I have to admit, it is good to be a work in progress; it allows you to be wrong from time to time as it grants the freedom to grow and learn through identifying inaccuracies in concepts, thoughts, ideologies, and predictions. In this case, it was a conceptual inaccuracy about Herman Cain’s once fleeting and “marginal at best
” support base. His win in Florida, though followed by an almost immediate and abysmal defeat within the same polling group, was answered by a wave of support as Perry lost steam fueled by his more “mainline Republican” positions that are fouled and marred by a classically Republican dichotomy.
This is not to say that if Perry were not being exposed for his questionable positions on illegal immigration, borders, and trade that Cain would not have surged. In fact, as I look back, Cain was likely to surge with or without Perry’s history or debate strategies, which are “not [his] strong point.” Cain is on fire; a game changer that is indicative of a very telling bifurcation in the Right. While I still feel Cain is far too green to bear the burden of a nation in crisis, knowing the direst of Cain consequences will be felt not by me, but by my children – the man’s momentum is undeniable. Either way, it is important to note that Cain and his 9-9-9 driven support represent an important divergence from the common and arguably inept GOP support structure as demonstrated by those on the Right still supporting the problems represented by “Republican” in candidates like Romney – the “Front-runner Farce.” Not one of those guys
Cain differs from the Romneys’ in that he stands against the traditional GOP standard that has set the wheels in motion for an essentially uni-dimensional candidate field designed solely against a train wreck of a President
. In doing so, the GOP candidates are starved on issues like foreign policy and have in turn (Romney) designed foreign policy proposals markedly similar to that of the Obama administration. Republican supporters ONLY SEE no Obama and refuse to address how both Romney and Perry will advance policies that they today stand against. Like I said, Cain is the “Easy the Choice
” for the Republican voter weary of the current GOP direction, but not quite courageous enough to fully embrace the true Conservative values driven into existence in the 1960’s when it was determined the Republicans were actually part of the American problem. Cain, well, he just is not one of those guys – and for that reason (among others) Cain supports are to be admired. You can decide whether or not to admonish the ideologies behind Romney supporters for failing True Conservatism and remaining part of the antagonism destroying America.
One of the key support elements lies in the flat tax of the 9-9-9 plan. Nine percent tax to be paid by every American. A fair share paid by all. The poor will say, that the 9% affects them more adversely than the rich. The Left will declare it class warfare – personally, I like the flat tax as an economic adjustment tool that can serve to return equilibrium. (If you do not know what I mean by that, look it up – no time to explain all the details now).
Many will assuredly declare Cain “won” last night’s debates. You don’t “win” debates
! All candidates do is present their ideas compared to current policy and that of other candidates in ways they think you want to hear it. You either like what a person has to say, or you do not. Over the string and series of debates, you then narrow down the candidate that best addresses your personal values and beliefs; clearly, no one “wins” – the media just uses that to sell candidates. Look at it this way; how many times has Romney “won” a debate with horrid performances? Not picking on Romney or his supporters, but we must understand he is saying what many Republicans wish to hear. Trouble is, horrid is subjective. What is awful for the Conservative is often grand to the Republican – that is how different we can be!
Blackness; a rant Unfortunately, Cain is now a matter of Blackness. Well, not to us, but to the Left where race is the pinnacle issue. To combat Cain Blackness, the Left sought to demonstrate Obama still maintains control of the Black vote – and I am sure he does. What made this interesting is how the Left, through the media, concluded Obama is still (the one) supported by the Black vote. To accomplish this, the Left turned to the most reputable polls. The discovery was what one might expect; Obama support was rapidly waning in the one area they hoped would be steadiest – during the most challenging times, Obama’s Black support dropped an astronomical 50%! Not thwarted by the truth, the Left sought out a poll that would show the most marginal loss of Black support. They resorted to a poll that directly asked respondents to overlook Obama’s performance as President. "General impressions of Obama rather than focus on the job he is doing as president" to be specific. This ploy resulted in a 5% drop in support when compared to his Black support immediately following his election. This of course failed for obvious reasons. The US Presidency of today is about getting the damn job done. Obama has been so bad, that in order to find support they must dismiss the single reason Obama is being polled – disgraceful. Following this failure, Team Obama ambassadored Team Sharpton to discuss whether or not Cain is Black enough for… being Black I guess – never mind the fact Obama is half White and half African (which equals zero percent Black as we currently understand Black to be). In dissent, Cain said both the best and worst things imaginable on being Black in America. If you are poor, it is your fault and if that was not both good and bad enough, he followed it with having “left the [Liberal] Plantation a long time ago.” Moreover, he said the Black, as a victim, is doomed to an eternity of second-rate failure while wallowing in self-contempt and the continued disbelief in individual competence through truer equality. All of a sudden, it was as if Cain was speaking directly to me after reading some of my blogs. Granted, Cain is not the Black Conservative Antithesis (yet), but he fundamentally understands the plight of the Black community driven by the irrational need to vote Democrat. Cain is saying that Black support for Obama is essentially a self-fulfilled prophecy of Black failure. He is correct, but the Black community is nowhere near ready to understand the depth of the implication, nor change their voting habits to match the values and conservative principles taught in the home. In translation – Cain will never attain the Black vote preaching such concepts of contempt for Blacks who refuse to awaken to our own reality. Oddly, the Black community, which shuns Cain, will highly benefit from Cain as they become less dependent upon the clearly oppressive Left. Gotta love the multitude of ironies! Speaking of Black; have you been keeping an eye Justice Thomas? Big, bad is brewing with deep, far-reaching implications.
