It’s not difficult to see why Herman Cain has risen in the electoral polls. He clearly states principles that Republicans believe, and he does it without hesitation and without remorse. If you don’t love Herman Cain, you’re probably neither a Republican nor a conservative. But the big question is whether he should be the Republican nominee for President.
Mr. Cain has a marvelous story to tell. While some Blacks were pointing fingers at others for their woes, Cain put his head down and worked his way through college and up the corporate ladder. Even though America was still shaking off the effects of segregation, he didn’t blink nor place blame elsewhere. He just succeeded. He did it by hard work and commitment to his family, including his wife of 43 years, his two children and his three grandchildren.
Over the course of his life, he developed a conservative philosophy based on freedom, enterprise, and diligence – and that is why the left fears him so. As a Jewish Republican, I have experienced vitriol from Jewish “elites” very similar to the rage-filled derision that Mr. Cain is receiving from “leaders” of the Black community. And it is precisely this hatred from the welfare-state establishment in the Black community that motivates intelligent Black conservatives – such as Justice Clarence Thomas – to develop clarity of philosophy, and to express the principles of liberty and limited government so clearly. Now Mr. Cain has a megaphone those brilliant Black conservatives -- such as Thomas Sowell, Walter Williams, and Larry Elder -- have never possessed.
Because Cain has lived and mastered the capitalist system, he actually understands how it works. He is articulate, charismatic, and can express fundamental economic concepts in a likeable way. His opinions about the Occupy Wall Street protesters are incisive, cutting, and accurate, and he makes it very clear that they should really be marching on the White House. He accuses the left of being anti-American, poisoned by a death wish to destroy the capitalist system and the American way of life. He has utter disdain for people with a victim mentality, and makes no excuses for them. And above all, he believes in “less government, less taxes, and more individual responsibility.”
You gotta love this guy. One of his most profound observations is that “Americans need to get a sense of humor.” The left has made wittiness so difficult because the only acceptable target is white males. Cain reminds us that the spirit of this country includes the ability to laugh at ourselves.