Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Allegory of the Cave and American Politics, part 4

By Zach Foster
Continued from Part 3

Let us examine the sights and sounds being experienced within the cave, both the prisoners chained to the cavern wall and by the escapee who has seen the light.  Americans are turning their focus to the 2012 Presidential elections which, as of April 2011, have four main candidates.  Barack Obama is running for reelection and has the support of the Democratic Party.  The three likely Republican candidates are Donald Trump, Herman Cain, and Ron Paul.

The author has already torn apart Trump’s charade as Republican Presidential material which, frankly, is an insult to the intelligence of every free-thinking American who is neither chained to the wall, looking at shadows, nor blissfully ignorant of being imprisoned in the web of media lies.  Arguments condemning Trump have been lightly touched upon here but in greater detail in the above-recommended article (“Why Barack Obama Will Be Reelected”).

The next most popular potential nominee is the author and businessman Herman Cain, whose biography and résumé truly command respect and admiration.  Cain’s life story speaks volumes in contradicting the dogmatic Marxist religion by proving that in the United States it is in fact possible for a poor boy to overcome both racial prejudice and poverty, and transcend class barriers to become wealthy through hard work and determination.  Some call it luck; others call it capitalism—the author prefers to call it the American Dream.  Cain has worked as a mathematician for the Department of the Navy, chaired large companies, and advised the President of the United States on economic matters.  Many Conservatives are in love with Cain both for his Conservative platform and personal accomplishments.  The author is also impressed with Cain, but slightly distraught that he has never once held a seat in public office. Seldom have junior politicians been successful without at least some experience in lower-level public office, and going straight from CEO to President of the United States may be a bit too much for a novice to handle.  Cain’s résumé does not qualify him for the Presidency.  However, given his vast experience in the private sector, he would make an outstanding Secretary of Commerce or Secretary of Labor.  It would be a great shame if the next President did not have Cain in the Cabinet.

The selection of Cain also could also lead one to make additional conclusions.  Though Cain has an impressive history and a solid Conservative platform of ideas, he is not the only Republican hopeful that boasts such attributes—not by a long shot.  One might remember that a large contributing factor to Obama’s 2008 election was his race.  Americans still felt the stigma of racism and its painful legacy and saw in Obama a perceived way to overcome it.  Such suspicions would be confirmed by the extensive media coverage (more of a jubilee) making a big deal that for the first time America had a black President.  While it was certainly impressive to many within America and around the world that the ball and chain of racial prejudice and discrimination, as well as interracial distrust, had largely disappeared, the author has believed for years that racism did not fade away during campus protests and sit-ins demonstrations, but rather in the mountains of Korea and the jungles of Vietnam as white, black, Asian, and Hispanic soldiers fought to save each other’s lives.

Still, Americans were glad that they had their ethnic minority President.  Now as 2012 approaches, it seems highly likely that the GOP is fumbling through the directory of honorable Republican politicians—each with virtually the same qualifications—and picking a token ethnic minority to run against the incumbent ethnic minority, who was the Democratic Party’s token minority whose job it was to wave a magic wand and erase the national guilt trip.  One might also believe that Cain is the last-minute replacement for former GOP National Committee Chairman Michael Steele, who may have been intended to be the GOP’s secret weapon for 2012.

The tragedy of this trend of Messianic politics, which has expanded from the realm of working miracles to also include the realm of race and ethnicity, is that it does a huge discredit to the individuals on the ballot who are being used.  This trend of propping up a candidate simply for the convenience of their race is perhaps the most racist action of all, and selecting a candidate simply because of gender is the most sexist thing of all.  The candidates themselves, who have worked hard all of their lives and who are intelligent people with perhaps some very good ideas are being used like commodities, or even worse, must endure a personality cult being placed on their shoulders and pressuring them to work miracles.  Honestly, how realistic was the rush of the Hope and Change high of 2008?  What made Obama different from Ken Salazar, John Lewis, or Sanford Bishop?  Today, what makes Cain different from Allen West, Marco Rubio, or Bobby Jindal?

Concluded in Part 5: Enter Ron Paul

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