An interesting element exists in literally 100% of the Cain supporters I have talked with; a certain reservation is present with Cain that is in constant battle with his more likable attributes. People like his willingness to learn. I like that too, it is just that I reserve that as an admirable trait in subordinates where I can assure they develop appropriately. If you wish to lead me, your learning curve requirement best be minimal! As these reservations with Cain emerge, supporters almost immediately go into denial because they have been conditioned by a broken two party political machine to “settle.” Supporters never use the word, but they describe its conditions quite well.
Whether it is his greenhorn role or other issues, Cain, like any other candidate has inherent shortcomings. The more articulate citizen now understands how the Fed is contributing to the nation’s economic doldrums. The Cain supporter not only understands this, but also opts to avoid Cain’s history with the Fed. As the issue grows more critical, the Cain supporter now refuses to address his highly disputable Fed role model of the bubble blowing Greenspan. Once upon a time, I thought Greenspan was an economic genius. You have to understand that this was at a time when I was acquiring my Masters Degree and was attending Columbia – the Left leaning school highly supported several governmental economic programs now under Conservative scrutiny. Self-education and the school of working to actually retire one day (soon) have taught me otherwise. Calls to end the Fed and many other government organizations go largely unheard by not only Cain, but also the mainline candidates like Romney and Perry. Clearly, Cain blends more into the Republican norm and becomes far less of an exception to the typical and now problematic political elite of the Right. Conservatives, shun this and in doing so, look at bit deeper at what both separates and ties Cain to that so troublesome (R) behind his surname.
Looking deeper reveals innate differences between Republicans and Conservatives. Cain will not defend the individual liberties of the citizenry. The reason for this is, like his supporters, he too has opted to “settle” in that the Patriot Act is 90% correct. To the Republican, 10% represents a sort of acceptable and nominal dysfunction, whereas the Conservative views this as a potential showstopper because the said 10% wreaks havoc on individual liberty. The difference is profound. To the Republican, individual liberty is more of an afterthought of policy than it is the priority Conservative Libertarians endear it to be. This is not a good or bad thing per se; it only highlights difference between the two. Not ready for freedom
Truth be told, as much as Americans think they are ready to return to a state in which the Constitution becomes America’s priority, as a people, we demonstrate with no uncertainty we are fearful of being burdened with the level of personal accountability and responsibility required to maintain the freedoms bestowed by the Document. Conservatives are demonstrating that America MUST return to its founding roots and in doing so; government reforms will take hold as politicians become more loyal to America’s intent. These politicians will have no choice but to abandon America’s current course to self-destruction led by both the Liberal Progressives currently in office and the GOP’s failure to assume more conservative positioning.
Republicans (let’s be honest), have not been attentive to the calls from the voting Right. More importantly, their success is deeply rooted in the overwhelming Liberal failure
than it is their accomplishments in office or meeting the needs of their constituents. Many Republicans see this and have abandoned traditional GOP prospects for the less traditional Herman Cain. Good for them and good for Herman!
Me? I am not on board the Herman train because I value things that span beyond the scope of potential Cain represents. If it came down to Cain V. Obama… I would flick the Cain switch. If you pitted Cain against the likes of a strong Conservative cherishing constitutionalism and individual liberty… Can would be assed out of my vote without a doubt. It is my values, I am not voting for myself next year; I am voting for Jamahl, Jasmine, Janece ,and Aaliyah and their future. I want them to be able to look me in the eye and tell me they feel it is possible for their potential to carry them further in life than my potential has brought me. Cain cannot deliver the intent of this ideology without first embracing the true concepts of individual liberty – even though he himself is the direct result of this sense of Americanism! You see, it is not Cain; it is the way WE minimalize our perspectives of what and who these candidates actually represent.
