Monday, January 5, 2009

Herman Cain's Intelligent Thinkers Movement: Where's the Defending Fathers?

Cross-posted by Maggie at Maggie's Notebook

"We the people" get one day every two years to change Congress - Election Day. We get three days every six years to change one-third of the Senate. And we get one day every four years to change presidents.

The rest of the time the people's influence is pimped by silly and self-serving polls,...
Herman Cain is one of the fiesty "talkers" that says what he means and means what he says. He says he is starting a new initiative to Take our Country Back, and he's willing to do far fewer opinion columns to make this new grassroots initiative work.

So one more initiative. Well, that's okay by me because I believe Herman Cain will work it and work it hard.

I was energized when I read that Herman Cain reiterated his support of the Fair Tax. Now that's intelligent thinking, and not does this initiative include passage of the Fair Tax, but also "no new or higher taxes."

Here are a few details:

The name:
The Intelligent Thinkers Movement (HITM - Herman's Intelligent Thinkers Movement) or (hermanator's Intelligent Thinker Movement).

What HITM is not: .
This is NOT a republican, democrat, libertarian, conservative, liberal, or progressives movement. This is a “we the people” movement.

I understand that this is a "we the people" movement, but I doubt we'll get much help from liberals or progressives.

ational Security, Economy, Energy Independence, Tsunami Spending,
Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness

I would like to see the letter "T" in the acronym, specifically for taxes - maybe make it NEETS. Let the "T" stand for taxes, and an "S" for spending.

Few legislative proposals move through Congress “clean”. They are usually a hodgepodge of proposals attached to major proposals using a procedural mechanism called earmarks. “We the people” never hear about most of these until after the fact, because they can not be easily explained in a media sound-bite.

This is why bad laws continue to get passed and federal spending has only an upward momentum.

C.A.I.N. Alerts - Citizen Activists Informed Network:
We will keep the Alerts simple, which is the exact opposite of the legislative process. The Alerts will be activated at critical times in the legislative process, and on HITM key issues or related pieces
I like the idea of legislative alerts that pertain only to the issues: homeland security, the economy, energy and government spending. Again, I would like to see the letter "T" in the acronym specifically for taxes.

I have been swamped by alerts that seem hopeless to keep up with. Perhaps this will tame the tiger and give better and more focused direction.

A part of this Movement is:
The fight against Islamic Fascism is global. Fight it wherever it is a threat to the United States of America. Let our intelligence agencies do their jobs
And to accomplish this:
A strong military – Defense spending should be used more effectively, but never cut below 4% of GDP.
Here is Cain's assessment of why he thinks we have a chance to Take Our Country Back:
We don’t need all 306 million citizens to be successful. We only need 100,000 voters per Congressional district for them to “see the light”.
The nice people at North Star Writers Group syndicate Mr. Cain's column. Here's a portion of his column. You can read it all at North Star Writer's Group.
The voice of “we the people” has been hijacked by partisan politics, government bureaucrats and the influence of money on elections and legislation. To take back our government, we must be able to un-elect members of Congress on a timely basis, and dramatically influence their decisions while they are in office.

Because of the proliferation of biased media reporting, gullible voters and too many in Congress who willingly and intentionally mislead the public, “we the people” must be able to provide succinct and intelligent feedback to specific members of Congress frequently and persistently. Then, we can hold them accountable intelligently at election time, which is our only leverage for holding their feet to the fire.
Cain says that "the Founding Fathers did their job. They founded this nation. And most of us have benefited from the constitutional architecture they created." A caller to his radio show asked: "Where are the Defending Fathers?" My answer is that we have none. What we have are Democrats in both Houses defending against our Constitution, and that makes this a perilous time in America's history.

Take a look at Cain's Movement and let me know what you think. There are no fees to join.

JOIN Hermanator’s Intelligent Thinkers Movement (HITM)

You must know your nine digit postal zip code. Those 9-digits can be found on incoming mail to your home or business. This information will allow you to correctly identify your U.S. Representative and Senators. JOIN NOW!

“Them that’s going get on the wagon.
Them that ain’t get out of the way.”

I'm fighting the urge to feel hopeless about this battle. I'll give this a try.

1 comment:

  1. And let me thank Herman for giving the "intellegent thinkers" seven questions to ask at town hall meetings across the country. Do you not see the irony Herman or are you just that cynical?

    And the "intellegent thinkers" don't even know they should fell insulted.