But still, in true Marie Antoinette fashion, Herman Cain made what anyone thinking politically would call a gaffe yesterday, Save Jerseyans. The Former CEO of Godfather’s Pizza decided to lash out at the admittedly ridiculous “Occupy Wall Street” protesters yesterday by letting them know that if they are unemployed it is their own fault.
“Don’t blame Wall Street, don’t blame the big banks, if you don’t have a job and you’re not rich, blame yourself. It is not someone’s fault if they succeeded, it is someone’s fault if they failed.”
Now, Mr. Cain might have a point to an extent. You should not blame other people for being successful, they do not succeed at your peril. Successful people create jobs, products, and services that many of us consider necessary to our daily lives. Making us pay for the objects of their creative minds is not something to be protested, but something to be celebrated. It is literally the creation of wealth and value right before our eyes. Something government could never do.
That being said, when you are running for President of the United States, you do not go around telling people that if they are poor it is their own fault and that they should blame themselves. While personal responsibility is incredibly important and a true conservative value, it cannot be denied that this awful Obama-recession has caused millions of job losses to those who have made good choices. And while those who made good choices are certainly not sitting around “occupying” Wall Street all day, this quote will be a favorite for the Democrats, the media, and the Obama Administration to try and crush Herman Cain. If the media can spin this back on Cain hard enough, I think his victory lap after the Florida straw poll may be over.