As a former Republican I have been dismayed to watch as the GOP has become a party of intolerant bigots which excludes basically anyone who is not white, an extreme evangelical Christian, back woods redneck, and a hater of all minority groups and immigrants. The party name needs to be changed to the "Christian Taliban Party" since it's becoming virtually impossible for anyone who is a rational thinking person to remain a member. And as for the party's alleged principals of small government, personal freedoms, and fiscal conservatism, those have all been thrown on the dung heap. Now, Colin Powell has joined the many already decrying what has become of the GOP and its divisional tactics. Here are some highlights from CNN:
(CNN) — The Republican party must stop "shouting at the world" and start listening to minority groups if it is to win elections in the 21st century, former Secretary of State Colin Powell said Thursday. In an interview with CNN's Fareed Zakaria for Sunday's "GPS" program, President Bush's former secretary of state said his party's attempt "to use polarization for political advantage" backfired last month.
"I think the party has to take a hard look at itself," Powell said in the interview, which was taped Wednesday. . . . if the party wants to have a future in this country, it has to face some realities. In another 20 years, the majority in this country will be the minority."
"Can we continue to listen to Rush Limbaugh?" Powell asked. "Is this really the kind of party that we want to be when these kinds of spokespersons seem to appeal to our lesser instincts rather than our better instincts?" Zakaria's full interview with Powell will air Sunday at 1 p.m. ET on CNN.