General Colin Powell was the first African-American to serve on the Joint Chiefs of Staff, serving as Chairman (1989-1993). He also served as National Security Advisor (1987-1989) and was the first African-American Secretary of State (2001-2005). All these appointments were made by Republican Presidents, George H. W. Bush (1989-1992) and George W. Bush (2002-2009). The latter President Bush also appointed the first female African-American Secretary of State (Condoleeza Rice).
In gratitude for these honors, in 2008 General Powell (who claims to be a Republican) endorsed Senator Barack Obama for president. Like General Powell, Mr. Obama is an African-American.
After four years of a stagnant economy, high unemployment, a foreign policy disaster in Benghazi (not covered to any degree by the majority media), the downgrading of the US credit rating, and an increasing deficit, General Powell endorsed Mr. Obama for re-election. General Powell was not alone in his support. Ninety-eight percent of Americans of African descent voted for President Obama along with more than 70% of Hispanic and Asian-Americans. Apparently, it's not about "the economy, stupid"; it's about color.
But lest Americans notice the man behind the curtain, General Powell blames the Republican Party for the loss. In an interview on Meet the Press, he is quoted as saying: "I think what the Republican party needs to do now is take a very hard look at itself and understand that the country has changed. The country is changing demographically and if the Republican party does not change along with that demographic, they are going to be in trouble."
Really, General Powell? Ya think that when 84% of people of color vote against the white guy, the Republican Party doesn't get that the country has changed demographically?
So what does General Powell expect the Republican Party to do? Appoint an African-American Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff? Or perhaps as Secretary of State? Maybe they could invite a brilliant, beautiful, highly educated, female, African-American former Secretary of State (Condoleeza Rice) to give a stem-winding speech at their convention? (She did, but the media ignored it). What about highlighting a Hispanic senator (Marco Rubio), successful Latina Governor (Susana Martinez), former Florida Governor who is married to a Hispanic (Jeb Bush)? They did that, too, and the media ignored them, as well. These speakers didn't fit the media meme that the Republicans are a party of rich, white guys.
General Powell further stated, "When we see that in one more generation, the minorities of America - African Americans, Hispanic Americans, and Asian Americans - will be the majority of the country, you can't go around saying, 'We don't want to have a solid immigration policy. We are going to dismiss the 47 percent, we are going to make it hard for these minorities to vote,' as they did in the last election."
The sad truth aside from General Powell's bone-shattering display of disloyalty to the party that rewarded his intelligence, hard work and accomplishments is that it never was about the economy, jobs, foreign policy or immigration, but rather that when people of color have the opportunity to elect someone of color, 84% will do so regardless of the state of the economy and the candidates' experience and policies, and there is nothing the Republican Party could have done about that.GUN FREE ZONES!