I was reminded today why I am such a huge Herman Cain. Here is a man with that rare gift of clarity – the ability to cut right through to the truth. I call it “lazer vision”. My wife has that gift too, and it’s why I don’t try to pull even a thread of wool over her eyes.
Just to be clear, I don’t favor Herman Cain because he is African American. I abhor bigotry of any kind, in any direction, by anyone against any perceived or actual “group”. I couldn’t care less what color Cain, or any other public figure, is. What I like is his strong conservative values, his business sense, and his ability to filter out all the nonsense and get down to what’s important and what’s right, with a brevity that every writer or speaker should envy.
Today’s reminder is the response he wrote to a New York Times article by Professor Adolph Reed, Jr.
Professor Reed was critical of South Carolina governor Nikki Haley’s decision to name Tim Scott, a black Republican, to replace Jim DeMint as the state’s US senator. DeMint is retiring from the Senate to take a post as president of the Heritage Foundation. Reed cynically claims that “modern black Republicans have been more tokens than signs of progress.” He says that Scott’s politics are “utterly at odds with the preferences of most black Americans. Mr. Scott has been staunchly anti-tax, anti-union and anti-abortion.” Is he saying African Americans are required, because of their skin color, to be pro-tax, pro-union, and pro-abortion?
Most putrid of all is Professor Reed’s contention that all whites are racist: “whites . . . are inclined to vote Republican but don’t want to have to think of themselves, or be thought of by others, as racist.” If he were in front of me, I would punch him in the nose. I don’t “have to” think of myself as a racist?
Clear-thinking Herman Cain nails Reed and all the other Democrats who just can’t remove the tired, old race card from their playbooks. Cain says:
So it’s worth asking, then: What, exactly, are “black interests”? To hear Professor Reed tell it, blacks are a monolithic group of people whose best interests are served when they can be recipients of redistributionist policies at the hands of big government. Let me simplify that for you: He thinks black people need welfare, and can’t make it under the kinds of free-market policies advocated by the likes of Samuel Pierce, Clarence Pendleton, Clarence Thomas and Tim Scott.
When are black Democrats going to reject the continuing insults and humiliation hurled at them by their sacrosanct political leaders and media? When will they stand up and protest their second-class status in the eyes of their “benefactors”? While I’m punching noses, I would certainly tweak the beak of anyone who told me I am so stupid and unmotivated that I, like anyone whose skin pigmentation is similar to mine, am not capable of feeding myself and my family without their merciful help .
Tom Balek – Rockin’ On the Right Side
(What they do) They smile in your face!
All the time they want to take your place,
The back stabbers (back stabbers!)
They smile in your face!
Smiling faces, Smiling faces sometimes tell lies (back stabbers!)
They smile in your face!
I don’t need low down dirty bastards (back stabbers!)
Back Stabbers – the O’Jays