Monday, October 20, 2008

Colin Powell's Got His Black Card Back....LOL

I got the idea for this from over at Booman Tribune:
Colin Powell is Black Again
by BooMan
Sun Oct 19th, 2008 at 06:02:33 PM EST

The only reason Colin Powell endorsed Barack Obama is because he's a racist, or, at the very least, because they're both soul brothers. After all, even though Powell served in the administration of someone who was totally inexperienced, he had never before endorsed an inexperienced liberal.
Colin Powell woke up this morning as someone that was reviled by the left and most of the world for his phony WMD presentation before the United Nations on February 5th, 2003. He goes to sleep tonight, reviled on the right as a racist who puts racial solidarity over principle. Colin Powell was respected by the Washington elite and much of the right. Now he's no better than Al Sharpton and Cynthia McKinney. I'm sure Powell knew this would happen. That's why I'm fairly certain he's sincere in thinking McCain-Palin will be a disaster for this country. If he didn't think that, why would he subject himself to this abuse?

The title alone cracked me up.

Booman is correct, though.

From everyone's favorite racist, junkie, right-wing radio host

October 19, 2008
Categories: McCain
Limbaugh: Where are the inexperienced, white liberals Powell has endorsed?

Rush Limbaugh said Colin Powell's decision to get behind Barack Obama appeared to be very much tied to Obama's status as the first African-American with a chance to become president.

"Secretary Powell says his endorsement is not about race," Limbaugh wrote in an e-mail. "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."

As for Powell's statement of concern this morning about the sort of Supreme Court justices a President McCain might appoint, Limbaugh wrote: "I was also unaware of his dislike for John Roberts, Clarence Thomas, Samuel Alito, Anthony Kennedy and Antonin Scalia. I guess he also regrets Reagan and Bush making him a four-star [general] and secretary of state and appointing his son to head the FCC. Yes, let's hear it for transformational figures."

From firedoglake:
George Will: Colin Powell Endorsed Obama Because He’s Black
By: Blue Texan
Sunday October 19, 2008 10:31 am

This morning on "This Week" George Will was asked what he thought about Colin Powell's endorsement of Barack Obama.

His response?

Black, black, blackety-black black black blackety-black.

SNUFFLEUPAGUS: We just found out that former Sec. of State General Colin Powell has said he's going to vote for Barack Obama. Big impact?

WILL: Some impact. And I think this adds to my calculation -- this is very hard to measure -- but it seems to me if we had the tools to measure we'd find that Barack Obama gets two votes because he's black for every one he loses because he's black because so much of this country is so eager, a, to feel good about itself by doing this, but more than that to put paid to the whole Al Sharpton/Jessee Jackson game of political rhetoric.

WILL: Some impact. And I think this adds to my calculation -- this is very hard to measure -- but it seems to me if we had the tools to measure we'd find that Barack Obama gets two votes because he's black for every one he loses because he's black because so much of this country is so eager, a, to feel good about itself by doing this, but more than that to put paid to the whole Al Sharpton/Jessee Jackson game of political rhetoric.


Excuse me, but what the fuck do Al Sharpton and Jessee Jackson have to do with George W. Bush's Secretary of State, a former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and a lifelong Republican endorsing Obama?

Oh, right -- they're all black.

Rikyrah here: Now, I know some of you are come Donna Brazile didn't speak up? Now, I can't begin to speak for Donna, but as my Daddy would say, " I'm just surmising" - that this was a
' Child, hush' moment.

What's that?

That'a a moment in every Black person's life when there are two options:

Speak up and say something you KNOW you won't regret, but you'll have to accept blowback about...


"Child, hush." - keep your thoughts to yourself, think happy thoughts, because the first words out of your mouth, if you opened it, would be - Mutherfucker, please.

But, my favorite, has to be MSNBC's Pat " Black people should be happy for slavery " Buchanan:
Buchanan: Alright, we gotta ask a question, look would Colin Powell be endorsing Obama if he were a white liberal democrat...

Walsh: Oh, Pat, I'm really sorry you went there.

Look, General Powell Started off by saying it would be electrifying an African American and it is naive Joan to suggest it had nothing to do with his decision.

Matthews: He said that if that were his driving motive he would have done it weeks ago because the guy looked African America weeks and months ago.
Walsh: And Obama's been courting him. He's been courting him for months.

Buchanan: This is why he threw in the whole kitchen sink. A lot fo things are silly and ridiculous. Economics and Supreme courts justices, it's...

Walsh; That's not silly...

Buchanan: All the motives except for the one everybody is wondering about.

Walsh: Which is what? Race, I mean Pat, you know Pat. this is beneath you.

Matthews: Why don't you go by what he said? Why do you have to attribute motives to people who don't say those things?

Walsh: And Sheila Jackson Lee stayed with Hillary and Stephanie stayed...

Watching what has happened to Powell, no wonder so many of the Black Conservative GOPers have turned on him.

Yeah, Powell's been kicked out the Big House, folks. To break it down in terms used by my fellow blogger, The Field Negro:

Powell, is now at best a Patio Negro. No more House for him. He's still not welcome to roam freely in The Field, mainly because we haven't forgotten about the U.N. speech. But, some in The Field are willing to talk to him now. And point out to him those in The Field that he should avoid at all costs.