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One of the things I have stated (repeatedly) about the Right is the lack of depth and relevance of its presidential candidates. As Obama spirals, the Left (as much as they hate to admit it) spiral with him. The spiral, now more reminiscent of a freefall, has opened the door for the Right to make further gains in the House, conquer the Senate and take the Presidency. But how different will things really be?
America is truly in dire straits and we must remember that while Obama is directly causing America’s decline, America is currently suffering through its second consecutive failed presidency. First things first, we must be realistic about replacing Obama with a candidate whom possesses zero political experience. Don’t get me wrong, Cain has value, the bigger question lies in timing. My thinking is that a Rookie should not be the one pulled from the bench to quarterback a 4th and 15 from 45 with 2 seconds left on the clock when the home team losing the damn game. He may throw that miracle pass, but chances are he fumble and fail.
This quarterback’s failure is not so much a reflection of his overall ability or potential, but driven by his inexperience pitted against the larger pressure of the prospect of failure. Most of us want to be the hero and several us will be, but it will come at different times and different scenarios where ability, potential, and experience all intersect more evenly. For Cain, the timing has not yet aligned for a successful U.S. Presidency.
As we learned with Obama; when a President fails, a nation fails. (Hmmm, that sounds like a good book or essay title; don’t steal it). We simply cannot handle the failure of another president and must thoroughly assess whether our support for Cain is worth the represented risk associated with his inexperience. Well intended or not, Herman can further stall a painstaking economic recovery, hinder job creation, compromise personal liberty, and even destroy the few positive aspects of an already crumbling foreign policy. These are the consequences of the next president’s inability to perform; consequences that are not only exacerbated by inexperience, but also more likely outcomes of an inexperienced politician. It is only after that where we can consider Cain from other, more traditional perspectives.
Herman Cain SMOKED Perry in a recent Florida poll; and then finished dead last in the very next Florida poll. Come to find out, he considered dropping out of the Presidential race twice prior to his Floridian surge, which can best be described as a fluke. (This with the understanding that no candidate in the mix achieves the poll consistency of Ron Paul. Some movement in the various polls is to be expected. Cain however, has a consistency pattern of dead last – his support is actually marginal at best). Many like Cain and I have to admit, there exists a certain fondness for the man in my heart as well. What makes me different is that I understand why Cain enjoys a certain fancy of so many – his story. He is the anti-candidate that lacks the political pedigree the nation has been drawn to despise because of the 2008 Obama campaign. That’s right, Obama is still in people’s heads and they don’t even know it! Cain still believes in the Patriot Act – I cannot even begin to emphasis how serious of a strike this is. He has fine-tuned his delivery and is no longer making the errors of his early candidacy, but the attractiveness still lies in the journey, not Herman Cain the politician. Support is found in his blueprint to best Obama; a straightforward attack saying what these other candidates are scared to say. You have to appreciate a man in the forefront clearly stating Obama is a liar and he is tired of Obama’s “bullshit.” Nice! Really nice in my opinion. But, (to all of you Cain supporters) is he the man YOU want serving as YOUR President? Is he politically affluent enough to competently and effectively serve you as President? Have you read his jobs plan and understand how much it will cost you? Has he answered the question of how creating jobs in the private sector differs from creating jobs from the federal perspective of governance? How are governance and job creation inter-related? Tough questions, but questions he MUST be able to address that no one seems willing to challenge him with on level that translates wholesomely to the individual voter. Cain, in my opinion, though vastly improving in dialog, does not measure up. What we are forgetting is that we are repairing eight years of ineffectual, mismanaged and now blatantly corrupt Presidential leadership. Is this really the right time vest support in an inexperienced wild card? Oh, and if you wondering, I like the aspect of Cain that he is the most unlikely presidential candidate in the field whose journey is nearing a new beginning, not an end. If you listen to Cain, he is in this as a personal challenge and fully expected to pull out long before things got serious. The downside of this is simple; the Presidential run is a stepping-stone for something else (his words not mine). The national exposure will do wonders for this man, but it leaves me wondering, that no matter how much I like his story and journey through to this point: Where does his commitment actually lie?
