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Bloggings: Electrifying news! Cain may have to quit running for president; by Roger Algase

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Herman Cain, who called for building a fence along the Mexican border that would electrocute anyone trying to come to the US without permission, and then tried to dismiss it as a joke, has now run into his own personal third rail, namely continuing allegations of sexual misconduct. Is there not a law of cause and effect operating here?


A man who was willing to appeal to anti-Mexican and anti-immigrant prejudice to the point of advocating the potential killing of thousands of people (in addition to the thousands who have already reportedly died at the border), now finds his own presidential hopes on life support. This is because of allegations (unproven, to be sure), that he had as little respect for the dignity of women (including his own wife, according to the latest charge that he carried on an extramarital affair) as he did for the lives of Latin-American immigrants seeking to escape poverty or persecution for a better life in America, as so many European and Asian immigrants have done before them.


Now that we are able to say adios to Cain, the question is: who will be the last man standing in the Republican field? Signs now point to Newt Gingrich, no stranger either to marital infidelity or to the most vicious use of hatred - against Muslims, rather than Mexicans, to gain political points. 


Would the Republicans not be better off with a different type of candidate? About personal life, I say nothing. But would it not be wise for the GOP to find someone who does not need to rely on bigotry and prejudice to get votes? Or would abandoning the use of hate against minorities cause too many sparks to fly in the Republican camp? What happens next should be interesting, if not illuminating.

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  1. Backlogged's Avatar
    I think all of us aspire to have leaders who are role models, above our own capabilities. As the famous speech from Al Pacino in his acclaimed movie says "Makers of men, creators of leaders -- be careful what kind of leaders you're producing here. I don't know if Charlie's silence here today is right or wrong; I'm not a judge or jury. But I can tell you this -- he won't sell anybody out to buy his future! And that, my friends, is called integrity. That's called courage. Now that's the stuff leaders should be made of".

    Regardless of the belief, I hope the people who vote for one of powerful man/woman in the modern world, take time to reflect on what kind of leadership we want.
  2. Harry DeMell's Avatar
    ILW is suppose to be an immigration site. Shouldn't most of Mr. Algase's comments be better published in the Daily Worker?
  3. Roger Algase's Avatar
    I am surprised that someone who has written as many thoughtful articles as Harry DeMell has (whether one agrees with them or not) would demean himself by writing something as abusive as his comment posted on this page on November 30, 2011, at 2:29 pm.
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