WASHINGTON, May 14, 2015 – What most distinguishes Ben Carson from many of the other presidential candidates is the fact that he articulates a philosophy of government and a vision of our country that is truly in accord with this nation’s founding principles.
It is this philosophy, rather than dedication to a party, that guides Dr. Carson.
Indeed, one’s governing philosophy, the vision it inspires and the ability to articulate it so as to resonate with the populace are even more important than business or governmental experience and the ability to retain competent professionals to govern. These are attributes, together with trust in the Almighty’s generosity and assistance, of our most successful presidents.
For instance, George Washington exhibited rare courage in leading his men on the battlefield. Although some judged his military prowess to be unimpressive, his very presence inspired those under his command.
Our first president was held in such high respect that he could have become king rather than president. Instead, by peacefully transferring presidential power to his successor, he demonstrated his understanding that the United States was to be a nation of laws, not men. Leading by example, he put his country above his own interests.
Perhaps his most perceptive statement expressed his realization that a democracy can only flourish if it consists of a virtuous and religious people. In that vein, he proclaimed the first Thanksgiving as “a day of public thanksgiving and prayer, to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many and signal favors of Almighty God, especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness.”
Abraham Lincoln combined a philosopher’s outlook with the tempering view of reality. As evidenced by the Emancipation Proclamation and Gettysburg Address, he had the ability to inspire the nation to goodness, sacrifice and the preservation of a government of the people, by the people and for the people.
In proclaiming a day of prayer in 1863, he was unafraid to call upon the Creator for assistance in keeping the country united.
Similarly, Ronald Reagan inspired a nation mired in high interest rates, runaway inflation, elevated unemployment, and a lack of confidence in world affairs that had led to a national lethargy. His courage in recovering from a serious assassination attempt buoyed his fellow citizens. He constantly reminded the American people that they, and not the government, are the engine of economic growth. He restored America’s military might and renewed America’s standing in the world. Alongside Pope John Paul II, Margaret Thatcher and Helmut Kohl, he set the stage for the dismantlement of the Soviet empire.
Dr. Carson in emulating these great leaders provides a vision counter to what seems to be the prevailing view of those currently governing our country. In his recent best seller, Dinesh D’ Souza concluded that our country is being ruled by those who believe that America was founded by hypocrites who did not live up to the principles they espoused.
America prospered, it is claimed, at the expense of the Indians, the blacks and the Mexicans.
Entrepreneurs became financially successful only due to the work of others, and therefore they are not entitled to the benefit of their profits, which must instead be shared with others. They also assert that the United States does not deserve to be the sole superpower.
These views have been imposed on this nation by the current administration, utilizing the tactics promoted by Saul Alinsky—“polarization, demonization, organization and deception.”
Both Obama and his anticipated successor, Hillary Clinton, are disciples of Alinsky. Obama taught Alinsky’s methods to community organizers. Clinton wrote her undergraduate thesis on Saul Alinsky. The success of this philosophy and tactics is clearly seen in the present state of our government, which, not so coincidentally, seeks at every opportunity to excise God and His laws from the public domain.
The federal government, which in the constitutional design was to be of a limited nature, has become overarching, delving into all aspects of American lives, including health care, such that our fundamental freedoms are constantly being eroded.
We are in a constitutional crisis recognized even by one of the leading liberal constitutional experts, George Washington University School of Law professor Jonathan Turley. In testimony before the House Judiciary Committee on Feb. 26, 2014, he stated, “There’s no question that previous presidents abused their power, but what we’re seeing with the Obama administration is really a systemic circumvention of Congress.
“The presidential obligation to protect and defend our country has been abdicated. Our southern borders are in disarray, the military is being dismantled, and our status as a world power has been severely diminished. The current administration set the stage for the ISIS incursion into Iraq. Our country has developed an 18-trillion dollar debt which will be handed on, not merely to the next generation, but to several generations.”
The progression of these liberal policies must not only be impeded but reversed. Otherwise, we may be only one election and one Supreme Court appointment away from the final transformation of our country into a second-class nation accompanied by a non-remediable ceding of our basic freedoms to the federal government.
The Democrats will continue to advance this liberal agenda. Many Republicans don’t view our present circumstances as constituting a crisis. Some don’t want to chance losing their power. So, they continue to capitulate by agreeing to “compromises” that may slow the progressive agenda, but do not seek to reverse the ever-increasing liberal trend.
We need someone who does not come from the political ranks, who will look at the current state of affairs with clear eyes, wisdom, humility, common sense, the ability to analyze and solve problems, a positive attitude and unselfish concern for the common good of his fellow citizens; a person who can inspire the nation to recapture the founders’ vision by seeking, as did the founders and our great presidents, the assistance of our Creator.
Ben Carson, despite the poverty and racism he suffered, appreciates the freedom and opportunity this country still offers if only the overbearing government will get out of the way.
This concise challenge to all Americans from his most recent book, One Nation, demonstrates clearly why he is the man we need as president at this moment in our history:
“Unless the majority of Americans awaken from their complacency and recognize the threat to their fundamental individual liberties imposed by continued expansion of the federal government, nothing will save us from the fate of all pinnacle nations that have preceded us, those that tolerated political and moral corruption while ignoring fiscal irresponsibility.
“We the people have lost the inspiration that produced the ‘can-do attitude’ that was our foremost characteristic. We have capitulated to the forces of ever-expanding governmental control of our lives. But it is not too late for us to change. As a beginning, all American citizens must be familiar with our Constitution, and they must be brave enough to stand up for its principles even it that makes them temporarily unpopular. They must be willing to share their knowledge with others and encourage frank discussions rather than ‘going along to get along.’