Omar Rahman’s essay is must reading. In part
First there was Mike Huckabee, who came out in support of the building of illegal Jewish settlements in the West Bank. Then there was Rick Santorum’s statement that there were no Palestinians in the West Bank, only Israelis, and that the entire land belonged to Israel (more on this later). Then there was Herman Cain, well, Herman Cain’s statements were so inane they are not worth describing. Finally, we have Newt Gingrich, the self-proclaimed ‘historian’ who has stated that Palestinians are a fictitious peopleand that they are all just ‘terrorists’ anyway.
In what has become a ritual for American politicians to outdo each other over who can be the most pro-Israel, the journey for national public office clearly runs through the Holy Land, or at least its Washington address at the AIPAC/WINEP headquarters. This is obviously nothing new; Israel has been a domestic issue in American politics—like the economy, healthcare, education, etc.—for decades.
What is shameless and worrisome are the depths that candidates are now willing to go to in their public statements, sounding more like neo-Nazi demagogues as they deny an entire people’s place in the world than politicians trying to get elected by playing up to an important domestic constituency.
Sometimes what politicians say is so embarrassing one blushes. Recent statements vis-a-vis the Palestinians are a prime case in point. Read the whole enthralling piece.
Herman Cain, who is leading the polls in the race to become the Republican party’s presidential nominee, was allegedly accused of sexually suggestive behaviour by two female employees while he headed the National Restaurant Association in the 1990s. The women ultimately left the trade group after signing agreements that gave them financial payouts and barred them from talking about their departures, a report on website Politco said. Mr Cain’s campaign has called the allegations “unsubstantiated personal attacks.”
Hey that’s just what Bill Clinton said too! And Clarence Thomas! And, well just name some politician like Newt Gingrich or that greasy governor of Virginia. Politicians are politicians regardless of their affiliation.
The first detailed analysis of Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain’s 9-9-9 tax plan found that it would cut taxes for Americans making $200,000 or more a year and raise taxes for those making less than $200,000 a year.
I find that sickening. And all the while he pretends he’s for the average Joe. Sure he is- if that Joe makes over 200k. The only person I know who makes that kind of money is Bob Cargill (and Chris Tilling).
The analysis was released today by the independent Tax Policy Center, a joint venture by the Brookings Institution and the Urban Institute.
Cain’s 9-9-9 plan, which would institute a flat 9 percent business, individual and national sales tax, has been credited for catapulting the former Godfather’s Pizza CEO to the top of the Republican race.
The Tax Policy Center found that if the plan were instituted, those making more than $1 million would receive a $455,000 (15 percent) tax break, while those making $20,000 to $30,000 would see a $3,800 (15 percent) tax increase.
Cain’s just another lying politician who is keeping an eye out for his cronies and oppressing the middle class. I won’t be voting for him. Not a chance.
Racist much, Herman?
You can say this about Herman Cain’s presidential bid: he’s not going to resort to boring soundbites. The Republican hopeful and former pizza chain CEO was interviewed by the conservative radio talk show host Neal Boortz, and was asked about what a head-to-head general election contest with President Obama might look like. “It would almost be no contest,” Cain opined. Boortz suggested that Cain would be able to talk about the black experience in America. “[Obama’s] never been a part of the black experience in America,” Cain said. Cain, whose scheduler refers to him as ‘Cornbread,’ appeared on Neal Boortz’s radio show ahead of tonight’s Republican debate.
I’m blacker than Obama? That’s what he thinks qualifies him?? And people buy that?
Rick Perry, the potential Republican presidential nominee in 2012, has been accused of entertaining guests at a hunting camp called “Niggerhead.”
Mr Perry took friends, supporters, and politicians to the 1,070-acre retreat where he hosted turkey and wild hog shoots between 1983 and 2006. When the Texas Governor’s family began using the ranch in his home state there was already a sign bearing the offensive word at the entrance. Mr Perry now faces questions over how quickly he removed the sign, which was emblazoned on a large flat rock. The Washington Post spoke to seven people who remembered seeing the sign standing at the gate at various times in the 1980s and 1990s. One former ranch worker told the newspaper it was still there in 2008.
Really Rick? Really? Why wouldn’t his family – as soon as they purchased the property – have blown the rock up? He loves guns, why didn’t he just shoot it to smithereens? Why tolerate such ugliness even for a second? And even now, instead of making excuses, why doesn’t he just denounce the word and all it implies?
Normal people, when they see hateful things, do away with them first thing. I guess the key is ‘normal people’.
The more we discover about Perry, the less Presidential he looks and the more creepy.
CNN emails (and note the bold)
Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s presidential campaign was dealt a worrying blow Saturday when he finished a distant second to businessman Herman Cain in a closely watched straw poll in Florida.
Cain won 37% of the 2,657 votes cast in the straw poll conducted at Presidency 5, a three-day convention sponsored by the Republican Party of Florida. Perry got just 410 votes, or 15.4%. Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney finished third with 14%.
Perry was expected to win the straw poll as the weekend began, but his underwhelming performance at a GOP debate on Thursday night raised questions about his readiness for prime time.
Yikes. He’s as far behind Cain as he can be just about. How sad for him… But people do love pizza. Especially in Florida. It’s crazy hot and humid down there and who wants to cook?
Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain came out on top in the Florida straw poll on Saturday.
Yay! When he’s elected there will be a pizza in every kitchen (because that’s all anyone will have enough money to spend on food for a week).
Florida… leading the way for Republicans…
Christian’s reason is better.
First he said he “will not” appoint Muslims to his administration, which, of course, violates Article 1 Section 6 of the US Constitution that he professes to love. Then he walks back, saying he’d appoint “any person for a position based on merit“, you know, the legal way. Then he said he’d appoint a Muslim who “disavowed Sharia law“, again, a Constitutional violation. Then he jumped fully into the bigoted idiot pool with both feet. On the Glenn Beck show, Cain actually said he would require Muslims to take a loyalty oath. When asked if he’d do the same for Mormons or Catholics, he said “no”.
Honestly if Cain is even close to being nominated by the Repubs at their convention, it’s the final piece of the apocalyptic puzzle and the end (of America) is truly at hand.
Herman Cain said Sunday that Americans should be able to ban Muslims from building mosques in their communities. “Our Constitution guarantees the separation of church and state,” Cain said in an interview with Chris Wallace on “Fox News Sunday.” “Islam combines church and state. They’re using the church part of our First Amendment to infuse their morals in that community, and the people of that community do not like it. They disagree with it.”
I don’t even know where to start. Separation of Church and state has nothing to do with anything Cain thinks it must. It isn’t about churches or mosques inserting themselves into public life, it’s about the government keeping its nose out of religious business. Cain has turned the amendment on its head.
Americans, rather than banning mosques in their communities, ought to ban Herman Cain from public life. He’s the black Pat Robertson – the only thing he lacks is a tv station from which to launch his insanity.