Public life is rarely fair

The past three months or so has been an interesting time to observe United States politics in particular and human behaviour in general. It was about a year ago that a YouTube video went viral that showed a ex U.S. marine singing the second verse of the U.S. national anthem. He was a retired guy who wanted to make the point at an outdoor political rally that verse two needed to be known, listened to and adhered to.
The marine sang very well, with conviction and a cappella.
The speaker at the political rally was a man I had never heard of named Herman Cain. He was just about the only black man at a Tea Party Rally. Tea stands for Taxed Enough Already I am told. The people at the rally were moved by Cain’s speech and by the marine’s rendition of verse two of the Star Spangled Banner.
Some months later, Cain came to my attention again as he had declared he was a candidate nominee for the Republican Party. He is a business man, a former head of the national restaurant association and a very good speaker. He  came up with some very good ideas on the economy and taxation. The U.S. could certainly use some good suggestions on the economy, ones that would go against the Obama administration is ideas of tax, spend, borrow, spend some more and, oh yes, tax. Debt and illogical conclusions know no bounds in the states. Something like Manitoba.
So Cain rose fast in the polls, became the front runner and was, in fact, a real threat to become the Republican nominee for the 2012 presidential election. Then disaster hit. Several women came forward and said he had sexually harassed them. Another woman said he had had an affair with her. Not good news for a political candidate. The allegations, so far all unproved, undid Cain’s campaign and he has now basically dropped out of the race.
But there’s more to this story. Even if all the allegations against Cain are true, and as yet none have been proven true, what does this say about politics? Remember Bill Clinton? Who can forget him, he’s still very high up in U.S. politics. His wife is Secretary of State. Clinton, even while in the president’s office, committed some very serious things, sexual and almost unspeakable things and he’s still a hero to a majority of U.S. people. 
So why the difference? Why the apparent hypocrisy? Perhaps it’s because the Democratic Party (Clinton’s and Obama’s party) has always been able to accuse the Republicans of being racist. The Democrats have always received a majority of the black vote. If Cain, who is all black as opposed to Obama being half-black (white mother and black father) had become the Republican candidate, the democrats would have lost the big racist stick in their fight against the Republicans.
I believe every method possible was used to bring Cain down. There was no way that the Democrats wanted to put Obama, who can’t speak without a tele-prompter, up against an articulate black Cain. Cain knows common sense and he knows business. He had a very simple tax plan, a flat tax, that every- one understands. Whether it would work or not remains to be seen. Certainly the way the U.S is going isn’t working and people were very attracted to an articulate black man with a common sense plan to lead the U.S. economy out of very dire circumstances. Cain wasn’t strong on foreign policy but many voters in the U.S. think the U.S should be a whole lot less involved in foreign affairs and look after their own problems.
The downfall of Cain was hypocritical. He is alleged to have done some wrong things and was slaughtered by the opponents and by the media. Clinton and many others have gone their merry way with money and women and have sailed through unrepentant and unscathed.
Fairness has never had a high place in public affairs and that hasn’t changed.

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