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Right off Brutha:Colin Powell Serves as Black Up for Obama May 7, 2009

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Among my liberal friends, the biggest myth that surrounds my switch to the Republican Party is the assumption that Afrocity now embraces ALL REPUBLICANS. That could not be further from the truth. I did not like Mitt Romney when he was my governor in Massachusetts and I don’t care for him now. I did not have a favorable opinion of George W. Bush when I was a Democrat and I assure you that is still the case today.

I love it when Democrats learn that I am conservative and they immediately launch into Bush bashing.

Well the guy you voted for in 2004-

I cut them off right there. I did not vote for Bush I, I did not vote for Bush II in 2000 or 2004. I voted for the Goracle in 2000. 2004, I thought that Bush and Kerry were both poor candidates so I did not vote. In 2008 I voted for McCain after voting for Hillary Clinton in the Democratic Primary.
So take your “You voted for Bush and he fucked up” and shove it. I know Bush II very well. He was my governor before he was my president. I knew that he would not be good for America.

This idea of Afrocity and the dramatic political shift is a myth. In case you are wondering I am still pro-choice too. Many Democrats clearly believe that when you admit to being a Republican, you are automatically a racist, pro-lifer who voted for Bush.

badassobamashirtHaving said that I want to go on record as saying that I have never liked Former Secretary of State Colin Powell. I did not care for him when I was a Democrat and I don’t care for him now that I am a Republican. His service to our country is admirable and he is a brilliant military strategist but I have always seen demons resting on his back.

During the 2008 elections, Powell’s endorsement of Barack Obama does not illustrate his dissatisfaction with the Republicans. That is a untruth. Personally, I believe that Powell’s endorsement had little to do with partisanship fatigue or dislike for Sarah Palin. His endorsement reflected his inner struggle to determine what his legacy will be in American memory.

It is not easy being a black Republican. The public perception is that the GOP historically identifies most closely with the nation’s white and wealthy. This is highlighted by the party base presiding predominantly in the South. Although the GOP really embodies virtues of liberty and self-reliance for all regardless of race or class, the sentiment that we are bigoted upper-class, religious zealots still persist. Hence the race problem for black republicans.

To be a black Republican or conservative is to be a traitor, an Uncle Tom. You are aiding the party that wants to enslave you. A considerable amount of American Americans believe this and they vote in great majorities as Democrats. 98% of African Americans voted for Barack Obama. Sure Obama ran as a Democrat but I think that high percentage can be contributed to a lot more. Race is the elephant in the room and it ain’t no GOP elephant.

Colin Powell and Barack Obama will never share the same political ideology. They are not cut from the same cloth. Why would he endorse Obama for any reason other than race? I too thought about voting for Obama and the only reason I would have is because Obama is of color. I don’t agree with anything that Barack Obama stands for. He does not possess true leadership ability, he is tragically weak and a pansy concerning foreign affairs. Obama was just the wrong person for the job. That is how I felt in 2008 and I stand by that today.
I am black and my mother would have wanted me to vote for him but I just could not do it for only that reason.

Recently Colin Powell expressed his displeasure with the GOP once again. His whine was one of hundreds he has made claiming that the GOP is too far right and needs moderates.

Congress Daily
Powell Says Shrinking GOP Should Return To The Center

Tuesday, May 5, 2009
by Chris Strohm

The Republican Party is in big trouble and needs to find a way to move back to the middle of the country, former Secretary of State Colin Powell said Monday.

Powell said the GOP is “getting smaller and smaller” and “that’s not good for the nation.” He also said he hopes that emerging GOP leaders, such as House Minority Whip Cantor, will not keep repeating mantras of the far right.

“The Republican Party is in deep trouble,” Powell told corporate security executives at a conference in Washington sponsored by Fortify Software Inc. The party must realize that the country has changed, he said. “Americans do want to pay taxes for services,” he said. “Americans are looking for more government in their life, not less.”

