Herman Cain may run for President again.
Yes, on May 31, he told the annual Republican Leadership Conference in New Orleans that he might once again take up the Presidential quest in 2016.
The kicker: if God calls upon him to do so.
“I do not know what the future holds,” said the onetime CEO of Godfather’s Pizza, “but I know who holds the future. And I trust in God.”
The last time Cain ran for President–in 2011–his campaign ended in scandal. Multiple women came forward to accuse him of making aggressive and unwanted sexual advances.
Cain’s longtime wife, Gloria, chose to stand by him. But millions of female voters chose other candidates to vote for.
Cain dropped out of the race in December, 2011, before any actual votes were cast.
Aside from his apparent inability to keep his hands–and penis–confined to his marriage, there’s another reason why voters should think twice about voting for him.
At the Republican Presidential candidates’ debate in Las Vegas, on October 18, 2011, a telling exchange occurred between CNN journalist and moderator Anderson Cooper and GOP candidate Herman Cain.
COOPER: “How do you explain the Occupy Wall Street movement happening across the country? And how does it relate with your message?
“Herman Cain, I’ve got to ask you, you said–two weeks ago, you said, ‘Don’t blame Wall Street, don’t blame the big banks. If you don’t have a job, and you’re not rich, blame yourself.’”
“That was two weeks ago. The movement has grown. Do you still say that?”
CAIN: “I still stand by my statement, and here’s why. They might be frustrated with Wall Street and the bankers, but they’re directing their anger at the wrong place.
“Wall Street didn’t put in failed economic policies. Wall Street didn’t spend a trillion dollars that didn’t do any good. Wall Street isn’t going around the country trying to sell another $450 billion. They ought to be over in front of the White House taking out their frustration.”
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So, there you have it. If you’re one of the estimated 14 to 25 million unemployed or under-employed Americans, don’t look to Herman Cain for help or even sympathy.
It’s all your fault.
It’s your fault that, today, more than 2 million Americans have been unemployed for at least 99 weeks—the cutoff point for unemployment insurance in the hardest-hit states.
It’s your fault that the longer a person is out of work, the less likely s/he is to find an employer willing to hire.
It’s your fault that corporations across the country are now sitting atop $2 trillion in profits.
It’s your fault that their CEOs are using those monies for enriching themselves, their bought-off politicians, their families—and occasionally their mistresses.
It’s your fault that CEOs are using those monies to buy up their corporate rivals, throw even more Americans into the streets, and pocket their wages.
It’s your fault that CEOs are using those profits to create or enlarge companies outside the United States—solely to pay substandard wages to their new employees.
It’s your fault that the one expense CEOs refuse to underwrite is hiring their fellow Americans.
It’s your fault that CEOs want to escape American employee-protection laws–such as those mandating worker’s compensation or forbidding sexual harassment.
It’s your fault that CEOs want to escape American consumer-protection laws–such as those banning the sale of lead-contaminated products (a hallmark of Chinese imports).
It’s your fault that CEOs want to escape American laws protecting the environment–such as those requiring safe storage of dangerous chemicals.
It’s your fault that mass firings of employees usually accompany corporate mergers or acquisitions.
It’s your fault that many employers victimize part-time employees, who are not legally protected against such threats as racial discrimination, sexual harassment and unsafe working conditions.
It’s your fault that many employers refuse to create better than menial, low-wage jobs.
It’s your fault that right-wing politicians encourage corporate employers to extort “economic incentives” from cities or states in return for moving to or remaining in those areas.
It’s your fault that such “incentives” usually absolve employers from complying with laws protecting the environment and/or workers’ rights.
It’s your fault that many employers refuse to provide medical and pension benefits—nearly always in the case of part-time employees, and, increasingly, for full-time, permanent ones as well.
It’s your fault that crime rates are now rising, due to rising unemployment.
It’s your fault that such employers want, in short, to enrich themselves at the direct expense of their country.
It’s your fault if you’ve forgotten that, in decades past, such conduct used to be called treason–and punished accordingly.
And it’s your fault if you vote for GOP politicians who support such corrupt and ruinous policies.