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You can never take for granted what’s in a person’s mind until you’ve heard what comes out of his mouth. Take, for instance, Colin Powell; you know the man I’m talking about – general, former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, secretary of state for George W. Bush and, more recently, Obama supporter and apologist.
Prior to the election of Obama, it was generally assumed and just taken for granted that Powell was a conservative who saw the world as true conservatives see it. But with the election of Obama, Powell dropped his pretense of same faster than Laura Bush revealed she was pro-abortion and pro-homosexual marriage, after leaving the White House.
In 2008, Powell endorsed Obama as a “transformational figure” and “a generation coming.” Powell’s crowing about Obama was somewhat more tempered when he was asked for his assessment by “State of the Union” host Candy Crowley. He told Crowley on her Sunday CNN program: “I think he’s got a way to go, I mean, he hasn’t achieved all of his purposes, but he’s stabilized the economy. The economy is now starting to rebound, more slowly than we would like to see, but it is rebounding. Whether you approve of health care or not, he took on that issue, which I think is a major challenge for the American people.” (“Colin Powell on Obama: We didn’t elect Superman, we elected a human being”; Jeff Poor; The Daily Caller; Jan. 23, 2011)
When asked by Crowley if he thought the perception of the country had changed under Obama, Powell responded: “I think it’s better. I think the favorability rating of the United States and the administration has gone up. But, you know, we didn’t elect Superman, we elected a human being … who came in with an idea, with energy, and I think with a youthful – a more youthful approach to things.”
Permit me to quickly point out a few things Powell’s cozened attempt at trumpeting “hail to chief Obama” omitted. Pursuant to the economic recovery he referenced: true unemployment was closer to 19 percent; 40 percent of those unemployed were classified as long-term unemployed; 1.5 million, or 10 percent of the total, had been unemployed for more than 99 weeks; there was talk of a double-dip economic downturn; and jobless claims were still north of 400,000. So, just what economic recovery was he speaking of?
Powell’s praise for Obama’s mythical economic recovery also failed to mention that, instead of focusing on jobs, he was focused on destabilizing the Middle East and squandering money on green technology companies that went bankrupt literally weeks after being given billions of dollars in taxpayer bailouts. He also failed to mention that Obama’s was a manic pursuant to seize control of one-sixth of the economy, when the federal government has been unable to run the U.S. Postal Service competently and has mishandled Social Security to the brink of insolvency.
And even more deplorable, his reference to Obama not being “Superman” was code-speak to blacks who could later be told that told Obama hadn’t been given enough time.
This morning, on ABC’s “This Week,” Christiane Amanpour asked Powell about the zeitgeist of the country, which she analogized as divisive, brash and poisonous. As Noel Sheppard wrote for Newsbusters.org: “Not surprisingly, neither the class warfare stoked by [Obama] and his Party nor the resulting Occupy Wall Street movement was mentioned during his seven minute interview.” (“Colin Powell Blames Media and Tea Party for Divisive Tone in Washington”; Nov. 27, 2011)
Powell immediately launched into a diatribe of blame against the tea party, calling them “the extreme right” and blaming us for our unwillingness to compromise. Before I ask the obvious question – why are we the ones always expected to compromise? – let’s ask Powell the following.
Where would Powell be today, and what are the chances that the black family in the White House today would, at best, be there as servants if Lincoln had decided to compromise and let the South and New Jersey have slaves? What would America be today if our Founding Fathers had worked a compromise on taxes and minerals with King George? Obama claims to be a Christian – where would Christianity and God’s plan of salvation be if Jesus had decided to compromise on sin and the cross? What if Churchill had compromised with Hitler, telling him he could kill all the Jews he wanted if he didn’t advance against England? What if Everett Dirksen had compromised on the Civil Rights Act of 1964?
In every instance above, the groups/persons leading the charge were called extreme right-wing and accused of being unwilling to compromise, but they held their ground and we are better off for it. Compromise has brought us nothing but a downward spiral of society. Compromise has brought us the homosexual agenda and abortion on demand. Compromise has brought to the very brink of destruction of our nation.
Maybe instead of fomenting racial and societal discord, Powell would be better served by remembering there is a reason the military has been inflexible in its training regimens. It’s because the military understands that compromise is the surest way to disorder and defeat.
When America stood on absolutes, faith and propriety, we were a nation envied the world over. Powell might think about that as he blames the tea party.