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Colin Powell, Republican, Endorses Barack Obama

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  1. Not only did he endorse Obama, Powell DISSED McCain from toe bone to brain bone!

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  2. General Powell was a soldier for what? Must have been 30 years at least. As a soldier he was expected to be apolitical. He was sworn to defend and protect the Constitution of the United States. So are our Presidents and many others. Evidence that the Constitution has been rather systematically deconstructed by those sworn to defend it. But my real point is that General Powell probably never was a Republican. If he was, then he could possibly have retained his "party loyalty" while still believing that Senator Obama was a better choice for the Presidency of the United States than is Senator McCain. So this part of the story is pretty much of no interest to me. He even could have learned that when he testified before the UN or whoever, that he had testified because of information which he had, but which he now believes to be false. It would be nice if he would give others the benefit of the same kind of situation. It would be good if he allowed for some error still existing in his thought and in that of others.

    In other words, his switch seems to me to be no big deal. One political general changed sides. Big whoopee!

    I believe it was my distant relative, (6th cousin, 5 times removed) who said when proposed for the Presidency (paraphrased), "If nominated I will not run, if elected, I will not serve"

    He also said,“It is only those who have neither fired a shot nor heard the shrieks and groans of the wounded who cry aloud for blood, more vengeance, more desolation. War is hell.”

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  3. I think that the big whoopee (your phrase) here is that a lot of people -- for right or wrong -- respect Powell.

    That makes it significant. If someone who isn't respected (like Cheney) were to endorse Obama, then that would be no big deal.

    Endorsements mean something if the person making the endorsement is seen to have some kind of clout/respect/celebrity.

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