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Thursday, October 27, 2011

Herman Cain and his path to victory

I have heard many “pundits” and “experts” say that in order for Herman Cain to win, he has to put boots on the ground and spend more time in the first four states (Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina, and Florida or Nevada) because that is how TRUE candidates play the game. Well I am here to tell those “pundits and “experts” that it is not the case this election. With the advent of social media and how it is coming into play more now than in the 2008 election, it IS possible to run a different style of campaign. This election is all about going to the people, and have a grassroots team in those states while you listen to the residents of the other states.

 

Herman Cain is proving this by having people (even in other states) calling the residents of the first four or five states and then going from there while he is in one of the “obscure states” (though this election there ARE no obscure states as EVERY STATE is in play) and campaigning there. He is doing this because the voice of the people is more important than the voice of the “pundit” or “expert” and as such the PEOPLE will choose who our next candidate is!

 

Back in the late 1980’s or early 1990’s there was a religious crusade in my area of Fort Myers, and the theme used in this crusade was “if one person tells two people, and those two people each tell a person, and those four people each tell a person, then the word will grow.” That was based on Jesus Christ having twelve disciples and then those twelve going out to tell the people in a certain area. Soon the word spread like wildfire and Jesus had a multitude following him. Herman Cain's campaign is the same way. He started out with a small core group of people but in time he grew to 140,000+ followers on Twitter, 300,000+ (or so) people liking his Facebook page, and so many others telling their neighbors by word of mouth.

 

Not many people had seen a campaign being run like this, so the “pundits” and the “experts” say that this is not how it should be run because it is not traditional. Well who decides what is and is not traditional? After all, what might be traditional to one person might not be to another. Herman Cain does what he does because it works FOR HIM and is traditional FOR HIM. He has seen the “traditional” playbook the establishment has in mind and just tosses it right out the window because he is a candidate of the people, not of the traditional establishment, as Mark Block so eloquently points out in the following video:

 

 

Herman Cain is smoking the competition because he is doing what HE feels is right, and it is resonating with the people!

Monday, October 10, 2011

WHO IS HERMAN CAIN?

He's not a career politician (in fact he has never held political office). He's known as a pizza guy, but there's a lot more to him. He's also a computer guy, a banker guy, and a rocket scientist guy.

Here's his bio:

  • Bachelor's degree in Mathematics.
  • Master's degree in Computer Science.
  • Mathematician for the Navy, where he worked on missile ballistics (making him a rocket scientist).
  • Computer systems analyst for Coca-Cola.
  • VP of Corporate Data Systems and Services for Pillsbury (this is the top of the ladder in the computer world, being in charge of information systems for a major corporation).

All achieved before reaching the age of 35. Since he reached the top of the information systems world, he changed careers!

  • Business Manager. Took charge of Pillsbury's 400 Burger King restaurants in the Philadelphia area, which were the company's poorest performers in the country. Spent the first nine months learning the business from the ground up, cooking hamburger and yes, cleaning toilets. After three years he had turned them into the company's best performers.
  • Godfather's Pizza CEO. Was asked by Pillsbury to take charge of their Godfather's Pizza chain (which was on the verge of bankruptcy). He made it profitable in 14 months.
  • In 1988 he led a buyout of the Godfather's Pizza chain from Pillsbury. He was now the owner of a restaurant chain. Again he reached the top of the ladder of another industry.
  • He was also chairman of the National Restaurant Association during this time. This is a group that interacts with government on behalf of the restaurant industry, and it gave him political experience from the non-politician side.

Having reached the top of a second industry, he changed careers again!

  • Adviser to the Federal Reserve System. Herman Cain went to work for the Federal Reserve Banking System advising them on how monetary policy changes would affect American businesses.
  • Chairman of the Kansas City Federal Reserve Bank. He worked his way up to the chairmanship of a regional Federal Reserve bank. This is only one step below the chairmanship of the entire Federal Reserve System (the top banking position in the country). This position allowed him to see how monetary policy is made from the inside, and understand the political forces that impact the monetary system.

