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Remember when Republicans loved Colin Powell? Once touted as a Republican presidential nominee, Powell broke ranks with the GOP to support Pres. Obama in 2008 and 2012, causing Bill O’Reilly, the World’s Most Renowned Expert on Race Relations, to speculate that Powell “cut . . . [Obama] a little more slack” on account of his Blackness: “General Powell has been, in his books, quite candid about him using affirmative action to succeed, alright?” O’Reilly asked Fox News’ Arthel Neville (who’s also Black!) “And Barack Obama did use affirmative action to, you know, be educated and something like that. Do you think that there’s any racial business here?”
Sounds about right. See, when white people vote for white candidates, it’s all about the merits; but when African Americans vote for African Americans? It’s racial business.
So, it was just a matter of time before Powell went full-on New Black Panther Party on us. From The Raw Story:
Speaking at the CEO Forum in Raleigh, North Carolina to an audience that included Governor Pat McCrory (R), former Secretary of State Colin Powell attacked the restrictive voting law the governor signed into law on August 12. The new law requires photo identification at the polls, limits the number of early voting days and makes it difficult for college students, both in-state and out, to vote.
Moments after the Governor left the stage, Powell said he generally wants “to see policies that encourage every American to vote, not make it more difficult to vote.” He also said that the new law will hurt Republicans, because it “immediately turns off a voting block the Republican Party needs.” To minority voters, he said, it sends the message that “we are really sort of punishing you.’”
Wanting everybody to vote? That’s downright un-American!
But it’s worse than that. Powell had the audacity to reject the sacred-est of GOP sacred cows: That Black folks are stealing elections right and left. “You can say what you like,” Powell said, “but there is no voter fraud. How can it be widespread and undetected?”
How can he possibly say that? I mean, we know that voter fraud exists, because Republican law makers around the country are passing laws to combat it. These are people who hate governing; so for them to take action, the problem must be really bad.
A  nationwide analysis of more than 2,000 cases of alleged election fraud over the past dozen years shows that in-person voter impersonation on Election Day, which has prompted 37 state legislatures to enact or consider tougher voter ID laws, was virtually nonexistent.
The analysis of 2,068 reported fraud cases by News21, a Carnegie-Knight investigative reporting project, found 10 cases of alleged in-person voter impersonation since 2000. With 146 million registered voters in the United States, those represent about one for every 15 million prospective voters.
See, one out of every 15 million prospective voters! That’s … wait. One out of 15 million?!
But Colin Powell’s still Black!