Skip to comments.5 Reasons Hermain Cain is Unfit for the Presidency
Posted on 10/29/2011 11:38:28 AM PDT by bullypulpit
Herman Cain was on Fox News Sunday in May. When Chris Wallace asked about the Arab propaganda movement to give Palestinians the "Right to Return," Herman Cain indicated that he was ignorant of the propaganda intricacies of that policy. The entire duration of the Barack Obama administration has been openly hostile towards Israel. There is some indication that the 2012 election will not repair this travesty if Herman Cain is the Republican nominee. He's not smart enough on the issue to turn things around. And if you believe he'll hire smart people around him, look at his record of hiring loons to run his presidential campaign.
Cain's ignorance on the intricacies of Arab propaganda against Israel, particularly the so-called "Right to Return" reveals how little Cain is prepared to direct a conservative foreign policy. "Yes, but under but not under Palestinian conditions. Yes. They should have a right to come back if that is a decision that Israel wants to make . I don't think they have a big problem with people returning," Cain said. See video:
Appealing to the fringe right nativists, Herman Cain suggests that in order for a Muslim to serve in his administration, he will require them to take a "loyalty oath" to the United States. How will this go over in a general election? Transcript of Herman Cain on the Glenn Beck TV show on Fox News:
GLENN BECK: You said you would not appoint a Muslim to anybody in your administration.
HERMAN CAIN: The exact language was when I was asked, would you be comfortable with a Muslim in your cabinet? And I said, no, I would not be comfortable. I didnt say I wouldnt appoint one because if they can prove to me that theyre putting the Constitution of the United States first then they would be a candidate just like everybody else. My entire career, Ive hired good people, great people, regardless of their religious orientation.
BECK: So wait a minute. Are you saying that Muslims have to prove their, that there has to be some loyalty proof?
CAIN: Yes, to the Constitution of the United States of America.
BECK: Would you do that to a Catholic or would you do that to a Mormon?
CAIN: Nope, I wouldnt. Because there is a greater dangerous part of the Muslim faith than there is in these other religions. I know that there are some Muslims who talk about, "but we are a peaceful religion." And Im sure that there are some peace-loving Muslims.
(Source: The video below: )
On CNN, Herman Cain proposed a position on the Second Amendment (the federal right to bear arms). In an exchange with Wolf Blitzer:
BLITIZER: Lets talk about gun control. Do you support any gun control?
CAIN: I support the Second Amendment.
BLITZER: So you dont? Whats the answer on gun control?
CAIN: The answer on gun control is I support, strongly support, the Second Amendment. I dont support onerous legislation thats going to restrict peoples rights in order to be able to protect themselves as guaranteed by the Second Amendment.
BLITZER: Should states or local governments be allowed to the gun situation . . .
BLITZER: So the answer is yes?
CAIN: Yes. The answer is yes, that should be a states decision.
(Source: CNN Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer Oct. 18, 2011 .)
When confronted at a meet and greet after the Blitzer interview, Herman Cain refused to clarify his remarks that states can regulate guns, or impose gun control:
That the federal Constitution guarantees the right to keep and bear arms completely escapes Cain, as he stakes a position to the left of Al Gore, suggesting that state law should be allowed to override federal law if a state desired to ban all firearms. Herman Cain apparently isn't aware of the Supreme Court ruling in Supreme Court in McDonald v. Chicago. In this 5-4 decision, the court ruled that the Second Amendment applies equally to the federal government and to individual state governments.
In a May 2011 interview after the first Fox News Debate, Herman Cain said that terror suspect Anwar Al-Alwaki, an American citizen, should not be unilaterally assassinated by the CIA without due process, as Al-Alwaki was in a drone strike. "He should be tried as an American citizen," Cain said, emphatically. Here's the video:
Later, at the TeaCon conference in Chicago of Tea Party activists at the end of Sept. 2011, Herman Cain reversed his earlier declaration, in variance with the Fifth Amendment, and declared that he supported President Obama's drone strike to kill Al-Alwaki:
I will not delve deeper into the whole "was it Constitutional" argument. The point is that Herman Cain is clearly confused about the Constitution, and vagrantly flip-flops his positions depending upon his audience. Herman Cain sounds so Romney-esque. Or, rather Barney Fife-esque.
A common refrain of those supporting Herman Cain (neo-Constitutionalists) is that we all must "read our Consitution" and then they wave it in everyone's face. But when a so-called Tea Party leader named Herman Cain demands that his audience knows the Constitution, it helps if that leader actually knows what's in the Constitution.
Here is Herman Cain "educating" the masses on The Constitution:
"We dont need to rewrite the Constitution of the United States of America, we need to reread the Constitution and enforce the Constitution, Cain said. And I know that there are some people that are not going to do that, so for the benefit of those that are not going to read it because they dont want us to go by the Constitution, theres a little section in there that talks about life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness."
"Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness" is not in the Constitution, it's in the Declaration of Independence, a beautiful document in itself, but not binding law of the land. I won't link to the source. Google it.
Rino alert!Rino alert! But really, if 0 is qualified any dogcatcher is to.
Idiotic. Cain admitted he didn't know what it was. So what? He said he "went to school" and learned all about it. Did Perry know what it was? We'll never know. What we DO know is that Cain can actually speak the English language properly, make speeches without looking down at notes 100 times, and debate above a junior high school level. Perry fails at all three.
Or any other Kenyan for all that matters.
Perry supporters - doubling and tripling down on stupid.
The article above is a classic hatchet-job democrats often use to diminish those they fear most.
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Perry is an idiot. He introduced an excellent tax plan and then proceeded to kill his own message with the birth certificate distraction ("Trumps says it's not real, so I don't know"...."Uh, I meant to say there's no doubt Obama is a citizen"). Obama will eat this lame brain for breakfast. But Cain would eviscerate Obama in a debate. Man vs. Boy.
So Cain is anti-Israel, anti-Muslim, and Perry is pro-Israel, pro-Muslim?
Rino alert!Rino alert! But really, if 0 is qualified any dogcatcher is to.
Item 2 is a huge plus for me.
Islam is not a religion. It is a totalitarian political system that uses religion as a beard. It is anathema to Western ideas of individual freedom in general, and to our Constitution in particular.
Is Herman Cain, candidate for U.S. Senate, really just a guy who was born a poor black child, who then worked himself out of poverty into a smashing success as a CEO of Godfather's Pizza and other companies, and now he just wants to run to represent the people of Georgia in the U.S. Senate?
Not quite. Everything may be true up until the point where Herman tries to make himself out to be a humble candidate for U.S. Senate. After that point, the similarities between himself and Hillary Clinton become much clearer...and, they are not merely that both their first and last names start with an "H" and a "C".
Consider this timeline of events in Cain's life:
In 1995: In an interview with the Omaha World Herald (Date: September 10, 1995) Cain expressed no desire to move to Georgia, saying he "...'knows of no better place to live' and for his company [Godfather's Pizza] to be headquartered than in Omaha, Nebraska. 'And you can quote me on that,' Cain said."
In 1997: Cain backed Democrat Brenda Council's challenge to Omaha Republican Mayor Hal Daub, and, in the process, making Nebraska GOP leaders quite unsettled about his dedication to the Republican Party (Source: Omaha World Herald, December 14, 1998)
In 1998: From the December 14, 1998 edition of the Omaha World Herald:
"As far as me not running for Senate [in Nebraska], it's a final decision," Cain said Sunday. "But I am giving some consideration to running for the presidency [in 2000]. I probably will make my mind up by the middle of next year."
In 1998: From the October 5, 1998 edition of Nation's Restaurant News, with special emphasis by the PV on truly remarkable statements by Cain:
"The notion [to run for U.S. Senate in Nebraska] is a rush," Cain admitted. 'It's a very prestigious thing to conceive. But my motivation for running for Senate was not for the stature of being a senator, but because I wanted to make a difference on issues I feel passionate about.'
"After meeting with political consultants and past and present senators, Cain said he had determined that while he has very strong and distinct opinions about business-related matters, he is less clear-cut in his stances on social issues and was not ready to appease voters by taking stands on those issues.
"'Too many people in the electorate are single-issue voters,' he commented, 'and to try and cater to the single-issue voters and the single-issue pockets out there felt like I was compromising my beliefs. As an example, with the pro-life and pro-abortion debate, the most vocal people are on the ends. I am pro-life with exceptions, and people want you to be all or nothing.'
[Cain added] "I am not a social-issue crusader. I am a free-enterprise crusader."
In 1999: Cain contemplates running for President, even going so far as to establish the Omaha, Nebraska-based Citizens for Cain Exploratory Committee, and ends-up filing a statement with the FEC for "Cain for President, Inc." to run against George W. Bush (Source: FEC Website).
Here's some analysis from Louis Jacobson in the March 6, 1999 edition of The National Journal:
"If he runs, Cain says he will advocate market-oriented reforms of health care and Social Security, plus a simpler and fairer tax system. Each of these issues ranks high on the GOP's economic agenda.
"But unlike many in his party, Cain opposes school vouchers for private schools and backs efforts only to 'revisit,' not eliminate, affirmative action. He declined to give his position on abortion rights. In the primaries, Cain's moderate social stances could pose problems."
