Powell has every right to say what he wants
and to criticize a party he no longer agrees with.....I just don't understand why he would continue to call himself a Republican if he feels that strongly in opposition. Charlton Heston and Ronald Reagan began their political lives as Democrats......and when they felt that the Democratic party was no longer what they believed them to be, they switched to becoming Republicans and Conservatives......Powell has that option and chooses not to do it; however, if he really felt that changes needed to be done within that party he had the opportunity to make those changes in a huge way by running for President when he had the chance and chose not to do that either. He hasn't contributed in any way to the Republican party since he left office.....but he has chosen to be vocal about how he doesn't agree with them anymore, to the point of voting for BO twice now and making that public when he could have voted silently for a radical liberal and no one would have ever known. Now why would he make it so public do you think? I'm sorry but I have to look at the whole picture when it comes to Powell's reasons.......and I believe him to actually be a Democrat at this point, but BECAUSE he is still openly stating he is a Republican, criticism of that party carries a lot of weight within the Democratic party.....just as BO's appointment of Hagel. Hagel believes in reducing the military just as much as BO does........and if Hagel gets in, then BO can point the finger of 'blame' on another Republican for agreeing with him, thus attempting to split the Republican party even more than he has already tried to do. Powell serves the same purpose. They are both Reps In Name Only.........for a political reason and no other.
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