Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Thought of the Day: Colin Powell

OK, so former Secretary of State Colin Powell, a black republican, is endorsing Sen. Barack Obama, the democratic candidate for President. Thought of the day, what will those who for years called Powell either a Sellout or Uncle Tom say? Yes, I am asking that. We all know for years Black and Republican do not necessarily go together, and when they do, the one involved is subjected to attacks that you would expect from racists.

So I am going to ask this question, the very people who hurled these insults to Sen. Colin Powell, what will they say about him now? Will they say, he is trying to be black? OR, will they say, he finally realized that he is black? I was just thinking about that earlier today. Personally, I hope they keep their mouths shut, but that's just me. But you have to wonder, what will they say....thought of the day.

35 comments:

Greg Kline said...

Sen. Colin Powell?

Are you suggesting his decison was motivated by race?

No, I must have misunderstood you.

No intelligent person could reach that conclusion.

P. Kenneth Burns said...

Greg,

Read Between the lines...I am wondering what his critics will say. I know and I believe that Powell did not endorse Obama because of race. But what I am wondering is if his critics will change their opinion because of his decision proving that Black people are not monolithic.

wind river said...

Powell's son is a McCain supporter.

I believe race DID have a place in his decision. How many OTHER progressive liberals has he EVER endorsed?

P. Kenneth Burns said...

Well wind river, if that is the case, then shouldn't I endorse Obama, because I am black? And if this was the case, don't you think that would have happened sooner that two weeks before the election?

Believe it or not, there are White conservatives that will be voting for Obama, not because their favorites dropped out of the race nor is it because of their like or dislike of John McCain.

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P. Kenneth Burns said...

That answers my question.

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Anonymous said...

People who would be critical of Powell for being black and a Republican clearly don't understand the point of the civil rights movement in the first place which was to empower blacks, long discriminated against in this nations history, to have the same rights as all other Americans - including the right to vote for whomever you want to without fear of intimidation.

Those on the other hand who would make the ridiculous claim the Powell simply endorsed Obama due to the fact they are both black clearly miss the fact that Powell has dedicated his life to serving the American people and would never openly endorse someone for president he did not believe was best for the job (and even more so not at a time where this country needs strong leadership more than ever).

-Dr. A

Anonymous said...

How about this: what will all of you, who have pointed to Powell as a smart guy, a great leader, and someone you would vote for say now that he has endorsed Obama. Suddenly you think he isn't smart? Or maybe, just maybe, Powell is right.

Anonymous said...

Kenneth Burns,
Is this REALLY the party you want to vote for? What do you suppose all those deleted posts said? Vote for Obama/Biden. Nobody will know who you voted for, you can say it was McCain.

Jacon Worthington said...

Every thinking american could see Powells disgust with the Bush Administration whenever he had to stand next to W.

Anyone that can not see Powell for what he is, a smart, 'intellectual curious' man capable of civil discourse (despite what candidate he votes for) is not worthy of knowing.

His choice simply supported my observations and opinion of him.

PKB, what are your thoughts...then and now ?

P. Kenneth Burns said...

I know one of them called me an oreo. The other posts that were posted were much worse. I have a feeling that they did not come from McCain/Palin supporters, except for the smart[radio edit] who proudly said that he was a Republican and didn't like people of color.

P. Kenneth Burns said...

Jacon,

I agree with you that Powell was disgusted by the Bush administration and he came to his decision to support Barack Obama ON HIS BELIEFS. I believed then that Powell would take some time to think about who he would support for President, and I still do.

Powell has a record of standing on his own convictions. That should be respected as much as being an honored servant to this country.

streiff said...

Thanks to the various asshats who've shown up here to demonstrate their racism I've turned the comment moderation feature back on.

wind river said...

p. kenneth, I said race played a part. That is my conclusion, speculation. No more right or wrong than anyone elses. We all have that.

When Obama is getting 98% of the black vote, what am I suppose to think? That they are too stupid to vote any other way? NO!! It is a race thing.

Powell's reasoning left me bewildered on some of his points.

Greg Kline said...

Wow, sarcasm is a bit too subtle for some it would seem.

A Life Well Lived said...

Strieff,

Is the anger and frustration of people who hurl racial epithets taking a toll on your blog?

That is sad.

I see it a lot in other postings as well. This campaign is really bringing out worst in some people.

I commend your prudence and taste.