There is a Cain factor that team Obama fears, the Left fears, and even elements of the Right fear. Today, if you support Cain, yep, you’re a racist. Can’t say we didn’t see that one coming, even if had to come from yet another idiot progressive celebrity. (Can’t we just put them all on an island… and sink it)? This is funny because a rhetorical question was posed to me in the form of a Facebook add: What will Liberals say when southern Whites begin supporting Cain? And there it is, the most ridiculous Liberal response imaginable. They will go on to compare this statement to that of those aimed at Obama citing his race driven support – nowhere will it be address these are apples and oranges. Curiously, these irrational people are stating the following: The Right hates Obama because he is Black, but the Right loves Cain because he is… hoooold it… waaaait for it… YES! BECAUSE HE IS BLACK! Gotta love the Left. Thus, apple = Racist anti-Obama Right; orange = Racist Cain supporting Right (???). Only the Left wants things so ridiculously two sided. Hard to believe these Liberals are this impossibly stupid.
Herman Cain also sent warning flags into motion on Twitter. He tweeted that he met with Gov. Jan Brewer and she told him she, “liked what he was saying.” Call me a paranoid over-thinker, but this signifies a certain connection in message delivery that overshadows the actual intent of the candidate. How my mind’s eye read Cain’s innermost thoughts when sending the tweet: “She likes what I am saying because I am now saying the things that will get me elected.” But, like I said; paranoid over-thinker.
The bottom line on Cain is an assessment of the risk associated with the novice politician versus the unlikelihood of his ability to fulfill his potential during critical times of recovery that have been deliberated slowed by the current sitting President. For this reason, Herman Cain is at best a Vice Presidential candidate where he can rely on the Senate to teach him the ropes of administering legislative processes – something Cain has absolutely zero clue on how to do. Cain is breath is a breath of fresh air in an atmosphere clouded with lies, deceit, rhetoric, racism, ignorance, and now even unyielding Obama related corruption. Many cannot and do not wish to filter the air to discover which candidate is the best fit for the challenges that face the nation. More or less, he is the “easy pick” because there is so little to sort through with Cain because he has no background in politics. While this is understandable, it is also lazy. Not having the correct background, can actually be worse than having a bad background. Again, we can look to Obama the freshman who very quickly found himself immersed in his own incompetence and inexperience. This can only be worse with Cain. Is now the time to risk four more years of American future on someone we KNOW is more unqualified than the current failure of a President?
Herman Cain skyrocketed on the scene. It is surprising to see just how much support he has mustered in such a short period. As with all of these so-called conservative presidential candidates, reservations to support them are present. With Cain, the reservation lays in the aspect of his non-political background. Granted, our nation’s commitment to political pedigree has fostered its own set of problems; but is it not true that much of President Obama’s gross incompetence can be directly attributed to his lack of true political experience? What America has lost is its understanding of the cost of freedom; a cost that is today defined as risk. To mitigate this risk, we pass legislation with the good intentions of protecting the people while stripping the people of the liberty; for their own good.
Truth be told, elected officials have as much knowledge of our founding documents as the people do. It should come as no surprise when Cain could not differentiate between the preamble of the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution. Last election we watched would-be Senators spar over who knew least about the 1st Amendment. (1) Cain stated very truthfully, “We don’t need to rewrite the Constitution, we need to reread it.” (2) Of course, he is correct in this assertion. It is unfortunate that he went forward to intermingle the two. “So, for the benefit for those that are not going to read it because they don’t want us to go by the Constitution, there’s a little section in there that talks about life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.” (3) Well no, there is not. We live in a society where people can name more Kardashians than they can name Congressmen and Congresswomen. For Cain to flub on the Constitution is par for the course. He is representative of a civil ignorance that has become the norm. We expect better, but do not first demonstrate that we are better. Cain has appropriately fallen under criticism for this. The problem is that most Americans would have never caught the error if it were not brought to their attention. In the end, who can really fault Cain without first faulting the general lack of civil knowledge among the American populous? However, a political figure must excel in areas where common knowledge is weak; legislation.
Legislation can be very convoluted with the truly impacting aspects of a law often buried deep with within the amendments and referred laws. Before opting to support or oppose a law, it is important to not only fully understand the law itself, but the factors that led to the law’s proposal. Such is the case with the Patriot Act. (4) The Patriot Act was rushed through following the tragic events of September 11th. It was a liberty-robbing act of fear. Fear induced by the lack of courage required to embrace freedom and liberty as they were intended to be. America is at war and in this war, freedom is under attack. Rather than acknowledge our enemy fully; we have sought to address them with a political correctness of denial while revoking liberty through cowardice. The “good intentions” as it was previously referred to, is political correct talk for cowards acting like cowards.
