Is Herman Cain The One?

Posted on April 17, 2011. Filed under: 2012, Conservative, Elections, government, Healthcare, Politics | Tags: , , , , , , , |

Herman Cain spoke this evening at the Texas Tea Party Patriots PAC in Woodlands, Texas.   There was much to learn about the man at the press conference and during the event.   Passion and knowledge prevailed in his insightful views on the state of the country and the possibilities.

Recently, Chairman Bernanke of the Federal Reserve declared we don’t really have much inflation and that the economy is recovering.  I asked Mr. Cain if he would share his views on the Federal Reserve.  His answer was succinct and on point.  He does not think we need to do away with the Federal Reserve.  Mr. Cain served on the Board of the Federal Reserve in the 90s.  His opinion is the Federal Reserve  has changed significantly since he served, and needs to be fixed.  Quote Mr. Cain:  “I respectfully disagree with Chairman Bernanke regarding inflation.  There is inflation when I go to pump gas and the price has gone up a dollar a gallon.”  Mr. Cain also stated he respectfully disagreed with Chairman Bernanke on the recovery in America.  “How could we be in economic recovery when 15M people are unemployed? This month’s numbers on unemployment have gone back up over 400,000!  This is not recovery.”  In his view, the Federal Reserve has become overly politicized. 

Mr. Cain observed we had become a nation of crises.  America has a crisis of morality, economics, immigration, spending, energy, national security, and a lack of leadership.  It is important in leadership to identify the right problem, surround yourself with the right people, and provide common sense solutions.   In his view, the lack of leadership is permitting the crises to continue growing in the country.

He expressed amazement  regarding the President;s decision on loaning  money to Brazil for drilling oil.  The President stated the United States would be Brazil’s customer.  Mr. Cain was passionate in his argument we should be our own customer.  It is important to drill here, and drill now!  If he runs for President, this is a priority. 

When asked why he should be President, the answer was insightful.  He is a problem solver.  The career experience reflects a gift at problem solving.  The job of President, particularly in these difficult times in America, requires a problem solver.

Over the past 7 days, he had traveled to 9 states and had 16 engagements.  Why?  He is talking to conservatives and determining if he will run for President.   In his mind, he had set 4 criteria for his decision.  Three of the four criteria had exceeded expectations.  The fourth criteria had met expectations.  He is a few weeks away from making a decision.   It was not his intention to ever run for President.  He felt compelled to consider it, after the President signed Obamacare into law.  This law is unconstitutional and tramples on the rights of Americans.  Mr. Cain takes liberty very seriously.

During his speech, there were several specific examples given of economic changes he would make in the country.  Stimulating the economy requires putting more money in the hands of individuals and businesses.   He proposed a 6.2% tax holiday for one year for the employers and employees.   There were several ideas proposed to promote business in the United States rather than allowing the business to go overseas.

It was clear by the end of the speech, Mr. Cain is a leader.  He has a vision of how to solve the nation’s problems.  His advice to the audience:  “Stay Informed, Stay Involved, and Stay Inspired.  Everyone will need to participate in efforts countering the plethora of misinformation that is being circulated.  There is 50% of the country that doesn’t have a clue.  Doing research and getting educated on the issues will be a critical component of the plan to win in 2012.

I would be remiss if the highlight of the evening was not included.   For the finale,  speakers and  Teaparty volunteers gathered on stage for a song.  They were singing God Bless America and Mr. Cain led the audience in singing with them.  This was one of those “Kodak” moments you know will not be forgotten for a very long time.

So, is he the “one” to run for President and win it for conservatives in 2012?  At this point, he is probably one of only a handful of people who could adequately address the challenges facing our country.  His expertise and wisdom clearly outshines the Administration in Washington today.  The love he exhibits for God, family, and country is evident.  Clearly he would be a formidable candidate against President Obama.  We will know shortly! 

Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children’s children what it was once like in the United States where men were free.  Ronald Reagan

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An Evening with Herman Cain and Ted Cruz

Posted on April 11, 2011. Filed under: Conservative, government, Politics | Tags: , , , , , |

The Bay Area Republican Club sponsored an event recently, that stood out as a most exceptional evening.  The gala was the annual Lincoln Reagan Dinner for the bay area.  The speakers were outstanding.  The food, and camaderie was equally enjoyable.   This shall be one of my most memorable events of the year.

Where to begin? Mr. Ted Cruz began the evening, by telling us what he stood for as a US Senatorial Candidate.  He had previously served as the Solicitor General of Texas.  On several occasions, Mr. Cruz has successfully argued cases before the US Supreme Court.  This is quite the accomplishment.   Ted Cruz gave a very apropo piece of advice for all Americans.  Look at each candidate’s accomplishments to date.  Don’t be misled by campaign rhetoric with no substantive experience to be seen.  The depth of experience by Mr. Cruz more than qualifies him for the job of the US Senate.  The challenge will be that there are so many highly qualified, strong conservatives competing for the job.

Herman Cain, was a delight, as always.  Mr. Cain has formed an exploratory commmittee and is considering a run for President of the United States.  His experience and competence are well known in many circles.  Herman Cain is an author, speaker, radio talk show host, and former CEO in business.  He speaks from the heart, and has a gift for “connecting” to the audience.  More than that, he reflects the positive attitude of Americans that have worked hard and achieved the American Dream. 

It never crossed his mind to run for President, until he experienced this administration’s lack of leadership. He is not a professional politician. His background includes being a CEO faced with turning a company around, when it was near bankruptcy.   Pillsbury employed Mr. Cain.    Because he was good at his job, they asked him to take on the task of the Godfather Pizza Division.  It was common knowledge the division was near the end, due to fiscal issues.  Mr. Cain’s leadership and hard choices put the division in the black, improved morale, and made a profit.  He understands fiscal responsibility at all levels.

The personal story he shared of the birth of his granddaughter was moving.  This is why he wants to run for President.  He has been married for 40 years, has two adult children, and three grandchildren.  All people should have the ability to chase whatever their personal American dream, whatever it may be.  America is an exceptional place.  Of that, Mr. Cain was absolutely certain.  It is up to us to maintain that exceptionalism for all future generations. 

He gave a brochure with his positions on the various issues.  The information is in depth and will be covered in my upcoming review of potential Presidential candidates.  Trust me when I say, he included more information and insights on current challenges facing our government, than the majority of the candidates!  The most important thing to me personally, was a statement in the booklet that reflects his personal beliefs and ideals.  Too many times, we have seen politicians having no moral foundation, that are similar to a rudderless boat.  They go nowhere.

The final statement in his information booklet:  We are free because “In God Is our Trust”

Thanks to the Bay Area Republicans for a fine evening.  You can find out more about their group here: http://www.barw.org/    

There are no easy answers, but there are simple answers.  We must have the courage to do what we know is morally right.

Ronald Reagan

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