Friday, October 07, 2011

Herman Cain blames the poor for being jobless and, well, poor

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Herman Cain
Herman Cain

From Republican presidential contender Herman Cain, talking about why he doesn’t understand the Wall Street protests and becoming the embodiment of the Right’s increasingly explicit blame-the-poor mentality:

I don’t have facts to back this up [now there’s a promising start], but I happen to believe that these demonstrations are planned and orchestrated to distract from the failed policies of the Obama administration. Don’t blame Wall Street, don’t blame the big banks, if you don’t have a job and you’re not rich, blame yourself! […] It is not a person’s fault because they succeeded, it is a person’s fault if they failed.

Now, to be fair, he is right, in a way. After all, if you don’t have millions, then it’s your fault for not being born in a rich family, or for not being full of shit enough to con your way into wealth (televangelism come to mind), or for not robbing a bank, or for not sinking into panhandling in your free time for the next 30 years. Hey, if you don’t wanna do what it takes to get loads of cash real fast, then you just don’t deserve those riches, buster.

Of course, as technically correct as this brand of thinking may be, it’s also completely devoid of any compassion, sense, or humanity. It’s also utterly moronic. Which, coming from Herman Cain, is only fitting.