Here’s the Nonsense: Many who support Herman Cain in the sexual harassment scandal that the media has been trying to lay on him are saying that regardless of whether the allegations are true or not, it’s not nearly as bad as what Bill Clinton did, so therefore, Herman Cain should be left alone.
Here’s the Horse Sense: Conservatives and voters on the right need to think twice about this. Yes, it’s true that Bill Clinton got a pass from the media for doing far worse than what Herman Cain has been accused of doing. But we are wrong to make the central point of our argument a comparison of Cain’s and Clinton's treatment by the media. As conservatives we have to have a higher standard than school children on a playground saying that something is unfair.
Herman Cain is suffering more harassment than any woman who has accused him seems to be claiming he put them through. And while there is no evidence to date to show he did anything wrong, we on the right side of the political aisle have a bigger problem. We are trying to get people to support Cain and turn against the media by saying that he is being treated unfairly compared to Bill Clinton. While that may be true and valid, it is the wrong stand we on the right need to take.
As conservatives we are to stand for values. We are to stand for principles. We are to have standards. We are to stand for what’s good and right above all else. And without those standards we are no better than those on the left who compromise their standards first in order to achieve their goals. Okay, maybe they don’t compromise their standards because they really don’t have any, but you get my point. They justify everything. They truly do believe that the ends justify the means. Everything is okay as long as the results are what they want. Conservatives are supposed to be and must be above that.
In fact, one of the key principles that has set America apart from other countries and societies is that we stand for principles. And those principles are based on conservative values. We believe in right and wrong. We believe in consequences for wrong and rewards for right, even though they may not be immediate in coming.
In my latest book, Many Are Called But Few Can Manage, I talk about principles. The book is about leadership in business, but has gotten interest from many outside of business because people are seeing that those same qualities required of a leader in business are what are needed for a leader in any area of life, even politics.
One of the 17 character traits the book lists for true leaders is that they have principles. The idea that nothing is more important than principles is critical to be a true leader. We have to have something that sets us above the rest of creation because we are the only creatures who do things out of malice. Animals are innocent. We are not. It is not possible for them to intentionally do wrong things. Man has an obligation to live to a higher standard. If there really is right and wrong, and there has to be or there is no reason for laws or an orderly society, then we must have standards, an ultimate truth, that we hold things up to. The problem with the left is that they do not believe this. If they did, they would not be on the left. But on the right we believe in right and wrong. And as a result, we have an obligation to do what’s right regardless of the cost.
Now this means that sometimes we will have to do things that will cost us, but we must do what is right and realize that the ultimate result and reward will be what we are working for, not an immediate reward. That means that sometimes we will lose the immediate battle. That’s because life is not fair. But we do what is right knowing that in the end, truth and right will prevail.
This may be hard for us when we see our nation about to fall off a cliff unless we replace most of the people in Congress and the presidency in the next election. We know that we cannot afford 4 more years of this administration or Congress. We must make major and radical changes or we will see the end of our nation as we know it. We must make major changes or our children and grandchildren will not have a future anywhere near as bright as the one we grew up with. Their hope for the American Dream is about to die once and for all unless we make changes.
And yet with all that hanging over our heads it is important for us to never compromise our values. If we do, not only are we no better than the left, we are doomed to failure. We will not be rewarded for compromising.
This brings me back to Mr. Cain’s situation. At this point I see no evidence that he is guilty. I see a lot of things that make me think this is a hit job from people on the left (and to me the left includes moderate Republicans). But we don’t really know. What we do know is that if these allegations are true and substantiated, then Mr. Cain must be held accountable and rejected as a possible nominee for the GOP. And if Mr. Cain really has the values he claims to have, he would agree with me.
We cannot, as the basis for our argument, compare Herman Cain’s situation to Bill Clinton’s and cry foul. We must stand for what is right and demand that either solid evidence be brought forth against Mr. Cain that can be evaluated and judged or it must be dropped. This witch hunt must end. But it must end because of what is right, not because a Democrat was treated differently.
Above all we must stand for principles and we do that by demanding justice, not fairness. Aesop said, “He that always gives way to others will end in having no principles of his own.” There is no compromise if we are to win in the long run. We must look beyond the battle and fight to win the war. This is a war about right and wrong, not about fairness. Compromise doesn’t work.
F. R. “Buck” Rodgers, the famous IBM Vice President of Marketing from IBM’s heyday as a business icon said, “The only sacred cow in an organization is its principles.” He was right. No organization, no group, no person, and no country can compromise principles without terrible and destructive consequences.
I know that the people claiming Mr. Cain is being treated unfairly compared to President Clinton are right. But sometimes it’s about more than just being right. We must live lives that are about standards and principles. We must live so that others are won to our side because we do what is right, even if we pay an unfair price for it. That is what being conservative is about. That is what America is about. Gandhi got it right when he said, “One man cannot do right in one department of life whilst he is occupied in doing wrong in any other department. Life is one indivisible whole.”