Topic category: Government/Politics
Character, Cain, Obama and Polygraphs
Presidential candidates need to eliminate doubts about their character.
The current crop of Republican presidential hopefuls need to realize that BOTH Obama's character and THEIR characters are legitimate matters for voters to consider.
John McCain made the serious mistake of treating Obama as a man of good character ("a fine young man"). He took senatorial courtesy much too far, and lost.
The truth matters most to many voters and me, not senatorial courtesy, and I want a President who is a person of honor and honesty.
On November 8, 2011, Herman Cain accuser Sharon Bialek told ABC's George Stephanopoulos that Cain is not fit to be President until he tells the truth.
I don't know whether her or the anonymous accusations against Cain are true.
I do agree with the general propositions that (1) liars are not fit to be President, regardless of race, color, creed, national origin or sex, and (2) the liberal media treated blacks differently, depending upon their political views, targeting black conservatives and helping black "liberals."
The liberal media establishment's double standard is glaring.
In 2008 the liberal media establishment shamelessly promoted the Obama presidential campaign. Instead of scrutinizing Obama, it whitewashed him.
Obama lied about his relationships with ACORN and such persons as Bill "domestic terrorist" Ayers and Rev. Jeremiah "God damn America" Wright.
The truth is damning, so Obama and his media allies dammed it up, permitting him to be elected President.
Obama's incredible "I didn't know that then" explanations were accepted as true, because it was what the liberal media establishment wanted to do.
In October 2008 The New York Times even spiked a potentially game-changing expose on the illicit relationship between the Obama presidential campaign and ACORN/Project Vote.
The Times motto is "All the news that's fit to print," but its policy is to print what suits its own agenda.
When it comes to black conservatives, the liberal media establishment gives credence to even bogus, obviously politically timed accusations.
The case of Justice Clarence Thomas is Exhibit A.
Conservatives dearly wish that the case of Herman Cain is Exhibit B and the stories of two anonymous accusers seemed to most of us to be politically motivated to sully Cain.
But Justice Thomas's innocence does not make Cain innocent too and Sharon Bialek's story is not another anonymous accusation. Bialek is claiming sexual assault, and that's even worse than sexual harassment. She quotes Cain as having said "You want a job, right?" after she objected to alleged uninvited and unwanted physical contact, suggesting that Cain deemed it appropriate to trade help finding a job for sexual favors. Bialek did not contact the police about the alleged incident, but two of her friends have executed affidavits asserting that she contemporaneously told them about the alleged incident in general terms.
Cain has denied that he ever sexually assaulted or harassed anyone, but doubts about his character have been raised and he should allay them if possible.
Bialek should be investigated to ascertain her credibility.
I do not know whether Bialek's lawyer, Gloria Allred, had her pass a polygraph test before going public with her story, but if Cain wants to put this matter behind him and put the focus on his ideas and Obama's character and record, he should seriously consider taking a polygraph test administered by a generally respected expert without a political agenda. That would give voters the assurance many of them need that the accusation is untrue and he can deal with a crisis effectively.
Michael J. Gaynor
Biography - Michael J. Gaynor
Michael J. Gaynor has been practicing law in New York since 1973. A former partner at Fulton, Duncombe & Rowe and Gaynor & Bass, he is a solo practitioner admitted to practice in New York state and federal courts and an Association of the Bar of the City of New York member.
Gaynor graduated magna cum laude, with Honors in Social Science, from Hofstra University's New College, and received his J.D. degree from St. John's Law School, where he won the American Jurisprudence Award in Evidence and served as an editor of the Law Review and the St. Thomas More Institute for Legal Research. He wrote on the Pentagon Papers case for the Review and obscenity law for The Catholic Lawyer and edited the Law Review's commentary on significant developments in New York law.
The day after graduating, Gaynor joined the Fulton firm, where he focused on litigation and corporate law. In 1997 Gaynor and Emily Bass formed Gaynor & Bass and then conducted a general legal practice, emphasizing litigation, and represented corporations, individuals and a New York City labor union. Notably, Gaynor & Bass prevailed in the Second Circuit in a seminal copyright infringement case, Tasini v. New York Times, against newspaper and magazine publishers and Lexis-Nexis. The U.S. Supreme Court affirmed, 7 to 2, holding that the copyrights of freelance writers had been infringed when their work was put online without permission or compensation.
Gaynor currently contributes regularly to www.MichNews.com, www.RenewAmerica.com, www.WebCommentary.com, www.PostChronicle.com and www.therealitycheck.org and has contributed to many other websites. He has written extensively on political and religious issues, notably the Terry Schiavo case, the Duke "no rape" case, ACORN and canon law, and appeared as a guest on television and radio. He was acknowledged in Until Proven Innocent, by Stuart Taylor and KC Johnson, and Culture of Corruption, by Michelle Malkin. He appeared on "Your World With Cavuto" to promote an eBay boycott that he initiated and "The World Over With Raymond Arroyo" (EWTN) to discuss the legal implications of the Schiavo case. On October 22, 2008, Gaynor was the first to report that The New York Times had killed an Obama/ACORN expose on which a Times reporter had been working with ACORN whistleblower Anita MonCrief.
Gaynor's email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.