American Charade

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By: Wayne Brown


The Herman Cain sexual harassment debacle continues to dominate the media as each week seems to bring forward a new entrant into the picture. Although the population of accusers seems to expand, the basis for the claims continues to be only allegations with no real evidence placed in front of the public. Cain, in my opinion, is powerless to answer the allegations short of giving the media what is expected…a confession of guilt. In our courts of law, the judge advises the jury to consider the evidence and return a verdict based on the weight of the evidence which tends to prove the accusations which the defendant on trial. In the court of public opinion, it seems that real evidence is of little importance as long as the prosecution is diligent is growing the allegations and claims. Herman Cain is simply left to prove that he is not guilty…no simple feat.


Sexual harassment has no place in a civilized society. No woman or man, for that matter, should ever feel coerced to do something or be exposed to something which they find unpleasant, especially in the workplace. That said, where do we draw the line on the true subject of “sexual harassment”? Given the discussions which have taken place in the past few weeks, it seems that harassment is anything that a person decides it to be. If Herman Cain holds his hand to his chin and says to a woman, “you’re about the same height as my wife,” suddenly he is construed as “sexually harassing” the woman whom he directs this remark toward. That is a big leap for me in either direction; his perspective or hers. Would the same conclusion have held true had the tables been reversed and the woman had remarked to Cain that he was about the same height as her husband and held her hand over her head.


There is something about this entire situation that smells like a kettle of rotting fish. Maybe it is because there is a close association of politics and politics on its best day is a dirty business. Credibility and ethics also come to the forefront for me. Based on my own experience, if I have suffered an injustice, I expect justice to be served both from my perspective and within the public view. It does not set that well with me to have someone stop by and apologize for the occurrence, offer me a few thousand dollars, and send me on my way but that seems to be the case here. Given these women are telling the truth and offering claims of substance, if they were so offended and felt so violated as to complain while on the job, why did they settle so easily for a bit of money and go along their way? Where was the justice they so desired at the time served? Could it be that someone might think that the Cain camp has money to spend for those purposes or have they tried it and failed? Cain could always say they did even if they did not…he's already been labeled as a untruthful...you get the drift?


Many companies have found out the hard way that the sexual harassment, or harassment in any form, is one hot potato when it goes into litigation. If the case goes to jury, most lawyers will cite the unpredictable nature of jurors in these cases who act more on their own emotions than the facts or evidence of the case. At the same time, the outcome can be overpoweringly expensive especially in the area of punitive damages if the claimant prevails in the case with the jury. Millions of dollars can be awarded on a simple alleged incident. Thus, there are many companies who investigate and attempt to salve these cases in house dispensing of them with some compensatory offer which is normally tied to a severance package for the person affected. News of this soon gets around and the number of claims escalates as the situation is looked upon as easy money. The down side of this situation is that those who are truly violated by harassment or those who are unwittingly accused of it are lost to the reality of seeing justice in their situation.


In the case of Herman Cain, from the perspective of the accusers, one eventually comes to the question of “Why now?” These incidents took place during Cain’s service with the National Restaurant Association and some of them were not settled or dispensed with until after his service term had ended. Cain was recused from the investigation of the matters since he was a high level manager and also the accused. While he should have been privy to the outcome or dispositions, the NRA elected not to inform him of their decisions. Certainly we must consider those facts as it applies to Cain’s explanation of the events over time. So, why now and not before when it comes to the accusers? Where were these accusations when Cain was running for the Georgia Senate seat in 2004? Where were these accusers when Cain was only a two percentage point factor in the GOP polling? It did not seem to matter then but now that Cain has become a top contender for the GOP nomination, all the hurt comes back and it matters. Now it is time to speak out? Do you smell those fish rotting yet? Who else might have some money to offer for these claims? When the accuser is for sale, the credibility of the testimony is in question.


