Benjamin Carson and his uphill political battle

The Carson contagion is powerful.

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SAN JOSE, Calif., March 31, 2015 –  To run for president of the United States of America or not to run, that is the question. The world-renowned neurosurgeon Dr. Benjamin Carson recently created an official exploratory committee to help him consider whether it is a wise move to run for POTUS in 2016. However, even before he actually throws his hat into the proverbial ring, he has shaken up the professional pundits and power brokers of the political arena with just the thought of his foray into territory normally forbidden to the uninitiated.

From the moment the mere thought sprang from a Wall Street Journal article in 2013, many have tried to discourage Dr. Carson, including some of his closest associates and some of his most intense enemies. Several individuals of some significance have tried to steer him away from entering the political arena.

Now that Dr. Carson is getting much closer to a realistic decision, many more are surfacing to derail any such intentions. The first to attack in the early days of 2014 were the liberals and leftists in attempts to discredit his personal appraisals of how he viewed his country at this point in history. After the elections last year, the Democratic operatives attacked because of apparent success of the National Draft Ben Carson for President Committee.

The NDBC Committee (more popularly known as the RunBenRun organization) committed half a million dollars in order to defeat entrenched Democratic senators in Louisiana and North Carolina. As Sen. Kay Hagan and Sen. Mary Landrieu went down in defeat, it woke the wheelers and dealers. At the time, attacks came against the NDBC, but more specifically against Vernon Robinson, a retired Air Force captain and former member of the Winston-Salem, N.C., City Council, and the National Campaign Director of RunBenRun. Later media attack pieces by associates of the angry Democrats were regurgitated by conservative writers who had either not bothered to do their homework or chose to reiterate what they thought would destroy the credibility of the RunBenRun campaign. Establishment GOP types even began to attack.


If Dr. Carson had zero chance of making a difference in the 2016 presidential campaign, one could wonder why such attempts were made to derail the growing momentum of support for him. In reality, what once seemed like an urgent half court long shot to the bucket is now becoming a genuine run for the whole enchilada because few serious-minded people go to the trouble to create an exploratory committee that is actively raising donations with zero forethought of the possibilities of the actual quest. Even after an incredibly powerful speech at the 2013 National Prayer Breakfast, it probably did not seem realistic to Dr. Carson or his wife that he would be in the position he is in 2015. Some amazing things happened in the span of two years.

It is said that great things happen from small beginnings, and the effort of persuading Ben Carson to run for president is a serious example of that. Most of what happened in the two years is that the National Draft Ben Carson for President Committee was created by people who sincerely believed in Dr, Carson. In reality, such an effort is a modern equivalent of faith in action. Many people of faith, across a wide spectrum of faith, see Dr. Carson as a man of faith, a man who is unafraid of professing his faith in God – essentially a man of God. It is not a usual occurrence in the world today. Yet Dr. Carson is continuing to attract many to a popular campaign to urge him to run for POTUS.

The secular world of the political arena is not accustomed to people of faith, yet there are many historical examples of patriots of faith or religious reformers who have paved the way for someone like Ben Carson to step forward and stir things up and fan the flames of faith in others who feel free to unite for a noble cause. The Bible is filled with the memories of such individuals. The early history of the United States is rife with humble folks of faith who had sincere hope that they could pass on a better life to their posterity than what they had inherited. It would seem that those self-proclaimed political experts may want little to do with Ben Carson, but those in the realm of faith may have a different opinion.

Although revisionist historians have gone to great lengths to diminish or discount the faith of many of the Founding Fathers, there is too much history to simply pierce the lies of the secular academics and the atheistic left. But it is a fact that the secular atmosphere of the United States today tends to intimidate and terrify the people of faith, and such faith-filled folks who seek political office today have been muzzled by the mainstream media — a firm demonstration of the freedoms of the press, but not freedom of the people. It is also a serious demonstration of the tyranny of politically correct thought. It is not by accident that Dr. Carson’s message resonates across this nation to folks of faith.

