Why America Needs Herman Cain

Why America Needs Herman Cain

By Ed
Kaitz

Niccolò Machiavelli once said that “the man who adapts
his course of action to the nature of the times will succeed, and likewise, the
man who sets his course of action out of tune with the times will come to
grief.”

 

What I’d like to argue in this essay is that based on
the current “nature of the times” in America, Herman Cain must be the GOP
nominee for president.  In fact, Cain’s nomination represents what could be the
last and best opportunity Americans have to pry our battered country out from
the clutches of the increasingly strident, divisive, and Marxist pro-Obama
Democrat left.

 

Conversely, if the nomination goes to Rick Perry or
Mitt Romney, it will simply confirm my suspicion that the GOP base is absolutely
clueless when it comes to appreciating the unique contours of the American
left’s long-term strategy to undermine our nation’s constitutional heritage and
disposition.

 

The left has successfully poisoned any possibility for
a white conservative to attract enough minority voters on a platform based on
America’s colorblind founding principles.  Even a Romney or Perry victory, in
other words, will leave America as viciously divided as ever and will merely set
the stage for more Republican compromise with political opponents who rarely if
ever compromise.

 

Martin Luther King, in his 1963 “Letter from a
Birmingham City Jail,” said that when the “disinherited children of God sat down
at lunch counters they were in reality standing up for the best in the American
dream and the most sacred values in our Judeo-Christian heritage.”  In addition,
said King, “[black people] were carrying our whole nation back to those great
walls of democracy which were dug deep by the Founding Fathers in the
formulation of the Constitution and the Declaration of
Independence.”

 

King’s early Tea Party proclivities don’t seem to
garner much attention these days.

 

Indeed, soon after King issued those inspiring
remarks, the anti-American left began a long-term and sinister project to wed
Marxist ideology to racial politics in order to frighten white conservatives
into questioning the very basis of their country’s constitutional identity.  The
left’s goal back then was, according to philosopher Eric Hoffer, to “soften up
the white majority and beat it into a pulp.”

 

The left’s long-term objective was to both define a
new standard of civic righteousness and increase the power of the state by
championing the cause of America’s minority populations against what the left
considered the “oppressive” merit-based ethos of “reactionary” white America.
Epithets such as “Oreo” and “sellout” and “acting white,” for example, were
fashioned by leftists in order to intimidate both whites and minorities into
questioning the commonsense beliefs about personal initiative and self-reliance
built into the European Enlightenment tradition.  Duke professor Stanley Fish,
for example, captured the essence of this racial strategy a couple of decades
later in a defense of affirmative action that he wrote
for the Atlantic back in 1993:

 

Individualism, fairness, merit — these three words
are continually in the mouths of our up to date, newly respectable bigots who
have learned that they need not put on a white hood or bar access to the ballot
box in order to secure their ends.

 

And over the years, while a sincere but incredibly
naïve GOP pinned its election fortunes on the “economy,” thousands of teachers
in thousands of classrooms across the country found more and more reasons not to
present America’s founding tradition in a positive light.

 

Indeed, in one of the most prophetic books written in
the last few decades — Beyond All Reason: The Radical Assault on
Truth in American Law
— constitutional law professors Daniel Farber and
Suzanna Sherry argued in 1997 that the quiet invasion of “radical
multiculturalism” in American law schools has put professors “who cling to
Enlightenment aspirations” at some risk “of being labeled racists or bigots.”
Radical multiculturalists were able to accomplish this amazing feat by
relentlessly advancing the claim that “conceptions of merit are invented by the
powerful to reinforce their dominant position in society.”

 

The reason why Ronald Reagan’s conservative
“revolution” miscarried so quickly, in other words, is precisely the same reason
why constitutional law “scholar” and class warfare socialist Barack Obama
captured the most powerful office in the world so soon after Reagan left it: a
perfect storm or “righteous wind” that combined weak-kneed “compassionate” white
conservatives newly softened and distressed over the moral underpinnings of
their own merit-based ideology with legions of self-righteous champions of
“people of color” eager to unleash academia’s long, simmering, and toxic blend
of Marxism, social justice, and identity politics.

 

Mr. Obama stewed for years in this racially charged
environment — not only in college, but in the pews of his pastor Jeremiah
Wright’s black liberation “theology” church.  The effects of Obama’s one-sided
and rather crude education slipped out occasionally on the campaign trail in
2008.  At a Florida fundraiser, for example, Mr. Obama insinuated
that Republicans would create a state of fear by using Obama’s race as a means
to harvest votes for John McCain:

 

We know what kind of campaign they’re going to run.
They’re going to try to make you afraid. They’re going to try to make you afraid
of me. He’s young and inexperienced and he’s got a funny name. And did I mention
he’s black?

 

The Wall Street Journal‘s James Taranto was
one of the few observers at the time to expose Obama’s pathetic attempt to
malign an entire political party as racist:

 

Obama is baselessly accusing Republicans of racial
prejudice, or at least of cynically pandering to racial prejudice. But by
wording this ‘accusation’ as a prediction, Obama is able to cast aspersions
without needing any evidence to back them up. He implicitly ascribes to the GOP
the view that voters are prejudiced against blacks, then calls on voters to
prove they are not by voting for Obama.

 

One has to add the word “white” to “Republican,”
however, for Taranto’s claims about “racial prejudice” to make any
sense.

 

Allan Bloom once said that “society’s greatest madness
may seem normal to itself.”  Indeed, an American candidate for president
succeeded in getting himself elected even after implying that members of the
opposition party in his own country are racists.  However, according to Newton’s
Third Law, the left’s carefully crafted attack on conservative white America was
bound to give birth to its very nemesis: a highly driven, eloquent, and
successful black political candidate who, unlike our current president, has
nothing but effusive gratitude for the opportunities his country has given
him.

 

Highly esteemed pundits including Daniel
Henninger
, Dorothy
Rabinowitz
, and Michael
Barone
are coming to recognize that Herman Cain’s unique combination of
business expertise, educational credentials, inspiring background, and love of
country is striking a deep cord among American voters.  But the most important
factor may be, as Ms. Rabinowitz observed recently, “Mr. Cain’s unfailing
capacity to speak as though from a core of fire deep inside
him.”

 

The left has spent decades trying to smother that
fire, and to some degree, most white political candidates for president are now
damaged goods — they tend to find it more prudent to triangulate, manage,
strategize, compromise, and appease.  They are also highly unlikely to
accomplish anything close to marginalizing today’s alarmingly radical Democrat
party.  In short, the GOP needs to elevate and highlight courageous and
passionate Tea Party favorites like Star Parker, Allen West, and Nikki Haley
rather than the more tepid Mitt Romney types.

 

On a national stage, Herman Cain and other minority
conservative candidates have the ability to send shockwaves not only through the
political landscape, but down deep into the dark corners of academia, where
legions of liberal professors continue to wield a very harmful but successful
narrative in order to beat young America’s potential defenders — both white and
nonwhite — into a pulp.

 

A Herman Cain-headed ticket for 2012 would be
unbeatable.  It would also represent a new dawn in America where gratitude,
confidence, and initiative would overwhelm the resentment, anger and ingratitude
so characteristic of left-wing political culture.

 

It’s the nature of the times.

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