Powell, secretary of State during the first term of former President George W. Bush, made waves last year when he came out for the Democratic presidential candidate, then-Sen. Barack Obama of Illinois. Powell described the 2008 GOP candidate, Sen. John McCain of Arizona, as “a beloved friend” but said he told him last summer that the party had developed a reputation for being mean-spirited and driven more by social conservatism than the economic problems that Americans faced.

Powell also criticized other GOP leaders, for bowing too much to the right.

He blasted radio commentator Rush Limbaugh, saying he does not believe that Limbaugh or conservative icon Ann Coulter serve the party well. He said the party lacks a “positive” spokesperson. “I think what Rush does as an entertainer diminishes the party and intrudes or inserts into our public life a kind of nastiness that we would be better to do without,” Powell said.

He also said that Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, McCain’s running mate last year, is “a very accomplished person” but became “a very polarizing figure.” He said the polarization was created by Palin’s advisers.

Powell said he does not want Republicans to turn into Democrats but rather to build a vibrant party.

colin-powell1General Powell if this is your true assessment then could you please tell me why you failed to endorse John McCain? Your friend and a GOP lite- a RINO- a moderate Republican? Why didn’t you endorse a moderate Republican when you had the chance?

The Colin is full of shit.

Rush Limbaugh of course had a swift retort handy and it seems that we are in agreement.

RUSH: I’m getting e-mail, people here at the studio, “When are you going to talk about Colin Powell?” Folks, I don’t care, I don’t care what Colin Powell says. This kind of stuff is said about me three times a day by all liberals under the sun, and Colin Powell is just another liberal. He did this back in December, and I responded to it then. Look, if you want to know what this is all about, Colin Powell is out there saying the American people want more taxes, they want bigger government. He’s out there saying I am killing the Republican Party while he endorsed and voted for Obama. The Republican Party nominated the exact kind of candidate Colin Powell thinks the Republican Party should have and he still endorsed Obama. He’s just mad at me because I’m the one person in the country that had the guts to explain his endorsement of Obama. It was purely and solely based on race. There can be no other explanation for it.

What Colin Powell needs to do is close the loop and become a Democrat, instead of claiming to be a Republican interested in reforming the Republican Party. He’s not. He’s a full-fledged Democrat.

The only reason to endorse Obama is race. I don’t think Powell thinks he could get away with not endorsing Obama because the Republicans nominated the exact candidate that had the exact campaign, other than Sarah Palin, that Colin Powell advocated. So I don’t care. This kind of stuff is said about me ten times a day by liberals. He’s just one of them doing it.

So please General Powell, do yourself a favor and switch parties. Obama needs more black up and God knows he could use your advice concerning foreign policy.

In closing I want to leave you with today’s history lesson on “Racism in the Democratic Party”.

Autographed Letter Signed,


AFROCITY

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16 Responses to “Right off Brutha:Colin Powell Serves as Black Up for Obama”

  1. donnadarko Says:

    This idea of Afrocity and the dramatic political shift is a myth. In case you are wondering I am still pro-choice too. Many Democrats clearly believe that when you admit to being a Republican, you are automatically a racist, pro-lifer who voted for Bush.

    LOL.

    MOONBAT Donna

  2. manbearpig68 Says:

    Colin Powell is completely confused and doesn’t need to be a Republican.. Wanting more government in your life increases dependency and decreases personal freedom and chances to succeed. When will people understand this? It shouldn’t be about race as well. If people vote just for race they don’t understand freedom and being an American!

  3. donnadarko Says:

    I found a joke about moonbats:

    Worker #1 “Did you see those moonbats on the news staging another one of their useless protests?”

    Worker #2 “Yeah, all eight of them.”

    Worker #1 “Man, they need to get real jobs.”

