Herman Cain, an Inspiring Leader for the Times

I decided to write this article in response the piece written November 19, 2011, by Mr. Lee regarding the David Letterman Interview. I heard the same interview and thought Mr. Cain handled himself well. I am very inspired by his life story and ideas. I won’t do a tit- for- tat analysis of Mr. Lee’s opinion as it is obvious from writer’s article that he has complete disdain for Mr. Cain. His bias so complete that he couldn’t even find one thing that he liked. I would request that he comment on something more relevant to a leader like Mr. Cain’s Iowa speech at the Faith and Freedom rally. (link below)

As a conservative I have become quite tired of the liberals viewing themselves as the self -appointed intelligentsia for this country. Every election year it’s the same mantra: the conservatives are stupid; the liberals are never questioned. If the left had anything but hypocritical “concern” for Intelligence in a potential president, they would have given the hook to Joe Biden long ago.

History tells us their view of “intelligence” doesn’t equal success:
Winston Churchill failed sixth grade. He was subsequently defeated in every election for public office until he became Prime Minister at the age of 62.

Albert Einstein did not speak until he was 4-years-old and did not read until he was 7. His parents thought he was “sub-normal,” and one of his teachers described him as “mentally slow, unsociable, and adrift forever in foolish dreams.” He was expelled from school and was refused admittance to the Zurich Polytechnic School.

Abraham Lincoln went to war a captain and returned a private. Afterwards, he was a failure as a businessman. As a lawyer in Springfield, he was too impractical and temperamental to be a success. He turned to politics and was defeated in his first try for the legislature. Again he was defeated in his first attempt to be nominated for congress, defeated in his application to be commissioner of the General Land Office, defeated in the senatorial election of 1854, defeated in his efforts for the vice-
presidency in 1856, and defeated in the senatorial election of 1858

Reagen was always viewed as dumb, by the liberal press “the amiable dunce”, if you will. Carter being a democrat and nuclear physicist was going to be the capable president. Carter will never be in contention for one of the greatest presidents of our time.

All of the foregoing aside, I find Mr. Cain inspiring on many levels. I admire that he was able to overcome obstacles in his early life of poverty and racism to achieve his present goals. Herman Cain grew up in Georgia with wonderful parents and little else. Cain’s father worked three jobs and his mother was a domestic worker. The family shared a six room house with another family. Mr. Cain remembers fondly that his father referred to it as a “duplex” and not a “half house that he and his brother called it. His parents could only afford to give him money one day a week for lunch at school.

Racism was rampant while he was growing up. When he went for a hair cut after waiting hours, he was finally told they don’t cut negroes hair. Mr. Cain went out, bought himself a razor, and has been cutting his own hair ever since. He was turned down by two universities in Georgia because they didn’t accept black people. He went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Moorehouse College in 1967, Reverend King’s alma mater.

Accepted for graduate studies at Purdue University, Cain received a Master of Science in computer science in 1971. While completing his graduate studies, he also worked full-time as a ballistics analyst for the U.S. Department of the Navy. Cain would later receive the 1996 Horatio Alger Award and has received honorary degrees from Creighton University, Johnson & Wales University, Moorehouse College, University of Nebraska, New York City Technical College, Purdue University, Suffolk University, and Tougaloo College. Mr. Cain did not allow bitterness to make him a “victim” of his early experiences. He used them to make himself a better, stronger, more capable person.

I find it appealing that in the David Letterman interview Mr. Cain said that he doesn’t have any friends in Washington. Washington D.C. has become nothing more than a corrupt, bureaucratic black hole in which politicians can hide as they rig the system for their personal interests, fill their wallets, and those of their cronies with our tax dollars. One doesn’t have to look any further back than Solyndra to see campaign contributors rewarded and tax payers disregarded. It’s a common practice on both sides to be sure.The Center for Responsive Politics has determined that 47 percent of all members of Congress are millionaires. This compares to about 1 percent of the population generally.

I am ready for someone with a mathematics background, analytical intelligence, and business experience to come into Washington DC to bring some accountability to a broken system. I’m tired of politicians taking for granted our tax dollars and when that runs short, they print money. Quantitative Easing or printing money comes with the hidden tax of inflation that Washington hopes you won’t notice.The U.S. Federal Reserve’s second round of Quantitative Easing stimulus, QE II, has caused a vicious 42% rise in the CRB index of food prices.

Given that the Middle East has the highest percentage of income spent on food with Morocco at 63%, Algeria at 53%, Egypt at 48%, and Libya at 38%; it should not be surprising the region would be the first to burn down from protests. The dictators that the Obama Administration is pointing at as the collective cause of the unrest have been in place for decades. The Arab Spring is fast becoming the Arab Winter with massive political and military risks.

With the Obama Administration having almost a billion dollars in its campaign “war chest,” and the liberal media acting it’s communication arm, it is bound to be an ugly year. The media will try to turn the election into anything but Obama’s record and continuously distract the electorate with irrelevant minutia. Any potential Republican Commanders- in -Chief will be expected to surpass the Pope in moral purity; Clinton will be forgotten. For me, it comes down to one question: do I want to follow the socialist failure of Greece, Italy and Europe? Am I willing to sacrifice for my children or do I expect my children to sacrifice for me?

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