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Mr. Powell
October 21, 2008, 1:34 am
Filed under: politicrazy

*WARNING WARNING… Psuedo-political post ahead – I’m sorry I can’t help it!*

Although I can’t say I’m a little biased, for obvious reasons I was really excited about Colin Powell’s recent endorsement of Obama on Meet the Press Sunday morning…. However, more so than being happy about his support, I was much more impressed by the way upon which he spoke about the atmosphere in America right now and about the world’s perception of us and the ways in which he hopes that this country will change with the new administration. I have to say that I agreed with every word that came out of his mouth and it was really inspirational to hear someone who is kind of from the “old-guard” in politics to have the nerve to share such a progressive viewpoint, especially when it goes against his own party lines.

One thing Powell said that really resonated with me was completely apolitical though, and that’s really what I wanted to share through this post. Powell was sharing his concern that so many people seemed to be hung up on this (completely fabricated) idea that Obama is Muslim. What he said in reaction to people questioning Obama’s faith was this,

“Well, the correct answer is, he is not a Muslim, he’s a Christian. He’s 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 seven-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 a Muslim and he might be associated terrorists.” This is not the way we should be doing it in America.

Maybe it’s because I’m about to bring a kid into this world, or maybe it’s because my outrageous hormones leave me crying at every pet shelter commercial; all I know is that his point really touched me. Why should someone’s religious affiliation, race, sexual orientation, class status, take-your-pick classification matter in this country that was BUILT upon equality? This is something that I personally think every day, but to have such a well respected man in the political arena state this truth was for some reason really inspiration to me and I just couldn’t help but to share. I mean, shouldn’t this be the goal of ALL Americans? To build a nation in which our children can grow up knowing that they can be who they want to be without being afraid of being discriminated against based on their choices, or where they were born, or what class or social system they were born into? In my opinion this should be the shared vision of all Americans; Republicans and Democrats alike. I look forward to the day when the suggestion (true or not) that a political candidate is somehow different from the masses is no longer a scandalous issue that even warrants discussion.