Self-described Republican and former Secretary of State Colin Powell marked the second swearing-in of President Obama Monday with more harsh words for his fellow party members, during separate appearances on MSNBC and ABC. To Joe Scarborough on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” report, Mr. Powell criticized the GOP’s immigration platform, and questioned why the party has shifted so far right. “The Republican Party should be a party that says, ‘We want everybody to vote,’ and make it easier to vote and give them a reason to vote for the party,” he said, according to Politico. “The [GOP] has shifted dramatically
I´m so proud that I never bought into this RINO´s spiel. If I don´t see some record of advocacy of conservative principles of one sort or the other, I don´t buy it. Mere membership in the party or an administration are meaningless conservative credentials. Colon, [sic] if you think the Right is the problem in this country, you are a fool´s fool. Start [sic] telling the young AfAm men of America to marry their baby mamas -- at least one of them.
And, of course, no Republican can tell this affirmative action general to shut up without being called a racist. Powell is the rule, not the exception, for most of the civil rights black generation that, by any standards, have been given opportunities not on merit but, by the color of their skin. From young to old, they have nothing but resentment toward their nation and, in Powell´s case, his political party. Our chickens have come home to roost.
Colin Powell is not a Republican and has no business calling himself one. Colin Powell is an affirmative action baby who prospered in the Reagan/Bush defense build-up. I thank him for his service, but politically he is a left wing Democrat and has no business being taken seriously by anyone in terms of commenting on the state of the GOP.
Colin, you idiot. We do NOT want everyone to vote. We only want people who have a vested interest in the United States and are willing to vote for what is best for our nation and people.
Don´t need Islamic votes - they vote for what´s best for themselves or Islam most of the time. Don´t need no welfare votes - they vote for more gimmees for themselves. Don´t need no crony-business man votes - they vote themselves (thru their companies) more from government coffers. Don´t need no socialist votes - they vote socialism - every time. I could go on but... you get the idea.
I for one don´t want everyone voting. I want all adult citizens to have the right to vote but if you don´t care enough to vote unless someone bribes you with a pack of smokes, I don´t want you voting.
And let´s dispell the myth of the Republican party shifting to the right. Just once can we challenge that with a definition of what is meant by "far right" and by what metric the Republicans has moved from a point less consistent with that definition to one more so. This garbage keeps getting repreated and accepted without challenge.
Lincoln had it right. The former slaves should have been shipped out of this country. Slavery was a terrible chapter however too many could never get beyond it and both those who were never slaves nor slave owner are paying the price. Blacks in power today see every issue through the prism of black retribution. Putting people with such an axe to grind in power is dangerous as they are blinded to to most everything else. The sins of the father are on constant display as communism creeps in to every crevice and crack of our nation. Frank Marshall Davis, Obama´s evil "mentor" must feel such satisfaction...as much as any pedophile can.
No one should listen to Powell. He is a criminal. He had evidence that should have been presented to the Grand Jury to clear an innocent Scooter Libby, and yet he withheld that evidence. Powell betrayed America..put that in your pipe and smoke it, Powell.
We want everyone to vote? No we don´t. Felons, aliens, no way. I would not go to Canada, France, or the U.K. and expect to vote if I were not a legal voter. As far as felons, that is the price you pay for the crime, sorry, your choice was bad.
Powell, now Condi, Christie, before them McCain. Easy way to get fawning press attention. Go on television and criticize your felow Republicans in accordance with the approved MSM script. Do they even know they are being used?
If someone wearing spiked combat boots walked up and kicked this traitor clown in the ´nads, I´d laugh, then I´d cheer! What a phony bologna big-mouth creep! Our "tent" isnt inclusive of a-holes like Powell or Christie...so get along and go where you belong! It is so disappointing to see a racist pathetic drooling fool who once fooled us! Go away!
I now see how Republicans went astray, Colin. I did see how Reagan appointed you to high places, I did see how George Bush I, appointed you to high places. And, I did see how George Bush II, appointed you to high places. I do see your true colors now, and I now realize that you are one of those affirmative action recipients of the first order. Your colors aren´t pretty, Colin Powell. Get lost!
The only way Colon has-been can get any press is as a pretend Republican criticizing the Republican party, so that´s what he does. Otherwise, no one would care what he thinks. When was the last time he was interviewed on any other topic?
The left would call us racist, #12, but I agree with you. I have NEVER been a fan of Africa, African people, nor African culture. Furthermore, to make me a super-racist, sexist, and homophobe(to use the lefts favorite attacks against white conservatives) I often daydream, and wonder what my beloved America would be like without blacks, Hispanics, lefty women and homosexuals......Ever think about that? I do....especially lately, in this Arab-influenced administration of Kenyan Barry Soetoro Arabs, Muslims, avowed commies, lefty ditz women,stoopid white men like Biden and America-hating Kerry, and fat Supreme court judges...
