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Herman Cain – Why Him? Why Now?

Posted by politicalmonkey2010 on May 22, 2011

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On May 21, 2011, the rapture did not occur, but something else did, Herman Cain announced he is running for President of the US.   While  the news in itself is nothing spectacular, and the GOP field of candidates is marginal at best the issue that keeps twitching in the back of my mind is why him? and why now?

First, who is Herman Cain?

His bio shows he is a man who has pulled himself up and done it very well.  He came from  a humble background, his mother was a cleaner and his father was a chauffeur. He was raised in Georgia,  graduated from Morehouse College in 1967 with a BA in mathematics ,  received a  MS degree in computer science from Purdue University in 1971.

His career has included the Department of the Navy, Coca-Cola, VP at Pillsbury, Burger King– managing 400 stores in the Philadelphia area. Under Cain’s leadership, his region went from the least profitable for Burger King to the most profitable in three years. This prompted Pillsbury to appoint him president and CEO of  Godfather’s Pizza one of  their then-subsidiaries. Within 14 months, Cain had returned Godfather’s to profitability. In 1988, Cain and a group of investors bought Godfather’s from Pillsbury. Cain continued as CEO until 1996, when he resigned to become CEO of the National Restaurant Association.  Cain was on the board of directors to the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas Cityin 1992 and served as its chairman from January 1995 to August 1996.

His first taste of the limelight of politics came when he publicly opposed President Bill Clinton’s health care bill.  He credits himself, rightly or wrongly with taking down the health care reform in ’94/’95.  In In 2004, Cain ran for the U.S. Senate in Georgia, running as a conservative and opposing the legality of abortion even in cases of rape and incest – he lost.

He has kept himself in the limelight with The Herman Cain Show on Atlanta talk radio station until February 2011 and had served as a commentator for Fox Business and as a syndicated columnist distributed by the North Star Writers Group.

I am not going to say that Cain is not a good businessman, he is, his record shows it.  Much like a teacher who excels in the classroom and then is moved into administration the talent, the calling is lost.  The impact the teacher made may be  washed away in a new career, not all transitions are successful.  The key is being able to recognize where your real talent lies.  A hard, objective assessment of your skills.  The danger comes when you start to believe your own press, whether you are a teacher or a political figure or want to be a political figure.  To listen to Cain talk about his encounter with Pres. Clinton is disconcerting…

As he recalls the moment, Cain is clearly proud. “I almost didn’t go to that town hall meeting that day, but I think it was meant to be,” he says. “The next day, I was on every TV morning news show. I’ll never forget Ted Koppel that night: ‘The pizza man from Omaha stumped the president last night over his health care bill.’ This was surreal.”

The fire had been lit, the ego had been stroked, and so he begins his foray into the political field, and the public field with his radio talk show, and Fox commentator spot.

From a purely human nature view point one can clearly see how Cain has moved to the position he is in today, if for no other reason than ego.

But the real question still is unanswered.  Why Cain?  And why now?  If you look at social media such as twitter are there those Tea Party and “Conservative” supporters who will blindly defend Cain, refusing to acknowledge that he is not the right wing answer to the social agenda they would like to see implemented, and sorely lacks geo-political nuances to the point where he would put the U.S. in harm’s way with his populist rhetoric.

You can already see the Tea Party cannibalism at play, challenging the fact that Cain worked for the evil “big government Federal Reserve Board of Kansas City.   Those on Tea Party enthusiast who remind their fellow patriots that Cain supported the TARP bailout are met with a sound rebuke. Cain himself has said:

Admittedly, these Wall Street bailouts and “special loan arrangements” by the U.S. Treasury and the Federal Reserve seem inappropriate and excessive to the typical citizen, but if the Bush Administration had done nothing, Mike and Mary Mainstreet would have been outraged once the ripple effect knocked on their door.

That sounds dangerously close to President Obama, doesn’t it?  TARP has long been an issue for the right, who pretend to have amnesia that this was a program initiated by Bush.

So why would the Tea Party support Cain after by his own admission he fully supported TARP?  This is the part where it gets uncomfortable.  We have all seen the signs of Tea Party supporters that by any stretch of the imagination are nothing but racists.  We  have seen the former Tea Party Express spokesperson Mark Williams racist letter to the NAACP.  Look a little further on social media (www.viletweets.com ) some of these folks make the KKK look mainstream.  But now they stand behind Herman Cain.  A self-made black man. Why? Is this the Tea Party’s attempt to say “see we aren’t racists, we support a black man!”

