Thursday, November 3, 2011
Politics is a dirty business. Herman Cain is finding this out the hard way. After rising in the polls, he was thrown for a loop with these recent sexual harassment accusations. Now, I wasn't there, so I don't know what went down. All I know is what he's told us, and he's told us that he has never sexually harassed anyone. Now his camp has accused the Rick Perry camp of leaking this information. Whether or not this is true, I have no idea. Again, I wasn't there. There is much we don't know about Cain, Perry, and all the other candidates.
And this is precisely the problem.
How much of our time, when America is desperately seeking sanity, will be spent talking about rumors and innuendos? This is a crucial period in American history. We have a President who doesn't have a clue how to turn things around, as his dropping approval numbers show. This is the hour for conservatives to step in and make a difference. Tired of the status quo and looking for real hope and change, people want to look in a different direction than President Obama's failed policies and total disregard for the will of the people. And what has the front-runner been answering questions about the last couple days? He's been addressing claims that basically suggest he's a pervert. So 999 has to take a back seat to his explanation that he told a woman she came up to his chin and was the same height as his wife!
I like Cain, and he appears to be a man of integrity, but he has yet to undergo the kind of scrutiny that allows the public to see and know him inside and out. I don't begrudge his decision to set the record straight. He should set the record straight. And I totally despise lies and smears against a person's character. But we all know that this isn't going away. And now that a third woman has also made an accusation, who knows what else will surface--even if it's untrue? And what of the accusation that Perry's campaign was behind this? So now Perry will have to stop talking about his job-creation record and discuss this nonsense. I'm not accusing Herman Cain, Rick Perry, or anyone else of anything. I am saying that the process of being scrutinized is hard, dirty, and often not at all fair.
This is why people have been constantly saying that we need the most vetted people running for office. This is why we have longed for Governor Palin.
I don't know the ins and outs, ups and downs of each person in this GOP field, but we're about to find out. Politics, again, is dirty, and everything seems to be fair game. One thing we all know about Governor Palin, however, is that what you see is what you get, and the media has made sure we've seen it all. There is nothing left hidden under rocks or in closets. She is the most vetted person alive, perhaps the most vetted person to ever walk the earth.
As a candidate, she would have been able to focus on the important tasks at hand. She would have been that force tackling taxes, crony capitalism, energy, national security, spending, and everything else America has on her plate. There is nothing left to take attention away from those all-important issues. Everything that could be said has been said. People said she resigned from the Governor's office because some FBI investigation was underway and that soon we would hear all about it. They slithered into her church, looking for juicy jive to report. They filed ethics complaints, causing state and family finances to suffer. They wrote articles and books, even moving in next door to do so. They attacked her children, distorted her record, and questioned the integrity of her marriage. They sent wolves among sheep to uncover any and everything they could. They scoured thousands of her emails, which served only to validate her as a hardworking, competent governor. They have tried everything--and everything has fallen flat. This is why they resort to childishly sizing up her shoes, analyzing her accent, and vilifying her vocabulary. They have nothing left!
It's possible America could manage to survive another term of a Barack Obama presidency, but what will our country look like by the time it's over? Will we recognize her at all? Now is supposed to be the time for a candidate to rise up and challenge President Obama and take America back. Now is not the time for skeletons to fall out of the closets of candidates yet unvetted. President Obama continues to be protected by a mainstream media who fancy him the one. We need the most vetted person--the vetted one--to take him on. Although I'm very grateful she remains in the fight for the restoration of America, that person is not in the 2012 race. I readily admit, too, that each moment a person who is in the race spends answering questions about things that cannot put America back on the right track, or help defeat President Obama, is a moment I am reminded of why I had my heart set on Governor Palin.