Because progressives really don't want to admit that spending and a lack of constitutional values are responsible for the trouble the country now faces! What kind of excuses does Colin Powell come up with for why Washington can't find any solutions? He blames the media and the Tea Party.
General Powell said, "The tone is not good right now and our political system here in Washington, particularly up on the Hill, Congress, has become very, very tense, in that two sides, Republicans and Democrats, are focusing more and more on the extreme left and extreme right. And we have to come back toward the center in order to compromise. The story I like to tell is our Founding Fathers were able to sit in Philadelphia and make some of the greatest compromises known to man. Tough, tough issues. But they did it. Why? Because they were there to create a country."
"Congress now that can't even pass an appropriations bill. And we're running this country on a continuing resolution.What else are they here for but you to pass appropriation bills? And so we have got to find a way to start coming back together. And let me say this directly. The media has to help us. The media loves this game where everybody is on the extreme. It makes for great television. It makes for great chatter. It makes for great talk shows all day long with commentators commenting on commentators about the latest little miniflap up on Capitol Hill. So what we have to do is sort of take some of the heat out of our political life in terms of the coverage of it so these folks can get to work quietly."
Glenn had trouble listening to General Powell's statements, expressing concern that the former Secretary of State would claim that the Founders compromised their values.
"They didn't sell out their values. They didn't sell out their values. They had shared values. We don't have shared values anymore. Mr. Colin Powell, I'm sorry, sir, but we don't have shared values. When you have people who are living like animals on Occupy Wall Street, they're raping and no one is saying a word, we don't have shared values anymore. How do you compromise with people who want to collapse the system?" Glenns said.
Glenn said that unlike Occupy Wall Street and their supporters, the Founders were focused on forming a more perfect union - not destroying the system. Glenn argued that the Founders merely had to convince others that there was strength in unity.
"You can't sit down at a table with Occupy Wall Street. Their stated goal is to destroy America. That is their stated goal," Glenn added.
Powell then moved to the Tea Party, saying "The Tea Party point of view of no compromising whatsoever is not a point of view that will eventually produce a presidential candidate who will win."
"This explains why you see Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich being the lovers of the right's media. The right loves these guys. Loves them. Why? Because the progressives in the Republican Party absolutely know that the American people want a big government guy still. You still have to have a big government guy. Of course you do. You have to have John McCain or Barack Obama. You have to have that. You have to have, you know, Mitt Romney or Barack Obama. You've gotta have that. You can't have somebody who believes in small government," Glenn said.