Colin Powell warns fellow Republicans that their voter-suppression efforts will backfire


GOP right-wingers probably will dismiss THIS as predictable whining by a black guy:

On Face the Nation this Sunday, Colin Powell, former Secretary of State under President George W. Bush, warned his fellow Republicans that the continuing push to restrict voting rights is going to “backfire” and harm the Republican Party:

These kinds of procedures that are being put in place to slow the process down, and make it likely that fewer Hispanics and African Americans might vote I think is going to backfire, because these people are going to come out and do what they have to do in order to vote and I encourage that…

Here’s what I say to my Republican friends: The country is becoming more diverse. Asian Americans, Hispanic Americans, African Americans are going to constitute a majority in a generation. You say you want to reach out, you say you want to have a new message, you say you want to see if you can bring some of these voters to the Republican side. This is not the way to do it. The way to do it is to make it easier to vote and then give them something to vote, they can believe it. It’s not enough to say just we have to have a new message. We have to have a substance to that new message.


While proponents of these measures purport to be worried about rampant voter fraud, on Sunday Powell remarked, “Nothing substantiates that, there isn’t widespread abuse.” In fact, zero of the suspected 17 suspected fraud cases Boulder, CO were found to exist, and there have been ,amu failures for those attempting to find evidence of widespread voter fraud. A person is 39 times more likely to be struck by lightning than to commit fraud.




  1. Colin Powell also warned about this:


    Former US Secretary of State Colin Powell has warned US
    administration to stay away from the conflict in Syria and not take any sides.

    Speaking on CBS News on Sunday, Powell said the situation in Syria
    was beyond the capability of the US to influence to any significant extent as
    Washington has recently ratcheted up its war rhetoric on Damascus.
    “We shouldn’t go around thinking that we can really make things
    happen,” said Powell.
    While he acknowledged that he had “no affection” for Syrian President
    Bashar al-Assad, Powell said Syria’s foreign-backed opposition forces do not
    seem to be much of a choice for Washington.
    “What do they represent? And is it becoming even more radicalized
    with more al-Qaeda coming in? And what would it look like if they prevailed and
    Assad went? I don’t know,” he said.

  2. Brian Opsahl

    Colin is one smart republican…and he is now hated becuase he didn’t like Romneys plans…sad.

  3. Steverino

    I had a few friends in college who got roughed up because they went south to register black voters. Who would have thought that today we have a political party that wants to do the opposite.

  4. Off Topic… since this subject hasn’t been posted yet. The stock market took a dump today after talk of war surfaced. It looks like somebody wants the USA involved in Syria and it don’t matter if Assad did use chemicals or someone like the CIA or other similar outfit did it to get the USA involved, someones itchin for the USA to be involved. Now who’s going to profit from this? Things that make you go hhhmmm?

  5. Brian Opsahl

    Listen to Colin …stay the hell out of there….seriously…!!

  6. Too much money to be made by the Military Industrial Complex and the goals of the PNAC. Obama is a neocon. He was from the beginning. He just said things to make you think he wasn’t. The goal is to remake and bring the Middle East into the 21st century and its going to happen regardless of what the American people say.

    We were lied to about Iraq and WOMD and looks like we’ll be lied to about Syria and the use of gas on its people too. Nobody will know the real truth but there will be a course of supporters that it was the right thing to do.

    What country in the Middle East is next to be destabelized in our ongoing quest to bring democracy to the Middle East.

  7. Brian Opsahl

    Unless are plans include arming the Taliban we need to stay out of there …Robert, Mr.Obama is NOT a neocon. He is ending Afghanistan in less than a year…ended Iraq. Why you would say that is beyond me…?

    He is the voice of reason compared to the war-hawk that was Cheney/Bush…

  8. “GOP right-wingers probably will dismiss THIS as predictable whining by a black guy:”

    If we right-wingers are so blatantly racist, why does the left always need to resort to “straw man” arguements that have no proof, evidence, or relation to reality?
    Powell’s reasons for supporting efforts to make voter fraud easier are his own. Melanin has never been linked to the ability of a human being to process intellectual stimuli. If he were an Albino from Switzerland, he would be just as misguided, (as with Obama).
    Truth be told, the only logical reasons one would have to be against efforts to reduce voter fraud would be the following:
    1. They don’t understand the issue.
    2. They don’t understand the voting process.
    3. They don’t understand how easy it is to rig an election.
    4. They don’t think people are smart enough to aquire a FREE ID card.
    5. They don’t think their party can win without cheating.

    I wonder which one applies to General Powell.

  9. Brian, Obama good, Bush bad.

    So we no longer have any strategic interest in Iraq and soon Afghanistan and all the energy reserves they have?

    You do realize we have the largest embassy in the world in Iraq? Who is protecting that? A combination of military and private security forces is what I’m aware of? Same goes for Afghanistan when we withdraw most of the military forces there. There will still be a large contingent of private security forces in place to protect the interest of the energy companies with facilities in both those countries.

  10. Brian, this is a liberal anti-war blog so you know it can’t always be trusted or is it the conservative blogs you can’t trust? So much to remember these days. Anyway, do you think those left over troops ever got re-funded (secretly or through some other channel of funds the military has for such occasions)? If not, whose making up the void? And whose protecting all those employees in the embassy besides the private contractors being paid with federal dollars? So did we really leave? That’s our oil (or the trans national oil co’s oil) under the Iraq sands.

    With as much as we get lied to, do you believe Obama and his surrogates tell you? Just because he’s a democrat? The one thing I will give him credit for is his strength in not being pushed so far, into war in Syria. Although theres apparently some powerful interest pushing all his buttons to change his mind. He always changes his mind. That we can depend on.


  11. For anybody interested. Here’s a letter to the editor someone sent in explaining just how convoluted the Middle East and its political allegiances and divisions are. In this mess, Obama has to find his role.

    By the way, I’m hearing that USA Military battleships are preparing for a possible attack on Syria. So let me get this straight, our intelligence sources are claiming Assad(sp) used chemical weapons on his people (nobody knows at this point who used them except that some entity wants the USA involved in Syria. What country is the most influential in getting the USA involved in Middle East endeavors and feels the most threatened over there by all this Arab Spring stuff? But I digress.) Getting back to the subject of American military intervention. So, we may lob some missle’s into Syria because of the use of gas on its people. Just how many innocent people are those missles going to kill? But at least they weren’t killed by gas, right? Is that how our intervention into this situation will be justified? Can it get any crazier?


  12. Honestly, I don’t know who or what to believe anymore. We are lied to so much, but this is a well done video showing some very unsavory aspects of this Syria situation. Who benefits from yet another war? How many innocent people are going to be killed by using supposed surgical precision attacks with missles? Like I’ve said many times, the Neocon goals are to remake the Middle East into a democracy and to modernize their political systems and to make them into the epitome of capitalist based economies. Apparently at any cost.


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