Powell Says it Right

In case you have missed it there was yet another win for the Obama campaign during the weekend. Reaching across party lines former Secretary of State (and long-time friend of John McCain), Colin Powell, decleared his endorsement of Barack Obama on Sunday.  

John McCain said he was not surprised at his friend’s decision (despite the fact that Mr. Powell donated to the Republican’s campaign) and did not seem to put much weight into the endorsement which could be the end of his candidacy. Having backed both Bill Clinton and current President Bush, Mr. Powell’s judgement means a lot to the undecided voter (especially Independents). Thus this is not another leftish-opinion but rather an assessment of Mr. Powell’s history of endorsements. Still in doubt? Well, you do not need to take my words for it:

“Powell is a glass of warm milk and a cookie for those who can’t sleep worrying about the lack of experience of a President Obama.”
                 – Alex Castellanos, Republican strategist.

Even though Mr. McCain claimed the endorsement was to be expected there were signs of hurt pride at his friend’s decision and he made sure to point out that other former secretaries of state had backed his own campaign (all Republicans and lacking the voter influence of Mr. Powell).

Referring to Mr. Obama as a “transformational figure” Mr. Powell emphasized the fact that his endorsement is not only an embrace of a candidate from another party but an effort to reshape (or perhaps repent) the legacy he himself believe (probably rightly so) has been tainted during his years under President Bush.

Mr. Powell stressed that while it was not easy to disappoint John McCain he strongly disagreed with the Republican’s campaign tactics; “the approach of the Republican Party and Mr. McCain has become narrower and narrower.” Furthermore he said that Barack Obama has an ability to inspire and that it will be up to the next president “to fix the reputation that we’ve left with the rest of the world”. (“We” might be accurately put here as he did serve under one President Bush… Luckily Mr. Powell seem to have understood who will bring the better future for America this time)

Perhaps the most memorable part of Colin Powell’s endorsement came when he touched the subject of race. While making clear that Barack Obama is neither arab nor muslim (rumors which have spread with alarming speed throughout the country) Mr. Powell added:

“Is there something wrong with being a Muslim in this country? The answer’s no, that’s not America.
Is there something wrong with some seven-year-old Muslim-American kid believing that he or she could be president? Yet, I have heard senior members of my own party drop the suggestion – ‘he’s a Muslim and he might be associated with terrorists’. This is not the way we should be doing it in America.”

Despite the fact that America so often claims to be an open country with equal rights and opportunities for all, (the American dream certainly implies so) prejudice and racism is still a daily occurrence. The issue is a sensitive one in America and goes deeper than the 9/11-attacks, all the way back to the first slaves that were brought to this country. Thus the importance of Mr. Powell’s message and the fact that he chose to address the problem stretch further than boosting Mr. Obama’s campaign (analysts say the eventual backlash of closet racism will not be decisive in the election) and will hopefully start a greater debate among policy makers as well as ordinary “Joes”. 

These prejudicial believes have no place in the 21st century and if America want to portray itself as providing equal rights and opportunities to all then it is certainly about time we eradicate them.

— Kajsa, Admin Future for America

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~ by politicsoftomorrow on October 22, 2008.

One Response to “Powell Says it Right”

  1. Powells ställningstagandfe ger tyngd och ponndus, och visar att du har rätt i ditt förra inlägg,att fula påhopp och skamgrepp inte lönar sig. trots allt

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