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Herman Cain Has Conservatives Standing in the Well of Hypocrisy

All the folks at Fox have written Herman Cain off. He’s finished, they say.

But in the same breath, they also say he never could have gotten the nomination anyway, as a kind of a justification for their neglect in commenting on how he was finished off.

Herman has retreated to his family to decide whether to continue with this campaign. And who can blame him?

A friend many of us like to follow, AJStrata at The Strata-Sphere has made a plea to Herman, ” don’t let the bastards win like this.”

I echo his sentiment here.

It’s like fighting for a lady’s honor or your mother’s good name, you don’t stop to count the room before you roll up your sleeves. Let the voters tell Herman No, not that crack journalistic team at Fox or RedState…or Mark Steyn.

But, what I want to do here is broaden the spectrum a bit as to just who are “the bastards,” just so we’ll be clear.

Now I realize that factual details may yet reveal that Herman Cain is indeed a horndog, but as of today no facts bear that out. In fact, the truth that has been revealed so far has worked against the believability of the women who have (sort of) stepped forward to accuse this man.

Still, his candidacy is on the brink, and possibly that may be it for Herman. In the political sense, tough toenails. But in the moral and just sense, not for me. Not knowing who is responsible for these accusations, (and trust me, they don’t want me to know), looking around me all I see is an awful lot of “professional” conservatives (I’m a professing one myself) saying “Hate that, old chap, but you never were going to be a winning candidate anyway. Let’s move along.”

Now, I expect this from Bill Kristol, a hyphenated conservative, and the girls over at Davey Jones Locker, mere parroting children, but I was saddened to hear Mark Steyn chime in, totally crossing the line from snark to cynicism.

Therein lies a teachable lesson.

The lesson:

All humans are conditioned to evaluate every event they see with a certain frame of reference.  They do so with a pecking order of moral priorities. If we see a man club a puppy to death with a baseball bat, we first think of the poor puppy, then the outrage of the crime itself, as we reach for our phone…or sometimes an even bigger baseball bat.

Only somewhere down that list do we pause to consider that the man may turn that bat on us. In the end, self interest is not our first consideration when we see an outrage.

This is how moral people behave. And who are unhyphenated conservatives if not moral? Or so they say.

But this is not how amoral people behave. They have been conditioned to re-priortize those moral values so as to always consider self-interests first, and to discount almost all contrary human moral systems. This is called cynicism, which is more dangerous to the human moral condition than smoking is to the physical.

But apparently this includes conservatives who are not in Herman Cain’s camp…including their candidates. They all saw this brutal beating of a puppy dog only in terms of whose yard it was in, and in this case, it was in the yard of an opponent.

I found it startling to find how easily the normal clear-thinking Mark Steyn, subbing for Limbaugh, was able to turn snark into cynicism about the absolute rape of a man’s character and integrity, all because he didn’t think Herman had a real shot at being president.

Is that what this is all about?

If you don’t think that with a few dollars I couldn’t assassinate the reputations and character of any of you reading this, or any public conservative, trust me, it would be a breeze.

But why I won’t is because of a streak of honor in me (and no financial encouragement to do it), which by your performance over the false accusations against Herman Cain, makes you seem undeserving.

In the end one cannot be an unhyphenated conservative and also be a cynic. If you want to live by Walter Duranty’s sword, your reputations and careers may also die by it. When you see injustice you speak out…to say something other than “he couldn’t win anyway.” That’s a law of being a true conservative; to speak out against all injustice. The silence is deafening here with Mr Cain.

I would do that for Ron Paul, Joe Biden or even Lexington Concord. I actually have done that already for Bill Clinton. (It was over a parking ticket.)

This Cain Affair reminds me of ESPN during the breaking story of Jerry Sandusky at Penn State, and all the  hand-wringing about the impact on the university, the athletic department, and poor old Joe Paterno. Oh, let me me, did we leave anyone out, here?

Enter Herman Cain. A few weeks ago a spate of stories broke about Herman “sexually harassing” in a non-sexual way (?) two women at the National Restaurant Association who were then terminated. Later another woman, Ms Bialek, a notorious woman with direct links to David Axelrod in Chicago, and a track record of aggressive sexual misconduct herself (at CBS), claimed Cain is a masher, and mashed her in a cab at a function.

Thirteen years ago.

Then these ladies suddenly and mysteriously disappeared, only to suddenly spring from the shadows a woman who claims a 13-year affair with Herman. The New York Times buried this little tidbit at the end of a long story advertising her claim:

Ms. White is an unemployed single mother. Before the interview, Fox learned that she had filed a sexual harassment claim against an employer in 2001. That case was settled. The station also found a bankruptcy filing nearly 23 years ago in Kentucky, and several eviction notices in the Atlanta area over the past six years.
The station also reported that Ms. White had a former business partner who once sought a “stalking temporary protective order” against her for “repeated e-mails/texts threatening lawsuit and defamation of character.” The case was dismissed, but it was followed by a libel lawsuit against Ms. White. A judge entered an order against Ms. White because she failed to respond to the lawsuit, Fox reported.

