Herman Cain Wants Proof – I Kinda Do Too

Herman Cain Loyalty TestHermain Cain made a comment (gaff?) a few weeks ago about being uncomfortable with Muslims in his cabinet.  I rolled my eyes when I heard it, not so much because of the substance of what he said, but because someone running for President should learn to control their message…that was a sloppy comment.

Yesterday on Beck, he clarified his position.  Now, he says he wants some kind of proof that a Muslim working in his cabinet is loyal to the USA.

Hmmm.  First, there are some logistical problems…how do you get from job consideration, to interview, to loyalty test, to hire?  That’d be interesting….

Cain: Do you love your country?

Jihadist Posing as Cabinet Secretary Candidate: Of course.

Cain (in his best Tom Cruise lawyer voice): DO YOU LOVE YOUR COUNTRY!

Jihadist Posing as Cabinet Secretary Candidate: YOU’RE GOD DAMN RIGHT I DO!

See, this could get messy quick.

But then I started thinking about the genesis of Cain’s comfort level with Muslims, and I get it.  I really do.

I pulled into my office this morning, er, the local Starbucks, and had to wait a moment for a parking place.  Pulling out of my soon-to-be space was a car with two Muslim women wearing the head scarf thingies.  (Yes, that reference makes me an uneducated, redneck, bigot to most liberals.)

I didn’t hate on them.

I did’t realy give it much thought at all.

But I thought something.

I can’t really put my finger on it, but something crossed my mind.  I don’t know…maybe, something like “…what’s with the head scarf thingies?”  Or maybe it was just a subtle reminder of what I see on the news EVERY night; Muslims killing people.  It is a religion of peace, after all.

When I walked into my “office” there was an Army officer standing in line.  I’ve seen him in there before.  A big guy, maybe 40 years old.  A distinct middle eastern look and a name to match.  I couldn’t help but have a flash of thought about the Ft. Hood murderer.

Does this make me bigoted?  I don’t think so.  I have no ill-will toward Muslims at all.  I really could care less about them, or anybody outside my sphere of family, friends, and readers, for that matter.

How do you react when you see Muslims walking around in their robes and what have you?

Just because it might give you pause – like Juan Williams explained – doesn’t mean you’re a bigot.

But it does speak to Herman Cain’s motivation for saying what he did.  And I get it.  Practically speaking, it’s a non-starter and he should not have gone down that road at all.

But I get it.

 

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  1. I too understand Herman Cain’s feelings of uncomfortableness at having a muslim in his cabinet. Clearly he’ll adhere to the laws of the land when making hiring decisions, but we’re all entitled to our own feelings. Was it truly a gaffe? Perhaps. As you say, a person running for president probably needs to watch their tongue. On the other hand, how freaking refreshing to have a candidate who actually tells you what they think and MEANS it?

    As of right now, Herman Cain is my guy. I’ll keep an eye on him and if he totally screws the pooch at some point, I might have to hitch my wagon to another horse. I like that he says what he means and means what he says. That’s refreshing.

    Check out this humorous little bit of Hollywood trickery that pits a stuttering, stammering Barack Obama against Herman Cain as they debate the merits of health care reform. Barack Obama’s worst nightmare, indeed!

    http://www.youtube.com/user/Hollywood4Cain#p/a/u/1/WoXwM-suu4s

  2. I like what you did with the video! Fun highlighting what are clearly deficiencies with Obama’s style AND substance.

    Though I have to say, Cain is not my guy…yet. First thing we need to do is see whether or not Sarah Palin is going to run. Bachmann too. Then, we’ll have to see just how we’re going to play this. I like Herman Cain – he is a possibility.

  3. If Cain starts questioning the loyalty of Muslims because they are Muslims, he will to confront a constitutional issue.

    Article. VI.
    Clause 3: The Senators and Representatives before mentioned, and the Members of the several State Legislatures, and all executive and judicial Officers, both of the United States and of the several States, shall be bound by Oath or Affirmation, to support this Constitution; but no religious Test shall ever be required as a Qualification to any Office or public Trust under the United States.

    Since Islam is so hard to reconcile with republican government, I doubt the Founding Fathers ever expected many Muslims to become American citizens and stil remain Muslims. I also doubt they would ever have considered letting Muslims into the country, but it has happened. So now we have to figure out what to do about it, and it is going to be messy.

  4. Excellent point. I had not even considered the constitutional implications (I should have!).

    Last night I watched “The Siege.” This movie, set in NYC was all about islamic terrorists perpetrating various acts of murder on innocent civilians. The climax of the film was when the President declares Marshall Law, then proceeds to round up and investigate thousands of middle eastern (Muslim) people – men, women and children. In the end the General who carried out the military action was arrested for torturing a terrorist – this came out three years before 9/11!

    My point is that culturally we seem to want desperately to give Muslims the benefit of the doubt. But the Muslim community is making it hard for that to happen. The silence coming from the Muslim community about Islamic terrorism is deafening. Couple that with the aforementioned Ft. Hood killer, and the suicide bombing du jour, and you have a public perception of Muslims that is….cautious.

    The first step in solving this problem is for American Muslims to get involved. Yep – it’ll be messy.

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