Colin Powell should be served on a dinner plate to Chris Christie, and after dinner Christie can walk the plank and go down to the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean and stay there! There, thats a good start! Purge!
Powell is like the black sergeant in Eastwood’s “Heatbreak Ridge”. He is a Kiss A*ss playing to whoever he feels he needs to look to. I wonder how he was in Vietnam? Anyone know? He seems to be the epitome of all the bad that ‘Step n Fetch It´ represented. His actions are smoother, but it´s still there. Yeah, he bosses aren’t white, but there is certainly a plantation loving aiming to please aspect to him.
Sorry, Colin: I´m with the Framers, who wanted only those with interest and "skin" in the game - like property owners and state legislatures - to vote in federal elections. They avoided universal suffrage for a reason. - a very good reason. We are now paying the price for amending their approach.
Remember the contentious 2000 election? Remember Cheney and Rice flying down to consult with Pres. Bush? Remember powell being forced to show up but keeping a huge distance between himself and Pres. Bush? Right then I knew he was a spineless creep.
Powell repeats the false meme that Republicans have shifted to the Right. The reality is that Democrats have stampeded to the extreme Left, while Republicans have not changed at all. Ignorant people who are not paying attention might be partly forgiven for failing to realize where the change is actually occurring. Powell is not one of them, and his remarks are disingenuous.
There seems to be something seriously wrong and incongruent with this man´s public political pronouncements. He is not doing himself any favors by pretending to be a Republican while acting, talking and voting like a Democrat. He is not being honest.
At some time in the past Powell may have been a good general. I am unqualified to say. I am willing to take others´ opinion that he was. Yet Powell gave up all pretense of being an honest citizen or especially a Republican when he sat on his hands with knowledge of the who, what & where of the origination of the Plame Affair, while the president who entrusted him with power and position twisted slowly in the wind and his Vice-President´s Chief of Staff was prosecuted to the hilt under false pretenses after the prosecutor conspired with Powell for a solid year & a half of incredible angst, political intrigue and expense to hide their certain early knowledge almost from Day One that Richard Armitage, Powell´s head deputy and buddy at State, was the leaker they pretended was a mystery for no other reason than to cause the President political damage. But when that became wide knowledge, he was understood to me to be the perfidious toad anyone can see acting out today once again rather than the honorable man of high virtue he tries to paint himself. His actions, or inactions in this case, speak louder than the garbage he spouts as a self-proclaimed Republican.
I appreciate Colin Powell´s service to his country. Having said that, he joins Juan Williams and so many other African Americans of notoriety that keep playing the "race card" since that is ALL they think they have going for themselves. They truly are the "racists" in the world.
“Well, I’m not going to catalogue...”-- White House Press Secretary Jay Carney refusing to define what he and President Obama meant when talking about “phony scandals.” Carney, though, intimated that the targeting of political groups by the IRS and the doctored White House talking points on the Islamist raid on a U.S. outpost in Benghazi, Libya were “phony.” We now know that IRS honchos shared information about conservative groups with other agencies, using the vast data in the IRS databanks to help other federal officials make cases against conservatives. Now we need to know how much, how often and
A progressive group will coordinate with liberal activists to disrupt Republican town halls during the August recess, when lawmakers will face questions about Obamacare and comprehensive immigration reform. Americans United for Change, run by a former Democratic National Committee communications head, plans to send activists to Republican town halls in swing states and even red states to target lawmakers like Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX). "This is a new approach. The theory in the past has been to be stealth about the effort to confront members at town halls--but sometimes it´s been too stealth, and we haven’t generated enough activity,"
IRS chief Daniel Werfel says he wants to keep his health care plan, not switch to Obamacare: [Video] "Mr. Werfel, last week your employees who are a member of the National Treasury Employee´s Union sent a form letter for union members to send in to ask they be exempt from the exchanges," a congressman asked. "Why are your employees trying to exempt themselves from the very law that you´re tasked to enforce?" "I don´t want to speak for the NTEU, but I´ll offer a perspective as a federal employee myself and a federal employee at the IRS,"
House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) slammed Attorney General Eric Holder after an investigation by Goodlatte´s committee reported discrepancies between Holder´s congressional testimony and decision to approve a search warrant for emails from Fox News Correspondent James Rosen. "I find the lack of leadership at the Department of Justice extremely alarming," Goodlatte said in a statement on Wednesday. "The deceptive and misleading testimony of Attorney General Holder is unfortunately just the most recent example in a long list of scandals that have plagued the Department." The report released by the Judiciary Committee on Wednesday said Holder´s testimony included
WASHINGTON — Former Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. has filed his final House financial disclosure report more than six months late, a filing that sheds little light on how he will pay a $750,000 forfeiture for looting his campaign treasury. Jackson, 48, is awaiting sentencing on Aug. 14. Federal prosecutors want him behind bars for four years. His wife, Sandi Jackson, 49, a former Chicago alderman, will be sentenced the same day for a federal tax violation. The government has urged that she spend 18 months in prison. In his plea deal, Jackson agreed to pay the $750,000 forfeiture and
A new Republican poll shows Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.) in a potentially tough spot for reelection, with more than half of respondents open to reelecting a new senator next year. The survey, from GOP firm Magellan Strategies, reveals 51 percent of respondents say it´s "time to give a new person a chance" in office. Thirty-nine percent agreed that Landrieu has performed her job well enough to "deserve to be reelected." Though those numbers are bad news for Landrieu, they´re not a clear indication half of Louisiana voters will vote to oust her.
