By Deborah White, from About.com website, US Liberal Politics, October 4, 2011
Herman Cain is a conservative's conservative who opposes a dizzying list of issues and rights: Muslim places of worship in our communities; gay rights; abortion except in rare circumstances; immigration reform; health care reform, and too many more to list here.
Media-savvy Cain speaks with commanding authority stemming from his experiences as Baptist pastor and TV and talk-radio personality. He also speaks with a extraordinarily confident certitude unseen since... well, Sarah Palin.
Herman Cain is in near-total agreement with the Tea Party on all issues. For that reason, Cain could prove a formidable competitor for the Republican presidential nomination, as Tea Partiers become more familiar with Rick Perry and Mitt Romney.
Competitors - Per polling, Herman Cain is running third for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination, behind top competitors Texas Gov. Rick Perry and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney. The victor will run against President Barack Obama on November 6, 2012.
•Muslims - Herman Cain told an interviewer in 2011 that, if elected, he would not have Muslims in his administration because "There's this creeping attempt... to gradually ease Shariah Law, and the Muslim faith into our government. It does not belong in our government"
Per Wikipedia, "Cain opposed the building of an Islamic Center for a Muslim community at a site in Tennessee, claiming that it was 'an infringement and an abuse of our freedom of religion' and 'just another way to try to gradually sneak Shariah law into our laws'."
•Abortion - Cain has called for defunding Planned Parenthood. During his unsuccessful 2004 Senate race, Cain stated that abortion should only be permitted in cases of incest and rape.
•Gay Rights - Cain supports neither gay marriage nor civil unions for same-gender couples, and believes that "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" should be reinstated for the military.
•Health Care Reform - Cain made his political debut as a very effective and outspoken opponent of the Clinton administration's health care plan bill. He publicly decried the cost of health care reform to small businesses.
At a 2011 Republican debate, cancer-survivor Herman Cain claimed that he "would be dead" if "we had been on Obamacare." PolitiFact rated his statement FALSE, based on his arguments supporting this statement.
•Immigration Reform - Cain is a staunch opponent of immigration reform. Per Cain in 2006, "Our federal government's wink-and-nod policy toward illegal aliens and their employers encourages massive identity theft, document fraud and ruined financial standing for millions of Americans."
In 2011, Cain orated, "... the term 'comprehensive immigration reform' tossed around by liberals is simply code for 'do nothing' which becomes amnesty. There are 3 steps to solving our illegal immigration problem: securing the border; enforce the laws; promote the existing path to citizenship."
Cain has stated he cannot support Rick Perry for president because Perry supports giving in-state tuition breaks to children of illegal immigrants.
Clearly an extreme conservative makes those slightly less exteme seem "moderate" to an electorate desperate for answers to the nation's many problems. So, no declared candidate will do much damage to this candidate, preferring to let him glide along in second or third place, without the bounce or the dive of candidates like Romney and Perry.
Those who want to see president Obama re-elected would do well to pass the word along to their friends and neighbours about this man's positions, and the dangers of his candidacy. Clearly, no Republican agent or agency will colour him dangerous; after all, they are relying on the Tea Party to energize their vote and their formidable fundraising for 2012.