Herman Cain: An inspiring leader for our times

Herman Cain isn't the man being depicted in the media. He's a smart, inspiring candidate who will be good for America. Photo: Associated Press

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By Michelle Scott, M.D.

WASHINGTON, November 21, 2011 ― On November 19, 2011, Carter Lee wrote an article titled, “Mr. Cain on David Letterman: Cain Simply Can’t Cut It.” Others who heard the same interview thought, unlike Lee, that Herman Cain handled himself well. We remain inspired by his life story and ideas.

A tit-for-tat analysis of Lee’s opinion would be pointless, as it is obvious from his article that he has complete disdain for Cain, with biases so complete that he couldn’t find even one thing that he liked. I would just request that he comment on something more relevant in assessing a leader, like Cain’s Iowa speech at the Faith and Freedom rally.

Conservatives have grown tired of liberals promoting themselves as the country’s self-appointed intelligentsia. Every election year it’s the same mantra: Conservatives are stupid, liberals are never questioned. If the left’s concern for a potential president’s intelligence were anything but hypocritical, 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. A poor student thereafter, he failed the entrance examination to the Royal Military College twice, and finally got in only because he applied to the cavalry, which had the lowest math requirement. Yet he was elected as an MP and served ably as a First Lord of the Admiralty until the disaster at Gallipoli. After a stint as Chancellor of the Exchequer he was considered a has-been back-bencher, but ten years later he became Prime Minister at the age of 66.

Albert Einstein did not speak until he was four-years-old and did not read until he was seven. 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 defeated in his first attempt to be nominated for congress, defeated in his application to be commissioner of the General Land Office, defeated in his senate race in 1854, defeated in his efforts for the vice-presidency in 1856, and defeated again for the Senate in 1858.

Ronald Reagan was always viewed as dumb by the liberal press, referred to as “an amiable dunce.” Jimmy Carter, being a democrat and “nuclear physicist” (he was in fact a nuclear engineer, still no mean accomplishment, and like George W. Bush pronounced the word “nucular”) was going to be the capable president. Carter will never be in contention for one of the greatest presidents of our time.

Cain is inspiring on many levels. He overcame obstacles of poverty and racism early in life to become the CEO of a large firm. He grew up in Georgia with wonderful parents and little else. Cain’s father worked three jobs. His mother was a domestic worker. The family shared a small house with another family. His parents could only afford to give him money one day a week for lunch at school.

Racism was rampant while Cain was growing up. After waiting hours for a hair-cut, he was told they don’t cut black people’s hair. He bought himself a razor and has been cutting his own hair ever since. Rejected by two Georgia universities because they didn’t take black people, he earned a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Morehouse College, Reverend King’s alma mater.

Cain received a Master of Science in computer science from Purdue in 1971 while working full-time as a ballistics analyst for the U.S. Department of the Navy. He would later receive the 1996 Horatio Alger Award, and has received honorary degrees from Creighton University, the University of Nebraska, New York City Technical College, and many others. He did not allow bitterness to make him a victim of his early experiences. Instead he used them to make himself a better person.

In the David Letterman interview, Cain said he has no friends in Washington. Washington D.C. has become a corrupt, bureaucratic black hole where politicians hide as they rig the system to enrich themselves and their crony capitalist friends with our tax dollars. You don’t have to look any further back then Solyndra to see campaign contributors rewarded and tax payers disregarded. It’s a common practice on both sides. The Center for Responsive Politics has found that 47 percent of all members of Congress are millionaires, versus about one percent of the population generally.

It is time for someone with analytical intelligence and business experience to come to Washington and bring accountability to a broken system. We’re tired of politicians taking for granted our tax dollars and, when those aren’t enough, printing money. Quantitative easing and money creation come with the hidden tax of inflation that Washington hopes you won’t notice. The Federal Reserve’s QE II stimulus has caused a vicious 42% rise in the CRB index of food prices.

The Obama Administration has almost a billion dollars in its campaign war chest and the liberal media acting as its communication network. This is bound to be an ugly campaign. The media will try to make the election about anything but Obama’s record and continuously distract us with irrelevancies. Any potential Republican Commanders-in-Chief will be expected to surpass the Pope in moral purity.

For me this election 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? Herman Cain answers that question to my satisfaction. Carter Lee is asking the wrong questions.

Some of the Communities Coverage of Herman Cain:

The implosion of Herman Cain

Herman Cain should go

Herman Cain and Morgan Freeman: Whose comments better fight racism?

Talking Sticks: Herman Cain’s popularity and financial support

We have a right to know all about Herman Cain

Herman Cain comes to Alabama

Credibility gap on both sides of Herman Cain, Sharon Bialek sag

Herman Cain: God made me do it (Video)             

Herman Cain allegations and alligators

Herman Cain wins Florida straw poll: The “Who is this guy” to beat

Herman Cain on Letterman: Cain simply can’t cut it (Video)

Herman Cain, Barack Obama, Morris Day and The Time

Herman Cain versus the established idealogue            

Trick or Treat? A Mitt Romney/Herman Cain ticket?

Herman Cain versus the established idealogue

The savage lynching of Herman Cain

The high tech lynching of Herman Cain

Herman Cain tries hard not to be a politician

Herman Cain leads Florida Straw Poll followed by Perry, Romney

Herman Cain: A true Conservative or corporate puppet? (Video)           

Herman Cain looks like the real deal, but for how long


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James Picht is the Senior Editor for Communities Politics and teaches economics and Russian at the Louisiana Scholars' College in Natchitoches, La. After earning his doctorate in economics, he spent several years working in Moscow and the new independent states of the former Soviet Union for the U.S. government, the Asian Development Bank, and as a private contractor. He returned to Ukraine recently to teach principles of constitutional law and criminal procedure at several Ukrainian law schools for a USAID legal development project. He has been writing at the Communities since 2009.

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