Maybe it's time for Herman Cain to give it up. Or is it? Put aside that silly 999 tax plan that will unfairly burden the nation’s already overburdened poor, the sexual harassment allegations can’t be ignored, and with the latest announcement by Ginger White of a 13-year extramarital affair (which was consensual), one wonders if it’s not getting to be too much and time for the man to step aside.
Or do we really care?
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While all the sexual harassment allegations put Mr. Cain’s character into question, the questions I keep going back to are why now and does anyone really care? These claims of sexual improprieties occurred a long time ago, 14 years ago I think, so why did the all these women wait until right now to come forward? No one came forward when Mr. Cain announced his candidacy, but as soon as his campaign took off, there they were. Why then?
In a way, I sort of feel sorry for Mr. Cain. There’s too much smoke here for me not to believe there’s a fire. He’s also contradicted himself and money has been paid out in exchange for silence and then there was his laughable defense: “For every one person that comes forward with a false accusation, there are probably thousands who will say that none of that sort of activity ever came from Herman Cain” (which I guess means that because thousands of people will never read this blog posting, it must mean it was never written), but we’ve seen a lot of smoke flowing over a lot of people’s heads in the past and we’ve either ignored it or moved past it. So, yes, in a way, I sort of feel sorry for Mr. Cain because is he any different than anyone else?
Put aside thoughts that Mr. Cain himself might be a liar and a cheater for a minute. Liars and cheaters aren’t new to politics. Everyone remembers Presidents Kennedy and Clinton. How about Newt Gingrich, who is surging in the polls behind Herman Cain’s scandals? Has everyone who suddenly supports Mr. Gingrich’s campaign forgotten the events surrounding the end of his first marriage to Jackie Battley and that he allegedly divorced her while she lay in a hospital bed recovering from uterine cancer and that he allegedly told his campaign manager, L.H. Carter, “She’s not young enough or pretty enough to be the wife of the President. And besides, she has cancer.”, as well as the multiple affairs he’s allegedly had, not only while being married, but while he was leading an investigation into President Clinton’s behavior with Monica Lewinsky?
Or do we just not care anymore?
If we care, that’s great, and if we don’t care, that’s fine, but let’s at least try and be consistent about it all. Let’s not hold someone up to standards we’re not willing to hold others up to. I’m not anyone’s judge and I don’t say any of this to defend or condemn anyone. I’m just tired of the hypocrisy and hope that maybe one day we’ll see political candidates with integrity who are seeking office for no other reason than to help people but I fear those days are gone.
“I don’t think politics has anything to do with left, right, or center. It has to do with trying to do right by people.” – Paul Wellstone
I’d also like to see voters, as well as candidates, stop the name calling and to start focusing on real facts and issues instead of the stuff that TV tells us is important.
Personally, I wonder if the candidates don’t welcome these types of scandals and allegations because everyone involved knows they’ll be forgotten in time and as long as they’re news, they allow everyone to avoid talking about the real issues.
On a sidenote that has absolutely nothing to do with anything, if one can forget that Mr. Cain might be a liar and a cheater, one almost has to admire his stamina.
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