Monday August 26, 2013, 3:13 am
On rare occasions, I actually get to say something good about a Republican. Sadly that usually happens only when the Republican is one that the others hate. That said, Colin Powell visited the Totalitarian Corporate Plutocracy of McCrorystan and blasted the state for its racist policies right to TeaFuhrer McCrory’s face!
Monday August 26, 2013, 5:42 am
I am glad that Colin Powell said what he did – though it didn't go far enough. As he said ""You can say what you like, but there is no voter fraud," Powell said. "How can it be widespread and undetected?" " – goodness me – is there a member of the GOP who still has parts of their brain working?!! Bet the rest just ignore it though – they have invested too heavily in ludicrous rhetoric for too long to backtrack now. Bye bye GOP!
Monday August 26, 2013, 5:52 am
The first sign of dictatorship is voter suppression. North Carolina is sliding into a dark age with backwards thinking tin horn political hacks. We NEED leaders with VISION, not dictators.
Monday August 26, 2013, 6:06 am
Though I am a independent Liberal I can often agree with some Conservatives. If the GOP wants to survive as a viable party they will have to turn their backs on extremist Taliban/teabaggers and let rational Moderates like Colin Powell back into the party. A Government with only one party never works, whether it''s right or left leaning. We actually need a good Conservative party to balance a good Liberal party.. But what we DON'T need and CAN'T afford is a GOP controlled by a bunch of cheating jackasses. Extremism is the enemy of all of us. I hope we all remember this on election days.
Monday August 26, 2013, 6:16 am
Some Republicans still have some parts of their brain working; those who have have more than half of it in some working order, leave the party. Too bad blasts like these do not change that little bit of functioning mind of the remaining GOPs. But it may help to keep or get just a few more voters on their side, which isn't a the desired effect we'd like to see. The damage to voting is already done in McCrorystan anyway so the blast is rather gratuitous. It would be better if Powell just kept quiet or leaves the GOP. Then it's demise will be quicker.
Carrie B posted an article about this. A known pest was countering that we must have photo ID's because of the voter fraud. It seems rather easy to whip up some horror stories of mass voter fraud when people are not asking for detailed proof. I asked this person for proof, just to give 2 states and the names of 2 people in prison for voter fraud. the pest was unable to do that. Just because it's on the Internet does not mean it is factual. There are some folks spending time behind bars for voter fraud - not the kind that is usually considered, but that requires actually looking for the facts.
The ID's seem reasonable, a fair pursuit to insure the validity of each vote, but that is of course not what all of this is about.
Kudos to General and past Secretary of State Powell for his honesty and courage, I wish he was an example for the republican party. We should keep a light on these states and hope each one is taken to court and forced to make voting easier and more open to all eligible voters.
Monday August 26, 2013, 9:01 am
I wish he would have been more forceful but that's not his way. Colin Powell is one of the few old time Republicans left. My parents were Republican and I can say without any hesitation there is no way they'd line up with them now. Republicans are in such disarray from the Tea Party who are racist at heart and don't realize that most of their protesting is not in their best interests. Many are older and accepting Medicare while they scream "less government" and worry that someone will be on their doorstep to take away their guns. NC is in deep trouble for voting McCrory in and with the hold the GOP has there we can only hope it reaches the courts before the 2014 elections.
Monday August 26, 2013, 9:47 am
Powell is a true soldier who loves his country, sadly he worked too long for the GOP......I would love to see him the leader of a new "used to be moderate repuglicon party" when the GOP finally dividss.....
Monday August 26, 2013, 10:09 am
If there were a suitable African American who should have been POTUS it is this man. Don't forget even Clinton availed himself of Powell's experience and expertise. In spite of him being a Republican I have the greatest respect for the man.
Monday August 26, 2013, 11:15 am
It would really make a statement if Colin Powell renounced the GOP and became an Independent or a Dem.; it would show how reasonable (and stable!) people can no longer be a member of a party, knee deep in Tea Party garbage of racism and pseudo patriotism, that's doing everything in it's power to suppress the vote and privacy rights (like contraception rights.).