Unfortunately, it is Dr. Carson and his message that are such a threat to the mainstream media and to the political elite, who prefer to maintain the status quo. Actually, Benjamin Carson represents a bigger threat to the entrenched political elite than Barack Obama ever did. Obama fit into the proper narrative to support his efforts to become president — he had played the political game — albeit a bit implausible due to his resume, but he was part of the player roster who paid his dues to the powers that be despite his ideological trappings. Both Democrats and Republicans accept Obama as a legitimate political player because he studied law, became an attorney and entered the arena. Despite his brilliance and honesty, Carson presents a challenge as an outsider.

If Dr. Carson chooses to run the distance, he realizes he will have an uphill battle against the powers that be. However, Dr. Ben Carson represents the aspirations of the people, not the desires of the power brokers, whether they be the media moguls or the good old boy network in Washington. The irony is that all of those who are the political “experts,” and those who consider themselves on the “inside” of the political arena, and those who wield power as if no one else mattered, may not have a clear comprehension of what is about to happen in this country. The last powerful effort made by a God-centered man to change this country was made by the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. — and he was not a politician either.

Some may wish Dr. Ben Carson gone, would like him to sail off to Hawaii, yet some may know he will not do this because he loves this country too much. Those who will have to confront Carson will make his battle a formidable one. The political arena is indeed quite brutal, but it is way too early to count him out, no matter who may wish it so. There is growing support for this humble doctor, this unique man of God – almost like a contagion as those who learn of this man, listen to his words and not simply rely on those who attempt to define him from their limited dimensions of faith. The Carson contagion is itself formidable.

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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.
  • Quacker

    Dennis Jamison is definitely on to something. Pundits from across the political spectrum have been dismissing Dr. Carson’s chances from the moment he closed his seminal speech at the 2013 Prayer Breakfast. Said pundits have become more and more insistent that his popularity and support will fade, even as he consistently polls in the top five among Republican contenders.

    In my mind, the political elite are starting to sound a little desperate. They can’t understand why their attempts to portray Dr. Carson as a gaff-prone, anti-science, bigot aren’t resonating with the public. They fail to understand that Americans who bother to take a close look at Dr. Carson see a very good person, a very wise person, a very intelligent person, a very honest person, a very principled person, and a very courageous person. They see a man who is not afraid to speak his mind and who refuses to defer to the politically correct position. They see a man who wants what they want – a country where hard work and personal responsibility are rewarded and a government that adheres to the Constitution and long-standing American ideals.
    There are millions of us out here who’ve been waiting decades for a leader like Dr. Carson to emerge – we won’t be dissuaded by a few sound-bite hacks who wouldn’t recognize a true statesman if their lives depended on it – and they just might given the America’s current direction.

  • Wullum

    It only takes a single “contrast and compare” episode involving Ben Carson and his potential competitors to realize that this man continues to offer a distinction between the “experienced”political puppets and his forthright honesty.

    It is no wonder that the animus and distrust surrounding Hillary, for example, elucidates the disdain for phony, deceitful politics that the Left embraces. Dr. Carson’s genuine approach is refreshing and welcomed, as it represents what is good and decent in America. There’s nothing coy about the good doctor…he represents the positive, the truthful, the inspiring by both his words and deeds. Standing up to harsh criticism and ridicule is difficult, indeed, but that is what is necessary in order to represent America at its best. We would be wise to follow his lead.

  • Joe

    Sound medical practice dictates the collection of data through a physical exam and health assessment. This big picture thinking is what allows a doctor to make a sound diagnosis, it makes perfect sense that Dr. Carson would take this broad view of our beloved country, of how he would look at and make conclusions of this country at this point in history. The diagnosis,… we are not doing so well, we are a sick nation being led by hedonistic elitists bent on spreading their hegemony.
    Exposing the methodology of the left, is what your article does Dennis and it should outrage and move to action those who are awaking from a long slumber of indifference.

  • KH

    Dennis Jamison words are inspiring, because the man he speaks of is so inspiring. and continuing to excite and grow grass roots support as more and more Americans learn who he is. One of the most important reasons Dr. Carson is to be feared and taken seriously, by those who want to maintain the status quo, is he is the only candidate that can significantly broaden the base of support for conservative principles. His message is one that speaks to all people and articulates best, who really cares about their future, and who cares about using them to further an agenda that sacrifices their well being, to the continued benefit of an elite ruling class and their benefactors, in both parties. It’s time for a citizen statesman.