Herman Cain may not have been a name known by many households a few months ago but at least among Republican and Tea Party voters he is rapidly approaching “ready for prime time” status. He did not have the national presence of a Mitt Romney, nor the name recognition of Michelle Bachmann, Rick Santorum, Rick Perry, or Newt Gingrich. You first knew him as the “God Father Pizza Guy”. Then you dug a bit deeper and you started seeing a very serious person who has devoted most of his career to being an executive in the private sector, specifically the food industry. Cain served as a VP for Coca-Cola and Pillsbury in IT and Food Service Operations positions. He was then asked to step in and save the struggling God Father’s Pizza chain where in 14 months pulled the company out of bankruptcy and turned it around to a profitable position then led a team to buy out the company. He has also served as a Radio Talk Show Host in Atlanta; was a former deputy chairman (1992–94) and chairman (1995–96) of the board of directors to the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City; served as a mathematician in ballistics as a civilian employee of the United States Navy; and serves as a minister at Antioch Baptist Church North. Cain is not a one-dimensional character but an “onion” that gets more interesting the more layers you peel back. But that will be the subject of another article, soon.
The Lynching of Justice Thomas: Ironically it has been almost exactly 20 years, (July 1, 1991) since George H.W. Bush nominated Clarence Thomas to the Supreme Court of the United States setting off a unprecidented reputational lynching by the Left of a truly honorable man who has served this country with honor and distinction. The Left could not stand by and let a conservative, pro-life, strict constitutional constructionist views, in spite of the fact that he was African-American. The Left march out Anita Hill who accused Thomas of sexual harassment the Left did not stop there. Many words and phrases used during the hearing still stick in the air today; “Long Dong Silver”, “Group Sex”, “Sex with Animals”, “Pubic hair on Cokes”, and more. None of the women who gave statements against Thomas had filed any type of complaint against Thomas while working for him. Indeed, Hill actually followed him from the Department of Education to the EEOC department. The former post was were most of the “sexual innuendos” took place but she followed Thomas to the next job in spite of those “humiliating and degrading” actions.
Other side line shows were put on by the Chairman of the Judicial Committee, Joe Biden and several of his Left wing cronies on the committee. The hearings were even worse than those for Robert Bork as the Left pulled out every Black sexual stereotype there is. Not surprisingly, all of the Black activist and organizations sided with the Left in their condemnation of Thomas. Never mind he was Black and would provide a positive role model for Black youth.
In the final analysis, the best synopsis of these hearings against Clarence Thomas was offered by the nominee himself when he said:
“This is not an opportunity to talk about difficult matters privately or in a closed environment. This is a circus. It’s a national disgrace. And from my standpoint, as a black American, it is a high-tech lynching for uppity blacks who in any way deign to think for themselves, to do for themselves, to have different ideas, and it is a message that unless you kowtow to an old order, this is what will happen to you. You will be lynched, destroyed, caricatured by a committee of the U.S. Senate rather than hung from a tree.” Clarence Thomas, October 11, 1991.
Warning to Candidate Herman Cain:
Mr. Cain represents many of the same threats to the Progressive Left as did Clarence Thomas. He is a conservative; he is pro-life; he is pro capitalism; he is for smaller government; he is for a stong defense; he is for lowering regulation; and he will take on the other third rail, a flat tax structure that he touts as “9-9-9”. He has an interesting quote on his 9-9-9 tab video that states: “If 10% is good enough for God, then 9% should be good enough for the Federal Government. He is a man of faith which will further alienate him to the Left and the pseudo religious leaders in the black leadership such as Jackson and Sharpton. In short, he is everything the Left Hates and Worse, He is Black!
Mr. Cain, take some time out of your campaign schedule and you and your wife Gloria sit down with Justice Thomas and his wife Virginia and make sure you are all prepared for the onslaught that will surely come your way should you continue to rise in the polls. The last thing the Left can have in 2012 is a Republican Black opponent! That will take away the left’s contention that Republicans and Tea Party advocates are Racist bigots. That will leave Obama to have to defend his record rather than his heritage, and that is a loser from the get-go. The main stream media will certainly be armed with snide innuendos and veiled accusations that are not true but if repeated often enough can resonate with voters. BE PREPARED for the worse, then double that assessment.
It is a sad commentary that our politics and race relations have sunk to these depths but they have. The attacks on Clarence Thomas and other conservative persons of color are despicable and truly harm the Black and Hispanic youths who are in desperate need of role models, not community organizers. I am not sure if Mr. Cain will succeed in winning the nomination or winning the White House but it will be an interesting chapter in our somewhat dubious history of Black Conservatives seeking Public Offices.