Monday, October 20, 2008

Read: Powell: Why I'm voting for Obama

10-20-2008 @5:52 AM ~,CST-EDT-powell20.article

It looks like this is another nail in the coffin of the McCain Candidacy for President hammered in by former General Powell himself.

Related Biographical Link on Powell:

The People's Liberation Movement inside the United States is weak, scattered out and so splintered by internal divisions that we all need to really take a serious look at electoral politics in Amerika. All of us who are in the vanguard in any kind of local leadership position need to take a close look at ourselves, our own philosophy and our own shortcomings in order to provide clear balanced leadership and personal examples for people in our own lives.

We need to find and hold onto a common denominator of seeing ourselves primarily as human beings with common survival needs: food, clothing, shelter, medical care and education; not be divided by hairlines of ideology and narrow minded concepts of cultural nationalism, racism and tribalism.

Let us come together, agree on basic common spiritual principles and come out in support of Barack Obama for President of the United States! If he is elected we will still have points of contention with him, but we know that if McCain is elected President ~ God forbid ~ there will be further disruptions of the civil order inside the United States and throughout the world, including military options for which many are not even trained and prepared for today. After all this time, it is still the ballot or the bullet!

Speech by Malcolm X: The Ballot of the Bullet: April 12, 1964

The big changes that need to come about are actually changes in our own consciousness, in our ways of thinking and reflecting upon connected reality, then the critical changes that come up as a result of our taking constructive positive actions in our local communities, our local villages, our local repressed sectors, our local barrios and ghettos. Make up your mind, seize the time and remember to actually go out and VOTE on Election Day!

Barack Obama for President Official Website

Educate to Liberate!

Peter S. Lopez aka: Peta
Humane Liberation Party


Sacramento, California, U.S.A.

----- Original Message ---- From: peaceandjustice2005 <> To: Sent: Monday, October 20, 2008 5:40:27 AM Subject: [NetworkAztlan_News] Powell: Why I'm voting for Obama

Powell: Why I'm voting for Obama October 20, 2008 Colin Powell, former secretary of state to President Bush, endorsed Sen. Barack Obama for president on Sunday. This is what he said on ''Meet the Press:''

I know both of these individuals very well now. I've known John [McCain] for 25 years, and I've gotten to know Mr. Obama quite well over the past two years. Both of them are distinguished Americans who are patriotic, who are dedicated to the welfare of our country. Either one of them, I think, would be a good president. I have said to Mr. McCain that I admire all he has done. I have some concerns about the direction that the [Republican] Party has taken in recent years. It has moved more to the right than I would like to see it, but that's a choice the party makes. And I've said to Mr. Obama, "You have to pass the test of, do you have enough experience, and do you bring the judgment to the table that would give us confidence that you would be a good president?" And I've watched them over the past two years, frankly, and I've had this conversation with them. I have especially watched, over the last six or seven weeks, as both of them have really taken a final exam with respect to this economic crisis that we are in, and coming out of the conventions. And I must say that I've gotten a good measure of both.

In the case of Mr. McCain, I found that he was a little unsure as to how to deal with the economic problems that we're having, and almost every day there was a different approach to the problem. And that concerned me. I got the sense that he didn't have a complete grasp of the economic problems that we had. And I was also concerned at the selection of Governor Palin. She's a very distinguished woman, and she is to be admired. But at the same time, now that we have had a chance to watch her for some seven weeks, I don't believe she's ready to be president of the United States, which is the job of the vice president. And so that raised some question in my mind as to the judgment that Senator McCain made.

On the Obama side, I have watched Mr. Obama and I watched him during this seven-week period. And he displayed a steadiness, an intellectual curiosity, a depth of knowledge, and an approach to looking at problems like this and picking a vice president that, I think, is ready to be president on day one. And also, in not just jumping in and changing every day, but showing intellectual vigor. I think that he has a definitive way of doing business that would serve us well.

I also believe that on the Republican side over the last seven weeks, the approach of the Republican Party and Mr. McCain has become narrower and narrower.

Mr. Obama, at the same time, has given us a more inclusive, broader reach into the needs and aspirations of our people. He's crossing lines -- ethnic lines, racial lines, generational lines. He's thinking about all villages have values, all towns have values -- not just small towns have values. I've also been disappointed, frankly, by some of the approaches that Senator McCain has taken recently -- or his campaign ads -- on issues that are not really central to the problems that the American people are worried about. This Bill Ayers situation that's been going on for weeks became something of a central point of the campaign, but Mr. McCain says that he's a washed-out terrorist.

Then why do we keep talking about him? And why do we have these robo-calls going on around the country trying to suggest that because of this very, very limited relationship that Senator Obama has had with Mr. Ayers, somehow Mr. Obama is tainted? What they're trying to connect him to is some kind of terrorist feelings. And I think that's inappropriate.

Now I understand what politics is all about. I know how you can go after one another. And that's good. But I think this goes too far. And I think it has made the McCain campaign look a little narrow. It's not what the American people are looking for. I look at these kinds of approaches to the campaign and they trouble me. And the party has moved even further to the right, and Governor Palin has indicated a further rightward shift. I would have difficulty with two more conservative appointments to the Supreme Court, but that's what we'd be looking at in a McCain administration. I'm also troubled by, not what Senator McCain says, but what members of the party say. And it is permitted to be said: such things as, "Well, you know that Mr. Obama is a Muslim."

Well, the correct answer is he is not a Muslim; he's a Christian, has always been a Christian. But the really right answer is, "What if he is? Is there something wrong with being a Muslim in this country?" The answer's "No, that's not America." Is there something wrong with some 7-year-old Muslim-American kid believing that he or she could be president? Yet, I have heard senior members of my own party drop the suggestion he's Muslim and he might be associated with terrorists. This is not the way we should be doing it in America. I feel strongly about this particular point because of a picture I saw in a magazine. It was a photo essay about troops who were serving in Iraq and Afghanistan. And one picture at the tail end of this photo essay was of a mother in Arlington Cemetery. And she had her head on the headstone of her son's grave. And as the picture focused in, you could see the writing on the headstone. And it gave his awards -- Purple Heart, Bronze Star; showed that he died in Iraq; gave his date of birth, date of death. He was 20 years old. And then at the very top of the headstone, it didn't have a Christian cross. It didn't have a Star of David. It had a crescent and a star of the Islamic faith. And his name was Kareem Rashad Sultan Kahn, and he was an American. He was born in New Jersey. He was 14 years old at the time of 9/11, and he waited until he could go serve his country, and he gave his life. Now, we have got to stop polarizing ourself in this way. And John McCain is as non-discriminatory as anyone I know. But I'm troubled about the fact that within the party we have these kinds of expressions. So, when I look at all of this and I think back to my Army career, we've got two individuals, either one of them could be a good president. But which is the president that we need now? Which is the individual that serves the needs of the nation for the next period of time? And I come to the conclusion that because of his ability to inspire, because of the inclusive nature of his campaign, because he is reaching out all across America, because of who he is and his rhetorical abilities -- and we have to take that into account -- as well as his substance. He has both style and substance. He has met the standard of being a successful president, being an exceptional president. I think he is a transformational figure. He is a new generation coming into the world -- onto the world stage, onto the American stage and for that reason, I'll be voting for Senator Barack Obama. http://www.suntimes .com/news/ elections/ 1231131,CST- EDT-powell20. article © Copyright 2008 Digital Chicago, Inc. ------------ --------- --------- --------- --------- --------- -

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