Not Rocket Science

This is what a rocket scientist looks like

Republicans are frequently denigrated as being stupid. In some cases they are paradoxically labeled as both evil geniuses and drooling morons at the same time. It should be no surprise that Herman Cain is similarly mocked. It doesn’t matter that he has a degree in mathematics and a Masters in computer science. He was literally a rocket scientist for the Navy.

None of this was important to fiction writer Lawrence “Crazy Larry” O’Donnell. On MSNBC, he condemned Cain for not attending civil rights marches in the 60’s, apparently choosing school instead. Larry thinks that marching is a critical part of political activity. Of course, he’s a white liberal. It makes him an expert on race.

Herman Cain used his education to get a steady job, something that was hard in his family growing up. He was able to use his intelligence to get into business. He saved a company that employed thousands of people.

You can march or protest all you want, but what happens afterward? Some would say that Cain owes some of his success to the people who marched for civil rights. In reality, it’s a two-way street. The cause of civil rights needed people like Herman Cain, who were educated and capable. People like him could demonstrate that they are as good as any white professional.

President Obama is very much the model of a recipient of favoritism. His family was rich and well-connected. He moved around, but always ended up in the private school wherever he went. His unique history alone was considered important at Harvard, regardless of academic ability. His political career was mentored by big players in Chicago politics. Still, even with a staff of people around him, he can’t get the job done. It’s a good thing he isn’t the example of the fruits of the civil rights movement.

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19 Responses to Not Rocket Science

  1. HELENK says:

    off topic
    secret government order to have google turn over info on wikileaks

    http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970203476804576613284007315072.html

    • alice223 says:

      Dang, controversial secret court order to turn over email accounts… on the heels of secret legal memorandum making case to kill US citizen… Thanks for link.

  2. WMCB says:

    I am sick of all the Uncle Tom crap directed at Cain. Sharpton was at it this week too – said Cain was “singing Old Man River” for the conservatives,

    Shut the fuck up, Al, you pig. I don’t care how vehemently you disagree with the man, that kind of denigration and attempt at racial shaming is disgusting and wrong.

    Racial shaming is bullying of a particularly nasty sort. We need a movement against it. Seriously.

  3. HELENK says:

    maybe it is just me but there seem to be a lot of secret government documents lately. When either party is in power.

  4. yttik says:

    I’m getting a bit pissed off at all the crap being directed at Cain.

    Why is this country now celebrating failure and persecuting success?

  5. alice223 says:

    Sometimes a fearsome mischief comes over me, and I need to peek at the sites where I used to play. Tonight, I saw a thread over at DU calling Cain a “clueless pizza delivery tool” in the title. The original post had some recs, too. Having lived through that year called 2008, I wonder in what universe do these people think that designation would be appropriate? Disagree with his statements or his policy prescriptions all you want — but “pizza delivery tool”? For all the racial shaming they did, you think they’d figure out that this is dismissive of the man, his history, and his education. I know that crowd never cared about racial justice in the first place, but that’s a fresh batch o’ creepy ideological doublethink.

    Here’s the punchline: Cain’s popularity right now is being attributed to bigotry. When the inevitable recalibration comes and support levels off, that will get attributed to bigotry, too.

    These characters can’t even pretend to believe they can win an election cycle on actual policies.

  6. myiq2xu says:

    My ex-wife said I was an evil moron but she has bad taste in men.

    • trist says:

      Well maybe that’s a compliment. I mean seriously how much damage could an evil moron do? Well not counting people in Washington of course. ^_^

  7. trist says:

    Well, I absolutely do NOT want to see Romney get the nom. And frankly I couldn’t pick a side to root for between The One and ANY repub. although I can definitely root against someone. But just so it wouldn’t be dull as all get out, I admit seeing Cain as the nominee would keep me glued to the set. It would be quite the entertaining match up! Even more interesting would be how certain supporters hurl attacks without the boomerang of hypocrisy not smacking them upside the head every time they open their mouths.

    As far as Cain, I haven’t really looked into him as a person or potential leader, but at least I don’t get a spike in my blood pressure or the urge to puke whenever he comes on the tube. Unlike with some others out there. If he actually looks like he has staying power, I’ll start reading up on him.

    • DandyTiger says:

      I agree, if it’s Cain it will certainly be fun watching the attacks and hypocrisy. Though the Dem side doesn’t seem to have a problem with them already as we’ve seen.

      It’s going to be a great year for popcorn sales. 🙂

  8. trist says:

    You know, the more I think about it, Cain could be the Dems worst nightmare. Imagine if he DID get the nom, and pairing up what little I know of him with the abundance of crap that is The One’s persona, if Cain got in there he could negate the threats that will still be hurled at moderate Dems and Indies who would still, despite everything, feel pressured to vote for the “black guy”. Now it’s not about race, is IS about record, and real choice.
    And just imagine if Cain won, even if he were a moderately accomplished leader, he would STILL blow away anything Obama’s done. Hell all he has to do is NOT make things worse, and he’ll be twice the Pres. If that were to happen more black voters would start to take a second look at the republican party….I think it would be all over for the Dems. then. Which would be a bad thing in my opinion. Our problem now is we basically have 2 halves of one party. The corrupt one. But I think it’s a real possibility. Of course I suppose it might actually force the Dems to start doing right by people again and getting things we want them to do done. They would have to EARN peoples votes for once.

    • DandyTiger says:

      Just for the pants soiling component alone I hope it happens. And frankly anyone not off their rocker, which Cain doesn’t seem to be, who is not from the political class has my interest.

      • trist says:

        Well even if he doesn’t get the nom. I think as someone else said, he’s probably a shoe in for the #2 position, and I think he could still bring in a LOT of voters. So he’d be like Palin’s boost to McCain.

        Either way it’ll be mucho trouble for the Dems.

  9. trist says:

    So, The One is attempting to show solidarity with the Occupation, and Cain is making comments like this:

    “When a reporter asked me the other day, well, what do you think about those demonstrations up on Wall Street, I said, first of all, Wall Street didn’t write these failed economic policies — the White House did,” said Cain.

    He then added, “Why don’t you move the demonstrations to the White House?”

    <a href=”http://www.cnsnews.com/news/article/cain-move-occupy-wall-street-1600-pennsylvania-avenue

    Just wonder which of the stances the average person will better identify with?

    • Three Wickets says:

      This financial collapse and huge economic correction have been coming on for 30 years imho. It’s not just a product of policy in the past 2 years or even the past 6 years. But as to the politics of aligning with OWS which OFA probably will do, or positioning against OWS which Cain is doing, the national polling right now is apparently showing more advantage against OWS according to Sunday pundits. Going to look into it more though.

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