Some might remember that a few weeks back, there was smack in the media over GOP Presidential hopeful Rick Perry, in regards to a racist name that his father's property used to be called by. I thought it was interesting, not because I give a rat's ass what somebody's dad did with whatever back in the day. But of the way one of Perry's Republican rivals, former Godfather's Pizza President Herman Cain suddenly got media attention for it. Cain, being African-American is naturally interested in something that would be going by a name offensive to Blacks. The whole Perry property scandal suddenly shifted the spotlight to Cain, who repudiated the former name ("Niggerhead") of the hunting grounds owned by Rick Perry's father.
Well, Perry ironically enough (as Mother Jones magazine has pointed out) may be a lot of things, but its' hard for me to call him a Racist when he has one of the least acceptable (to Conservatives) records on Immigration.
Directly following that, Cain got center stage in American Politics, as people's television addled brains suddenly got itchy fingers for "channel surfing" - to use a metaphor- into something else to watch. Herman Cain shot up in the polls, and peeps were giving his oddball "9-9-9" tax plan attention & consideration.
sterling record in terms of bringing women & blacks on board and needed separately to have a Black guy in the spotlight to counter the other party's "Black guy in the spotlight." So Cain broke an old White Conservative taboo: he played "the race card" (as they call it) and criticized Rick Perry. But Cain is not above Race-baiting himself, as seen in earlier scaremongering he engaged in over Muslim Sharia Law.
Wow, what gripping and gut wrenching stuff for those who care about the future of our Country, eh? Hell, I could just spend up nights worrying about Perry's family property and not have to bother with anything harder to wrap by mind around: The trillions of dollars being spent on the wars in the Middle East. The fact that both the last two Presidential administrations were riddled with Wall Street insiders. The loss of jobs to outsourcing overseas, and the obtuseness Washington DC repeatedly shows on the need to invest in Public/Private operation in order to spearhead projects that can put people back to work. The rising cost of Health Care and the fact that the recently passed bill by the Democrats is not likely to put a dent in the problem. The necessity of Universal Health Care in order to help young expecting mothers feel less like they need to choose Abortion.
Well, if Herman Cain and fellow GOP rival Michelle Bachman actually have a decent campaign and make it through most of the primaries as a formidable force, that will be a 1st. Then at least they won't have to pull another Sarah Palin and nominate someone just to throw them to the wolves and help their party save face for never having nominated an African American or Female candidate before that time.
But the truth is, I can't give a shit about the Republicans and their problems. I care about the corruptness of the system as it stands. Take a look at the following email convo I had recently with a friend and feel free to follow the link I offered on the illustrious Mr. Cain:
On Thu, Nov 10, 2011 at 4:21 PM, Kevin Wayne<firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
Here's the gist of what I was saying: The media focuses on the tabloid stuff about Cain, but you don't hear as much about this:
The Koch-Cain Connection: IRS Urged to Probe Ties Between Cain Campaign and Billionaire Koch Brothers
Fyi, there's an African-American fellow on the Sojourners blog who mentioned that he was approached by some guys offering him money to defect to Conservative Republican politics. He says that Blacks get offers like that all the time, to change sides.--
Ciao for now!
I read about that, re: the Koch Bros. But, in a capitalist country most news media focus most of their resources on what sells newspapers and gets ratings. I think it's as simple as that....and I bet the ratings DO go up when something like this business with the sexual harrassment claims or the Monica Lewinsky thing comes up. It's the same reason that a lot of the music and film industry focuses on sexual topics and scantily clad singers and actresses, rather then on talented folks who have something 'important' to say. Sex sells, and it's been proven over and over. They're just giving the American public what they want..Thankfully there are some 'higher minded' folks out there too, in journalism and films... and music too. But the majority always go for what sells newspapers.
Interestingly enough, Cain's fellow Black Conservative Alan Keyes actually agrees with me on this:
As I've noted before, Keyes is himself is angry, unreasonable and on the edge of extremism with his Birther activism and holier-than-thou Conservatism that makes it hard for anyone to be his political ally. Nonetheless, Keyes' admission to Cain's unconstitutional ideas and his ties to Wall St and of the Federal Reserve ought to give any reasonable person pause.
But what is my main interest? What should be the interest of anyone interested in the health and well being of future generations?
To put it in the most succinct words possible: Follow the money. Who's behind the candidates being shoved down our throats, and what are the interests they want pushed through as a result? That's what we need to be asking ourselves.