Skip to comments.CBS News Column: 3 things I love about Herman Cain's campaign
Posted on 06/05/2011 5:16:06 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
Here are just a few things I love about Herman Cain and by love I mean that I find them fascinating and worthy of study.
(1) Cains campaign is a reminder that black political ideas are complex and multi-layered.
I became fascinated with the political history and contemporary manifestations of black conservatism while writing my first book, Barbershops, Bibles, and BET: Everyday Talk and Black Political Thought. In it I argue that it is ahistiorical to dismiss black conservatives as race traitors laboring under self-serving, false ideology. Conservatism has deep roots among African-Americans. It appeals to self-help, views the state as overly intrusive, and believes free markets are non-discriminatory. Black conservatism stresses that political strategies are inferior to efforts for economic empowerment for addressing racial inequality. These tenets echo Tea Party rhetoric, but among black Americans this form of conservatism is typically, especially racial.
(2) Cains campaign is keeping it real.
Log onto Herman Cains 2012 campaign website and youll find these words Lets Get Real. Getting real has an interesting double meaning that reflects the Tea Party crowd but also draws on a now-dated black youth phraseology emphasizing the importance of racial authenticity. In Cains campaign video he reminds us that his grandparents were slaves and declares that he is now running for president: Isnt America great?! Cain is doing two things here. He is extolling American triumphalism and suggesting that the nation has conquered its ugly, racist past. Thats for the Tea Party. But he is also reminding us that Barack Obama is not, after all, descended from American slaves. Thats for the black viewers.
(3) Cains campaign reminds us of the danger of simplistic racial arguments.
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Anybody notice what I’m noticing about this CBS Column?
What ONE SINGLE ISSUE is first and foremost in the author’s mind as she extols Herman Cain’s candidacy?
These MSM writers can’t really get pass skin color.
“... it is ahistiorical to dismiss black conservatives as race traitors laboring under self-serving, false ideology.”
On the other hand, it is perfectly accurate to say black political leaders such as Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson are race traitors, reaping financial reward by selling their congregations to a self-serving, false ideology.
I must be seeing things. This is the second positive article about a conservative candidate from CBS on the same day.
You’re right on the money.
We conservatives are post-racial.
Non-racial. Race means nothing to
us because we don’t care about playing
the race card. We believe the individual’s
fate is NOT somehow tied inextricably to his
Anyone can accomplish anything in our
thinking. The leftist needs non-whites
to have permanent grievances against anyone
who does not require society to be permanently
rearranged in the socialist mold by using
the “intellectual” argument about structural
racism in society. Even in their praise.... !!!!
born December 13, 1945 in Memphis, TN (Meets the Jus Soli Requirement)
Luther Cain Jr., born March 16, 1925 in TN, died March 29, 1982 in Atlanta, GA
Lenora Davis, born July 27, 1925 in GA, died August 20, 2005 in Atlanta, GA
Both parents were US Citizens at the time of his birth (Meets the Jus Sanguinis Requirement)
Herman Cain is a NATURAL BORN CITIZEN
Barry Soetoro aka Barack Hussein Obama ISN'T!
One can disagree vehemently with Cain, but it is tough to claim that he is not authentically black.
Melissa H-P is terrified that Cain is gonna play "Blacker Than Thou" with Obama. (and win).
So, being a racer, she suggests:
In order to meaningfully confront Herman Cains use of racial authenticity claims and his insistence that his candidacy proves the Tea Party is not racist requires far more complex racial understandings than we have been offered in recent years.
I suggest that we do away with all blacker-than-thou arguments about who does and does not get to be really black or black enough. Engaging in these life-experience-authenticity-litmus tests allows us to imagine that biography determines political solidarity. Herman Cain is a reminder that it does not.
Further, we need to bury, once and for all, the idea that racism is primarily about saying mean or unflattering things about black people, and specifically saying mean or unflattering things about President Obama.
Or, to put it another way, all of that playing the race card is gonna come back and bite the racers.
is it possible an individual, no matter how bright or talented, that has never held any elective office could be seriously considered for POTUS?
Hoover and Taft did not serve in the military, nor did they hold elective office before being President.
RE: is it possible an individual, no matter how bright or talented, that has never held any elective office could be seriously considered for POTUS?
I can’t see why not.
If the criteria of having held elected office were so important, why was it not placed in the constitution by the framers?
As for having held elected office being a big deal, let’s ask ourselves what KIND of elective office our present President held prior to entering the White House...
1) A community organizer who became a state senator (a term he did not finish ).
2) A 2 year Senator representing his state where he voted “present” on the most crucial issues.
I’d take someone with the following experience over this president:
1) CEO of two large companies, both of which he turned around from bankruptcy to make profitable.
2) Chairman (199596) of the civilian board of directors to the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City.
3) Someone with experience working in the US Navy.
4) CEO of the National Restaurant Association.
5) A Talk show host and syndicated columnist.
I think he worked FOR the Navy, not IN the Navy, but maybe I’m wrong.
“Cains campaign is a reminder that black political ideas are complex and multi-layered.”
If I were black I’d find this statement rather offensive.
It’s ostensibly pro-Cain, but her analysis near the end (that “anti-racism” means supporting liberalism, more or less) is wrong, as is the notion that white conservatism relies on racial animus.
That said, Cain’s getting her attention and will get the attention of others.
It’s starting to look like it...