The public has found other ways to get its news. The fading establishment media blame the Internet for their decline, but growing numbers of the public -- not only conservatives -- view the onslaught against Herman Cain as unfair, unwarranted and inconsequential, given bigger issues facing the country. The question for many of them is why didn't the media conduct themselves in a similar way with Barack Obama? Why, for example, has Obama still not released his transcripts from Occidental College, Columbia University and Harvard Law School?
Near the end of his inspiring book, "This is Herman Cain!: My Journey to the White House," Cain writes as if he is already president: "In contrast to my predecessor, I am not a community organizer advocating radical social policy with which to manipulate whole segments of the population. I am a community energizer who emphasizes the necessity for individual self-motivation."
In that one paragraph we see what troubles the media and their Democratic Party brethren. If more people currently dependent on government became motivated, self-sufficient and independent of government, it would threaten the foundation of the welfare system that currently has 15 percent of the country addicted to food stamps.
And so, not just Herman Cain, but what he stands for must be destroyed, lest the government "addicts" be liberated and vote Republican.
Even if Cain does not win the Republican nomination (and how about the voters deciding that, not the media?), he's proven that he has backbone. Cain the gospel singer should consider warbling Stephen Sondheim's "I'm Still Here" because he still is, for now.
Cal Thomas is co-author (with Bob Beckel) of the book, "Common Ground: How to Stop the Partisan War That is Destroying America".
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