Herbert Dyer, Jr.

“For some odd reason ‘Republican’ Colin Powell supported the most radical far left president in history in 2012. Now he’s lashing out at Republicans who oppose Obama...” – Human Events Blog, Jan. 13, 2012

Although he continues to claim his love for the Republican Party, Gen. Colin Powell may have kicked himself out of the party with his remarks Sunday on “Meet the Press.” Powell spoke candidly about the state of the party as he sees it.

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?

Powell has tried on several occasions to talk sense to his party. But the party always responds to his critiques in one of two ways – or both: Label Powell a traitor to not just the party itself, but to the specific Republicans with and for whom he has worked, including George H.W. Bush, George W. Bush and, of course, St. Ronald Reagan. Or, after enduring one of Powell’s pointed criticisms, the party reverts to form by dismissing Powell’s remarks altogether as nothing more than a manifestation of “the race card.”

“Everybody wants to talk about who is going to be the candidate– you better think first about what’s the party actually going to represent,” Powell, on “Meet the Press.”

And he is right. The Republican Party deserves no sympathy whatever. Powell’s question is a defining one. It goes to the issue of both identity and authenticity. It asks the Republicans to look into a mirror and decide whom or what do they actually represent. Who they really are at this historical moment, and who they wish to be in the future.

They must know by now that the demographics are not on their side. Of course they know this, but they simply do not care. They are not trying to change with the changing population. Rather, they seek ways and means of keeping that changing population from having any or only a limited voice in the national dialogue. In other words, they refuse to change, or soften even in the slightest their collective rigidity.

Indeed, they have doubled down on their anti-abortion stance by still passing "sanctity of life," or “personhood” acts, which give full legal, civil and human rights to zygotes. They still want to amend the Constitution to make abortion a capital crime. And, even as this is being written, they are threatening to crash not just the US economy but the global economy and keep on crashing unless and until not only the American people but people the world over recognize the divine righteousness of their version of right-wing conservatism. And their opposition to “gun control” legislation is almost as virulent as their anti-abortion position.

The Republican Party is not listening to Powell, or anyone else who deviates from the party line. Instead, their response to him is a doubling-down of their viciousness against opponents and to frantically restructure the way they communicate their toxic message to their base. From their "conservative" media echo chamber, including first and foremost Rush Limbaugh as well as Mark Levin, Laura Ingraham and others, to actual Republican officeholders like Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), etc., etc., the message is the same: Powell is a tool of the "Democrat Party." He has, they tell themselves, once again played the race card, and in doing so, he betrayed them just one time too many.

This is a classic example of "shoot the messenger."

It is also the beginning of the end of the Republican Party. It is in its death throes now, and it is sad to witness the demise of this once great party.