After reaching the top of the banking industry, he changed careers for a fourth time!

  • Writer and public speaker. He then started to write and speak on leadership. His books include Speak as a Leader, CEO of Self, Leadership is Common Sense, and They Think You're Stupid.
  • Radio Host. Around 2007-after a remarkable 40 year career-he started hosting a radio show on WSB in Atlanta (the largest talk radio station in the country).

He did all this starting from rock bottom (his father was a chauffeur and his mother was a maid). When you add up his accomplishments in his life-including reaching the top of three unrelated industries: information systems, business management, and banking-

STACK THAT UP AGAINST THE 'COMMUNITY ORGANIZER'....

Herman Cain may have the most impressive resume of anyone that has run for the presidency in the last half century.

 

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Herman Cain and the Federal Reserve

Many people say they will not vote for Herman Cain because he worked at the Federal Reserve and that he is a banker and globalist. While it is true he worked at the Federal Reserve (as had been noted in many blog articles and videos) he should know better than anyone how it works and what is needed. In fact, he has said what we should do about the Federal Reserve in the video below:

Herman Cain on the Gold Standard AND the Federal Reserve (3:45 in)

Many hear his words and say that he had not answered it correctly. Let me tell you that Herman Cain ALWAYS answers questions COMPLETELY, SPECIFICALLY, and SUCCINCTLY every single time he speaks. The reason for that is because he is not a politician but a problem solver. The difference between politicians and problem solvers is that politicians have RHETORIC and PLATITUDES while problem solvers have PLANS and SOLUTIONS. Herman Cain knows that it is the job of CONGRESS to audit and control the Federal Reserve. They had not, and the fault of that lies squarely on their head.

Herman Cain said it well when he said there are people who think we should end the Federal Reserve and those who think we should fix the Federal Reserve, and if the enders will let the fixers talk, then “maybe you’ll understand why I believe we can FIX IT!” He has answered the question many times and is sick of people continuing to hammer him when he had answered it many times. Also, as seen HERE and also HERE, Herman Cain’s work at the Fed makes him THAT MUCH MORE qualified as he knows what is involved to lower the debt and bring this economy back to prosperity.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

The Three B’s of Herman Cain

As I was scanning the Internet (and Facebook in particular) for various articles I had come across a well-written note by Paul Pablo Morrison in regards to Herman Cain.

 

The "Three B's" of Herman Cain"

 

by Paul Pablo Morrison on Thursday, April 28, 2011 at 7:22pm

 

Ok, before you go any further and exclaim, "I thought I was reading about an important potential candidate for President...not some political wannabe," I want to make it clear that this is an article about me. I ask you stick around, and read all the way to the end. It will become evident why the title "The Three B's' of Herman Cain" is an accurate description of my thoughts about the man, and why I believe is a excellent candidate for President.

Let's start by you understanding that I am a C-SPAN junkie. I will often listen to the house or senate proceedings while I'm working. So my watching this interview with Mr. Cain was not unusual, even though I had NEVER heard his name prior. What initially caught my attention was that the program was "Road to the White House," and Mr. Cain was labeled as "Syndicated Columnist and Radio Talk Show Host." Cool... I am always happy to see another Walter Williams or Armstrong Williams. What kept my attention was how he clearly articulated his views, and how I was thinking that he might be "one of us six percenters." That's a term I started using sometime back in my 20's when I realized that my values more identified with republicans than democrats, and had read that only 6% of black males voted for Ronald Reagan. Did I mention that I started watching this interview about half way in? Everything I knew about this man, I had learned having watched about ten minuets of this C-SPAN interview that had been airing for about a half hour. But I knew one thing for sure... this man is a leader about whom I would spend much time getting to know.

What are the "Three B's..." that I've identified as reasons I can support Herman Cain as a candidate for President? Simply... Business, Banking, and Bureaucrat.

