Stewart Acuff

Oct 29

Colin Powell Endorses President Obama

In a powerful move so close to the election, America’s favorite military man Colin Powell endorsed President Obama for re-election, even though Powell is a Republican and has been courted to run for President as a Republican.

The other reason the Powell endorsement is so powerful is that since the years of Lyndon Johnson, Democrats have always lost the military and pro-war vote.

But this year is different. Obama ended Bush’s ridiculous, immoral and obscene war and occupation of Iraq.

Though many of us may disagree with it, Obama focused on Afghanistan trying to root out Al Qaeda and de-link the powerful Taliban from Al Qaeda. But from the beginning President Obama has said the Afghanistan engagement will limited with US troops out in 2014.

Mostly President Obama made bringing Osama Bin Laden to justice a priority. And that he did. With a lightning raid reminiscent of the best of irregular warfare, Obama sent in a tiny team of Special Forces to kill Bin Laden and bring out his body. NOTE – I just heard this morning a movie on the operation will be out this week.

True to its racist form, the Romney campaign immediately sent Republican hack and has-been John Sununu out to denounce the endorsement as racially motivated.
Sununu said the endorsement had nothing to do with Obama’s character and policies, but was motivated by race.

Powell gave an extremely thoughtful and well-reasoned explanation for his decision to endorse Obama.

But that has no bearing on Romney, his team or his party. The Republican Party is this nation’s party for racists.

What started as Strom Thurmond’s decision in the 1940’s because of labor, Franklin Roosevelt’s, and Harry Truman’s small steps in the direction of racial justice to Richard Nixon’s southern strategy to use southern racists to win national power has become a modern, high tech Ku Klux Klan.

That strategy will ultimately damn the Republican Party to insignificance and death. And well it should.


Stewart Acuff is America’s best-known and foremost labor organizer. He is the former organizing Director of the AFL-CIO. Acuff has also written two books: Playing Bigger Than You Are: A Life in Organizing, and Getting America Back to Work, coauthored by Dr. Richard Levins.

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