On a serious tip, I believe Powell has sense. And, I believe his wife had influence. Never forget, Alma Powell grew up in the thick of Bombingham, Alabama, where her father kept weapons in the house, because he never knew when or where he might need one. You don't forget stuff like that. I bet John Lewis' remarks resonate CLEARLY with Alma Powell.


Brian said...

He never lost his so-called "Black Card". It's ok to be Black and a moderate Conservative. What he lost (and may have gained back) was his integrity, respect and credibility.

Powell hasn't been shy to Black causes (despite what folks might think). Although it made me sick to see how he carried the water for Bush the puppet and the Neo-Conservatives who have almost destoyed the country. I first heard about Powell about 21 or 22 years ago when I was a teenager in Leavenworth Kansas. My step-mother got to meet him and hear him speak when he came to Fort Leavenworth for the dedication of a Black soldiers memorial. I can still recall her coming home from work that day and telling me how impressed she was... I believe he was just a 3 star General back then. Of course the World got to know him a few years later during the Gulf War when he was Chair of the Joint Chiefs I believe.

The latest war in Iraq really tarnished him quite a bit. As a General of his stature...and later as Sec. of State... integrity and credibility becomes everything... even more when you're a Black American. And I think he felt that the neocons took some of that away from him.

And what else could you expect from the bigots on TV and Talk Radio? They are going to write Powell's decision off as race-based when they know there are a million other reasons to vote against McCain and the Republicans (even the pundits themselves know this). But they want to ease the pain of their fall from grace by making things up... they want to create other reasons in their minds and in the minds of viewers for why folks are jumping from the sinking 'Strait Talk Titanic Express'. It's too much for them to remind themselves of all the other reasons to vote against McCain. I think THIS TIME... folks (on the whole) will see right through that nonsense. THIS TIME. Americans may go back to being zombies and functional illiterates in a few years...(like they usually are)... this election... they are paying closer attention than anytime since the 60's.

Did Field break out the Patio Knee Grow again (lol). I haven't been over there in a couple of days... i'll have to check it out. Powell has been demoted my Mr. Charlie, lol. Sad thing is... it's probably true. There won't be anymore invitations to big GOP functions for him after this... he's locked out. Then again... I think they demoted Powell a long time ago. At least the insiders did... The only difference now might be that the Conservative pundits (the propaganda wing of the Party) are catching up and are slamming him publicly.

rikyrah said...

Oh, I agree with you....Powell never returned his Black Card.

Now, Uncle Clarence.....nope...Black card revoked.

Brian said...

Here is some info about the now famous Buffalo Soldiers Memorial (of which Powell Founded).

Copy and paste

The event that i'm thinking of was some sort of speech concerning the location of the memorial, and there was some other event as well... All I can remember was that it was 1985 or 86...and he spoke and met with the soldiers (one of those soldiers being my step-mother).

The actual dedication ceremony came later...and he spoke for that too.

Anonymous said...

Sorry folks, but the "black card" and "patio negro, house negro" and the rest of that kind of talk is pure bullshit.

I will get down on my knees and thank god (you can call me an agnostic) the very day we stop looking at ourselves and the world through the paradigm of the old south and racist whites today.

I still hold Colin coupable for the murder of 4,000 plus men and women and countless Iraqis whether he eats grits or rice. Whether he golfs w/ his white friends or hoops w/ the fellas on the weekends. Whether he listens to the roots or harry conick jr. To hear this kind of talk on this blog is disappointing to say the least.

When will we stop eating the fruit of the poisonous tree?

Sorry yall, I just think its time to look up from the "house negro, field negro" divisive rhetoric that keeps us apart. While I absolutely love the intellectual workings of most posters, and certainly the contributors of this blog, it still saddens me that when I still here that rhetoric. Again, no offense, right or wrong, that's just how I see it.

Brian said...


Thanks for the comment.

I am really not too crazy about that rhetoric either. Maybe you didn't notice my earlier nuanced comment.
I have never been too crazy about it. But the blog editor/contributor is free to give her opinion.... actually Rikyrah was providing the reactions to the Powell story from several other blogs and sources... and the "Patio Negro" and the "Black Card" narratives originated on those sites. But we are free to comment on them.

The Field Negro uses that narrative to spark discussions about race. That's his way of injecting humor.... How literally he or his readers believes the metaphor? We don't really know... but I don't think it's taken too literally. The Field Negro is actually a pretty sharp Philly attorney (not a bonehead)....although I don't always agree with how he frames his discussions. In fact, the first time that I read his use of Field Negro/House Negro/Patio Negro... I criticized it, and made some of the same comments that you have made here (and a few other readers have criticized FN for this kind of commentary).

As for Powell being responsible for the Iraq debacle... I agree, he is still responsible for the part he played creating suffering for the people there. I've always said that.
Although we don't know and may never know exactly what he knew and when he knew terms of the big lie. Perhaps he knew more than we think... History will judge him...and he has to sleep at night with that weight on his conscience.

But the Obama endorsement showed his independence and willingness to break from the Bush Administration and the Neo Conservatives who control his Party. By taking a big step and showing his independence he may have at least started the process of repairing his damaged image.

rikyrah said...

I watched the Bachmann interview as it was happening. Powell didn't overreact. I could feel my blood pressure rise as I watched it. I'm glad she's getting nailed to the wall for it.