A lot of people have been asking why Colin Powell, former Secretary of State under George W. Bush, doesn’t switch party affiliations. Powell, a Republican, has been a leading crusader on the “right” to champion progressive causes such as same-sex marriage, taxation, the Iran nuclear agreement, immigration and pushing back against discriminatory voter ID laws.
So why hasn’t Powell become a Democrat?
The answer is simple. He likes annoying those in the Republican Party too much to switch.
Speaking at the Washington Ideals Forum in Washington D.C., the former Secretary of State quipped:
I want to continue to be a Republican because it annoys them. I think the party has shifted much further right than where the country is and it should be obvious to party leaders that they cannot keep saying and doing the things that they were doing and hope to be successful in national-level election in the future, not just in 2016.
Powell has begun to tackle the issue of immigration, pointing out that it’s individuals like Donald Trump who are radicalizing and alienating the party:
I think most Republicans understand that we need immigration, we are an immigrant nation [and that] it is in our best interest to do it. But there are pockets of intolerance within the Republican Party [and] the Republican Party had better figure out how to defeat that…I don’t agree that it’s [Trump’s position] the Republican position on immigration. If I was around Mr. Trump — Donald, who I know rather well — I would say, ‘You know, Don, let’s see what happens — let’s tell all the immigrants working in Trump hotels to stay home tomorrow. Let’s see what happens.
Good on Colin Powell. As Harry Reid put it, the party of Eisenhower and Reagan is no more. Those within the GOP who hold centrist, common-sense views are labeled a “RINO,” communist, or race-baiter. Moderates like Colin Powell and even John Huntsman Jr. are being pushed aside for people like Donald Trump and Ted Cruz. Liberals thought Michele Bachmann was bad? It will only continue to get worse until real moderates like Colin Powell stand up and take their party back from the fringe lunatic media whores.
Watch Powell’s remarks:
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