His entire career was enhanced by the fact that he was a capable
African-American in a supposed "white-man's world".
He was rapidly promoted and honored by the past three Republican
presidents. "Reagan raised him from Army colonel to national
security adviser, the first African-American in the post. George H.
W. Bush named him chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, over
hundreds of more senior officers. George W. Bush made him the first
African-American secretary of state."
Following in that trend, John McCain befriended and supported him
on the war and agreed with him on the need for a larger invasion
The man is Gen. Colin Powell, an individual who Republicans once
believed would be a suitable candidate for president and the first
African-American president at that. Yet now he has tapped the
embodiment of radical socialism, Barack Hussein Obama, as his choice.
The irony is that Senator Obama in part "owes his nomination to his
fierce opposition to the war Powell sold the nation, a war Obama
calls the worst blunder in U.S. history and a manifestation of a
lack of judgment by those, like Colin Powell, who launched it."
Yet Powell is apparently able to get past those incredible
differences, because Obama and he do share one thing in common.
They are both part-African, repudiate their whiteness, and
self-identify with only one ethnic group: African Americans. It
would appear that blood is thicker than politics, or at least some
For you see, early in his book, Powell states that his ancestors
carried a variety of blood lines: African, English, Scotch, Irish,
Yet, in the media hoopla that followed Tiger Woods declaring
himself a Cablinasian: a mixture of Caucasian, Black, Native
American and Asian, Gen. Powell ruled out such possibly divided
"In America," said Powell, "when you look like me, you're black."
So from Obama and Powell's perspective, in a person of mixed
ancestry, all blood may be equal, but some is more equal than others.
"I stand before you tonight as an African-American," the Times
recently quoted Powell as telling an audience. "Many people say to
me, 'You became secretary of state of the USA., is it really
necessary to say you are an African-American, or that you are
black?' And I say, 'Yes,' so that we can remind our children. It
took a lot of people struggling to bring me to this point in
history. I didn't just drop out of the sky. People came from my
continent in chains. There's no reason a new Africa can't be
created right here and now."
Powell was speaking in London at an event called "Africa Rising",
where according to the Guardian, he was pulling off some "cheeky
Afro-hip-hop moves" in celebration of Olu Maintain's song Yahooze,
which is a lyrical shout-out to the "Yahoo boys."
For the uninitiated, "Yahoo boys" refers to the Nigerian fraudsters
that send random emails requesting foreigners' bank account
details, in which they fraudulently promise to use to wire transfer
millions of dollars into those accounts. Many Americans have been
defrauded out of their life savings by these Nigerian con artists
that often sign their emails with the name Egobia, which means
Meanwhile, Gen. Colin Powell is dancing to their tune and
celebrating "Africa Rising."
In defense of his Obama endorsement, Gen. Powell has said that
electing an African-American president would be "electrifying" for
the world and that Obama is "a transformational figure" who would
be an "exceptional" leader.
"I truly believe that at this point in America's history we need a
president who will not just continue ... basically the policies we
have followed in recent years," he said. "We need a president with
It's been hard to put your finger on just what makes Obama special,
but now we know - "transformational qualities." His white mother
from Kansas may have been the first to see it in him, but she's
hardly the last. One recent poll shows that African-Americans are
going an incredible 94-1 for Obama! Considering that most polls are
+/- 1%, it's still possible that Obama will be able to capture 100%
of the black vote.
This is a lesson to anyone still operating under the assumption
that race does not matter; it matters greatly to some people.
Hillary Clinton - wife of the first "black" president - got a harsh
lesson in racial reality along the primary campaign trail this
year. She has always supported affirmative action and racial
policies and appointments that were discriminatory in favor of
blacks. Yet none of that mattered to the black voters that were
previously her friends and supporters once a black messiah came
along and had a realistic chance to win.
Ironically, the one group to which the charge of "racism" is most
liberally applied - white Americans - are the group least likely to
vote as a racial bloc or for a candidate of the same race.
If nothing else, this election has taught us who the real racists
are and should forever close the book on white guilt over supposed
white racism. Don't hold your breath, though, as the cries for
"reparations" will only increase in an Obama administration.
For years Republicans have bent over backwards to help promote
black men like Colin Powell and J.C. Watts, the former Oklahoma
quarterback, partly in an effort to prove they weren't racist. Yet
when it mattered most, in a close election where racial loyalties
would be tried, they have both turned their back on Republicans in
favor of Obama, who looks like them.
Rush Limbaugh duly questioned Powell's motives and said, "Secretary
Powell says his endorsement is not about race. OK, fine. I am now
researching his past endorsements to see if I can find all the
inexperienced, very liberal, white candidates he has endorsed. I'll
let you know what I come up with."
In the election on Tuesday, you will see in the election returns
how much race still matters, regardless of how "transformational"
one candidate is supposed to be. Powell just showed us all how much
it matters. Even though his whole life and career is owed to the
Republican establishment, in the end he decided blood is thicker
than politics and principle.
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