Cain speaks the truth that no other Republican will speak: that the Democrats deliberately seek to harm and weaken America
Herman Cain gave a pretty good account of himself on “Meet the Press” Sunday morning with host David Gregory.
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Here’s one of the exchanges:
GREGORY: You’ve talked as well about liberals in the country. You gave a speech in February where you didn’t mince words. This is what you said.
I wish Cain had said that liberals seek to destroy this country not only economically but morally, culturally, politically, and demographically as well. Still, he showed more spine than I imagine Mitt Romney or Rick Perry would.
MR. CAIN: The objective of the liberals is to destroy this country.
MR. GREGORY: To destroy this country. How so?
MR. CAIN: Economically. Look at this economy. David, the engine of economic growth is the business sector. We are growing at an anemic 1, 1 1/2 percent. If we allow this economy to continue to go down, it would destroy our economic capability. And, as a result, we are now looking at how much in defense we can cut. That’s destroying it. It …
MR. GREGORY: You think liberals actually seek to do that, that that’s their mission, to destroy the economy?
MR. CAIN: I—that’s the conclusion that I have drawn.
MR. GREGORY: Not mismanagement.
MR. CAIN: No!
MR. GREGORY: But it’s their mission.
MR. CAIN: It is their mission. Because they do not believe in a stronger America, in my opinion. Yes.
P.S. If Cain is elected and gets to put his economic plan into effect, will it be known as Cainsian economics?
A. Lee writes:
One of the advantages non-whites have in modern Western society is to speak conservative truths more plainly, without the encumbrance of white guilt and the need to defend against charges of racism. It is likely that Herman Cain speaks in this bold way because he has been allowed to his entire life, without severe consequence, while any successful white politician has learned long-ago to restrain their speech. If he became President, I would anticipate blunt dispensations of truth from the press room, to the stunned shock of the assembled white liberal reporters.
Herman Cain presents a bit of a dilemma to me. He is certainly a formidable symbol of the National Review version of American nationalism, in which a multiracial population can succeed as long as they aspire to middle-class cultural norms, and he presents a considerable problem to leftist ideology. They will have to rationalize both the rise of a successful black businessman without the aid of the racial-grievance industry, and his overwhelmingly white, conservative support. Undoubtedly weighty academic tomes will be written by ethnic studies professors to address this issue. Besides his symbolic value, he seems to be very competent, although his lack of political executive experience is worrisome.
However, as an ethno-nationalist and traditionalist, I would not blame Mr. Cain if he holds intense ethnic loyalty. It is an admirable personal trait, but it would lead the country in the wrong direction. The National Review’s melting-pot view is fatally flawed, as amply demonstrated here at VFR, and Mr. Cain, by the nature of his person, would be unable to realize a truly conservative agenda. However, politics is the art of the possible, and perhaps the “two steps forward, one step back” presented by Mr. Cain is preferable to the managed retreat that white Republican presidents have brought us thus far.
Mark Jaws writes:
I strongly disagree with Mr. Lee’s suspicions that Herman Cain would succumb to ethnic loyalties and be a black-centric president. Cain appears to me to be a principled man, and his relatively rock-solid conservative principles place him diametrically opposed to at least 80 percent of blacks in the country and he knows that.
We on the Jewish right face the same dilemma. Ethnically and genetically we are Jewish, but other than ancestry, what else do we have in common with the 70 percent of American Jewry that is hardcore leftwing? Nothing, other than a taste for bialys, blintzes, and kugel pudding. If any of us were elected, would we be Judeo-centric presidents just to make nice with our fellow ethnic Jews? I think not. The more I see of Cain, the more I like him.
A. Lee writes:
My response to Mark Jaws:
Maybe this is merely word choice, but I don’t have suspicions that Herman Cain would succumb to ethnic loyalties (which suggests he already has such loyalties). I am suggesting the possibility that he may. Ethnic loyalty is a fact of human nature, and we would be willfully blind to deny it. I agree the Herman Cain has remained impressively immune to cheap invocations of racism, and has probably endured a great deal of abuse as a “race-traitor” as a black conservative. [LA replies: What about his denunciation of Gov. Perry over the “N” word on a rock?]
Discussing the Jewish right in the alt-right universe is a perilous task, so I will restrict myself to two statements. First, I believe and take at face value your statement that you place national loyalty over ethnic loyalty. I believe it is possible and even common. The rolls of our war dead bear testament to those who took up arms for the United States against their co-ethnics. Secondly, despite this, there nonetheless exist quite a few otherwise excellent conservatives who have, I believe, an ethnic loyalty to Israel that causes them to formulate and support foreign policies that are not in the best interest of the United States. Consciously or unconsciously, they are unable to isolate American interests from Israeli ones, believing that Israeli interests are American interests. I do not believe this is a conspiracy, and Israeli has much to recommend as an American ally. I simply see this as evidence that ethnic loyalties are a natural phenomenon—something on which I believe all flavors of the traditional right can agree.
Therefore, with respect to Cain, while I do not accuse him of ethnic loyalty, nor do I see any evidence of it, I believe it is prudent to be aware of the possibility. Like you, the more I see of Cain, the more I like him.
Jeanette V. writes:
It looks like Herman Cain has already succumbed to ethnic loyalties:
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