Business. What caught my attention about his success in business is a belief that he has a much better than average knowledge of people. Not only his employees, but consumers. His success at Coca-Cola and Pillsbury demonstrate a certain management capability. But being a good manager and a good leader are often not the same. What he did with Burger King and Godfather's Pizza can be truly called talented leadership. In the restaurant industry he knew that being successful meant starting from “the ground up.” He broiled hamburgers at Burger King store for nine months, before being assigned to lead a low performing region of 450 Burger King restaurants. Within three years his organization

was the best-performing region in the U.S. I am a firm believer that the best leaders started by doing and understanding, the same tasks as the individuals they lead. I'm positive my success as a supervisor in reservations and on the ramp at United Airlines was because of the time I spent as doing the jobs of those whom I led, which indicates to me that Mr. Cain has a desire to do the same.

Banking. The next issue that got my attention was the fact that he has been involved as a leader in the Federal Reserve system. I know NOTHING about how the banking world operates, other than it seems easy for those in the business to talk much more about problems, than offer solutions. It occurs to me that a POUTS who has experience in this area might know a thing or two about fixing what is broke.

Bureaucrat. The one thing that most interested me about Mr. Cain past (and that I am positive will be overlooked,) is his experience working as a government employee. While many conservatives who identify with Tea Party type organizations consider his "outside the beltway" status to be a primary advantage, I believe that his years of experience is having worked at the Department of the Navy may be the MOST significant influence on how he would perform as President. Myself, having been an officer in the military, an employee of the Census Bureau, and a student at the National Fair Housing Training Academy, can tell you that there is nothing better to prepare a person to fix the bureaucracy... than having been part of it! Also, Mr. Cain's involvement in government includes his service as a member of the "Economic Growth and Tax Reform Commission that was established by Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich, and Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole. And thinking about the attention that "Obamacare" is currently receiving. I consider it an interesting parallel that Mr. Cain’s business experience, and his dealing with the government, includes him being credited as having significant involvement with the defeat of "Hillarycare." And as chairman of the National Restaurant Association, he spoke with President Clinton during a nationally televised town hall meeting. He challenging the President Clinton regarding the impact on businesses of the proposed health care overhaul. In response to the President's attempt to assure the audience that his legislation would not harm American business owners or their employees Mr. Cain said, “Quite honestly Mr. President, your calculations are incorrect. In the competitive marketplace, it simply doesn’t work that way.”

Business, Banking, and Bureaucrat. Short and simple... you now know why I believe that Herman Cain would make a good presidential candidate. So, does what I've presented give you enough information that YOU now have a reason to consider voting for him in your states primary? No,I have not! I said at the beginning that this is about me. I want you to understand the reason that I am excited about working with his team to give you that that reason.

I'm a military guy, and I am focused on the mission. From Mr. Cain's bio, "With enough faith and determination, I knew we could go as high in corporate America as I desired. Let us make our MISSION to work together to reach that point that God desires." Yes... he is considered a long shot, all but ignored by the mainstream media, and most certainly the kind of republican that the RNC hacks wish would "know his place." That makes me want to work to put him in the position that our country needs. But as just a voter from Indiana, I am unimportant. It really does not matter whom I may believe to be the most qualified to lead this country.. until that person is receives the nomination!

I had second thoughts as I heard Mr. Cain proudly say that he had never held political office. But it also reminded me that I have often said, "The best candidates make the worst elected officials, and vice versa." What matters is what the individual, and those for whom he/she has support, accomplish in an effort to become the nominee. So, in the interest of full disclosure, I am a political "professional." And that means I'm all about winning. Agreeing with a man I have never met in person, and casting a vote for him is great. But I'm willing to work with individuals who know how to win, or want to learn the process. Talking about policy issues is great, as long as it is in the context of getting votes. It really is all about winning the nomination... and then becoming President. ( Ok, that's all I got for you.)

Friday, September 16, 2011

Still think Herman Cain is irrelevant?

