Five Reasons for Herman Cain to Win the GOP Nomination
One of my closest friends always tells me, “I come to you for advice because you can make an argument for just about anything.” He’s typically talking about women. So he knows that if most people are telling him that he shouldn’t talk to a young woman, he can come to me and I’ll tell him why he should. I think that I have this trait within me that basically gives me the ability to disagree with people just for the sake of disagreeing either because I’m annoyed or just bored. The other day I was watching the television and a news story was showing about how Herman Cain had just passed Romney in the GOP presidential nomination polls. I thought to myself, like many Americans have said in the last few weeks, “Well, let me find out what this Negro is talking about.” I sat down at my computer and I didn’t finish it all in one day, but I spent about two days reading everything I could find on Herman. To be honest with you, I saw both sides, but I couldn’t help but think that one side was being a little rough on the guy. What bothered me the most was that the roughest side was from his own race, Black people. After I had read enough material on his platform and then read some analysis, I concluded, “I can make a case for why you should vote for Herman Cain.”
I’ll be honest with you, most people think the guy is stupid. If it’s one thing Black people will have to learn to stop doing, it’s to stop associating disagreement with a judgment on someone’s mental capacity. Herman Cain is well traveled and simply put a man who is a fool doesn’t make it to where Herman is without being intelligent. In my opinion, while most of America does not think he has the capability of completing a correct sentence or speaking for longer than three incorrect sentences before he has to stop and recharge, the man has made a few valid points. Take for example, the 999 plan, this is an excerpt from a conversation I had with friends:
“First and foremost, I refuse to listen to anyone tell me why the rich in this country are getting away with murder when they spend most of the month of February looking for things to write off on their taxes. Things they know they really do not qualify for, they are just trying to circumvent the system and pay less taxes. I cannot listen to you. Second, the tax system is flawed, it may fall under the category of a necessary evil, but if your taxes go up as you succeed in life, that’s just off. Last, but not least, the 999 plan in theory is a pretty solid theory. However, the problem is that when this plan is rolled out it will likely fail in reality. Now that’s an argument against it and for it.”
This is just one of the many points that Herman Cain makes that if Capitol Hill was able to execute properly would work, but no one has any faith that it can be done. I’m not here to argue about whether or not the 999 plan will work or not, all I’m saying is, he’s not dumb, most people just disagree.
In 2011, Capitol Hill is nothing more than a pissing contest amongst electing officials. I’m waiting for Americans to smarten up. We have elected officials who act like Bloods and Crips, think about it, they both justify doing wrong, because the other is doing wrong. At the end of the day, nothing gets done and the people they are charged with protecting are still suffering. Herman Cain eliminates the GOP’s ability to continue to do nothing. They will be forced to at least get something done once they have their President in the White House. Moreover, in order to win the Presidential election, they will have to show some competence in Congress leading up to the vote too.
For my more selfish reasons, I would offer that I believe in the concept of a backup quarterback. I think the biggest flaw on most football teams is that they don’t have a viable backup. I think about the Indianapolis Colts, they just never planned for the day Peyton may not be able to play. I also think of the Dallas Cowboys who can’t decipher whether the problem is Romo or the system because there is no viable backup option to try out. So here’s how this pans out; we’ll have the perfect backup plan. If Obama doesn’t win, which is highly unlikely, we’ll be forced to deal with the GOP candidate. Out of all the GOP nominees the only ones that I would support, IF I HAD TO, are Paul, Perry, and Cain. Paul is too old. Perry is one of those white people at your job who’s really smart, but he’s racist as hell and you know it. I can actually deal with a racist President I did that before. I’d rather know my President was racist than not know he was racist and he was doing racist stuff to me behind my back all the time. I don’t trust Romney for several reasons, mainly because he doesn’t always beat to the same drum as the rest of us. Also, he doesn’t have the support of his party, which scares me that we’ll have a President who continues to not get anything done. You know, I truly believe that Obama will win his reelection but the following President will be a Republican. It’s just history, in the last forty years we’ve had three Democratic presidents. I’m only half serious, but outside of Michelle Obama in 2016, I can’t think of a viable candidate for the Democrats in 2016. It’d be nice to hedge our efforts with a GOP candidate who was a Black guy.
Also selfish of me, I just want to see two Black men in the Presidential debate. I think that would be cool. I think about what Martin would have wanted and I think that an all-Black debate would have been in that dream. Regardless of whether you want to vote for Cain or not, you can agree that this would be a powerful moment. As it pertains to Cain the candidate, I also know that if he was to get to this point, Obama would annihilate him in a debate. A debate with two candidates who don’t have a whole lot of political experience will be based solely on popularity. If you put Obama up against some of these people with extensive political backgrounds, some of his flaws may end up highlighted to the American people.
This is my last and most sound selfish reason, in addition to a strong desire to keep racist White men out of the White House, I believe in this quote from the movie, Ides of March, “get down in the mud with the f*cking elephants!” Listen there’s a reason why America has only had three Democratic presidents in the last forty years, it’s because this is a game of chess not checkers. It doesn’t matter who’s wrong or right, it’s about who does it the right way. Herman Cain would make history, but he won’t beat Obama. Rick Perry and Mitt Romney have the potential to beat Obama. If really want to do Obama a favor, don’t give him $5, don’t ask all your friends if they’re voting for Obama, keep it real, are you going to be the Black guy who didn’t vote for Obama?… No, tell all your friends who live in open primaries to vote for Herman Cain and make the GOP have to start thinking about a contingency plan for the next four years. Many will say, “We’re not going to stoop to their level to win the Presidency.” We tried that before and you know what happened? George W. Bush. The cost is just too high to play fair. I’m down to play dirty if we don’t end up in two wars, a recession and children left behind.
What do you guys think? Have you had the chance to read up on Herman Cain? If so, what are some of your thoughts about him and his campaign?