The sad fact is Cain is not qualified, while he is great at one-liners and zingers, he has absolutely no understanding of geo-politics.  As President Obama pointed out in his speech on the Arab Spring and to AIPAC, the world is changing at an unprecedented pace.  Cain’s response to the Palestinian – Israeli conflict?…

“I was shocked at the president’s position, and I was equally shocked that he would unilaterally suggest that Israel would move the borders back which they acquired 44 years ago. This president threw Israel under the bus, there is no way around it. It demonstrates once again the arrogant disregard of this president for the opinion of the American people who like the relationship we have with Israel, and for Israel having the right to make its own decisions.”

One has to wonder if Cain listened to any of the speech?  If he did listen to it and this is what he came away with, one has to question his ability to comprehend.  He obviously does not know the history of the region, he does not understand that until this conflict is resolved, the U.S. and the rest of the world is at danger.  Gen. Petraus has confirmed that the resolution of this conflict is in our national interest.   The the Arab Spring, foreign diplomats all over the world are coming to the very frightening conclusion, that the landscape is changing at a rate that nobody ever anticipated.  With that change, at some point the influence of the U.S. and E.U. in the middle east is going to wane.  This is the time to push, while there is still influence to be had.  Cain’s response was a child’s response to a parent who is telling the hard truth.

His economic policies are even more frightening, in 2010 he advocated a return to the gold standard.  There are at least three reasons why this is not feasible.  First, the world supply of gold is too small to support a global economy with an annual output of 50tn a year.  Second, the global economy is a lot more diverse than it was in the 19th century, when the scene was dominated by a handful of European nations plus America. Third, pegging currencies to gold would almost certainly prove to be deflationary. Take a lesson from Britain in 1925  Churchill decided to return to the gold standard at the pre-war parity following pressure from the Bank of England governor Montagu Norman, it proved to be one of the great economic blunders of the 20th century. Within six years, deflationary pressure had forced Britain to abandon gold.

The argument that a gold standard would make the economy more stable is a non sequitur, economists say you can’t force currency to be stable—at least not for long.  Economic uncertainty is a fact of life, says J.D. Foster, an economist at the Heritage Foundation.  Advocates of the gold standard want to “legislate certainty,” he says. “It’s like you have a town of declining morals, so you legislate churches. It’s not going to work.”

Without a doubt Cain has business savvy, but the economics of a business compared to the economics of a country, and a global economy are different animals.  The frightening thing is, this is a man who was on the Federal Reserve Board, he of all people should be aware of the dangers and mechanics, yet he offers a populist point of view?  In essence discrediting himself? Why?

What about big government, and the Federal Reserve Board…Cain doesn’t believe that they need to be audited…this is in direct opposition to conservatives who not only believe they should be audited, but probably abolished.

And yet the right continues to endorse him.  He is not qualified, and this is not a time for amateur hour at this critical stage in history.

It is painfully evident that the Tea Party is going to support him, knowing full well he is not going to be a viable candidate.  They are exploiting him as their “black candidate so you can’t say we are racist” campaign.

Perhaps it is because I am a woman,  I have been in the corporate environment and did quite well, as I was acutely aware that my performance had to be 110%, because I was a woman.  It makes me angry that Cain is being used.  He is not a stupid man, so I am going to have to assume he is agreeable to prostituting himself out for the limelight, for the ability to say I ran for President of the United States of America.  Maybe it is just one huge ego stroke.  Or maybe he finds it economically desirable to put himself in this position.  Perhaps there is somebody, some “corporation” like the Koch brother’s bank rolling this ego trip.  Willing to forgo a viable candidate to try to re-brand the Tea Party and their agenda with less racial overtones.  It is fascinating is to watch the people who are pimping Cain out on social media, a bunch of old white guys who like to collect minority friends so they can exploit them and use them as a shield that says…see I’m not racist.

When I was a child, my mother made me believe that I could do anything I set my mind to, and I believed her.  I also learned there are situations where the best thing you can do is admit you are not qualified, as hard of a blow as that is to the ego, it is called the gift of discernment.    It is human nature to seek those people and situations that validate who we are, what we stand for.  It takes a great deal of internal fortitude and honesty to seek out the truth, to objectively look at why we do what we do.  We all have a price –  Mr. Cain what ever the financial or ego payoff is I hope you negotiated a good deal, because you are turning your hard earned legacy into a side show complete with unsustainable right wing rhetoric that does nothing but divide and discredit.