Cain supports 90% of the Patriot Act and is willing to tolerate the remaining 10% because “Perfect legislation does not exist.” (5) It is his view that compromising liberty in the sake of security is justifiable. Again, Cain is representative of masses with a gross failure in understanding of the essence of liberty in both the cognitive and formative realities.
An interesting aspect of this lies in the Liberals. Liberals are very quick to criticize the Right for passing Patriot Act because of its liberty failing aspects. However, it was Liberals who passed the 2010 Patriot Act extension and have led the charge in the 2011 extension. (6) A position of such Left hypocrisy that many Democrat websites have pulled their criticisms of the Right. (7) Yet, Cain, a Republican and self proclaimed Conservative supports the legislation, or at least 90% of it.
Because Republicans passed a piece of legislation, does not mean Republicans or Conservatives should support it. Those whom support the process of governmental control over individual liberty, or simply lack the courage to be considered true-blooded Americans support the Patriot Act. When it comes to Cain, take your pick. Either control seeking, or “well intended”; he is wrong. So wrong that his position should force many on the Right to at least reconsider their early support while they take the needed time to establish what kind of politician Cain will actually make. Rino comes to mind thus far.
Cain is just a bit too “text book” and mainstream Right. (8) It is as if he checking off blocks on a list of things to say to garner the Conservative and now anti-Left vote. (9) Speak of the Constitution and liberty. Yet boldly support that which removes liberty. With such contradictions, one cannot help yielding to reservations!
The good news is that many on the Right, mostly Conservatives, have long since spoke out against the Patriot Act and Republican initiatives in general. This was of course before being Conservative was understood. Today, the Left has attempted to couple Conservatives and Republicans out of fear of Conservative political influences. Many Republicans have fallen for this because Republicans have long since lost their Conservative values; hence the Tea Party. Herman Cain has been called a “Tea Party favorite.” (10) All he has really done is echo Republican buzzwords while attacking the obviously inherent weak leadership of Obama. His redeeming quality? Not being an already elected Republican whose leadership is of the same weak nature of the President’s. Is that really worth so much Right support?
As Cain begins to delve into the depths of the presidential race, he will further expose himself for who and what he is. This happened in 2008, yet as Americans became exposed to the Obama truth, they failed to adjust their delusion for reality. This is not to say it will happen with Cain, but voters need be aware. In vetting a non-political figure, certain precautions should be taken; I just do not see people taking them.
When a person fails to support liberty, they are not worthy of the support from the free.
1. Johnson, Paul. Failing the First Amendment. Examiner.com. [Online] 10 29, 2010. [Cited: 06 02, 2011.] http://www.examiner.com/libertarian-in-phoenix/failing-the-first-amendment.
2. Kapur, Sahil. Herman Cain confuses Constitution with Declaration of Independence. Rawstory.com. [Online] 05 24, 2011. [Cited: 06 01, 2011.] http://www.rawstory.com/rawreplay/2011/05/herman-cain-confuses-constitution-with-declaration-of-independence/.
3. N.A. Cain mistakes Declaration of Independence language for Constitution. Politifact.com. [Online] 05 21, 2011. [Cited: 06 01, 2011.] http://www.politifact.com/georgia/statements/2011/may/25/herman-cain/cain-mistakes-declaration-independence-language-co/.
4. Congress, 109th. H.R.3199. Govtrack.us. [Online] 03 08, 2006. [Cited: 05 31, 2011.] http://www.govtrack.us/congress/billtext.xpd?bill=h109-3199.
5. Pye, Jason. Herman Cain would trade liberty for security. Unitedliberty.org. [Online] 05 25, 2011. [Cited: 05 25, 2100.] http://www.unitedliberty.org/articles/8150-herman-cain-would-trade-liberty-for-security.
6. N.A. Patriot Act - Eight Years Later. reformethepatriotact.org. [Online] N.D. [Cited: 06 02, 2011.] http://www.reformthepatriotact.org/.
7. —. TalkLeft.com. [Online] N.D. [Cited: 06 02, 2011.] http://www.talkleft.com/archives/003737.html.
8. Herman Cain. Facebook.com. [Online] N.D. [Cited: 05 25, 2011.] http://www.facebook.com/THEHermanCain.
9. N.A. Herman Cain. Twitter.com. [Online] N.D. [Cited: 06 02, 2011.] http://twitter.com/#!/TheHermanCain.
10. HillBuzz. Herman Cain, Tea Party Favorite, Announces Presidential Bid. hillbuzz.org. [Online] 05 21, 2011. [Cited: 06 02, 2011.] http://hillbuzz.org/2011/05/21/herman-cain-tea-party-favorite-announces-presidential-bid/.