I admire Colin Powell in many ways, but the man is NOT a true Republican let alone a Conservative. He never has been, he never will be, the Republican party and actual Conservatives should NOT be taking advice from this man.
In an interview with CNN Powell said the following:
“I think the party has to stop shouting at the world and at the country,”Powell said. “I think that the party has to take a hard look at itself, and I’ve talked to a number of leaders in recent weeks and they understand that.” Powell, who says he still considers himself a Republican, said his party should also stop listening to conservative radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh.
“Can we continue to listen to Rush Limbaugh?” Powell asked. “Is this really the kind of party that we want to be when these kinds of spokespersons seem to appeal to our lesser instincts rather than our better instincts?”
Shouting at the world and the country?
What the heck is that?
Let’s be real here buddy, the Left in this nation are the ones who do the shouting. They do more than shout at their fellow Americans, they give us marching orders. When we refuse those marching orders they try to shoot us down in anyway possible.
If anything, the Republican party and in particular the actual conservatives within the party, are not loud enough.
The problem with the party is not that it is too loud. The problem with the party is that it has moved away from conservatism and done so in leftward spasms. Too many within the party have voted for people just because they had an “R” next to their name on the ballots.
Because we are willing to vote in such a way, it is easy for people with a political bent such as Mr. Powell and worse political bents, to slip into the party and then entrench themselves. Leftists have burrowed their way into the center of the once Grand Old Party and and changed it from within.
Meanwhile conservatives both in office and everyday citizens have done little to nothing to promote conservative ideology. We do not actively seek to change hearts and minds, to convince others of conservatism. We do not, in a public arena, counter the lies and half truths of liberals. So when arguments are presented, we look weak and we look as though we have no answers.
Shout at the world and the country, heck we won’t even shout at each other or those on the other side of the isle in most cases.
If the Republican party want’s advice I’ll provide some.
Return to being a conservative party and it will become so uncomfortable for Powell and those like him that they will leave the party. Return to being conservative and for every ‘RINO’ that leaves the party, two or three will replace him or her.
Poll after poll shows that America tends towards conservative values. So long as we keep letting liberals into our party and so long as we keep letting liberals set the agenda for the nation, then the longer they stay in the forefront of American politics. The longer they are in the forefront then the longer they have the ear of the American people and the longer they have Americas ear the more likely they are to pull them over to the dark-side.
As soon as conservatives grow a set and reclaim the Republican party, the sooner this nation can turn around and be who she was meant to be.
So far as Rush, I’m not a huge fan, but I think he does a fairly good job and he at least has the willingness to not worry about if he is offending someone when something needs to be said.