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Author:  Jim Wrenn
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Date:  May 23, 2011
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Herman Cain's Right-of-Return Stumble on Fox News Sunday Shows Him Better Qualified for Secretary of Treasury or Commerce than President.
Herman-- Your admirers are disappointed not only by your lack of knowledge on the "right of return" issue but also the lack of brutal candor in your clarification thereafter.

Cain is an intellectual dynamo on economic issues. But thus far, he's shown that his knowledge-base on foreign policy make him a more suitable conadidate for Secretary of Treasury or Commerce.

Being an admirer of Herman Cain, I had looked forward to watching Chris Wallace interview him on Fox News Sunday this morning (May 22, 2011). Cain was quite good on economic issues. But he stumbled badly on an important foreign-policy issue-- the "right of return" issue between Palestinians and Israelis.

The interview went well until Chris Wallace sensibly sought to explore the full range of his views on Israeli-Palestinian relations, in the course of which he asked Cain's views on "the right of return." I was stunned when Cain's response ("Right of return? Right of return?") made it obvious he was not familiar with the term.

His response that it would be "up to Israel" just made it more obvious that he didn't know that Israel believes (correctly) that a "right of return" would result in the demographic destruction of Israel, which, in a way unique among nations, in that its founding and design were intended to establish a permanent home to a people whose extermination has been sought with the home designed so that no one could control it with such exterminatory purpose ever in the future. How can Israel be expected to ignore the fact that the Palestinians' and Arabs' education of their children continues to preach that the Jews are evil and should be killed (exterminated). So, what's hard to understand about Israel's refusal to agree to a "right of return"?

Have there been equally stunning gaps in Obama's knowledge? How about referring to Corpsmen as "corpsemen" (see video below) for starters-- almost unforgivable for one serving as Commander in Chief. There are numerous others, but that's just the first one that comes to my mind.

I had expected better from Herman Cain. I also wasn't thrilled by his response to Chris Wallace's question during the South Carolina debate asking Cain to describe what he believed to be a proper mission in Afghanistan: Cain's reply, which I paraphrase, was "I'll study the issues and then let you know."

Perhaps Cain should stick to the areas of his greatest strengths-- economics. Hope for a position as Secretary of the Treasury or Secretary of Commerce? . Cain's attempt at damage control is also not likely to be successful because it lacks an essential element otherwise characteristic of Cain: Candor. Here's the link to the Cain campaign's damage-control effort, which fails to candidly admit he was ignorant of the "right of return" issues.

If Cain expects to be taken seriously (and I had hoped he would be taken seriously), he needs to assemble a team of advisors to confront him with all issues on which he needs to be fully knowledgeable. The traditionally dominant media (ABC, CBS, NBC, PBS, NPR, NYT, WaPo, LaT, AJ&C, MSNBC, CNN, etc) consistently ignores gaffes by Obama, and they will continue to do so throughout the campaign from now until 2012, but they will seek to magnify every such gaffe by every opponent of Obama.

It's just the way the world is.

--Jim Wrenn, Editor at PoliSat.Com.

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Biography - Jim Wrenn

Jim is a proud descendant of 18th Century criminal exiles from England who swam to the Outer Banks when the British ship taking them to a Georgia penal colony sank in a storm near Cape Hatteras. Having the prescience to prevent their descendants from becoming "TarHeels," they immediately migrated to Virginia, where, within just a few generations they worked their way up into poverty. Jim's grandfather was the first in the family tree to see the distant horizons, but his career was cut short by severe injuries he sustained when a cousin cut down the tree.

After a brief stint in the Amry (ours) following graduation from law school, he began his legal career in the state bureaucracy but was never able to break into the federal bureaucracy. Several years later, he entered the private practice of law and co-founded a small law publishing company. Later, finding the publishing of small laws unstimulating and finding his private practice too private to be lucrative, he began writing political satire/commentary. His greatest vice is taking himself too seriously.

He wrote the definitive books on the Clinton Era Error: the Clinton Liebrary Book (pre-October, 2000), which he later updated as the Clinton Liebrary Book 2001 Edition to include Election 2000, the post-election shennanigans, and related events through August, 2001. The 2001 edition is the only known literary source that conclusively shows why Bill Clinton pardoned Susan McDougal but not Webster Hubbel. It also presciently contains the Billary/Hillary Dueling Memoirs. At every opportunity he shamelessly promotes his books for orders on-line or by fax at www.ClintonLiebraryBook.Com. He's also the Librarian at the Clinton Liebrary (www.ClintonLiebrary.Com), which owns exclusive rights to Bill Clinton's most famous speech as well as Bill Clinton's comments after revelation of the identity of Deep Throat in 2005.

As an amateur scientist as well as a scientific amateur, he de-bunks the man-is-causing-Global "Warming" theory, and predicts that by the middle of the 21st Century (when he will be safely dead) physicists will discover the obvious flaws in Einstein's Theory of Relativity, which will lead to vastly-faster-than-light travel through polarization of gravity. As a constitutional-law scholar, he's trying to teach those who hold a static, zero-sum-game view of economic and social theories to understand that "property" is not a "thing" but rather is a human right.

Although he regularly teaches Continuing Legal Education courses to lawyers, he's too-often available through he Rubber Chicken Speakers Bureau to speak on politics, satire, etc., at luncheons, dinners, root canals, funerals, etc. His speaking fees are so outrageously high they border on criminal price-gouging, but as a free-market advocate, he defends his fees on the higher moral ground of charging whatever the traffic will bear. For more information (surely more than one would want or need), go to www.PoliSat.Com.

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