There are many who consider Herman Cain as an also-ran and irrelevant for being in single digits in some of the national polls and not have enough name recognition. However, that is far from the truth, as we see in the Straw Polls in which Mr. Cain is mentioned which have been mostly ignored by the Mainstream Media and also in the Cumulative Straw Poll Results which are shown HERE (as of August 27) where Mr. Cain is definitely in the running and proving that he is very much relevant. After all, in 2007 about this time Rudy Giuliani and Fred Thompson were the front runners but when the rubber hit the road, it was John McCain who won the nomination in August 2008. Right now we keep hearing that Rick Perry or Mitt Romney will get the nomination because they are the front runners.  Most front runners are that because they have the big money and name recognition, but they can easily be eliminated early on in the primaries and caucuses, as we had seen in 20008 with Thompson and Giuliani dropping out early paving the way for McCain. There is no way 2012 will be any different.

Saturday, August 13, 2011

2011 Ames Straw Poll and Debate

Today is the Ames Straw Poll in Ames, Iowa, and the crème de la crème will be there. We had a small glimpse of it at the debate held Thursday and I thought that Newt Gingrich won it, with Herman Cain coming in second. My reasoning as to why Newt is based on how he set the tone of the questions and comments flowing his way when he went after Chris Wallace when he told Wallace to not ask “Gotcha!” questions and then how he blasted the SuperCommittee that had been formed to try to fix the economy. Herman Cain came in second in my mind even though the moderators had largely ignored him as far as the questions go. however, he delivered one of the best comments when speaking about immigration when he said that America's got to learn to take a joke when asked about his comments in regards to protecting the border with a 20-foot long fence. Michele Bachmann came in third with her two-pronged sparring with Tim Pawlenty (her fellow Minnesotan) and then to Byron York in regards  to a remark Bachmann made in a prior interview about being submissive. Rick Santorum came in 4th in my mind on many statements made but more importantly in his mini-battle with Ron Paul on gay marriage and also on Iran. I thought Ron Paul stumbled on both and Rick Santorum trounced him. Speaking of Ron Paul I think he came in 8th in the debate, and Herman Cain, who was positioned between Paul and Santorum on the staged, shone there when he just stood back and just let them have at it.

 

Here is my official Debate finishing order:

 

1. Newt Gingrich

2. Herman Cain

3. Michele Bachmann

4. Rick Santorum

5. Mitt Romney

6. Jon Huntsman

7. Tim Pawlenty

8. Ron Paul

 

 

And now here are my prediction of the Ames Straw Poll results:

1. Michele Bachmann

2. Herman Cain

3. Mitt Romney

4. Newt Gingrich

5. Rick Santorum

6. Ron Paul

7. Tim Pawlenty

8. Thaddeus McCotter

9. Jon Huntsman

 

I will be blogging during the speeches of the Straw Poll as well as give my own reaction to the final results of the Straw Poll ballot. If you want to watch it, you can go to http://www.c-span.org/Live-Video/C-SPAN/ or http://www.ustream.tv/iowastrawpoll and watch it live. The program begins at 1 PM Eastern, 12 PM Central, so do not miss it!

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

MY DREAM CONSERVATIVE TEAM

A few times on Facebook and also on Twitter, I have seen a few dream tickets for President and Vice President, and even posted my own ticket. However, this time I am going to go a little further and also post my Speaker of the House and Senate Majority Leader as well. Granted it might be wishful thinking but One never knows.

 

PRESIDENT: Out of all of the presidential candidates out there now, only one has my vote because he is not a politician but a problem solver with over 40 years of common sense business principles. He is a man who knows that Washington does not work and he aims to fix it. I am talking about Herman Cain. He is fond of saying that “nearly everyone in Washington DC has held public office before. How’s that working out for you?”

 

VICE PRESIDENT: For Vice President, I am thinking that someone who had military experience should be in the position. While it is true that Herman Cain does not have foreign policy experience, I think that could be offset by one who does on the ticket. The man I have in mind is Allen West. Currently a Congressman representing Florida’s 22nd District, he spent 21 years in the United States Army before retiring in 2004 as a Lieutenant Colonel.  His 21 years in the Army, including tours of Duty in Operation Desert Shield (later Operation Desert Storm) and Operation Iraqi Freedom, give him the Foreign Policy and military experience needed to give Herman Cain more freedom to work with the economy.