Certainly there are people in political circles who would love to see Cain out of the race. Cain brings a new demographic to the conservative base. He is appealing to the black voter. He is representative that a man of minority can achieve success in America rising to the occasion in almost everything he has attempted. He demonstrates that black people can make their own opportunities and can be their own person owing no allegiance to any one for their success. He brings an element of independent thinking to all races in America who listen to his story and what he has to say. He turns the voter demographic upside down for both sides of the aisle. That makes Mr. Cain a very dangerous man with highly unpredictable political momentum. There are reasons on both sides of the aisle to want to find ways to brush him aside and stay with the status quo of American politics. His contenders in the GOP certainly see him as a viable contender for the nomination. The Obama camp sees him as a game-changer who may be extremely difficult to defeat once he achieves the momentum of the GOP nomination. The Obama camp wants to run against Romney, not Cain for the 2012 election. As long as Cain is a contender, there is a strong probability that Romney will not achieve the nomination.


On the basis of the latest press conference by Herman Cain, it appears that he is staying in the race and continuing to turn away the allegations which are offered. Those who want him out will continue to fan the fires of accusation in the hope that Cain supporters will dry up their campaign donations and force his campaign out of contention. There will be no sincere effort put forth to provide any proof but a continued onslaught of accusation and allegation with the hope that the court of public opinion will indeed convict Herman Cain.


The system in place in America walks a slippery slope which will eventually lead to more and more injustice. Accusations in workplace may soon lead to companies having policies which do not allow women to dress with any cleavage or the suggestion thereof exposed. That policy could go so far as to banning dresses in the work place or any other clothing which exposes flesh that could be associated with any suggestion of sexuality. For the time being, the focus is on men and much less on sexual innuendo brought on by women. That could change as the claims regarding harassment and the attempts to gain cash through settlements increases. At the same time, companies could also see men engaging in similar accusations with the same goals in mind. The desire and interest in extorting money is not gender based or biased. At present, we have a system which too often labels a woman who comes on to a man of power simply as a “gold-digger” though the man of power has done nothing to beg her solicitations. Conversely, if he rejects them, he can suddenly be the “accused” in a sexual harassment claim. The scales are out of balance and the perspective is askew.


As it stands today, the same media which blindly protected Bill Clinton and the many accusers which came forward during his election process is more than willing to assist in taking down Herman Cain. The primary difference is that he is a successful, conservative, black man and Clinton was a key component of the liberal fold to which the American media appears to subscribe on a broad basis. The American public is not blind to this contrast and hopefully will demand that Herman Cain receive his just due on the basis of evidence rather than allegation before he throws in the political towel.


There have been far too many cases of sexual-related issues on the left side of the aisle which the media has let slide if not defended in the past. Teddy Kennedy comes quickly to mind along with his nephew, William Smith. Ted’s escapade ended in the drowning death of a young woman and William Smith was accused of rape. Then there was JFK who had such a Camelot love affair with the press that he could have sex in the streets and it likely would not have been reported. The same held true for his JFK’s younger brother, Robert. Bill Clinton had women crawling out from under rocks from Arkansas to Hollywood and all of them were simply attacked and dismantled in the press as being something unworthy of his attention. Then there was Al Gore and his little quirks along with John Edwards who seemed to keep another woman staked out somewhere all the time and then solicited his loyal campaign workers to lie about it on his behalf. The pendulum swings hard to the right and cries for explanation yet swings back to the left without so much as a question. Such behavior questions the credibility and the intent of a free press in America.


Then there are the wreck-chasing lawyers who crawl from their high-dollar gutters to insert themselves into these media circus events decrying the misery that their clients have suffered yet providing no such evidence that anything took place or that the witness was ever determined to be credible. They do all of this pro-bono in the hopes that the publicity and face time in front of television cameras will expand their name recognition and gain them even greater fortunes. Gloria Allred certainly comes to mind when one thinks of these types. She wants to act as if she has compassion but and seeks only to promote and uphold justice when nothing could be further from the truth. In actuality, it is all about her and her own self-promotion in victimizing the victims she represents. Who says there is no opportunity in America?


