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Dr. Carson, you are a good and decent man, exceedingly so. You gave it the old college try. It is now time to drop out. Thank you for putting yourself out there. And for enduring all the slings and arrows that go along with running for president.
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Dr. Ben Carson is a soft spoken gentle-man (of steel) who also happens to be world-class pediatric neurosurgeon and a pioneer in the separation surgery of conjoined twins. He credits much of his success to the love and lessons of his mother, who had 23 siblings, grew up in foster homes, married at thirteen, was illiterate, and had to work two and three jobs to make ends meet.
“Ben’s mother repeatedly told her sons that they could do anything anybody else could do, and do it better, if they would only work hard at it. She always had faith in them, and she never accepted excuses. She made none for herself, and would accept none from them–for their own good.” ~Natural Health Strategies blog
I first heard of Dr. Ben Carson when one of my children excitedly recommended a movie that had been shown at school. It was Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story, starring Cuba Gooding, Jr. Soon after that, we all watched it together at home. It’s a feel good story for certain. We learned the rags-to-riches, poverty-to-pinnacle story of Dr. Ben Carson, youngest major division director in the history of Johns Hopkins Hospital. And from all indications, a truly good and humble man. At the time, he was widely respected as one of the best pediatric neurosurgeons in world. He has since retired “on top of his game,” in his own words.
Dr. Ben Carson is a devout Christian. He has made prayer a habit in his life. There is a scene in the film in which young Ben gets angry with a friend and tries to stab him. The blade broke on the other boy’s belt buckle. This saved Ben’s life, in every way. He could have killed his friend. He would have served time in prison. He prayed to rid himself of the quick and volatile anger that had been living in his heart. He turned himself around, with the help of God, so thoroughly that he now says, “I can tolerate amazing amounts of stress and ridicule. By God’s grace, it still doesn’t require any effort to shake off unpleasant, irritating things. God has helped me to conquer my terrible temper, once and forever.”
Dr. Carson burst onto the political scene in February of 2013 when he delivered the keynote speech at the National Prayer Breakfast. Did he ever deliver! With President Obama sitting mere feet away, “Carson attacked political correctness as a ‘dangerous’ threat to free speech and encouraged Americans to boldly share their views” and “also provided his theories about the national debt, deficits, taxation and health care, taking stances that were opposed to the president’s.” reports Billy Hallowell, The Blaze.
Dr. Carson must be doing well in his campaigning, else why would the mainstream media be featuring him every day, highlighting some verbal gaffe or sincere statement proving him to be an obsolete, out-of-touch, racist(?), pollyanna-ish, starstruck believer in the now-defunct American dream.
He said he could not support (nothing to do with Article VI here, folks, so shut up about that) a Sharia-law-adherent Muslim for the presidency of the United States. Nothing to do with a person like that being LEGALLY allowed to run for president. Dr. Carson was saying that he would not VOTE for a person who wanted to replace our Constitutional system with Sharia. News flash: I wouldn’t vote for that person either. Go find out what Sharia law really is. While you’re at it, learn about taqiyya and kitman. This is not about being a hater, no matter how much the Leftist media tries to spin it like that.
At a recent campaign appearance, Dr. Carson talked about the wonderfulness of America, “We should be proud of who we are. And there’s no way we should be giving away all of our values and principles to try to be politically correct. And to be like somebody else. It is true that we are not a theocracy, and I don’t want us to be a theocracy, but it is also true that our Constitution and our country’s traditions have a Judeo-Christian base. It’s throughout our fabric. And there’s no way we should be ashamed of it.” He is thankfully not a member of the currently stylish Blame-America-First crowd.
He understands our fiscal woes and has begun to roll out detailed plans on how to fix them. At CPAC 2013, he said, “We’re not planning for the future. If we continue to spend ourselves into oblivion, we are going to destroy this nation.” He proposes changing personal income tax structure (what is more FAIR than a flat rate, similar to tithing?) and corporate tax structure to ENCOURAGE companies to stay in America, come back to America, and hire Americans.
I have changed my mind about Dr. Carson. At first, I enjoyed listening to him speak. I thought he had some good ideas, and I was fascinated by his quiet and calm demeanor. I wondered to myself, doesn’t he ever get ruffled? I saw him as a leader. I would welcome him as a Cabinet member, but president? C’mon. He’s a brainy neurosurgeon. (Ha ha ha.) Then I heard in recent months about his his shaky support of the Second Amendment and his too-strong support of amnesty for illegals.
He’s been badly misquoted by the media, to great effect, time and again. Of course, WHEN will I ever learn??? He’s running as a Republican, so the job of the mainstream media is to destroy him, all in the name of “journalism,” “fact-finding,” and “objective reporting.”
Dr. Carson was able to put some doubts to rest in the second GOP debate, when he explained what he ACTUALLY said. (from the transcript)
TAPPER: Dr. Carson proposed giving these undocumented immigrants a six- month grace period to pay back taxes then to let them become guest workers and only to deport people who failed to do that.
CARSON: Not exactly what I said.
TAPPER: Well, how would you say it, sir? I was just reading the Wall Street Journal quote, but please tell us. (Author’s note to Tapper: Just because it’s in WSJ doesn’t make it true.)
CARSON: Well, what I said, after we seal the borders, after we turn off the spigot that dispenses all the goodies so we don’t have people coming in here, including employment, that people who had a pristine record, we should consider allowing them to become guest workers, primarily in the agricultural sphere, because that’s the place where Americans don’t seem to want to work.
That’s what I said. And they have a six-month period to do that. If they don’t do it within that time period, then they become illegal, and as illegals, they will be treated as such.
CARSON: My plan is not amnesty for a number of reasons.
Number one, you know, I’ve talked to farmers, and they said they cannot hire Americans to do the kind of job that I’m talking about.
And the second reason is because the individuals who register as guest workers, they don’t get to vote, they are not American citizens, and they don’t get the rights and privileges of American citizens. So that’s key.
But the other thing that I want to bring up is, I mentioned something earlier. I think it was just sort of glossed over.
I talked about the success in Yuma County, I mean, incredible success, and the Department of Justice said, “No, we don’t want to do that. That’s too successful.”
We don’t have to keep reinventing the wheel. All we have to do is look at things that work. All we have to do is use a little common sense.
Dr. Carson has also come around on the Second Amendment, as many of his supporters have impressed upon him the full weight of “shall not be infringed.” He recently admonished, “What I worry about is when we get to the point where we say we need to have every gun registered, we have to know where the people are and where their guns are. That’s very dangerous. And that I wouldn’t agree with at all.” Because Dr. Carson is not a fan of tyrannical dictatorship. An armed populace is a free populace.
I say to the flotilla of GOP candidate destroyers, captained by Chuck Todd and Jake Tapper: I hope it DOES keep you up at night, racking your brains trying to figure out why we don’t listen to you anymore.
My position on Dr. Ben Carson: trustworthy, straightforward, honest, true Conservative, a Constitutionalist, a good man in every sense, someone I’d be happy to have as a neighbor or colleague or leader of my country.
HECK YES BABY.
That would be refreshing like a tall glass of water on a hot summer day.