I normally don’t preach when I blog, but the Herman Cain “affair” compels me to offer some highly instructive lessons, both for myself and for others who might want to listen. The lesson is taken from a passage of Scripture Luke 14.28-33) in which my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ instructs his listeners to count up the cost before undertaking anything. He said that if you fail to do this, if your endeavor fails, others will mock you, will laugh at you because you started something that you failed to finish and all the world knows it.
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What’s this I hear? Newt Gingrich is rising in the GOP polls and because of Herman Cain’s alleged misteps and Mitt Romney’s failure to convince the GOP faithful that he is more than a Republican in Name Only (RINO), the Newt (if there’s The Donald, we have to assume there can be The Newt) has ascended from the ashes of his own making by rising in the polls and possibly positioning himself to snatch the GOP nomination away from Mitt Romney. C0nservatives love his bombastic style and believe that he is the only one who will truly represent their values, and that he is the only GOPer who can stand toe-to-toe with President Barack Obama.
Just a few words about last night’s debate. Michele Bachmann gets an A+, Newt Gingrich was a moderate on immigration and deserves an A-, that is, if he doesn’t backtrack by the time I’m finished with this blog. Herman Cain was C+, the “Blitz” reference notwithstanding, Rick Santorum is stuck at C and reminds me of that high school teacher who would fail you with a 69.4. John Huntsman is a traitor to the president and will not rise above 3 or 4 percent, even though he jousted well with Mitt Romney. Ron Paul makes very cogent points but will always be viewed as the kooky grandpa at the kitchen table. Mitt Romney is so busy trying to kiss up to conservatives with his “I’ll listen to my generals on the ground,” that he’s forgotten that those generals would work for him. Good thing JFK didn’t “listen to the generals” during the Cuban Missile Crisis or we’d all be glowing right now! And Rick Perry, well Michele Bachmann took him out to the political woodshed when he naively exclaimed that the U.S. should turn its back on nuclear-armed Pakistan.
Herman Cain, a man of God, a man of the church, of Antioch Baptist Church North in Atlanta, GA to be specific, seems to have forgotten the teachings of Jesus Christ, the Lord of the Church, when he, Mr. Cain, made his venomous statement blaming the plight of millions of Americans who are unemployed, homeless, and generally destitute on they themselves. Now we realize that there are those who are in dire straits because they have either failed to prepare themselves for life, because of previous incarceration(s), and for other incidents which might hinder them from being gainfully employed. I myself was recently unemployed for nearly five months due to a mistake that I made on my previous job, and I had to attend several job fairs before I was able, by the grace of the Lord, to once again obtain meaningful employment. But for Mr. Cain or anyone else to claim to love the Lord and then almost with the same tongue and teeth, to make such a blanket statement about why millions are destitute is not only an unfairly blanket generalization but is hurtful and against the teachings of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
Mr. Herman Cain, for the sake of the “brothas” and the nation, it’s time to end this presidential windmill tilting and come on back to the Peach State. We admire what you tried to do but you just weren’t ready for prime time. You know it and now the nation knows it. You were a Tea party darling for awhile, but now even you support among conservative activists is starting to wane, to the point that the baggage-laden Newt Gingrich is starting to seem like a good choice when compared to you. Mr. Cain, you should have waited until 2016 after Barack Obama was constitutionally mandated to leave the Big 1600, to run for the presidency. By that time you could have cleaned up your domestic issues and honed your foreign policy skills to the point that you wouldn’t have looked like a deer in the headlights when asked simple questions like your opinion about the President’s handling of the Libya situation. Mr. Cain, you make Sarah Palin look like a Rhodes Scholar, and that’s pretty hard to do, considering that she couldn’t (or wouldn’t) even answer a battery of simple questions from journalist Katy Couric, questions like, “Name at least one Supreme Court decision with which you disagreed.” That question wasn’t exactly demanded that someone have scored a 179 out of 180 on the Law School Aptitude Test, but with your ignorance of the issues with which the Commander in Chief must constantly grapple, you are obviously not ready for the world stage.
He came, he liked what he saw, but he could not conquer. No, I’m not talking about Julius Caesar or another Roman potentate, but about one Herman Cain, presidential wannabee. The coal-black meteor who is about a few weeks from completely fizzling out, Mr. Cain has just about spent all of his political capital, which was considerable, considering his newbee status. Yes, some Tea party diehards will be with him until the very bitter end, but the majority of Republicans, Independents, and conservative Democrats who would have taken a chance on the unable Mr. Cain were surely appalled at his Libya meltdown. I mean, he barely looked like he knew that Libya existed and as they say on the NFL countdown show, “C’mon Man!!!” As much as the economy will drive the 2012 presidential election, foreign policy will still loom large as we still attempt to keep Al Queda in its proper cage, fathom the ongoing ramifications of the Arab Spring, keep Iran from acquiring or at least becoming roque with nuclear weapons, and seek to assure Israel that we are still their most dependable ally.
Nine-nine-nine! That thrice-repeated number has resonated with resounding thunder for the last few weeks as Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain has suddenly catapulted himself to the top of some Republican presidential polls. He has electrified the Republican party’s conservative wing’s yearning for a true conservative to run against President Barack Obama, even though he has no elected office experience nor any ground troops in early primary states such as Iowa, New Hampshire, and South Carolina. But while many conservatives, tea partiers, and other like-minded folk are lining up to hear Mr. Cain’s promises to restore America’s greatness and to buy his autobio, Mr. Cain has some ‘splainin’ to do.
There are several things we should look for as the 2012 political season gets under way with the conclusion of the Iowa Straw Poll, which Minnesota Congresswoman Michele Bachmann won. She brings a fresh energy to the race as well as an apparently sincere Christian conviction. Nevertheless, as it concerns Congresswoman Bachmann and others who would be King or Queen of America, there are several things that we as concerned citizens should look for.
“If Democrats are worth anything as a party, they will rally around their president.” – The New Republic, 2.18.2010, p.1
“The GOP’s ability to ignore establishment nostrums in the face of defeat is its great electoral strength. Democrats, by contrast, have a congenital tendency to panic.” – The New Republic, 2.18.2010, p.2
It was only a year ago when the Democratic Party was thumping its collective chest over its recent electoral victories in the Congress and the White House. Republicans were admittedly confined to the political wilderness and even such conservative stalwarts as Sean Hannity grudgingly admitted that they were in “conservative underground” mode.