Colin Powell Inadvertently Gets It Right

August 26, 2013

colin-powellI don’t know what to say about Colin Powell any more. There was a time when I would have enthusiastically voted for him for President. There was a time when I waited in a bookstore line for four hours to get him to sign a copy of his autobiography, My American Journey. Those were the days, my friends.

Sadly, those days are in the past, and the Colin Powell of today seems to be much more of a squishy liberal on a variety of topics.

For example, in an appearance on “Face the Nation” yesterday, Powell blandly dismisses the very existence of  voter fraud. Nope, no evidence at all. None. Nosiree! But then he goes on to say something extraordinary about requiring identification for voting:

“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 are going to backfire, because these people are going to come out and do what they have to to vote, and I encourage that…”

Wow. First , he blatantly misrepresenting the reason for requiring voter IDs (Really? To slow the process down and make it harder for minorities? Well, he’s already stated that voter fraud doesn’t exist, so what other reason could there be?) But then in the same breath he goes on to say that those same minorities are going to do what they need to do to vote.

And that’s the point. It’s that simple. That’s all anyone is asking. Do what you need to do to vote. Get an I.D.

Or, as the inestimable Bill Whittle said, : “To oppose these reasonable rules for fair elections is to admit that your team can’t win without cheating.”

Is that what you’re really saying, Mr. Powell?

H/T: HotAir

They’re Figthing for Us, Their Votes Should Count

November 11, 2010

Even though we saw a wave of red sweep the nation last week, there have been many very troubling reports of absentee ballots either not being sent to our military, not having been sent in a timely manner, or sent and received received but not counted.

Of the many reprehensible instances of voter disenfranchisement and fraud that you may or may not have seen affecting the November 2010 and 2008 elections, these examples have to be the most shameful:

Feds to Sue New York Board Over Military Voting Violations, State Official Says (Link)

“We send our young men and women overseas to fight and to die for us, and we don’t care enough to make sure they get the right to exercise their franchise? That’s what they’re over there fighting for as much as anything else.”

By Monday night [October 11, 2010], it remained unclear just which of the counties still had yet to mail their ballots.

Troop ballots left unsent for election (Link)

Absentee ballots for the upcoming election were not mailed out to almost 2,900 troops serving overseas by the deadline in about one third of Illinois counties…

Missed Deadline by New York Voting Board a ‘Huge Oversight,’ Soldier Says (Link)

The New York State Board of Elections’ failure to send all of its 320,000 absentee ballots to the state’s military servicemen and women and overseas voters after an extended deadline is alarming, an active duty Marine told

Senate Report: One Forth Of Military Votes Uncounted in 2008 (98,000 servicemembers screwed out of their vote) (Link)

A Senate report, [c]ited by the Associated Press today, seem to indicate that at least one quarter of all military ballots in the 2008 election went uncounted…

DoJ scandal reveals how thousands of military ballots may go uncounted (Link)

“…[L]egal complaints, news stories and studies all showed dozens of states failing to give soldiers enough time to vote in the 2008 election…”

To our active military members, thank you for your service to our country; your votes should count.

To our veterans, thank you for the services you have rendered to America.

And especially to our very own co-blogger here at Grand Rants, Gerry Ashley: thank you for your service.


Legacy of the Purple Finger

February 1, 2009

Here’s my guess as to what Dubya’s ultimate legacy will be.

  • It won’t be the drubbing of the economy – we can thank liberalism for that.
  • It won’t be Abu Ghraib… The enemy bears the guilt of so much of this. Objectively, we pale in comparison.
  • My guess is that it won’t even be the seven years he kept America safe after 9/11…

No… 50 or 100 years from now, Americans (and perhaps even the world) will finally understand the two precepts that George Walker Bush tried so many times to explain… First, freedom is an intrinsic right of the human condition. (Mr. Bush et al call it “God-Given”… So be it.) And the second is that societies of free peoples don’t behave aggressively (and even preemptively) unless cornered by cults and madmen. (The last time I checked, Germany, Italy, and Japan haven’t attacked us lately.)

Yesterday, the Iraqi voter turnout was 60% – 70%… Remarkable by any standard. So perhaps Dubya’s legacy will simply be that of millions of purple fingers and the meaning therein.

Not bad, George… Not bad…

Alan Speakman