Among the candidates who have been prominently discussed as potential Republican challengers to Barack Obama, there’s only one who has actually taken the first practical step in a campaign: Forming an exploratory committee. That candidate is Herman Cain.
Who is Herman Cain?
He’s a corporate candidate, for one thing, a former CEO. In a sad irony, Herman Cain made his money as the head of Godfather’s Pizza, a company that profited from selling people food high in fat, carbohydrates and salt, but Cain now is suggesting that he has a plan to insure great health care for Americans suffering from health problems related to a poor diet.
Another thing voters need to know about Herman Cain is that he’s a theocrat. Repeatedly over the last several years, Cain has spoken out in support of letting local, state and federal government be used to promote Christianity. At a recent Tea Party rally, Cain angrily declared, “It was during the Fifties that the United States Congress voted to add ‘one nation under God’ with liberty and justice for all, because we are a God-fearing Christian nation!”
Before that, Herman Cain wrote that non-religious Americans should submit to Christian control over the government. “Stay out of our way,” Cain warned. “Too many Americans are guided and implicitly threatened by the misinterpretations of the Constitution’s establishment clause that found a non-existent ‘separation of church and state.’”
In Herman Cain’s vision for America, the government can become a State Church, using money gathered through taxes to fund Christian worship. He may claim, when speaking before his Tea Party supporters, to be a proponent of small government, but when it comes to religion, Herman Cain is for big government interference all the way.