Colin Powell: GOP having `an identity problem,' has undergone `significant shift to the right'

  • Article by: Associated Press
  • Updated: January 13, 2013 - 12:39 PM
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thankbhoJan. 13, 13 2:51 PM

I agree with Powell, our country has changed. Under Obama, we have been strategically divided by an angry individual who despises capitalism and success. I never dreamed we would put our priorities in an order that punishes success and rewards failures. I never thought our president would bypass our constitution and embrace and reward illegal immigrants. Of course it's really easy to fool the masses when the media covers for your failures. Oh and Mr. Powell, you can stop calling yourself a republican because you are anything but.

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callmeronJan. 13, 13 3:44 PM

The people hurt most by Obama's policies are African-Americans (who voted in 95% proportion for him). "White households median income dropped 5.2 percent from June 2009 to June 2012, to $56,000, while black households fell 11.1 percent, to $32,000 in the same period. Latino households dropped 4.1 percent, to $40,000." Source for last quote: "Middle class shrinks as incomes decline" - sfgate.com, Aug. 27, 2012. Of course, Colin Powell is rich, gets a fat juicy pension, makes a fortune from speaking engagements, so he's pretty insulated from the damage Obama and his endorsement of Obama has done.

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bgronniJan. 13, 13 4:29 PM

Powell is not a Republican. First, i understand his racial reason for voting for the historical presidency. however, voting for the empty suit a second time should eliminate one from conservatism and from belonging to the GOP.

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liora51Jan. 13, 13 4:58 PM

thankbho: regardless of whether YOU and yours think Powell is a Republican or not, what he means by a shift to the right is that the GOP has moved to foaming at the mouth, mad dog fascism and left people like him, Jeb Bush, Chris Christie and Chuck Hagel hanging out there without a party.

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arielbenderJan. 13, 13 7:39 PM

thankbhoJan. 13, 13 2:51 PM I agree with Powell, our country has changed. Under Obama, we have been strategically divided by an angry individual who despises capitalism and success______________Nice try. The divisiveness is caused by latent racists with an irrational hatred of our president who flock to the airwaves in an attempt to paint everything he does as different than other presidents before him.

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crystalbayJan. 13, 13 8:33 PM

This morning on Meet the Press, Powell spoke the truth - here is his quote: "My party, unfortunately, is the bastion of those people -- not all of them, but most of them -- who are still basing their positions on race. Let me just be candid: My party is full of racists, and the real reason a considerable portion of my party wants President Obama out of the White House has nothing to do with the content of his character, nothing to do with his competence as commander-in-chief and president, and everything to do with the color of his skin, and that's despicable." Few national figures have been more respected by both parties than Colin Powell, yet because he's got too much integrity to go veering off the right wing cliff along with the other soon-to-be-extinct GOPers, he's discredited by his own party. The truth is that it's the Colin Powells who are the ONLY hope for the Republican party.

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serfdumbJan. 13, 13 9:09 PM

He describes himself as a moderate but still a Republican. - Moderate / Democrat, really no difference. Mr. Powell is no where near a conservative.

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liora51Jan. 13, 1311:08 PM

If moderate = democrat then you all are doomed. The republicans are getting the majority of the self-identified "Independents" by about five percent but the democrats are getting a much larger percentage of self-identified moderates from both parties according to conservative pollster charlie cook. But then, the Posse Comitatus aspects of the Tea party are scaring the bejasus out of the rest of us.

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ginny6Jan. 13, 1311:15 PM

This sensible man also decried that Republican leaders have not disavowed the birthers or their elected officials who have made degogatory racial comments about Obama. They just let it stand. He also condemned them for trying to prevent people from voting. He's one Republican who actually believes in democracy.

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ivehaditJan. 14, 13 5:53 AM

thankbho: "I agree with Powell, our country has changed. Under Obama, we have been strategically divided by an angry individual who despises capitalism and success..." Business has had record profits under Obama. The stock market has doubled in four years. Unemployment has dropped and taxes have been kept at Bush levels or lower. How you can describe this record as a man who despises capitalism and success is astounding. What your comment reveals, simply, is that you despise Obama, despite all the good he has done, especially when compared to the enormous damage Bush did to capitalism and success.

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