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Herman Cain and Racial Politics…

October 29, 2011 by  
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(ThyBlackMan.com) If there’s one thing I admire about Herman Cain — and truth be told, there is only one thing I admire about Herman Cain — it’s his chutzpah.

That, as the great Leo Rosten observed, is the kind of gall it takes to murder your parents and then throw yourself on the mercy of the court because you’re an orphan. To borrow a phrase that others have used to demean President Barack Obama, Cain’s is the audacity of hype.

It’s what makes this previously little-known African-American businessman such a great political con man. He has used it to leap to the top of the Republican presidential heap for several weeks in a row, even though he has no previous electoral experience and few discernible qualifications. When you look beyond the smoke and mirrors of his campaign, it’s simply a scam.

To start with, although Cain touts his reputation as a problem-solving businessman who turned around the Godfather’s Pizza chain and claims to be a Washington outsider, the truth is anything but. In fact, he first attracted the attention of right-wing political activists during the late 1990s as a savvy lobbyist for the National Restaurant Association, where he fought against such restrictions on American freedom as smoking bans in restaurants, tougher drunk-driving laws and increases in the minimum wage. He was so connected that former Secretary of State Colin Powell once actually stopped his car, jumped out and gave Cain a hug right there on the street. You can’t be more of an insider than that.

Then there’s the contrast between Cain’s carefully cultivated image as a humble but highly effective manager and the chaos and egomania that reportedly characterize his campaign. According to the New York Times, Cain’s staff was taken aback by an email with this admonishment for when they travel in a car with Cain: “Do not speak to him unless you are spoken to.” How’s that for being aloof? If Cain can’t even run his campaign, how could he hope to manage the nation?

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3 Responses to “Herman Cain and Racial Politics…”
  1. Sho says:

    I was sort of shocked to see that there is a website dedicated to um…ideas based on…um…skin color.

    I look forward to the day when a website like this is about as important as an All-White newsblog. Because as shocking as it may sound, it is not proper to judge yourself or others based on SKIN color. Actually, it’s quite insane.

    Herman Cain is one of the first individualists who happens to be what some people call “black” to stand up as just that–and individual. And not part of some mamoth, racist group of people. I’m sad that Americans are so racist, but they are and those with dark skin seem to be at the forefront of these ridiculous ideas, more often than not.

    When you can look in the mirror and see a man, and not care what your neighbor thinks…you will be that man, for the first time. Until then, you’re just a member of a tribe, a collective, a group and never to be able to stand on your own feet. This goes for all forms of tribalism, not just those associated with skin tone.

    “Racism claims that the content of a man’s mind (not his cognitive apparatus, but its content) is inherited; that a man’s convictions, values and character are determined before he is born, by physical factors beyond his control. This is the caveman’s version of the doctrine of innate ideas—or of inherited knowledge—which has been thoroughly refuted by philosophy and science. Racism is a doctrine of, by and for brutes. It is a barnyard or stock-farm version of collectivism, appropriate to a mentality that differentiates between various breeds of animals, but not between animals and men.

    Like every form of determinism, racism invalidates the specific attribute which distinguishes man from all other living species: his rational faculty. Racism negates two aspects of man’s life: reason and choice, or mind and morality, replacing them with chemical predestination.”

    Hope that Herman becomes President, while I don’t agree with him on all things, he’s probably the first real American to run in a very, very long time.

  2. Nicholas says:

    Whoever, the author of this piece is he, she or it said all there is to say about Herman Cain. There will be no more resposes after this.

  3. hacimo says:

    I see you are still shucken’ down on that plantation. Open your eyes!

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