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Ludwig von Mises (1881-1973) was the greatest economist of my time. His greatest works can be accessed here at no charge.

Mises believed that property, freedom and peace are and should be the hallmarks of a satisfying and prosperous society. I agree. Mises proved beyond a shadow of a doubt that the prospect for general and individual prosperity is maximized, indeed, is only possible, if the principle of private property reigns supreme. What's yours is yours. What's mine is mine. When the line between yours and mine is smudged, the door to conflict opens. Without freedom (individual liberty of action) the principle of private property is neutered and the free market, which is the child of property and freedom and the mother of prosperity and satisfaction, cannot exist. Peace is the goal of a prosperous and satisfying society of free individuals, not peace which is purchased by submission to the enemies of property and freedom, but peace which results from the unyielding defense of these principles against all who challenge them.

In this blog I measure American society against the metrics of property, freedom and peace.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Herman Cain: The Suspense Is Killing Me

The creed of American politics seems to be that it's acceptable to lie about anything except sex.

Barack Obama lies virtually everyday to millions of people about economics and public policy. His lies during the ObamaCare debate were shameless. His press secretary, Jay Carney, defends Obama, telling lies as easily as a carnival barker fronting a freak show. The same goes for Debbie Wasserman Schultz. The Chair of the DNC wouldn't know the truth if it fell on her like the ass end of a circus elephant.

Do I have to chronicle the lies of Republican politicians to keep things suitably "fair and balanced?" Republicans have been lying to us for years about the worth and viability of the Social Security Trust Fund, which everyone realizes now is no different than the trust fund Bernie Madoff set up for his clients.

And what about that popular sham in Washington called "base line budgeting," the scam which allows politicians to claim they're cutting the budget when in reality they're increasing it? That folks is not spin...It's a bald faced lie.

The Washington elite literally swims in lies without so much as experiencing water up the nose. But woe to one of these guys caught or suspected of lying about their sexual trysts. Wilbur Mills drank with impunity until he was discovered splashing away with stripper Fanny Foxe in a Washington reflecting pool. Ted Kennedy was set to lie his way into the White House before his midnight swim with Mary Jo Kopechne. And Barney Frank...well, he's the exception to the rule. He denied knowing his boyfriend and roommate was running a gay brothel out of the basement of his apartment and survived the scandal. I don't know why. Maybe gay scandal gets a free pass from the media. Or maybe Democrats with good hair do.

The mainstream press wasn't even interested in the fact that John Edwards, a Democrat candidate for President, was accused of fathering a love child.

However, that was yesterday. Today the national media is up in arms about a Republican, Herman Cain, who has been accused of "sexual harassment" (whatever the hell that is) and having a 14-year affair with an unemployed Atlanta woman who was just evicted from her apartment this month.

Of course, the media refers to this "unemployed Atlanta woman who was just evicted from her apartment this month" as "an Atlanta businesswoman." By the way, Cain's latest accuser also has a history of prior sexual harassment claims, an uncontested lawsuit alleging she libeled an associate as well as "stalking...repeated e-mails/texts threatening lawsuit and defamation of character."

Oh, and the woman, Ginger White, is connected to Cain through the National Restaurant Association, which Ann Coulter documents here as an organization that works "hand-in-glove" with the Illinois Restaurant Association which is controlled by the Chicago Democrat political machine and has close ties to David Axelrod, Obama's political hit man who, demonstrably, engineered Obama's remarkable political victories in Illinois by accusing political opponents of...wait for it...sexual lies and misbehavior!

Oh, why did Ginger White come forward and the how did the media find out about her alleged trysts with Cain? According to the TV station that initially broke the "news:"
We received a phone tip from someone who knew Ginger White. That person claimed Ms. White was having an affair with Herman Cain. The tipster also called a number of other national media outlets who reached out to her. White told FOX 5, she felt trapped.
Of course this "tipster" will remain unknown and anonymous until hell freezes over.

The most remarkable part of this totally remarkable soap opera is that now some good men are calling for Cain to step down or to explain himself. Rep. Allen West, a Tea Party favorite and a man with solid moral credentials has called Cain a "distraction" and has advised "we should move on." 

Keep in mind Cain has only been "accused" of sexual dalliances. None of his accusers, some of whom remain anonymous, has come forward with a single piece of hard evidence which might give their accusations credibility! Still, we're eager to chop off the man's head.

LD Jackson, a blogger at Political Realities whom I greatly respect, posted a piece on the Cain saga in which he writes: "It’s hard for me to imagine anyone making accusations of this magnitude, without proof to back their story, but that is only speculation on my part."

