Herman Cain under fire
I’m no Herman Cain supporter. For me, he’s just another non intellectual republican along the lines of Michelle Bachman and Sarah Palin. It speaks volumes about the party that these non-intellectual types, with little to offer other than slogans, are the ones that garner much of the support of republican voters. I had a chance to watch the last debate and the more thoughtful comments came from Ron Paul and Newt Gingrich, but poll ratings for both of them are in the cellar.
It’s quite apparent is that the system really wants the republican race to be between Rick Perry and Mitt Romney and everything has been geared toward that end. That was obvious during the last debate with Perry and Romney making sure that they went after each other so as to create a two man race. Herman Cain’s ascendency in the polls has thrown the entire race off of its scripted course and the sexual harassment charges are designed to put this entire thing back on script and that means either Romney or Perry will be the republican nominee.
Conventional wisdom would say that the source for Cain’s problems come from the political right and Cain himself has accused Rick Perry’s campaign of trying to smear him, but as I watch the various media reports on this, it seems to me that the “political system” is crafting this script. What do I mean by the political system? It’s the combination of media, corporate power and money that shapes the politics of the country while keeping the public enthralled with the notion that there’s such a thing as a distinction that really matters between the two political parties. (There may be some distinction between the two parties, but it’s one that results in little practical difference from a policy standpoint, hence the distinction doesn’t really matter). This system doesn’t want Herman Cain in the role of the republican nominee. It would be perfectly acceptable for him to be a cheerleading type with a media presence as a pundit, but his presidential aspirations aren’t a part of the script. Even Condi Rice came out today and accused him of playing the race card in an interview he had with Charles Krauthammer. Poor Cain is catching it from all sides and I suspect that he’ll be done within the next few weeks and will find himself relegated to has been status.
Again, I shed no tears for Herman Cain here. Folks like him are the reason I’m seriously considering a choice of “none of the above” come the next election. What I do shed tears over is the death of democracy as elections in this country become scripted affairs sponsored by the “political system”. This system not only scripts the elections, but also scripts the issues of the day. For theatrical productions and the like, scripts work well to create a fiction that’s good for entertainment or a diversion from reality, but they fail miserably in helping one in actually managing reality and that’s the primary reason why the country is in the mess it’s in.