By RAWLEIN SOBERANO
GERMANTOWN, MD (Aug. 16, 2011) — How can the Republican Party attract voters and win elections without cheating, with candidates like Michele Bachmann, Newt Gingrich, Herman Can et al.? They know the mainstream American voters understand that the excesses of the Bush administration have brought the country to where it is today — on the brink of economic and social disaster. They seem to be betting on two things to keep them alive: the recent Supreme Court decision allowing unlimited political contribution to political interest by corporations, the true base of the Republican Party, which do not want to pay their fair share of taxes and those voters clustered near and around the lunatic fringe.
Republicans are recklessly determined to govern this country by the principles of the Bible. They want to redefine the Constitution as Christian-based and are casting their own Sharia Law. If the United States was founded on the Christian religion, the Constitution would clearly say, “The United States is a Christian nation.” In fact, the words — Jesus Christ, creator, divine, or God are not mentioned in the Constitution. The Treaty of Tripoli, written with George Washington, and passed under John Adams, states that the U.S. was “not in any sense founded on the Christian religion.” This was not an idle statement meant to appease the Muslims — they believed it and meant it.
Herman Cain is casting aside the very principle on which this nation was founded. He rewrote our first amendment right in order to seduce the Tea Party evangelicals and throw out the very foundation of our society.
Cain is a businessman, the Chairman and CEO of Godfather’s Pizza, a subsidiary of Burger King; CEO of the National Restaurant Association. He resigned as Chairman of the Federal Reserve Board of Kansas City to become active in politics. His columns were distributed by North Star Writers Group a he is a radio talk show host from Georgia on News Talk 750 WSB, a Cox Radio affiliate.
Cain briefly ran for the GOP presidential primary in 2000 which he says was more about making political statements than winning the nomination. He thought he had a better message and was the better messenger than GW Bush. There is no argument here about having the right message and being the better messenger.
Cain talks of preventing illegal immigrants from coming over by building a Great Wall to keep them away. No bill is welcome that is over three pages. Big banks should be allowed to fail. Ban the construction of mosques in the community to prevent the intrusion of Sharia law. No Muslim will be appointed in his cabinet. Planned Parenthood was founded to target the elimination of African-Americans. He is a Tea Party favorite, but his claim that “he is a different black from Pres. Obama because he was not raised in Kenya was dishonest and disingenuous.”
Whether he was pandering to the right, and we give him the benefit of the doubt, his first platform was the exclusion of illegal immigrants in coming to the U.S. by building a Great Wall of China-like electrified fence rising to 20 feet above a moat filled with alligators. Many Hispanics, including the Somos Republican Group, found his comments comparing them to “invading Huns” insensitive and offensive pandering to racist xenophobes.
It is a fact that Republicans do not want to solve the problem of illegal immigration because they need these people, even though they stab them in the back to satisfy their base, to work in the fresh fruit and vegetable industry as cheap laborers. Look at Yuma, AZ after 100,000 Hispanics fled the state following the passage of SB1070 resulting in a rotting un-harvested lettuce crop. Georgia passed a similar law and suffered the same economic results. This is one reason why Latino Republicans have shrunk from 44 percent in 2004 to 30 percent in 2010.
Originally, Cain supported TARP (Troubled Asset Relief Program) in October 2008. Then he changed position saying that the typical American did not understand just how dangerous TARP was for this country and the world. He drew the line providing government assistance to the banking system to help them get their act back together, which he supported, and how they implemented it, and how they carried it out — which he did not support.
This is definitely waffling — Cain style. Technically, this is no different from the Romney flip-flop. But when Cain does it, he gets a relative pass from the media that his position has simply evolved.
No one knows what the world would have looked like had the big banks failed. No one knows what the world would have looked like had GM been allowed to go under either. But that’s not a strong argument for the GM bailout or the bank bailout. If banks cannot be allowed to fail, we should do in law what we’ve done in practice — nationalize them.
Any bailout was always going to be executed in a capricious, partisan, unpredictable, non-optional manner. That the TARP-supporting Cain, before he switched position, could have even assumed it would instead be a fair, logical and orderly process is not a recommendation. With his inexperience, one wonders how many supporters would he attract to join his bandwagon?
Cain is anti-Muslim for his fear that they might impose Sharia law in this country. Muslims are not that stupid to bring up Sharia law — which Americans do not understand — without paying a heavy price for it. To oppose the construction of a mosque in Murfreesboro, Tenn. and accuse them of religious bias against U.S. interests is another right-wing and unfounded Republican fear of their intentions. His talk about not wanting to have a Muslim in his cabinet works both ways. I think a Muslim would have second thoughts working for a man who holds such hateful obsession towards them, tying them to terrorism worldwide and at home, closing his eyes to the Christian right-wing militia that is focused to bring down the U.S. government.
Cain’s biggest draw is that some bigoted white folks enjoy a good minstrel show. There’s nothing like a black man talking about ways to keep those brown illegal immigrants out of America. It is amazing how low some people can go just to get accepted by a certain crowd. How Cain can hang out with Tea Partiers and believe they really like him, hear and believe some of the things they say, go home and look himself in the mirror, no one will ever know.
Has Cain even read the Constitution? The first amendment says that government can’t make any laws limiting religious practices. Before he takes the oath should he be elected president to protect the Constitution, he should read it. If he is doing the Muslim-bashing to play to the basest elements of this party, he should look at himself in the mirror, and perhaps he will be courageous enough to admit that those same base elements are never going to vote for him. If you are going to ban one religion, you can ban them all, to which he already added the Mormons. Who’s next? He seems to have the logical skills of a wet noodle.
Some people are questioning whether he is serious or a joke. When he comes in front of a microphone before an audience with “fire in their belly,” he just rattles whatever comes to his mind, e.g., ban mosques, build a tall fence, establish a federal law to require McDonald’s to serve breakfast after 11:30 a.m., etc. As the Italians would put it, “A mali estremi, estremi remedi”, which means “desperate times call for desperate measures.” It doesn’t call for stupid or hilarious remedies. Cain is a funny guy and seems fairly entertaining, but what are his real plans to solve the country’s problems. Voters like jokes and good times but if they want a comedian for a leader, wouldn’t they rather vote for Jim Carey or Tim Allen?
India is the second largest Muslim country in the world. Islam has been practiced there for centuries and they don’t have Sharia law. There is nothing worse than fear-mongering and sowing hatred. What kind of advisors does Cain have in his campaign? We expect a presidential candidate not to be drawn into debates like this. The issue of mosques is the least of the concerns of people right now.
Cain has wandered from the U.S. Constitution which guarantees freedom of religion and separation of church and state. It is interesting that an American black conservative, as he likes to refer to himself, would basically embrace bigotry aimed at Muslims. He must think there are enough Muslim-haters to put him in the White House.
Rawlein G. Soberano, Ph.D. is the President of the Asian American Business Roundtable.