When I was a child and Walt Disney’s playground “Disneyland” was young and his television show was in full swing, one of my favorite imaginary destinations was his “Fantasy Land.” It was the place of castles, and fairy godmothers, where childish dreams really came true.
As I grew older and was no longer enchanted by the hope for sugar-plum outcomes to life’s real problems, I also came to realize that Fantasy Land was just an illusion, a fake destination that does not exist in the real world.
I never imagined that grown-ups, even successful looking and sounding adults, could live their waking hours in such a Fantasy Land, or in similar destinations of their own creation. But they most certainly do.
Take African American Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain for example. He doesn’t have as much chance as a snowball surviving in an inferno of ever becoming the Republican nominee. He has even less chance to ever be elected. But there he is everyday, prancing around the country declaring his fitness to be President, alongside the party’s other candidates, most of whom are also delusional.
But I’m singling out Herman Cain–who did a mediocre job as CEO of Godfather’s Pizza…he vowed to knock off pizza giants Domino’s and Pizza Hut, and only managed to fire thousands of workers, close hundreds of Godfather’s outlets, and leave the company in no better condition, way down in the top 10 of pizza chains, than when he slipped into its top job–because he must be psychotic, insane, stark, raving, mad to listen to some of the racist rhetoric from the mouths of his fellow Republican “leaders” and not think they’re thinking the same thing about him.
The dictionary defines psychosis as meaning a: “
fundamental derangement of the mind (as in schizophrenia) characterized by defective or lost contact with reality especially as evidenced by delusions, hallucinations, and disorganized speech and behavior.” That’s Cain alright. He says the right-wing Tea Party is not racist because many Tea Partiers support him. Yeah, and I’ve got some beach-front property in Arizona I’d like to sell him.
When his fellow candidate Rick Perry says of President Barack Obama–who like Cain is African American–that there is a “dark cloud” over the White House since 2009, does Cain think the same wouldn’t be said of him?
When Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) says that Pres. Obama–who graduated magna cum laude from Harvard Law School, after becoming the first Black President in the 194 year history of the school’s prestigious Law Review–is intent on “creat(ing) dependency because it worked so well for him,” because the president “got tremendous benefit from a lot of these (social dependency) programs,” does Cain think that people who read he got a master’s degree from Purdue University in 1971 conclude that he is any less a product of race-favoring-affirmative-action programs than magna-cum-laude-Obama?
I say that Cain’s silence in the face of the barrage of racial insults to the incumbent president, whom he seeks to replace, is prima facie evidence of either his insanity–characterized by defective or lost contact with reality as evidenced by delusions and hallucinations–or is evidence of a big time case of racial self-hatred, a la Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas.
Or maybe, in fairness to Cain, these racial insults are (in the current vernacular) emitted like “dog whistles,” on a frequency that only certain species (White racists), not ordinary, sane human beings can hear. But how can I hear the racial implications of the GOP slurs against President Obama, and Herman Cain cannot hear them? Hm-m-m.
I suppose that in order to continue to be a viable presidential candidate, in order to maintain is collegiality in the Presidential Candidates Club, Cain does not dare be a skunk at the garden party and challenge his fellow Republicans to cease and desist with their coded, racist, insults against Barack Obama, even though by implication, these insults apply equally to Cain and his Republican Party “fellow travelers,” Reps. Allen West (R-Fla.) and Tim Scott (R-S.C.).
Back in the day when Black Militants made statements which shocked “fair minded” Americans, “responsible” Black leaders were always called upon to distance themselves from the speakers and from their incendiary remarks. The same standard should apply to “responsible” White Republicans. Denounce the racist attacks!
Unless Herman Cain is really permanently living in that Fantasy Land which exists only in the Disney theme parks, he should be the first one to demand apologies and no more racist, anti-presidential rhetoric from his fellow Republican leaders.