The Pain of Being Cain

This month, after an emotional speech where he even quoted the Pokemon Movie , Herman Cain finally decided to drop out of the presidential race. Cain may have had less political experience than most of the Republican candidates, but just the same, most of the media gave him less credit than he deserved. Now, looking at the candidates who are left, one can’t possibly say that any of the top Republican options are legitimate opponents to America’s beloved Barack Obama. Even though Cain may have not been the best option for the Presidency, it can be easily argued that he was at least better than Romney, Bachman, Gingrich, and Ron Paul. The death of Cain’s campaign was most likely caused by the sexual harassment allegations that came to light in recent weeks. Although they were never proven, accusations are a “killer” in political campaigns. Other candidates will use anything they can to drown their opponent, and rightfully so; who wouldn’t? But the way Cain was “drowned” was downright disrespectful. The Republican Party has become known as the party of the rich in the past decade. How do we know that these candidates are more than just bored millionaires? We haven’t even begun to hear what they know about the issues, all we really know is what they have; money. Cain’s fall from grace is the epitome of what modern politics have become. If you don’t have a clean sheet, with excellent speaking abilities, and a whole lot of money, you don’t stand a chance of becoming America’s next leader. Barack Obama had exactly that, and from the looks of it, we’ll be seeing him for another four years. Three things Obama did right: not forgetting a valid point during a debate, not quoting Pokemon in an important address, and not being charged with allegations of rape. Arguably, the main things it takes to become president are money, speaking ability, a clean sheet, and a Harvard degree. With the birth of social networking, and the ever improving access to technology and the internet, politics have become a huge part of media in the past decade. Americans are constantly fed biased opinions about politics, causing them to identify themselves with a party that may not be truthful to their beliefs. You might consider yourself a republican if you watch The Daily Show with Jon Stewart , or you might call yourself a liberal if you read Rolling Stone every other week, but do you have any clue what you’re letting these people tell you? There are definitely some pretty solid facts in television programs and magazines today, but you will never know the other side if you refuse to hear it. Newt Gingrich, the new candidate at the top of the polls, knows what we want to hear. When he is featured in the Republican Debates on CBS, he will give answers that will make you say, “Wow, that man is a genius”. But how easy is that? All Mitt Romney has to say to win you over is, “Iran will not have a nuclear weapon if I am elected president in 2012”. He doesn’t even have to explain himself. All Michelle Bachman has to do is say that, “Gas prices will go under $2 again if I’m elected in 2012”. Outlandish statements like these make me wonder how people get excited over the upcoming Republican Party. For all we know, whether Obama or the unannounced Republican candidate gets elected in 2012, it’s only going to get better before it gets worse. It is rightfully said that the pain of being Cain is the pain of being an American.