America’s Silver Bullet: Dr. Ben Carson

Dr. Ben Carson is our current day Lone Ranger.

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WASHINGTON, January 24, 2016 – For many Americans, “The Lone Ranger” brings happy memories of Saturday mornings watching television with brothers and sisters. “Hi-Yo Silver…away” and Gioachino Rossini’s “William Tell Overture” still bring memories of heroes who were proud to be American.

It is somewhat surprising prejudice police haven’t banned the show.  After all, The Lone Ranger shot people. With a gun, no less! And his helper was an Indian who spoke broken English.

But today?  Today, the prejudice police would be on patrol, guarding against any story of an Indian playing second fiddle to a gun-wielding white man.

Thinking of heroes and patriotism leads to Dr. Ben Carson, candidate for President.

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Dr. Carson won over many Americans in 2013, when he held up a copy of the Bible and told an audience, including Barack Obama, who sat just a couple of seats away, that it was the rule book to which America should return.

Today, our so-called leaders are afraid to point us back toward God, fearful of offending someone. Dr. Carson also spoke about our founding fathers and how we should return to their conservative Christian values.  After all, it was those very values that allowed the United States of America to become the greatest nation on Earth.

Dr. Carson is a man who is able to relate the messages of our founding fathers to today’s problems of governance.   George Washington once said, “When any nation mistrusts its citizens with guns, it is sending a clear message:  It no longer trusts its citizens because such a government has evil plans.”

After looking at the issue of gun control through the eyes of a national leader, Dr. Carson decided that more gun control was not the answer, as he voiced the sentiment that citizens have a right to defend themselves against  crooks and an out-of-control, all-powerful federal government.

“Hi-Yo Second Amendment”!

Dr. Carson presented his views on gun rights and gun control during his April 10, 2015 remarks before the NRA’s Annual Convention, available on the Internet. On that occasion, he outlined the reasons our founding fathers created the Second Amendment. The founders wanted citizens to be able to assist the military if they were invaded. But they also wanted citizens to be able to defend themselves and their families against criminals or against an aggressive government.

The year 2015 proved to be a very dangerous year for the United States, revealing to us that thoughts of invasion are no longer far-fetched fears. Think of the shootings that have occurred in the name of ISIS, not just abroad, but within our borders as well. Think of the tens of thousands of people who have continued to be allowed to invade our porous southern border. And think of the former FBI official who admitted that radical extremist Islamic terrorists are watching for ways to get here, and that many are already here—in every state.

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But gun control isn’t the only area where candidate Dr. Carson draws inspiration from our founding fathers. He also agrees with Thomas Jefferson who said, “Most bad government has grown out of too much government.” This citizen candidate echoes Jefferson as he would trash the thousands of pages of complicated U.S. tax laws, and create an easy-to-follow flat tax with no loopholes.

“Hi-Yo . . . Away with the IRS!”

And Dr. Carson agrees with another statement by Thomas Jefferson, “Whensoever the general government assumes undelegated powers, a nullification of the act is the rightful remedy.”

“Hi-Yo . . . Away with Obama’s unlawful executive orders and Obama Care!”

When Dr. Carson waved a Bible at Obama, he was agreeing with Benjamin Franklin who said, “Freedom is not a gift bestowed upon us by other men, but a right that belongs to us by the laws of God and nature.” That freedom still exists in America. It’s why a poor black boy from a single-parent family was able to rise out of a life of poverty and become a world-renown neurological surgeon and a leader.

Even as a teen, Ben Carson proved his leadership capabilities when he took on a challenge in the ROTC.  No one believed he could do it, but young Ben took a very rowdy, unmanageable class and used Godly principles to teach them, by taking what was bad and turning it to the good. He acknowledged his students’ love of guns and knives and challenged them to become experts at assembly and disassembly. Soon they became one of the best fancy drill teams in the ROTC.

What’s Dr. Ben Carson’s secret?  How has he repeatedly managed to stand out from the crowd?  And what puts this citizen ahead of other Republicans currently seeking the office of President of the United States? The answer can be seen in his life story. Dr. Ben Carson has often been told, “No one’s ever done that before.”  His response, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”

Dr. Ben Carson may not wear a black mask.  So far as I know, he doesn’t have a horse named Silver or a friend named Tonto.  But he does have God, making him today and forever, our Lone Ranger.



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