Colin Powell’s RINO Virus
By INVESTOR’S BUSINESS DAILY | Posted Wednesday, May 06, 2009 4:20 PM PT
Politics: Our former secretary of state savages as “mean-spirited” and “driven by social conservatism” the party that gave him prominence. Americans, don’t you know, really want more taxes and more government.
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Seems there’s no shortage of advice these days from inside and outside the GOP on what the Republican Party needs to do to return to power. Colin Powell is no exception as he continues to snipe at the party that, thanks to appointments by Presidents Reagan, Bush and Bush, made him a national icon.
“The Republican Party is in deep trouble,” the former general and secretary of state told corporate security executives at a conference Monday in Washington, D.C.
Powell: Still at war with the GOP.
Powell said he told 2008 GOP presidential candidate John McCain last summer that the party had developed a reputation for being mean-spirited and was driven more by social conservatism than the economic problems America faced.
Perhaps, if all you watch is MSNBC.
Powell opined that the country had changed, but not the GOP. “Americans do want to pay taxes for services,” he said. “Americans are looking for more government in their lives, not less.”
Really? They certainly weren’t looking for more taxes at the tea-parties that dotted the nation last month. But, according to Powell, wanting to keep more of what you earn is mean-spirited.
Last November, many Americans may have been enthralled by dazzling promises of hope and change. But they are not now enthralled by the saddling of their children and grandchildren with another $10 trillion in debt from bloated budgets and stimulus packages that don’t stimulate anything but the growth of government.
They want services, yes, but services they’ve already paid for and those defined in the U.S. Constitution, not the Democratic Caucus. They want their borders secure, and their nation defended against enemies foreign and domestic. They want a society where success is not punished and failure is not rewarded. They do not want higher taxes. They do not want to pay their neighbor’s mortgage.
If this is mean-spirited to say, so be it. It’s not quite as mean-spirited as the Democrats’ embrace of George Soros, whose MoveOn.org paid for a full-page ad calling soldier and patriot Gen. David Petraeus, the architect of victory in Iraq, “Gen. Betray-us” and then refused to condemn that monumental act of character assassination. Remember that, Gen. Powell?
Powell also blasted Rush Limbaugh, saying: “I think what Rush does as an entertainer diminishes the party and intrudes or inserts into our public life a kind of nastiness that we would be better to do without.”
To paraphrase President Harry Truman, Limbaugh tells the truth. Powell just thinks it’s nasty. Limbaugh’s rhetoric was instrumental in helping bring the GOP back to power in 1994. How many Republicans has Powell helped get elected?
Powell also had unkind words for Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, the GOP’s 2008 vice-presidential candidate. Last fall, he told the nation she wasn’t ready to be president. This week, he told the conference she’s “a very polarizing figure.” Compared to whom? Nancy Pelosi?
Palin took such polarizing positions as advocating lower taxes and the development of domestic energy. Perhaps Powell prefers the likes of Maine’s two senators, Susan Collins and Olympia Snowe, who abandoned their party to make America more dependent on government.
Palin wasn’t the reason John McCain’s political version of “New Coke” failed to sell. The GOP needs to return to Ronald Reagan’s original formula, which consisted of just three things — cutting taxes, shrinking government and beefing up defense spending.
Before the election, we wondered how the man who served Reagan as he fought the Cold War, George H. W. Bush as he fought the Gulf War and George W. Bush as he fought the global war on terror, could support a Democrat who promised he would “slow our development of future combat systems” and would engage in “direct presidential diplomacy with Iran without preconditions.”
Now we just wonder why Arlen Specter didn’t take Colin Powell with him