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Herman Cain to Protesters: ‘Blame Yourself!’

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Posted on Oct 6, 2011
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Republican presidential hopeful Herman Cain condemned the Occupy Wall Street protests in an interview in The Wall Street Journal on Wednesday, saying it was nothing but a ploy to distract the public from the “failed policies of the Obama administration.”

But while other Republicans haven’t exactly been coy about their own disdain for the protests, Cain took it a step further, saying the protesters have only themselves to blame for their economic hardships.

“Don’t blame Wall Street, don’t blame the big banks,” Cain said. “If you don’t have a job and you’re not rich, blame yourself!” —BF

The Raw Story:

When asked by host Alan Murray if he thought the banks had any responsibility for the nation’s current economical climate, Cain replied, “They did having something to do with the crisis in 2008, but we’re not in 2008, we’re in 2011!”

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By OzarkMichael, October 7, 2011 at 3:49 pm Link to this comment

cpb said: “If the political leanings of what
you perceive to be the majority of the posters here at TDig offends you so then perhaps you’d consider spending your time elsewhere as a solution. Otherwise you’re just trolling.”

In your opinion, merely disgreeing with the mainstream of Truthdig makes me a troll here. Using the same logic, if you disagree with the majority of Americans, does that make you a troll whenever you speak in public?

i disagree. i think different points of view are vital in our civics. i would like you to extend the same courtesy to me here on Truthdig. if you cannot do so, then a question arises… if the Left ever takes over, will they tolerate conservative dissent?  i wouldnt count on it. i have to say that i worry about it. So here i am constantly pushing you to think these things through now.

We can try to find common ground or even reconcile differences. That is what i first hoped for when i came her 4 years ago. You probably havent been here so long but lately you popped up looking to hunt down trolls. You have labelled me as one. please reconsider.

As far as tactics, yes i have gotten much tougher this past year. I realized that being pleasant about some things is a mistake. One thing I refuse to keep being pleasant about is second class status for any person. Unfortunately that has become the game here on Truthdig. I fight for an equal playing field for all citizens of all opinions. 

Since the Leftists cant handle that… yes i do throw their hypocrisy and blanket prejudices right back at them in the same manner: I accuse all Leftists the same way that they have accused all Rightists. i deconstruct their protests and dreams the same way they deconstruct mine. I even use their own phrases. Maybe some of them will get it.

If you treat me as an equal, my aggressive tone and accusations towards you will drop. If you treat people with equal respect than i will respect your opinions as well. Otherwise you need a good bracing stomp on your sensitive Leftist toes.

If that makes me a troll so be it.

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By EmileZ, October 7, 2011 at 1:36 pm Link to this comment

@ Ozark Michael

I agree with you about the racist stuff absolutely 100%.

It is shameful and disgusting.

Don’t let it get to you my man.

They are a bunch of stupid assholes who don’t have a clue.

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By Villabolo, October 7, 2011 at 1:00 pm Link to this comment
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Comes the revolution.

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By cpb, October 7, 2011 at 12:55 pm Link to this comment

“The insistance with which you Leftists use racial terms
against Americans because of a difference in political
view is abhorrent to me. i dont understand why you feel
you should get away with it.”

- Ozark…

Hypocrite par excellence.  Want to claim some
credibility Krazo?  Stop tarring everyone with your
invective “Leftist”.  Seeing people this way is akin to
“all them coloreds look the same to me”.  You are
displaying bigotry.  If the political leanings of what
you perceive to be the majority of the posters here at
TDig offends you so then perhaps you’d consider spending
your time elsewhere as a solution.  Otherwise you’re
just trolling.  Again.

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By JMD, October 7, 2011 at 12:44 pm Link to this comment

Herman Cain,knows he is safe saying,“Blame Yourself”
while not holding any official position within the
government.A simple redaction to this comment,would be
issued if he were nominated though.That is how simple
it is to “change”,be forgiven,and pretend it never
happened.
Thanking you for this opportunity to comment -
James M. de Laurier     10/07/2011

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By OzarkMichael, October 7, 2011 at 11:12 am Link to this comment

The insistance with which you Leftists use racial terms against Americans because of a difference in political view is abhorrent to me. i dont understand why you feel you should get away with it.

But then again, using sexist remarks on Sarah Palin worked for you.

The societal protections and human dignity that some groups have finally gained ought to be immutable, but apparently not if the person happens to be a conservative. You Leftists really are hypocrits of the highest order.

I write this post as my disappointment in you guys reaches a new low, and i wonder where this will all lead. Will the Conservatives be able to hold the line against sexism and prejudice now that the Left indulges in them so happily? Unfortunately it isnt certain.

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By jdean, October 7, 2011 at 9:39 am Link to this comment
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I think this analysis of Cain is irrelevant. He is a wealthy man who produced an unhealthy product that sold decently and now he is trying to turn himself into player. The problem is pizza management is merely pizza management. His 999 plan actually sounds like hawking crappy pizza. Only in the USA could a call to increase taxes on the lowest three fifths of the public be considered seriously rather than merely the rantings of a deranged meglomaniac. At a recent interview he made the statement he has run the numbers on his tax plan. Anywhere else but in his accounting world 2-4% up to 9% plus an additional 9% for sales tax translates to an overall 14% tax increase up to a certain level. This reduces taxes and is more equitable? The mere fact this is even noise is disturbing. How can this be considered anything but regressive except for the wealthy and corporations. I believe an audit of his books is necessary as well as psychiatric help for anyone who is listening to him..

