Oh, happy day!
Today, Herman Cain announced his candidacy for the Republican nomination for President of the United States.
Cain is a highly successful businessman, who has never held elected office. He’s got a bachelor’s in mathematics from Morehouse, a master’s from Purdue and for six years he worked as a mathematician for the Navy. Over the years since leaving the Navy, he’s worked at Coca-Cola, Pillsbury and Burger King before taking the helm of the failing Godfather’s Pizza franchise, which he rescued from the brink of bankruptcy.
After turning around Godfather’s he was invited to join the Board of Directors of the National Restaurant Association and later elected its chairman. In 1996, he was retained as the full-time President and the CEO of the National Restaurant Association, working on behalf of thousands of small businesses and entrepreneurs. He next accepted a position on the Board of Directors of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, and was subsequently elected their chairman.
The late Jack Kemp once described Cain as having “the voice of Othello, the looks of a football player, English of Oxfordian quality and the courage of a lion.”
He says the American dream is under attack from runaway debt, a stagnant economy and an administration forcing a legislative agenda citizens don’t want. Cain supports a strong national defense. He backs replacing the federal income tax with a national sales tax and favors a return to the gold standard. At his announcement rally, Cain called for government spending cuts, lower taxes and energy independence, and for empowering states to help fight illegal immigration. (And I might point out that with no previous political offices behind him, he doesn’t owe anybody anything, does he?)
When asked recently why he had no clear plans for our involvement in Afghanistan, Cain replied that a good leader doesn’t “shoot from the lip.” Working on the right problems, asking the right questions, surrounding oneself with the right people, and removing barriers to success is real leadership, said Cain. (If you haven’t read it already, I highly recommend reading his column dealing specifically with this question. It’s not long and it’ll give you a lot of insight into Herman Cain.)
If I sound like I’m campaigning for Cain, I guess I am. I wholly and completely support his candidacy. This is the best political news I’ve heard in years — and it’s definitely enough to make this Libertarian cheerfully vote Republican!