It is very hard for me to figure out what is going on with Herman Cain’s situation. I’ve read dozens of articles for all sorts of perspectives. At present, I find myself in the “let’s wait until the dust settles” frame of mind.
With that said, I found the following by Thomas Sowell to resonate with me:
The real scandal goes far beyond the case of Herman Cain and his accusers. The real scandal is that the law allows people to impose heavy costs on others at little or no cost to themselves. That is a perfect setting for legalized extortion.
The fact that neither judges nor juries stick to the letter of the law means that people who have zero basis for a lawsuit, under the law as written, can still create enough uncertainty to extract money from people who cannot afford the risk of going to trial.
As for a $45,000 settlement, that is what an organization would pay to settle a nuisance lawsuit — if it’s lucky.
I know that straightening this out is not as simple as setting a cap, but the fact that even a false accusation can easily equate to a payday for the accuser is a miscarriage of justice.
Mr. Sowell closes with this:
What role does race play in all this?
It is probably not racism, as such, that motivates these attacks on Herman Cain. The motivation is far more likely to be politics, but politics makes a prominent black conservative such as Clarence Thomas or Herman Cain far more dangerous to the Democrats than an equally prominent white conservative.
The 90 percent black vote for Democrats is like money in the bank on Election Day. A prominent black conservative who offers an alternative view of the world is a serious danger politically, because if that alternative view has the net effect of reducing the black vote for Democrats just to 75 percent, the Democrats are in big trouble at election time.
In this political context, merely defeating a black conservative at the polls or at confirmation hearings is not enough. He must be destroyed as an influence in the future — and character assassination is the most obvious way to do it. [emphasis mine]
Now, it may be that Cain has brought this current brouhaha upon himself by his own actions. That is always a possibility. But, I think Mr. Sowell is on to something here when he speaks to how liberals view a black man who very obviously has left the plantation and made something of himself through hard work.
May the truth soon be known and may we move on with the challenge of turning things around before we become the United States of Europe, Part II.