Former Secretary of State and retired General Colin Powell made an appearance on Meet the Press where he was involved in an interview that lasted approximately thirty minutes. During the interview, Powell touched on several topics mainly focused on Obama's nomination of Chuck Hagel as Secretary of Defense.
During the interview, Powell also leveled some harsh criticism for the Republican Party which he himself is a member. He admitted that he sees himself as a Republican because that is how he was raised, but yet he thought today's Republican Party had a lot of soul searching to do.
“I think what the Republican Party needs to do now is to take a very hard look at itself” and at the attitude of some Republicans toward ethnic minorities, Powell said, accusing unnamed Republicans of “intolerance” and “(looking) down at minorities.”
He brought up topics of immigration, Birther-ism, and Voter I.D. laws as an example of the Republicans 'dark vein of intolerance.' He also took on the comments that were leveled at President Obama by Sarah Palin and John Sununu. He explained how comments like 'shuck and jive' and 'lazy' doesn't mean a lot to some Americans, but they have a strong meaning for African Americans.
POWELL: There’s also a dark — a dark vein of intolerance in some parts of the party. What do I mean by that? I mean by that that they still sort of look down on minorities. How can I evidence that?
When I see a former governor say that the President is “shuckin’ and jivin’,” that’s racial era slave term. When I see another former governor after the president’s first debate where he didn’t do very well, says that the president was lazy. He didn’t say he was slow. He was tired. He didn’t do well. He said he was lazy. Now, it may not mean anything to most Americans, but to those of us who are African Americans, the second word is shiftless and then there’s a third word that goes along with that. The birther, the whole birther movement. Why do senior Republican leaders tolerate this kind of discussion within the party?
Watch the interview and tell me what you think. I still think Colin Powell would have made a wonderful President even with the stain of former president George W. Bush.