You're not defeated as long as you never stop fighting. And while my presidential campaign is suspended, it's important to remember that my pursuit of the presidency was only a means to an end. As long as the end is achieved, victory will be at hand.
My incredible army of supporters, whom I can never thank enough for all they have done so far, have not labored in vain. The real prize is still ours for the taking.
I did not want to become president just for the sake of being president. I'm perfectly happy with what I've accomplished in my life and I don't need the ego boost. Rather, I sought the presidency because our nation has some big problems to deal with, and it's clear that our political class has neither the will nor the ability to solve them.
For that very reason, I was not surprised that I was viciously attacked once I rose in the polls. I was surprised by the nature of the attacks. Me, a womanizer? I would never have thought they'd come up with that one. But I knew the establishment would not like the idea of my success, because I will not get along by going along like so many do. I will not kick the can down the road to the next generation of leaders, because our problems are serious and they need to be solved now.
That threatens people who know there may be a political price to pay for enacting solutions that will work, and would rather wait things out and let someone else take the heat. That would not have been possible during a Cain presidency.
But if real solutions are achieved, it will not matter who achieved them. If Congress and the president take the right measures to ensure our fiscal strength, protect our national security, achieve energy independence, spur economic growth and accomplish health care reform that actually works -- it won't matter to me whose signature is on the bills. Only that the bills become laws that get us to the goal.
And while I am disappointed, there are more than a few silver linings to doing this work outside the context of a presidential campaign. The process by which we choose our nation's leader is ridiculous. There is little focus on policy substance and even less on candidates' governing skills. If you're not warding off some wild accusation, you're explaining away a "gaffe," which is usually the sort of slip of the tongue that anyone can make, but because some reporter heard it, it turns into a news-cycle narrative with a shelf life of six or seven days.
That's behind us. All I need to do now is advocate for solutions that work, under the auspices of TheCainSolutions.com, and that will have two essential elements.
One is to better educate the American people about the nature of the problems we face. There is still too little understanding of the severity of our debt and fiscal crisis. That is why members of Congress lack the political will to solve the problem. They perceive that they will pay a steeper price for taking action than they will pay for doing nothing. That is no excuse for such poor leadership, but the fact remains that if we can change the political dynamic -- so that the people are demanding action rather than rewarding inaction -- we will be able to change the results.
The second element is to advocate for solutions that actually work. I was amused by the criticism I received for frequently mentioning my 9-9-9 tax reform, particularly by those who referred to it as a "catch phrase" and so forth, clearly demonstrating that they didn't grasp what it's all about. The 9-9-9 plan is the biggest transfer of power from government back to the people since the beginning of this nation. That's what they are afraid of.
I talked about 9-9-9 so often during the campaign because it's a major reform that would completely change the way we pay taxes, the way we do business and the way people manage their personal budgets.
We need reform like that. Political consultants are forever telling candidates to "stay on message," but I guess that doesn't apply when the message is a substantive reform that would actually solve problems. Be that as it may, I am far from finished staying on message. The Cain Solutions effort will relentlessly push for an understanding of the real stakes our nation faces, and for a groundswell that demands real solutions.
As I said during my announcement on Saturday, becoming president was Plan A. Anyone with a big goal needs to recognize that you might need a Plan B, and our Plan B has a lot going for it.
Six months ago, most of you had never heard of me. You have now. A lot of what you've heard is not true, but I've got your attention. Keep listening, and if you care about the future of our country like I do, get involved. Unlike a presidential campaign, what we're doing now can't be stopped by scandal-mongering or polls. We'll only be defeated if we give up.
And we're not going to do that.