Herman Cain - The Democrat's Worst Nightmare
Who is Herman Cain and why is he running for President? That is the question I asked myself in January of this year when I heard Mr. Cain had formed an exploratory committee for a possible presidential campaign for the Republlican nomination in 2012. I decided to do some research to find out just who this man was and why would I even consider voting for him.
Herman Cain is an African-American businessman, political activist, columnist and radio talk show host from Georgia. He is the son of a chauffeur and a maid. He attended historically black Morehouse College, earned a master's degree from Purdue University and worked as a mathematician in ballistics for the Unites States Department of the Navy before entering the business world. He worked at Coca-Cola, Pillsbury and Burger King before becoming CEO of Godfather's Pizza. He turned this failing company around in about 14 months.
Mr. Cain became a member of the board of directors to the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City in 1992. He served as its deputy chairman from 1992 to 1994 and chairman from 1995 to 1996. He resigned in 1996 to become active in national politics.
On May 21, 2011, Cain officially announced his candidacy before a crowd of over 15,000 fans in Atlanta's Centennial Olympic Park by saying, "I'm running for president of the United States and I'm not running for second." He blasted President Obama over the high unemployment rate, the nation's growing debt and high gasoline prices.
Cain is the fourth Republican and the first African-American to officially enter the GOP race for president. Mr. Cain does not embrace the concept of "African-American." He has stated, "When people try to label me, I very quickly point out that I am an American first, black second, and I'm a conservative. So, I'm an ABC."
He is given virtually no chance of getting the GOP nomination by the news media and political experts. He didn't even show up in a Gallup Poll in April. However, according to one focus group Cain won the first GOP presidential debate held on May 5th in South Carolina. He was given high marks for his straightforward answers during the debate. Now he is one of the leading candidates in the latest Zogby poll.
I believe the Democrats are more afraid of candidates like Sarah Palin, Michelle Bachman and Herman Cain. They are not the normal middle of the road candidates like Mitt Romney or Newt Gingrich. They appeal to the average working American who has grown tired of the mess that comes out of Washington. The political pundits will say that they don't have a chance, but who gave Barack Obama a chance in 2007. Did anyone think he could beat the Clinton machine?
Mr. Cain believes in "common sense" solutions to America's problems. He admits he doesn't have the answer to everything. "As president, one may not make all the correct decisions, but you improve your success rate if you make decisions based on as much of the right information and advice as you can get," he says. "Maybe President Obama has just been getting bad advice. If so, he didn't surround himself with the right people." He has admitted that there are some holes in his foreign policy knowledge, but he's said he'd appoint and listen to the best experts to make decisions if he were elected president.
Cain supports the repeal of Obamacare. In fact, it was Mr. Cain who helped defeat the health care plan of President Bill Clinton and First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton. He actually got his start in the political arena when he argued with President Clinton over the Democrat's health care plan at a 1994 town meeting. "On behalf of all of those business owners that are in a situation similar to mine," asked Cain, "my question is, quite simply, if I'm forced to do this, what will I tell those people whose jobs I will have to eliminate?"
Mr. Cain was a senior economic advisor to the Dole/Kemp presidential campaign is 1996. The late Jack Kemp praised Cain and once describe him as having "the voice of Othello, the looks of a football player, the English of Oxfordian quality and the courage of a lion."
Cain thinks economic growth can happen by putting policies in place that have less legislation, less regulation, lower taxes and are more business friendly. He is in favor of lowering the corporate tax rates from 35 to 25 percent and eliminating the capital gains tax. He also supports the elimination of the estate tax. He is an avid supporter of the Fair Tax, which would replace all federal personal and corporate income tax with a national sales tax.
Mr. Cain thinks that the United States has become an "entitlement society." He thinks that the welfare system tends to make people more dependent rather than less dependent. I agree with him and strongly believe in a "hand up" from government instead of a "hand out."
It's true that Herman Cain has not held an elected position in government. His opponents will try to paint him as an inexperienced candidate. However, Mr. Cain already has a great response to this attack: "Everyone in Washington has held public office before. How's that working out for you?"
The democrats, especially the black leaders, will say he is out of touch with the black communty. Some will call him a "sell-out" or an "Uncle Tom." Most blacks are democrats and have been for almost 50 years. Why? A majority of blacks are social conservatives, especially on issue like abortion and same-sex marriages. I personally think it is not good for the black community to put all their trust and faith in one party. I urge them to listen to Mr. Cain and give him a chance. Just think about it ... are you better off with Obama in the White House?
Finally, will America elect another black president this soon? Why not? The first 43 presidents were all white. Besides Mr. Cain is a "real black man." We were fooled by Obama. Electing Herman Cain might gives us the hope and change we thought we were getting in 2008. Maybe, we could finally begin to get over the "race issue" and come together as a nation.
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