Ben Carson: Turning campaign lemons into caring lemonade

Carson's attempt to make a point about growing from failure to success went awry, but he used that misstep to show support to a young man in need.

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WASHINGTON,  January 31, 2016 — Dr. Ben Carson is known for his peculiar analogies.

It’s almost amusing, if it weren’t so predictable, that the top GOP candidates for President are engaging in and being engaged by vicious assaults, innuendo, and false stories. While each candidate unfortunately has their own recent example, be it from another candidate or from the ‘drive-by media,’

Dr. Ben Carson’s seem the most egregious, given his polite demeanor and the issues-based campaign he and his followers have waged thus far.

He stopped on the campaign trail to spend time with a young student after an unfortunate faux pas on the candidate’s part. According to Des Moines Register reporter Timothy Meinch, Carson, apparently as a joke, called out to the fifth-grade class, “Who’s the worst student?” Carson apparently planned to verbally point the finger at himself, but unfortunately, the group all pointed to one young boy.

Following his remarks, Carson took the young boy aside and encouraged him to override his poor academic record, as he himself once did. A classic tale of turning lemons into lemonade.

The press is now taking him to task over the incident.

Ben Carson and the Court of St. James

Making Carson’s one-on-one meeting with the boy a negative story says far more about the the political campaign climate than it does about candidate Carson. The silly season really is upon us, when a candidate’s caring gesture to a child proves him unfit to be president.

The criticizers perhaps have missed Dr. Carson’s well-documented history of giving to children his entire adult life . . . through intricate, life-saving pediatric surgeries, through being a good father to his own children, and through the foundation he and his wife, Candy, have generated to provide reading rooms in schools across the country.

Carson’s impromptu moment with the fifth-grader reflects his knowledge that one of the first steps out of poverty is reading. The Ben Carson Reading Project is an initiative of the Carson Scholars Fund, whose purpose is to create a literacy enriched environment for children to develop their reading skills.

The reading project is dedicated to promoting leisure reading as a key to unlocking a child’s full potential.

The first Ben Carson Reading Room was established in 2000 at Hall’s Cross Roads Elementary School in Aberdeen, Maryland. Since that time, the Carson Scholars Fund has established over 138 reading rooms in 17 states and Washington D.C.

Reading rooms can be found in schools in California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania,Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and Washington, D.C.

Why Ben Carson makes sense for the GOP

The Ben Carson Reading Project is the second initiative of the Carson Scholars Fund. The primary purpose of the program is to provide funding and support to local schools so that they can create a nurturing environment for children to feel safe and secure as they develop their reading skills.

But the ‘nattering nabobs of negativity,’ (NNN) n the media and on the left and the right are so desperate to knock Dr. Carson from the race, they’ll do anything or say anything to discredit a private citizen who has the unmitigated gall to believe he can run the country. But, think about it for a moment. Do the NNNs really want to go there? Do they invite a foot race with Dr. Carson as to which candidate or party has done the most for children?

Fine. Let’s go there. On the left we have out of control spending that requires hefty and ongoing loans from China, a country we do not trust ultimately to ‘play nice’ with the USA.

To often the Left’s rationale for this malfeasance, from global warming to spine breaking debt, is saving America for “the children.”

But the Left is not culpable all by themselves. There is the Right sitting by and refusing to use the constitutionally established means to counter such actions. Afraid they’ll be called racist if they oppose an out-of-control President. Fearful of a media that’s long since forgotten their job to report the news.

Fearful, perhaps, of losing their jobs in the measure.

So the country ticks along, creating a time bomb of monumental proportions for ‘the children’ to repay on their watch. In the meantime, one candidate has the nerve to campaign as an outsider, to have the ideas of his fellow citizens, and to storm the gates of Washington equipped with his compassion and principles intact.

Yes. According to the NNN clan Dr. Ben Carson needs to go. By any means necessary.

Because, you understand, it’s for ‘the children.’ Because inexplicably this is the candidate those NNNs attack for not caring about children?

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