An honest look at honest Ben Carson

Dr. Benjamin Carson shows up as the only one of all the GOP candidates who has consistently polled better than Hillary Clinton over an extended period of time.


SAN JOSE, Calif., Feb. 19, 2016 – Today is the GOP primary in South Carolina, and although much of the attention is upon the Donald Trump and Ted Cruz mud match, one has to wonder whether this is truly the most important focus of the debate. Sadly, many of the  debate “performances” have tended to focus on Trump or the “infighting” among the various candidates because he is the focus of the “combat.”

Many Americans watch the “GOP battle bubble,” not just the Republicans or conservatives. However, just as many watch the GOP debates and the various state contests, and many are turned off by the in-fighting.

Actually, Republicans should wonder about who the Democrat leaders must view as the easiest GOP candidate to defeat in November. Amazingly, after New Hampshire, the two Democrat contenders are arguing over whether Hillary Clinton or Bernie Sanders has more influence in the black and minority voters.

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It is almost as if they admit that they rely on the minority vote to “seal the deal” for them. It is almost like the Democrats refer to minority people as if they are simply numbers to be counted on only in election years.

One legitimate question is whether the Democrats have changed since they were the party that succeeded in getting the first black man elected president of the United States. If the election of Barack Obama was such a watershed event in U.S. history, ushering in a “post-racial–post 2008” wonderland according to Huffington Post writer Peter Doyle, why are there are two well-aged white people running on the Democratic ticket and arguing over who has greater control over the black vote?

In is this tense election year, intelligent people can wonder where the Democratic minority candidates are?

Since Bernie Sanders captured the vote in New Hampshire, the race is now quite competitive between him and the previous frontrunner, Hillary Clinton, but it is way too early to tell what will happen – unless one has an operational crystal ball.

The real fireworks seem to be coming from the GOP. Although most of the noise is being made by Donald Trump and Ted Cruz, Dr. Benjamin Carson shows up as the only one of all the GOP candidates who has consistently polled better than Hillary Clinton over an extended period of time.

Dr. Carson, a conservative best-selling author, world-renowned neurosurgeon and a highly intelligent black professional and scholar is perhaps the most dangerous GOP candidate in the race. This is a given, as leftists and “progressives” hate him and have come out strongly against him since before he even entered the race.

Despite such strong opposition from leftists, Carson has caught the attention of middle Americans of all races and ages. It is not surprising that the left-leaning media have given very little attention to the fact that he has consistently polled better than Hillary Clinton. It is likely that the Democrats fear him the most of any of the candidates, yet within the ranks of the GOP leadership, the prevailing notion is that the traditional or “establishment” Republican candidates are the only ones “who can win” in November.

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This must be quite amusing to the Democrats.

The Democrats are definitely awaiting the outcome of the Republican contenders’ free-for-all, but there are already indicators of where they see serious weak points in some GOP candidates. Peter Doyle’s article in the Huffington Post published on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, shot the worn-out accusations of “racism” at many of the leading GOP candidates. Doyle essentially repeated the claim that there are racists in the GOP and made a direct assertion against Donald Trump: “That white-supremacist groups were amongst the first to flock to Trump is a loud warning about this.”

Doyle’s effort is not surprising, as members of the Democratic Party purposefully fan the flames of divisiveness and disunity in the United States.

Opponents of President Obama or the Democratic Party use the cry of racism as a shield or a spear to protect the president or the party or to attack opposition. The irony is that, because the mainstream media are currently in lock-step support of a black man who is president, opposition to this politician’s policies is interpreted by the media as “racism” and not as political rivalry. Such efforts have left the country even more racially embattled during Obama’s presidency. Americans have grown weary of it.

A more serious travesty occurs when intelligent and successful members of the black community like Herman Cain or Col. Allen West or Carson stand up and speak out against Democrat politics. The message spread to members of the black community is that such blacks are not the right kind of blacks to represent the black community.

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Or they are told that only the Democratic Party represents the best interests of the black community. When members of the black clergy stand up to protest President Obama’s stand on abortion, agnostic or atheistic members of the Democratic Party stress how the black religious leaders are out of touch with “reality.”

Nevertheless, the cries of “racism” do not work when racial differences do not exist.

Carson stands as a serious contradiction to the narrative of dependency upon the Democratic Party that has been perpetrated since the days of Lyndon Johnson and the joke of the “War on Poverty.” Honest Ben Carson’s life serves as the ultimate challenge to such political dependency, and now he has challenged the “political correctness” of the left and the “status quo” of the establishment GOP.

Leftists and “progressives” hate Carson because he fought his way out of poverty to become a renowned and deeply respected neurosurgeon and a best-selling author of books that praise the values of the Constitution and the virtues of America. Democrats understand that Carson’s reputation within the black community commands incredible respect; the question is whether Republicans can grasp it as well.

Benjamin Solomon Carson is the candidate many Americans hoped Barack Obama would be as they cast their ballots in 2008. Ben Carson stands out due to his incredible character – not because of the color of his skin.

Now in 2016, Americans have an opportunity to take an honest look at another black man, truly standing on the foundation of the line of great leaders in black history who supported American values, who can truly be considered a fulfillment of King’s dream.

Carson’s life stands as a living example to all blacks or other Americans of color who may want to challenge the artificial barriers imposed by society, to work hard to achieve and enjoy genuine success and to pursue their God-given rights of life and liberty and to freely pursue happiness.

Carson represents not only the embodiment of King’s dream; he represents a contemporary embodiment of the American dream. Americans should take an honest look at a genuine American who is truly representing “We the people.”

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Dennis Jamison reinvented his life after working for a multi-billion dollar division of Johnson & Johnson for several years. Now semi-retired, he is an adjunct faculty member at West Valley College in California. He currently writes a column on US history and one on American freedom for the Communities Digital News, as well as writing for other online publications. During the 2016 presidential primaries, he worked as the leader of a network of writers, bloggers, and editors who promoted the candidacy of Dr. Ben Carson. He founded the “We the People” Network of writers and the Citizen Sentinels Project to pro-actively promote the values and principles established at the founding of the United States, and to discover and support more morally centered citizen-candidates who sincerely seek election as public servants, not politicians.