  4. loudmouthjewishbabe Says:

    OK, I’m looking around me with fellow Republican friends (pro-choice, don’t give a rat’s ass about gay marriage or stem cell research funding, Terry Schiavo so don’t even go there), and quite frankly I cannot find anyone whom Mr. Powell refers to as wanting to “pay taxes for services,” and “are looking for more gvt in their life, not less.”

    We are of moderate income, *less* than $50,000, but realize that every tax of some sort affects us too. Directly or indirectly. It’s interesting that the Dems I know do want more tax, as long as it doesn’t affect *them* personally in any way.

    I agree that folks in both parties want gvt to spend wisely with the money that they do receive from us. Some investments seem to work better than others.

    I notice that where I live, libraries seem to be doing well and utilize their funds wisely. Folks are happy (of both political stripes). Lots of new, and quality material. Lots of bang for the buck.

    Ditto for the city and state park system. Wonderfully kept up for all to enjoy, and it also doesn’t hurt that private wealthy donors make contributions as well.

    Also, these institutions are mindful that they serve the public, and do not expect it to just fork out funds willy-nilly. Thermostats are set appropriately and new buildings are built to be more energy efficient via architecture, building materials, etc. Doors are not left open, allowing air conditioning or heating to escape.

    Contrast this with the public school up the street. *I* have to set my thermostat high in the summer, lower in the winter, because it is all *I* can afford. I don’t appreciate the fact that schools/local and fed gvt are more than careless with MY money- leaving doors/windows open-jacking on the air conditioner to low levels and just expecting that *I* can afford to pay the increase in their utilities when I can barely afford my own.

    Any private donor who thinks I don’t pay enough is welcome to finance the utility system, as doors and windows remain carelessly open while the air conditioning/heating remains on.

    Bueller? Bueller? What about Mr. Powell?

  5. TorchWood Says:

    What can I say, Afrocity except…

    OOOOOO SNAP!!!

    You nailed the bastard.

  6. boldandbald Says:

    This whole idea that the republican party needs to become more centrist is missing one very big problem. When the Democratic party keeps moving further and further left that moves the center to the left as well. What the Republican party really needs to do is stand firmly on its conservative ground. Do not give in on bigger and bigger government. Do not give in on weaker and weaker foreign policy. Do not give in on more and more intrusions by the government into private corporations. I don’t think the Republican party leaders are trying to move to the right, they are simply trying to stand their ground while the Democrats keep slipping down the slope toward socialism. It looks like Powell has gotten himself a sled and is flying down that hill as well.

  7. Rose Says:

    Now, Afrocity! You KNOW that when you check that Republican box on your voter form your DNA changes! You automatically morph into a rich fat old white bigot, dontcha know? Not only that, you communicate with other “republicans” by secret antennae, and always practice groupthink!

    That’s what people think anyway. You and I know it’s not true. But I get the same treatment you do – with the exception that I am not black, so you get an extra layer piled on.

    I don’t understand Powell. His actions are incomprehensible. Both he and Condoleeza held top positions, so his protestations that it had to do with breaking ceilings don’t quite add up. My read on him is that somebody had something on him – something that prevented his own run back in the day, and led to his weak – though prominent – endorsement.

    • boldandbald Says:

      “Not only that, you communicate with other “republicans” by secret antennae, and always practice groupthink!”

      That is ridiculous, isn’t it? I mean everyone knows that only applies to Democrats. 😉

  8. he is entirely understandable. He is an opportunist whose has been given all his credentials and opportunity by republicans but has never really accepted that for fear of being thought an uncle Tom. He likes his status and that’s why he endorsed Obama

  9. poplicola Says:

    Dr. King was Republican. 🙂

  10. TheRealKim Says:

    Great Post, Afro, you nailed it. One point you made should be hit on from another perspective. You state African-Americans voted for Obama based on color, but so did white Americans, for the “look at me, I’m so cool, I voted for the black man” or to rid themselves of any guilt they may have.

    When are people going to see that Character makes a man, just as Dr. King said, a person’s character defines them. Colin Powell had character, but he kinda poked a few holes in when he testified about WMD’s, and Obama, well I won’t even go there.

