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Yes, We Cain

A first-hand report from Atlanta, where Herman Cain announced his presidential candidacy on Saturday.

Mary Grabar


May 22, 2011 - 12:04 am
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Cain hit the right notes, drawing enthusiastic applause and cheers from the audience. The rhetorical question, “Is America ready for a leader and not a reader?” drew wild cheers and the chant, “Herman.”  A man shouted, “Where’s your teleprompter?” in case anyone didn’t pick up on the allusion to Obama’s teleprompter addiction.

Cain has the ability to stir up a crowd, to speak to them directly off the cuff, as he did on this day for nearly thirty minutes. He evoked the same kind of enthusiasm I’ve seen him do at a tea party event.

Since that 2009 event I covered, each move by Obama has come with a foreboding dread. We wonder what outrageous move is next. Obama has “fundamentally transformed” this country as he promised.  And he’s done it in rapid fire, from the takeover of businesses and banks, to the misuse of the Justice Department, to the shaming of the United States on foreign lands, to the betrayal of allies and the aid to enemies.

Indeed, as the prophet Isaiah said, “None calleth for justice, nor any pleadeth for truth; they trust in vanity, and speak lies; they conceive mischief, and bring forth iniquity.” Herman Cain is said to be a long shot, but in these dire times who else has the courage to invite a minister who will warn the nation with the strong words of Isaiah? Harold Camping was wrong about Judgment Day being on May 21, 2011.  I’m afraid though that Herman Cain is more on target with his predictions. I pray that he or someone with the courage to say these things will get into office and save our country.

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Mary Grabar is a resident fellow at the Alexander Hamilton Institute for the Study of Western Civilization in Clinton, New York. Her writing can be found at Subscribe to dispatches here.
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