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Businessman and politician Herman Cain passed away on Thursday at 74 years of age after being diagnosed with the coronavirus. His diagnosis occurred in late June but was not hospitalized until earlier in July after his condition worsened.

The Herman Cain COVID case is the latest in a series of unfortunate deaths. The situation remained hopeful even up to a few days ago when several tweets on Cain’s account offered positive news that he was getting better and on the road to recovery. Unfortunately, the Herman Cain COVID battle did not last long. He will be remembered as both an accomplished businessman that included being the CEO of Godfather’s Pizza as well as his run in 2012 for the Republican presidential nomination.

In his 2012 run, Cain was an unknown but briefly became a frontrunner until he was accused of inappropriate conduct when he was still in the restaurant business. Cain did continue his involvement in politics after 2012 by serving as a surrogate for President Trump and played a role in the Black Voice for Trump organization. In 2019, the President even wrestled with the idea of nominating Cain to a set on the Federal Reserve.

The President did tweet about Cain’s passing (unlike his snub recognizing the passing of Rep. John Lewis), calling him an American Patriot and a great friend, among other things. The last place many might have seen Cain was at the President’s rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma, which did come two weeks before the coronavirus diagnosis. He even took a photo with close to a dozen people at the indoor event, and none of them were wearing masks. Whether or not he contracted it at the rally is unknown.

Cain was a critic of the idea of forcing people to wear masks even when he remained in the hospital with the virus. He tweeted, “PEOPLE ARE FED UP!” and praised the President’s policy that a mask was not required during his speech at Mount Rushmore.

Cain’s life was full of significant milestones. He grew up in a poor family in Atlanta and eventually earned a mathematics degree at Morehouse College and then a master’s degree in computer science at Purdue University.

He moved on to the Navy to become a ballistics analyst. From there, he got a job with Coca-Cola and then at Pillsbury. Cain soon became a regional manager in charge of 400 Burger King locations in the Greater Philadelphia area. This business experience culminated in 1986 when Cain became the president of Omaha based Godfather’s Pizza, which at the time was close to bankruptcy. Cain brought simplicity, common sense and passion to the company and helped to turn it around during his period of involvement.

Cain also spent time on a number of influential boards and organizations in both the restaurant business and in financial areas. Cain also overcame stage 4 colon cancer in 2006, perhaps his most difficult achievement to date.

2012 was not the first time Cain thought about a political career, either. He briefly ran as a Republican in the 2000 presidential primary and also for a seat in the Senate that was open in the state of Georgia four years later.

However, the thing that Cain might most be remembered for is his “9-9-9” proposal to deal with taxes. The proposal sought to have three different taxes of 9 percent each, one for income, business, and sales, respectively.

As previously mentioned, though, Cain hit a snag in the 2012 campaign after news leaked that he had been accused of sexual misconduct. There were more than two women who leveled these accusations and eventually signed agreements to basically leave the organization in which the problems originated. A month after this came to light, Cain ended his campaign.

Cain also dabbled in the media over the years. He had his own show, “The Herman Cain Show” from 2008 to 2011 on an Atlanta radio station. He also did commentary on Fox News and had just recently become a contributor to Newsmax TV where he was going to have a weekly show.

Following his death, Cain received numerous tributes from an assortment of media figures, politicians, and businessmen. He was truly a man of many different talents who unfortunately passed on too soon because of a deadly pandemic. Whether Herman Cain contracted the virus before, during, or after the Tulsa Rally isn’t material. The fact is Cain died of complications of COVID-19 and for those who deny this deadly virus exists perhaps this will be their wake up call. For all of our sakes, I hope it is.

For a look back at Herman Cain’s life, check out this retrospective.

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Trump Wants Schools To Re-Open To Help Trump Not Us

Donald Trump says that parents can’t wait to send their kids back to school. He’s wrong. Schools Fall opening is pushed back or virtual in many places. Trump wants schools to re-open for him. He’s trying to say it’s for us, but it’s all for him.

In reality, parents dread this decision. They have to sit their kids in front of a computer for hours trying to learn while many of them work. The other side of the coin is they send their kids to school in fear wondering if the virus is coming home that day. Basically parents actually think their kids are playing Russian Roulette at school.