 

SENATE MAJORITY LEADER: I am seeing the Republicans taking the majority in the Senate and unseating Harry Reid in 2012. While the Democrats might select Harry Reid as Minority Leader, I am thinking that the Republicans might think out of the box and select Marco Rubio as Majority Leader. Granted, he had only become a Senator in 2010 so might not have the experience, but after watching a YouTube video in which he had talked about the problems with the debt ceiling on July 30 (when he spoke about how the Senate Democrats had proposed no budget for 822 days and also how he had stood up to John Kerry) had convinced me that he would be a perfect fit for the Senate Majority Leader.

 

SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE: While I like John Boehner as Speaker of the House, I think that the battle over the debt ceiling had weakened him a little bit. With that in mind, the Republicans will maintain a majority in the House if not add to it, and in doing so another Congressman will rise up and challenge for the Speaker of the House. The man that I have in mind is Paul Ryan. My reason for that is because of how he has handled himself in the Budget Committee as Chairman and also on the Ways and Means Committee. Now while he is not a supporter of the Fair Tax (HR 25/S 13) he is on the Committee which has a say on whether the Fair Tax can be sent to the Full House or not.

 

There are many more positions which I might get to in another blog post, but I am sticking with the main 4 as I feel these 4 offices hold a large sway in the United States of America.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

A paragraph I did on Herman Cain for my English course

I am taking classes at an online college, and this semester I am taking a Transitional English course. One of the assignments this week had to do with writing a paragraph about someone I know. After doing some thinking I decided what better way to get the word out there than to speak about Herman Cain, and so wrote the following:


This person is a successful businessman who has turned around such companies as Godfather's Pizza and also 450 Burger King companies in the Philadelphia area, turning each business around from the lowest companies (and in the case of Godfather's Pizza from the brink of bankruptcy) to being the most profitable businesses. He has seen this country and the problems that plague this country and has Common Sense Business Principles to turn this country back to profitability and prosperity. Many of the candidates for the Republican Presidential nomination are career politicians but this man is not a politician, which stands out from others. The man I speak of is Herman Cain. He calls himself a problem solver who knows the problems and surrounds himself with the right people to fix them once he is elected President in 2012.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Why do I support Herman Cain?

I was just a casual follower of politics, voting when I can and even (since 2000) worked the Exit Polls (in 2000 and 2004) and was the final count taker (in 2008) during the Presidential Election. However, ever since I first heard Herman Cain when he filled in for Neal Boortz in 2010 I was excited for the first time about politics when Cain mentioned his common sense solutions to the economy and to a few other issues which are plaguing America today. Herman Cain is a straight forward talker not pulling any punches or hiding behind others like some of today’s politicians do. Then too, Cain himself says he is not a politician but rather a problem solver with over 40 years of business and executive  experience.

The main reasons I am supporting Herman Cain for president is as follows:

  • As noted above, he is not a politician. For those of you who might scoff at me because of that I tell you exactly what Herman Cain says. “Everyone in Washington has held public office before. How’s that working out for you?” All too often we see the politicians line their pockets and not REALLY LISTEN to the taxpayers and voters who put them in office.
  • He is very eloquent and straightforward in speaking on the issues. As I mentioned above, Cain does not pull any punches or hide behind others but rather is out there telling it like it is. Many people also try to walk back their words or say one thing but mean the other. He does not.
  • He is very Reaganesque. Granted, I might be a little young to REALLY remember the Reagan Administration, but from what I had read and heard on TV and radio Ronald Reagan was by far one of the best presidents this country had during the 20th century. When I watch Herman Cain give a speech or even listen to or watch some of his conversations with newsmen, he comes straight out and tells it like it is, especially on some of the hard issues like the economy and the like.

As he had noted during his announcement on May 21, 2011, at Centennial Olympic Park in Atlanta, “I am running for President of the United States, and I am not running for Second!” I for one am not happy with how the politicians are holding this country hostage and we need a TRUE problem solver in the White House. Hence, I am supporting Herman Cain.

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