“It immediately turns off a voting block the Republican Party needs…These kinds of actions do not build on the base…It just turns people away….I want to see policies that encourage every American to vote, not make it more difficult to vote…You can say what you want, but there is no voter fraud…How can it be widespread and undetected?”
That was former Secretary of State Colin Powell addressing a North Carolina forum about the state’s recently passed voter I’d law. Seated in the audience was North Carolina Governor Pat McCroy, who took the stage to defend the bill immediately prior to Powell’s remarks. McCory had signed the bill into law just a few days ago.
Colin Powell is a national treasure. He is a conservative Republican who seemingly appears out of nowhere once or twice a year, offers a thoughtful common sense approach to the nation’s problems, and quickly disappears. He is a breath of fresh air to the hate speech and inflammatory rhetoric so commonly associated with his Party.
The Republican Party would do well to listen to him.