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    Saturday Night Card Game (Colin Powell’s deep vein of ignorance about what’s happening in the Republican Party)

    Saturday Night Card Game (Colin Powell’s deep vein of ignorance about what’s happening in the Republican Party)

    It’s sad to see Colin Powell, appointed Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and Secretary of State by Republican Presidents, continuing to attack Republicans as racist:

    While continuing to identify as a Republican, former Secretary of State Colin Powell on Sunday criticized the GOP for a series of racist attacks against President Barack Obama.

    “There’s also a dark vein of intolerance in some parts of the party,” Powell said on NBC’s “Meet the Press.” “What do I mean by that?  What I mean by that is they still sort of look down on minorities.”

    (fyi, Palin’s explanation of her comment is here, h/t Gateway Pundit)

    Powell’s history is just wrong.

    How racist is the Republican Party?  So racist that in addition to his numerous appointments by Republican presidents, Powell could have been a serious Republican contender for President had he wanted it.  Referring to Powell and Obama, respectively, Harvard sociologist Orlando Patterson wrote on December 30, 2006:

    A black man has led the world’s most powerful military machine and stood a good chance of winning the presidency on the Republican ticket had he run; another is now a leading challenger for the Democratic nomination.

    Of course, Powell did not run, for personal family reasons not because of Republican racism.  Powell was out of step with many Republican policy positions on social issues, but his race was not part of that opposition.  Powell rejected Republicans, not the other way around.

    Powell also has current events wrong.  So wrong that he’s profoundly ignorant as to what is happening in the Republican Party and the Tea Party movement, and the rising stardom of non-whites within the party, something not matched on the Democratic side.

    This  somewhat stunning column by John Avlon at CNN shows the GOP’s surprising edge on diversity (h/t @TheAnchoress):

    Everybody knows the Republican Party is basically an all-white bastion, right? After all, even Colin Powell condemned the “dark vein of intolerance” that has flowed through his party since the post-civil rights era political realignment.

    Now with President Barack Obama leading the Democrats into a second term — buoyed by overwhelming victory margins among African-Americans and Hispanics — it’s clear the GOP has some serious catching up to do.

    This is why it might surprise you to hear that Republicans are by far the more diverse party when it comes to statewide elected officials such as senators and governors. On this front, they leave Democrats in the dust. And that’s why the GOP actually has a greater depth of diversity on their potential presidential bench looking to 2016 and beyond.

    It’s counterintuitive but true. Numbers don’t lie. Let’s start with a look at the governors, the traditional launching pad of presidential ambitions.

    Among the Republican ranks is Brian Sandoval, the Hispanic governor of Nevada. The 49-year-old former federal judge took on a corrupt conservative incumbent and is now racking up an impressive reform record in his first term. Likewise, there is New Mexico’s Gov. Susana Martinez, a former district attorney who remains popular in her state despite an otherwise Democratic tide.

    How many Hispanic governors do the Democrats have in office? Zero.

    Read the rest of the column for some more facts.  Here are some of the images from the CNN Column:

    Sen. Tim Scott was appointed last year, representing South Carolina.
    Sen. Tim Scott was appointed last year, representing South Carolina.
    Ted Cruz celebrates his victory in U.S. Senate race in Texas.
    Ted Cruz celebrates his victory in U.S. Senate race in Texas.
    Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal is considered a presidential contender for 2016.
    Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal is considered a presidential contender for 2016.
    Marco Rubio, the son of Cuban immigrants, is thought to be a potential presidential contender.
    Marco Rubio, the son of Cuban immigrants, is thought to be a potential presidential contender.
    Gov. Nikki Haley of South Carolina is of Indian-American descent.
    Gov. Nikki Haley of South Carolina is of Indian-American descent.
    Republican Brian Sandoval is the Hispanic governor of Nevada.
    Republican Brian Sandoval is the Hispanic governor of Nevada.

    Also keep in mind that Democrats make a special effort to defeat non-white Republicans, like the focus on defeating Mia Love and Allen West.

    None of this means that Republican outreach is over.  But to ignore what is going on is pure ignorance.  As Avlon put it:

    But Democrats should not rest on their laurels after Obama. Their lack of statewide-elected diverse Democrats is striking and could provide an opening for Republicans in the next generation (if conservatives don’t keep alienating that community with anti-immigrant rhetoric and legislation).