Oh, I’ve heard liberal elites just want to hurt Trum. They just don’t want Trump schools opening. That’s what people say. This doesn’t have to be political. Parents on both sides are fearful. Teachers are scared to walk back into their classroom. Think about those with compromised immune systems. There’s those that will come into the classroom without realizing they even have the Coronavirus. These kids aren’t going to sit still. You can’t tell a little kid they can’t touch their friend. This is why people are scared. People don’t just have it out for Trump schools. This isn’t about attacking him. This is about the health of each family.

I touched on a poll in my recent show. It was an Axios-Ipsos poll about US parents sending their kids back to school. 82% of Democrats were fearful about sending their kids back to school. Most parents overall thought it was a risky decision. A staggering statitistic of nine in 10 Black Americans were fearful. So, why does this matter? It matters because President Trump and Education Secretary Betsy DeVos don’t seem to be on board with this decision for our good. They’ve threatened to withhold federal funding from schools if they don’t open those doors. This pressure campaign should and could backfire with Trump’s followers.

Only one in three Americans actually trusts the government to care about their interests. People aren’t as confident in the federal government. They trust their local and state government more. As long as Trump is leading in the polls, he doesn’t need to have a care about my family getting this virus. He wants to show the economy is on track. He wants to show he’s in control of the world. The world wants to know they’re going to be okay. These interests just don’t come together.

Schools Fall opening is all political if you listen to Fox News. Trump is painted as this poor political animal. He’s the guy that just stumbled into Presidency. This isn’t right. The man is campaigning every minute of his time in office. By threatening to take away funding of schools, he’s basically saying the economy will stay running even if everyone is sick. People will die, but his numbers will show that he got that economy on track. The people I know care more about their family’s health than his numbers. They care more about health than the local bar being open.

We all worry if school opening is safe. We’re caught in a tough place. Did you know 7 out of 10 parents didn’t think school should reopen in the fall? No one asked for this upheaval in life. The thing we have to remember is that this isn’t worse than not having a future at all. We’re sacrificing so we can have a future for these children and for our entire family. If the federal government were smarter, they would open their eyes and give more help to the world with these worries on their shoulders.

Trump’s team is arguing that when children return to the classroom, parents can get back to work in their office. This will stimulate the economy. One other thing in their court is that Trump can campaign for in-person schooling which supposedly makes the female and suburban voters happy. I don’t know where they’re getting this information, but females and suburban voters are just as worried about school as the next guy.

The National PTA President, Leslie Boggs, stepped up to the plate and said to stop making public education a political issue. The safety of our teachers and students shouldn’t be about someone being elected to an office. By sacrificing children, teachers and families, Trump gets to say his economy got stronger. This isn’t a game. School opening should happen when we aren’t scared to death to let loved ones walk through those doors. It shouldn’t hinge on political numbers. If he wants those political numbers, he better start providing hundreds of thousands more dollars in federal funding. Even then, he can’t promise us that we won’t get sick. An election isn’t worth the health of the world. This is pure selfish thinking on the part of a politician.

The joke might be on Trump. Most of America’s largest school systems are opting for virtual education or pushing back their start date. The President can’t do anything about it. He can try to just blame those Democrats. It’s all their fault that schools and political leaders are trying to safely reopen. He’s mad saying the rules are too strict and it’s going to be too expensive. If he wants schools to open the doors, he better be ready for the strict measures needed to ensure people are safe.

At the end of the day, Trump and DeVos can push all they want to open their schools. Most education spending is done by the state and districts. They can try to withhold their funding, but this won’t look good on them. Parents don’t like to be threatened with the health and well-being of their kids. Don’t anger a Mama Bear by taking away the funding for her kid’s schooling because she is protecting them. We will have to see what happens as the months go by. No one is winning here. We’re scared and trying to figure it out. As long as we walk together, we’ll get through this.

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The Michael Brooks Show Legacy

My relationship with Michael Jamal Brooks started off very contentious, but even through the controversy, I could see just what kind of man Michael really was. Michael was very smart, and he was very ambitious. He was funny. He knew who he was. He knew what he believed and why he believed it, and he knew what he did not stand for and why he did not stand for it.

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