In a recent video, GOP presidential hopeful Herman Cain tells protesters of Occupy Wall Street that they need to go home and get a job, later commenting to laughter and cheers that no one knows what the protesters’ cause is. Employing the GOP strategy of denying those pesky facts in the hopes that they’ll go away, Cain says that there is no way to be sensitive to a group’s cause if no one has any idea what that cause is.
Occupy Wall Street has presented a dilemma for the GOP in their efforts to secure adequate talking points for the upcoming 2012 elections. Before Occupy Wall Street existed as a movement, it was common for pundits and candidates alike to lambast President Obama for the lack of jobs, despite the GOP themselves blocking any piece of legislation that would actually create jobs. Now, however, in their efforts to make the OWS protesters look like jobless, socialist hippies, they are calling upon the protesters to go get the jobs that they previously claimed didn’t exist. The blame game has gotten the GOP temporarily confused, and the addition of war veterans in the protests no doubt adds fuel to the fire of confusion.
As Herman Cain tells protesters how confusing they are, he demonstrates that OWS is not the only subject he is lacking knowledge about. Cain demonstrated his readiness to answer questions he didn’t know the answer to, sanctimoniously responding, “When they ask me who is the president of Ubeki-beki-beki-beki-stan-stan I’m going to say you know, I don’t know. Do you know?” With an attitude like that, it’s no surprise that he has no idea what Occupy Wall Street is all about, and is trying to tell them to get jobs in a disastrous economy that they previously used as a talking point.
Cain’s lack of knowledge when it comes to some of the most important issues facing the world (foreign country leadership and a movement that has spread to hundreds of cities around the world, to name two) demonstrates an alarming lack of connection with the country and world he wants to be a part of in the political arena. Whether he says what he does for the sake of ratings or whether he actually believes it, Cain’s belittlement of citizens fighting to erase corruption and poverty in the country he wants to lead shows that the Oval Office may be far out of reach for him.