Herman Cain

I don’t know much about this  American businessman, political activist, columnist, and radio host from Atlanta,  but I think I like him.   I think I like his moxie. 

As the former chairman and CEO of Godfather’s Pizza, he’d have to have moxie.   Mainly because Godfather’s Pizza is the worse in my opinion.  They taste like crackers with marinara sauce on them. But the good news about that is, he almost single-handedly brought the pizza chain back from the brink of bankruptcy.   He understands business.   And

His campaign slogan should be, "No Cain; No Gain"

Hee understands money because first and foremost he’s obviously a man who’s amassed wealth in his life.  As the former deputy chairman  and chairman of the civilian board of directors at the  Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, he understands its worth.  And if none of those things can teach you about politics, leadership, responsibility, loyalty and how to successfully play the game,  nothing will.

Just yesterday he announced he was throwing his hat into the ring to garner the Republican presidential nomination in 2012 and frankly, I think he’s EXACTLY who and what the GOP needs to run against Obama next year.   And reasons why are blatantly, racially obvious AND the reasons are also politically obvious.   For starters, we get to turn the tables.  Those white Liberal fat cats who criticize him can now be called racists.   He’s also the perfect anti Obama foil because his politics, in my opinion, are so much better than the current sitting Prez, who I still contend is moving closer to real, by God Socialism every day.

And that scares me.  That should scare everyone.

Cain says the American dream is under attack from runaway debt, a stagnant economy and an administration that has done little BUT force a legislative agenda that most  Americans don’t want.   True to his GOP roots, he strongly supports national defense;  he backs replacing the federal income tax with a national sales tax and favors a return to the gold standard.  He’s called for government spending cuts, lower taxes and energy independence and self-reliance (something I am very concerned with )  and for empowering states to help fight illegal immigration.  

And that’s what I really like about Cain:  I like  his damned near xenophobic approach to immigration.   He’s not a xenophobe of course, but but all things considered, I don’t think that would hurt when it comes to fixing the porosity of our borders. 

When asked recently why he had no clear plans for our involvement in Afghanistan, Cain replied that a good leader doesn’t “shoot from the lip.” Working on the right problems, asking the right questions, surrounding oneself with the right people, and removing barriers to success is real leadership.    But when pressed further about Afghanistan, he said, “There are some things that I am very comfortable taking a stand on, but what I am not going to be pushed into doing, is giving some preconceived idea of what I would do without having all the facts…there is information I simply do not have at my disposal.”

Now, I for one, like that very, very much.  He’s tough and straight forward; something woefully lacking in DC these days.

He’s not much a Barak O. fan, either.  Cain said he would never “throw our friends under the bus,” as President Obama did with Israel last week.    He also stated that Americans should be infuriated because the Obama administration’s $787 billion stimulus program which “didn’t stimulate diddly.”   And his loathing of the Democratic  health care overhaul comes with good reason.   In 2006, Cain was diagnosed with liver and colon cancer.  He’s been cancer-free since 2007 and credits the nation’s heath care system (even with all its inherent flaws) with keeping him alive. 

Lastly, Cain says, “It’s time to get real, folks. Hope and change ain’t working.   Hope and change are not a solution. ‘Hope and change’ isn’t a job.”

And he said all of that without a teleprompter.

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2 comments

  1. Laurie, Laurie, Laurie… how dare you choose a conservative black over a progressive black. Don’t you know that ALL BLACKS should be on the Democratic side of the political aisle? Don’t you know that picking someone with the ability to speak without a teleprompter will put hundreds of teleprompter employees out of work? Don’t you know that picking someone that is a strong supporter of Israel will act as a politically incorrect slap in the face of Muslims and is therefore forbidden? Don’t you realize that I’m pulling your leg and figuratively patting you on the back for a solid choice?

    Seriously, I’m not sure Cain is the man, but I’m damned sure that Obama isn’t the man. Good Post my dear. Long may your ability to articulate schtuff wave.

  2. I watched the Republican debate, and liked some of Cain’s ideas. I prefer Ron Paul, who is also unelectable. 🙂

    My prediction (not my desire): The GOP will nominate Romney, who will choose a Palin-like VP to placate the far right, the swing voters will be scared, and we’ll have a repeat of 2008. I’d like to be wrong about that — I think it’d be a boring election — but that’s where it seems to be going.

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