MORVEN, Ga. — Small-town police departments across the country have been gobbling up tons of equipment discarded by a downsizing military — bicycles, bed sheets, bowling pins, French horns, dog collars, even a colonoscopy machine — regardless of whether the items are needed or will ever be used. In the tiny farming community of Morven, Ga., the police chief has grabbed three boats, scuba gear, rescue rafts and a couple of dozen life preservers. The town´s deepest body of water: an ankle-deep creek. An Associated Press investigation of the Defense Department program, originally aimed at helping local law enforcement
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan- Secretary of State John Kerry met Thursday with the Pakistan´s new prime minister, Nawaz Sharif, whose election marked the first peaceful transfer of power from one civilian government to another. The Obama administration is seeking to rebalance the tumultuous relationship with the nuclear-armed Pakistan in an effort to work together on counterterrorism, to start peace talks with the Taliban as the U.S. winds down its involvement in neighboring Afghanistan, and to coordinate on other issues of strategic interest. "The common interests far exceed and far outweigh any differences," Kerry said during a joint press conference
WASHINGTON- President Obama will meet with congressional members to discuss Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act programs Thursday, the White House said. The daily schedule indicated Obama also will: -- Meet Vice President Joe Biden for lunch in the Private Dining Room.-- Meet with a group of bipartisan members of Congress to discuss key FISA programs. -- Hold a bilateral meeting with Yemeni President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi to discuss matters of mutual interest.-- Host a reception for the 50th anniversary of the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights
Undocumented immigrants with temporary legal status soon will be allowed to pay in-state tuition rates at all Ohio public colleges as long as they meet other residency requirements. Until now, most of the state’s public two- and four-year schools have charged those students out-of-state or international rates that can be as much as three times what Ohio students pay. Today, Ohio Board of Regents Chancellor John Carey sent a letter notifying the state’s college presidents about the change, after state Attorney General Mike DeWine determined that immigrant students now may qualify for in-state tuition.
On Tuesday, conservative talk radio host Rush Limbaugh said the mainstream media get as much pleasure defeating conservatives as they do when they help liberals. "And I think they get as big a thrill, just as all Democrats do, of defeating conservatives as they do helping Obama," Limbaugh said. "The media has aligned with Obama to defeat Republicans, to defeat conservatives. And Obama is all about that. That makes them his best friend, and vice versa." Appearing on Fox News´ On The Record with Greta Van Susteren, Limbaugh said President Barack Obama can say whatever and "do pretty much
RESTON, Va.— Mark Stewart turns quite a few heads as he zips through the streets on his neon green ELF bike. With each pedal, his feet take turns sticking out from the bottom while a gentle motor hums in the background. What he´s driving looks like a cross between a bicycle and a car, the closest thing yet to Fred Flintstone´s footmobile, only with solar panels and a futuristic shape. It´s a "green" option for today´s commuters. Stewart, a 65-year-old family therapist and school psychologist from Cambridge, Mass., took the summer off in order to drive his new ELF
Mark Levin, who hosts one of America´s top radio talk shows and is considered by supporters to be the people´s pundit on the Constitution, is rallying his 8.5 million-strong audience to demand an historic convention of state governments to halt the "oppressive power" of the federal government. The author of two New York Times bestsellers on the threats to the Constitution, Levin hopes his latest, "The Liberty Amendments," out mid-August, will spark the state lawmakers to tap a rarely used Constitutional provision to institute measures that would brake President Obama´s use of executive orders, bar thousand-page laws and
FORNEY, Texas - George Zimmerman, the former Florida neighborhood watch leader cleared of all charges in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin, was pulled over for speeding in North Texas on Sunday, CBS DFW reports. According to the station, Zimmerman was armed when officers pulled him over on Highway 80 in Forney, east of Dallas. (Snip) The officer reportedly did not recognize Zimmerman, who was driving a Honda pickup. Zimmerman told the officer he was armed and was then told to put the weapon in his glove compartment, according to the station.
