I was listening to Herman Cain the other day. He is a man who started with very little and made a success of himself and his business and seemingly helped a lot of people find work along the way while not being a crook, or a liar. And he cares enough about America to run for public office...the Presidency, to be precise. Now that might be the only obvious error in judgement that he has made...at least of which I am familiar.
But...then I am besieged by multiple comments by all of the "talking heads" in the media saying that he lacks political experience and thus cannot be elected.
Why? As he said months ago, when questioned about his lack of political experience, how has electing those with political experience been working out for us so far? How well have we been served by electing those practiced in the art of deception and feigning sincere concern for the electorate while pursuing the aggrandizement of power and protecting their own jobs? How well have the "governmentalists" (all those in public office who believe that government should be a major factor in defining and solving the challenges presented to the citizenry...without any proof of agreement of the populace with this premise.) done in such a simple thing as openly admitting that (mostly) previous office holders have promised free lunches of various types that just didn't, and don't, exist and the bill is now due...that the government is now going to have to change the benefits for the future and cut back on current "free" lunches because we have run out of money? Neither the President nor Congress can even make that simple admission...they are liars by genetic disposition.
But that doesn't answer why no one in the media and very few among the public consider Mr. Cain a legitimate and worthy candidate. Again...why?
Sadly, I suspect that it is because we, as a people, have become comfortable with the lies our politicians tell us...we want to believe in a fairyland where all things are possible and no one ever gets the bill. We want to believe in a substitute "Big Daddy" who will take care of us, even as we refuse to remember the times when our original parent said "NO" or we suffered the consequence of some forbidden act or decision...indeed, we all have very convenient and selective memories. Apparently, we want to be conned. We are happy with it...and narcissistically only slightly discomforted by the thought that our children or grandchildren will have the fruits of our self-indulgence.
Devout Christians believe that Christ died for our sins. Apparently the people of today's America believe that their children and grandchildren should do the same.