Monday, October 20, 2008

Powell For Obama; Some Final Thoughts

The usual suspects have chimed in regarding General Colin Powell's endorsement of Senator Obama for President of the United States. Michelle Malkin, Rush Limbaugh, and the usual Anakin Skywalker "if you are not with us you are against us" bunch of Sith Republicans have spoken. Gasbag Limbaugh has said, in his words that the endorsement was "totally about race". Malkin has said that the endorsement proves what she and others have known all along; that Powell was a fence sitter Republican.

My friends...this is just more proof to me, that there is an undercurrent present of Two Americas....and the Conservative Republican base will fight like hell to keep it that way.

One of the most profound and moving parts of General Powell's endorsement dealt with the question of Senator Obama and "is he or isn't he" a Muslim, and some Republican attempts to let the image perpetuate.

What he said touched me as a veteran, as a resident of New Jersey, and as an American.

...the correct answer is, he is 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's no, that's not America. Is there something wrong with some seven-year-old Muslim-American kid believing that he or she could be president? Yet, I have heard senior members of my own party drop the suggestion, "He's a Muslim and he might be associated with terrorists." This is not the way we should be doing it in America.

I feel strongly about this particular point because of a picture I saw in a magazine. It was a photo essay about troops who are serving in Iraq and Afghanistan. And one picture at the tail end of this photo essay was of a mother in 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 headstone, it didn't have a Christian cross, it didn't have the Star of David, it had the 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 14 years old at the time of 9/11, and he waited until he could go serve his country, and he gave his life...

Meet The Press Transcript, Sunday October 19, 2008

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