There are many headlines that strike fear in the hearts of presidential campaigns — and this one from Politico is probably right near the worst of them. Last night, they ran a story that the National Restaurant Association had to settle two sexual-harassment claims against Herman Cain when he chaired the trade group in the 1990s:*********
During Herman Cain’s tenure as the head of the National Restaurant Association in the 1990s, at least two female employees complained to colleagues and senior association officials about inappropriate behavior by Cain, ultimately leaving their jobs at the trade group, multiple sources confirm to POLITICO.Cain got challenged to respond to this earlier in the day, which led to an uncomfortable moment:
The women complained of sexually suggestive behavior by Cain that made them angry and uncomfortable, the sources said, and they signed agreements with the restaurant group that gave them financial payouts to leave the association. The agreements also included language that bars the women from talking about their departures.
Cain said he has “had thousands of people working for me” at different businesses over the years and could not comment “until I see some facts or some concrete evidence.” His campaign staff was given the name of one woman who complained last week, and it was repeated to Cain on Sunday. He responded, “I am not going to comment on that.”By late evening, the Cain campaign had a more polished response in denying that Cain had ever engaged in sexual harassment, without denying the existence of the settlements...
He was then asked, “Have you ever been accused, sir, in your life of harassment by a woman?”
He breathed audibly, glared at the reporter and stayed silent for several seconds. After the question was repeated three times, he responded by asking the reporter, “Have you ever been accused of sexual harassment?”
Ok perfect example of how as I check out my first reads of the morning I see this and feel compelled to say what few will say. Folks let’s get real here, every man I have ever known has engaged in sexually suggestive behavior with a woman at some point. This obviously is Cain’s “fuck a nigga up” moment. The liberals on the left side of the aisle obviously think it is time to engage in what Clarence Thomas coined as a high tech lynching.
This clearly tells me that Herman Cain has arrived as a serious challenger and candidate for president. If Cain had no traction, no juice to make a serious run for the White House nobody would care who dude hit on.
Men are pigs pure and simple… Look I went to an event in Washington D.C recently with a number of very prominent individuals and a number of past political icons present. One of these men in front of everyone “goosed” one of the women who were hosting the event and everyone thought this was cute because this dude was an old fart never mind this individual was a high ranking highly regarded politician. I witnessed a number of men at this event just go out of their way to get all up on a number of women at this event. Bunch of old high power white men who obviously see women as nothing more the tree ornaments.
I’m certain that if I were to attempt to run for high office a few women from my past could tell some pretty messy stories about me stories that yes were indeed true and certainly nothing I was proud of. Even my recent ex could tell stories of behavior that would not put me in the best light. Look I’m exceedingly flawed and have been for a long time I should have taken some well-placed advice and dealt with some of my poor behavior and mental health issues long ago. But you know thing is most of us are fucked up to varying degrees. We all have mental demons that we battle each and every day and we go through life believing we are the only ones suffering from these demons. These demons cause up to behave in ways seeming unimaginable to us when we are thinking clearly and rationally.
Now what the hell does this have to do with Herman Cain, nothing and everything. I have been paying attention to politics for a long time and yes I was one of those who would demonize someone solely based on their personal flaws and frankly I simply don’t do that anymore. If I am going to reject someone personally it will be because of their core ideology and what decisions I think they will make while in office.
Now certainly do we want our political leaders to be child molesters, callous womanizing conniving monsters with no soul or moral conscious… of course not. But this is the one thing I find offensive about liberals. Many on the left side of the ideological scale have engaged in questionable behaviors particularly against women and children and you rarely see the outrage against their own as you do when someone who has a R after their name engage in the same behavior unfounded or not.
What is even more offensive to me is Herman Cain a black man will no doubt go through the most vicious attacks imaginable because white liberals clearly see him as a threat. Any black man willing to show a mindset and conviction that is contrary to the slave mentality mindset of the Democratic left is a huge threat and will be dealt with accordingly. This is why those of us conservative blacks have never feared the white supremacist, skinhead racist redneck type because we know where they stand and they are honest about who and what they are. White liberals are far more dangerous and even seemingly like-minded black are equally as dangerous. I’m far more likely to be mugged by or shot and killed by a black man than I am some white skinhead.
Black folks who have the wrong skin shade are likely to be dissed by other light skinned black folks. Society is filled with exceedingly flawed individuals with a number of skeletons hiding in various closets. Bill Clinton was a man with all sorts of personal failings but was a decent president and has done a lot of good since leaving office.
We all could put together a laundry list of political leaders and business leaders who may have been complete bastards but who have transformed society, created jobs and wealth for lots of people. I recently watched a 60 Minutes segment on Steve Jobs and by watching that is some of the stuff I read about him he was a complete asshole and by many accounts a fucked up dude, but he left his mark on society and changed many lives and again made a lot of people wealthy.
The question we all must ask ourselves is… Is Herman Cain good for the country, will his ideas and political philosophy be good for the nation? If Herman Cain was a bastard to women then this should have come out while he was CEO of a major corporation. But I seriously doubt that any man who would ever run for the presidency is free from fundamental flaws with their personality and is not guilty of eyeballing a few women in his lifetime. I’m sure at some point when a woman runs for president we just may hear about her infidelity at some point.
"let he who is without sin, cast the first stone."