Skip to comments.Herman Cain at CPAC: We Are Fighting Back
Posted on 02/12/2011 7:41:54 PM PST by justsaynomore
The halls of CPAC have echoed with the crossfire of potential candidates telling each other they cant possibly win the White House. Herman Cain, former CEO of Godfathers Pizza and the Godfather of Long Shots, has said he enjoys being told he cant win, because it leads his opponents to underestimate him. He was a formidable presence when he took the stage on Friday.
Other people talk or shout from the stage, but Cain sings. He doesnt deliver lines to them like Mitt Romney, or feed off their energy like Donald Trump. He belts out the music of his vision, and invites the audience to sing along, or at least tap their feet to his rhythm. Where others talk about their belief in America, Cain loves to talk about the America he believes in. He mentioned he has lived on this Earth for 65 years, but when he sings of America, he loses fifteen years in the blink of an eye.
He sees that great nation smothered beneath too much regulation, legislation, and taxation. (Cain has a predilection for grouping things in threes.) He denounced a regulatory burden that drops $10,000 in compliance cost on businesses for every employee they hire, and found it sad, but not surprising, that they dont hire more people.
Cain would alleviate that burden by repealing ObamaCare, which he pronounced an absolute disaster. Not one to fool around with half measures, he said the only way to fix our messed-up tax code is to throw it out and put in a whole new system, by which he meant the Fair Tax, a simple national sales tax he has long advocated as a substitution for our immensely complex and depressing tax code.
He proposed three things we have to do to get this nation off the wrong track, and onto the right track. (Another trinity!) First, he wants us to stay informed, because stupid people are ruining America. He praised knowledge as our greatest weapon in this fight, and Is convinced that mediocrity is not in Americas DNA.
Second, Cain asserted, we should stay involved. He recounted various attempts to intimidate him into silence. Although he is black, some of these attempts have included charges of racism, because if you disagree with a liberal you must be a racist, no matter what color you are.
In Cains opinion, youre not a racist for disagreeing with liberals youre a patriot! He has particular disdain for those who insist all criticism of Barack Obama is based in racism, because if we cant criticize our leaders, we have become a nation of tyranny and that will not happen on our watch.
Third, he encouraged Americans to stay inspired. Cain has such a wealth of inspiration himself that hes just giving it away. He says his inspiration comes from God, and my father and mother, and can be readily shared by anyone willing to believe in God, yourself, and the greatest country in the world. He holds a quote from the great scholar Benjamin Mays as his motto: It is not a calamity to die with dreams unfulfilled, but it is a calamity not to dream.
He is angry about the damage done to America by the Obama Democrats, but undaunted by the magnitude of the challenge ahead. Patriots dont get tired, they get energized, he explained. The citizens movement of the Tea Party is real, and its not over yet. He cautioned that the Left wants you to believe we cant complete the journey of taking back our government, but declared we are fighting back. Despair is the currency of the statist, and the barbed hook affixed to the chain of dependence. Cleansing despair from our culture is, therefore, a high priority item on the Cain agenda.
He relishes a spirited debate, and offered his audience a little seminar on dealing with the three most common liberal tactics of shifting the subject, ignoring the facts, and name-calling, which he bundles together with the acronym SIN. (Another trinity!)
Most importantly, Cain urged conservatives to take responsibility for fixing the problems around us, instead of just complaining about them. He told the story of seeing his granddaughter for the first time, a dozen years ago, and asking himself, What can I do to make this a better world for her? He learned that when your children are born, you focus on the future of your family, but when your grandchildren are born, you focus on the future of the nation. Inspiration is the gift of possibility, and when Herman Cain fills a hall with his musical voice, many unlikely things seem possible.
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Video: Herman Cains speech to CPAC
posted at 10:00 am on February 12, 2011 by Ed Morrissey
If you watch one speech in its entirety, this may be the one to choose. Herman Cain, so far the only declared candidate for the GOP presidential nomination, stole the show yesterday with his speech in the late afternoon. People left the ballroom saying that he moved them to tears. Whether one thinks that Cain has a chance of making inroads for the nomination or not, there is no doubt at all of Cains value to the conservative movement. In this speech, Cain delivers a stirring stemwinder, reminding people to stay informed, stay involved and ruffled some feathers by telling CPAC that stupid people are ruining America:
Cain said that the American Dream is being attacked by what he calls the -ations legislation, regulation, and taxation. He continued that Republicans need to repeal and replace health care reform, and also throw out the messed up tax code and replace it with a new system.
The objective of the liberals is to destroy America, he Cain continued, but if you can get a liberal to engage in an intelligent in the first place, ask them to strip away labels.
Like, for example, Cain said, when liberals call anyone who disagrees with Obama a racist.
They call me racist too just because I disagree with a President who happens to be black, he continued. He told the crowd: You are not racists you are patriots.
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I like them both!