A reader and prodigious newshound, Judy W., sent some commentary along with the Herman Cain campaign ad that is causing so much controversy today. The man speaking in the video, and eventually smoking in the video, is Mark Block, Cain’s chief-of-staff. The music is Krista Branch’s We Are America, and this video represents that theme, in my opinion. Block says Cain can put “United” back in the United States of America. The bottom line is, millions of Americans smoke – Union members, regular Americans and not-so-regular americans, and some may want to vote for someone other than Barack Obama. See Judy W’s remarks below mine.
Twice as many Democrats smoke as do Republicans. Barack Obama is a smoker with an acclaimed education and an untold intellect – according to Democrats. That’s the reality, and another reality is that Government, both State and Federal, needs its smokers. States have relied on ever-higher cigarette taxes to make up for deficits since government pounced on tobacco and declared a sin tax. At the Federal level, tobacco taxes fund children’s health insurance known as S-Chip, and who knows – maybe the DNC?
It is possible to illegally fund a smoking habit with the Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT – once known as foodstamps) by finding a willing retailer or using the allowed monthly $20 withdrawal at an ATM or a retail vendor to by smokes. This ad may well appeal to some discouraged and unhappy Union members: Casino workers, restaurant workers, machinists, hotel employees.
We see the bad side of Unions out on the streets at Occupy Wall Street, destroying the marble in the Wisconsin State Capitol building, or occupying the front porch of a CEO with a child alone in the house, but there have to be many patriots among them – workers who understand the danger of the powers Union leaders hold…the bullying tactics to try to take away their right to a private ballot (card check). There may be many Union members, who are smokers, or not, who are considering a vote for Herman Cain or any other Republican candidate.
Here are Judy’s remarks (and I thank her for her hard work – she is always on top of the most important issues) and mine below her’s .
JUDY W: I just now saw this, and I will say that just as his 9-9-9 plan has got both sides talking about taxes and what they are doing to the people and businesses, this should get people talking about government intrusion into our lives.
Those on the left, as noted in the article, are already hitting him hard about the cigarette being smoked at the end of the ad.
Considering the left/right progressives who have jammed that and many other things….such as healthcare, EPA regs down our throats, it should get really interesting hearing him defend this.
I’m beginning to think he is not running to be president, but to help expose those who have been destroying our country for a century.
Frog in the boiling water. Slowly at first. Now the water is boiling…can you feel it????
The theme song is Krista Branch’s I Am America. Her husband, Pastor Mike, works on Cain’s campaign.
Her songs are about our government over stepping into our lives. How do they feel about her song being used in an ad with a cigarette being smoked at the end?
It will be interesting to see how this plays out.
He will be attacked by those on the right as well as those on the left.
And now we will see and know who is for government intrusion and who is not. You can’t have both liberty and intrusion.
To have true liberty we can’t have intrusion. To let the government intrude we can’t have liberty.
3. freedom from control, interference, obligation, restriction, hampering conditions, etc.; power or right of doing, thinking, speaking, etc., according to choice.
To close, The Blaze reprinted a tweet by Michelle Goldberg (michelleinbklyn), a Senior writer at Newsweek and The Daily Beast who didn’t see ‘creepiness’ in the smoker at the end of the ad, but does see it in Herman Cain’s “creepiest fu**-ing thing I’ve ever seen,” smile. Mother Jones is curious. Disclaimer: I’m not a smoker – never have been.
UPDATE: The Cain campaign has responded. Mark Block was on America Live with Megyn Kelly. Here’s an interesting quote:
“I tell you, you walk into a veterans’ bar in Iowa and they’re sitting around smoking and you know we are resonating with them. I’m not the only one that smokes in America, for God’s sake. It was a choice I made and it was at the end of the ad. The real message that we’re trying to get through was the Cain train is on a roll.”
Herman Cain Smoking Ad: We Are America (video)