 9/11 and Oklahoma I would think all terrorist would make all americans sick...to even sit by let alone associate with...but that is just me. :)N

DB said...

Ok, my point isn't taken because I think maybe, just maybe, this isn't entirely about race? I use examples that other conservatives gave the same reasons for their defection as well, does that invalidate all of those? Like I said, as long as Republicans refuse to see the reasons people are abandoning the party they will continue to lose. For all I care, continue blaming all McCain's problems on race and the media. This just sets the party up for losses further down the road as well.

Nikki said...

DB, then enlighten me, what are the issues in the McCain campaign? Sarah Palin is too conservative and stupid? or that his message isn't "resonating"...what are the issues? I am serious, explain. :)N

DB said...

Ok, maybe I'll do a post on this, but I will humor you now, but don't ask me why McCain is failing, ask:

Christopher Buckley
Colin Powell
Susan Collins
Christopher Hitchens
Michael Smerconish
Peggy Noonan
David Brooks
National Review
Kathleen Parker
Bill Kristol
Charlie Krist
Mitt Romney
Chicago Tribue Editors


That is just off the top of my head. Each person listed (and I can keep going with a simple Google search) is a conservative who has been critical of McCain's campaign, his tactics, and/or his pick of Sarah Palin. Many names above endorsed Obama after being conservatives for many years. The Chicago Tribune endorsed a Democrat for the first time in 160 plus years! They all agree that McCain isn't winning more because of the way his campaign is being ran than America becoming liberal. They believe that McCain is sacrificing his standards and values for political advantage. They believe that "Palin is a cancer". The only people who don't see this are the ones who are voting against Obama rather than voting for McCain.

Like I said, I can care less if anyone realizes McCain is blowing this election. For as long as his followers keep their heads in the sand, he will continue to blow it which is fine by me. And you can't say that being critical doesn't help his campaign. Look at how critical you and countless others were of McCain for not letting Palin be Palin. He heard everyone and decided to change course. It's possible to fix McCain, but not unless his followers remind him what he is fighting for. Then again, I am not so sure conservatives know what they are fighting for, but what they are fighting against.

Norris Hall said...

Back in 2007 , when the McCain campaign was out of money and about to fold, Colin Powell dipped into his wallet and wrote a $2,300 check to McCain.
Powell’s contribution – the maximum allowed by law – came at a time when the press had written off McCain

McCain weathered the money pinch with the help of Powell, who wrote his check on Aug. 7, 2007 – at precisely the moment McCain needed it the most. The McCain campaign was delighted.

Question: were any of Powell's critics helping John McCain around that time?

I doubt it. People like critic Rush Limbaugh couldn't heap scorn on McCain fast enough

In reality McCain's real friend was Colin Powell. I doubt Powell's critics donated anything to help McCain out when he needed it most

Karen said...

Interesting reactions here, Nikki! Those 'conservatives' not supporting McCain? The only one to say so has been Chris Buckley, whose father was never a McCain fan. But to be a 'conservative' and vote Obama? Nonsensical. Chris Buckley is a liberal Republican. None of the others mentioned in comments have said they'll actually vote Obama. Christopher Hitchens? A Brit who was very liberal - a Trotskyite actually by self description - until 9/11 and his awakening over terrorism then. He became an American citizen and now is supporting Obama. There is nothing wrong with honest critics. Too bad the Democrats don't have more within their own ranks.

No one talks much about the Democrats supporting McCain. They are out there, too.

Southern Sage said...

I guess his "house negro" status is now revoked.

Puzzles me, I think he is upset with the Bush Admin.

I would have voted for him had been on the top of either ticket, he lost my respect.

Coby said...

Oh my god! Couldn't have anything to do with the fact that He "Believes" what he has said???? Nah that is to contrarian to accept. He's got to be searching for work. Thats it. DENIAL is an ugly thing. Your Party does not represent you it represents the top 1% in AMERICA. You are a fool to think otherwise. Wake up, Smell the roses. We have had enough of this crap. On November 4 America will regourgetate the remnants of the GOP, and leave it steaming on the pavement. I will do my part to help it happen!!!! I can't wait to VOMIT on the GOP with all my might!

Anonymous said...

I dont' like Barak ........

DB said...

Coby, don't you know that if a black person says something it is because they are black? They are not allowed to have opinions outside of race and if they claim otherwise they are pandering to the black elitists. To be sure, white people who are supporting Barack have "white guilt". This is the kind of stuff that is killing the Republican Party.

its just me said...

I am sadden to hear that because people share the same ethnicity, they are no longer able to make a calculated decision about their country and its future. Maybe that same idiotic thinking of just agreeing with your race has gotten this country into wars on two fronts, an economy that is completely in shambles and a transferring our nations wealth to countries that completely want us blown off the map. But I'm sure that type of thinking has not come across all of the minds that refuse to look into what General Colin Powell has stated. Instead it is easier to go off of pure emotions rather than thinking. I'm sure glad our retired general is a thinker instead of an emotionalist.

ba and the boys said...

just a few comments...
i am disappointed that the general is siding with obama. i think he is trying to distance himself from bush.
too bad.

Coby said...

Db, Are you friggen serious? Good grasp man good way to grasp at anything! 14 Days!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Coby said...

Db, Are you friggen serious? Good grasp man good way to grasp at anything! 14 Days!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Coby said...

Db, OHHHHHH I get your point! After reading it over, I do see your point! Isn't sarcasm great?

Nikki said...

DB, yep nothing legit about our concerns. Are you saying Obama is more qualified than McCain? And of course when republicans abandon our conservative values then McCain will be more attractive. For most he is damned either way. To the list you just mentioned, he is too far to the left...to the libs that used to love him he is too far to the right and "pandering" to his base. What is it you would like him to do? Go left and admit that Obama is smarter than him? OK. Interestingly enough if McCain was more gentlemanly he would be criticized by the right that he wasn't fighting and now that he is fighting he is a racist and running a "negative" campaign. Seriously my head hurts with this kind of shit! It IS Bush all over again. Can't do anything right for the right and the left...I say you have to be black to get any sort of "yes man" mentality from the peeps and the media. Obama is not held accountable for ANYTHING, and yes this is about his race and his untouchable persona. I think it sucks big time. McCain=bad Obama=good...because we are all "thinkers" that is the formula that is our "nuance". It seems to me the only thinkers are the ones criticizing his majesty. But that's just me. :)N

Sandi said...

Colin Powell couldn't win either way. If he chose Barack, people would say it's because he's black. If he choose McCain, people would say he's a black person who doesn't want to be seen as choosing a candidate simply because he's black. I've heard a couple of black friends say that, if they say they will vote for Obama, people assume they're only doing it because of race. Sad state of affairs.

Chatterness said...

Sad.

Panic.

Grasping.

Khaki Elephant said...

I like Powell and don't want to question his motives. But his arguments that McCain has run a negative campaign (Given the Obama Smear Machine's tactics) and that Palin is not qualified (given Obama's rice paper resume) just don't make any sense, especially from a guy who has never endorsed a liberal and now is voting for one farther to the left than Chairman Mao. It just doesn't add up.

And I don't know that there is any "panic" or "grasping" needed. AP latest poll has it a dead heat again. Boo-yah!

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