Tuesday, July 19, 2011
The following post is probably going to be seen as a political post since it is about GOP hopeful Herman Cain. I would have to disagree with you; this is at the heart of it a common sense post. Sure I have disagreements with Mr. Cain, from his stance on abortion and belief that Planned Parenthood is just your one stop shop for abortions to his belief that homosexuality is a choice this is not about that. This is about two of the most asinine statements I have ever heard spouted by someone who is running for president.
When asked about the controversy in Murfreesboro, Tennessee regarding the building of a proposed mosque the esteemed and fair Mr. Cain stated: "I don't agree with what's happening because this isn't an innocent mosque." Think about that. Here we are almost a full decade after this anti-Muslim sentiment began sprouting up and it still angers me. Not only does it imply that all Muslims are responsible for every act of terrorism, it overlooks one of the fundamental reasons for the founding of our nation, the right to be free from religious persecution. What someone needs to tell Mr. Cain is that guess what, we were not attacked by Islam, we were attacked by Al-Qaeda. Oh and Sharia law that he keeps talking about as if he was an expert? Sharia Law is defined as a code of conduct or religious law of Islam. Hmmm, a code of conduct as deemed by religion? That sounds a lot like the Ten Commandments.
What really bugs me though about Cain was this statement regarding how liberals will be “doubly scared that a real black man might run against Barack Obama." Ugh. Really? And what makes a real black man? When pressed on the topic he ran away saying “If he wants to call himself black, fine. If he wants to call himself African American, fine. I'm not going down this color road." No Mr. Cain, not only are going down the color road you put us on this path. If you disagree with the President that is more than fine, this is not an attack on your policies, but to just say I am really black, he is not, makes you out to be a clown.
This line of thinking is also dangerous. This thinking of someone being blacker than another implies that there is a template for blackness. That unlike other people we are confined to a list and not allowed to be anything but that. Using his logic I could say I am blacker than he is. For instance, I am a black democrat, he is a black conservative. Not too many of those. Now I obviously am not saying I am blacker than Mr. Cain, but you see my point. I suggest that if Mr. Cain wants to be taken seriously he stops playing the race card himself. It won’t matter how black he says he is come election time. If all you have is this, I doubt the American people will be buying.