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By bpawk, October 7, 2011 at 9:04 am Link to this comment

He just made himself a non-contender to be a republican candidate for president. He does have a point however about the wall street protests deflecting responsibility away from Obama’s failed policies for Main Street. It makes you think it was started by the democratic party - why aren’t the people in Washington protesting is what I can’t figure out. It has to be because either the protestors are embarrassed they voted for Obama and now see he’s a big disappointment or this protest was started by the dems.

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By grokker, October 7, 2011 at 7:07 am Link to this comment

It doesn’t matter what color Cain is, like the other Repubs he has no ideas, no platform, no intellect, no knowledge of anything outside the U.S. A huge zero.

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By EmileZ, October 7, 2011 at 3:19 am Link to this comment

I thought the protests were trying to highlight the failed policies of the Obama administration.

Silly me!!!

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By Tim, October 6, 2011 at 8:25 pm Link to this comment
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Yeah, this isn’t a real movement. You need to set up stages, donation booths, and book pop country stars to endorse candidates. Hasn’t the tea party taught these hippies anything?

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By Queenie, October 6, 2011 at 7:34 pm Link to this comment

OzarkMichael:

It’s not the color of his skin -

It’s the content of his character.

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By gerard, October 6, 2011 at 7:26 pm Link to this comment

Nobody should be surprised by this.  It’s been the Republican party line for some time now.  It’s the beloved deceit of the rich to justify their cheating and lack of empathy for the rest of us.  It’s the policy of all those who need to put somebody down in order to feel up.
  It’s the backbone of the resistance to social security, universal medicare, prison reform, disarmament, interculturalism,  and the mechanism which permits the maltreatment of millions of designated “underdogs.”  If “they” are not inferior, how can “we” feel superior.  Damn!  You a Communist or something?

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By OzarkMichael, October 6, 2011 at 5:26 pm Link to this comment

The ‘Uncle Tom’ remarks are a form of racism. I would demand an apology but Leftists dont have it in their toolbox.

Conservative black Americans do exist, and they deserve to be treated better.

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By Concerned citizen, October 6, 2011 at 4:25 pm Link to this comment
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“They did having something to do with the crisis in 2008, but we’re not in 2008, we’re in 2011!”

Next candidate.

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By Rodney, October 6, 2011 at 3:18 pm Link to this comment
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And the blacks won’t vote for him either. Not because
we have been brainwashed but because we know a good
uncle when we see one. Tom that is.

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By gerard, October 6, 2011 at 3:13 pm Link to this comment

So it’s all just a problem of jealousy and envy!
All you gotta do is go to the mall and buy yourself a new set of bootstraps.  Simple!

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By Tex Shelters, October 6, 2011 at 2:20 pm Link to this comment

Herman Cain shows once again how out of touch, uncaring, and under educated he is about humanity.

You are more likely to go from middle class down to lower class than to the upper classes.

Read the facts:
http://texshelters.wordpress.com/2011/09/28/facts-about-class-poverty-and-downward-mobility/

Peace,
Tex Shelters

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By Billy Pilgrim, October 6, 2011 at 2:06 pm Link to this comment

Herman Cain and Clarence Thomas have a lot in common.
They both have very dark skin and they are both self-
hating black men. Sorry, gentlemen, but you can’t
wash away your blackness no matter how hard you try.
Marrying a white woman (in Thomas’s case) doesn’t
change a thing. You’re still the “N” word to the
White establishment even if you decide to sell your
soul to the Devil. Selling billions of dollars worth
of Pizza or consistently siding with the corporations
in legal cases doesn’t matter a bit. In the end, when
you’re on your deathbed, maybe then you will realize
what a despicable life you led; however, by then it
will be much too late and you will have to give the
Devil his due.

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By cpb, October 6, 2011 at 1:44 pm Link to this comment

OREO Cookies speak nonsense too.

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By berniem, October 6, 2011 at 1:41 pm Link to this comment

RE: Brother Herman-Proof positive that even intelligent people can succomb to “Stockholm Syndrome”!

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By Inherit The Wind, October 6, 2011 at 1:31 pm Link to this comment

Yeah, like one person in OWS is going to vote for Cain.  Like that’s gonna happen!

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By John Sullivan, October 6, 2011 at 12:56 pm Link to this comment
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When Herman Cain is unemployed in November 2012, he’ll have no one to blame but himself.

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By malingerer, October 6, 2011 at 12:21 pm Link to this comment
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“They did having something to do with the crisis in 2008, but
we’re not in 2008, we’re in 2011!” umm.. we’re sorta still dealing
with the fallout of the last 20 years of financial malfeasance..
what f*cking idiot..

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By Railbird, October 6, 2011 at 12:19 pm Link to this comment
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If not Cain then Clarence?

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By gstoddard, October 6, 2011 at 12:18 pm Link to this comment

So this is news? The Republican ideological worldview is that the poor are poor
because of their lack of character and motivation. If only they made an effort they
could be rich. On the other hand the rich are rich solely because of their high
moral character, ambition, and hard work.

In this view individuals are in complete control of their destiny. Neither the poor or
the rich are held back or benefit from the disadvantages or advantages accruing
from living in a complex culture and society.

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By christian96, October 6, 2011 at 12:04 pm Link to this comment

Is this Cain related to the one in the Bible who
killed Abel.  Looks like the Republicians have found themselves a real “Uncle Tom.”

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