Why a reader will not vote for Cain

Sophia A. writes:

Erin McPike at RCP writes about the backlash that may occur if a “white Republican” displaces Obama from the White House. The article is a good one. I don’t blame the situation on the writer. But she takes for granted the notion that as a white person I should be intimidated, I should cast my vote with the idea that it would enrage black people. To my memory this has never happened on a national level.

That is one reason I won’t vote for Herman Cain. He’s a bright guy, he is saying good things with zest and verve, but I don’t want another black President. I want a white man in control. I want whites to reclaim their place as the natural rulers of this country. If Tim Wise and the cultural radicals don’t like that, they can go to hell.

LA replies:

I agree with Sophia that while Erin McPike’s article offers a reasonable presentation of the issues, McPike does seem to assume that whites must bend themselves out of shape in order to avoid offending blacks. If they vote against Obama, they must think about how blacks will be offended by this; yes, they’re allowed to vote against Obama, but they must first negotiate the mine-field of liberal guilt for planning to do so. And I would add that this is a good example of Paul Kersey’s “Black Run America.” The feelings of blacks, as blacks, get special attention and importance that the feelings of whites do not get. Blacks, corporately, must be considered and coddled, while whites cannot even think of themselves as being white, except in a negative sense, e.g., as “privileged” and “racist.” And what is the opposite of Black Run America? It is an America where the historic racial majority of this country rediscovers its existence as such, asserts itself as such, and stops feeling guilty.

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Jim C. writes:

I do not believe Cain is a race man, and I feel strongly that he is capable of being a good postracial president.

John Dempsey writes:

In the discussion about voting for Herman Cain, Jim C. made the comment that he thought Cain was capable of being a good postracial president.

My question to you is: do you believe that there will ever come a time when we can think of ourselves as postracial? Wouldn’t being a postracial society imply that blacks had ceased their animus towards and violence against whites? Wouldn’t that also mean that whites would accept black dysfunction as a reality, with little or no qualification?

I continually hear people talking of a postracial time when racial divisions no longer exist. Some say we are already there. Obviously, that is not true. I don’t believe it will ever be possible.

LA replies:

I agree with you. I don’t know if Jim C. literally believes in the mainstream fantasy of a postracial America, or if he just meant to say that Cain himself is not a race man.

Posted by Lawrence Auster at September 30, 2011 11:10 AM | Send

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