Monday August 26, 2013, 12:12 pm
THE USA already fought this fight! It's time to get something POSITIVE done in this country. What is wrong with the far right wing? What goes around comes around. The GOP has become a House of Cards...readyl to tumble!
I saw this on Daily Kos and signed their petition!
Monday August 26, 2013, 12:38 pm
Robert K, I agree it would be great to have a good conservative party to balance a good liberal party. But where are you going to find a good liberal party? We certainly don't have one now. The very fact that you have not joined a party but remain independent suggests that you agree.
I also have great respect for Colin Powell. The only time he ever spoke and sounded like an idiot was when he was fed a diet of lies and asked to speak in support of them. He was set up. He was pretty angry about that too (as was I). I think, however, he has lived that down. I don't know why he still calls himself a Republican. Maybe he feels it is a family name that he is stuck with.
Monday August 26, 2013, 1:08 pm
I live in NC and let me tell you, this is backfiring big time on McCrory. One of our State Senators has just resigned so that she can be more active in helping people get the necessary ID they will need to vote. We're forming groups of volunteers who will take people to the DMV to get an ID. There's an out and out war on and they're not going to win. What we are asking for too is a way to be sure all of the voting machine are registering the correct vote. I wouldn't put it past them to have them rigged again like they were for Romney in Ohio. Thankfully, it was caught and corrected by a hacker I think...now if we can get many of those to do this state by state. They're correct when they say there's voter fraud...there's REPUBLICAN voter fraud.
Monday August 26, 2013, 1:29 pm
"…The goal is still to suppress enough votes to shave a few percentage points from the Democratic tally, enough in some races to throw the victory to Republican candidates. If they can get away with that, and the U.S. Supreme Court has made that effort easier with its Shelby decision, then they will continue to do so no matter what Powell and other highly placed critics have to say."
This is the true fraud! We know voter fraud is not an issue. Baby Bush's study done by the DOJ proved that. The true fraud is the election fraud and voter suppression that the Republicanus/Teabaggers perpetrate across the country. The true fraud is a SCOTUS that is partisan, especially when it comes to voting laws.
Why do Republicanus/Teabaggers feel they need to resort to chicanery and deceit? Could it be that they have nothing to offer the average American? Could it be that they are drunk on power, control and greed?
The Republicanus/Teabaggers wail about a lack of democracy and the subversion of the constitution, but is they who are subverting the constitution, not for the sake of democracy, but for the plutocracy that they support.
I think what Colin Powell is trying to say is build your own position, don't try to tear down the opposition by variou undemocratic means. their actions will come back to bite them in the ass!
Monday August 26, 2013, 3:38 pm
It seems to me that the only way voter fraud could be "widespread AND undetected" is if the people who are screaming that it needs to stop . . . are the ones committing it.
Monday August 26, 2013, 4:50 pm
People cheat when they know they can't win. As for General Powell, he's not a quitter. Perhaps he thinks he can be a calmness in the sea of GOP/TP. There really are some good Republicans out there but they've been cowwed by the Extremists of the party. If General Powell can rally some of the good ones, things may change just enough to stop the snowball - they could be the wall that stops and breaks it apart. Otherwise there's no saving the Republicans.
Monday August 26, 2013, 5:45 pm
I'm glad that Powell spoke truth to bull, and did it in N.C.
I certainly ope there is a big payback in minority , and other voters getting out and biting these people where it hurts the most.
Pat A., Iike your comment on Politics Plus, and here.
Sharon H., that IS good news.
Lynn S., Diane M. Kit...all on the money, with Gene.
Tuesday August 27, 2013, 9:46 pm
Sadly, Colin Powell can only say so much. With the rabid Republican/Teabaggers out there pandering to the people with so many lies and discrepancies that so many don't bother to check, Powell is probably seen as a lost cause. However, reading Sharon H.'s comment gives me hope. Thanks for the article, TomCat.