Even more tawdry facts are coming out today.

Throughout it all, along the length of the conservative back-fence gossip circuit, the comments have all been about how poorly Herman has handled this. No one has attacked the lie, and the ease with which it has been used to defame him.

Only on Tuesday I wrote here at UP that in some quarters two lies, three or four even better, suddenly can take on an air of truth along that back fence gossip circuit. It is peculiarly feminine, only, it seems, more men hang out there than do the ladies.

A  cynic is a person who believes that only selfishness motivates human actions and disbelieves in selfless acts or any higher moral motives.

Conservatives aren’t supposed to be wired this way, and if this sounds naive, let me state this another way:

Hear me! We can win every election with the best conservative candidate, possible but if we allow this streak of cynicism about human values, especially on matters of truth and honor, to survive in our midst and our company, we are as doomed as if we had re-elected Barack Obama.

We are lost.

 

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  1. The MSM just assumes corruption and moral swill of everybody given their side’s indulgent history with this stuff. Whatever Herman did or probably didnt do 10 years ago, and has in any case moved on from, is somehow supposed to be morally equivocated to the in flagrante delicto illicit trafficking operation run out of Barney Frank’s apartment. For which Barney skated. Why do our guys keep dancing this never ending Kabuki dance with the MSM? “Most Revered Emperor Media, may we groveling peaseants please have (fill in the blank – Perry-san, Cain-san, Bachman-san…etc.) as our samurai to represent us in the province?” “No, you may not, for (s)he is unworthy before me for the following reason I reveal to you.” In seriatim refusals until Gingrich-san, which the Emperor will grant. “Why has His Serene Majesty granted us Gingrich-san? Has he no flaws?” “Yes, but those I will reveal in October of 2012. Do not worry for now.” “Thank you, thank you, Gracious Emperor.”

  2. We’ve been conditioned to believe that our candidates (not the left’s candidates) must somehow be perfect; more perfect than Christ.

    Not one of the Founders can pass that test, not even George Washington.

    Were it true, which I don’t believe at this time that it is… in fact, I’d be shocked if it is… It would not disqualify him as president anywhere near as much as policies should do.

    He’s an adult and he can order his personal life any way he chooses as long as he leaves me to order my live the way I choose. With the caveat that how he orders it does not affect his job performance. His sins are between him and God, as our mine.

    We are not God and we are not as perfect as Christ ourselves, so why do we allow evil people to influence us to beat ourselves up over a pecadillo that isn’t our own? Especially a pecadillo that is more likely than not a false one?

    I give money away all the time. I’m nowhere near as rich as Cain but that’s beside the point. Should I run for office, will I have to list all those people to whom I’ve given money over the years… just in case one of the male ones, or even a female one, comes forward and claims it was because we were having an affair? I doubt my hubby knows each and every one of those individuals, either. I don’t know the names of a lot of them, like the fellow going for a job interview and ran out of gas before he could get there. I bought him a tank of gas. I suppose foresight about the true Big Brothers should have prompted me to get his name and other relevant information… you know, just in case.

    Handle it well? I think he botched the harrassment “news” ones but how does one handle an accusation that one never dreamed of? He obviously couldn’t have given her that much money over the years, if the so-called press made her a better offer.

    There was another clip that you didn’t mention and I’m not sure I can find it again but it said something about those text messages. There were 70 over a short period of time. Of those 70, 17 were from Cain to her. 53 from her to him. Anybody else smell a setup?

    This is no longer about whether Cain can win the nomination or not. It’s unlikely given the hypocrisy. But, if he withdraws because of this, the left knows it can pound us into the ground any time it wants.

    All these so-called conservatives can wear that self-righteous mantle if they so choose, guilty until proven innocent, but I do hope they realize what they are losing in return.

    There will be no more activism because the left will pound it into the ground whenever they choose. They already are as much as possible (Richmond VA, anyone?). There will be no more chances after what Obama has already done to the country. This is the make or break election, win or lose, because it’s about the fight for freedom more than it is about any one man, presidential candidate or no.

    Win or lose, if Cain loves this country as much as he professes, he has to stay in for the country’s future.

    Perception is 9/10 of reality. If we only fight until it gets hard, why bother fighting at all?

