WASHINGTON, Feb. 23, 2016 – Americans are angry. What America does with that anger will say much about what kind of people Americans really are in the 21st century.
Will anger lead us to elect a president promising revenge on our enemies, like Donald Trump? Or will our anger lead us to elect a man of integrity like Dr. Ben Carson who will revive what is best in America?
Donald Trump’s campaign is all about revenge. As one of his supporters colorfully described, “We’re voting with our middle finger.”
Trump portrays himself as the champion of the marginalized middle class. He will stop the ‘evil-doers’ (immigrants, China, the politically correct and whoever else he chooses) in their tracks and make them pay. He’ll “Make America Great Again,” at least for those who agree with him.
Trump also seeks revenge on those who threaten him. When the other candidates climb in the polls or primaries, Trump calls them names or threatens to sue them. The current administration and Congress are also skilled at this type of demonization, so with Trump expect more of the same.
Trump has a fleeting respect for the Constitution and America’s Judeo-Christian heritage. He uses them as tools when it is expedient, but definitely not as foundational principles.
The foundational principle of the Trump campaign seems to be “It’s time for me to get mine, any way I can.”
If you are on Mr. Trump’s side, great. If not, beware.
Mr. Trump is a bully. He’s brash. He’s entertaining, but Americans also know that revenge never works out well in the end. While many folks love that he “tells it like it is,” an equal number absolutely detest him. That doesn’t bode well for America’s future.
As Jack Fowler recently said in a National Review article bemoaning Mr. Trump’s candidacy, “Heaven help us.”
Well, Mr. Fowler, heaven has.
Americans can choose to do what is right rather than what is wrong. Do you remember Jiminy Cricket reminding Pinocchio, “Always let your conscience be your guide”?
If Americans follow their consciences, they will turn away from Trump’s siren call of revenge and do what is right for America.
Carson is the candidate who is right, and right for America. That is why he is staying in this race, despite the cries from the pundits and the political class calling for him to drop out.
Carson’s answer to the anger isn’t to get the other guy; his answer is to listen to the other guy. He actually follows that heaven-sent bit of guidance we call the Golden Rule: Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.
Many conservatives and other right-leaning folks are so focused on their anger, they are ignoring the anger on the left, especially among millennials and in the black community. Uniting the GOP isn’t enough. The next president must heal and unite a hurting America.
That is Carson’s goal.
His candidacy is about cherishing the common ground of our humanity. As president, he will work to restore America’s faith in the promises of equality, life, liberty and pursuit of happiness enshrined in our founding documents.
Carson is calling, not for revenge, but for a revival of what made America great in the first place.
The power of our nation resides in the people, not the powerful. We must restore our “can do” attitude, rather than a “what can you do for me” attitude. We must help others rather than being selfish. We must strive to do what is right, not just what is legal. We must think about the future, and not just respond to today’s troubles.
Only a united America can overcome all the threats we face to our freedom and founding principles. When you are ready to look at policies, you’ll see Carson truthfully telling it like it is — in depth — regarding immigration, ISIS, China, the military and our veterans, health care, education and our myriad of financial problems. Here are the details: www.bencarson.com/issues.
Some accuse him of speaking too softly and deliberately, but the truth is they just don’t want to listen to the powerful truth he is proclaiming. In his calm demeanor lies the strength America needs.
It’s time America listened.
Revenge is not the solution to the anger infecting America. Principled leadership, guided by the Constitution and its underlying Judeo-Christian principles, will get us out of this mess and preserve America for the future. It is time for Americans to elect a president who points us toward what is right, good and true. Dr. Ben Carson.
That will be the revival of America. And if we do our part, heaven will help us.