By Steve Parkhurst
Because of the political nature (by this I mean that a politician was apparently targeted) of the shootings that took place in Tucson on Saturday, I have been thinking about politics for most of the day. As we have learned more and more about the murderer, it has become apparent that he was a very troubled person. One of the things most apparent to me in the aftermath of the shootings is the heated, rhetoric filled dialog from everyone. This has really had me thinking a lot about discourse in this country, and I have taken that a step further in looking at the 2012 Presidential election.
Since July of 2010 I have firmly been supporting Herman Cain for President in 2012. I saw Mr. Cain speak at an event in Austin hosted by American for Prosperity on July 4th weekend. His speech that day from the beginning to the end was filled with hopeful comments. But beyond the “hope” I heard, I heard unconventional rhetoric, new ways of saying sold things. I started following Mr. Cain’s radio show and his writings again, as I had in 2004 when he ran for the U.S. Senate in Georgia.
Mr. Cain has said something that has made me a believer of his, and I’ll paraphrase, but when he’s been asked about his conservative views, he says “Conservative? You bet, I call it common sense.” Touche.
Recently on his radio show, Mr. Cain released and read what he called Common Sense Solutions: The People’s Platform for America. If you don’t know Herman Cain, you have some catching up to do. But Herman is a thinker, it’s part of what made him a business success for many years. The People’s Platform for America is a well thought out, intelligent list of issues in America, but it’s a list with real solutions, smart solutions.
Anyway, I’ve been thinking a lot about my commitment to Herman Cain during the day today. I believe now, more than ever, that Herman Cain could start a level of national discourse that we need, and a level of discourse that lifts America up, rather than one that polarizes and places blame. If you agree with me, enlist to help Herman if and when he files for Presdident at www.DraftCain.org