Herman Cain to the Unemployed: You’re Losers.
06 October 2011
With the Occupy Wall Street movement growing and spreading to other cities, attacks of the movement have started to be voiced by the GOP. One such attack came from presidential candidate Herman Cain, who remarked that "if you don't have a job and you're not rich, blame yourself!" His slur doesn't make any sense considering the movement is not comprised of, or speaking for, only the poor and jobless. That's why they are calling themselves 99 percenters. It isn't a surprise that Mr. Cain, a one percenter, doesn't understand what the movement is about, but it is disturbing. Even more disturbing, however, is his willingness to levy insults at a sizeable portion of this country's citizens. While a presidential candidate can hold any ideological position they choose, they must still strive to represent all of us, not just the ones they like.
Cain isn't the only one attacking the movement. Paul Broun (R-GA) called the movement an "attack upon freedom." As a Tea Party member, Mr. Broun is supposed to have a strong belief in the Constitution. Evidently his version of the Constitution is a modified one that says something other than "We the People." That would seem to be the only way to explain how he could consider American citizens protesting peacefully to be an "attack upon freedom."
Multi-millionaire Mitt Romney, not wanting to miss an opportunity to attack Americans who are not as rich as him, called the movement "class warfare." He may be right, but if he is, the Occupy Wall Street protestors didn't start it—they are simply starting to recognize it for what it is.
Representative Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX) spoke on the house floor today condemning the statement made by Herman Cain, and said she would continue to do so anytime a presidential candidate made a "statement of insult to the American people." She suggested that Mr. Cain should try to "understand the common man and stop being so high and mighty," then concluded by telling him to "get a grip and understand what America is all about."