The meaning of token: Herman Cain and the Right

They’re good, I’ll give them that. The Right tried to pull a fast one on the American public yesterday, ala Karl Rove-esque tactics. Recall, he was the one who sank John McCain’s presidential bid against George Bush in the 2000 primaries by circulating a story that McCain had fathered a black baby-a body blow for white voters in the South. But we’re smarter now on the Left. After more than a decade of filthy-dirty would be too kind a word-political and personal attacks the Left is aware their tactics.

At the core of those tactics is a racially and economically divisive ideology. They claim that Dems play the race card, or that Obama exploits lingering prejudice and inequality in American society, or that the Occupy movement stokes class warfare. Only fools would believe that twisted logic. What is divisive and racist is not bringing to light injustice and inequality, but in claiming the only perspective that has a voice in this society represents a very narrow margin of a very diverse nation as a means of silencing issues of inequality and injustice.

Which brings me to Herman Cain, the dupe, the sad tool the Right meant to divert attention from their true tactics and motivation. They used Herman Cain, who was clearly unqualified and unprepared for a Presidential run. He had no campaign infrastructure and was relying fully on FOX and Right wing media for his message. These are the same corporate owned outlets that manufactured the Tea party and have become, in essence, the mob lawyers to the Right. Politico, the Right wing group that broke the story, won’t reveal who gave the story, but this has Rove-style tactics all over it. The Right immediately blamed MSNBC and the Left, none of whom had anything on the story until late in the day, hours after Limbaugh and Coulter had already affixed blame, and after Cain’s story had changed and evolved many times.

Much has been made of the allegations. Suffice to say, no one pays huge settlements for baseless and unprovable allegations, or asks them to sign non-disclosure statements unless you are hiding something. On today’s shows, Limbaugh and Beck belittled a comment Cain admitted making, when he “put my hand by her head and said you’re about my wife’s height. Sounds innocent enough, like maybe this woman is some sort of gold digger liberal type, that is unless she was sitting down or kneeling at a cabinet with her head about the level of his lap. Then it becomes a whole other context, right? But we can’t ask the accuser. Cain’s lawyers have paid them off and forced them onto silence.

But this isn’t about the allegations. This is about how the Republicans promoted him to divert allegations of racism, knowing full well that they would never actually vote for the guy. They can now hide behind their “i ain’t a racist cuz I know a black guy” defense. They used him and now before he interferes with the Romney/Perry run-off it is time to put the black guy back in his place. Cain was a serious candidate only in his own mind and maybe some on the Right who truly champion conservative ideas, apart from the theocratic, anti-intellectual, greedy, corporate shills that have assumed sovereignty over their party.

Sadly, Cain was a Republican joke from the start, then he was a mask. But shed no tears for Cain either. He was happy to ride this wave, and believe in the face of every evidence that he might actually become the Republican nominee. He’ll profit greatly from this and continue to be a bulwork on the Right’s flank over charges of racism. He’ll doubtless become a pundit for FOX.

The Right built Herman Cain and then they dismantled him, much like they do lately with Martin Luther King, constantly reminding us of his human frailties while pretending to exalt him. They’re finished with the black guy. it is time to put him back in his place. It is how racism works, and how it escapes despite a body’s best efforts to conceal it. It is how subversive politics works, and how it has worked for Herman Cain. The word is token, and it never is to the advantage of the minority being used, and always to cover the crimes of the users.

About 900poundgorilla

W.C. Turck is a Chicago playwright and the author of four widely acclaimed books.His latest is "The Last Man," a prophetic novel of a world ruled by a single corporation. His first novel, "Broken: One Soldier's Unexpected Journey Home," was reccommended by the National Association of Mental Health Institutes. His 2009 Memoir, "Everything for Love" chronicled the genocide in Bosnia and the siege of Sarajevo. His third book "Burn Down the Sky" is published exclusively on Amazon Kindle. It was in Sarajevo at the height of the siege where he met and married his wife, writer and Artist Ana Turck. FOX NEWS, ABC, CBS News, the Chicago Tribune and The Joliet Herald covered their reunion after the war. He helped organized relief into Rwanda during the 1994 genocide. Turck has been a guest on WMAQ-TV, WLS in Chicago, WCPT, WBBM radio, National Public Radio, Best Of the Left and the Thom Hartmann show. He has spoken frequently on Human Rights, Genocide and Nationalism. In 2011, his play in support of the Occupy Movement, "Occupy My Heart-a revolutionary Christmas Carol" recieved national media attention and filled theaters to capacity across Chicago. He remains an activist to the cause of human rights and international peace. View all posts by 900poundgorilla

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