Republican Colin Powell endorses Obama

Normally, I don’t put much stock in political endorsements.

They usually come from self-proclaimed “experts” who vote the party line, anyway. They come from right-winged or far-left factions telling their followers how to vote. And it’s a tradition with most newspapers to endorse candidates they say will best serve constituents.

All of which is a bunch of, thank-you-Joe-Biden, malarkey!

But then, every so often, a person I might admire, respect and trust, who traditionally shies from making political endorsements, suddenly comes out with a public endorsement for a specific candidate.

Rightly or wrongly, Colin Powell, in my mind, is such a person. Powell, a Republican and the former Secretary of State under the Bush Administration, today publicly endorsed re-electing President Obama to a second term saying he think’s the president’s policies were responsible for preventing a total U.S. financial and economic meltdown and his concerns with Mitt Romney‘s foreign policy plans.

It’s the second time Powell has endorsed Obama, having supported him over Republican nominee John McCain in the 2008 presidential election.

Republicans will attack him because of the endorsement and Democrats will tout him.

Hopefully, voters will decide for themselves whether to take stock in Powell’s endorsement when they cast their ballots rather than let self-proclaimed political “experts” and narrow-minded political organizations influence and decide for them how they should vote.

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