Right on cue emerges Bryan Fischer.  A brief bio of Mr. Fischer:  Director of Issues Analysis for the American Family Association, (AFA), host of the talk radio program Focal Point: on American Family Radio, and a contributor to the AFA-run blog Rightly Concerned.  For the record the AFA in 2010 was designated by the Southern Poverty Law Center as a hate group.

Mr. Fischer a  Tea Party supporter gave an interview 9/16/2010 where he explained his vision of the Tea Party and their role in politics:

INSKEEP: Well, let me bring Bryan Fischer of the American Family Association into our discussion here from Mississippi. And Mr. Fischer, what issues have you pressed when you became involved in the Tea Party movement?

Mr. BRYAN FISCHER (Public Policy, American Family Association): Well, the American Family Association, part of why we got involved in this is we believe the country needs not only to be called back to constitutional government, not only back to physical responsibility, but also to the same cultural and social values that were embraced by the founders.

INSKEEP: What cultural and social values are you thinking of that were embraced by the founders, as you put it?

Mr. FISCHER: They said that the first of the inalienable rights that was granted to us by the creator is the right to life. So we believe sanctity of life has got to be central to any genuinely conservative movement, belief in a creator and to defending natural marriage and resisting homosexual agenda.

Mr. Fischer has advocated for the forced removal of all Muslims from the United States,  and that the First Amendment applies only to Christian Americans, and not to practitioners of other religions such as Islam and Judaism.  His positions on homosexuals?  That deserves a posting of its own, suffice to say they are going to burn in hell according to Mr. Fischer.

On May 18, he posted a piece to the AFA blog site where he expressed his opinions with regards to the Republican presidential candidates…

So the 2012 GOP presidential nomination shootout is already turning into a classic battle between ruling class Republicans who want Romney or Daniels and citizen class Republicans who want a Herman Cain or a Michele Bachmann (anybody besides me fascinated by the thought of a Cain-Bachmann ticket?) and could settle for a Pawlenty. I’m betting on the citizen class on this one.

Sounds like he really likes Herman Cain.

Fast forward a few days to President Obama’s trip to Ireland, discovering his Irish roots…this is what Mr. Fischer had to say:

He can’t talk enough about how white he is and how white his heritage is. And you compare that to, say, Herman Cain – you know, Herman Cain was just joking around about being the real Black man in the presidential race and President Obama kind of helping reinforce what Herman Cain has said in jest.

President Obama is half-white, and half-black; Herman Cain is all black; he’s authentically black; he is the real black man in the race.

So we’ll see how all of that plays out. I mean, President Obama celebrating his Irish heritage, I mean there is just something about that I just find, I just find that comical, frankly.

Now somebody tell me I am wrong, I want to be wrong.  What we clearly have here is a Tea Party supporter, a Herman Cain supporter, a “Constitutionalist”  who wrote the following:

You’d think that the Democrats, with all their bloviation about how the Constitution is a living and breathing document that must change with the times, would be ecstatic at Republican recognition of legitimate changes to our founding document.

But no. The grievance industry, represented by Rep. Jesse Jackson, Jr. and other plantation politicians, is royally hacked off that the original part of the Constitution that dealt with representation in the slave-holding states wasn’t read. News flash for Rep. Jackson: the Civil War ended 146 years ago. Wake up and smell the freedom! Get over yourself and get on up into the 21st century while you’re at it.

So the grievance industry, still stuck woefully in the past, desperately wanted the Republicans to read the “three-fifths” clause. The Republicans didn’t, for one simple reason. It’s no longer part of the Constitution.

And here’s the kicker: while the Democrats wanted that read because they erroneously believe that it says that slaves were three-fifths of a person, the Constitution itself says exactly the opposite. The “three-fifths” clause clearly affirms the personhood of slaves.

Check it out. Here is the relevant portion, with emphasis added:

“Representatives and direct Taxes shall be apportioned among the several States which may be included within this Union, according to their respective Numbers, which shall be determined by adding to the whole Number of free Persons, including those bound to Service for a Term of Years, and excluding Indians not taxed, three fifths of all other Persons.

Bottom line: the three-fifths clause is not a pro-slavery clause, it is an anti-slavery clause.

And the same clause affirms the personhood of all slaves. You could look it up.

…and he just did exactly what I said was being done….he paraded Herman Cain out there for his “blackness”.

It is despicable.











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