The NAACP’s “ridiculous” effort to tar tea partyers as racists shows how desperate many liberals have become to scare voters away from the anti-tax movement, WSB Atlanta talk show host and businessman Herman Cain tells Newsmax.TV.
Cain, who is black and has been a frequent speaker at tea party events across the country since April 15, 2009, says the racism accusations are untrue.
“The whole accusation of racism is ridiculous,” Cain tells Newsmax.TV. “I believe it is a play on the part of some liberals, even though the NAACP was the one who launched this accusation.
“It is a sign of desperation on the part of the liberals.”
On Wednesday, a leading group of black conservatives echoed that sentiment during a press conference in Washingon.
The conference was a response to the National Assn. for the Advancement of Colored People, which three weeks ago condemned signs and slurs at tea party rallies as racist.
The speakers described the NAACP as irrelevant and silent on the issues most important to African Americans, according to the Chicago Tribune. The civil rights group is trying to scare blacks into supporting Democrats, said Niger Innis, spokesman for the Congress of Racial Equality. He said the NAACP "racial terror" tactic was borrowed from the Ku Klux Klan.
"The same terror that was employed by whites in hoods is now being employed by blacks and whites in suits," Innis said.
AlfonZo Rachel, a commentator for the conservative PJTV website, said the NAACP was made up of the "same kind of people who would rat out a runaway slave."
Cain believes the racism allegations are part of a smoke screen intended to divert attention from the failed stimulus and other unpopular liberal policies.
“I believe the use of the race card by the NAACP has backfired because it is not true,” Cain says.
Tea partyers want the federal government to embrace fiscal responsibility; to show them their opinions count; to embrace the preservation of the free-market system; and to run Washington according to constitutional principles, which they feel the current Congress and administration has not done, he says.
“Right now, under many policies of this administration and this Congress, they are killing our free-market system, which is why our economy is so stalled, “ he says.
Cain has experience making the free-market system work, having transformed the then-struggling Godfather’s Pizza Chain from worst to first in the 1980s without a dime of federal bailout money.
The talk show host gives Obama a “D” for his job performance due to his lack of “effective leadership” and his pushing healthcare and other legislation through Congress “against the will of the majority of the American people.”
“When you consider that we have issues with social security, Medicare, and Medicaid, it didn’t make sense to me and a lot of people to force through another massive social program when we don’t have our current social programs functioning the way that they should,” Cain says.
Cain believes Obama’s numerous broken campaign promises, such as those related to transparency, could cost him politically ̶ especially among blacks.
“A lot of black people who voted for Obama are having buyer’s remorse,” Cain says. “They have seen for themselves some of the things that I mentioned in terms of why I would give the president such a low grade.”
Although an estimated 95 percent of blacks voted for Obama in 2008, Cain sees a trend suggesting the president may get a significantly lower percentage in 2012.
“My own personal gut feel is that a third of the black people that vote in 2012, at a minimum, are not going to vote for President Obama simply because he’s black, and secondly if the Republican Party has a very credible candidate that number could be even higher,” he says.
He also answered questions about online rumors he might be a dark horse candidate for the 2012 GOP presidential nomination, saying he has given it “prayerful consideration.”
Were Cain to run it would not be his first foray into electoral politics. He ran unsuccessfully in the 2004 Georgia U.S. Senate primary against current Republican Sen. Johnny Isakson.
“It lays a very heavy burden on my heart quite frankly to watch what’s going on and then to see the lack of leadership and the lack of response of this Congress and this administration, and that’s what motivated me to be in what I call prayerful consideration.
“And yes, I would be one of the dark horse candidates because nobody would be expecting me to be making a run since I have never made one before.”
However, Cain says should he decide against running, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich would be an excellent choice for president.
“He is one of the best minds on the planet,” Cain says.”Too often people get caught up in the so-called baggage… or they get caught up in his personal life.
“Nobody in my opinion has a better grasp of international issues, national-security issues, our economic issues and our domestic issues.”
Cain believes Gingrich has gained an even stronger command of the issues since leaving office in 1998.
Also in the interview, Cain says:
- The president’s current policies have failed to create new jobs and his plans to hike capital gains taxes and not renew the Bush tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans will only make “the already slow economy slower.
- Republicans could take back the House of Representatives in November because conservatives outnumber liberals 2-1 and moderates outnumber liberals 1 ½ -1.
- The Mexican border needs to be secured.
- Congress needs to allocate adequate resources to allow U.S. Immigration and Customs Services (ICE) to get the manpower to adequately enforce existing immigration laws.
- The process for allowing people to legally immigrate to this country needs re-examination.
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