Cain at Hillsdale
By Andy Reuss
Special to the Collegian
Before last night, the race for the GOP presidential nomination has been a game of pick your poison.
To me, no candidates were remarkable for anything other than their baggage: Mitt Romney tows the Romneycare anchor, Rick Perry hauls a Gardasil millstone, both Herman Cain and Newt Gingrich are bound to the freight train of real or alleged sex scandals, and Ron Paul’s radical foreign policy even scares libertarians.
But then I attended Herman Cain’s speech this Tuesday on campus. Initially just entertained by the childish antics of the cartoon explaining Cain’s 9-9-9 plan, I quickly realized the video’s valid point: streamlining the national tax system would in fact result in greater American competition in foreign markets, benefiting both American corporations and the nation as whole. The plan was disarming in its simplicity, while common sense pointed to its effectiveness.
Cain’s speech was much like his tax cartoon: disarmingly simple, yet full of valid ideas. His message was clear: security is his goal, accomplished through strength and clarity. Under a Cain administration, military strength would be increased, economic strength would be facilitated by his 9-9-9 plan, and moral strength would be advocated through the protection of religious expression. He would double the ships in the Navy, refrain from timetables of withdrawal, and invest in protecting the United States from cyber terrorism. His foreign policy would clarify America’s diplomatic position in the world, distinguishing her allies and her enemies. According to Mr. Cain, this is the first step in achieving the commander-in-chief’s number one responsibility: national security.
Although some may disagree with the content of his speech, no one can deny its frankness. Unlike most politicians today, Cain abandoned the cloak of ambiguous rhetoric in favor of the double-breasted suit of uncluttered policy. Quick, plain statements depicted his goals. Quick, plain statements depicted his methods. (Read More GREAT STUFF!)