  11. John morris Says:

    Great post.

    I guess, I have nothing to add except to take this opportunity to mention my all time hero— General George Thomas of Virginia.

    From the Wikipedia

    “Thomas served in the Mexican-American War and later chose to remain with the United States Army for the Civil War, despite his heritage as a Virginian. He won one of the first Union victories in the war, at Mill Springs in Kentucky, and served in important subordinate commands at Perryville and Stones River. His stout defense at the Battle of Chickamauga in 1863 saved the Union Army from being completely routed, earning him his most famous nickname, the “Rock of Chickamauga.” He followed soon after with a dramatic breakthrough on Missionary Ridge in the Battle of Chattanooga. In the Franklin-Nashville Campaign of 1864, he achieved one of the most decisive victories of the war, destroying the army of Confederate General John Bell Hood, at the Battle of Nashville.

    Thomas had a successful record in the Civil War, but he failed to achieve the historical acclaim of some of his contemporaries, such as Ulysses S. Grant and William T. Sherman. He developed a reputation as a slow, deliberate general who shunned self-promotion and who turned down advancements in position when he did not think they were justified. After the war, he did not write memoirs to advance his legacy. He also had an uncomfortable personal relationship with Grant, which served him poorly as Grant advanced in rank and eventually to the presidency”

    “At the outbreak of the Civil War, three of Thomas’s regimental superiors—Albert Sidney Johnston, Robert E. Lee, and William J. Hardee—resigned. Many Southern-born generals were torn between loyalty to their states and loyalty to their country. Thomas struggled with the decision but opted to remain with the United States. His Northern-born wife and his dislike of slavery probably helped influence his decision. In response, his family turned his picture against the wall, destroyed his letters, and never spoke to him again. (During the economic hard times in the South after the war, Thomas sent some money to his sisters, who angrily refused to accept it, declaring they had no brother.) Nevertheless, Thomas stayed in the Union Army with some degree of suspicion surrounding him. On January 18, 1861, a few months before Fort Sumter, he had applied for a job as the commandant of cadets at Virginia Military Institute. Any real tendency to the secessionist cause, however, could be refuted when he turned down Virginia Governor John Letcher’s offer to become chief of ordnance for the Virginia Provisional Army.”

    “After the end of the Civil War, Thomas commanded the Department of the Cumberland in Kentucky and Tennessee, and at times also West Virginia and parts of Georgia, Mississippi and Alabama, through 1869. During the Reconstruction period, Thomas acted to protect freedmen from white abuses. He set up military commissions to enforce labor contracts since the local courts had either ceased to operate or were biased against blacks. Thomas also used troops to protect places threatened by violence from the Ku Klux Klan.[5]

    President Andrew Johnson offered Thomas the rank of lieutenant general—with the intent to eventually replace Grant, a Republican and future president, with Thomas as general in chief—but the ever-loyal Thomas asked the Senate to withdraw his name for that nomination because he did not want to be party to politics. In 1869, he requested assignment to command the Division of the Pacific with headquarters at the Presidio of San Francisco. He died there of a stroke while writing an answer to an article criticizing his military career. None of his blood relatives attended his funeral. He was buried in Oakwood Cemetery, in Troy, New York”

    This is what an honorable man does– he pays the price for his views and doesn’t just try to get along.

  12. […] All of this has been puzzling to me, especially the endorsement of Obama by erstwhile conservatives like Christopher Buckley who is famous for doing nothing much other than sharing the last name of his much more notable father. He and others ditched the very moderate, centrist and famously bi-partisan John McCain for the very immoderate, left and infamously unknown (and unqualified) Barack Obama and many did so while tossing off various bromides of dissatisfaction at Sarah Palin, who had the audacity to be a sitting, self made, accomplished and conservative governor from the wrong side of the Beltway. Colin Powell continues to do this mostly because, well, Barack is a brutha […]


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