In 1999: When his own run against Bush fizzled, Cain endorsed Steve Forbes, who was (and, likely, still is) known to be quite moderate on the abortion issue and continued his anti-Bush campaign, saying that by electing Bush, Republicans will have "shortchanged ourselves as a party." (Source: Conservative News Service, July 1, 1999)
Year 2000: After moving to Georgia in early 2000, Cain becomes a Georgia voter. Cain finally gets around to registering to vote in Georgia on September 11th of 2000. (Source: Henry County Board of Elections)
Years 2000-2003: Cain demonstrates no partisan political activity in Georgia.
2003: Herman Cain becomes a Georgia Senate candidate. "Herman Cain, a 57-year-old businessman, motivational speaker and author is apparently entering the GOP primary, the fourth candidate to do so." (Source: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, May 29, 2003).
Where has Cain raised his funds?
The Center for Responsive Politics has released an analysis of fundraising in the Republican Primary for Georgias open U.S. Senate seat. It shows that Mac Collins and Johnny Isakson have only raised about 10% of their funds from out of state. By contrast, Cain has raised over 70% of his funds from out of state.
Of the top ten zip codes on Cains reports, only three are in Georgia. Others include Houston, TX, Paradise Valley, AZ, and Saint Joseph, MI. Also appearing twice is Omaha, NE.
The top ten zip codes in Isaksons report are all located in Atlanta, Marietta, Roswell and Alpharetta. Similarly, Collins contributors are heavily concentrated among the counties south of Atlanta that he has represented for years.
PV's Analysis: It is extremely ironic that for the latter part of the 1990s, Herman Cain considered himself quite the moderate on the abortion issue, going so far as to state that he was "pro-life with exceptions." Hmm...what exceptions? Could those exceptions be the same exceptions that Cain is currently flogging Isakson over?
In fact, we suspect that, until Cain entered the Senate race in Georgia and was told that he had to take these extreme stances on abortion, that he probably agreed 100% with Isakson's positions on abortion, and supported his votes.
But Cain, like so many other "do-anything-for-an-endorsement" politicians before him, agreed to modify his position for political expediency. We suspect that every day that Cain spends hammering Isakson on votes, Cain has to lock himself into a room and flog himself for those very same positions he held until he decided to sell-out his own moral views to fit the abortion views of the special abortion interests in this state.
We would be willing to bet some moolah that the fundraising by Cain outside of Georgia is from people who don't hold his political view on abortion, and, if they discovered the kind of race and the platform he was REALLY running on, they would not be giving him money (anyone in Cain's camp wanna pony-up to the betting table?).
The fact is, if the view on abortion by the GRTL ("Georgia Right To Life") is what you use to judge a candidate, then, seriously, Mac Collins has more consistently held that view for the last 10 years of his service in Congress than Herman Cain has for the last 1.5 years. That's right. One and one-half years. That's the only public record anyone has of Cain's stance on abortion that is significantly different from Johnny Isakson's.
It must be some sort of psychological trick that people like Cain play on themselves to cause them to become the most vocal and act the most self-righteous on an issue that they themselves are just as guilty of (if not more so because they are dishonest about it, both with themselves and with the public), than the target they are focused most on beating-up.
Cain is a charlatan on a number of Republican issues, as evidenced by the record of his own statements with the afore-mentioned newspaper articles, his support of Steve Forbes, and his slap at then-candidate George W. Bush in 1999.
He wasn't in favor of school vouchers in the late 1990s...how will he vote on them if a bill is presented in Congress?
He wasn't in favor of doing away with affirmative-action programs that treat one class of people special and discriminate against another class of people, so what WOULD happen if a bill was introduced in Congress on that issue? Hmmmmmm...
He accuses Johnny of being "pro-abortion" when he himself held those very same views not 4 years ago. Heck, Cain probably held those positions on abortion when he announced to run in 2003. It wasn't until his Washington, D.C. and Georgia consultants beat him over the head about how he had to position himself in Georgia if he wanted a shot at winning.
His track record of dabbling in the Nebraska senate race and in the 2000 presidential race reminds us a lot of people like Hillary Clinton who just want to be elected to anything from anyplace, just for the right to serve their own ego.
Again, if the GRTL's views on abortion match yours, then you should be voting for Mac Collins. Of the two endorsed by the GRTL, Collins has the longest, documented record of his abortion beliefs and is, therefore the one most intellectually honest about his position on abortion.
***Herman Cain sounds so Romney-esque. Or, rather Barney Fife-esque.***
Perry just lost North Carolina with that snarky!!!!!
Please the proper expression freely and often!
LOL... sounds like Cain is simply unfit for liberal consumption.
That’s exactly who we need for president.
Yessir, you know you’re over the target when...
Perry sucks. Check out how HELLBENT he was on Hispanic judges on high court with no appellate court experience. the Hispanic judge he appointed was eventuallyindicted for arson but then top attorney Deguerin got him off.
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