Candidate Cain: Not a ‘Brother’s Keeper’

Herman Cain

Herman Cain is a candidate for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination.

Herman Cain is African American.

Like at least a dozen other prominent Republicans including former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich and Texas Rep. Ron Paul, Cain will not be on the GOP ticket, either as the nominee, or as the vice-presidential running mate. It just won’t happen for Cain this time around.

No matter how well he does in polls, debates, and even in Republican primaries, in the final analysis he’s going to be out of luck this season.

Cain may already realize his limits and may have come to peace with the reality of his unavoidable demise, but like all candidates in all electoral contests, he must play out the string, until the votes are counted before conceding the inevitable.

Cain says his prominence in conservative Republican circles proves that the Tea Party–where he draws strong support and where his extremist rhetoric is commonplace–is not racist. But one day, at the Republican National Convention, or maybe even long before then, a racial calculus will be taken into account, and the Party big wigs will surmise that a Black man cannot be on the GOP ticket (not even as the VP nominee) in 2012. Not if the Party wants to win the election.

As an aside, no matter how well Minnesota Rep. Michelle Bachmann does in the polls, debates, and even primaries, a woman will not be on the top of the 2012 Republican ticket. Not if the Party thinks it can win the election. And after Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin’s vice presidential candidacy in 2008, there is no reason for a woman in the Number 2 spot this time.

Back to candidate Cain. In 1984, the Rev. Jesse Jackson won millions of votes from Black as well White folks and it seems that the hopes of Black people everywhere hung on whether or not he would win, or at least be treated fairly by the Democratic Party in that ultimately hopeless contest for him. I wonder who will be disappointed when Cain is inevitably kicked to the curb in this cycle. Will any sizeable number of Black folks cry when Cain’s status is made clear? I wonder.

Cain’s rhetorical solution to America’s debt crisis is unremarkably typical of conservative politicians: cut or eliminate every government program that is not nailed down. Military spending IS nailed down. Part two of the Cain plan is: fire every government worker not wearing a military uniform. It’s simple.

That’s what Cain did when he took over as CEO of the Godfather’s Pizza chain, vowing to unseat Pizza Hut, Domino’s and Papa John’s. He closed hundreds of Godfather’s franchises and fired thousands of workers, and he claimed he restored the company to profitability. Godfather’s is still no better than No. 10 in the pizza wars, but that was so-o-o long ago now and besides, who’s counting?

Cain is a knee-jerk, reactionary about Muslims. He has foolishly said he would not have a Muslim in his Cabinet. Big deal. In the 220-plus-years since the U.S. Constitution was adopted, has there EVER been a Muslim in the Cabinet of ANY U.S. president? In trying to get the stuff he stepped into on this issue off his shoe, Cain clarified his stance, saying he would make certain any potential Muslim appointee was loyal to the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution, although he would not have that same litmus test for adherents to other faiths. Why would any Muslim want a job in a Cain administration?

How duplicitous and two-faced can a presidential candidate be? Has Herman Cain ever read the U.S. Constitution? If so, what did he think when he read Article VI, paragraph 3? To wit: “…The Senators and Representatives before mentioned, and the Members of the several State Legislatures, and all executive and judicial Officers, both of the United States and of the several States, shall be bound by Oath or Affirmation, to support this Constitution; but no religious test shall ever be required as a qualification to any office or public trust under the United States.”

Mr. Cain: the Constitution says plainly, and unequivocally: “…no religious test shall ever be required as a qualification to any office or public trust under the United States.” Period! This has been interpreted to mean that no federal employee, whether elected or appointed, career or political, can be required to adhere to or accept any religion or belief. Period.

Silly man. Herman Cain does not deserve to himself take an oath to uphold the Constitution he does not even comprehend. He does not deserve the Republican presidential nomination. He will not receive it. End of story.

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