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Monday, October 31, 2011

Raising Cain

Herman Cain certainly has exploded over the Republican presidential landscape. Or perhaps I should say imploded? The Godfather Pizza Man may be leading in Iowa polls for now, but with visibility come scrutiny and let's just say it hasn't been terrific.

In just one news cycle, Cain has been forced to deny allegations of sexually inappropriate behavior toward two women employees when he was chief lobbyist for the National Restaurant Association and to deal with a declaration that Planned Parenthood was created as a tool for black genocide.

This comes on the heels of his 9-9-9 plan, a flat tax that would hurt working and middle class Americans and the bizarre ad featuring campaign manager Mark Block taking a long drag from a cigarette while praising Cain.

Where do Republicans find these outliers? And what does the surge of popularity for Cain, after similar surges for Donald Trump, Michele Bachmann and Rick Perry (not to mention the enduring fascination for Sarah Palin) say about the extremism of the Republican primary and caucus voter?

While media coverage of day-to-day life on the trail has helped bring out the character tics of the hopefuls, we have yet to see anything exploring the question of the GOP primary voter values. How widespread are the beliefs that raise Cain and others? What exactly is the role of religious activists within the GOP? What is the party and the outsiders cabal that is financing the 2012 campaign doing to either promote or defuse this faction?

Important questions that demand answers from a media that too frequently reports on the daily events without digging into their longer-term significance.

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3 Comments:

Anonymous wellbasically said...

The early 20th century intelligencia was truly fearful of the underclass, and the possibility that the feeble-minded would take over. They proposed population-control measures to combat this possibility. You should look up Margaret Sanger, HG Wells and his feelings about population etc if you don't believe me.

Most of the worries of the modern liberal have inherited this position. Population control, the problem of people using too much energy (climate change), people are bad, euthanasia, abortion of poor people, all these things appeal to people who don't much like human beings -- or not other humans who might come along and compete with us.

Religious people have the advantage of believing that human beings are more important, that building and growth is part of what we do as humans.

I'm not sure they are right, but they are more appealing than those who desire species extinction. If you don't think the world can support people, probably the best way to eliminate your carbon footprint is to eliminate population. I suggest you star with yourself.

October 31, 2011 9:38 PM  
Blogger Outraged Liberal said...

Thanks and have a great day well.

November 01, 2011 4:19 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Don't go anywhere liberal, I'm still hoping to covert you to the idea that government is basically bad, because the good intentions of liberal control are undermined by peoples selfish instincts. Create welfare to help the truly needy and the lazy abuse it. But everyday is still a beautiful day and we should help each other person to person as much as we can.

November 01, 2011 6:23 AM  

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