RIP Herman Cain (1945-2020)

Romans 2:6-7 says: “God ‘will repay each person according to what they have done.’ To those who by persistence in doing good seek glory, honor and immortality, he will give eternal life.” 

America lost a great man today.  Hermain Cain passed into God’s kingdom after a month-long fight with the China virus that was made more perilous because of his history with cancer.

I met Mr. Cain on multiple occasions and was fortunate enough to have had several discussions with him.  I always found him to be welcoming, forthcoming, and genuine.  Trust me when I tell you that is not the norm in Washington.

Herman made a bid for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination before the smear merchants on the left decided a black man at the top of the Republican ticket was antithetical to their race-based narratives.

Herman Cain was a black man who ignored whatever obstacles he might have encountered because of his race to make significant contributions in business, politics and as a minister.

I can’t help but think how much better off our country would have been had the authentic Herman Cain ran against Barack Obama rather than the inauthentic Mitt Romney.

Mr. Cain also hosted a radio show in Atlanta.  

Dan Calabrese knew him well.  His heartfelt tribute can be read here.

But there was so much more to him than the public saw, and certainly more than the media presented to you. Most people heard of Herman for the first time when he ran for president in 2011. What they didn’t know was his business background. They didn’t know how he had started his career as a civilian employee of the Navy. It was funny to us because sometimes political pundits portrayed him as kind of a goof – having no idea that during his time working for the Navy, he was literally a rocket scientist.

Many people don’t know about his years climbing the corporate ladder at Pillsbury, at Burger King and finally as CEO of Godfather’s Pizza. I will always remember the first time I became aware of him. It was 12 years before I worked with him for the first time. It was the now-famous encounter between Herman and Bill Clinton in which the boss schooled the president on the finer points of small-business finance, and I can’t describe it any better than I can just let you watch it:

Unlike many prominent blacks on the other side of the aisle who see race in everything, Herman Cain lived a truly color-blind existence seeing only goodness in all people.  He attained greatness by frivolous differences.  

R.I.P. Hermain Cain