COLORADO SPRINGS, February 4, 2016 – Dr. Ben Carson’s reaction to the dust-up in the Iowa caucuses is symptomatic of his entire campaign for President of the United States and reminds us of why many of us see him as a breath of fresh air in national politics.
He’s a big boy and can play with others on the playground. He can stand and fight. He can partake in petty squabbles like the rest of them. He can trade baseball cards with others on the playground.
In other words, he can engage.
But, this isn’t kindergarten, and the presidential candidates are supposed to be the best and the brightest our nation has to offer. Only the cream should rise to the top to vie for the top office of President of the Free World.
Irony doesn’t appear to come easily to Dr. Carson. He chooses to place himself on the high road and, in a refreshing sort of knowing innocence, he expects others to join him there. Sadly, this past week, they’ve disappointed him and us. By a country mile.
Yes, there’s been back-biting and defensive postures in the debates and campaign ads thus far. But passing an unsubstantiated rumor by memo and phone just as the very competitive Iowa caucuses are about to begin isn’t just ‘politics as usual.’
Rather, it’s a new low, on a par with those Black Panthers standing outside the voting place, wearing all black and menacingly smacking their billie clubs into their palms as voters arrived.
Such actions, whether they are the implied violence of the Panthers’ action or the white collar manipulations of the Cruz (and other) campaigns are no less than a willful and active intent to defraud voters.
Last time I checked, such actions amount to felonies, punishable by no less than the United Stated Department of Justice!
So, no, Dr. Carson and his acolytes are not over-reacting here. He and his campaign are still looking up to an America which is (or should be again,) that bright and shining city on the hill. His entire campaign has been about returning the United States to a system of value-driven politics and the right path.
He’s neither a naïve nor an inexperienced man. Just a hopeful one.
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