    The old stereotypes don’t hold when looking at the facts — Republicans have been quietly making inroads into communities of color, even if that hasn’t yet registered in overall voting patterns. And rising Republican stars such as Rubio, Jindal, Sandoval, Scott, Haley, Cruz and Martinez are reasons for optimism as we look toward the future of American politics.

    Colin Powell has a deep vein of ignorance about what is happening in the Republican Party.

    Notice I said “deep vein” because if I had said “dark vein” that would be racist, right Colin?


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    “Diversity” is just another term for “smoke and mirrors.” When certain groups (too many to name here) want all eyes to be focused elsewhere, when they don’t have a valid argument for their “stuff,” they invoke “diversity” concerns.

    Maybe Colin Powell, in his quaint civilian life, is hanging around with a non-diverse crowd of bigots – intemperate black bigots. You know the kind: “you’re not really black until you hate the white man.”

    Off topic, Gun control:
    On the one hand Obama’s one-way gun control bully pulpit rhetoric is meant to take our eyes off of spending and debt while seeking to demonize his opponents – law-abiding conservatives. More smoke and mirrors.

    On the other hand, to remake America into his image so as to receive more worship and praise from the world media, Obama must disarm citizens (including disarming their religion beliefs). He must make citizens completely dependent on him for all things including personal security and to do this he must confiscate all private property (land, money, guns, legal rights). In fact, if Obama can create enough chaos he will use marshall law to do everything he wants to do – for our “good.”

    Obama can pass all the laws he wants but there will be MANY people who will keep their guns. The bigger the government grows the bigger the arsenal will grow – the Second Amendment is kicking in and it will help defend us from the encroachment and coercion of government.

    herm2416 | January 20, 2013 at 8:45 am

    I am utterly weary of identity politics. Diversity, to the Democrat party, is based solely on skin tone; or more recently, sexual identity. Diversity is: age, education, income, dis/ability, religion, and other traits. We have allowed ourselves to be pigeonholed to whatever trait the Dems find useful that week. Gay? Black? Bitter clinger? They will make it so you fit their current narrative.

    I am white, female, hetero, wife, mother, conservative, homeschooler, have an advanced education, and a small business owner. At any given time, those traits are either hailed or vilified by the Dems and the MSM.

    Sick of identity politics.

    jimzinsocal | January 20, 2013 at 9:09 am

    ^^That sure hits the nail on the head. Exactly the “type” of person the liberals simply have no political “use” for…sadly. The progressive agenda demands usefulness of its subgroups. Nothing they seem to like more than “groups” that they can protect and later enslave so they vote a particular way come November.
    Its strange what the basic argument seems to be with liberals and conservatives.
    Conservatives say simply…be the best you can be. Were here to stay out of your personal journey.
    Liberals seem to say..stick with us and be fed and clothed as we protect you the same way endangered species are protected. Why weve reinvented the laws of nature/jungle to the point that any notion of survival of the fitest no longer applies along with an associated economic scheme to handicap the more fit members of society.
    The new “kings of the jungle” are those least likely to succeed in any natural enviroment absent government “protections”.

    I think it would be illuminating if someone were to sit down with Mr. Powell, and probe his information set. I would be interested to know what are the sources of his news. If he’s getting his information from some combination of the Washington Post and the New York Times, his comments make sense, because he is proceeding from flood of malinformation published by those two “news” organizations, along with certain of our national broadcasters.

    For example, I would frame it this way: “If Colin Powell believes what Rachel Maddow says about what Republicans want to do to school children, does that make Colin Powell ignorant, or Rachel Maddow a liar?”

    Naturally, I would say both. I know a fine educator who thinks that Rachel Maddow is wonderful, and that Republicans (ewww!) are out to destroy our schools. Nothing could be further from the truth than this, but I unearthed the core of my friend’s beliefs, when Rachel Maddow and her buddies swamped the web with utter garbage mischaracterizing what Newt Gingrich and Al Sharpton both had to say on the subject.

    My point is that there are specific names associated with specific lies, and they can be traced.

    1. As noted in the post, Lousiana’s Republican governor is an American of melanin. The Louisiana Republican Party has changed in the years since it ran David Duke for governor and senator during the early 1990s.

    But to claim that the people who pushed for Duke’s nominations, and who voted for him, are completely absent from the GOP is naive. At best, it’s naive.

    2. The Left’s race-baiting is deplorable. The Card Game posts are right to call it out and mock it.

    However, a storm of indignation erupted when I suggested that we exercise a bit of care to maintain our side of the street. That reaction is…eye-opening.

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