Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Colin Powell For Change

With all the rumblings of Vice President Of Terror Dick Cheney and Chief Drug Addict Rush Limbaugh trying to reorganize the chaos that is the Repugnant Party, a voice of reason, a voice of moderation has spoken up. He wants the Repugs to calm down, open their minds, pay attention and listen: your party's future is at risk.

Colin Powell went on the offensive this week, arguing that the conservative wing of the GOP is steering the party too far to the right and is unwilling to listen to other views within the party.

Colin Powell: "I believe we should build on the base because the nation needs two parties, two parties debating each other....what we have to do is debate and define who we are and what we are and not just listen to dictates that come down from the right wing of the party."

And by 'right wing' he's referring to the Dynamic Asshat Duo of Dick Cheney and Rush Limbaugh, who have openly mocked him as a Repug in name only, citing his endorsement of Democrat Barack Obama over Repug John McCain for president.

Powell revealed his voting record for the past forty-plus years--yes to Ronald Reagan and both Bush men, but yes also to John F. Kennedy, Lyndon Johnson and Jimmy Carter--but reaffirmed that he is a solid Republican who wishes that the GOP become more inclusive or risk giving Democrats and independents the chance to scoop up disaffected moderate Republicans who left the party over such conservative and divisive issues as immigration and marriage equality. Those younger Repugs are open to moderation and change; those old men--Cheney Limbaugh et al--are not.

"If we don't reach out more, the party is going to be sitting on a very, very narrow base. You can only do two things with a base. You can sit on it and watch the world go by, or you can build on [it]."

Dick Cheney has made it quite clear who he thinks is the new leader of the Repugs, saying he would rather follow broadcaster Limbaugh than Powell into political battle over the GOP's future. "I didn't know he was still a Republican," he said in that smartass, dumbass tone of his.

Rush Limbaugh called Powell "just another liberal"--such a dirty word, y'all--and said he should become a Democrat. In a blatant show of his own bigotry and racism, Limbaugh also said that Powell endorsed Obama based on race.

Colin Powell took on the Cheney-Limbaugh high-profile-low-class criticism, saying, "I may be out of their version of the Republican Party, but there's another version of the Republican Party waiting to emerge once again."

Now, don't get me wrong. I am not a fan of Colin Powell. I believe he lied when he spoke at the UN and I believe he knew he was lying. Whether he did it at the urging of Bush or the orders of Hellhound Cheney, makes no difference. One of the main reasons we got into this war was because of the things Colin Powell said, the lies he told.

But if the Repugs are to survive and regroup and grow and change and realize that this isn't Dick Cheney's America, or Rush Limbaugh Land, they ought to pay closer attention to people like Colin Powell.

I like the idea of choice; of GOP over DNC. I like a good debate on issues. But when one side sees only one way, their way, they are quickly losing ground. The world is changing and the Repugs aren't moving as fast as they should.

Just sayin'.

1 comment:

Beth said...

I'm sure you know how I feel about this. Way to go, GOP, in trying to drive moderates even further away from you. It's no wonder an increasingly large percentage of people are calling themselves Independents. No wonder at all.