P. Kenneth Burns said...

As I said on BmoreNews.com last week, and count this as my agreement with ALWL in that this campaign has brought out the ugly on both sides.

As far as your comment wind river, I know what you were saying, and I was disagreeing with you. Your theory is often correct in most cases, but I don't think that is the case this time.

warpmine said...

Could Powell be thinking that once the country has a black president then no longer can blacks use play the racist card? Who knows and yes it's all speculation because from this angle he's supporting an individual with virtually no experience in anything except as a bullshit community organizer in the mold of Saul Alinsky.

On another note, I stopped believing Powell was special years before he resigned because of his sheer lack of common sense when it came to the nutjobs in the Mideast.

jacon worthington said...

The tone of the campaign was one of the stated reasons Powell will no longer obediently follow the republican party. He appears to be a principled man who believes in the dignity of the human condition.

I will also propose that Colin feels he has a debt to repay to the America People for helping initiate a war based on a false premise. He is perhaps trying to vindicate himself of the lies he told, that lead to a war that simply premature and ill-conceived-- one that has dragged on for too long.

He presents himself as a humble and rational man who has spent much time reflecting on the past eight years. It would appear he sees the need for a new direction ; He is disturbed that his actions while secretary of state are not a reflection of his internal values.


......but hey, maybe it is a racial thing, huh ?

A Life Well Lived said...

Kenny,

Explain to me how "the left" has gotten this ugly.

P. Kenneth Burns said...

Jacon,

That I am willing to go along with. I doubt it's a racial thing though. :-)

Anonymous said...

Kenneth, i think powell was never a republican, i think he got a chance under w bush but from what i know he always had beliefs from strong gun control to government intervention in alot of area s; that are considered politically liberal views. I heard him speak and i though he was a left left left republican at best, and he may believe, in his heart, that it is time for a change, no matter what that change is. I also agree that he may feel that with a black president our country evolves to a better place.

P. Kenneth Burns said...

Powell is definitely a Republican. He spoke on the floor of the 1996 convention and they booed him out the building when he said that he was for affirmative action. I will say that I think he is more center right than a hard leaning conservative.

streiff said...

I think calling Powell "center right" is sort of ridiculous. He's pro-choice, pro affirmative action. That puts him in the Linc Chafee/Susan Collins/Olympia Snowe/Arlen Specter wing.

Wind River said...

RINO = Republican In Name Only.

P. Kenneth Burns said...

But how extreme is he in those views. While I think that abortion is sheer murder, the government should stay out of such matters. And by the way, the justices, if they feel that the government's stance was wrong, could have overturned that decision a long time ago.

Unless Colin Powell has done anything to endorse an extreme, I will leave him in the centric position.

streiff said...

They may not be extreme, per se, but holding them certainly prevent him from being characterized as center-right. Both views have been outside the mainstream of the Republican party since the 1980 platform was adopted.

Bruce Godfrey said...

"Sellout or Uncle Tom..." Since I (unlike Mike Miller) don't use those terms, what people who use those terms think isn't my primary concern.

I don't think Powell was motivated by race. I think he looks at McCain from a military point of view, doesn't see leadership character of temperament in the 2008 version of the man. He said as much.

Also, the word is that Powell will be an adviser to Obama if Obama wins. So this could be viewed from a "third career in semi-retirement" viewpoint as much as anything else.

What I am certain Powell doesn't care about is the opinion of anybody who once called him a "Tom." Powell is in the grandchildren and golf business now. He doesn't have to pick up the phone ever again in his life, unless he feels like it. But my bet is, he wants back in the game.

I spent a month out of work of late due to Wall Street problems having a cascading effect on my subspecialty. I am back to work now. Though I had savings and was able to live like a person and pay my bills timely, not working drove me bat****. I suspect for men like Powell, it's that times a 1000.

jacon worthington said...

streiff.

He is left of center right , this makes him a fulcrum.

profound aye ?

P. Kenneth Burns said...

To answer your question, A Life Well Lived, let's personalize this, particularly if you are black. Black people who do not support Obama, their blackness is questioned...like me. I have gotten a number of emails asking me beasically who do I think I am. I even asked how can I believe what I believe.

There is an article I read in the new york times recently which said one black supporter of McCain who is a conservative lost a bunch of friends on MySpace. It's a "with us ro against us" mentality and that is not right.

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