What? Hard to imagine after the high tech lynching of Clarence Thomas by his sexual accuser, Anita Hill? (I believe the only hard evidence in that case was an imaginary can of Coca-Cola.) Politicians have been using sexual dirty tricks to eliminate political opponents long before David Axelrod. Wasn't it James T. Callender who accused Jefferson of fathering children with a Negro slave way back in 1801?

Reportedly, Callender's accusations were confirmed by DNA analysis in 1998. Maybe two hundred years from now the descendents of Ginger White will produce a vile of stale air from the Cain/White room at the Ritz Carlton in Buckhead and the scandal will be confirmed by some yet-to-be invented scientific technique. In the meantime, Herman Cain and his campaign for the Presidency in 2011 will be long since buried.

I support Ron Paul for the Republican nomination. If by some miracle of reverse media magic Herman Cain winds up as his party's nominee, I will vote for him because I prefer a possible conservative liar (the word "possible" modifies both "conservative" and "liar") to Barack Obama, a confirmed leftist liar and loon.

In the meantime, I think it would do us all well to think about the state of politics in this country where frontrunners who casually lie about policy issues are criticized as mere "flip-floppers," while candidates who are baselessly accused of sexual dalliances are condemned as unfit for public office and drummed out of the campaign.

LD Jackson ends his post like so many other pundits writing today: "If he [Cain] is not guilty, then he needs to show that and move his campaign forward."

My simple question is: How can Mr. Cain possibly "show that?" Unless I'm mistaken video cameras are not yet installed in every nook and cranny of the Ritz Carleton. Perhaps Mr. Cain should have recorded all his meetings with members of the opposite sex that took place behind closed doors.

Is this absurd expectation where our society, not to mention our sense of justice, is headed?

Part of us wants our government to be run by professional saints. Part of us wants our government to be run by amateur, citizen politicians. Folks, we must understand the two are mutually exclusive!

True saints don't run for office. True saints don't exist, certainly not in politics, and certainly not among ordinary citizens. We're chumps if we believe they do. I do not believe sin qualifies a man for office, but neither do I believe that sin necessarily disqualifies a man from political office. To put politicians on so high a pedestal is just plain foolish. It's the old "Caesar's wife must be above suspicion" nonsense.

If we start believing our politicians must be men who can do no wrong, then pretty soon we start believing that politicians, once elected, can do no wrong. And that will be the end of any vestige of property, freedom and peace we still enjoy in this country.

Herman Cain is not a saint. He is probably a sinner. Hopefully not a big sinner. But most of all he's a chump. He's a black man challenging a black, sitting President who, according to reports, has already written off the white working class and has pinned his reelection hopes on a coalition of black and Latino voters. Cain was an obvious threat to that coalition. We're chumps if we believe such a threat would not attract Axelrod's attention. Whether the most experienced, political, sexual hit man in the country saw an opportunity and seized it or made the whole Cain mutiny up out of whole cloth is virtually irrelevant.

The scary point is Axelrod's methods work on an American public steeped in celebrity, gossip and reality-show titillation. Sex sells and scandal breaks politicians as efficiently as my cats break Christmas tree ornaments.

Maybe Allen West is right. Maybe it's time we move on. The Cain thing is getting stale. Axelrod, the media and the American public are no doubt anxious for another episode.

So chumps, the suspense is killing me. Who's next?


LD Jackson said...

Just to be clear, I wasn't trying to be unfair to Herman Cain with my post. However, I do think he has handled these allegations very poorly. He has danced all around them, issuing denials on one part, and then saying it was no one's business, refusing to answer questions about them. In short, he has started acting like the politician he says he isn't.

As for him providing proof if he isn't guilty, I didn't expect him to do that for the allegations of sexual harassment. I felt like I gave him the benefit of the doubt and only wrote once about them, to the point of how the campaign handled the accusations. (Very poorly!) With this latest allegation, I felt it was time for Cain to stop avoiding the issue and prove, once and for all, if he was guilty or not.

I didn't expect Cain to tape the visits between himself and Ginger White, but one would think he would be able to corroborate his story, in some fashion. Instead, we have more denials and then he admitted his wife didn't know about his relationship with the woman.

As to the idea that we want our politicians to be saints, let me say this. I don't expect them to be perfect, but I have real trust issues with anyone who would lie about something of this nature. If they can not be trusted to be faithful to their spouse, then how can we trust them to lead our country?

Sherman Broder said...

Thanks, LD. To give your response the exposure due it, I've commented on it in a new post today.

Thanks again for the feedback.