The Case for Carson

From the very beginning, Ben Carson has been discounted by the political pundits.  As others in this crowded GOP field went up and down in the early polls, they watched in disbelief at how the support of a mild-mannered doctor who had never held political office, remained steady and began to climb.  After a so-so, if not poor performance in last debate, the chattering class wrote him off, but his polling numbers continued to climb.

When,  Dr. Carson pulled even with Donald Trump in the latest NBC/Wall Street Journal poll, the story is not Carson’s rise but Trump’s fall.  If Carson is mentioned at all by these know-it-alls, they just roll their eyes.  

What some do not realize, and many are just discovering, is that Dr. Ben Carson is no stranger to politics.  He has been discussing the problems of this country and reminding us of what made America great for years.   More importantly, he has a good grasp on what it will take to reestablish that greatness. “America the Beautiful,” “One Vote,” “One Nation” (which came out at the same time and outsold Hillary Clinton’s “Hard Choices”) and “A More Perfect Union” gives us insight into his political philosophy as well as his prescriptions for the country.  “Gifted Hands” (his autography that was made into a movie), “Think Big,” “Take the Risk,” and “The Big Picture” will give you insights into his life and his faith.

Ben Carson was not an “okay doctor,” who hired a “couple of nurses.”  He was the most celebrated pediatric neurosurgeon in the world.   At 33, he became the youngest major division director in history at the prestigious Johns Hopkins Medical Center where he often directed several medical teams from different specialties in order to perform his groundbreaking surgeries.

If you think dealing with the egos on Capitol Hill will be a problem, consider the egos of the doctors at the top of their game in heart and brain surgery that he dealt with in the course of his work.  Solving complex problems on life and death issues involved teamwork.   It also involved selecting the best of the best, sifting through tons of information and making the “right” decisions.

These are the very same qualifications that are required by the nation’s chief executive.  Unfortunately, the current occupant of the White House has none of them.  It also involves courage.

Some are surprised that Dr. Carson has doubled down on his assessment of Muslims and Sharia law.  Don’t be.  Sunday, on ABC’s “This Week,” he took Martha Raddatz to school and, yes, left her speechless.   After that performance, one can assume Dr. Carson, who is a quick study, has been learning how to cram a lot of facts into a 30-second sound bite and will be ready to strut his stuff in the next GOP debate.

While ignored as a serious contender by the pundits, he is not ignored by the GOP base.  What is disappointing to me is that some of his harshest critics have come from the right.   He was invited to speak to a Southern Baptist pastors’ conference and then disinvited when it was discovered he is, horrors, a Seven Day Adventist.

He has been roundly criticized by some of my colleagues for his conciliatory comments toward civil rights activists and members of other religions.  As a leader, Dr. Carson is skilled at bringing people together and getting people to listen to him, not by finding fault, but by trying to establish common ground.

He was also criticized for this Easter post on Facebook: “Let us remember that Jews, Christians and Muslims all believe in God, and while there are ideological differences in who Jesus was, we should find peace in the fact that we are all God’s children.”

That was not a theological statement.

Face it.  There are only two value systems at work in the world today:  That of those who believe in a Creator God where there are moral absolutes and that of secular humanism — those who believe we are the product of matter, energy and chance where they are free to make up the rules as they go along.

There are extremists in every religion and Islam has more than its share.  Dr. Carson is not shy about calling out these Muslims and those who adhere to Sharia law.

However, to quote Jewish scholar, Dennis Prager, “The problems in this country are not between people of different faiths, but between people of faith and a growing secularism that threatens to take over religion itself. ”

God bless Dr. Carson.  If he is the GOP nominee, I will proudly cast my vote for him.

 

 

5 thoughts on “The Case for Carson

  1. I agree that Ted Cruz is unlikely to be nominated, and I would (rather reluctantly) vote for Dr. Carson, or for Carly Fiorina over any of the monsters the Demoncraps are likely to nominate (Lady Macbeth, Comrade Sanders, and Grinning Joe).
    Dr. Carson is perhaps the most intelligent one of all of them, and comes across as a decent, likeable person. And I like his honesty about Islam. But, aside from his refusal to condemn race baiters like Jessie Jackass and Weird Hair, I am uneasy with his support for mandatory vaccinations. What would the authors of our former Constitution have to say about that?
    In any event, it is doubtful that any President could save us now; that would take a miracle. And a nation that has butchered 55 million unborn babies may not be too high on God’s list of those entitled to a miracle.

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  2. Dr. Carson also said there were too many vaccinations.
    I think that 79 vacinations by the age of 2 years is over the top. Please check how many and variety of shots a baby gets.
    By the way I like Carson and his quiet sensible manner.
    A statesman of culture.

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  3. Dr. Carson quietly states his stance of which I’m mostly in agreement but the dynamic presentation of that stance is lacking. With the calm, thoughtful, mannerisms of a gentleman, he is not attracting me with a lot of confidence, nor apparently many others. With some strong, forceful, demonstrative conviction in his presentation, I would be much more enthusiastic about his candidacy. Two of my favorite personalities in life have been General George Patton and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, both leaders who were/are forceful and not inclined to weasel around or crawfish out of an earlier position or statement to please or appease other people’s convictions or feelings. Of course, the forcefully presented message MUST be in accordance with Judeo-Christian teachings that are the foundation of conservatism in politics. Read M. Stanton Evans’ book, “The Theme is Freedom” to completely understand this relationship. (My favorite book!)

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    1. I completely agree. He needs debate skills. However, he is a smart man and a quick study. I’ve been watching his recent interviews and he’s learning how to get in a lot of points quickly. I watched two on foreign policy that he did on the same day and the second was stronger than the first. Clearly, he is doing all those interviews for practice and is working with a coach. In this day and age, presentation is as important as what you say.

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