Cain’s Train Wreck
Texas Governor Rick Perry has got to be the worst candidate for the presidency that ever achieved frontrunner status in America’s history. Watching clips of this man’s debate performances were a combination of excruciatingly painful and side splitting comedy. The man has about as much intellectual curiosity as a stale fig newton. Paper bag sales should be off the charts down in Texas where the people actually voted this man into their highest office five times straight. Cowboy boots and a John Wayne vernacular can’t save this wayward tumbleweed. If people in Texas had any sense of humility they would hide their faces out of embarrassment. Mr. Perry should take his six shooter and hunt down all those people that encouraged him to run for President.
But not far behind had to be Herman Cain. I saw his interviews and I asked myself, “What the hell do people see in this man?” He was hypocritical and all over the map on many issues. He said he doesn’t think abortion should be legal but in the next sentence would say that it should be a choice. He said that there is no racism against minorities but cries racism because people want to know about his past. He said that people should blame themselves if they are not successful but then blames everybody else when his bid to become President began to unravel. He promised that he would be the champion of the institution of marriage, but then is besieged by a series of women who claim to have had a tryst with the former head of the National Restaurant Association.
While just about every politician has to deal with skeletons and explain their past, Mr. Cain simply said that everybody was lying on him and he was under an attack by the liberals who didn’t want to see a conservative black man become our next President. It’s funny, during those debates he shared the stage with a number of conservatives who didn’t want to see a conservative black man succeed the black man that was already calling the White House home.
Like a lot of conservatives running for office, Mr. Cain appeared to revel in his ignorance. He claimed he didn’t care to know foreign leaders in faraway lands. He didn’t even care to know the name of countries on the other side of the globe, invoking gibberish as a reference to a third world country that isn’t really important enough for him to know as President. He told us that in his presidency he will have people for that. It was his contention that the people weren’t electing him to read, they were electing him to lead. In Mr. Cain’s mind, it doesn’t make much sense to ask a leader to be knowledgeable and read about what happening in the world.
And if all of that isn’t enough to cause intense scratching of one’s head as one wondered what is so attractive about this conservative candidate, he declares that he’s the billionaire Koch brothers other brother from a different mother. Obviously it was a lame attempt to endear his self to wealthy men who use their largess to influence political races across the country. Mr. Cain might as well have grabbed a harmonica and tap dance a jig with a cheesing smile on his face like some black wannabe in an old Shirley Temple film.
The United States is experiencing precarious times. We are experiencing difficult times like just about the rest of the world. We don’t need leadership from people who refuse to read first hand what’s happening in the world and prefers to be ignorant. We don’t need world leadership from a man who refuses to learn the names of the other countries in the world. If I were to guess I would say that our leaders would be the type of people who were constantly learning and staying on top of issues and not having people on staff who will take care of that for him or her.
We need real leadership from people with real ideas and with real experiences with real ethics and morals and with a well understood sense of self and with a full understanding of the responsibilities that come with the job. The White House isn’t a place for somebody who talks about all the things twirling around in their head when asked a simple question about the country’s policies regarding a political hotspot in the Middle East. These days more than any other we need smart people at the country’s helm who have a clear understanding of domestic policy as well as foreign policy.
We don’t need people who can come up with catchy slogans and we don’t need people who wear their ignorance like a badge of honor. We don’t need common folk with obviously little interest in the bigger picture. The world is far more sophisticated than many of us will ever know. We don’t need your average Tom, Dick, or Harry employing their simple, scratch the surface understandings to things that require a lot of thinking. Today, the country and the world is a lot more complicated than it was just a few years ago.
So when a person who wants to be President is at a loss when asked a relatively simple political question, how do you think he or she will respond when they find themselves in the hot seat and the world is looking for leadership? That would be a train wreck just waiting to happen. I for one am glad that Mr. Cain got his wreck over with. Now if we can get some of the other candidates derailed, not just for the presidency but throughout our entire political system.