  3. ‘the comments have all been about how poorly Herman has handled this’ – Bad form, old chap, should have handled it better. Yes, reminds me of the Global Warming Debate – When Al Gore gave his speech in the middle of Tennessee on a hundred degree day and said “Tell me the Earth isn’t warming”: and proceeded to sweat all over the podium. Mable and Helen leaning on the fence “Oh, girl! Don’t you just know it!” So when the data comes out as being fudged, it’s all “Well, the question is the degree to which man is contributing to it” Never mind that the premise is false to begin with. The Earth is not warming and the question is not how far up the leg Herman’s hand went, the question is why, as you say, even those who you think stand for something get sucked into the discussion, like “conservative ” Republicans do on global warming.
    The almighty dollar, I suppose.

  1. The MSM just assumes corruption and moral swill of everybody given their side’s indulgent history with this stuff. Whatever Herman did or probably didnt do 10 years ago, and has in any case moved on from, is somehow supposed to be morally equivocated to the in flagrante delicto illicit trafficking operation run out of Barney Frank’s apartment. For which Barney skated. Why do our guys keep dancing this never ending Kabuki dance with the MSM? “Most Revered Emperor Media, may we groveling peaseants please have (fill in the blank – Perry-san, Cain-san, Bachman-san…etc.) as our samurai to represent us in the province?” “No, you may not, for (s)he is unworthy before me for the following reason I reveal to you.” In seriatim refusals until Gingrich-san, which the Emperor will grant. “Why has His Serene Majesty granted us Gingrich-san? Has he no flaws?” “Yes, but those I will reveal in October of 2012. Do not worry for now.” “Thank you, thank you, Gracious Emperor.”

  2. We’ve been conditioned to believe that our candidates (not the left’s candidates) must somehow be perfect; more perfect than Christ.

    Not one of the Founders can pass that test, not even George Washington.

    Were it true, which I don’t believe at this time that it is… in fact, I’d be shocked if it is… It would not disqualify him as president anywhere near as much as policies should do.

    He’s an adult and he can order his personal life any way he chooses as long as he leaves me to order my live the way I choose. With the caveat that how he orders it does not affect his job performance. His sins are between him and God, as our mine.

    We are not God and we are not as perfect as Christ ourselves, so why do we allow evil people to influence us to beat ourselves up over a pecadillo that isn’t our own? Especially a pecadillo that is more likely than not a false one?

    I give money away all the time. I’m nowhere near as rich as Cain but that’s beside the point. Should I run for office, will I have to list all those people to whom I’ve given money over the years… just in case one of the male ones, or even a female one, comes forward and claims it was because we were having an affair? I doubt my hubby knows each and every one of those individuals, either. I don’t know the names of a lot of them, like the fellow going for a job interview and ran out of gas before he could get there. I bought him a tank of gas. I suppose foresight about the true Big Brothers should have prompted me to get his name and other relevant information… you know, just in case.

    Handle it well? I think he botched the harrassment “news” ones but how does one handle an accusation that one never dreamed of? He obviously couldn’t have given her that much money over the years, if the so-called press made her a better offer.

    There was another clip that you didn’t mention and I’m not sure I can find it again but it said something about those text messages. There were 70 over a short period of time. Of those 70, 17 were from Cain to her. 53 from her to him. Anybody else smell a setup?

    This is no longer about whether Cain can win the nomination or not. It’s unlikely given the hypocrisy. But, if he withdraws because of this, the left knows it can pound us into the ground any time it wants.

    All these so-called conservatives can wear that self-righteous mantle if they so choose, guilty until proven innocent, but I do hope they realize what they are losing in return.

    There will be no more activism because the left will pound it into the ground whenever they choose. They already are as much as possible (Richmond VA, anyone?). There will be no more chances after what Obama has already done to the country. This is the make or break election, win or lose, because it’s about the fight for freedom more than it is about any one man, presidential candidate or no.

    Win or lose, if Cain loves this country as much as he professes, he has to stay in for the country’s future.

    Perception is 9/10 of reality. If we only fight until it gets hard, why bother fighting at all?

  3. ‘the comments have all been about how poorly Herman has handled this’ – Bad form, old chap, should have handled it better. Yes, reminds me of the Global Warming Debate – When Al Gore gave his speech in the middle of Tennessee on a hundred degree day and said “Tell me the Earth isn’t warming”: and proceeded to sweat all over the podium. Mable and Helen leaning on the fence “Oh, girl! Don’t you just know it!” So when the data comes out as being fudged, it’s all “Well, the question is the degree to which man is contributing to it” Never mind that the premise is false to begin with. The Earth is not warming and the question is not how far up the leg Herman’s hand went, the question is why, as you say, even those who you think stand for something get sucked into the discussion, like “conservative ” Republicans do on global warming.
    The almighty dollar, I suppose.

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