After listening to Mr. Powell's rationalization for his endorsement of Obama today, I couldn't help but be saddened that a public figure that I had respected for so long couldn't avoid the poison of racism himself.
This is a man who had prior to today, dedicated his life to upholding and defending the American principles of the GOP. Who had committed his life to preserving the free-market capitalism that our country had been built on. How easily Mr. Powell turned his support to the anti-American socialist policy pushed by Senator Obama. It concerns me how easy it was for Mr. Powell to sell-out on all of his convictions and to support what he had spent his life fighting against, over the color of skin.
Don't get me wrong, I'm not suggesting that Mr. Powell dislikes Senator McCain because of skin color, but it is clear to me that he overlooked his principles based on the color of Senator Obama's skin. And to make a decision based on the color of someone's skin rather than content of character IS racism! To me, this is the only clear explanation. If Mr. Powell was not motivated by racism then what? Had he accepted positions and defended GOP principles that he disagreed with for all of these years to advance his political career? Racism or hypocrisy?
I lean towards racism based on the commets that Mr. Powell made on Sept. 15th at George Washington University. Mr. Powell was quoted as saying, "electing an African-American US president would be “electrifying” for the world."
During his endorsement Sunday, Mr. Powell cited Gov. Palin's lack of experience for the VP position but didn't even touch on the subject that Gov. Palin actually has more experience for the Presidency (Executive Branch) than Senator Obama has. Was Mr. Powell so willing to overlook Obama's under-qualifications because of race?
Still doubt what Mr. Powell's decision was based on? Rush Limbaugh brings up a good point to consider: "Where are the inexperienced, white liberals Powell has endorsed?"