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Popularity Contest 2008?

Colin Powell did not betray his friendship with John McCain!

All over the internet, people are saying that Colin Powell’s endorsement of Barack Obama is a betrayal of his friendship with John McCain. Are these people serious? Or perhaps a better question would be: are these people adults?

Every time I come across someone making this juvenile claim, this is how it translates in my mind: OMG! He’s not voting for his BFF?! That is just, like, so totally not cool! OMG!

Grow the hell up, people! This is not a high school popularity contest, for crying out loud! This is one of the most critical Presidential elections in the recent history of the United States.

We are in extreme financial crisis and in the middle of a war that seems to have no definite end in sight. And that’s just for starters, as if that weren’t enough.

Colin Powell explained thoroughly and eloquently why he is voting for Barack Obama, and it’s certainly not part of a childish hissy fit like some people are having in response to his endorsement.

There are plenty of people I could enjoy having a beer with, both in politics and outside of it. That does not qualify any of them to be President of the United States. If you ask me, the adolescent mentality of voting for someone you might like, OMG!, rilly rilly enjoy hanging out with down at the mall is indicative of someone with a very loose and shaky grip on reality or the emotional maturity of a pre-teen.

Those who criticize Powell for not supporting his BFF OMG shine a spotlight on their own ignorance! They expose how shallow, uninformed and immature they are. They reveal their inability to think critically about the more serious issues, or to even comprehend that there are more serious things at stake. They exhibit a complete lack of understanding regarding the Presidency and the responsibility of voting.

Besides, shouldn’t John McCain and his supporters be praising Colin Powell for reaching across the aisle and stepping across party lines — for being a maverick? Or is that just a bunch of talk that flies out the window the minute it doesn’t work out for them?

If history is an indicator, I’m guessing the latter.

Posted by Lottie — Copyright © 2008 Rambling On


Powell: Obama Is Not Muslim

Accusations by McCain supporters that Obama is Muslim have always bothered me, not only because they’re blatantly false, but because of the implication that there is something wrong with being Muslim. Colin Powell’s response reflects my own thoughts on the subject:

“I’m also troubled by, not what Senator McCain says, but what members of the [Republican] Party say… such things as ‘Well, you know that Mr Obama is a Muslim’.

“Well the correct answer is, ‘He’s not a Muslim, he’s a Christian, he’s always been a Christian’. But the really right answer is, “What if he is?’ Is there something wrong with being a Muslim in this country? The answer is ‘No’, that’s not America.”

BBC News

Actually, I don’t think Obama was always a Christian. Obama is a Christian whose religious views have evolved in his adult life. In The Audacity of Hope, Obama writes that he “was not raised in a religious household.”

But that’s not the point, is it? The important point made by Colin Powell here is that it shouldn’t matter, and I agree. Those who think it does or should, and who use the term “Muslim” as a slur or insult, only reveal their own ignorance, prejudice and bigotry.

Posted by Lottie — Copyright © 2008 Rambling On


Colin Powell Endorses Obama

This is major!

Former Secretary of State Colin Powell announced Sunday that he will be voting for Sen. Barack Obama, citing the Democrat’s “ability to inspire” and the “inclusive nature of his campaign.”

“He has both style and substance. I think he is a transformational figure,” Powell said on NBC’s “Meet the Press.”

“Obama displayed a steadiness. Showed intellectual vigor. He has a definitive way of doing business that will do us well,” Powell said.

Powell, a retired U.S. general and a Republican, was once seen as a possible presidential candidate himself.

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Powell served as secretary of state under President Bush from 2001 to 2005.

CNN Politics

I think this is really good news for Obama!