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REAL HOPE AND CHANGE IN 2012: HERMAN CAIN

I have been thinking about America and how Barack Obama and his fellow travelers sold the country on “Hope and Change” as the antidote to an out-of-control federal government and years of crony capitalism and laissez-faire regulatory actions which precipitated the present financial crisis.

A crisis made unbearably worse by the ineptitude, corruption, ideology and cronyism of Barack Obama and his ideologically-driven cadre that appears to be driving the United States toward the European Social Democracy model of shared power between government, unions and select oligarchs who own various politicians and political institutions.

So in reviewing the candidates, I have come to the conclusion that America’s best opportunity for real hope and change lies not with the democrat party nor the traditional GOP candidates like Mitt Romney, Rick Perry or fringe candidates like Newt Gingrich, Ron Paul, Michelle Bachmann, Gary Johnson, Rick Santorum and Jon Huntsman.  It lies with Herman Cain.

My reasoning is simple. Unlike those who will simply perpetuate party politics and tinker around the edges of financial and social problems, we need a reformer. Someone who has the ability to read a financial statement, a man of moral courage and conviction and most importantly, someone who will not talk down to the electorate as if we were children in need of parental guidance.

Mitt Romney is a creature of the old political system as is Rick Perry. Only Herman Cain stands out as being beyond the traditional political system – the best hope for bringing about the necessary change to government. A man who understands life and death decisions having managed and survived Stage-4 cancer and someone who operates from a position of knowledge and certitude.

While Mitt Romney looks “presidential,” I believe it is simply a façade. Another “Bobby Blow-Dry” with a commanding manner and little or nothing of “executive” excellence behind him. He continues to tell us that he will run America like a business; something that is both stupid and wrong. Businesses are run top-down with a chief executive officer being able to dictate the course of the business. Unlike business, the President must contend with a contentious Congress – which mostly acts in their political party’s best interests, or at worst in their rather corrupt own individual self-interests. He must contend with powerful forces outside of the government who can delay or diminish the decisions of the politicians by simply filing a lawsuit and mounting a media campaign to capture the power of the public. ObamaCare, modeled after RomneyCare, is enough to demonstrate his progressive stripe and removes him from further consideration.

Rick Perry, I fear, is just another Texas “good ole boy” like George Bush. Someone whose record in Texas denotes “bidness as usual.” His stance on immigration is intolerable and I believe that he thinks of Mexico as a partner in government/business enterprises. Overlooking the fact that they are a socialist threat to America, seemingly ruled by an unelected criminal oligarchy. A nation with extremely tough immigration policies – but which is willing to export their sick, impoverished, illiterate or criminal population to America rather than engaging in domestic political reform and dealing with their own problem. It is not that they lack the exploitable natural resources to develop such initiatives; but that such resources are often controlled by the oligarchs or criminal element. His previous position on Social Security as a state-run program is flawed and removes him from further consideration.

As for the rest of the gang, some are smart, some are conservative and some are simply democrats in disguise. Not even worth a second glance except for their value as advisors, not principles, in the upcoming governance morality play.

Therefore, I am left with the inescapable conclusion –forced to pick among the declared candidates at this point in time – that Herman Cain is our best choice for bringing about the Hope and Change that was but an empty Obama promise.

While I believe almost anyone could have done a better job than Barack Obama – a man who cost this country years of unnecessary  angst over a birth certificate that could have been displayed when the question arose; a man of relatively unknown and suspicious history – I am unwilling to settle for another “same old, same old” candidate.

As for the mainstream media assisting the nation by vetting our candidates and speaking truth to power, those days are long gone. In its place is a form of corporate-directed news where a political position is actually a corporate business model: just ask General Electric, NBC, MSNBC and similar companies who poured millions upon millions into the political process and were rewarded with billions of dollars in return.

I think Herman Cain is ideally suited. Look at his background.

Cain was born in Memphis, Tennessee, son of Luther Cain, Jr. and his wife Lenora Davis. His mother was a cleaning woman and his father was a chauffeur. He grew up in Georgia.
 
Cain graduated from Morehouse College in 1967 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in mathematics, and received a Master of Science degree in computer science from Purdue University in 1971, when he was also working full-time in ballistics for the U.S. Department of the Navy. 

He is the author of four books: Leadership is Common Sense (1997), Speak as a Leader (1999), CEO of SELF (October 2001), and They Think You're Stupid (May 2005). He also wrote "The Intangibles of Implementation" in the technical journal Interfaces (Vol. 9, No. 5, 1979, pp. 144-147), published by the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS).

After completing his master's degree from Purdue, Cain left the Department of the Navy and began working for The Coca-Cola Company as a business analyst. In 1977, he joined Pillsbury, where he rose to the position of Vice President by the early 1980s. He left his executive post to work for Burger King, then a Pillsbury subsidiary at the time, where he managed 400 stores in the Philadelphia area. Under Cain's leadership, his region went in three years from the least profitable for Burger King to the most profitable . This prompted Pillsbury to appoint him President and CEO of another subsidiary, Godfather's Pizza. Aiming to cut costs, Cain over a 14-month period reduced the company from 911 stores down to 420. As a result of his efforts, Godfather's Pizza finally became profitable. <Source>

I am sure that there is something in Herman Cain’s past with which I will disagree. But with Cain, I can imagine standing up to him and arguing my point – honestly, respectfully and receiving the same honest and respect in return. With Romney and Perry, I can imagined being shouted down or simply dismissed. In short, Herman Cain is a man of the people – one of us – and not one of those political wind-up dolls with the pre-written, spin-tested platitudes that serve as advice and direction in difficult times.

Many say that Herman Cain does not have a clue to handling foreign policy. Well neither did Barack Obama. But what Cain will bring to the table is his analytical ability and people skills – and unlike Obama, Cain does not appear to be an ego-driven arrogant narcissist where everything is about him to the exclusion of all Americans. I believe he is a man who can select and appreciate advisors.

I also believe that Cain is a man of honor and respect and his tough fairness will be perceived by our allies and enemies in exactly the same way: he says what he means and means what he says – action to follow.

I know that we must defeat Obama and his fellow travelers – including those in the House and Senate in 2012 or suffer the consequences of the continuing slide towards socialism.

-- steve

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