Hopefully, whoever prevails in the current situation will do so because the true evidence is on their side. The truth is generally accepted to set us all free. If that truth becomes the downfall of Herman Cain, then so be it but let it be the truth that convicts him and not allegation and innuendo. If truth shines a light on the accusers which questions their credibility and motives, then the system is working for the good of all people. In the end, those who have been truly wronged deserve to be protected by the truth and the evidence as to the outcome. Those who seek only publicity and financial gain regardless of who gets hurt and how deserve to be cast in doubt and ignored in the court of public opinion.



© Copyright WBrown2011. All Rights Reserved. 11/09/2011


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Jed Fisher 5 years ago from Oklahoma

Loved the video!

Anyway, it's small wonder the employers who can, have outsourced all the jobs they can, not wanting to deal with all these sexual and sundry other charges that can sink a company with little more than an accusation.


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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

I wonder if it's a case of - "hmmmmm don't look over THERE....look over HERE!". You mention the timing so I was curious. I did do some research on this type of matter and one interesting thing I saw was that in the old days - sex did not enter politics (for instance Elanor Roosevelt had some wild habits that were not talked about or acknowledged)....now it's Clinton, Cain, Condit....a few other guys not worth mentioning:) but you know?


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The Scary Truth 5 years ago

It does create the perfect distraction, at just the right time. Free publicity


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Wayne Brown 5 years ago from Texas Author

@Jed Fisher...When I look at what companies put up with in terms of individual behavior in this country, it is a wonder we have any jobs and all...maybe we just aren't there yet. WB

@RealHousewife...As long as Cain is battling the media, Obama does not have to discuss his performance or the current situation. He just flushed his jobs bill because the money could not be directed to public labor unions who by the way don't rebuild the bridges in this country. He has refused to go along with putting the same money on a Canada-America oil pipeline project which would produce thousands of jobs along its path...but he wants to walk around belly-aching about the Republicans highjacking his efforts to save the couuntry. Even in the days of Bill Clinton, this country was never exposed to this much sleaze and falsehood...this man takes the prize hands down. The media would probably tell you that history is wrong...Eleanor never had affairs, she was coerced by sex-starved Republicans. WB

@The Scary Truth...Absolutely! Nothing like a good disaster to take away from the current disaster we have suffered with the election of Obama and his minions. WB


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Wayne Brown 5 years ago from Texas Author

@RealHousewife...Oh by the way, Kelly, just a question. Do you keep Gloria Allred's number in your rolodex for potential need. Do you find yourself wondering who contacted who? WB


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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

Hmmm...I guess I'm not sure how you mean? But that's the trouble of commenting sometimes WB;) lol. I know who Gloria Alred is (the big Attorney right? I hope I never need her! Omg!

Ohhh wait....you mean which of the parties is calling for a rep?


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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

Oh but btw WB - I think they shouldn't be allowed to do all the mud slinging - it's like working with a drama queen....we become so focused on the bad behavior that we aren't finding a solution to the real problem....and I could think of probably a thousand other things the govt should be doing. IDK? All that money being spent? Up and awesome....still thinking about it!


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Wayne Brown 5 years ago from Texas Author

@RealHousewife...My point is that it is quite doubtful this woman had Gloria Allred's number handy...more likely Allred contacted her and pushe for the deal on a pro bono...maybe with some promises if she would buck up and push. Yes, you are correct, the longer we talk about this stuff, the longer Obama gets a free ride on his record. These actions do double duty...whittles down the competition and keeps Obama out of the spotlight. Herman Cain may be guilty and he may but one thing is for sure, if he is not, he certainly is showing a willingness to go the mat, fight in the trenches, and dominate. It will take a person of that caliber to beat this dirty politics machine of of the Chicago-based Obama camp...Mitt Romney won't be the man for the job...that's for sure though Obama pray every night for that situation. The only better person to run against in his mind would be McCain! WB


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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

Ahhh ok I am sleep deprived and slow! Oh I have heard of that kind of ambulance chaser! Sorry I didn't put 2 + 2 together;). And I did think it was done to keep Obama out of the spotlight. Really I can't wait until he is totally out of the spot light!

Thanks for always taking the time to explain:) I can be so naive when watching the news! Then I see another side and it can change the whole picture.


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WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

Now we learn that all the accusations emanate from Obama's Chicago, where Cain has never lived, and one accuser rven lives in David Axlerod's building.

