Calling Colin Powell A RINO Is Too Insulting To RINOs

Is Colin Powell a RINO? He is certainly a Republican in name only. But if I call him a RINO I’ll start to feel guilty about other people whom I call “RINOs.” A lot of RINOs are professional politicians who would, to some extent, like to defeat Democrats for public office.

But Powell wears the Republican name only for one reason—so he can promote liberal causes.

Consider this lead sentence from USNews:

At a prostate cancer survivors breakfast last week, former Secretary of State Colin Powell, a Republican, marveled at the quality of single-payer health care systems abroad and suggested the U.S. follow suit.

Notice how that sentence works. I added the boldface, but the structure of the sentence is designed to make sure you know that it is somehow highly important that Colin Powell is a Republican. His name is also dropped in the headline. If Powell was not a Republican, that news would be worth a headline. The only reason he keeps the label is in order to besmirch it and try to get people to consider liberal ideas as plausible possibilities.

The story goes on to report that about efforts in Congress to start socialized medicine.

Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., introduced the American Health Security Act of 2013 on Monday, which would require states to create their own single-payer insurance systems. A House version was introduced in March by Rep. Jim McDermott, D-Wash.

In single-payer systems, the government pays for most non-elective medical care. Supporters say adopting that tax-financed model would improve care and dramatically reduce costs by eliminating overhead and insurance company profits. Opponents fear rationing and reduced personal choice.

Bernie Sanders is a self-described “democratic socialist.” I find it interesting that there is no sentence about Sanders that resembles the sentence describing Powell. It wouldn’t be hard.

Independent Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, a self-described “democratic socialist,” introduced the American Health Security Act of 2013.

But no. Only the Republican gets that kind of attention drawn to his supposed affinity.

Colin Powell remains a Republican solely to give cover for liberal ideas—in this case, for a radically socialist and dangerous one.

He makes RINOs look sincere and conservative by comparison.