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Donald Trump, The 2016 Version of Herman Cain, A Self-Made Man: On the path to Destruction from the Sin of Hubris 
And Now It Is 2016
I THOUGHT I WOULD RESURRECT THIS PIECE ON HERMAN CAIN and draw analogies to a couple three candidates seeking the Republican presidential nomination in 2016. These of course would be Donald Trump, Dr. Ben Carson, and Carly Fariona. What is common between these four is that 1) they have no political experience, 2) they have rarely had to compromise in their day jobs, 3) none have domestic or foreign policy experience, 4) all have shot up in the polls and, except for Trump, have crashed (or are crashing) back down, 5) three have far-Right credentials and Trump pretends to, 6) at least Carson and Cain are dominated by their fundamentalist religion, and 7) none, from the outset. had/have a Chinaman's chance in hell of ever becoming President,
Another thing in common is an overabundance of Hubris. Save for Trump, who still leads the pack, this has brought them down. Why, for example, does Carson think that having a far-right political belief, being subordinate to an illiberal fundamentalist religion, and being a very smart and accomplished neurosurgeon made him qualified to run a country who don't share his Sharia-like fundamentalism, believe strongly in liberalism (meaning individual over state), know that compromise is the only effective way to get along? Why Hubris does.
Carly Fariona likewise thinks she can run a nation the way she ran Hewlett Packard; that she can dominate Congress the way she dominated her board and vice president. She thinks that gives her the chops to subdue Congress, not to mention understand and deal effectively with domestic and foreign policy crises. That is Hubris. AND THEN THERE IS TRUMP ...
The man for which the work Hubris was invented! Like his counterpart outsiders, he has no concept of what it takes effectively and efficiently (as possible) run an executive branch orders of magnitude and even more complex than his vaunted business empire that is prone to bankruptcy. He says he can hire smart people to help him understand the issues of the day ... but will he listen? Even if he does, he must come into the job with some understanding on how to govern and the basic background of what he will have to rule. More than the others, probably including Clinton and Sanders, he probably thinks his bombast, badger, and insult Congress to bend them to his will ... NOT. If "not" is the answer, then he will be useless as President, even harmful.
Then why is he leading from the get-go if conventional wisdom has it that he will flame out ... some day. I think it is because of the Yuge frustration the 20% of Americans who are hard core conservatives have with the system. They had to suffer under eight years of a black progressive President; six years under the hated Liberal Congress (even though the tea party owned the House); and two-years with their own in power doing what? Nothing, just like the previous six years. Well, the Democratic politicians can't get the conservative agenda done and even their own kind can't get it done either, sheesh! So, at the outset they turn to someone who sounds like they can put their ideas into practice and beat-up on the other guy while he is at it. In other words, they love Trumps Hubris (yes, I know it should be a small 'h', but I am making a point). They love his hyperbole and ad hominem attacks on everything not Trump; it fits their mood and style.
But what happens when it is time to caucus or vote in a primary? Will his army of right-wing authoritarian followers actually go to the polls or are the ones who would actually vote, supporting someone else? I personally don't think it is coincidence that his supporters have no problem accepting his hateful, racist, misogynist, bullying, insulting, hyperbolic. shallow, baseless rhetoric; they are kindred spirits and it leaves this sinking feeling in my stomach that a significant portion of America's population accepts this behavior as good and would want him as President of the United States.
Fortunately, that possibility is almost nil for he would have virtually every woman, Hispanic, black in America not part of his current cheering squad voting for Hillary (yes, I know, Sanders and O'Malley is running as well but they won't win either). Then add all the white, male Democrats and most of the white, make Independents and you probably have the largest electoral landslide in the history of the United States.
Hubris Strikes Again
IF YOU GO TO Wikipedia, you find under HUBRIS the following:
"In ancient Greece, hubris (ancient Greek ὕβρις) referred to actions that shamed and humiliated the victim for the pleasure or gratification of the abuser. The term had a strong sexual connotation, and the shame reflected on the perpetrator as well. It was most evident in the public and private actions of the powerful and rich. The word was also used to describe actions of those who challenged the gods or their laws, especially in Greek tragedy, resulting in the protagonist's fall."
Today, Herman Cain is the latest example of the destructive power of Hubris! More current definitions go like:
"extreme haughtiness, pride or arrogance. Hubris often indicates a loss of contact with reality and an overestimation of one's own competence or capabilities, especially when the person exhibiting it is in a position of power."
Yep, still sounds like Herman Cain to me ... and thousands upon thousands of other powerful men, and more recently, women; it goes with the territory don't you see. I don't excuse what Herman Cain probably, yes, I say probably, did, but, at the same time, I am not surprised; as I said, it comes with the territory. Can't you picture President Clinton wagging his finger at you as he denied having sex "with that woman"?
It is just a fact that is supported by tons of empirical evidence that shows the more successful and powerful you become, regardless of your sex, the more likely you are to commit sexual harassment and/or sexual assault. Generally, if you are one of the ones guilty of these actions, you often 1) don't think what you are doing is wrong, 2) the person you are doing it to actually wants it or entices you to do it, 3) the victim deserved it, and/or 4) you will never be caught; I suspect 1, 2, and 4 are mostly the case. This is why I say it is "probable" that Herman Cain is guilty of what these five (so far) women say he has done; if he didn't, then all four victims and the three corroborating witnesses must be lying, not likely.
Herman Cain Flubs His Denial Speeches
LYING ABOUT HIS previous sin. I say this because in Herman Cain's case, he lied regardless of whether the allegations against him are true or not. In the first days of the scandal Cain lied at least three times as he tried to minimize his involvement in this affair. First, he said he "wasn't aware of a settlement", then he said something like "yes, he knew there was a settlement of some sort but didn't know the particulars because he wasn't involved in it", then he said, to paraphrase, " I think maybe she got some sort of wage settlement, maybe a half-year's or year's salary, and finally he admitted to signing an agreement with the Restaurant Association.
Brings back memories of Clinton all over again and is absolutely characteristic of those caught in these philandrist situations, think, most recently, Congressman Wiener. I cannot think of anyone in the news in recent times who has not acted in the same manner as our Herman Cain when faced with the same allegations; maybe not with the same flamboyance, but certainly with same certainty of denial. If I am not mistaken, all but one, the WBO President, later confessed and resigned.
CAN HERMAN CAIN survive? Doubtful. Up to the time that victim number four hit the airways putting the first name and face to the scandal, Conservatives seemed to be in a forgiving mood and were either believing Herman or forgiving him the indiscretions of a younger man. Much talk among the Conservative ranks centered around blaming the victims.
Cains numbers remained steady, more or less. if it had ended there, he might have survived. But with the appearance of a very articulate, Conservative woman who is taking no money for her story and is represented by an attorney pro bono who alleges a specific act that borders on sexual assault and gives her name and face to the story, all bets are off.
No polls have been taken yet, bet if Conservatives forgive Herman Cain this transgression, then I think the credibility of Conservative values come into question and will be looked at by Independents very negatively.
UPDATE - DECEMBER 3, 2011
AFTER A FIFTH WOMAN STEPPED forward (shades of Bill Cosby) to announce a 13-year extra-marital affair; Herman Cain announced today that he is suspending his bid for the 2012 Republican nomination for the President of the United States.
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