Thursday, September 15, 2016

Is the GOP the Only Party in Shambles?

Stephen Olson

                                               Powell's Criticism of Clinton Getting Out                        

Is the GOP the Only Party in Shambles?

    At the beginning of the election cycle many had labeled the Republican Party so divided that its existence may not carry on into the 2020 election. While numbers looked hopeless and with Republican nominee Donald Trump being counted out countless times it recently appeared as though the Republicans were in total dismay and the Democrats would resume their throne in the White House by default.

    However, as unethical as it may be, recent Wikileaks emails have shown us an entirely new perception of the DNC. Beginning with anti-Semitic comments with Debbie Wasserman Schultz, and now strong anti-Clinton comments from Colin Powell. The Wasserman Schultz did surprisingly little damage to the DNC, considering the Democratic Party is the party that takes pride on tolerance and acceptance.

    To have a leader that directly contradicts those views in private you would think would be rather concerning, but the pubic did not seem to react too harshly toward the event. Powell confirms the notion that Hilary is knowingly deceptive when he states, "Sad thing... (Hillary Rodham Clinton) could have killed this two years ago by merely telling everyone honestly what she had done and not tried to tie me into it. I told her staff three times not to try that gambit. I had to throw a mini tantrum at a Hampton's party to get their attention."

    While this is not yet a personal insult towards Clinton, it does make the Clinton's look irresponsible and unfit for certain responsibilities. One issue that's being raised, at least by Fox, is that other networks are not airing any truly negative emails being leaked by Wikileaks, and are instead focusing on the fact that some other country may be trying to influence our election.

    While this may be true, and while the means may be unethical, it is the job of a journalist to provide the public with what's really going on inside our government, and then let them decide how to proceed forward. To hide information that the public needs and deserves to hear for political gain is un-American, no matter which party at fault.

    Colin Powell goes onto say, "I would rather not have to vote for her, although she is a friend I respect." In later emails Powell states that Clinton has "unbridled ambition" and calls her "greedy, not transformational." We all knew there was a divide in the GOP, many know that Powell does not like Trump, and many know that Powell negatively commented on Trump in leaked emails as well, but not many knew the underlying division between those in power atop the DNC.

    Don't be fooled into believing that the Democrats will be the more steady and unified party heading into November. This does not man that the Democrats cannot win, it just means that if you're a believer in Clinton then your vote is not to be taken for granted. Will these new leaked emails from Powell, Clinton, and Wasserman Schultz more deeply divide the Democrats? Will Bernie be able to convince his following to vote for this administration?

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