“Cannibals prefer those who have no spines.”
The fate of every democracy, of every government based on the sovereignty of the people, depends on the choices it makes between these opposite principles, absolute power on the one hand, and on the other the restraints of legality and the authority of tradition.
We have today a conflict between corporate control over government, granting power over the enactment of laws, interpretation of laws, and appointment of the judges who interpret the laws. Lord John Acton (1834-1902) is also quoted as saying,
"And remember, where you have a concentration of power in a few hands, all too frequently men with the mentality of gangsters get control. History has proven that."
In November of last year, Lee Fang reported for Think Progress on the connections between Herman Cain, the group Prosperity USA set up by his campaign chief-of-staff, Mark Block, and the group Americans for Prosperity which was set up by the American billionaires David and Charles Koch.
In that article, an interview with CNN was referenced in which Cain not only admitted, but said he enjoyed the relationship that he has with the Koch brothers, a relationship which has been personal and financial.
As you may recall, Cain’s mantra before dropping out of the presidential race was 9-9-9. These numbers represented mandatory tax rates for personal income, a new national sales tax, and corporate taxes. These numbers sprang fully formed out of Cain’s mind, possibly as a result of his obsession with numerology.
“In Chapter Nine of This Is Herman Cain—entitled “‘Forty-Five’—A Special Number,” Cain notes that his “conception, gestation, and birth all occurred within” the year 1945 (true of pretty much anyone born in the last three months of that year). He then launches into a detailed account of how “45 keeps on popping up as I go about the business of being elected—you guessed it—as the forty-fifth president of the United States of America.”
Note that the number 45 is divisible by 9 and the sum of 4 and 5 is nine making 9 an especially magical number to Mr. Cain.
After Mr. Cain proved to be simply the latest in a series of “anybody but Romney” candidates proposed by the Tea Party wing of the Republican party, he disappeared all too briefly from view. He has now emerged with plans for a bus tour announced on Fox News,
“I started a new movement. The biggest comment I got when I ended my candidacy was to keep 9-9-9 alive. That’s what this is about, and I’m going to keep it alive with what I’m calling Cain’s Solutions Revolution,” Cain said. http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0112/71098.html#ixzz1iluZzdeQ
Undoubtedly, the founders of the Tea Party, the Koch brothers, committed libertarians, having been thwarted when their candidate, Herman Cain, was forced out of the race by scandal and falling poll numbers, have been the voice in Herman Cain’s ear telling him to keep 9-9-9 alive. Mr. Cain sees the Koch brothers as patriots. Others see them as the gangsters Lord Acton warned us of.
On a brighter note, the actions of the Occupy Wall Street movement have seemed to energize President Obama. Whether he has awakened to the mood of the populace or previously lacked the courage to confront the 1% and champion the rest of us, he seems now to have developed some spine. Perhaps that will protect him - and us - from the cannibals.