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.

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