Interesting! :

http://www.anncoulter.com/


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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

At is an interesting bit of info Will - now who woulda thunk that?


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Wayne Brown 5 years ago from Texas Author

@WillStarr...That must be some of the dead fish I have been smelling in this deal. WB

@RealHousewife...To quote former Laugh-In comedian, Arte Johnson..."very interesting!" WB


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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

Oh and I meant to tell you I was the joker that marked it funny too because Dave and I burst out laughing at the end of the video:) lol. He used to be my boss:)


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drbj 5 years ago from south Florida

A very thoughtful hub, Wayne. The more I read and see and hear about all these harassment accusations about Cain, the more I smell a rat. A Democratic rat! When you know you cannot win over your opponent in a fair fight, then you fight a vicious unfair fight. And that is what's happening.

BTW, am I the only one who notices Allred's physical similarity to Pelosi? Just wonderin'.


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Phyllis Doyle 5 years ago from High desert of Nevada.

"The system in place in America walks a slippery slope which will eventually lead to more and more injustice."

True and sadly so, Wayne. I so admire the way you write and come forth with thoughts we all have but do not put in writing. Thank you so much for giving me and others the chance to wake up and see the injustice that is served out, not just to political candidates, but to every American individual. It seems to me that the media does most of the judging on matters like this long before all the truth is out.


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Wayne Brown 5 years ago from Texas Author

@RealHousewife...That video was a killer for me. I hesitated on using it then thought that it was perfect to make my point...we overthink too many things...like Perry's momentary forgetfulness...Geeez! WB

@drbj...I agree. I see this as more likely being an across the aisle venture rather than something between GOP candidates. Herman Cain can bring a lot to the match...a lot that Obama does not want to face in light of his poor record of performance. I understand these women are from Chicago...how quaint! WB

@Phyllis Doyle...Well Thank You, Phyllis. I don't want to downplay the seriousness of sexual harassment or brush it off as it applies to women. Justice should be served but if you walked away from your original position for the price of a few bucks, then maybe you didn't have much to complain about in the beginning. We need to sort between those things and truly bring justice to those who both want it and deserve it. This is not stated to protect Cain but to say that he too deserves a day in court as opposed to being tried in the court of public opinion on the basis of allegation. WB


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Wayne Brown 5 years ago from Texas Author

@drbj...Now that you mention it Doc, I see the resemblance...could be sisters. That doesn't make me like her any more! LOL! WB


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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

I thought the video was a great example and I wondered how you'd found one so perfect! We both were quite surprised a few times but it for sure validates your point! Lol


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dahoglund 5 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

As you note sexual harassment can be almost anything. I remember someone had a cartoon taped to the wall at work.It had a guY showing a piece of paper to a woman and saying"I'll have to have you sign this release form before I CAN COMPLIMENT YOU ON YOUR SWEATER."


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Wayne Brown 5 years ago from Texas Author

@dahoglund...You speak more truth than humor on this perspective...it could easily come to that. Greed and an easy ride make for some desperate people willing to toss pride and everything else aside to get a little money in hand. Thanks DA. WB


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Pamela99 5 years ago from United States

This is a very pertinent article as the timing is surely strange and it isn't to hard to put 2 and 2 together to know who initiated this scandal. Will Starr mentioned some facts. I think Obama might just be afraid of the race card. Dirty tricks and politics seem to go hand in hand. Gloria Alfred spells trouble all the time and how did a Chicago resident just happen to get a famous CA lawyer?


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Wayne Brown 5 years ago from Texas Author

@Pamela99...Aw come on Pam, don't you have Gloria's number? I figure she had scrawled it in lipstick in every public restroom in America. Too bad Johnny Cochran is not around to add a cute little cliche saying like..."we'll accuse and accuse until you lose." The public should be saying, "let's see the evidence not the allegation." Politics has always been a dirty business but Obama's crowd brings a new level of sleaze to it that is hard to stomach. WB


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Pamela99 5 years ago from United States

I couldn't agree with you more. He has also set race relations back at least a decade. I pray he doesn't win this election.

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