The Center by Jerry Morgan
Herman Cain may not be the most astute politician and in fact he isn't a politician. That is the lure. His 9-9-9 proposal is simplistic but has some merit. It will simplify the tax code and reduce corporate taxes which in turn should stimulate business investment and hiring. However, one can argue that it is inherently unfair for the lower class to pay what could amount to up to 18% (when you take into account local and state taxes) sales tax on essential items.
As far as the accusations of women who are coming out of the closet, they are still only accusations and I respect Mr. Cain for his staying in the campaign. After all, unless he is guilty of a criminal act or found guilty of sexual crimes, he is to be admired for standing up for what he believes under extreme emotional duress. Now the media seems to have ganged up on him from the right and from the left.
It is this centrists opinion that while Mr. Cain may be a flawed candidate, he makes some valuable contributions to the Republican platform and should remain, at least until he no longer is a viable candidate.
The Left by Y. I. Wearblack
Herman Cain’s 9-9-9 plan is a lost leader for Tea Party Conservatives. It could never be enacted because it is a totally unsustainable economic model for America. It is a slogan without substance. Like everything else he peddles it is a sound bite of pop culture, drawn in this case, from the video game Sim City. In fact, I would go as far as to say that Herman Cain’s candidacy is nothing more than an animated billboard to deflect attention from the real intent of those who have financed his candidacy, namely to extract more revenue from the middle class and the poor and less from the rich. It is a business model in which the poor pay more, get less while the rich pay less and get more. His popularity is derived from a sense of entitlement that accompanies the Conservative heart, which repeats and repeats, I have a natural advantage and I wish to use it by exploiting the less fortunate. Ask Herman Cain a question about foreign policy or economics and he tells you that he doesn’t know nor does he need to know. One slogan is sufficient because his form of government is tyranny.
We are a country that has come of age. Unfettered free enterprise is fine to lay the foundation of democracy, but a balance of free enterprise and social equality is the way to sustain it. What we are experiencing in America is a coming of age, a realization that we cannot return to the past or wallow in the present. We must move forward accepting the full mantle of civilization, meaning we must take into consideration the needs of very large constituencies in our population; the young, the aged, the unemployed and the sick, providing a social infrastructure that supports them all. Herman Cain and those like him are icons that we need to reject in the name of progress. The choice must be made soon, and the choruses of protesters are heralding that moment. Herman Cain, get out of the race!
The Right by James Daly Jr.
Herman Cain knows what the American Dream is--in fact, he is a personification of it. He not only espouses the virtues of laissez-faire economics, he built an empire despite the barricades of over-regulation of small businesses by government.
Now he wishes to give something back to society. He is a very wealthy self-made man who owes a debt to the American people, to free market capitalism and the American way. He is a true patriot with Judeo-Christian values who has been maligned by the far left media who are paying women to make heinous accusations against him--accusations that he has proclaimed to be false and we, his apostles, believe him one thousand percent.
No one is claiming that Mr. Cain should be knighted or nominated for sainthood, but he speaks from the heart, and is an honest politician--no, it is not an oxymoron because Herman Cain has not been tainted by the inadequacies of the current Congress and Executive branch of government.
He is exactly what we need in the White House. A fresh face, with new ideas who is not afraid to go where no one else has dared.