Colin Powell comes out in favour of Barack Obama

Former Secretary of State Colin Powell has placed his support behind Barack Obama, the Democratic Presidential Candidate.  Does this surprise you?  It is to me. At first blush it will appear to the simplistic mind that Colin Powell is supporting Barack because of his race but let us look at the facts.

There are the words he used in his television interview: “We need a transformational figure, a generational change, intellectual curiosity, ability to inspire and crossover alon ethnic, racial and generational lines.”  This is huge and very important. One of the reasons that Powell claims to be disappointed and disillusioned with the McCain machinery is because of its negative messages and character assassination tactics. Yet Powell claims to be a Republican. Let’s look at the facts here:

   Although Powell was intimately involved in the wars with Iraq and Afghanistan, I am sure he has come to a realization that those wars require much more than might and strength of military machinery  to succeed when it comes to people fighting as a mission from God, Allah.  There needs to be a change in tactic and strategy and  McCain is just not the guy to do that within the republican party especially since he is viewed as just continuing on the same war path as his predecessor President George Bush. He is from the old school. There needs to be a change in thinking in living and interacting in the world for people and for nations.  As a General he better than most knows what is at stake and McCain and Palin’s old style politics is not the way to go.

   Powell is being true to his conscience by speaking out now before it’s too late and miss the opportunity to do right by his country.  Some asked why he waited so long to speak but Powell had to be sure. He waited, watched and listened and I am sure it was not an easy decision.

  It would be sad if some people conclude that Powell’s decision was based on race rather than merit.  In any event this is a great day for Barack. He has been vindicated by a General who believes in his ability. How cool is that.

~ by tradeum on October 20, 2008.

2 Responses to “Colin Powell comes out in favour of Barack Obama”

  1. Suddenly because Powell is endorsing obama he is not as evil as he used to be? Yet, Powell was the one encouraging the Iraq war claiming they had WMD. Anyone with intelligence knows that Powell is endorsing based on race.

    98% of black people are voting for obama just because he is black. White people are split between obama, nadar, and McCain. Think about it.

    The truth is this is a race campaign. The Democrats control the senate and congress and have the lowest approval rating in US history. The Democrats couldn’t even beat Bush in the elections thus why they are going after the black vote in the US, about 45 million blacks. Thus, why obama voted present over 130 times, avoided the tough issues, and never challenged his party leaders on senate to preserve his political career. Only 143 days on state senate when he decided to run for office.

    The Democrats lost because the US is not a socialist/communist system. Americans fought against Nazi Germany, their socialist party, and communist USSR for decades, just to name a few.

    Again, Clinton supported deregulation and introduced FTAs like NAFTA. That is why the US economy was strong during his administration. McCain also supports deregulation and fights for FTAs like NAFTA. These initiatives will help our economy. Our economy is very important, McCain is better for our economy. I hope people get educated before they vote.

    US businesses create US jobs. obama wants to limit the growth of US businesses, which is limiting the growth of US jobs. If you increase tax on US businesses they will either just relocate to a lower tax country taking American jobs with them, pass the added tax cost to consumers or go bankrupt. GM and Ford can barely compete globally and obama wants to tax them more. The smaller businesses that are reliant on GM and Ford will also be greatly affected, destroying more US jobs.

    The US is the land of opportunity not the land of equal outcome. Why should government take your money and give it to people who are already on welfare to spread the wealth?

    What Caused Our Economic Crisis?

  2. With all due respect – it is time for Change. America cannot survive as a powerful nation if it does not change its course. McCain is old school and he needs his well deserved rest and let the younger generation forge ahead and create a new America based on respect, human rights, equality and diversity. All Americans are emotional about their country and want their country to be respected in the world, give Barack Obama a chance and you will see. Don’t vote the way your parents or the way you always voted, look at the facts, look at both men and forget about race and make your decision. May the better man wins.

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