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Herman Cain – Not ready for prime time

Republican presidential hopeful Herman Cain speaks during the Republican Leadership Conference in New Orleans, Louisiana June 17, 2011. REUTERS/Sean Gardner (UNITED STATES – Tags: POLITICS)

Herman Cain has generated some buzz in the Tea Party community, but he’s showing that he’s not ready to mount a serious campaign for the presidency. His latest comments offer a good example:

Herman Cain said Sunday that Americans should be able to ban Muslims from building mosques in their communities.

“Our Constitution guarantees the separation of church and state,” Cain said in an interview with Chris Wallace on “Fox News Sunday.” “Islam combines church and state. They’re using the church part of our First Amendment to infuse their morals in that community, and the people of that community do not like it. They disagree with it.”

Last week, the Republican presidential candidate expressed criticism of a planned mosque in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, telling reporters at a campaign event that “This is just another way to try to gradually sneak Sharia law into our laws, and I absolutely object to that.”

If you’ve graduated from high school, it should be easy for you to recognize the stupidity of these comments given that we have a First Amendment in the Bill of Rights.

It’s not uncommon for someone from the business community to generate buzz on the left or the right with common sense criticisms of our government. That’s the easy part. But these businessmen are not disciplined, and many of them are used to being surrounded by people who let them spout off ridiculous statements without any pushback.

So you end up with egomaniacs like Donald Trump spouting off outrageous comments, and then people like Herman Cain who are ignorant about basic policies and constitutional principles.

He might scores some points with the Angry Right, but his candidacy is finished.

Elena Kagan and free speech

This article from Politico is quite disturbing. Anyone associated with the radical thinking of Catherine MacKinnon would never make my short list. The fact that Kagan just recently made an argument centered around the notion of restraining speech of “minimal value” is even more disturbing. Fortunately, even the current conservative court smacked down her ridiculous argument in an 8-1 decision.

Will any liberal Senators challenge Kagan on this? It’s hard to imagine filling one of the “liberal” seats on the court with someone who willing to gut the first amendment in the same manner we’ve some to expect from religious ideologues on the right. Unfortunately, radical feminists like MacKinnon were anxious to impose their sense of morality on the rest of us, and with Kagan we might have one of their allies on the court.

Hopefully Kagan will clear this up in the hearings, though I won’t be holding my breath.

Judge Sotomayor hearings begin, and Senator Sessions is looking for a fight

With the opening statements from Senator Leahy and Senator Sessions, we might be looking at an ugly fight in the confirmation hearings of Judge Sotomayor. Leahy basically called out those who are trying to twist her words, and Sessions shot right back, basically alleging in his opening remarks that Sotomayor is not an impartial judge.

Given the colorful history of Senator Sessions, I’m wondering how many Republicans and conservatives will cringe when hearing some of his statements.

Of course, it’s up to Sotomayor to explain her philosophy, but Sessions seems to be itching for a fight, regardless of what she might say in these hearings.

Protests continue in Iran

The thugs who stole this election didn’t count on the Iranian people rising up against this farce.

It’s stunning to see young and old people in Iran saying “Enough!” Many people there realize that Ahmadinejad is a disgrace to their country, and his bigoted, divisive and incompetent leadership must come to an end.

Whatever happens with the green revolution, nothing will ever be the same in Iran.

Andrew Sullivan has some of the best coverage of this unfolding story. He’s also reporting how most of the mainstream media has been AWOL for most of the weekend as this story developed. No wonder more people are turning to blogs and the Internet for their news.

Ron Paul debates Stephen Baldwin on Legalizing Marijuana

Ron Paul vs. Stephen Baldwin is like Mike Tyson vs. a five-year-old. No contest.

Paul’s most powerful argument relates to the costs of prohibition, particularly crime from drug cartels and the cost of locking up non-violent offenders.

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