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Colin Powell Endorses Obama and Socialism

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On Meet the Press, Colin Powell endorsed Barack Obama for president today. In an interview that was self contradictory at best, Powell said the last few weeks confirmed his decision that Obama is the candidate best suited to deal with any crisis that might occur in January 21, 2009. As one of his justifications, Powell said that the Republican Party had just become “too conservative” over the last years.

On the other hand, another “conservative” recently endorsed Obama to great fan fare. Christopher Buckley (formerly of National Review), said he has decided that the Republican Party has left him by becoming too liberal. Claiming the mantle of Ronald Reagan and his father, William F. Buckley, National Review’s founder, he is saddened by how the GOP has changed. Unlike Powell, Buckley did not claim the GOP had become too conservative. To the contrary, Buckley blamed his dissatisfaction on the fact that under George Bush, and with the help of congressional Republicans, the party had “doubled national debt, ruinous expansion of entitlement programs, bridges to nowhere, poster boy Jack Abramoff and an ill-premised, ill-waged war conducted by politicians of breathtaking arrogance.”

Powell says the Republican Party has become too conservative for him, and Buckley claims it has become too liberal (on economics). In both cases, it is not the liberalism of the speaker that caused them to endorse the candidate who has expressly admitted his economic policy is based on redistribution of wealth. No, for both it is the fault of those evil conservative/liberal? Republicans.

Is there any sentient human being on this planet who thinks Barack Obama will spend less than Bush or congressional Republicans, let alone John McCain? Does anyone believe that Obama will follow a conservative foreign policy in any sense? At least Powell was obliquely honest that the GOP is too conservative for him. But the curious thing is that Buckley is right that the Party has governed in a liberal, big government fashion. Which raises the question: if the GOP is too conservative for Powell now, why did he ever claim to be a Republican? Pro-abortion, now pro-redistribution of wealth, Powell is, was and always has been a liberal. He is finally with the party with which he really agrees.

In his endorsement, Powell has laid bare the complete incoherence of the left in this election. Powell was explicit in confirming his original decision to support the second Iraq War (necessitated by Powell’s decision to leave Saddam in place after the first war). Then he parroted the Democrats’ false claim that the only reason we went to war with Iraq was the intelligence regarding weapons of mass destruction. Powell claims the decision to go to war justified, but wouldn’t have been if we had known the truth. You know, the war was wrong, but its the CIA’s fault. Powell appears to be the first politcian to be for the war while he is against it.

It would be hard for Powell to adopt the leftist claim that Bush lied, so people died, because Powell saw the same intelligence (as did congressional Democrats), and Powell made the speech to the UN that the left uses as its greatest proof of those “lies.” It was Powell, not Bush, who made WMD the centerpiece of his arguments in support of the war. Having pushed Bush into that position (that has had him pilloried for five years by the left) Powell now joins their most anti-military candidate.

How will the Obama campaign deal with this contradiction of the central theme of their campaign by the man now endorsing him? They will ignore it, just as they ignore ACORN, William Ayers, Jeremiah Wright. But the irony is just too delicious. Powell supports the candidate who won his nomination by accusing him of lying to the United Nations, and the American people; and Obama will now embrace the man who as Secretary of State made the very decisions and arguments that Obama claims make John McCain unfit to be president.

I would give anything to see Powell and Ayers seated together at an Obama fund raiser. The reluctant general and the unrepentant terrorist, finding common ground in the “transformative” socialism of Barack Obama. Colin Powell is living proof of the wisdom of placing control of the military in this country in the hands of civilians.


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  1. I agree that Obama does endorse Socialism. Unfortunately, there has always been an underclass to prevent real progress. As civilization grows, an easier environment provides the means to survive where the underclass could not have survived before. Having more children, on average, than the hardy and intelligent, the underclass outbreeds their betters, swamps the system and the civilization collapses. This has been the way it is throughout the history of Mankind.


    October 19, 2008 at 8:39 pm

  2. I am not sure who Mercutio is, but I SO agree!


    October 20, 2008 at 11:12 am

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