They call themselves conservatives, and I don’t disagree. They want smaller government, lower taxes, responsible government spending. These are all things any conservative can get behind. But at what cost do they want it? How are they helping to get conservatives elected? I don’t think they are. In fact, I think they represent everything that drives people away from the conservative movement.
I went to teaparty.org and at the top is an article titled Obama is a Useful Pawn of Radical Islam, and in the article it states that Obama is working with Islam and the African Nations to push “the United States of Africa.” Seriously, that’s what it says. I didn’t make that up. Conservatives don’t believe that. They do believe that Pres. Obama has some bad economic views, failed economic policies, allowed spending to reach unprecedented heights and borrowed egregious amounts of money to do it. But to destroy America so he can lead Africa is absurd. Even more so that he assassinated Kadafi because he was the chosen candidate and Obama needed to get him out of the way
If the ludicrous conspiracy theory isn’t enough for you, how about some legislation they started pushing for last year right here in the US. In Oklahoma, Tea Party activists sought the creation of an armed militia to defend the State of Oklahoma from the federal government. On it’s face it doesn’t sound that bad, right? The Second Amendment does say “A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.” But ask yourself one question. Exactly how is an armed militia supposed to protect the State of Oklahoma from the federal government? Maybe I’m wrong, but I only see two scenarios in which that is possible. One would be if said militia went to Washington DC and attacked the federal government, the other being if the state seceded and started a new civil war. Neither prospect seems all that conservative to me.
And here we are, South Carolinians, faced with a truly historical opportunity to say to the federal government that we are not prepared to take yet another four years of Obamacare, record-high deficit spending, and numerous economic policies that bear no fruit. And what is the Tea Party doing? It’s dividing conservatives. They have essentially split the Republican Party in two, and are only going to hurt any conservatives chance at winning the general election. Don’t believe me? Just look at the GOP race for the nomination.
Herman Cain has introduced a tax plan that even Rick Perry can speak intelligently about being a bad idea. 9-9-9 introduces new sales taxes, increases taxes on the poor and middle class, and Herman Cain’s only defense against it “You’re comparing apples to oranges.” He says that state sales tax is already in place and you’re already paying that, so you can’t allow that to enter the equation. But the plain and simple truth of it is that South Carolinians will be paying an additional nine percent federal sales tax on top of the six percent state tax you’re already paying. 30 million homes in this country, the lowest income bracket we have, currently do not pay any personal income taxes. Why? Because they simply can’t afford to. Under Herman Cain, they’ll be paying more for goods and bringing home less money to do it with. The tax burden of this country will be shifted to the lower 84% of the country instead of the top 15% of the country. He is only going to be saving money for himself. The people who will benefit from 9-9-9 will be earning more $500,000/year. How many South Carolinians do you think that applies to? I’m all for supporting legislation that’s good for the country, and even taking one for the team when it’s called for to make that happen. But folks, asking the poorest Americans to not be able to provide for their children so Herman Cain can reduce his personal income tax from 27% to 9% is the most absurd idea I’ve heard from a candidate yet.
But right now, he’s winning. He’s the candidate leading conservatives in the polls because of Tea Party activists. Herman Cain will not beat Pres. Obama in next year’s election. His idea’s scare away liberals, naturally, but also moderates. His rhetoric is overly simplistic in the hopes that Americans won’t be smart enough to realize he is all flash and no substance. Prove him wrong, South Carolina. His ideas won’t work, and I’m calling on all conservatives in South Carolina to not back Herman Cain. He can’t win the Presidency against an incumbent, and even more importantly we can’t afford the results if he can.