It's about time somebody said something

Today former Secretary of State and Republican Colin Powell endorsed Barack Obama for President of the United States. It was a stunning blow to the McCain campaign, and a repudiation of the failed politics and ideology of a Republican Party that has fundamentally lost its way. But, ultimately, Powell's endorsement of Obama was not the big news story of the day. As Jason Linkins writes on the [Huffington Post][1], "As it turns out, the most important thing endorsed by Colin Powell today was an America that's worth leading and worth fighting for, an America that encapsulates the idea of what some might call a "more perfect union."One of the most powerful moments of this 7 minute clip from Meet The Press came when Powell discussed the inherent prejudice that has been spread by falsely accusing Obama of being a Muslim. Firstly, he is not, but secondly, what if he was?



As Powell says on Meet The Press: "Is there something wrong with being a Muslim in this country? The answer is no. That's not America. Is there something wrong with a seven-year-old Muslim-American kid believing he or she could be president? Yet I have heard senior members of my own party drop the suggestion that he is a Muslim and might have an association with terrorists. This is not the way we should be doing it in America.I feel particularly strong about this because of a picture I saw in a magazine. It was a photo essay about troops who were serving in Iraq and Afghanistan. And one picture at the tail end of this photo essay, was of a mother at Arlington Cemetery and she had her head on the headstone of her son's grave. And as the picture focused in, you could see the writing on the headstone, and it gave his awards - Purple Heart, Bronze Star - showed that he died in Iraq, gave his date of birth, date of death, he was 20 years old. And then at the very top of the head stone, it didn't have a Christian cross. It didn't have a Star of David. It has a crescent and star of the Islamic faith.And his name was Kareem Rashad Sultan Khan. And he was an American. He was born in New Jersey. He was fourteen years old at the time of 9/11, and he waited until he could serve his country and he gave his life." [1]: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2008/10/19/colin-powell-invokes-imag_n_135977.html

Comments

PatrickJoseph 13 years, 7 months ago

What magazine was that in? That's a beautiful and haunting photo.

md_pinks 13 years, 7 months ago

That picture really hits home...and Colin Powell has a far more prestigious military career than McCain could even dream of.I found out the other day that while his plane exploded and cause a huge fire on USS Forrestal that claimed the lives of 134 in 1967, he ran to the safety of the ready room while others, including Lt. Cmdr. Herb Hope who was only 3 planes away, put out the flames that lasted for hours. On top of that, he crashed 3 planes during his service....3 PLANES! Anyone else in the service would have lost their wings. His military experience is almost worthless when examined compared to your average military serviceman. Save the POW status...which his fellow POW's claim is irrelevant considering he gave the enemy information about his company and the status of his father in the military, thus making him a high profile capture...he pretty much spent his time fucking around (literally) and wasting taxpayer money.I hope this opens the eyes of at least a couple hundred military families to choosing a president better than McCain to lead this country. Even if it isn't Obama

frankt 13 years, 7 months ago

I've read many letters to the editor from people upset at the insinuation that because they don't like Barack Obama, they must be racist. They say, "I would happily vote for a more qualified African American. I have long been a supporter, for instance, of Colin Powell." Well, shoot, I guess all these people are gonna have to vote for Obama now.By the way, md_pinks, come on. I wouldn't respond to something like what you wrote, but in this heated political season I've heard these things you're saying swirling around more than once--McCain was a bad pilot, etc. It's swiftboating. It's not relevant. ("But if he throws his war hero status in our face every chance he gets, then it is relevant.") No, it's not. I don't know if what you're saying is true and I don't care. "Save the POW status." Are you really being that dismissive? Bottom line is, I don't care care if he crashed 500 planes and ratted out every person in the U.S. military. Criticize him for using his POW status to garner support, for using it to tap into people's sense of patriotism when it's not relevant to how he'll help fix the economy, etc. That's fair. But until you've flown a plane in war--even if you crashed it--or been held in a POW camp--even if it's as much fun as you make McCain's sound--just stop it.

md_pinks 13 years, 6 months ago

Frank, I cannot just stop it, and I'll tell you why.My grandfather was a pilot as well in WWII. For years he would always vote Republican for one reason, and it was his military background. That is of course until people like McCain and Bush decided to scale back veteran funds and my grandfather lost almost all of his help while he was retired (The Iraq war didn't help either, but we won't go there). Couldn't afford to help my grandmother while she was slowly dying, and refused to go to the hospital when he had a heart attack on Christmas Eve because he couldn't afford the costs for it and his own funeral. The GOP, not McCain, touts his military status to get votes like he's some sort of hero. But facts are facts. He was nothing but ordinary, and that needs to be known by voters.It's also relevant to talk about it if this blog is pointing out that Colin Powell just endorsed someone with zero military status while also pointing out that Obama has handled the economic crisis with a calm and cool hand, something that he (and I would hope everyone) could see McCain is not capable of...among other things.

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