Colin Powell has opened his mouth and let out some hate:
"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?"
First, we should note that Powell equates Limbaugh to the Republican Party when Rush, like most of us except Powell, is a conservative first and a Republican second.
Second, exactly what "lesser instincts" is Rush appealing to? He's a proponent of freedom, demands accountability, is a champion of the individual, and believes in equality of opportunity instead of the demeaning belief that the government should force all people to be equal at the lowest common denominator -- something Powell believes in.
In fact, I'm willing to bet Colin Powell has never spent more than three hours of his life listening to Rush Limbaugh and is, instead, playing to character. Powell has become a Republican of conventional wisdom, a black David Brooks — a Republican the media looks to to bash fellow Republicans.
Colin Powell believes in affirmative action policies that continue to divide the nation, he believes in unfettered abortion rights, he believes fiscal restraint by the government is unneeded, and he rejects individual rights in favor of group thought.. In short, Powell says Limbaugh "appeal[s] to our lesser instincts" to distract from Powell himself representing our lesser instincts.
Powell says "There is nothing wrong with being conservative. There is nothing wrong with having socially conservative views." He just doesn't want anyone actually talking about them.