Arizona Sen. John McCain was the Republican Party´s 2008 presidential nominee and he still wants the keys to the Oval Office. But he is beginning to sound more like a fan of likely 2016 Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. "She´s a rock star," he said in a newly released interview. "She has, maybe not glamour, but certainly the aura of someone widely regarded throughout the world," he added in a reference to her work as secretary of State. McCain, reportedly trying to win back his reputation as a GOP maverick, was asked by the New Republic
The former commander of special operations in Northern Africa told a closed-door briefing today that he was largely detached from events the night of the Benghazi attack as he was traveling at the time. The testimony of Col. George H. Bristol, USMC, Former Commander, Joint Special Operations Task Force-Trans Sahara, Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command Africa, had been eagerly anticipated by members of Congress. Originally, lawmakers had been told by the Defense Department that he had retired — the actual date is Aug. 1, an “administrative error” according to the Pentagon — and that they didn’t have
President Obama has been rolling up his sleeves campaigning across the country delivering a surreal stump speech message supposedly aimed at the middle class: big government works, Obamacare is manna from heaven, the wave of recent scandals are “phony” figments of the imagination, and all economic problems are the fault of the Republicans. Conveniently, he leaves out the bankruptcy of Detroit, a city run by his own party for more than half a century. His message is so stale and unconvincing, that even The New York Times and Washington Post have noticed. Both papers, usually loyal to Obama, remarked that
Gotta figure her lead would be even bigger without Joe Miller in the field here. Her nomination for the taking? Alaska should be a top tier pick up opportunity for Senate Republicans next year…but their top choice of a candidate is Sarah Palin. 36% of GOP primary voters in the state say they’d like Palin to be their standard bearer against Mark Begich to 26% for Mead Treadwell, 15% for Dan Sullivan, and 12% for Joe Miller.
Embattled Internal Revenue Service official Lois Lerner and an attorney in the Federal Election Commission’s general counsel’s office appear to have twice colluded to influence the record before the FEC’s vote in the case of a conservative non-profit organization, according to e-mails unearthed by the House Ways and Means Committee and obtained exclusively by National Review Online. The correspondence suggests the discrimination of conservative groups extended beyond the IRS and into the FEC, where an attorney from the agency’s enforcement division in at least one case sought and received tax information about the status of a conservative group,
Sen. John McCain — a Democrat? There was confusion Wednesday after the Arizona Republican mistakenly strolled into President Obama’s meeting with Senate Democrats at the Capitol. The room full of Democrats — who happened to be meeting in the same room where the Senate GOP usually holds their weekly policy luncheons — erupted in applause and laughter as the former Republican presidential candidate made his entrance. As McCain, 76, walked out of the Dem-filled space, reporters pressed him as to why he stepped foot in the room.
In an interview on National Public Radio (NPR), House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said her new agenda for women will give mothers access to day care so they can “earn without carrying the burden of child care.” During the interview, aired on Weekend Edition Sunday, Pelosi spoke about her newly announced agenda, which is on her website, and is titled, “When Women Succeed, America Succeeds: An Economic Agenda for Women and Families,” a plan that includes universal pre-school and access to day care for working women, and an increase in the minimum wage.
Karl Rove and more than one hundred Republican donors sent a letter to Republican members of Congress on Tuesday, urging them to pass a comprehensive immigration reform bill that would include, among other provisions, granting "legal status" to illegal aliens who meet certain criteria. Anticipating that lawmakers will face resistance to the bill when they go home for the August recess, the letter marks the escalation of a campaign in which Republican leaders and donors are pressuring House Republicans to act on an immigration reform bill.
No matter how much you may hope for it, it seems unlikely that you´ll be using the phrase "Senator Sarah Palin" with any great regularity in 2015. A new poll indicates that the former Alaska governor is about as popular in the state as Barack Obama — which is to say, not very popular at all. But even more surprising, while the former vice presidential candidate has made Alaska a central part of her public image, the state´s residents split on the question of whether Palin is all that Alaskan. Conducted by Public Policy Polling,
In her first speech since taking over the Environmental Protection Agency, Gina McCarthy came out swinging Tuesday and promised to ramp up the aggressive climate change agenda laid out by President Obama.(snip)“Can we stop talking about environmental regulations killing jobs? Please, at least for today,” she said during remarks at Harvard Law School. “We need to cut carbon pollution to grow jobs. We need to cut carbon pollution to strengthen the economy. Let’s talk about it positively. Let’s approach this as an opportunity of a lifetime. There are too many lifetimes at stake.”