On Monday morning the nation was saddened to hear of the passing of former Secretary of State and American General Colin Powell. Powell’s life truly left an impact on America. In many ways, his story represented the American dream.

Powell was born in Harlem in 1937 to Jamaican parents.  While attending the City College of New York he joined the ROTC Program leading him down the path of a life dedicated to service to his country. He joined the American Army in 1958 where he would go on to serve in the Vietnam War. 

His military career would continue on with the American invasion of Panama and later with Operation Desert Storm. Powell forged a strong reputation for his ability to lead, his tactical savviness, and his ability to put himself in the shoes of the men he led to battle. 

During the Gulf War, Powell would even create the Powell Doctrine, which outlined the rules of engagement America should follow before entering a conflict to ensure it was acting in its own interest.  

Powell was a favorite of American presidents. He served in the administrations of Reagan, George H.W. Bush, and George W. Bush. During the George W. Bush Administration, he would become the first African-American Secretary of State where he advised President Bush and gave leadership during two middle eastern wars. His leadership was so astute that some thought he himself would be president one day. 

After leaving the White House, Powell would showcase his bipartisanship by endorsing then-presidential hopeful Barack Obama. He did so again for Obama’s reelection campaign. Later on, Powell would leave the GOP when he began to see problems from within. 

Given his leadership, his principled nature, and his life of service, one can see why so many envisioned him running for President one day. Even my parents who, until recently, were lifelong Democrats believed that he would have made an amazing President.  Had he chosen to run and win a presidential election, he would have been the first President since Dwight D. Eisenhower to have been a President with the former rank of General. 

American generals today are nowhere near as principled as Powell and are a far cry from the legacy he leaves behind as one of America’s best modern generals. 

Colin Powell was a man of his time and someone who will be missed. He embodied the American dream by coming from an immigrant household and rising through the ranks of the American government. He was a true public servant who dedicated his life to the Army, to his fellow soldiers, and to his country. 

Reflecting on his life can teach us many things. It teaches us the importance of having principles. It teaches us that America truly is a land of opportunity. It teaches us that a life of service truly does leave an impact on a nation. Powell was a titan of the Army who stood to defend America from its enemies and he should never be forgotten. 

As the son of immigrants and an American veteran, Powell has and forever will hold a special place in my mind as the exemplar of what a leader should be. Powell will also always hold a special place in the heart of America as one of its most legendary men in uniform. 

Gone at 84. May he rest in peace.

Alex Munguia is a Florida Senior Campus Correspondent with Campus Reform. Alex studies at the University of Florida and majors in Finance and Information Systems. He is currently the Chapter Chair of Young American's For Freedom. He proudly serves in the First Generation Leadership Program, College Republicans, and the Investment Club.

The views expressed in this article are the opinion of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Lone Conservative staff.


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Alex Munguia is a Florida Senior Campus Correspondent with Campus Reform. Alex studies at the University of Florida and majors in Finance and Information Systems. He is currently the Chapter Chair of Young American's For Freedom. He proudly serves in the First Generation Leadership Program, College Republicans, and the Investment Club.

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